I've been pondering this for a while (sad, I know) but does the UK record buyer/collector lead the way for obsessing over original first pressings?
I ask because I buy US pressings from the States and sometimes it's a gamble on exactly what pressing you may receive, even though it may be sold as an original. This applies to ebay as well as set sale mail order.
I'm not talking about being duped by a modern bootleg or 80's pressing with barcode etc. More so the variation on a major label over a 10 year period that may change its label design ever few years, say a Rainbow Capitol from the late 60's. Now you can buy something that you know was originally pressed on the rainbow label but a receive a green lime copy or the mid 70's pinky colour with green Capitol text.
I could mention the Westbound label. Now if spend big bucks on the first Funadelic LP I want the multi-coloured label from 1970, not the light blue pressing of the mid 70's.
There are others (ie Reprise, Atlantic, Columbia, Epic) but I'm already sounding way too anal
So do we UK people stress about this way too much while our US counterparts do not pay much heed to this? I know you have the whole trainspotting label thing with The Beatles/Stones etc worldwide but that's a whole different thing.
Interested for other people's views on this, or am I alone and should be just happy as long as I've got the music ?