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So Long Ago The Garden (1973)


Original LP Release - MGM SE-4942
 

Country: US Gatefold 1973

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LP Release - Phydeaux BONE 777-6
 

Country: US Single slip 1980

Note: The rear cover lists the Phydeaux (De Tracey street) address.

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LP Release - Phydeaux ARF 777-6
 

Country: US Single slip 1984

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LP Release - Starstorm RH-020
 

Country: Australia Single slip 1979/1980

Note: The rear cover lists the distributor as Rhema and includes the St. James, NSW address.

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LP Release - MGM 2315 286 GU 33
 

Country: France Single slip 1973

Note: The rear cover lists the distributor as Polydor SA.

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LP Release - Myrrh MYR-1169
 

Country: UK Single slip 1984

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Original CD Release-Solid Rock SRD-006
 

Country: US CD 1993

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CDR Release-Solid Rock SRD-006
 

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-"Maximum Garden"
Solid Rock SRA-006

 

Country: US CDR 2004

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CDR Release-"Part II Of The Trilogy"
Solid Rock SRD-006

 

Country: US CDR 2007?

 

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CDR Release-"The Compleat Trilogy-Volume Two" Solid Rock SRDX-003
 

Country: US CDR 2008

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So Long Ago The Garden
 

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                LP releases

USA         MGM SE-4942 (1973)

USA         Phydeaux BONE 777-6 (1980)

USA         Phydeaux ARF 777-6 (1984)

AUS         Starstorm RH-020 (1979/80)

FRA         MGM 2315 286 GU 33 (1973)

GER         MGM ? (1973)?

NZ           MGM 2315 286 (1973)

UK          Myrrh MYR-1169 (1984)

 

                CD releases

USA         Solid Rock SRD-006 (1993, 2003, 2007?)

USA         Solid Rock SRA-006 (2004)

USA         Solid Rock SRDX-003 (2008)

 

                Cassette releases

USA         Phydeaux BON 7776C (1980)

USA         Phydeaux ARF 777-6 (1984)

AUS         Rhema RHC-020 (1979)

UK          Myrrh MC-1169 (1984)

 

                Single releases

USA         MGM 14676 (promo): Its The Same Old Story

                (mono) / (stereo) (1973)?

USA         MGM 14676: Its The Same Old Story / Christmas Time

                (1973)

USA         MGM 14703: (promo) Baroquen Spirits

                (mono) / (stereo) (1973)

USA         MGM 14703: Baroquen Spirits / Nightmare

                (1973)

FRA         MGM 2006-385: Christmas Time / It's The Same Old Story

                (1974) with PS

NZ           MGM (?): Fly, Fly, Fly (1973?)?

 

                Special release (LP and CD-R)

USA         The Veterans Administration LP 110/Program No. 1429:

                Larry Norman (1973)

USA         Illegal Noise Series (no number) (2001) CD-R

 

                Song listing original LP

Side 1       Meet Me At The Airport (Fly, Fly, Fly)

                It's The Same Old Story

                Lonely By Myself

                Be Careful What You Sign

                Baroquen Spirits

Side 2       Christmas Time

                                Written by Larry Norman and Randy Stonehill

                She's A Dancer

                Soul Survivor

                Nightmare

 

                Song listing Phydeaux LPs and cassettes

Side 1       Christmas Time

                                Intro, horns, different version, from the

                                Starstorm/Rhema LP "Larry Norman"

                Fly Fly Fly

                                MGM version (not on ARF LP & CAS)

                Soul Survivor

                                MGM version but a little shorter and not

                                that clear (not on BONE LP & CAS)

                She's A Dancer

                                MGM version

                The Same Old Story

                                Resung, whistling at end, from "Larry Norman"

                Baroquen Spirits

                                MGM version

Side 2       Up In Canada

                Be Careful What You Sign

                                MGM version

                Lonely By Myself

                                MGM version

                PeacePollutionRevolution

                Nightmare

                                Resung

 

                Song listing CD releases

                Fly Fly Fly

                                MGM version

                The Same Old Story

                                MGM version

                Lonely By Myself

                                MGM version

                Be Careful What You Sign

                                MGM version

                Baroquen Spirits

                                Single version - no intro & shortened;

                                Larry Norman doesn't sail off the world here

                Christmas Time

                                Starstorm/Phydeaux version without intro,

                                mixed a little differently

                She's A Dancer

                                MGM version

                Soul Survivor

                                MGM version but mixed a little differently

                Nightmare '71

                                MGM version but there's some effect put

                                on LN's voice

 

