lunedì 31 ottobre 2016

TODAY'S ON THE AIR : 
"THRILLER"    
THRILLER AUSTRALIA 7'' EPIC ES 924
THRILLER AUSTRALIA 12'' EPIC ES 12088

"They're out to get you;
There's demons closing in on every side
They will possess you
Unless you change the number on your dial
Now is the time
For you and I to cuddle close together
All through the night
I'll save you from the terrors on the screen
I'll make you see...

That it's a thriller, thriller night
'Cause I can thrill you more than any ghost
Would ever dare try
Girl, this is thriller, thriller night
So let me hold you tight and share a
Killer, diller, chiller
Thriller here tonight..."


THRILLER (IMMORTAL VERSION)





mercoledì 12 ottobre 2016

FORGOTTEN RELEASES 
AROUND THE WORLD :
BILLIE JEAN MOZAMBIQUE 12''
TEAL DISCO/TRUTONE MUSIC XEN 5434 (GRC8111)

What you are going to see is a rare,rare,rare press of a "Billie Jean" 12'' maxi single, "FABRICADO POR COMPANHIA DE DISCOS DE MOCAMBIQUE,LDA".
I guess a few copies of this are still around. Trutone music is a South African record distribution and manufacturing company that had permission from Epic to distribute, along other records, a Michael Jackson record only for Mozambique.
They did it with Billie Jean. Probably someone can think this could not been a 100% official product but...please take a look at the catalogue number : XEN code is the same code you can find in several other 12'' releases from South Africa ("Thriller" single for example...or "Torture" & "State of shock" by the Jacksons...as well as some other 7''s). All from Epic/CBS!!!
This is more than likely the world's rarest 12'' pressing of Michael Jackson's hit "Billie Jean".
This wonderful copy, includes the original TRUTONE company sleeve (even harder to get a copy like this!) and the Showroom saw it only one time : when it was purchased!
Side A contains "Billie Jean part 1" (that is just an edited version of the album version), while side B "Billie Jean part II" (a.k.a. the instrumental version).




domenica 9 ottobre 2016

RECORD OF THE WEEK : 
"MICHAEL JACKSON CD EXCLUSIVO PARA PROMOCION" 
ARGENTINA PROMO EPIC/SONY 2-000172
TRACKLIST :
1 - No estas solo (you are not alone) 5'45''
2 - Extrano en Moscu (Stranger in Moscow) 5'44''
3 - Ellos no se preocupan por nosostros (They don't care about us) 4'42''


The Showroom goes back in Argentina today, and as a "Record of the week" is going to present a rare promo cd including 3 HIStory album hits : "You are not alone", "Stranger in Moscow" & "They don't care about us".
The cd comes in a thick cardsleeve with black lettering on it (a simple artwork used for another similar Argentina promo cd including "Scream - Grita"), and it was released by Sony Music Entertainment Argentina in 1995.
Obviously, it's not easy to find a cd like this in excellent conditions.
If you're looking for it, my suggestion is always the same : with some patience and a little bit of luck, "nothing is impossible"!





sabato 8 ottobre 2016

Today's ON THE AIR : 
"ONE MORE CHANCE"  
ONE MORE CHANCE CANADA PICTURE CD SINGLE
EPIC/SONY 34K3455

1-ALBUM VERSION
2-RON G RHYTHMIC MIX
3-PAUL OAKENFOLD POP MIX
"...Uh huh alright
This time I'm gonna do my best to make it right
Can't go on without you by my side
Hold on
Shelter come and rescue me out of this storm
And out of this cold I need someone
Oh why oh lord why why
If you see her
tell her this for me
All I need is
One more chance at love
One more chance at love
(One more)..."


ONE MORE CHANCE (VIDEO)


martedì 4 ottobre 2016

Today's ON THE AIR : 
SHOW YOU THE WAY TO GO   
THE JACKSONS USA LP PICTURE DISC EPIC/CBS CAT.#?
"...I don't know everything
But there's something I do know
(I know, I know)
I've read and heard a lot
And now I'm ready to show
That we can come together
And think like one
Come together now
Live together underneath the sun
Please, please let me show you
Let me show you
Let me show you the way to go
Follow me, my friend
Let me show you, come on
Let me show you the way to go..."


THE JACKSONS - SHOW YOU THE WAY TO GO 



domenica 2 ottobre 2016

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

sabato 1 ottobre 2016

KARAOKE IN JAPAN : 
INSTRUMENTAL VERSION COLLECTION
JAPAN CASSETTE SINGLE EPIC/SONY 15.6P-5158

Well, we all know this uncommon release.
This was, at the time, a great gift for any Michael Jackson fan. The "Instrumental version collection" cd, released only in Japan, is a special release which gave the possibility to hear 6 tracks(2 from "Thriller" and 4 taken from "Bad" )without MJ vocals. These original instrumental versions, were not previously unreleased,as you could easily find them on some 7'' or 12''s releases, but the amazing thing is that Sony Japan had the idea to release them all on one cd. First release of the cd was in 1988, planned to promote the "Bad Tour", with a white obi. Then it was reissued 10 years after, in the late 90's with a different yellow obi. In this post, you can see the mega rare cassette version, with a "Japan Tour '88" sticker on it!