giovedì 20 luglio 2017

Today's WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM :
ANOTHER THRILLER? THRILLER 25? REISSUE? 25 OR NOT?
THRILLER USA PICTURE DISC REISSUE EPIC/SONY 88697353391-1


What's this? I really don't know.
It's a kind of reissue of the Thriller picture disc, with a slightly different artwork (no "25" near the Thriller logo, and "The world's biggest selling album of all time" placed in another side of the picture) but with the same leaflet of the classic "Thriller 25" release. So...it's a reissue of a reissue, in my opinion.
I didn't know about it excistance until a few weeks ago!
And by the way...can a collector ignore it? no it shouldn't. Can you live without it? of course you can. It's nothing so rare. But...it's a 25$ copy you might miss, and for a cheap price like this, it's worth the purchase, isn't it?




domenica 16 luglio 2017

THE RECORD OF THE WEEK
TODAY'S WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM : GOT TO BE THERE LP BRAZIL
MOTOWN/TAPECAR M-747-L
(REISSUE MOTOWN/POLYGRAM 530.162.1)


Finally, the Showroom found a near mint copy of the original press of the first Michael solo album made in Brazil! Infact, as of today, the only brazilian press of GTBT in this collection was the reissue. The reason why is simple:the first rerlease is not easy to find, and most of the times have writings on labels or damages on sleeve. You won't see a record with writings or damages here, it's a prerogative - my prerogative - to get the records in almost mint conditions, I don't care if we're talking about 50 years-old presses. If a rare record it's not in good conditions, I don't even watch it! So...the one you see in the picture is a very good copy, and now I can let him rest back to back to his younger brother!!!!










martedì 11 luglio 2017

BLAST FROM THE PAST :
GONE TOO SOON AUSTRALIA PROMO 

EPIC/SONY 659986 1

Released worldwide on December 1st (excluding the U.S. market, where only promotional copies have been distributed) in conjuction with the World AIDS day, the 9th and last single taken from the "Dangerous" should have been released in Australia with a variant of the well-known Ryan White picture sleeve. After the child molestation allegations, Sony Australia decided to release the single with a different cover (a detail of the 'Dangerous' album artwork - the mask with MJ eyes), a choice taken because they probably thought that a cover picturing MJ with a child could be too controversial (!).
A small quantity of promotional copies have been distributed to radio stations with the original "Ryan White" artwork sleeve.



giovedì 6 luglio 2017

MISTAKES & MISPRESSES 
AROUND THE WORLD :  
BAD KOREA CD 1ST PRESS 
EPIC/CBS CPK1012

The "mispresses saga" continues with this rare korean "BAD" cd.
This is the very first press (on the front sleeve of the booklet there's still the red bonus track 'Leave me alone' advice, and the catalogue number is clearly of an early Korea press. Where's the mistake? It's on the back insert of the cd, and exactly on the spine : Michael Jackson's name was mispelled as "Michael Jacksoon"!!!
This is a kind of mispress you can find and easily admit on several bootlegs but...this is a 100% official press!! Obviously, the mistake has been corrected on subsequent re-releases.




giovedì 29 giugno 2017

Today's WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM : MOONWALKER 
UK AMSTRAD/SCHNEIDER BIG BOX GAME
MOONWALKER

UK ATARI BIG BOX GAME

Newcomers of the day: 2 different - but similar - Moonwalker games; These "floppydisk" versions come with a bigger box than the classic one, and they both were released in the UK.
The boxes contents is :
- 2 floppys
- 1 Instructions sheet with poster on the reverse side
- 1 advert sheet from U.S. Gold
Be careful when you buy these games, to have all these things in the box to get a complete copy!









domenica 25 giugno 2017

THE RECORD OF THE WEEK: DANGEROUS COLOMBIA 2 LP SET 
EPIC/SONY EP2S465802

This week, the Showroom shows a rare Colombian press of the album Dangerous, with a 2-coloured label (black & yellow) like other south american releases. The colombia press is easily recognizable from the yellow barcode, that looks different from the others.







mercoledì 21 giugno 2017

Today's WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM : JACKSONS LIVE
SOUTH AFRICA 2 LP SET
EPIC AGP117/118


A new record joins today the Showroom, and it's a rare South african press of the "Jacksons live" album released in 1981.
The record comes with its classic sleeve, without any big difference from the other releases, apart the catalogue number and the labels. The picture inner sleeves come with a slighlty lighter weight paper; Nothing more to say but...this is truly an uncommon press!





domenica 18 giugno 2017

THE RECORD OF THE WEEK : 
MUSIC & ME VENEZUELA TAMLA MOTOWN LPS.88127

Not all the collectors will say "wooooow" when they see this record but...I can confirm you that is a rare rare press. It's a "Music & me" from Venezuela, released on Tamla Motown label.
Not only it's hard to find a copy, but it's even harder to find it in conditions like the one you see in the pictures:it still has its original shrinkwrap! That's why deserves the palce of "Record of the week".




giovedì 15 giugno 2017

Today's ON THE AIR : JACKSON 5 - I WANT YOU BACK
DIANA ROSS PRESENTS THE JACKSON 5
INDIA TAMLA MOTOWN STML.10

 
"When I had you to myself
I didn't want you around
Those pretty faces always made you
Stand out in a crowd
Then someone picked you from the bunch
One glance was all it took
Now it's much too late for me
To take a second look
Oh, baby, give me one more chance
To show you that I love you
Won't you please let me
Back in your heart
Oh, darling, I was blind to let you go
Let you go baby
Cause now since I see you it is all
I want you back
Yes, I do now
I want you back
Oo oo baby
I want you back
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
I want you back
Now now now now...."


I WANT YOU BACK 




domenica 11 giugno 2017

THE RECORD OF THE WEEK &
Today's WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM: JACKSON 5 - THIRD ALBUM INDIA LP
TAMLA MOTOWN STML11174


This is a recently purchased gem:a mega rare indian press of the "Third album" by the Jackson 5. It's an original press, and it comes with similar labels to some other countries releases (like UK), but carrying the writing "made in India" on them. The thick carton sleeve is in black & white on the back. The conditions of this copy are simply amazing, for a 1972 release!




mercoledì 7 giugno 2017

Today's ON THE AIR: 
"THIS TIME AROUND" THIS TIME AROUND USA PROMO CD 
EPIC/SONY K7521S

"This time around I'll never get bit
Though you really wanna fix me
This time around you're making me sick
Though you really wanna get me
Somebody's out
Somebody's out to get me
They really wanna fix me, hit me
But this time around I'm taking no s...
Though you really wanna get me
You really wanna get me

He really thought he really had
Had a hold on me
He really thought he really had
They thought they really had control of me
He really thought he really had
Control of me
He really thought he really had
They thought they really could control me..."


THIS TIME AROUND 


domenica 4 giugno 2017

THE RECORD OF THE WEEK : CAN'T LET HER GET AWAY
COSTARICA PROMO MAXI 12''
SONY MUSIC 81014193


JUST THINK ABOUT IT:how many albums in the music history got the power to extract 10 singles in a 2 years row?
ONLY 1:it's "Dangerous". The 10th single should have been the title track (with a massive 10th videoclip shooting to promote it) and it was never released; BUT... there's an obscure 10th release taken from the album:it's this "Can't let her get away" Costarica exclusive release, distributed to radio stations for promotional use only.
The record comes with a palin white sleeve, "Can't let" on side A and blank B side. White labels with typical design used for all the other Costarica promo press released at the time.
No doubt:this is one of the rarest 12'' of the entire MJ discography, a must-have for all the King of Pop collectors!