Tuesday, November 21, 2017

And Dream Of Sheep - USA 1 Track Promotional CD

A friend recently sent this one to me. I was already aware of its existence, but I had no intention of searching it out myself.

This is a one track USA promo CD single for the live version of And Dream of Sheep from Before The Dawn. There is no insert for it that I'm aware of - just a plain paper sleeve. It wasn't worth scanning in. Trust me.

I know there are at least two other promo CD singles for this song. One for the UK and one for Japan, but I really can't tell you anything more than that.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Sensual World - Dutch Press Kit

The Dutch press kit for the Sensual World comes in a picture folder that's identical to the UK press kit. In fact, all versions of this press kit have the same identical picture folder. The folder measures 8¾" x 12¼" and has a glossy finish to the surface.

The inside contents of this folder are straight forward and fairly boring. Included is a 4 page press release featuring a biography, a discography and track-listing for the Sensual World. Unfortunately, the entire thing is in Dutch and I don't understand a word of Dutch. If anyone wants to waste their own time translating it - knock yourself out :)

Also included is one publicity photograph, which is clearly a standard UK issued one.

Interestingly enough, from the few other examples I've seen of the Dutch press kit over the years, any publicity photo(s) included tended to be randomly presented in two different configurations. Some had the standard UK issued versions inserted (anywhere from 1-3 photos), while others had regular photos inserted. These regular photos have a thin white border around all four sides, like a frame, but contain no discernible information or markings of any kind anywhere on them. No artist listing or catalogue number, no photography credit or music label logo. Nothing. It's pretty odd.

And that's pretty much it for this one. As I mentioned earlier on, this particular one is pretty boring. In fact, out of the three different versions of this press kit that I own, the Dutch one is easily the most uninteresting one of the lot.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Badges Update

I finally have time to do a little update with the Badges Blog Page on here and I've added 4 more badges. You can either check the updates section on the left-hand side to see which ones I've added, or jump right to the blog page and just skim through all of them until you discover them on your own. Judging by the hits that particular page gets, I'm sure some of you are keeping tabs on which ones I'm adding anyway.

I know it might seem like I've deserted this site, but I haven't. Things happen, so I haven't had the time to be as consistent as I would like. I will say that from now and up until December my posts will be random, but keep checking the updates section as I will be adding things when I get a chance to.

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Man With The Child In His Eyes - UK Promotional Sticker

Unique, full colour eye-shaped promotional sticker produced by EMI in 1978 to promote the single for The Man With The Child In His Eyes. This has a matte finish to it and measures 7.5" x 4.5" at its widest points. This would have been used in record shops at the time, along with other promoting materials.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Amiga - West Germany Cassette: Unknown Issue

Official cassette release of the Amiga album from West Germany.

This comes with a simple card insert and features a very cropped version of the LP artwork on the front. The border/doodle design is also absent on the cassette version, and the "Amiga" title has been moved to the far bottom and printed in black.

The opposite side of the insert is pretty basic with a reprinting of the album tracks and some distribution information.

As far as the cassette insert goes, I find this one to be of much lesser quality than most. Mine is also not in pristine condition, but I did my best to make it look presentable. Actually, the cassette labels are pretty cheap too.

Surprisingly, the cassette release is far more rare than the vinyl release and therefore more difficult to find. It's also had several reissues. Some cassette shells have a black back on them, like mine, but others are cream colour. Cassette labels can also vary. Apart from the one you see here, some are also a plain white with copper coloured printing, and I'm also aware of a blue coloured one similar to the colour of the vinyl record labels. I have absolutely no clue what issue this cassette is, and since there's virtually no information around about the cassette release (or how many reissues it's had), it makes it that much more difficult to place it.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Never For Ever - Edited Highlights Flexi Disc: Square Version

This is the second of two promotional flexi discs that were issued in 1980 and features highlights from Never For Ever. The circular version, which is the more common of the two, was issued and distributed in the UK. You can see that post right here if you haven't already. As far as I can recall, the square version was issued in some music magazine in Belgium. I can't remember the name of the magazine for the life of me, but I'm sure you can probably research that information online somewhere if you're interested in finding that out.

Interestingly enough, both versions of the flexi were made in the UK, which also means the printed information and catalogue number is exactly the same on both. The only discernible difference between the two is the shape.

As I mentioned several years back on my first post for the circular version, this is the only flexi that I've ever collected - and I do count both versions as one, in case there's any confusion about that. Flexi discs can be quite problematic with warping problems, not to mention their ghastly sound quality to start with. Even the silver ink used for printing the text tends to be quite patchy and unevenly distributed. I'm just not a fan of these things at all.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Lionheart - Japan First Issue Cassette

The first issue Japanese cassette release of Lionheart features the same album artwork as the UK release, but with the addition of some bold text, photos and background colour. As you may have noticed already, which I've probably neglected to mention on other posts, these cassette inserts are pretty unique with their double spines.

The inner portion of the insert is pretty boring by comparison, and most of them are pretty much like this - a basic listing of the tracks on one side and a listing for different releases printed on the other side.

The cassette shell for Lionheart has JAPAN stamped directly into it on the first side only. The early cassette shells and sticker labels are pretty much identical on all early album releases. I really can't say if this changes at all on the later releases as I pretty much stopped collecting them after Hounds of Love. By that point the inserts were looking more and more like any other common release you could find in any country - and the appeal for them was lost on me.

This release also comes with a double-sided English lyric sheet. It's a really long strip of folded paper, which I had to scan and chop into sections, otherwise you wouldn't be able to read any of it. As I've pointed out in other releases, the paper is very thin, similar to newsprint paper.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Suspended In Gaffa - Australia 7" Promo Single

Australian promo only release of Suspended In Gaffa was issued in a generic company sleeve. This is a slightly different version of the company sleeve from the one typically used for most general releases in Australia. Instead of the large EMI logo centred around the cut out hole on the front, a smaller version is placed in the upper left-hand corner. There's also a slightly darker red ring around the outer portion of the logo, even though it's impossible to see here. The back of the sleeve has no cut out hole, but an extra large EMI logo is featured.

The labels are promo stamped in large red letters, and interestingly enough, Ne T'enfuis Pas has a misspelling on the second side.

Despite the fact that this is one of the less interesting promos out there, it also tends to be a pricey one when it does show up.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

4 Sucessos - Brazil 7" Single (4 Track EP)

This is the first in a series of two Brazilian produced Various Artists EPs to feature a song by Kate. A second Various Artists EP was later issued, as were two additional EPs which were marketed exclusively as Kate releases. All 4 EPs can be found on this site.

As with the case with the other releases, this one also comes in a thicker card sleeve. The record labels are also pretty identical to the UK issued ones from that time.

Unfortunately, the labels on this particular copy are in pretty rough shape; they suffer from discolouration, fading and even bleed issues from the paper glue. I had a lot of difficulty taking half decent scans, particularly with the B side. Sometimes older paper labels can prove to be problematic in very specific ways. It doesn't often happen, but I have seen a few examples of this throughout my life. A culmination of different factors can be involved in this happening: defective paper, glue not properly cured, environmental conditions or simply age.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wuthering Heights - Sweden 7" Single

This one comes in a thicker card sleeve similar to the original UK release. The front artwork, minus the catalogue number, is identical to the UK release.

The back of the picture sleeve is completely different to all other releases. It's nothing overly spectacular, but if you like collecting variants, then this is an interesting one to get.

The paper labels on the 7" are practically identical to the UK ones at the time.