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The original Japan-for-U.S. pressing of Cat Stevens Footsteps In The Dark: Greatest Hits Volume Two

Happy New Year! A new year and a new post. To start 2020, we consider a rare, early U.S. issue of the Cat Stevens compilation Footsteps In The Dark: Greatest Hits Volume Two. Footsteps was released in the U.S. on the A&M, and the earliest CDs were pressed in Japan by Denon. There are two […]

‘Tis the Season: The Very Rare Japanese issue of Elvis Presley Merry Christmas

At this time back in 2007, we looked at two early Elvis Presley Christmas CDs, both titled Merry Christmas (go here). One was the particularly rare Japan-for-U.S. pressing, and the other was the slightly more common West German-for-Europe version. Collectors would do well to find either version and should expect to pay significant premiums for […]

A Japan-for-Europe pressing of Wham! Make It Big

The album was titled Make It Big, and they sure did. Wham!, the British pop duo formed by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, released the sophomore effort in 1984 and propelled to the top of the pop world. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, “Everything She Wants”, “Freedom”, “If You Were There”, “Careless Whisper”. The […]

An early Canadian pressing of Flashback — The Best of J. Geils Band

A popular straight-up rock band in the 1970s and transitioning to a highly successful pop band in the ’80s, J. Geils Band fronted by Peter Wolf gave us many radio and then video hits. You know “Love Stinks” and “Centerfold”. Classics. Since we’re talking J. Geils Band, it seems fitting to consider a hits compilation. […]

The original Japanese issue of Thomas Dolby The Golden Age of Wireless

The album is The Golden Age of Wireless. In the golden age of MTV, new wave, synthesizer pop musician Thomas Dolby was a fixture. Dolby’s debut album from 1982, The Golden Age of Wireless, included the MTV staple “She Blinded Me With Science”. It’s hard to discuss ’80s pop without Dolby’s biggest hit being at […]

The original West German pressing of Wes Montgomery Movin’ Wes

In this month’s post, we consider an early West German CD with one of the popular painted labels. This is not the first time, however, that we have written about this particular design. In March of 2013, we looked at the original West German CD of the renown jazz album on Verve Records, Getz/Gilberto (click […]

The original Japanese issue of Elton John Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player

With the Elton John biopic Rocketman opening in theaters in the U.S. today, it seems fitting to review an early CD of the megastar behind the piano. In this post we consider the original Japanese CD issue (i.e., Japan-for-Japan) of Sir Elton’s 1973 album Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player. This is a […]

The Japan-for-Europe pressing of L.L. Cool J Bigger and Deffer

In this month’s post we consider something new: A first review of an early rap CD on Long before L.L. Cool J starred on NCIS: Los Angeles, he was, of course, a rapper, and a brilliant one. L.L. hit the rap scene with a smash in 1985 with his acclaimed debut, Radio. Then in […]

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