is interesting to collectors is that there were three different
versions of the album issued. The first pressings carried
labels featuring the old WRC
design which had a red background with silver text and the
old WRC logo (set across capital 'S' denoting Stereo).
1970 the company was deleting all of its old outdated mono
stock and decided to update its label design at the same
time which became two-tone orange and black with black and
was also a new streamlined logo with WRC in capital letters,
and as the company had just been absorbed into the huge
EMI empire the EMI logo also appeared alongside. The sleeve
remained the same for both versions and featured several
specially commissioned photos of Arthur as Captain Mainwaring
in an unknown location. It is interesting to note that he
is not wearing his official Mainwaring uniform as presumably
the BBC didn't give WRC permission to use it.
as I can see the album was only available for a short while
in the UK and was deleted a couple of years later. However
there was a third version
issued in New Zealand on EMI's Regal offshoot in 1973 (Regal
SREG 30176). This time it was not a mail order item but
could be bought in the shops but again was only available
for a short time.
in New Zealand, Bless'Em All received a reel to reel
tape release; catalogue number: TT1008.
is supposed to be a single taken from the album featuring
Arthur's version of 'Who Do You Think You Are Kidding
Mr Hitler', although I have
never seen a copy of it. EMI published sheet music of the
song in 1969 with Mainwaring pictured on the cover. This
was normally only done for singles
and the sheet music carries a reference to EMI Records SH6749A,
which would seem to be a catalogue number for a single,
so perhaps it was released, albeit briefly (if anyone has
a copy, please let me know).