venerdì 15 dicembre 2017

Today's ON THE AIR:
"BILLIE JEAN"
BILLIE JEAN FRANCE 7'' SINGLE (BLUE LABEL)
EPIC A3084
BILLIE JEAN FRANCE 7'' SINGLE (GREY LABEL)
EPIC A3084

"She was more like a beauty queen
from a movie scene
I said don't mind, but what do you mean
I am the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round
She said I am the one
who will dance on the floor in the round
She told me her name was Billie Jean
as she caused a scene
Then every head turned with eyes that dreamed
of being the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round
People always told me be careful of what you do
And don't go around breaking young girls' hearts
And mother always told me be careful of who you love
And be careful of what you do
'cause the lie becomes the truth..."



mercoledì 13 dicembre 2017

Today's WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM:
THE ORIGINAL SOUL OF
MICHAEL JACKSON
COSTARICA LP
MOTOWN 1015003

A new record enters in the Showroom today:it's a not easy to find "The original soul of Michael Jackson" produced in Costarica! Like almost all poor presses released in South America, this lp comes with a black and white back cover; the labels are similar to the european releases, but if you pay attention to the writings you'll notice the writings in spanish. Also, the major detail about the origins of this vinyls, are typed in the back sleeve, right side:"Producto centroamericano - Hecho en Costarica por Indica S.A." (whereas "S.A." is for South America).
 



 

domenica 10 dicembre 2017

THE RECORD OF THE WEEK:
MICHAEL JACKSON "BEST 4 YOU"
JAPAN 12 3P.687

The record chosen this week by the Showroom, is the Michael's "Best 4 U" 12'' single released in Japan only.
It contains 4 tracks:
side A
1- Don't stop til you get enough
2- Off the wall
side B
1-Beat it
2-Human nature

This record is a part in a series of releases with the same "best 4 You" brand, marketed by Epic/Sony at the time (1985-86, I guess). A Jacksons "Best 4 you" was released too, and it's even rare than this. The series includes exclusive releases from Toto and Cindy Lauper, as well as other artists (I think - I didn't see others around) from the Epic label.
The exclusive picture sleeve, as well as the wonderful pink obi, make of this an extremely precious record for every Michael Jackson collector.
 



 

venerdì 8 dicembre 2017

THE SHOWROOM'S 
MOST WANTED ITEMS:
HISTORY AUSTRALIA COMMEMORATIVE EDITION
GOLDEN SLIPCASE
EPIC/SONY 474709 2


Well, this cd set surfaced some weeks ago on ebay (if I remeber well...), and by the way, is a never-seen-before australian edition of HIStory past present and future Book I, coming with a special "commemorative" golden slipcase that wraps the fatcase al around. I don't have any additional info, the only detail you can see in the back is that this must be distributed by a "TRIPLE M" company from Sidney.
I hope I'll have the chance to have a copy of this edition in my hands, someday. Until then, if you have any other info regarding this cd, please let me know!



mercoledì 6 dicembre 2017

"La magia se vuelve espectaculo"
Today's WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM:
MOONWALKER
SPAIN VHS
LAUREN VIDEO HOGAR

Here it is a nice new item to add to the Showroom today! It's the spanish version of "Moonwalker", released in 1989 by the Barcelona "Lauren Video Hogar" productions. It comes with a big red vhs case, and a spanish description on the back insert.
I'm so glad it increases the Moonwalker vhs colony here but...I know:there are some other releases I still miss, around there.
Somewhere.
Can you feel it?
The moon will keep on walking.... :-)
 

 

domenica 3 dicembre 2017

THE RECORD OF THE WEEK:
THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL
UK LIMITED EDITION 12'' 
"DOUBLE GROOVE"
EPIC 651275 3

