domenica 21 gennaio 2018

THE RECORD OF THE WEEK & Today's 
WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM:
ANOTHER PART OF ME
JAPAN PROMO 7'' SONY YPS-006



This wonderful new year continues with a new item just arrived for the Showroom:it's a rare "Another part of me" promo 7'' from Japan, similar to the previous release of "Dirty Diana" and the following "Liberian girl". It comes with a white sheet including the infos, and a white label; B-Side of this special release is "Turn around and count to 10" originally performed by Dead or Alive.
"Another part of me" was released promotionally in Japan also with the well-known picture sleeve. This is the 2nd of the 3 promos with coloured sheets (you can see the whole lot in the pictures) and, for sure, it's the rarest of the whole set:a lot of collectors don't know it excist!
 

mercoledì 17 gennaio 2018

Today's ON THE AIR : "SMILE"
SMILE
HOLLAND 5 TRACKS CD SINGLE
EPIC/SONY 6651302

 
"Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just...

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You'll get by...

If you smile
Through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile..."

domenica 14 gennaio 2018

THE RECORD OF THE WEEK:
SMOOTH CRIMINAL
UK LIMITED EDITION SOUVENIR PACK
INCLUDES 4 POSTCARDS
EPIC 653026 0


With a beautiful, thick carton box, showing a scene from the movie "Moonwalker" in which Michael is running from Frankie Laido dogs, and 4 postcards with pictures taken from the movie, this UK limited edition of "Smooth Criminal" is one of my favourite "special edition" singles from the BAD era.
The box, of course, contains the 7'' single too, backed on side B with the Instrumental version.
This single was also released in UK as a classic release, with no extra packaging and no postcards, and with this same sleeve (just like the U.S. release), totally different from the european one.
This is the Showroom's record of the week, but beware...there's alaways soemthing new on the way!
Stay tuned!
Until then...let's play the song and see if Annie is ok... :-)



venerdì 12 gennaio 2018

THE BADDER IN ECUADOR:
BAD ECUADOR LP
EPIC/CBS/COLUMBIA 333-0093

Want to see something really really Bad? :-) The Showroom today takes a detailed look to one of the rarest Bad lp presses ever released:this comes from Ecuador, is produced by Epic/CBS and made by Ifesa - Guayaquil, an exclusive record company from Ecuador (producer of some other MJ releases for that country, including the singles of "Billie Jean" and "Don't stop").
The record comes with a particular orange label, but this time there are no translations for the song titles, housed in a non-gatefold sleeve.
A Bad album from Ecuador in such a great conditions is not easy to find. I remeber that I knew about this press, but the first one I saw wasn't so good like this. I waited for another chance, and I was lucky enough to get the copy you can see here, now.
Sometimes, being patient is the best thing a collector can do. 
 



 

mercoledì 10 gennaio 2018

THE SHOWROOM'S
BLAST FROM THE PAST : 
CAN'T LET HER GET AWAY
COSTARICA 12'' PROMO MAXI SINGLE
SONY MUSIC 81014193

Already shown in the past, but it's always a pleasure to see such a rarity:the only, exclusive release of "Can't let her get away" single, produced by Sony Music as a promotional copy 12'' maxi single in Costarica. This single is the official 10th single taken from the album "Dangerous", marking an astonishing record for one album only. Side B is empty, while the A-side contains the original lp version of the track. To my knowledge, Sony Music Costarica also released in this format, with this same labels, the promotional copies of "Jam" (that you can see in the Showroom blog), "Who is it/Give in to me" (mispressed label, with the song title changed in "Give unto me"), "Heal the world", "Will you be there" and "In the closet". "Remember the time" got a similar release, but in a 7'' format. "Black or white" was released in 7'' too, but with a picture sleeve and different labels.




domenica 7 gennaio 2018

THE RECORD OF THE WEEK & Today's WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM:
THE JACKSONS - GOIN PLACES
USA "DODGERS TEEN NIGHT - TENQ RECORDS"
PICTURE DISC
EPIC -  NO CAT.#




And then...this year is full of surprises here!!! A new masterpiece enters today this Showroom:it's a 
very rare promotional picture disc of the "Goin' Places" album that would have been sold at a planned May 13th, 1978 Jacksons concert at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, later cancelled!
The front reads: "Ten Q Radio 1020-Jacksons Dodgers Teen Night: May 13, 1978" with a picture of Dodgers Stadium. The back has the LP cover with The Jacksons in aviator outfits. Comes in a special custom red jacket with track listing on back, similar to the classic picture disc release you can see in the other pictures. There is no catalog number on the record, although it is commonly known as #34835-1G which is the catalog number for the U.S: release of the Goin' Places album.
In the pictures down under, you can see both the picture disc releases of "Goin'places".




giovedì 4 gennaio 2018

Today's ON THE AIR: 
"BLOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR"

BLOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR - HISTORY IN THE MIX
HOLLAND 2 LP SET : EPIC/SONY EPC487500 1
USA 2 LP SET: EPIC/SONY E2 68000

"...She got your number
She know your game
She put you under
It's so insane
Since you seduced her
How does it feel
To know that woman
Is out to kill
Every night stance is like takin' a chance
It's not about love and romance
And now you're gonna get it
Every hot man is out takin' a chance
It's not about love and romance
And now you do regret it...