Is there any reason to acquire Smiths test pressing LPs/EPs/45s other than their scarcity? Any examples of alt. mixes or takes turning up on a test pressing? Any examples of test pressings having better mastering than their commercial counterparts?
You should spend some time reading the collector's appendix at Passions Just like mine. Some test pressings are different edits or have different b sides, but most are the same as the final release. Some test pressings never made it into final release. Don't make the mistake of thinking that white labels are test pressings... test pressings are very limited, white labels much less so.
That is very true Dave. One test pressing I have been after for a long time is the Boxers 12" with Sunny added as a B-side. The only time I know about it being for sale was in 2008. One of my top three wants.