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.









martedì 29 agosto 2017

...We'll never let you part
for you're always
IN OUR HEARTS. 


          HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICHAEL!!!



SURPRISE VIDEO 

sabato 26 agosto 2017

Today's ON THE AIR : 
HEAL THE WORLD
HEAL THE WORLD USA PROMO FIRST AID KIT 
BAG+CD SINGLE
HEAL THE WORLD CD AUSTRIA EPIC 658488 2


"If you want to know why
There's love that cannot lie
Love is strong
It only cares of joyful giving
If we try we shall see
In this bliss we cannot feel
Fear of dread
We stop existing and start living

The it feels that always
Love's enough for us growing
So make a better world
Make a better place

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me..."


HEAL THE WORLD (LIVE @ 1993 SUPERBOWL) 



mercoledì 23 agosto 2017

Today's ON THE AIR:
"BABY BE MINE"
THRILLER USA LONGBOX CD
EPIC EK 38112


"I don't need no dreams when I'm by your side
Every moment takes me to paradise
Darlin', let me hold you
Warm you in my arms and melt your fears away
Show you all the magic that a perfect love can
Make
I need you night and day
So baby, be mine (baby you gotta be mine)
And girl I'll give you all I got to give
So baby, be my girl (all the time)
And we can share this ecstasy
As long as we believe in love..."



BABY BE MINE 

 

domenica 20 agosto 2017

       

           HAPPY BIRTHDAY     
             CIMMIETTA!!!!
I would like to dedicate this post to the most beautiful, kind, lovable and careful creature on earth. I met her because of Michael 20 years ago, and through all this time she has been a part of my life. The best one, I think. And she always will be.
Happy birthday, Cimmietta!! 
My one and only "Someone in the dark"...is you.

Today's WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM :
E.T. THE STORYBOOK UK BOXSET
MCA 70000
(Back to back with E.T. The Storybook U.S. edition)

The new item to add to the Showroom collection today, is a wonderful - and hard-to-find in mint conditions - U.K. pressed "E.T. - The storybook" edition.
As you can see in the pictures, it looks different to the most common U.S. version; the label, infact, carries the writing "made in England" and much more infos of the american one. In the back, you have to watch the MCA records logo to see some different details. And then, the colours of the front sleeve looks clearer in the english version (the E.T. logo is white pink, the U.S one is lilac), and last but not least...the U.S. version comes with the big sticker, while the UK apparently does not have a sticker (the copy I've got was sealed...so...)
This is the 4th E.T. boxset in the Showroom, and the 5th edition of the album itself in this collection.








giovedì 17 agosto 2017

Today's ON THE AIR : 
"LEAVE ME ALONE"
LEAVE ME ALONE BRAZIL 

EPIC 64003/6-653501

"...I don't care what you talkin' 'bout baby
I don't care what you say
Don't you come walkin' beggin' back mama
I don't care anyway
Dime after dime I gave you all of my money
No excuses to make
Ain't no mountain that I can't climb baby
All is going 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)
Leave me alone, stop it!
Just stop doggin' me around..."


LEAVE ME ALONE (VIDEO)