Episode 6

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Published on:

14th Apr 2022

Fun Stuff (S6 E6)

Welcome to the Sounds On Vinyl show, brought to you by BoozeHound Entertainment.

This week, Soren shares some “Fun Stuff” that includes all kinds of fun collectibles from his collection. We also have a giveaway...

Code Electro - Live at Radar Station

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Listen: https://music.apple.com/us/album/live-at-radar-station-live-2020/1540091189

Watch:  https://soundsonvinyl.com/fun-stuff-s6-e6/


Time Stamps

00:00 - Intro

03:04 - Gary Moore - Victims of the Future: European Release inside an American Cover (AKA Frankenstein)

06:56 - Van Halen - First Promo Album released in the US with the original VH logo and a Looney Tunes Label (AKA The Looney Tunes EP) Released by Warner Bros.

10:32 - Van Halen Demos and the Gene Simmons connection

11:00 - Elton John - Capt. Fantastic - UK First pressing that is pressed on dark red vinyl that’s translucent

13:07 - Iron Maiden - Killers - Japanese Release with the Obi Strip. This one has the bonus track “Twilight Zone” but it’s labeled as “Details of Twilight Zone”.

17:30 - Japanese Lyric Sheets

18:18 - Fire Splatter Vinyl

20:15 - King Diamond - Green Olive Vinyl

22:05 - Lars Ulrich Blue Note Jazz Collection

23:44 - Vinyl Etchings

26:29 - “Pee Your Pants Moment” - Picture Discs (Kiss: Revenge Pre-Pressing Picture Disc Kit)

30:55 - Shapes “Discs” - non-round picture discs

34:25 - A “Split Record” that’s also in the shape of a Christmas Tree

35:25 - Iron Maiden: “Plus One” South Korean Bootleg Release with Flip Back cover

38:00 - The Guild Glitter Effect Cover with clear vinyl

39:25 - Motorhead - Faux Leather Sleeve UK Edition

40:42 - Vinyl Giveaway Contest (EU Countries Only) - Code Electro - Live At Radar (Splatter Vinyl)

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Boo.

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Town Entertainment proudly presents Sounds on Vinyl, the show that celebrates collecting and listening to vinyl.

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And now here are your hosts, Mike, Phil and Thorin.

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Hey, welcome to the Sounds of Vinyl show.

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My name is Phil Boyer, and with me for this season, I've got two Vikings with me, of course, Mr.

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Mike Spensen, professor rock star extraordinaire, who's with me every single freaking week, every time that we do this.

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And we've got Soren, the expert, the guy that knows practically everything about vinyl records, how they're made, how they're distributed, how they're the labels, everything.

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He knows everything about it.

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Guys, how the hell is it going over there in the land of raping and pillaging? It's going good.

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If you're not watching this, Orange got a freaking Horn he's drinking out of.

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This is just my daily Mead.

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There you go.

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Fucking hell.

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That's awesome.

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That's a show supper right there, man.

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Oh, man.

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Thanks for listening with that.

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We can't top that.

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I mean, come on.

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That's it.

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Jeez.

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There you go.

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There it is.

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You can already tell that the mood today is a bit loose because we've got some special things lined up today.

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Awesome.

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Cool.

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Jump right in, man.

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What are we doing? What do we got? Well, I kind of thought that if this show was like Christmas show, this is a Christmas special in a way, because we're allowed to go a bit out of context, maybe show some different things and a bit like in school when you have a lesson off or something.

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This is like a free time.

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And you might want to stick around to the end of this show because we got some really special things to give away.

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We're actually having a competition where you can win.

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Here we go.

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I'll explain about this later, but you got to stick around to the end because you're going to win some very cool prices on this show if you listen and if you participate.

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So hang on.

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Okay.

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Now, I've actually gone through my shelves here and picked up some various stuff that kind of falls into most of the categories that we've already been discussing and also some new stuff.

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Was it the last show or maybe a couple of shows back when I showed the cutout in a record cover or corner cut or whatever you call it? But yeah, you can go back and listen to that show if you haven't already.

