Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Dreaming - Original Japanese LP

The album jacket is basically identical to the UK release, but with slight differences here and there; mainly the catalogue number on the front of the jacket in the upper right-hand corner, and some Japanese text and distribution information at the back on the bottom of the jacket.

I think the front of the obi-strip is striking, but it would have been nice if they had done something a little more interesting with it… sort of like the obi-strip on Never For Ever. It would have been nice if they had carried the ivy d├ęcor or something else along the strip instead of the plain black. For me, the more interesting part of the obi-strip on this release is on the back - which is odd as the back is usually the more plain or boring part. The back portion features little mini photos of Kate’s other releases and a discography on her. It’s all written in Japanese text, so I haven’t got a clue what any of it says. It could be a bunch of filthy words for all I know.

I’ve had a few people ask me about obi-strips in general, and even though I’ve answered it elsewhere in other posts already, I’ll say it again. Don’t buy a Japanese LP if the obi-strip is missing or badly damaged (ripped to shreds). If you’re intending on becoming a “serious” collector of vinyl, whether it’s Kate or some other artist, then be aware that obi-strips can be more valuable than the actual record itself, and a missing obi-strip devalues the record significantly. It really isn’t worth getting the record if the obi-strip is missing - so leave it where it is. Seriously!

Unlike the UK release, the Japanese release does not come with a paper inner sleeve for the record to rest in, but rather a clear plastic one. The record labels are also the same as the UK records labels, and the only real difference to these are the red circular writing around the labels and the catalogue number.

Like all Japanese releases, this one also comes with a folded insert. Japanese text and Japanese lyrics are found on the front and back of the insert, and the English lyrics are found inside.


  1. How's the sound? The CD reissue is so terrible and badly in need of remaster...just wrote about this great album on my music blog. Have a good one!

    1. The sound is much better than any other release I've ever listened to.


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