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Dick Greener
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Oyster, 1976 (not UK)

So Close And Yet So Far Away
UK vinyl
  • Not release in UK
  • US vinyl
  • US promo release
  • US releases
  • Asia Pacific vinyl
  • Thai releases
  • Other vinyl
  • Brazilian release
  • Different choices by US Oyster execs saw this lush ballad released as a single in the US, backed with the lively "The Soldier's Tale" (the latter was briefly revived - to some surprise - in the Acoustic Strawbs live act, the former back in the Electric band repertoire in recent live shows).

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    US promo release
    "So Close And Yet So Far Away [stereo]" (Cousins)/
    "So Close And Yet So Far Away [mono]" (Cousins)
    (OY 704, Oyster promo, 1976)

    A date stamped (on the company sleeve the promo came to me in) gives the release date of 16 Aug 1976. The blurb scan is from Alison Brown

    US releases
    "So Close And Yet So Far Away" (Cousins)/
    "The Soldier's Tale" (Cousins/Cronk)
    (OY 704, Oyster, 1976)

    Originally thought to be promo only, two release copies of this have turned up.


    Thai releases
    "So Close And Yet So Far Away (Cousins) plus 3 other tracks
    (TKR 446, 1976?)

    "So Close And Yet So Far Away" (Cousins) plus 3 other tracks (EXP 261, 1976?) (*)

    Spotted onlin.


    Brazilian release
    "So Close And Yet So Far Away" (Cousins)/
    "The Soldier's Tale" (Cousins/Cronk)
    (2066 751, 1977)

    My copy came in a record station cardboard sleeve with a sticky label affixed to side 1 of the vinyl. Rádio Bandeirantes these days is an online radio station based in Sao Paolo (but presumably was a standard broadcasting radio station back then).

    Spotted online, a rough image of the single in a local company sleeve.

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