Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Breathing - Japanese 7" Single

This release still uses the picture insert and company sleeve format, unlike some of the later releases that adopted the full picture sleeve release. I'll be the first to admit that I don't know a lot about the history of Japanese vinyl releases, but it would be interesting to find out why they went from picture inserts to full picture sleeves, and when this transition happened. The Japanese did this with a lot of different artists, and the artwork on their early ones always differed completely from the UK or American counterparts, then later transitioned into full picture sleeves using the same artwork at some point. I find the whole thing interesting.

This release uses the same artwork that's featured on the front of the original UK release, with the addition of Japanese text. Picture inserts are always double-sided, and the lyrics for the songs can be found on the reverse side in Japanese and English text. I like the little silhouette pics of Kate in the upper right-hand corner, as well as the spelling errors. Spelling errors can usually be found here and there on these.

The vinyl picture labels are exactly the same to the UK release, with the addition of some Japanese text and distribution information.

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