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4th September 2018

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Straight CD reissue (...of the original release?) in pristine mono without overdubs, but without any extra tracks (surely an opportunity missed to include Happy Land and Let Me Love You).

CD reissue with four extra tracks. It may be somewhat disconcerting to hear new tracks (Be Mine & Never Let Go) interrupting a track sequence that is so familiar, but why quibble? The two instrumental additions feature Johnny Moore on trumpet, and Just Me and Love To Share are extended.

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LOVE ME FOREVER1
Carlton & The Shoes (c.1978)

Studio One PSOL 003
matrix: PSOL-003-A1

Love Me Forever; Never Give Your Heart Away, Love Is All; Sincerely Yours; Just Me // This Feelings; I've Got Soul; Love To Share; Me And You; Forward Jerusalem

Original UK issue with Peckings address on the label (with 1990s reissue label on the right). The matrix is handwritten, and the laminated sleeve is printed in England by Senol Printing Ltd. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

There are at least three different variations of this edition, all with the same matrix number and issued in the same sleeve (with the Peckings UK address on the rear, printed by Senol). In no particular order, they are:
1) a UK Peckings issue in mono; 2) a UK Peckings issue in stereo with overdubs; 3) a JA issue in mono with overdubs.

LOVE ME FOREVER1
Carlton & The Shoes (2001)

Studio One PSOCD003

Love Me Forever; Never Give Your Heart Away, Love Is All; Sincerely Yours; Just Me; This Feeling; I've Got Soul; Love To Share; Me And You; Forward Jerusalem

compactdisc1
lovemeforeverPSOL003200

With multiple editions in a variety of different sonic formulations (conventional stereo, split stereo, mono, some with overdubs and some without overdubs) and with conflicting matrix numbers to complicate matters further, this is almost certainly the most convoluted Studio One release that I have attempted to document so far. Special thanks are due to Carl Finlay and Steve Brentford who have provided valuable support and information to help me try to penetrate the fog of confusion that surrounds this lovely record. The task is undoubtedly not complete, so any further information about alternative releases and/or confirmation of dates of issue would be much appreciated.

LOVE ME FOREVER1
Carlton & The Shoes (c.1978)

Studio One PSOL 003
matrix: DB 115

lovemeforeverDB115

Love Me Forever; Never Give Your Heart Away, Love Is All; Sincerely Yours; Just Me // This Feelings; I've Got Soul; Love To Share; Me And You; Forward Jerusalem

Jamaican issue in mono (without overdubs). The sleeve is unlaminted and is printed by Speed-O-Graphics Printers Ltd., Kingston, Jamaica. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

The sleeve is a reproduction of the UK issue, including the Peckings UK address on the rear. It looks as though the Speed-O-Graphics Printers' credit has simply been pasted over the Senol text, which suggests that the UK edition came first. This pressing sounds muddy in comparison with the UK issues.

LOVE ME FOREVER1
Carlton & The Shoes (c.1978)

Studio One PSOL 003
matrix: PSOL 001 A-1

lovemeforeverPSOL001peckings200

Love Me Forever; Never Give Your Heart Away, Love Is All; Sincerely Yours; Just Me // This Feelings; I've Got Soul; Love To Share; Me And You; Forward Jerusalem

UK issue in split-stereo (without overdubs). The laminated sleeve is printed and made in England by Senol Printing Ltd. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

Released in exactly the same sleeve as the UK PSOL 003 issue. The matrix is handwritten and has been altered with a scribbled-out number, and looks like PSOL XXX 001. The sound quality is excellent (if you like split stereo...).

LOVE ME FOREVER1
Carlton & The Shoes (1980s)

Studio One PSOL 003
matrix: SOL 1136

lovemeforeverSOL1136blue200
lovemeforeverSOL1136blackflash200
lovemeforeverSOL1136200

Love Me Forever; Never Give Your Heart Away, Love Is All; Sincerely Yours; Just Me // This Feelings; I've Got Soul; Love To Share; Me And You; Forward Jerusalem

Jamaican/US remix in stereo (with different overdubs). The matrix is handwritten, and the unlaminted sleeve is printed by Speed-O-Graphics Printers Ltd., Kingston, Jamaica. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

Released in the same sleeve as the DB 115 issue. The pressing quality is excellent (by Studio One standards), and the overdubs are subtle and unobtrusive. Probably the best sounding of the vinyl issues.

lovemeforeverPSOCD003300
lovemeforeverPSOCD0032300

LOVE ME FOREVER2
Carlton and The Shoes

Studio One PSOCD003

compactdisc1a

Love Me Forever; Never Give Your Heart Away; Be Mine; Love Is All; Sincerely Yours; Just Me; This Feeling; I've Got Soul; Love To Share; Never Let Go; Me And You; Forward Jerusalem; Love Me Forever (Inst.); You And Me (Inst.)

LOVE ME FOREVER3
Carlton and The Shoes

Studio One SOLP 003
matrix: SO LP 003A DON-ONE

lovemeforeverSOLP003300
lovemeforeverRE200

Love Me Forever; Never Give Your Heart Away; Be MIne; Love Is All; Sincerely Yours // Just Me; This Feelings; I've Got Soul; Love To Share; Never Let Go

10 track vinyl edition of the 14 track PSOCD003 release, omitting Me And You, Forward To Jersusalem and the two instrumental versions of Love Me Forever and You And Me. The titles listed on the sleeve and labels are incorrect.

lovemeforeverSOL1136peckings200
lovemeforeverSOL1136peckings200a