                Extra tracks on first CD release

                If God Is My Father (Rough mix)

                Up In Canada (1973 single)

                                Phydeaux version

                Dear Malcolm, Dear Alwyn (demo)

 

                Extra tracks on second CD release

                Up In Canada (1973 single)

                                Phydeaux version

                Soul Survivor

                                Alternate version, previously unreleased

 

                Extra tracks on SRDX-003 CD release

                Up In Canada

                Butterfly

                I Hope I'll See You In Heaven

 

             Notes

                    This album is part two of "The trilogy," also recorded in England (Air Studios, London). The original US album has a gatefold cover, all other releases haven't (there might also be US promotional copies with a single slip cover!?). "She's A Dancer" has been released before (see "People: Both Sides Of People"), but this is a new version. The original MGM album came with two small label variations; a gold & blue swirl label and a yellow & blue swirl label (there are also two different labels for the promo release of "Garden)."

 

                    With all its variations, "So Long Ago the Garden" is a very confusing album. The differences that I noticed are shown in the song listings. See the Starstorm album "Larry Norman" for more differences.

 

                    The re-released LP on Phydeaux BONE 777-6 features "PeacePollutionRevolution" (see also CD version of "Only Visiting This Planet") and "Up In Canada" and is without "Soul Survivor". "Nightmare" is resung and includes the five missing words! The back cover gives "Almost So Long Ago The Garden And The MGM Singles" as the album title. Some copies of BONE 777-6 came with a printed inner sleeve.

 

                    The 1984 Phydeaux re-release has a blown up front cover photo and a different back cover (a lion instead of the snake boots & apple); this time it's a "Special edition release." For the rest it's almost the same album as BONE 777-6 (actually "BONE 777-6" is on the labels of ARF 777-6!); the only difference is that "Fly, Fly, Fly" has been replaced by "Soul Survivor."

 

                    The UK album on Myrrh is a reissue of the original MGM album like the albums from New Zealand and Australia and so are probably the albums from France and Germany (if they really exist).

 

                    "Christmas Time" was written by Larry Norman & Randy Stonehill (the song was first recorded for Randy Stonehill's "Born Twice" album, 1971). Another version of "Christmas Time" appeared on Solid Rock single 202 (see "In Another Land"

 

                    MGM single 14703 features a shortened version of "Baroquen Spirits", it has been re-issued on the "So Long Ago The Garden" CDs.

 

                    It's not very likely that a single with "Up In Canada" was ever released (see track listing of the CDs).

 

                    The original "Dear Malcolm, Dear Alwyn" was released on the compilation LP "Jubilation" (Myrrh MST-6555) in 1975. This version might be from a later date. The CD track "If God Is My Father" might also be from a later date - it has an approach that is similar to the long version of "If God Is My Father" which was released on the Australian self-titled album (see "Larry Norman"). Both of these songs do not appear on the second CD release, which features an alternate version of "Soul Survivor" instead

 

                    The Veterans Administration LP ("Here's To Veterans") is a mono 12 inch LP produced by the Veterans Administration and broadcast over Armed Forces Radio to get Larry Norman's album "So Long Ago The Garden" introduced to the audience. It was issued in a plain jacket and features "Meet Me At The Airport," "Lonely By Myself," "She's A Dancer," and "Soul Survivor." Larry Norman gives short introductions to the songs and there are two announcements about Sickle Cell Anemia. The A-side is by Judi Pulver (Program #1428).

 

                    Larry Norman's CD-R release of "Here's To Veterans" was copied from a bootleg (eehh my bootleg).

 

                    In a previous edition of this discography I made mention of a very rare Solid Rock LP version of "So Long Ago The Garden." It should feature the album exactly like Larry Norman wanted it to be. According to later information this might as well be a bootleg (!?)

 

                    This album was number six 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 "So Long Ago The Garden" LP in this set should also contain the songs "If God Is My Father" (7 minute version), "Kulderachna," "Butterfly," and "I Hope I'll See You In Heaven" (information taken from two different OVTP inserts!). "If God Is My Father" can be found on "Larry Norman," "Kulderachna" and "Butterfly" were released on "Instigator - The Essential, volume 1" in 2003. "I Hope I'll See You In Heaven" can be found on "Down Under (But Not Out)."

 

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