'Gatefold sleeve. Was not 'recorded one night in 1965' like sleeve says, but in 1967 over weeks.'[discogs]
German issue on Buddah labels. Laminated sleeve.[juliens]
'Non-gatefold sleeve. ('Greener' image to 'frame' & text than gatefold die-cut issue).
Buddah 'brown/pink' label.
(The instrument credited on release as 'Musette' is really known as an 'Oboe Musette'. However, Vliet actually played a 'Shehnai'- which looks similar, but is of Indian origin).
Die-cut gatefold issueRecorded 1967 (not one night in 1965 as stated on back-cover).[discogs] Uni pack - opening in centre. Purple Buddah label[lyndsay]
'1st issue in UK.
The back cover states:
'These performances were recorded one night in Los Angeles in 1965'
This is incorrect. The content is part of various material recorded over weeks in 1967 for an aborted double-album follow-up to 'Safe As Milk' (known broadly as 'Brown Wrapper'). This 'Mirror Man' recording is the first time some of the work officially surfaced, 4 years later as the 5th album - and why the band is 'His Magic Band'.
(This, together with 'Strictly Personal' & 'It Comes To You In A Plain Brown Wrapper' are inter-connected).
Further errors are perpetrated in the credits:
Alex St. Clair has had 'Snouffer' added to his alias, Handley is shown as Handsley & Semens as Simmons.
Die-cut 'window' cover with pasted in silver & black/white half-tone liner, opening at spine. Vinyl in un-punched white liner. Black & silver 'Buddah' labels.
'Buddah Records (logo) Select'
'Original recording, Buddah Records N.Y.'
'Manufactured by Polydor Records Ltd., London'.
'Printed and made by the E. J. Day Group, London and Bedford'.