MAGNA CARTA SINGLES - VINYL


Last updated: Oct. 7, 2006. Added: "Summer Song" (France, 1970) and "Country Jam / Home Groan" (Norway, 1972).

This chapter will give you an overview of the Magna Carta singles on vinyl and cd. The list is getting quite complete now.

However, I don't have ALL the singles yet (esp. the missing sleeve pictures). If you have one of these missing singles and would be willing to sell it for a reasonable price, please contact


Magna Carta - titel

Romeo Jack / 7 O'Clock Hymn

Released In Label Release number + comments
1969 UK Fontana TF 1060 / 267 969 TF. Mono. Peter Rice Music. Strings arranges by Spike Heatley. Producer Brian Shepherd.
Magna Carta - titel

Romeo Jack / Spinning wheels of time

UK version not displayed. The Spanish version is shown on the photo left.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1969 UK Fontana 267 972 TP (with picture sleeve, see photo)
1969 NL Fontana 267 972 TF (Almost identical picture sleeve as the UK edition, but the release number is on the left top. I have a promotional copy ("sample record") of this Dutch release, but I am not sure whether the single was actually released.)
1969 SPA Fontana 52 67 972. Mono. (Ruedas giratorias del tiempo). Impreso en Espana. Distribuido por Fonogram, S.A.. Arreglos de cuerda de Spike Heatley. Producido por Brian Shepherd.
Magna Carta - Mid-winter
Magna Carta - Mid-winter

Midwinter / Spinning wheels of time

The first photo shows the official version, the second is a promotional copy, "Not for sale". Both are mono singles. Alan Keen Music / Belsize Music. Magna Carta, Accompaniment by Spike Heatley.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1969? UK Mercury MF 1096. In small font: 154 581 MCF.
Magna Carta - titel
Magna Carta - titel
Magna Carta - titel

Green Cross Code / When you're young

A pretty rare single, a.k.a. "Hackney Accident Prevention Committee" or RoSPA. The single was issued for the Road Safety Campaign, probably around 1969 or 1970.

Side A, "The Green Cross Code Song", is not a Magna Carta song. Magna Carta were not even involved in this. You hear a female school teacher, explaining in spoken words to small children how to cross a road. It ends with some sort of singing by the teacher and the very young 'Children of Argyle School, Camden'. (Not much of singing, to be honest.)

Side B, "When you're young", is a charming song to teach the children about crossing roads. Written by Peter Hart, R.S.O. Camden, and sung and performed by Magna Carta: two acoustic guitars and two vocals (lead vocals by Chris, accompanied by Glen). "When crossing roads, always stop and look both ways. Remember this every minute of every day. Put safety first..."

There are at least three different versions of this single, two in yellow and one in green.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1969? UK Road Safety Campaign "Hackney Accident Prevention Committee (photo 1).
1969? UK Road Safety Campaign London Borough of Camden (photo 2).
1969? UK RoSPa Blue-green version (photo 3).
Magna Carta - Airport Song / Elizabethan

Airport song / Elizabethan

This is maybe the most published single of Magna Carta. There are many different pressings known.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1970 UK Vertigo 6059 013. Full 'Swirl', with the typical Vertigo circles logo on Side A.
Magna Carta - Airport Song / Elizabethan

Airport song / Elizabethan

This is a promo version of the single, dated 11-9-1970.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1970 UK Vertigo 6059 013. Semi 'Swirl'. Backside has no red lines, just the vertigo logo on top.
Magna Carta - Airport Song / Elizabethan

Airport song / Elizabethan

This is a Dutch version. "Made in Holland. B.I.E.M.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1970? NL Vertigo 6059 013. Full 'Swirl', with the typical Vertigo circles logo on Side A.
Magna Carta - Airport Song / Elizabethan

Airport song / Elizabethan

This is a German version.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1970 GER Vertigo 6059 013. Full 'Swirl', with the typical Vertigo circles logo on Side A. German version: "AA 6059 013.1 W" and "AA 6059 013.2 W". The back side of the sleeve shows the sleeves of nine other Vertigo singles: Sir Douglas Quintet, Louis Armstrong, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart and others.
Magna Carta - Airport Song / Elizabethan

Airport song / Elizabethan

This is a Norwegian version.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1970 NOR Vertigo 6050 013. Semi 'Swirl' (small Vertigo logo's on both sides of the vinyl). The sleeve has no print on the backside, just plain white.
Magna Carta - Airport Song / Elizabethan

Airport song / Elizabethan

This is an Australian version.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1971 AUS Vertigo 6059 013. Full 'Swirl', with the typical Vertigo circles logo on Side A. Side B mentions "Produced by Gus Dudgeon for Tuesday Productions. Made in Australia".
Magna Carta - Airport Song / Elizabethan

Airport song / Ring of Stones

This version was released by Dunhill ABC Records USA, and made in Canada by RCA Limited. (From the Album "Seasons" DS-50091)

Released In Label Release number + comments
1970? USA RCA Victor
(Dunhill)
D-4257. Victor. Wingate Music Corp., CAPAC 01462-S.
Magna Carta - Airport Song / Elizabethan

