Thursday, February 18, 2016

Moving/Them Heavy People - Japan Seiko Promo 7" Single: Second Issue

Considered among the rarest 7" singles in existence, there were two pressings made in limited numbers. EMI commissioned these releases as a clever marketing ploy for Seiko watches at the time. The first pressing was limited to 25 copies and features a large photo of Kate on a motorcycle on the inside of the gatefold, and the second version, which is shown here, was limited to 200 copies. The motorcycle photo is clearly absent from this version and replaced with song lyrics instead. Gatefold sleeves were produced for both versions with a glossy finish. Neither version had any limited edition numbers printed onto them in case anyone is wondering about that. I do, however, wonder about the accuracy of the pressed copies for both releases. Over the years I have seen both versions turn up for sale more often than they actually should.

The outer artwork was later reused as paper inserts when individual releases for Moving and Them Heavy People were produced, but with a couple of significant differences. The catalogue numbers were changed and price stamps were added in the lower left-hand corner. The "DJ" stamp was also removed from the artwork for Them Heavy People.

The inside of the gatefold has some kind of bio on Kate on the left side, and on the right side the motorcycle photo has been replaced with song lyrics. The slightly bizarre part is that there are only lyrics for 2 of the 4 songs featured in this set.

Both 7" singles are white label promos, and as far as I know there aren't any differences between the second issue and first issue releases. I could be wrong about that, but I can't see any differences between them.

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