Motorhead, WIK 2, UK, Chiswick

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  T r a c k l i s t

  1. Motorhead
  2. Vibrator
  3. Lost Johnny
  4. Iron Horse/Born To Lose
  5. White Line Fever
  6. Keep Us On The Road
  7. The Watchr
  8. Train Kept A Rollin'

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  The sleeve seems to have been a hasty work and "Vibrator" got misspelled. "Viborator". Another thing is that there's brackets missing after the writers on side 1 tracks 3 and 4 and side 2 track 3. The cat no at the bottom of the back sleeve is written "wlk 2". All those typos are present on the silver sleeve but also on some black and white sleeves. Then there are copies where the brackets are not missing but the song "Keep Us on the Road" is spelled “Keepers On The Road”. The cat no at the bottom on the back is correctly "wik 2". This version is also the one that ended up on the sleeves outside of UK.

Another difference between copies is that some, probably the first pressings, had laminated sleeves. They seems to be the most common one although Ace records claims on ther homepage ( that only 1000 copies were printed with laminated sleeves. It also had a picture inner sleeve on thick paper with black and white pictures of the band and their associates and a personal thanks-letter by Lemmy, Eddie and Phil. The label was the Chiswick map label with the Motorhead logo.

Except for the misspelling there is another curiosity with the original 1977 WIK 2 edition. In the run-off groove on the vinyl the matrix no is “WIK 2-A 1” on the A-side and “WIK 2-B 1” on the B-side, but on some copies it is “WIK 2-A 2” on the A-side and “WIK 2-B 2” on the B-side. There are even copies that have WIK 2-A 1 on the A-side and WIK 2-B 2 on the B-side! This indicates that there is a second pressing with a new master plate of the 1977 edition for the vinyl. It would be logical if this second edition would correlate with some of all the other small differences with laminated covers, various versions of misspelled song titles etc, but it does not. It is, for example, possible to find WIK 2-A 2 copies with a correct spelling of “Keep Us on The Road”, but also with a misspelling. Most likely there is an overlap between the different printings of the sleeves and two master plate pressings of the vinyl.

In December 2008 Petteri Rantala made me aware of yet another matrix no. He sent me a picture of a copy with matrix no "WIK 2-B 3" for side 2. Just before the "3" there are scratch marks, so they have scratched away no 2' I guess. Side 1 on this copy has "WIK 2-A 2". This copy was housed in a sleeve with the misspelling of Keepers on the Road.

In June 2011 a stock copy with Factory sample sticker was sold on Ebay (GBP 59).

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M a t r i x   n o

  Version 1:
side 1: “WIK 2-A 1” side 2: “WIK 2-B 1”
Version 2:
side 1: “WIK 2-A 2” side 2: “WIK 2-B 2”
Version 3:
side 1: “WIK 2-A 2” side 2: “WIK 2-B 3”

Some copies have WIK 2-A 1 on the A-side and WIK 2-B 2 on the B-side!

S o u r c e s

  Petteri Rantala.

V a l u e

  Prices for this vary a lot. A correctly spelled laminated copy was sold for GBP 23 on Ebay in March 2004, another copy, misspeled, was sold for GBP 7.83 April 2004, Ebay
A signed copy by Lemmy, Philthy and Eddie was sold for GBP 67.19 in November 2003 on Ebay
another signed copy was sold for $37 on Ebay, February 2004
GBP 17 February, 2008, Ebay (correctly spelled)
GBP 18 June 2008, Ebay, $41 September 2008, Ebay, GBP 27 (Keep Us) February 2009, Ebay, $51 (misspelled), January 2010, Ebay
GBP 11, September 2010, Ebay
GBP 27, January 2011, Ebay
GBP 53, July 2012, Ebay
GBP 12, September 2012, Ebay
$15.50 (very scuffed sleeve), November 2013, Ebay
EUR 17, January 2014, Ebay

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