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That's an annoying thing for record collectors, but there's only one thing that's more annoying than a corner cut, and I'll show you what it is.

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Okay.

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By the way, this is Gary Moore, Victims of the Future.

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Now, this yesterday when we're recording this, yesterday was Gary Moore's 70th birthday, or he could have been 70.

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So heads off to Gary Moore, but this album is his Victims of the Future album from 1980s Free.

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Now, this is the European release.

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Okay.

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Very standard vinyl with a Virgin label on it because it was released on Virgin Records.

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Now, if you're in America, you will probably know this record with this cover.

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Oh, good Lord.

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That's how it looked in America.

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So for most people, I think there's a bit of a different track list also, but it's still Victims of the Future album.

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Now, what makes this very annoying? I'll show you, because I found this not long ago and I thought, hey, that's a great cover.

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Fun cover.

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I already had the European I'll just check out the US version.

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So I bought it.

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Not even checking the vinyl.

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I just bought it.

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I thought, well, it looks kind of good condition, so I got it.

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It was very cheap, obviously.

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But when I got home, I pulled the record out.

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And Lo and behold, this is the European vinyl pressing inside an American cover.

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And this, ladies and gentlemen.

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Well, the American album was released on ETCo.

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In the US, which was a sub label of Atlantic Records.

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But somehow down the line, this leave and record got mixed up, probably by someone who had both albums in the collection and then was tidying up one day and then just that scary, Moore, just stick it in here.

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So this is actually the European Virgin Records release inside a US Sleep.

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And this is called a Frankenstein.

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Okay, a way to check this is of course, if you look at the cover, you'll see a catalog number, which all records have.

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And down here it says Mirage and a number here.

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But when you pull the record out, of course, it's Victims of the Future, and it's the German release with a different catalog number.

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So, I mean, you can straight away tell that it's a Virgin labeled in Atlantic Echo Sleep.

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So this is really annoying because I thought I was actually getting the US version because I knew it was different than European.

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But now I have two European records.

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So you didn't actually check it when you were in the store? No, I don't always do, but I do now.

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So, yeah, lessons learned.

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But that's called the Frankenstein.

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Okay, now I'm going to show you this Bill, because this is really cool.

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You're a Van Hidden fan, right? Of course.

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That makes sense.

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This is the first Van Halen promo album.

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Oh, good Lord.

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Released.

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I've listened to that not on vinyl.

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There's a YouTube bootleg kind of thing of it.

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Okay.

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Fucking nuts, man.

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Yeah.

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You'll notice that it's just a plain black cover with a hole in it, and it actually has the old Van Halen logo.

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Now, the funny thing about this, it was released on red vinyl like this with the label that says Van Halen all that.

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But on the other side, you had a label with the Lunaticunes.

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What? And of course, Lunaticunes was Warner Brothers who did that.

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Okay.

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Yeah.

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So I think this record, its nickname is the Lunaticunes EP because it's how many five songs that would end up on the debut album from Van Halen.

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But this was actually released prior to Van Halen signing with Warner Brothers.

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And I'm actually not sure that this is.

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Well, okay.

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This is actually a Warner Bros.

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Release, but a promo release.

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Okay.

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So this was just before the final the actual album came out in 78.

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So this is kind of a special thing for Van Halen collectors.

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Yeah.

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I was going to say I just wanted to clarify something.

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So this is not like an official release to the public.

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This is for like radio stations or stuff like that.

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Okay.

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So this is kind of hard to come by.

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It is.

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And of course, you'll see that it's very early because of the way that Van Halen did the logo, because already on the debut album, they had the Van Halen logo that everybody knows.

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But just before that, I think this must be very early 78.

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I'm not really sure.

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I haven't checked properly, but I'm not sure if the versions of the songs on this album are exactly identical to the ones released on the debut album or if there are different mixes.

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I'm not really sure.

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From a collector's point of view, this is what a fun thing to have.

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Cool.

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And I was going to ask, is there Van Helen music on both sides? Oh, yeah.

