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Page & Plant - No Quarter: Unledded
(Fontana PPID-1 UK-94 250:-)

UK promo-only special interview CD, includes 8-page booklet with extensive info, "Shorter Items", "Longer Items" showing questions and answers with commentary by Johnny Walker.
Paradise Lost - Anatomy of Melancholy
(Century Media 997770-9 EU-08 225:-)

Happily a much more rounded affair than Paradise Lost’s previous foray into the realms of visual entertainment, ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’ 2-CD/2-DVD Box set offers up two discs and a complete reproduction of the band’s anniversary concert at London’s Koko club. Recorded just prior to the release of the well-received ‘In requiem’ album, the concert found the band on fine form and tackling songs that hadn’t seen the light of day for many a year previously including the evergreen classic ‘Gothic’ which receives a rapturous response from the crowd.
Phafner - Overdrive
(Akarma AK-009 Ita-04 275:-)

Phafner was formed in Marshalltown, IA, in 1969, and immediately attracted local attention by playing a hard-edged, drug-induced brand of rock & roll. The band consisted of two sets of brothers -- Dale Shultz on guitars and vocals, James Shultz on bass, Steve Smith on lead guitar, and Greg Smith on vocals -- along with Steven Gustafson on drums.

In 1971, the band decided to record an album of their own original material, so they got together in a local basement studio and put six songs together for what became the "Overdrive" album. In order to attract some attention from a major label, they pressed 50 copies of the record (on the Dragon label). Overdrive has become legendary among collectors of hard-rock music, and a copy of the original album will fetch well over $3,000 on today's collectors market.
Pink Fairies - Chinese Cowboys
(Captain Trip CTCD-527 Jap-05 250:-)

Back from another of their periodic hiatuses, the Pink Fairies reconvened in 1987 around a lineup that paid homage to every past grouping the band had ever enjoyed -- even to the extent of employing two drummers, Twink and Russell Hunter. Add guitarists Larry Wallis and Andy Colquhoun, and bassist Duncan Sanderson, and here was a bunch of sweeties that even the purists would love. The repertoire, too, serves up the greatest Fairies set you could imagine. Recorded at a couple of different shows, the sound quality is superb, and superbly rough, throughout.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve.
Pixies - Minotaur
(Artist In Residence ‎(no number) US-09 800:-)

MINOTAUR is a box set of the first five studio albums by Pixies.

The contents include new artwork by the original Pixies designer Vaughan Oliver and photographer Simon Larbalestier. This Deluxe Edition includes the albums on gold-plated 24k layered CDs with a Blu-ray Disc and a DVD featuring a 1991 Brixton Academy show and all of Pixies' music videos, packaged with a 54-page book.
Pochakaite Malko - same
(Arcángelo ARC-7181 Jap-06 250:-)

Pochakaite Malko's sound is pretty wild, but not in a raw, primitive sort of way, but in that it releases a high dose of energy that rock the listeners. Influenced by two seemingly opposing styles, you can hear an influence of Zeuhl in their albums as can be heard with the bass work. This is not surprising given the two founding member’s background in the Magma Copy Band and the relation to Koenji Hyakkei. However this is not a net Zeuhl album given other heavy influences which appear in the music. There is also a notable influence of ELP sounding keyboard work, which is not surprising given the lineup as was mentioned above. Happy Family also comes to mind, with the dense and aggressive nature of the sound.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve.
Police - Regatta de Blanc
(Universal UICY-93835 Jap-08 250:-)

The career of the Police was planned, controlled and timed to perfection. The three talented individuals probably always knew that they would attempt to conquer the world and then disappear to pursue their own musical interests. This is the second of their five albums and contains two number 1 hits. Both are interesting little vignettes from the mind of Sting; 'Walking On The Moon', where he pleads 'I hope my legs don't break', and 'Message In A Bottle', which has a similarly desperate theme, with Sting observing 'seems I'm not alone in being alone, 100 billion castaways looking for a home'. Sting's theories do still hold water.

SHM-CD Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve.
Police - Synchronicity
(Universal UICY-93838 Jap-08 250:-)

Simultaneously more pop-oriented and experimental than either GHOST IN THE MACHINE or ZENYATTA MONDATTA, SYNCHRONICITY made the Police superstars, generating no less than five hit singles. With the exception of "Synchronicity II," which sounds disarmingly like a crappy Billy Idol song, every one of those singles is a classic.

