October 16th 1975. Bohemian Rhapsody. Die hard vinyl collectors know that the very early test pressings of records came in two separate vinyls, one for each side of a single or LP. The matching white standard covers were usually marked the matrix numbers written on it. But beside this you also find a date, which was the date the record was actually pressed for test purposes.
On the picture you see the original Bohemian Rhapsody 1 sided 7″ test pressing with its matching “I’m in love with car” cover and vinyl. These one sided test pressings were pressed in very few quantities and given to band members and management to check quality before authorizing the run of the pressing of the copies to be released.
This special copy is so unique as it was Freddie’s; it was then given to Jim Hutton, his last partner. It also have the Freddie’s handwriting on the label of the A side. He “just” wrote Bohemian Rhapsody. I can’t imagine how happy he was to finally see its creature ready to conquer the music world!!
And in the above picture the USA Elektra original 7″ vinyl test pressing of Bohemian Rhapsosy, printed on dec. 3rd 1975.