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Even on the Lunaticunes.

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Yeah.

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All right, cool.

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I think there are three songs on side A and two songs on site B.

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It's not the complete album.

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It's just a taste of what's to come, so to speak.

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Yeah, I think those are demos, aren't they? Those are all demos.

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I don't think they're the final, at least.

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The thing I've been listening to on YouTube is they're all like demos, and they're all not that great, actually.

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But it's fun, though.

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It's fun.

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I haven't listened to it for a long, long time.

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So maybe I should do a retail check because there might be demos.

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I'll buy that.

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Definitely.

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Well, then his has to be one of those demos that Gene Siemens was a part of.

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Yeah.

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I think that was healing back to 76 or 76 when he did those demos.

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As far as I know.

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As far as I remember, they sound recorded in a proper studio.

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They don't sound like demos from a kitchen or whatever.

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They sound properly produced and properly mixed and all that.

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But I'll certainly have a listen again to see.

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Yeah.

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Okay.

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Another thing I'm going to show you is I'm a huge Elton John fan, especially the early Elton John.

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It's amazing.

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This is the Captain Fantastic album from 75.

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This is the first UK release.

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Now, from a distance, this looks just like a normal black vinyl record.

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But this is maybe a bit difficult.

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But the first UK pressings of this album were actually pressed on very dark red vinyl.

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So if you hold it up against the light.

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I don't know if this is possible, but when you hold it up against a window or a lamp or something, it's actually very dark red and it's see through.

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How to identify our first UK pressing of Elton John, go for the just take it out to sleep and hold it up against the light.

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If it shines through and it's dark yellow, dark red.

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Sorry.

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You'll know, it's a very early pressing of that.

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Cool.

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Some people call these quiet records, and I'm not sure if this qualifies for a quiet record, but quiet was a type of vinyl used which was supposed to be higher quality because it wasn't colored through.

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It wasn't saturated with color, like black vinyl is.

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So this has a more sort of a bit more see through effect.

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Yeah.

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This might be quiet, I'm not sure.

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But there are other examples of quiet pressings out there.

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You'll be able to tell by holding them up against the light and actually be able to see through them, although they look fully colored in a sense.

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Cool.

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I have a fun one here.

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You'll know this record? Oh, yeah.

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Iron Maiden Killer.

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This is a Japanese release.

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You can see that this is the obstrip, which is a Japanese release without the obstrup isn't worth having because this piece of paper can increase the value of a release by a multitude.

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What makes that special? Sorry? What makes that special? Well, nothing really, because this is a technique or this is a tradition they use in Japan for books and for movies and lots of other stuff.

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They put this strip with Japanese lettering, of course, because the audience in Japan who are not maybe not very good at reading or speaking English.

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This is kind of an info on the product in Japanese.

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So you'll find this Obi strip on SSA books and lots of other stuff.

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But first and foremost, on records.

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And for some reason, they have become very collectible for people, especially outside of Japan, because usually the Japanese vinyl will come with either bonus tracks or maybe a different inner sleeve, maybe lyrics sheets, posters, all kinds of paraphernalia put into the sleeve that is just not available anywhere else in the world.

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So for collectors, the Japanese releases, they're just highly sought after and they sound much better.

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Yes, some of them really do.

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Yeah, absolutely.

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There's always an argument about that.

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But I like the Japanese pressings.

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They're a bit more heavier on Treble for some reason.

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They sound a bit lighter.

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I love them.

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I think there's a big difference.

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When we listen to the Kiss album, Japanese pressings, like the smaller pressing plans that they had.

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That's true.

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Yeah.

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The funny thing about this release, especially Killers, because as I've mentioned before, some of these albums have bonus tracks and the Japanese Killers is one of them.

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Now, before the release of Killers, Maiden released a single called Twilight Zone that was not on any album that was just released as a single before Killers came out.

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And for the Japanese edition or the Japanese release of the album, they decided to include the song Twilight Zone on the Japanese Killers.