SHM-CD Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve
Presley, Elvis - Artist of the Century
(RCA/BMG 68133-2 Promo EU-99 275:-)

Issued by BMG EU to promote the “Artist Of The Century” 3 CD set release. This 10 track promo CD is presented in a digipack. The front cover is the same as the actual cover of the “Artist Of The Century” package. The inside of the digipack displays a picture taken from the first CD of the “Artist Of The Century” release. It also contains a short narrative proclaiming Elvis as the “Artist Of The Century”. Underneath the CD , we have the picture taken from the second CD from the box set. The back cover shows the picture taken from the third CD from the box set. It also lists the tracks contained on the promo CD with the relevant recording data. In addition , the “Artist Of The Century” logo is printed in the lower left corner and in the lower right corner , in bold print it states : “For Promotional Use Only. Not For Sale”.

The CD itself is blue with white print. At the top of the CD , the “Artist Of The Century” logo is reproduced. In addition , the BMG and RCA logos are also included as well as the following phrase : “For Promotional Use Only - Not For Sale”.
Presley, Elvis - Collector's Gold
(RCA/BMG PD-90574 Ger-91 275:-)

This now hard to find Presley collection is absolutely true to it's title. "Collector's Gold," is a goldmine of rare material for the serious Elvis collector. I can't say enough about Disc Three, which includes highlights from his 1969 run at the International Hotel in Vegas. Not only does it include the infamous laughing version of, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?," but also, cuts you simply would never find on another Vegas release (Rubber Neckin', Inherit The Wind, and This is the Story...I rest my case). Mix this disc with the original '69 Vegas release, and you've got one helluva comp. As far as the other two discs, they include alternate takes of Elvis' 60s material (Hollywood on Disc One and Nashville on Disc Two).
Presley, Elvis - Elvis 75
(Sony 869776-06252 EU-09 225:-)

Never once has an Elvis anniversary been missed and his 75th birthday is indeed a big one, sparking a year-long series of RCA/Legacy reissues inaugurated by this four-disc box set.

Fittingly for a celebration, ELVIS 75 doesn't dredge up unreleased items or rarities (there can't be too much left in the vaults anyway), it celebrates the King at his best, telling the story from beginning to end -- in fact, beginning a little earlier with the pre-Sun 1953 acetate of "My Happiness" and ending a little later, with the 2002 JXL remix of "A Little Less Conversation."
Presley, Elvis - Elvis at Stax
(Sony 88837-24182 EU-13 225:-)

This is an excellent 3 disc box set of Elvis' 1973 visits to Stax recording studio. The music ranges from R&B, Country to more Pop orientated tracks. There are some mighty fine tender ballads - that are heart-breaking to say the very least. Elvis is in fine form, buoyed by the success of the tv show `Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii via satellite' watched by 1.5 Billion earlier on in the year.

The package also comes with a really nice 44 page colour booklet that has some great photo's in it. Overall the sound quality is great. A couple of niggles, the size of the set is an odd 8x8 inches but its beautifully done with a die cut front cover.
Presley, Elvis - Elvis Sails
(Cargo 290116 Ger-07 275:-)

European 9-track Limited Edition CD - It was 22nd September 1958 in Brooklyn, Elvis Presley had left the United States on the USS Randall on his way to West Germany where he performed his military service. This was documented by a press conference which has now become legendary. Excerpts from the press conference and two additional interviews were recorded just before he went on board and released as the EP 'Elvis Sails'. Picturesleeve replicating the original EP artwork with linear notes and 1959/2007 calenders!
Presley, Elvis - Fame and Fortune
(Follow That Dream 74321-92856-2 EU-02 275:-)

Limited Edition CD on the official Elvis collector's label, Follow That Dream/BMG Denmark, comes packaged in digipak.

