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Only Visiting This Planet (1972)


Original LP Release - Verve V6-5092
 

Country: US Tri-fold/Gatefold 1972

Note: This release came as either a tri-fold, or in more rare cases, a gatefold version.

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LP Release - "Silver Label Version"
Street Level ROCK-888-5

 

Country: US Single slip 1978

Note: Gospel Media is listed as the distributor. The rear cover has the Gospel Media address on Grandview drive at bottom left.

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LP Release - "White Label Version"
Street Level ROCK-888-5

 

Country: US Single slip 1978

Note: The rear cover does not show the Gospel Media address and has no other distribution information. The phrase, "a division of Street Level Productions, Inc." is appended to the Street Level address.

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LP Release - Verve 2304-145
 

Country: Australia Gatefold 1973

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LP Release - Focus FS-1012
 

Country: Australia Gatefold 1973-1975?

Note: This release came with either rainbow or yellow labels.

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LP Release - "Peach or Apricot Version" Rhema RH-017
 

Country: Australia Gatefold 1979

Note: The rear cover lists the distributor as Rhema and includes the Sydney address.

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LP Release - "Tan Label Version"
Rhema RH-017

 

Country: Australia Gatefold 1979

Note: The rear cover lists the distributor as DTS and includes the Pennant Hills address.

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LP Release - DTS RH-017
 

Country: Australia Gatefold 1985

Note: The rear cover lists the distributor as DTS and includes the Pennant Hills address. Additionally, the catalog number is included in the upper right hand corner of both covers.

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LP Release - Concorde RH-017
 

Country: New Zealand Single slip 1979?

Note: The rear cover lists the distributor as DTS and includes the Pennant Hills address. Additionally, Concorde (Hastings address) is listed as the distributor in New Zealand.

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LP Release - MGM 2315 135
 

Country: UK Single slip 1973

Note: The rear cover displays the MGM logo and states that the album was marketed by Polydor.

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LP Release - MGM/Verve 2315 135
 

Country: South Africa Single slip 1973

Note: The front and rear covers display the MGM logo but the labels are Verve. The album was marketed by Trutone (Pty) Ltd.

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LP Release - Myrrh MYR-1170
 

Country: UK Single slip 1984

Note: The rear cover notes that the album was printed and make in England by Shorewood Packaging.

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Original CD Release-Solid Rock 5699
 

Country: US CD 1993

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CD Release-Solid Rock SRD-005
 

Country: US CD 1997/1999?

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CD Release-Solid Rock SRD-005
 

Country: US CD 2000

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CDR Release-Solid Rock SRD-005
 

Country: US CD 2001

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CDR Release-Solid Rock SRD-005
 

Country: US CDR 2001

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CDR Release-Solid Rock SRD-005
 

Country: US CDR 2003
Note: There is a CD version of this pressing that is identical to the CD-R version in every other respect.

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CDR Release-"The Compleat Trilogy"
Solid Rock SRD-005

 

Country: US CDR 2004

Note: First release of "The Compleat Trilogy" version.

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CDR Release-"Maximum Planet"
Solid Rock SRA-005

 

Country: US CDR 2004

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CDR Release-"The Compleat Trilogy-Volume One" Solid Rock SRDX-002
 

Country: US CDR 2008

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                LP releases

USA         Verve V6-5092 (1972) (black & blue labels)

USA         Verve/MGM V6-5092 (1972)

USA         Street Level ROCK-888-5 (1978) (white & silver labels)

USA         Phydeaux ROCK-888-5 (1983?)

AUS         Verve 2304 145 (1973)

AUS         Focus FS-1012 (1973-75?) (yellow & multi color labels)

AUS         Rhema RH-017 (1979) (apricot & tan labels)

AUS         DTS RH-017 (1985)

NZ           Concorde RH-017 (ca. 1979?)

UK          MGM 2315 135 (1973)

SA           MGM/Verve 2315 135 (1973)

UK          Myrrh MYR-1170 (1984)

 

                CD releases

USA         Street Level 5699 (1993)

USA         Solid Rock SRD-005 (1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 - twice, 2004)

USA         Solid Rock SRA-005 (2004)

USA         Solid Rock SRDX-002 (2008)

 

                Cassette releases

USA         Phydeaux ROCK-888-5 (1983?)

USA         Street Level/Solid Rock? (no number) (1998/99)

AUS         Rhema RHC-017 (1979)

AUS         DTS RHC-017 (1985?)

UK          Myrrh MC-1170 (1984)

 

                8 Track release

USA         Street Level ROCK-5T (1978)

 

                Single releases

USA         Verve 10718: Readers Digest / Ive Got To Learn To Live

                Without You (1972)

USA         Verve 10720: Ive Got To Learn To Live Without You /

                The Outlaw (1972)?