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So what happened is that EMI, the record company, they sent a telex or whatever it was called back then, but they sent some information to the Toshiba record company in Japan that was supposed to do the printing and packaging and all that in Japan.

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And they sent a letter that said notes on Twilight Zone because it was important for EMI to explain to Shiba that this was a bonus track and all the information that they can put in the inner sleeve and all that.

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But that was the heading of the sheet that sent over.

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But somebody fucked up, maybe at the print shop.

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Because if you look at here, it's actually they decided to read or to write details of Twilight Zone.

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It says so the song is not called Twilight Zone as anywhere else in the world, but it's called Details of Twilight Zone.

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I just love stuff like that.

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I didn't remove the Obi, but I'm sure you can see that it says details here.

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This is kind of a unique lady song.

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It's so much fun.

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But it's one of the things that makes Japanese collecting Japanese vinyl.

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Is there a lyric sheet in that too? I think there is.

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And lyric sheets can be read.

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Oh, man, it's so much fun because sometimes they are the correct English versions of the lyrics.

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And sometimes somebody have listened to the album and then tried to scribble down what they hear.

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It's the internet sometimes.

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It's hilarious.

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Oh, yeah.

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They just got it completely wrong.

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But people writing English who don't speak English from just listening to the music, they try to decipher what is actually being said.

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Oh, it's so much fun.

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That's great.

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That's great stuff.

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Okay, now I'm going to show another beautiful album here.

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I think we mentioned a Swedish band called Ambush before, didn't we? Might.

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Yeah.

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Problem? I think so.

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I don't know.

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I'm going to show different types of vinyl here that are not just black, this is fire.

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Whatever.

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Fire.

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Splatter vinyl.

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Now, how they actually make splatter vinyl, because they're all unique.

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No, splatter vinyl are exactly the same because the way they do it is they will take they call it a puck, which is a lump of vinyl.

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Lump of plastic, really, before it goes into the pressing machine.

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Now, just before they put that in the pressing machine, it's heated up because the vinyl is melted into a kind of a lump.

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It's also called a puck, but that is hot.

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So what they do is for this, they have used yellow as the base, the base color.

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So this will have yellow vinyl puck.

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And they just put it in a box of pellets with different colors.

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Kind of like a doughnut.

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You put it in and you just turn it around a bit.

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So the pellets will stick to the puck in whatever color you like.

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And then it's put into the pressing machine and everything is just pressed with it.

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And that's why they're unique, because they won't stick to the exactly same place on every park.

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But this has just been in touch with the red pellets just before pressing.

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So this makes this kind of effect here.

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So also a beautiful record.

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Another one I'm going to show you is King Diamond.

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Oh, yeah.

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One of the great, great albums.

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Now, these records from the 80s, including Merciful Vape Records from the 80s.

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They were reissued maybe last year, a couple of years ago, but quite recently.

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And of course, there was a limited edition run.

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Most of them were black and other colors, but some of them are very few where they have been a bit more creative.

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So I think it's called Green Olive something mask, but it has a sort of a completely different effect.

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I'm actually not sure how they do this.

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It's not the same way as doing a splatter vinyl, but they mix colors in some way before pressing.

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Maybe they do a blue park and then put some yellow in the middle of the park to get this kind of effect.

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But it's really beautiful.

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And again, it changes when you turn the record over.

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It's different.

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So it really depends on how these pellets, how they mix and how they're pressed.

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So there are no two albums of the same for this release.

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They're all individual and all unique, which also kind of makes it fun.

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Let me ask you this.

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You meet a lot of artists that are vinyl collectors.

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Do you know if King Diamond himself is a vinyl collector? I'd be surprised if he was.

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Yeah.

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I don't know, I must say.

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But I know that a guy like Lazulric from a Dallica.

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He's a huge vinyl collector, but he's known to have the enormous collection of Blue Note jazz records.

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Oh, man.

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He's really into jazz and all that 50s, 60s.

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They are a jazz music and he's a Blue Note collector.

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And Blue Note records can be incredibly valuable and very hard to get by.