27 unreleased studio outtakes from Elvis' 1960 "Elvis Is Back" sessions at RCA Studios. Features alternate versions of 'Stuck On You', 'His Hand In Mine', 'Fame And Fortune', 'The Girl Of My Best Friend', 'Surrender' and more.
Presley, Elvis - From Nashville to Memphis
(RCA/BMG 43211-54302 EU-93 400:-)

Unlike its predecessor The King of Rock n Roll, the '60s box set From Nashville to Memphis does not include all of Elvis Presley's recordings from a single decade. To whittle the set down to a manageable five discs, RCA reissued Presley's movie soundtracks and gospel recordings separately, focusing this set instead on Elvis' secular single and album releases. The set wraps up with the King's triumphant American Studio recordings, which include the hits "In the Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds." Even Presley's lean years yielded their share of great recordings, making this an essential addition to any serious music fan's collection.

This is the original issue in a 12" x 12" Box with a 48pg Booklet.
Presley, Elvis - G.I. Blues
(RCA/BMG BVCM-37089 Jap-02 175:-)

G.I. BLUES marks the point when Elvis Presley's '60s begin. It's the first film he made after leaving the Army -- parts of the production were shot in Germany just prior to his release -- and it's also the first of his many movie soundtracks, a form that did Elvis few favors.

G.I. BLUES is nowhere near as tacky as some of the soundtracks that arrived later, but it nevertheless makes clear Col. Tom Parker's desire to move Presley from rock & roll and into the show biz middle of the road.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve.
Presley, Elvis - Heartbreak Hotel
(RCA/BMG PD-49467 Ger-89 250:-)

Rare German 4-track 3" CD single including "Heartbreak Hotel", "I was the One", "Don't be Cruel" and "Hound Dog", 3" gatefold card picture sleeve in 5" bubble pack.
Presley, Elvis - Jungle Room Sessions
(Follow that Dream 74931-2 EU-00 250:-)

Ernst Mikael Jørgensen is a Danish Elvis Presley expert, who become the head of BMG Ariola (Denmark) in 1988. As director of BMG's Elvis catalogue he's been responsible for finding new material in the Elvis vaults and for the release of several compilations. The Jungle Room Sessions contains rare outtakes from some of Elvis' last recording sessions at Graceland in 1976. Digipak.
Presley, Elvis - King of Rock n Roll
(RCA/BMG 7863-66050 US-92 500:-)

This five-disc set was the first release in BMG's effort to present Elvis's recorded legacy in a manner befitting the most important musical artist of his time. The strategy was simple--showcase, in chronological order, remastered versions of the King's 1950s output, from his sessions with Sam Phillips at Sun Studios (where they arguably invented the very notion of rock & roll) through his 1958 Army induction. Not everything Elvis recorded in the '50s was great (just as not everything he recorded in Hollywood was rotten), but there are dozens of tracks here that, quite simply, can make a bad day seem all that much better. Which surely still makes him the king of something. Suffice it to say this is one box set that lives up to its title.

Original US issue; still Sealed in its original Shrinkwrap!
Presley, Elvis - Long Lonely Highway
(Follow that Dream 76749-2 EU-00 250:-)

Ernst Mikael Jørgensen is a Danish Elvis Presley expert, who become the head of BMG Ariola (Denmark) in 1988. As director of BMG's Elvis catalogue he's been responsible for finding new material in the Elvis vaults and for the release of several compilations. Long Lonely Highway brings together 22 incredible tracks of rare outtakes from Elvis Presley's studio sessions in Nashville, TN and is a must for any fan. 18 tracks are previously unreleased, 2 are first time stereo release, and another 2 in improved audio quality. Digipak.
Presley, Elvis - Off-Camera
(RCA/BMG 74321-46658-2 EU-97 225:-)

German official RCA 10-track promotional only Picture printed CD, contains many of the hits for an intended box set, unique custom picture sleeve.
Presley, Elvis - Out of the Box
(RCA/BMG 66765-2 US-95 275:-)

"Promotional Use Only"
Sampler of "Walk A Mile In My Shoes - The Essential 70's Masters" box set.
Jewel case with 4 page booklet.
Presley, Elvis - Platinum: A Life in Music
(RCA/BMG 49286-2 Promo Ger-97 275:-)

Issued in 1997 by BMG Europe to promote the Platinum A Life In Music 4CD box set release. This 12 track promo CD is presented in a fold-out digipak. The front cover depicts the box set cover with a silver stripe on each side of the picture. At the bottom of the front cover , a word “Sampler” is printed. The inside cover with a white background contains a brief synopsis of the “Platinum - A Life In Music” box set. The rear cover lists the songs included on the CD along with the recording data for each track. The back cover also includes a picture of Elvis wiping off his forehead as used on the cover of the box set’s booklet. It also states in capital letters : “For Promotional Use Only - Not For Sale”.