USA         Verve 10720 (promo): Ive Got To Learn To Live Without

                You (mono) / (stereo) (1972)

USA         MGM 14351 (promo): Righteous Rocker, Holy Roller /

                Peace, Pollution, Revolution (1972)

USA         MGM 14351 (stock): Without love / Peace, Pollution,

                Revolution (1972)

UK          MGM 2006 105: Righteous Rocker, Holy Roller /

                Peace, Pollution, Revolution (1972)

UK          MGM 2006 143: Ive Got To Learn To Live Without You /

                The Outlaw (1972)

UK          MGM 2006 277: Readers Digest / I Wish We'd All Been

                Ready (1973)

 

                Song listing original LP

Side 1       Why Don't You Look Into Jesus

                The Outlaw

                I've Got To Learn To Live Without You

                Without Love You Are Nothing

                I Wish We'd All Been Ready

Side 2       Six O'clock News

                The Great American Novel

                Pardon Me

                Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music

                Reader's Digest

                Oh, How I Love You

                                Not listed

 

                Extra tracks on the CD releases

                PeacePollutionRevolution (1971 single)

                Righteous Rocker (rough mix)

                The Outlaw (demo)

                Digest (rock version)

 

                Extra tracks on SRDX-002 CD release

                Peacepollutionrevolution (Radio Single)

                Righteous Rocker (Hard Rock Version)

 

                Notes

                    This album is part one of "The Trilogy," recorded in England (Air Studios, London). Some titles can be found on previous LPs but these are all new recordings. The Verve release came in a tri-fold cover first, then in a gatefold cover. The labels of the stock copies are black, blue or white. The white label versions also show the MGM logo.

 

                    There are US LP re-issues on both Street Level and Phydeaux. The Street Level album was issued as a gatefold pre-release version (with a four side insert & a printed inner sleeve) and as a normal version with a regular cover and silver labels plus a lyrics insert (some were released through Gospel Media). There are two versions of four side insert, one is printed on normal paper, the other on "newspaper paper." There are also differences in the contents as the song listings given for the Trilogy box are not the same (!). See also the last note of both "So Long Ago The Garden" and "In Another Land."

 

                    There's no difference between the Phydeaux version and the Verve version of "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" although there's mention of it on the inner sleeve of the gatefold pre-release Street Level version.

 

                    The UK MGM & Myrrh releases have regular covers with inserts and feature the original album with "Oh, How I Love You" which is not on the Street Level LP and the Phydeaux LP. On the Phydeaux cassette however, this song does appear! It's also on the CD releases. "Oh, How I Love You" is not listed on any "Only Visiting This Planet" release (but it's listed on "Home At Last"

 

                    All Australian releases, except for the DTS release, feature the original album with "Oh, I Love You" (not on DTS). Focus, Rhema & DTS released the album with a gatefold cover. The Focus & Rhema releases came with two different labels (Focus: yellow and multicolor, Rhema: tan and apricot). The Verve pressing also came with a gatefold cover (black labels).

 

                    The Street Level & Phydeaux releases have a slightly different song order with some title adaptations (most striking: "Righteous Rocker #1" instead of "Without Love You Are Nothing)." The 8 track tape has a more than slightly different song order.

 

                    The extra CD track "PeacePollutionRevolution" can also be found on the Phydeaux reissue LP "So Long Ago The Garden" (on the CD it's some 15 seconds longer!) and it's also on MGM single 14351 (1971 is probably the year the song was recorded).

 

                    The extra CD track "Digest" was probably recorded in the 80's. "The Outlaw" is also from a later date. "Righteous Rocker" is very similar to the version on "Larry Norman" on "Down Under (But Not Out)" (US mispress? cassette and Swedish LP), and on "The Best Of Larry Norman"; on this CD it fades into "Forget Your Hexagram" at the end.

 

                    MGM single 14351 features what might be called "Righteous Rocker #2." It's almost, but not completely  (!), the same as "Righteous Rocker #2" on the self-titled Australian album ("Larry Norman)." Now there's one odd thing and that is that the MGM single version was recorded in 1971 (MGM showed the year of recording in the master numbers, in this case: 71-L-3022)...

 

                    The 1998/99 cassette features the CD version.

 

                    The CD has been re-released several times, in 1999 (it says "1997" on the back but it was probably released in June 1999), in 2000 and again in 2001. The releases from 1999 and 2000 have the same (new) artwork. The artwork of the 2001 version has been changed again; the same happened with the 2003 versions, all of them are CD-Rs. According to the November 2003 newsletter, the second 2003 version has been re-balanced, re-equalized, and re-mastered.

 

                    There's a tape release on GMI from the Netherlands called "Eigen wijs 2" that promotes gospel LPs released in 1983/84. Amongst these, Larry Norman's Phydeaux re-release of "Only Visiting This Planet" gets promoted.

 

                    This album was number five in a series of fourteen albums, mentioned on the inner sleeve of "Something New Under The Son" (albums number nine through fourteen have not been released, see part II).

 

                    A 3 LP boxed set containing albums #6, #7 & #8 and being titled "The Compleat Trilogy" (as mentioned on the insert of the Street Level reissue of "Only Visiting This Planet") has never been released. This boxed set should feature the trilogy as Larry Norman originally intended. The LP "Only Visiting This Planet" in this set should feature the complete version of "I Wish We'd All Been Ready."

 

    All release information and notes courtesy of Robert Termorshuizen with updates by Jim Böthel.