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His godfather is Dick To Gordon.

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Absolutely.

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Yeah.

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And his father was a jazz musician.

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He grew up in that jazz environment in Copenhagen in the 60s.

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He's a huge jazz buff.

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He collects a new wave of British heavy metal and all that other stuff.

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You did a segment of what you call Michael Denner from Mercel Fate.

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Yeah.

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He owns a record shop in Copenhagen.

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It was actually Michael Dennis who told me about Lauslrick's collection because he seems okay.

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All right.

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He went to his house.

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Cool.

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I kind of believe what he says.

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Michael Dennis is a huge record collection as well.

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He wants a store of Christ sake.

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Yes.

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And that's what I thought.

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Maybe King is too since he definitely could be.

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I mean, he grew up in the vinyl area, so why not? He's interested in music, so.

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Yeah, cool.

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Absolutely.

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Okay.

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Another thing I'm going to show you.

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It's something that you sometimes come across, and it's one of those tricks that today it's very common for reissues of albums.

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That used to be one album, like one vinyl record.

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There is now spread out on two LPs.

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For some reason, it's very common today, but the number of tracks is still not enough to fill four sides.

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So sometimes they will do something else with site four.

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And this is where etchings come into the picture here, because this is a reissue of a Monty Python.

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We're going back to Python again.

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But they did a lot of crazy stuff.

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But this is size three of Monty Python things, a recent reissue.

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But if you turn this around, you'll actually see that it has a huge logo that says Monty Python 50.

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Yeah.

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And of course, this side here is not playable.

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There's no groove.

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It's just a piece of art that's pressed on to the vinyl.

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So what they do is they'll make a Stamper that has this effect or this picture, whatever it is, and then it's pressed along with the vinyl.

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But it's a fun thing.

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But it also kind of shows that maybe they had too few songs to fill two records, so they had to come up with something.

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There are many examples of edged vinyl, especially on reissues, sometimes also on maxi singles.

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And you'll find maxi singles with two songs on site A and etching on site B.

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Yeah, but they're kind of fun.

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I remember getting those one in particular.

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I think it was from Creatures of the Night.

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I'm actually single.

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And on the other side it was like etchings of autographs with kids.

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Yes.

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And I thought they were real because I'm sort of like I'm 1120 years old and I going, oh, it's a gold mine.

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God damn.

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I'm seeing other bands do that with autograph as well.

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It's kind of fun, but yeah, it is.

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It's not something you take down and just look at you look at it once and say have fun and then move on in a way.

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But they're called edgings.

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Yes.

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Okay.

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Now we're going to talk about I said to you, Michael, last time, I got stuff that will make you pee your Pence.

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Okay.

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I promise that I'm ready.

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Are you ready? Yeah.

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Well, I'm just doing a little intro here because we're going to talk about picture discs.

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For most real vinyl connoisseurs, picture discs are hated.

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They hate picture discs.

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This is just not a thing to buy if you're a vinyl collector.

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But if you collect a band, if you collect an artist, you probably like picture discs because they're very decorative for most of the time.

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But they are playable, of course, but very often, as in nine out of ten, you'll actually find that they sound incredibly bad.

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They sound really horrible.

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So for some people, they're very collective.

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As I said, some of them can fetch really high prices.

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But pictures have been around for ages.

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Absolutely many years.

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And sometimes people ask me, how do they actually make picture disks? And I'll explain because now we're getting to you, Mike, because I have a pre what we're going to say a pre picture disk kit.

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Okay.

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I'm just going to find it on the bottom.

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Okay.

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Now what they do is they actually take their piece of paper.

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Really, it's just a picture for side A and side B.

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So there's kind of two big labels in a way.

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But this, Michael, is very special because this is actually we're going to move into Michael territory.

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Oh, good Lord.

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This is Kiss Revenge picture disk.

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But before it's pressed.

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Okay.

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This is actually a label or a picture used for his Revenge picture disk.

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And with the side too here with the track listing.

