Thursday, May 5, 2016

Never For Ever - Japan First Issue Cassette

The first issue Japanese cassette release of Never For Ever features the same UK artwork on the front, but with some added eye catching graphics. I'm pretty sure that my scanner isn't doing this any justice at all, but hopefully you can see how fantastic it looks. What I particularly like about this one is that snippets of the front artwork have also been incorporated into both spines of the insert. Added to the fact that Nick Price did some pretty amazing art for this cover to begin with, this is easily my favourite Japanese cassette insert.

Like the Kick Inside cassette, the cassette shell for Never For Ever is also a sort of beige colour with JAPAN stamped directly into the cassette shell. I cropped the cassette shell for these to concentrate more on the actual labels for two reasons: The Japanese characters are small, and I also don't have the best scanner in the world at the moment - so I wanted to show them as well as I possibly can. They're pretty similar to the Kick Inside ones.

This release also originally came with a double-sided Japanese/English text lyric sheet. It's a really long strip of folded paper, which I had to scan and chop into sections, just like I had to do with the Kick Inside cassette - otherwise you wouldn't be able to read any of it. I also had to darken it up considerably as it really doesn't scan well at all. The paper is very thin, like newsprint paper, and the actual print tends to be pretty light in some cases. Apologies also for my wonky scanning skills on this, but it's all there.

Japanese cassettes tend to be on the scarce side these days and can get a bit costly when they do turn up. Personally I think the older ones are worth collecting just for the inserts alone.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Aerial - UK 2 page press release

EMI UK 2 page press release for Aerial. What's interesting is that the U.S. Columbia Records press release is nearly a straight copy of the UK one, but with some minor differences between the font sizes and logos used.

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Big Sky - UK 12" White Label Promo

UK 12" white label promo featuring the Meteorological Mix of The Big Sky on the A Side. The label is a cream colour. I know it probably looks yellow from the optical trickery from bad scanning and dirt on the label, but trust me it's cream colour.

The B Side has a plain white label without any tracks listed on it. It does contain Not This Time and The Morning Fog in case anyone is wondering about that.

This does not come in a picture sleeve, but rather a plain black one with a cut out hole in the centre. I didn't bother to scan this in as it would have been a pointless waste of time. It would have come out extremely patchy when I pieced it back together.

The other thing I wanted to point out about this one is that sometimes when it comes up for sale it's mistakenly listed as a test pressing. It's not a test pressing at all, so don't let anyone try and convince you otherwise. White label promos and test pressings are miles apart.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Moving/Them Heavy People - Japan Seiko Promo 7" Single: Second Issue

Considered among the rarest 7" singles in existence, there were two pressings made in limited numbers. EMI commissioned these releases as a clever marketing ploy for Seiko watches at the time. The first pressing was limited to 25 copies and features a large photo of Kate on a motorcycle on the inside of the gatefold, and the second version, which is shown here, was limited to 200 copies. The motorcycle photo is clearly absent from this version and replaced with song lyrics instead. Gatefold sleeves were produced for both versions with a glossy finish. Neither version had any limited edition numbers printed onto them in case anyone is wondering about that. I do, however, wonder about the accuracy of the pressed copies for both releases. Over the years I have seen both versions turn up for sale more often than they actually should.

The outer artwork was later reused as paper inserts when individual releases for Moving and Them Heavy People were produced, but with a couple of significant differences. The catalogue numbers were changed and price stamps were added in the lower left-hand corner. The "DJ" stamp was also removed from the artwork for Them Heavy People.

The inside of the gatefold has some kind of bio on Kate on the left side, and on the right side the motorcycle photo has been replaced with song lyrics. The slightly bizarre part is that there are only lyrics for 2 of the 4 songs featured in this set.

Both 7" singles are white label promos, and as far as I know there aren't any differences between the second issue and first issue releases. I could be wrong about that, but I can't see any differences between them.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Never For Ever - Japan Second Issue CD Release

Second issue Japanese release of Never For Ever under the Supermasters Series. This one does come with a Obi-strip, but it's poked away at the moment with all the others. I took them off all my CDs years ago so they wouldn't get destroyed - eventually I'll find them all again. What I can tell you about the strip for this one is that it's predominately blue/white/red and does differ to the one found on the first issue release.

One of the more interesting things about the earlier Japanese releases of Never For Ever is the cropped version of the album artwork. It's an interesting choice... if not a little odd. As far as I can recall, the full artwork is used on all other releases following this one.

The titles on the CD are printed using a different font from the first issue. The first issue release titles are more in keeping with the UK lettering. Also, apologies if the CD scanned a little wonky. I have a feeling my scanner might be wearing out on me.

The booklet appears to have some kind of bio on Kate, followed by the lyrics in both English and Japanese.

The insert for the inlay tray is interesting because it's the only CD release to not feature any of the backside artwork. All other Japanese CD releases do.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Moving - Japan 7" White Label Promo

Japanese white label 7" promo for Moving. The insert is exactly the same as the one used on the standard release.

Unlike the standard releases, which also came in a green Toshiba EMI company sleeve - white label promos did not. They were simply issued with plain white sleeves.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

New Blog Page is Up

I've finally finished working on a new blog page for vintage badges (for the time being), which is finally up and ready to see. That means there will be no more general blog posts on badges, and any further random badges that I find in my endless pile of junk will automatically be added to the blog page with a mention in the updates section instead. It's a huge improvement and something I've been wanting to do for a long time now. It may need some final tweaking here and there, but it turned out pretty decent.

Here is a quick link in case you can't find it among my other blog pages. Click HERE.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Aerial - Japanese Promotional Booklet

Note: Technically this is not a new post. The scans have been redone, but I'm not sure if they're much of a improvement over the original ones. I've simply moved this one from its blog page to general posts because I want to use that blog page for something better that I'm currently working on and trying to put together, and keeping this little booklet in a blog page is a complete waste of space. This will have the menu label: Promo Retail Items, so that when this does get buried underneath more new posts, you'll know where to find it again in the Menu List.

For those who haven't seen this yet, this is a promotional booklet that was put out by Toshiba EMI in Japan. The booklet measures 7" x 5" and has a total of 12 pages. All the text is in Japanese, so I can't translate any of this for you - but it looks nice.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Man With The Child In His Eyes - Canada 7" Promo Single

Canadian promo 7" single for The Man With The Child In His Eyes. The A Side plays a stereo version and the B Side plays a mono version. Both sides feature the "He's Here" intro.

*Not For Sale* is clearly marked on both sides of the Harvest record labels and the record comes in a generic company sleeve featuring the Harvest logo. For a promo it's one of the more boring looking ones.