The picture CD itself looks exactly the same as the first disc of the commercial box set. However , on the left side of the disc , it is printed “SAMPLER” instead of “CD” 1 as it is on the commercial disc.
Presley, Elvis - Radio Special
(RCA/BMG RDJ-66121-2 Promo US-92 275:-)

Issued in 1992 to U.S. radio stations to promote the “The Complete ‘50s Masters” box set. The front cover delineates an on-stage picture of a rocking Elvis reaching for the microphone during a ’56 concert. It’s an exact reproduction of the photo used for the cover of the second CD in the box set.

This package also contains a replay card for radio disc jockeys to comment on the promotional program contained on the disc. The inside of the cover contains the tracks included on the CD and instructions to the radio stations. The actual radio special contained on the CD is nothing exceptional or unusual. The entire show , narrated by Lou Simon , is an unashamed commercial for the ‘50’s box set. It goes into great detail to explain how all of the tracks have been painstakingly remastered from the original master tapes to achieve the best quality possible. The rear cover lists the contents of the CD on a blue background and contains the following phrase : “Promotional Copy - Not For Sale”.

The CD itself is silver with black print including the “Elvis In the 90’s” logo and the following phrase : “Promo Only - Not For Sale” under the logo.
Presley, Elvis - That's the Way it Is
(RCA/BMG 76831-2 EU-00 275:-)

Elvis Presley may be the single most important figure in American 20th century popular music. Not necessarily the best, and certainly not the most consistent. But no one could argue with the fact that he was the musician most responsible for popularizing rock & roll on an international level. Viewed in cold sales figures, his impact was phenomenal. Dozens upon dozens of international smashes from the mid-'50s to the mid-'70s, as well as the steady sales of his catalog and reissues since his death in 1977, may make him the single highest-selling performer in history.

European 6-track promo-only sampler CD, in custom digipak picture sleeve.
Principal Edwards - Round One
(Universal UICY-9518 Jap-05 175:-)

This UK band was formed in 1968 at Essex University, England. The artistic hippie co-operative revolved around Belinda ‘Bindy’ Borquin (vocals/recorder/violin/piano), Root Cartwright (guitar/mandolin/recorder) and David Jones (percussion) who were initially joined by Jeremy Ensor (bass) and vocalists Martin Stellman, Monica Nettles and Vivienne McAuliffe. Numerous dancers, technicians and stage hands took the line-up number into double figures and, having recorded Soundtrack for John Peel’s Dandelion Records label, the group abandoned university to establish a commune. Second album The Asmoto Running Band, produced by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, preceded an ambitious season at London’s Hampstead Theatre Club. The residency exacerbated an internal dispute over ultimate direction, and the unit disintegrated in December 1971. Bourquin, Cartright and Jones reshaped the band around Nick Pallett (guitar/vocals), Richard Chipperfield-Jones (bass/vocals) and Geoff Nicholls (drums) and completed the rock orientated Round One, again under the aegis of Mason.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve
Prudence - 11/12 '75
(Pan PACD-08 Nor-92 275:-)

This group from Namsos took their name from the famous Beatles song "Dear Prudence". Partly influenced by Bob Dylan, The Band, Jethro Tull and The Beatles their idea was to make a new kind of rural Norwegian rock with the unhip accordion as one of their main instruments (along with electric guitars, mandolin and recorder). In the final analysis, none of the Prudence albums are fully convincing but as they more or less invented "Trønder-rock", Prudence have an important position in Norwegian rock history. Åge Aleksandersen and Terje Tysland later became highly successful solo artists. This live album was captures their final concert in Trondheim on December 11, 1975. It is a piece of norwegian musical history - a playful, shimmering, adventurous happening, an altogether worthy farewell from one of the most exciting norwegian rock bands ever!

Limited Edition of 1000 (#63).
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