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And what they do is and it comes with sort of very thin piece of kind of well, it's plastic, but I don't know the exact words for it.

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But you see here in the middle, there's a hole for the spindle hole that goes into the machine.

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So what they do is when they press a picture disk, and this is why they often sound crap, because the group is actually pressed onto this elephant.

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So if you can imagine that if you press a normal vinyl album with 180 grams, there's room for there's plenty of room for the groove on both sides.

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But the problem is that when you've tried to engrave sound onto this, you'd actually get a very crappy sound most of the time.

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So what they do is they put this over here and in between in the machine, they put this down, and in between they'll put a lump of vinyl seed through vinyl, but not as much as they would use for a standard record.

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Okay.

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But this is actually how they make pictures.

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Nice.

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And why they don't always sound very good because you're actually playing cellophane, in a way.

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But this is what I thought was pretty cool, Mike.

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It was.

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Are you still drying good? Yes, I'm drying good.

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Maybe it wasn't as cool as I thought it would be cooler if it was like some of the 70 stuff.

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Oh, yes, of course.

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I'll tell you when I find that.

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Yes, please do.

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On the subjects.

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Yes.

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This is also something that some people collect, and some of them are really expensive, but they're also very expensive to make.

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And they are shapes.

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This is an Iron Maiden shape, of course, because I don't really have shapes with other rotters than Iron Maiden.

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So, yeah, that's why I show a lot of maiden here.

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But this is actually made in the same way as a picture disk.

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It's just a different shaped picture.

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If you know what I mean? So this is actually pressed onto a round normal vinyl with normal stampers.

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But then when it's done and pressed, it will be cut along the line here to make the shape.

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But originally, this is actually a normal twelve inch record.

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The reason then, of course, is that it's more expensive to make, so they don't press a lot of these.

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They only do special runs and they were popular in the 80s.

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I think you barely see them anymore, but for obvious reasons, because as I said, they are very expensive to make and I think they rather make real records than these.

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These usually sound better for some reason.

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I don't know why, but because as you see here, it's just a normal single all the way around here.

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And of course, it has some extra stuff on the outside, but they usually sound better.

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Speaking of, I've got two more shapes to show you.

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I don't know for American audience, but in Europe, in England, there was a sitcom in the 80s called The Young Ones.

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It was one of the first funny series that was broadcast in Denmark in the 80s after Monty Python and all that.

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But there was kind of a new kind of way of doing comics and doing fun on TV.

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And The Young Ones was a huge hit on Danish television, I'm sure.

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In Sweden, too.

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In Sweden, too, yeah.

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But there was a character in The Young Ones called Neil, and he was a hippie and a spin off in a way, from that series, which he became a huge hit.

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Also in the UK, he did a record.

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I'm not sure what it was called, something silly, of course, but a single from that record, it's a song called Hole In My Shoe.

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And of course, it was made as a shape.

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There's a picture of Neelia in the series.

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I'm sure most of our European viewers will be very familiar with us.

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That's awesome thing.

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And the last one I'm going to show you is actually from Denmark, and since it is a Christmas episode, we're doing it.

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Yeah.

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I'm going to show you a Christmas tree.

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Oh, man.

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This is a band called this actually ticks Another box, because this is called The Split, because two bands on the same single.

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It's called a split, because sometimes bands will sort of they will share the cost of doing an album and then have a song on each side.

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So this is a band called The Governor's.

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And the band on the last scene fighting, I think is called The Other Band.

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So there's actually two bands on this, but The Governor, they're actually local from where I live here in Denmark.

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And they did this some years ago.

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I don't know, but it's very fun.

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And I put the picture of this in the book as well as an example of shapes, because I liked it so much.

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Cool.

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Here we go.

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I do have a couple of items more to show you.

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Of course, we talked about bootleg records and an unofficial pirate records.

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I think on the last episode I said sometimes you'll see pressings from countries where they maybe didn't have the official artwork and decent pressing plants and print shops and all that.

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This is an album you will know with a better cover.

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This is also our maiden, of course, but this is South Korean pressing in a very early live album called Plus One.