Airport song / Ring of Stones

Another Dunhill version. Same tracks as the single above. This one is a 'Promotion copy', 'not for sale'. (From the LP "Seasons")

Released In Label Release number + comments
1970? USA Dunhill
ABC Records
D-4257. Wingate Music Corp., (ASCAP).
(45-0142-S)
Magna Carta - Summer Song / Elizabethan

Summer Song / Elizabethan

(Extr. LP "Seasons" no 6360 003)

Released In Label Release number + comments
1970 France Vertigo 6059 013 B.I.E.M.
Magna Carta - Time for the leaving / Wayfarin

Time for the leaving / Wayfarin'

The German release has a nice photo sleeve. The back side contains "Vertigo Das Label fr progressive Popmusik, 9 photo's of other Vertigo releases. There is also a promotional swirl UK release ('not for sale'). It is stamped with "6 may 1971", with red 'promo' lines over the vinyl circle, similar to the "All my life / Falkland Grene" single (see below).

Released In Label Release number + comments
1971 UK Vertigo 6059 043
1971 GER Vertigo 6059 043
Magna Carta - Van dag tot dag / Minstreel in het gras

Van dag tot dag / Minstreel in het gras

Side A: "Van dag tot dag", solo performance by Liesbeth List, a famous Dutch singer.
Side B: "Minstreel in het gras", sung by Liesbeth List, accompanied by Magna Carta.
Liesbeth List was the Dutch artist who introduced Magna Carta to The Netherlands. She did the announcent on the "In Concert" lp, that was recorded in Holland.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1971 NL Philips 6012 186
Country Jam - Home Groan

Country Jam / Home Groan

Released In Label Release number + comments
1971 NOR? Vertigo, a Philips record product 6059 052. I'm not 100% certain from which country this is. I guess it is from Norway, because of the letters 'NCB' on the white inner circle with small Vertigo logo.
Magna Carta - All my life - Falkland Grene PROMO

All my life / Falkland Grene

The photo (left) shows a promotional copy of this single (red lines + "NOT FOR SALE"). "Arranged & Produced by Tony Cox"

Released In Label Release number + comments
1973 UK Vertigo 6059 073
Magna Carta - All my life / Falkland grene

All my life / Falkland Grene

This is the regular single.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1973 UK Vertigo 6059 073
Magna Carta - All my life / Falkland Grene (Australia)

All my life / Falkland Grene

Made in Australian. It has just a small hole and the 'full swirl' on side A. Distributed in Australia byu Phonogram Pty. Limited.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1973 AUS Vertigo 6059 073
Magna Carta - Give me luv / Song of evening

Give me luv / Song of evening

 

Released In Label Release number + comments
1973 GER Vertigo 6059 092. Pink/blue sleeve (see photo).
1973 UK Vertigo 6059 092. I'm not sure if the UK version has an 'official' sleeve. I have it in a plain white sleeve, with an official A4 press release by Phonogram Limited.
Feb. 1974 RSA Vertigo TOS 964 (6059 092). Swirl on side A. Side B has white label with small swirl on top.
Airport song - Magna Carta

Airport song / Isn't it funny (and not a little bit strange)

From the double album "Spotlight on Magna Carta" 6625031. Magna Carta Music Ltd. Made in England. Side A: (P) 1970. Side B: (P) 1973.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1974? UK Philips 6006 570
Wish it was - Magna Carta

Wish it was / That was yesterday

Spanish single with picture sleeve and song texts on the back of the sleeve.
Editado por FONOGRAM S.A., Madrid

Released In Label Release number + comments
1974 SPA Vertigo 60 59 113 (Extraido del L.P. "Lord of the Ages")
Same old song - Magna Carta

Same old song / Vision in the crowd

...

Released In Label Release number + comments
1975 UK Negram NG 704
Magna Carta - Took a long time / Books about us

Took a long time / Books about us

...

Released In Label Release number + comments
1976 ... GTO 2099 170
 Magna Carta - Oh my dear Rose / Painted eyes

Oh my dear Rose / Painted eyes

There is also a photo sleeve (photo will follow).

Released In Label Release number + comments
1976 UK GTO GT 82 (2099 182), silver print on vinyl
Magna Carta - Oh my dear Rose / Painted eyes

Oh my dear Rose / Painted eyes

There is also a photo sleeve (photo will follow).

Released In Label Release number + comments
1976 ... GTO 2100 182
Magna Carta - Easy if you try / Tomorrow's up for sale

Easy if you try / Tomorrow's up for sale

Spanish single. Producido por T. Allom - Extraido del :.P. "Martin's Caf". Dep. Legal: M.25670-1977 - SGAE (P) - 1977. The sleeve photo of Chris Simpson was taken in a Dutch cafe.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1977 SPA Vertigo 60 59 178, 'semi swirl'. Back and front of the sleeve are almost identical.
 

Forever / Rainy day companion

...

