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Revised 24/11/11

VIKING
OZ Label and Company Sleeves 1960-1972

Labels

VS 32 - 1960
to
VS 228 - 1968
101 - 1962
US Congress numbering
Issued on the originalUS label in NZ
VS 78 - 1962
Canadian Tartan Recording
VS 87 - 1963
Distributed by Viking Records, Australia
Viking Records was a New Zealand label. It started releasing records in Australia in 1960. OZ only had about 40 issues of the 200 issued in NZ up to 1968, all in plain sleeves.
AC 116 - 1964
US Äva numbering
VS 157 - 1964
See below
VS 8454 - 1968
VS 9325 - 1971
VS 9606 - 1971
VS 9809 - 1972
VS 10267 - 1973
VS 157 is an odd record. It is a 1964 reissue of the first Oz release on the Viking label (see above). The original release VS 32 was a No.1 hit on 23rd. July 1960 for 1 week and  then topped the charts for two weeks on 20th. August 1960. This is unique to Oz. It was reissued as VS 158 in NZ.
(VS 157 in NZ was Dinah Lee's "The Blue Beat"). 
The matrix number scratched on the vinyl MX 16487 & 16488 making it a Festival pressing & what is also intriguing is that it has the NZ release number on the vinyl 158xx & 158xx - the label shows VS 157xx.
Viking issued the record again in New Zealand as VS 239. 
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
 VS 8454 - 1968
EMI distribution
 Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 2
 VS 9325 - 1971
to
VS 10267 - 1973
EMI distribution
   Cut straight - cut corners  Inside glued  
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Contact for corrections : erlmehl@online.no
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Thanks to Graham Wells, Australia for scans in this section
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45 Discography for Viking Records from Global Dog Productions
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