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) 


lunedì 14 agosto 2017

BLAST FROM THE PAST :
THRILLER SOUTH AFRICA/ZIMBABWE 12'' MAXI PINK VINYL
EPIC XEN5630

 An old post, to resume truly a MASTERPIECE. An ultra rare pink coloured version of the "Thriller" 12' single released in South Africa (even though I'm quite sure this could be a Zimbabwe press, because the south african "Thriller" black vinyl is housed in a slightly different sleeve with an harder paper. This one looks very similar to other Zimbabwe releases).
The record contains "Thriller" (Album version) on the A-side, backed with the Instrumental version on the other side.
The pink colour shade is shiny, making of this a superb addition to any collection. Its rarity is easy to understand : I've only seen this record twice in 25 years.





giovedì 10 agosto 2017

TODAY'S WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM :
FOREVER MICHAEL
BRAZIL LP 

MOTOWN/TAPECAR LP-M6-825-S1

We stay in Brazil, again, and there's another copy today to add to the collection : it's a Motown/Tapecar labeled "Forever Michael", first press. This is probably the most underrated album in the entire Michael's discography, but it contains true gems like "One day in your life", "We're almost there", "You are there","Just a little bit of you" and "I'll come home to you".





martedì 8 agosto 2017

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..."


SHOW YOU THE WAY TO GO 





domenica 6 agosto 2017

TODAY'S WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM:
THE WIZ LASER DISC JAPAN
1ST PRESS (PINK OBI) CICVIDEO SF098-0084
2ND PRESS (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" witha 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.

mercoledì 2 agosto 2017

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)





domenica 30 luglio 2017

RECORD OF THE WEEK :
THRILLER JAPAN SUPER AUDIO 

BOXSET CD
EPIC/SONY ESGA503


This particular version in Superaudio cd released in Japan, probably is not the most relevant "Thriller" item in the Showroom, but deserves this honour because of its rarity (it's really hard to find, especially in mint conditions with its "superaudio" red sticker on front) and because, before the 2001 remastered edition of "Thriller", before the SHMCDs produced in 2009, and before the actual BLUSPEC CDS, the Superaudio cd was the 90's best standard of quality for a musical format, with a special "DSD mastering" (written on the "obi").
The japanese release date (written on the back of the box) is April,1st, 2000.
This cd is housed in a special thick carton box (similar to digipack editions) with a special storage for the booklet. The catalogue number is similar to other 90's "Epic" releases, but with adifferent letter (ESDA instead of ESCA) to distinguish the different version of this cd easily. I've never had a Superaudio cd player, so I couldn't make a test to hear the higher quality of mastering.
The cd price was higher, at the time, than a regular "Thriller" cd (something like 40 euros nowadays) : this is another reason why, apart its rarity, today this cd is often sold at high prices (from 150 to 250 euros).



giovedì 27 luglio 2017

Today's ON THE AIR:
BLACK OR WHITE
BLACK OR WHITE
MEXICO CASSETTE SINGLE EPIC/SONY 34T74100


"They print my message in the Saturday Sun
I had to tell them I ain't second to none
And I told about equality and it's true
Either you're wrong or you're right
But, if you're thinkin' about my baby
It don't matter if you're black or white
I am tired of this devil
I am tired of this stuff
I am tired of this business
Sew when the going gets rough
I ain't scared of your brother
I ain'ts scared of no sheets
I ain't scared of nobody
Girl when the goin' gets mean...."


BLACK OR WHITE 





domenica 23 luglio 2017

THE RECORD OF THE WEEK
today's WELCOME TO THE SHOWROOM : THE ORIGINAL SOUL OF MICHAEL JACKSON
KOREA MOTOWN SMPR-020


Here it is another one unseen for a long long time...I knew about a korean press of "The original soul" but I've never seen a copy like this with that wonderful sticker. So I decided it was the time to add a Korea copy of this album to the Showroom. Now he can meet the "family" - and this became the 5th copy of the album in this collection!
(p.s. the record is sealed, that's why I can't show you the labels)






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?