Wuthering Heights

b/w Kite

Wuthering Heights (UK) Gold test pressing front


Wuthering Heights (UK) Gold test pressing rear


Country: UK
Label/Number: EMI 2719
Release date: Mid-to-late 1978
Chronology: Gold vinyl test pressing of Kate's 1st UK single
Wuthering Heights Lyrics
What it's about: Kate's nod to Emily Bronte's classic romance novel. (More specifically, the ending, where Cathy comes back as a spirit to claim Heathcliff's soul.)
Running time: 4:26
Kite Lyrics
What it's about: Feeling rooted to the ground, a girl takes to the sky as a kite (but I've always thought it was a thinly veiled drug use metaphor).
Running time: 3:00
It actually exists! After 35 years of rumour and speculation, a gold vinyl test pressing of Wuthering Heights surfaced in the UK in early 2015!  It is believed that this disc was pressed as a colored vinyl test, shortly before the regular black stock second pressings of the singles were issued.
The runnout reads "2719-2" indicating that it's a second pressing, and "Blair", referring to Chris Blair, the Abbey Road engineer who cut the second issue.
It's so rare that it received a full-page writeup in the September, 2015 issue of Record Collector, shown here.
Scans and information courtesy of BrokenFriend.

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