This is the strangest experiment I've ever seen for a vinyl production. The limited edition of "The way you make me feel" released in 1988 in UK, it's a double groove vinyl. If you read the description on the left side of the sleeve, it says:
"GET INTO THE GROOVE:PUT EITHER SIDE ON YOUR TURNTABLE, LOWER THE ARM AND SEE WHICH MIX YOUR NEEDLE PIX".
So:let's see the contents of side A:"7'' remix" and "A cappella"; If you let your turntable play it, you won't know which one of the 2 will you listen before. It's possible the record starts with the "A cappella" version, 1 or 2 or 3 times, but the fourth try could start with the "7'' remix". Or maybe you can be so lucky (or unlucky) to play the correct tracklist...it all depends on which groove your needle pix! This is an amazing example of originality...but if you are a dj, you'll go crazy with this record!
And by the way :this is the only record I have with this double grrove section...I've never seen something similar done for other artists! That's why it's truly an unique gem every Michael Jackson collector should have.
 
P.S. Beware:the tracklist is different from the classic UK release, which contains only 3 tracks, and the full "Dance extended mix".
 

 


giovedì 30 novembre 2017

Today's ON THE AIR :
"ANOTHER PART OF ME"
ANOTHER PART OF ME
JAPAN 3'' SINGLE EPIC 10-8P-3036
JAPAN 3'' MAXI SINGLE EPIC 12-8P-8009

"...Out from a nation
I feel the truth
The final message we'll bring to you
There is no danger to feel the truth
So come again
We need you
We're sendin' out a major love
And this is our message to you (message to you)
The planets are linin' up
We're bringin' brighter days
They're all in line waitin' for you
So know the truth
You're just another part of me…"
 
 
 



 

domenica 26 novembre 2017

THE RECORD OF THE WEEK: 
CHILDHOOD
(FREE WILLY 2 PROMO)
EPIC/SONY SAMP2774

The record chosen this week is 1 of the 2 promotional cds released for the track "Childhood" in 1995, launched with "Scream" at the same time as 1st single for the album "HIStory past present and future Book I". Both promotional cds are now rare and very hard to find. Here in the picture you can see the "Free willy 2" picture cardsleeve edition. Childhood is, infact, the theme from the "Free Willy 2" movie, with its soundtrack released by MJJ label.
I love this song, because it's the most intimate, the most personal ever written by Michael. "Childhood" is a sort of "big picture" of Michael's essence; just read these lines:
"No one understands me
They view it as such strange eccentricities...
'Cause I keep kidding around
Like a child, but pardon me...
People say I'm not okay
'Cause I love such elementary things...
It's been my fate to compensate,
for the Childhood
I've never known..."
We miss you, Michael. You're right:the world didn't understand you.

mercoledì 22 novembre 2017

PLAYING MICHAEL 
ON THE ITALIAN JUKE-BOX
THRILLER 
EPIC JC15115
DIRTY DIANA 
EPIC JC15222
BLACK OR WHITE 
EPIC JC15305
IN THE CLOSET 
EPIC/SONY JC15311
YOU ARE NOT ALONE 
EPIC/SONY JC15481-7
BLOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR 
EPIC/SONY JC15516-7

You know, every vountry used to produce special editions in 7'' format, to promote the singles from an album and let it playing on the juke-boxes. Some countries like France and USA released sometimes these editions with a picture sleeve too; in Italy there was a chance to get the record with a sleeve not matching the artists' record, and with a big hole in the middle.
These releases, most of the items, came with plain white sleeves; if you want to get a special juke-box copy, I suggest you to be patient and look for a copy complete with the matching juke-box strip - that means you will have a COMPLETE record.
Sometimes, label A and label B didn't contain the same artists'songs. Most of the times both artists on the record came from the same label, but I even saw some splitted records with 2 artist from different production labels.
By the way, here we have some examples of italian juke-box releases:
THRILLER backed with
Paul Young's "Come back and stay"
DIRTY DIANA backed with
Sade's "Love is stronger than pride"
BLACK OR WHITE backed with
Claudio Baglioni's "Acqua dalla luna"
IN THE CLOSET (6:32" version!) backed with
The pasadenas' "I'm doing fine now"
YOU ARE NOT ALONE backed with
Toto's "I will remember"
BLOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR backed with
Skank's "Garota nacional"

Important note:"In the closet" italian juke-box edition, is the only 7'' fromat to contain the long 6'32" album version, that's why this release is truly an unique treasure.
 











