Friday, December 1, 2017

The Sensual World - Canada Press Kit

This is easily my favourite version of the press kit for The Sensual World. It's certainly one of the more interesting ones as it gives greater insight into how an album was promoted in the consumer market - something you don't typically find inside of these things. It also comes in the same identical glossy picture folder as the Dutch and UK versions.

Inside the folder are the following:

Marketing Campaign Sheet: This includes a quick overview of the album, plus release and packaging info. There's also a rundown on some of the promotional tools to be used in shops to help push the album in the Canadian market. P.O.P. is an abbreviation for point of purchase, in case anyone was wondering about that.

Artist Profile Sheet: Little bit of a write up on Kate, the album, the marketing plan, as well as suggested retail prices for the album in all of its available forms at the time.

Lyric Sheet: Speaks for itself.

Sales Program: A two page sales program for Kate's back catalogue. The second page has badly xeroxed photos of cassette albums and spaces for inventory/orders.

Promotional Postcard: Also included is a promotional postcard, which I already posted a short while back on the Postcards Blog Page. Measuring 4" x 6" only a few of the press kits received one. Since only a handful of these press kits were made for the Canadian market, there aren't a lot of these postcards out there. It also doesn't appear to have been distributed through any other independent means that I'm aware of as I've never seen this one turn up anywhere else.

Publicity Photos: Two promo photos are also included. This press kit had anywhere from 1-3 photos inside. I already posted these on the Promotional Publicity Photographs Blog Page a little while back. While the photos are pretty familiar to people already, the Canadian version of these publicity photos are on the rare side as they don't tend to turn up very often.

And that's it.

*Most likely this will be my last new post of the year. December tends to be an exhaustively busy month for me, but I will be back sometime in the new year.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Before The Dawn: UK First Issue Quadruple LP Box Set Release

I just realized when I posted the CD version of this back in December 2016, I neglected to post any of the LP release - except for one measly photo, which you can already find on the CD post. Even though I decided right from the start to keep the LP version sealed, I thought I'd post the outer jacket and spine(s) anyway.

This one also comes stickered on the front just like the CD release. It's the only thing that has Kate's name on it. The front and back design layout are also the same as the CD release. If you're still looking for the KT logo on the cover of this one, don't give up. The boots will lead the way ; )

The packaging spine is identical to the CD spine. It surprises me a little that Kate's name or the KT Fellowship isn't included on either version of the spine.

From the other "spine" side you can see the four LP releases, along with a large version of the booklet.

While my copy is sealed, I can tell you that each section of the inlay design found on the CD release acts as a front cover for each LP. On the back of each LP is the seabed design by Timorous Beasties. Surprisingly, each LP also has an inner sleeve. Each of these inner sleeves have the same mottled coloured effect found on the back of the tour programme - it's even on the record labels. Lastly, there are no messages scratched into the run off vinyl on any of the records.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Lionheart - Official 1978 Promotional Umbrella

I've only taken one photo of this, which I will explain about after my umbrella rant.

This official umbrella was produced in 1978 to promote the release of Lionheart. Only a handful of these were manufactured by EMI, and these days it's considered very rare. It's one of the more sought after items, and one of the more expensive. It now easily fetches in the excess of £300 - not cheap.

The covering is made up of 8 nylon panels of alternating brown and cream colour sections, with alternating Lionheart and Kate Bush text in opposite colour against the panels. The non-collapsible crook handle and tube are made out of wood - possibly bamboo. It has a length of 35" total, with a diameter of 31" when the umbrella is opened.

Even though I would have liked to have taken a lot more photos of this, since my camera isn't great to start with, I'm happy enough with the one shot I did get - even despite the fact that it was a nightmare cutting the background out. To be honest, I was never intending to ever post this... at least not for the foreseeable future anyway, and until I can get it in a more stabilized condition. My umbrella is not in good shape anymore. Most likely it's my own fault for using it so much throughout the '90s. What you can't see is that the framing on the opposite side is in very bad shape and starting to collapse at some of the stretcher joints, and I actually took a very huge risk just opening it up to take a photo of it. Eventually I will get it properly repaired, but it isn't in the cards at the present time.

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.