mercoledì 22 novembre 2017

PLAYING MICHAEL 
ON THE ITALIAN JUKE-BOX
THRILLER 
EPIC JC15115
DIRTY DIANA 
EPIC JC15222
BLACK OR WHITE 
EPIC JC15305
IN THE CLOSET 
EPIC/SONY JC15311
YOU ARE NOT ALONE 
EPIC/SONY JC15481-7
BLOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR 
EPIC/SONY JC15516-7

You know, every vountry used to produce special editions in 7'' format, to promote the singles from an album and let it playing on the juke-boxes. Some countries like France and USA released sometimes these editions with a picture sleeve too; in Italy there was a chance to get the record with a sleeve not matching the artists' record, and with a big hole in the middle.
These releases, most of the items, came with plain white sleeves; if you want to get a special juke-box copy, I suggest you to be patient and look for a copy complete with the matching juke-box strip - that means you will have a COMPLETE record.
Sometimes, label A and label B didn't contain the same artists'songs. Most of the times both artists on the record came from the same label, but I even saw some splitted records with 2 artist from different production labels.
By the way, here we have some examples of italian juke-box releases:
THRILLER backed with
Paul Young's "Come back and stay"
DIRTY DIANA backed with
Sade's "Love is stronger than pride"
BLACK OR WHITE backed with
Claudio Baglioni's "Acqua dalla luna"
IN THE CLOSET (6:32" version!) backed with
The pasadenas' "I'm doing fine now"
YOU ARE NOT ALONE backed with
Toto's "I will remember"
BLOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR backed with
Skank's "Garota nacional"

Important note:"In the closet" italian juke-box edition, is the only 7'' fromat to contain the long 6'32" album version, that's why this release is truly an unique treasure.
 











 

domenica 19 novembre 2017

THE RECORD(S) OF THE WEEK:
HISTORY PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE BOOK I
WITH HIDDEN MESSAGES
HIStory Austria/France cd 
Epic/Sony 474709 2
HIStory Austria/Germany cd 
Epic/Sony 4744709 2
HIStory Austria/Holland cd 
Epic/Sony 474709 2
 

This was truly an amazing gift for a lot of european fans:some first presses of the HIStory, past present and future Book I cd, distributed in France, Germany and Holland, contains an hidden spoken message from Michael. The message says:"HI, THIS IS MICHAEL JACKSON. I WANNA THANK ALL MY FANS IN --- (Germany, France or Holland) --- FOR THE CONTINUING LOVE AND SUPPORT ALL OVER THE YEARS. I HOPE TO COME AND VISIT YOU VERY SOON AND PERFORM FOR ALL OF YOU. I LOOK FOR TO SEE YOU VERY SOON, UNTIL THEN, GOODBYE, I LOVE YOU ALL. GOODBYE."
Here you can hear all 3 messages:
 
 
And these are all the 3 releases containing the hidden message. You can easily recognize them, because the alert of the message is written on the final notes of the stickers.
Sice their release, these cds became a must for all the fans around the world. But beware:the catalogue number doesn't change, and it's the same of all the common european releases. So the only way to know if you have a cd with an hidfden message, is to watch the sticker or play cd1 until the end of "Heal the world".
 



 
 

giovedì 16 novembre 2017

Today's ON THE AIR: 
"EATEN ALIVE"
EATEN ALIVE (DEVORADO)
MEXICO PROMO 12'' 
(INCLUDES PROMO PICTURES)
CAPITOL POP-746

"...Capture me my blood is red
Another victim of your ritual
For you my skin is shed
Ecstacy ain't what you find
In the modern world
One flick of my tongue changes
The meaning of the world
And you say

That's impossible
That's not impossible to do, oh
And you digest what I can see
The taste of you can be

I don't wanna get eaten alive
'Cause you're so dangerous
No more hearts I can trust, you see
I don't wanna get eaten alive
To be eaten alive
Eaten alive
I don't ever wanna be
Eaten alive..."







domenica 12 novembre 2017

THE RECORD OF THE WEEK:
SOLID GOLD
HOLLAND 3'' SINGLE EPIC 655572 3

OMG, how I love this mini cd!
The wonderful picture sleeve shows Michael live on the Bad Tour, and the 3''cd includes 3 of the greatest Michael's hits (Billie Jean, Don't stop 'til you get enough & Wanna be startin'somethin'). This was released in 1988 by Epic, and it's a part of the "Solid gold" 3''single series made for all the most important artists on Epic label (among these, George Michael and Terence Trent D'arby got a "Solid gold" 3'' too).
Several years ago, before internet and the auctions online, this was a "something-to-die-for" item. Now, it's not that rare item you have to follow for ages, and with just a little bit of patience you can easily add it to your collection.
I remember I bought this cd in a record fair in Milan and, at the time, it was one of the best purchases I made in that fair.
Probably today it wouldn't be the same, but let me say one thing:after all these years, its beauty remains intact!
 


 
 
 

mercoledì 8 novembre 2017

Today's ON THE AIR :
"LEAVE ME ALONE"
LEAVE ME ALONE IRELAND 7''SINGLE
EPIC 6546727

"There was a time I used to say girl I need you
But who is sorry now
You really hurt, you used to take and deceive me
Now who is sorry now
You got a way of making me feel so sorry
I found out right away
Don't you come walkin' beggin' I ain't lovin' you
Don't you get in my way
'Cause there's a time when you're right
And you know you must fight
Who's laughing baby, don't you know
And there's the choice that we make
And this choice you will take
Who's laughin' baby
So just leave me alone
Leave me alone (leave me alone) (leave me alone)
Leave me alone (leave me alone) (leave me alone)
Leave me alone, stop it!
Just stop doggin' me around..."
 
 
 



 

sabato 4 novembre 2017

Today's 
WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM: SCREAM 
"GLOW IN THE DARK" 2 VINYLS SET
EPIC/SONY LEGACY 88985480231


You're right, Halloween has gone but...just a few days before the ghoulish party, some new "Scream"-related items arrived in the Showroom. This is the chosen one:the beautiful "glow-in-the-dark" 2 lp set. This set is wonderful:it contains 2 vinyls, one white/pale yellow colour and the other with a "splattered-stars" blue:if you let them take some daylight, when you put it on the turntable - and you close the windows - the records remains both luminous! Also a portion of the sleeve make the same effect. Apart its content (not happy with it, I wonder why they incluided "Leave me alone" instead of "Is it scary" in an Halloween songs selection), this format release looks very catchy and interesting. And then:this record marks the first "augmented reality" effect:just use the Shazam camera on your smartphone, and watch the crows floating all around the sleeve!
I'm in love with this record and it's nice to play it in this cold autumn nights; my point of view is that these vinyls are a nice addition to the collection.
I know a lot of people could be disappointed by this post, but I don't care:I'm a collector, a RECORD collector and Branca or not Branca, Sony or not Sony, to be or not to be, I've always decided to do what I consider the best for all I've done in almost 30 years:collecting.
So please don't blame me about that:
just blame it on the boogie (man)!









martedì 31 ottobre 2017

THE SHOWROOM'S HALLOWEEN 
POST #11
THRILLER
PORTUGAL 12'' SINGLE
- VARIANT #1 
   (VERSAO LONGA VERSAO CURTA) 
   EPIC A12.3643
- VARIANT #2 EPIC A12.3643

"...Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y'awl's neighborhood
And whosoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the hounds of hell
And rot inside a corpse's shell

The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom
And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller...."


 VIDEO:THRILLER (FULL VERSION)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 
FROM THE SHOWROOM TO ALL THE MICHAEL JACKSON'S COLLECTORS!