 

domenica 19 novembre 2017

THE RECORD(S) OF THE WEEK:
HISTORY PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE BOOK I
WITH HIDDEN MESSAGES
HIStory Austria/France cd 
Epic/Sony 474709 2
HIStory Austria/Germany cd 
Epic/Sony 4744709 2
HIStory Austria/Holland cd 
Epic/Sony 474709 2
 

This was truly an amazing gift for a lot of european fans:some first presses of the HIStory, past present and future Book I cd, distributed in France, Germany and Holland, contains an hidden spoken message from Michael. The message says:"HI, THIS IS MICHAEL JACKSON. I WANNA THANK ALL MY FANS IN --- (Germany, France or Holland) --- FOR THE CONTINUING LOVE AND SUPPORT ALL OVER THE YEARS. I HOPE TO COME AND VISIT YOU VERY SOON AND PERFORM FOR ALL OF YOU. I LOOK FOR TO SEE YOU VERY SOON, UNTIL THEN, GOODBYE, I LOVE YOU ALL. GOODBYE."
Here you can hear all 3 messages:
 
 
And these are all the 3 releases containing the hidden message. You can easily recognize them, because the alert of the message is written on the final notes of the stickers.
Sice their release, these cds became a must for all the fans around the world. But beware:the catalogue number doesn't change, and it's the same of all the common european releases. So the only way to know if you have a cd with an hidfden message, is to watch the sticker or play cd1 until the end of "Heal the world".
 



 
 

giovedì 16 novembre 2017

Today's ON THE AIR: 
"EATEN ALIVE"
EATEN ALIVE (DEVORADO)
MEXICO PROMO 12'' 
(INCLUDES PROMO PICTURES)
CAPITOL POP-746

"...Capture me my blood is red
Another victim of your ritual
For you my skin is shed
Ecstacy ain't what you find
In the modern world
One flick of my tongue changes
The meaning of the world
And you say

That's impossible
That's not impossible to do, oh
And you digest what I can see
The taste of you can be

I don't wanna get eaten alive
'Cause you're so dangerous
No more hearts I can trust, you see
I don't wanna get eaten alive
To be eaten alive
Eaten alive
I don't ever wanna be
Eaten alive..."







domenica 12 novembre 2017

THE RECORD OF THE WEEK:
SOLID GOLD
HOLLAND 3'' SINGLE EPIC 655572 3

OMG, how I love this mini cd!
The wonderful picture sleeve shows Michael live on the Bad Tour, and the 3''cd includes 3 of the greatest Michael's hits (Billie Jean, Don't stop 'til you get enough & Wanna be startin'somethin'). This was released in 1988 by Epic, and it's a part of the "Solid gold" 3''single series made for all the most important artists on Epic label (among these, George Michael and Terence Trent D'arby got a "Solid gold" 3'' too).
Several years ago, before internet and the auctions online, this was a "something-to-die-for" item. Now, it's not that rare item you have to follow for ages, and with just a little bit of patience you can easily add it to your collection.
I remember I bought this cd in a record fair in Milan and, at the time, it was one of the best purchases I made in that fair.
Probably today it wouldn't be the same, but let me say one thing:after all these years, its beauty remains intact!
 


 
 
 

mercoledì 8 novembre 2017

Today's ON THE AIR :
"LEAVE ME ALONE"
LEAVE ME ALONE IRELAND 7''SINGLE
EPIC 6546727

"There was a time I used to say girl I need you
But who is sorry now
You really hurt, you used to take and deceive me
Now who is sorry now
You got a way of making me feel so sorry
I found out right away
Don't you come walkin' beggin' I ain't lovin' you
Don't you get in 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, stop it!
Just stop doggin' me around..."