mercoledì 20 settembre 2017

THE RECORD OF THE WEEK:
THRILLER
 

HOLLAND/GERMANY "CLUB EDITION" LP
EPIC EPCCL46725 8 


Look at this "Thriller" lp. It looks like the common dutch version, isn't it. Well, it's not. This is a super rare "Club edition" released (obviously) for Clubs use in Germany, and if you take a look on the back...you can clearly see a different catalogue number, and the writing "Club edition"!!! Beware, the different catalogue is ONLY on the sleeve, the record inside is a classic dutch press, blue labeled, with a dutch catalogue number!

Thriller nights are coming...watch out here what's happening in October....
CAN YOU DIG IT?



domenica 17 settembre 2017

THE RECORD(S) OF THE WEEK:
MICHAEL JACKSON BEST II LP

MUSIC DESIGN RECORDS/AFIDNO MDRC-1063
MICHAEL JACKSON BEST II CD
DAIKEI/AFIDNO DRC-347

 
Among the obscure releases all over the world, here we have a set of korean best of - lp & cd format - that a lot of collectors consider as an official release. In deed, at the time it was hard to determine which press was official - and legally authorized - and which not. A lot of releases from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan were officially licensed by Epic records and released with minor companies, so this could be one of that. By the way, the wonderful sleeve worth the purchase, even though the lp looks more a professional release than the cd itself. The set contains a selection of tracks from 2 Michael Jackson's album ("Thriller" and "Bad" - so no "Off the wall" or Jacksons tracks), for a total of 12 tracks.






giovedì 14 settembre 2017

TODAY'S WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM:
THE WIZ JAPAN LASER DISCS
1ST RELEASE (PINK OBI) : 

CICVIDEO SF098-0084
2ND RELEASE (BLUE OBI) : 

CICVIDEO PILF1067
 
A wonderful double set of laser discs joins today the Showroom.
Both laserdiscs come from Japan, and they're the very first release of "The Wiz" with a pink obi, and the "special price" reissue with a blue obi, parft of the "EverGreen" collection released by Cicvideo.
Curiously, I think that the second release is rarer than the first press. I often saw the pink obi version on auction sites, but never - before my purchase - the blue one.






domenica 10 settembre 2017

THE RECORD(S) OF THE WEEK:
HISTORY BEGINS
-HISTORY BEGINS PROMO 1 TRACK (BLUE) XPCD654
-HISTORY BEGINS PROMO 4 TRACKS (RED) XPCD655
-HISTORY BEGINS PROMO ADVANCE ALBUM (GREEN) 

 15 TRACKS XPCD656

This week, the item(s) chosen for the prestigious "Record of the week" place, are 3 papaersleeve cds sent to radio stations, to promote the forthcoming (at the time) release of the "HIStory" album. All 3 cds have a white background artwork, with the title "HIStory begins" on it in 3 different colours : blue, red and green.
The blue version contains only 1 track (a special megamix of the hits included on the first HIStory cd), the red one have 4 tracks (Rock with you, Beat it, Billie Jean & Don't stop), while the green version is a truly "sampler" album including the full content of the "HIStory" cd 1.
Each cd have a colour artwork matching the one on the sleeve, and all 3 report the writing "limited edition".
I can't say whcih one is the rarest, but the 'red' one with 4 tracks seems the most difficult to find, and the 'green' one the most common.





HISTORY BEGINS XPCD654



HISTORY BEGINS XPC655



HISTORY BEGINS XPCD656

mercoledì 6 settembre 2017

Today's WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM:
MOONWALKER ITALY PC GAME
FUTURA GAMES/KIXX

A relevant new item arrived today in the Showroom : it's an italian version of the "Moonwalker" game, released by FuturaGames in conjuction with the KIXX, exclusive release for pc, at the time.
It is housed in a large box (8'' tall and 6'' large) and it contains the Moonwalker game splitted on 2 floppy disks, as well as a little booklet with a brief story and instructions.
This is one of the rarest edition of the game "Moonwalker".






domenica 3 settembre 2017

RECORD OF THE WEEK : 
UNIQUE MUSICA MEGAMIX SAMPLER
SOUTH AFRICA 

EPIC/SONY CDSAMPLER 5

With its unique picture sleeve and the wonderful "blood-splattered" picture cd, this promo cardsleeve has become highly sought-after among MJ collectors.
Released in 1997 in South Africa ONLY, in conjuction with the "Blood on the dancefloor" album release and for a contemporary promotion of the previous 2-discs set "HIStory", it contains 3 megamixes (MJ Megamix 4'58'' - MJ Megaremix 10'33" - MJ Urban megamix 4'58'') produced by Tony Moran, which make of this cd the exact compendium of several promotional EU/USA releases (Megamix/Megaremix EU cd for example, or the american "The Megamixes" promo).




giovedì 31 agosto 2017

Today's WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM :
OFF THE WALL
RHODESIA LP CBS KSF2390


A new "Off the wall" copy joins today the Showroom. It's a rare press from Zimbabwe (ex-Rhodesia), with particular white labels design,  and a sleeve that looks similar to the South African one, with just some slight differences. You can watch in the "Lp albums" page, here, the few details changed between one and the other.