Released In Label Release number + comments
1978 ... Philips 6006 610
Magna Carta - Forever / In tomorrow

Forever / In tomorrow

Chappell - Simpson. (P) Phonogram Ltd. Arranged by Henny Bekker. Produced by Emil Zoghby. Made in England.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1978 UK Philips 6006 612
Magna Carta - Forever / C'est la vie (that's life)

Forever / C'est la vie (That's Life)

...

Released In Label Release number + comments
1978 NOR Philips BT 78
Magna Carta - Forever / C'est la vie (that's life)

When You Fall / Forever

...

Released In Label Release number + comments
1978 ITA Philips 6006 616
 

No truth in the rumour / Big umbrella

...

Released In Label Release number + comments
1979 ... Ariola ...
 

Highway to Spain / Natural loving man

Highway to Spain was issued in several versions. This is the CNR version.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1981 ... CNR 144 900
Highway to Spain

Highway to Spain / Sure don't bother me now

Chappell Music Ltd. Distributed by Precision Records & Tapes Ltd. Made in England.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1981 UK PRT (Precision
Records & Tapes)
PAR 110
Highway to Spain

Highway to Spain / Natural loving man

Artistic sleeve for "Highway to Spain". Sleeve design: David Larkham for M.T.I., London. (P) 1981. Recorded Delivery Publishing / Galetriab Music. Marketed & Distributed by RCA Limited, Record Division, England.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1981 UK RDR (Recorded
Delivery Records)
RDR 003
Midnight blue / Danny

Midnight blue / Danny

Red vinyl circle, with STEMRA logo (so is this a Dutch release?). Dinsdale Music Ltd. Produced by Magna Carta, Pete Tattersall, Richard Scott - Engineer: Richard Scott. (P) 1982 Hurlglow Limited 1982.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1982 UK? Polydor 2050 744
Wind on the Water

Wind on the water / Midnight blue

This Spanish version makes a misspelling of the B-side: they wrote "Midnight blues", which should be "Midnight blue". (P) 1983 HURLGLOW LTD.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1983 SPA Victoria VIC-70 - 22SO598
Sting of the gin
Sting of the gin

Sting of the Gin / I'll walk mine (Chris Simpson solo)

The first photo is the official single, which has a picture sleeve with a drawing of a wasp (bee?) flying around a glass of gin.

The second photo shows the sleeve of promotional copy, with hand written information on the white sleeve.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1982 UK Juice /
Dinsdale Music
JU 102
 

Love is forever / Ulysses

 

Released In Label Release number + comments
1984 UK m-r Mays Records ING 10. Sleeve mentions that the record was produced by Chris Simpson and published by Mysty River Music Ltd. Manufactured and distributed by Spartan Records. It has a white label with a pen drawing of two men.
 

Living with a woman like you / Stoney Rose

...

Released In Label Release number + comments
1988 ... Speed Records NICK-1
Tiger's Eyes / Long distance

Tiger Eyes / Long distance

"Probably one of the worst album sleeves ever", Chris said about the "One to One" album, from which this single AND the single sleeve were taken.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1988 UK Tembo Records TML 135
Magna Carta

Airport song / Scarecrow

Dutch 1991 re-issue of the famous Airport song. Small swirl logo on both sides of the single.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1991 UK Phonogram 868 668-7 (PG102)
Bar code 0 42286 86687 1
Magna Carta

Stop bringing me down / Forever

Nice picture sleeve with Chris's special Gibson J-200.
This sleeve has the same photo as the "Old Masters & New Horizons" CD.
Released In Label Release number + comments
1992 ... Vertigo / Polygram 866 142-7




MAGNA CARTA SINGLES - CD


Airport Song - Scarecrow

Airport Song / Scarecrow

Marketed by Phonogram. (C) 1991 Phonogram B.V. (P) 1970 Phonogram Ltd.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1993 NL Phonogram
Vertigo
868 668-2
Paper sleeve (cardboard)
Stop bringing me down / Forever

Stop bringing me down / Forever

From the CD Old Masters & New Horizons. Marketed by Phonogram. Published by Dinsdale Music Limited. (P)+(C) 1991 Polygram Music Publishing. With some Dutch tour data on the back.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1991 NL Phonogram
Vertigo
866 142-2
Paper sleeve (cardboard).
For the Gypsy - Love runs wild

For The Gypsy / Love Runs Wild

Marketed and distributed by Sound Products Holland B.V. (SPH), Loosdrecht, Holland. Dinsdale Music Ltd./Polygram Music Publishing B.V.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1992 NL SPH (Sound
Products Holland)
CDSND 92113. Thin transparent jewel case.
Country Born - promo cds

Country Born (Promotion)

Taken from the album "Heartlands". Promotional copy. (P) & (C) 1992 Sound Products Holland B.V.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1992 NL SPH (Sound
Products Holland)
CDSND 92153
Airport Song - For the Gypsy

Airport Song / For The Gypsy

From the live album "State of the Art". Recorded in Holland by Studio 88 Hilversum.

Released In Label Release number + comments
1993 NL Studio 88 DK 860042-3
Paper sleeve (cardboard)