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Originally, this is an album that was only released in Greece, I think, and the UK and Japan.

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So there's a Japanese version with Anobi strip and there's a UK one and there's a Greek one with a different backlisting and Greek letters.

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But those three are official releases.

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And this is kind of a, well, makeshift.

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And of course, originally it's actually a very clear, normal photograph in color.

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This is like blue and white sort of monochrome kind of picture on this.

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Even the logo is not even colored and all that.

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So it's kind of crappy looking.

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Also the backside here.

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And Michael, what is this called? Oh, I forgot what it's called.

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Someone has not been listening in class.

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No, there's just so much to absorb.

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I just can't remember in my head.

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And you see how that goes.

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I'll check the show notes from that episode, which was like a couple of episodes ago.

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Yeah.

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Teacher will tell you.

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Flipback covers.

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Okay.

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Oh, yeah.

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Flipback covers.

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There you go.

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There you go.

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You've been scolded, Mike.

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We've been scolded.

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Oh, yeah.

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No listening to music today for the reason.

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No, I won't forget this.

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And of course, the label here on the South Korean version is also kind of crappy, very home made to only have a couple of things to show you before we do the big competition.

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Oh, yeah, the competition, man.

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Yeah.

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Now, this is actually not really an album I know very much, but it's from a Swedish record company called Heptown Records.

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And you probably know them, Mike.

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Oh, they're like five or six minutes from my house.

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Oh, really? Yeah.

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Oh, because I got this from Rob Cool, the owner of Hip Town, because I wrote to him and I was doing the book.

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We got in touch, but he sent me a copy of this album by a Swedish group called The Guilt.

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The Guild.

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Yeah.

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And it's kind of a punkish alternative garage band music, which is pretty good.

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But I really like this cover because you can probably see that it has this glitter effect all over.

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Yeah.

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And the good thing is that it doesn't come off like you would expect glitter to do.

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So the whole thing is just silver and glitter and it's just beautiful cover.

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Beautiful cover it is.

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Yeah.

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Thanks to Rob.

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And it's actually on, as I remember.

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Yeah, it's on clear vinyl.

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Oh, man, that's cool.

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So totally seafood vinyl.

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Yes.

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Okay.

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Awesome.

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Now, the last thing I'm going to show you before we do the grand finale is one of my favorite compilations, the only compilation you need by this band.

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And it's called, of course, Motor Heads.

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Yeah, that's awesome.

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But this is the faux leather sleeve that was released.

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Oh, that's so beautiful.

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This is a UK edition, as you can see along the line here.

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It has like leather that's cut maybe you would cut leather in a factory or something and it's sort of stitched together around the edge here.

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Yeah.

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And it's made to look like leather.

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But of course it's not leather.

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But many people just refer to this as the leather leather cover.

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No remorse.

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It does also come in a normal paper sleep.

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But the early pressings were made with this effect here.

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Okay.

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Oh, yeah.

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Are you ready? We are good.

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And all the people around ready.

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Let's do it.

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Let's make it happen.

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Yes.

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Tell us what you got.

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Oh, yeah.

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There you go.

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Doing it.

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Warming up, warming up.

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Now, we are very lucky today because we have been given three copies of a vinyl record to give away in quiz.

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Oh, beautiful.

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So now you can actually win a price by listening to the sounds and vinyl podcast.

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It's flip back cover.

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That's it.

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No.

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Okay.

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That's not the question.

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All the answers.

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Can I ever win? I want to win something.

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Damn it.

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All right, listen closely.

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Listen closely.

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This is actually one of my good friends who's a musician and he does music and he's actually famous in many, many countries.

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Not a lot of people have maybe heard of him, but in his style and his sort of niche music, he's one of the best.

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He's really good.

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His name is Martin, but his stage name or whatever he called it is called electro.

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Now, he has released, I think, five studio albums as Code Electro.

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And it's Synth wave.

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It's old school, it's scifi.

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So if you like, say, Blade Runner music or in that genre, Code Lecture will be just up your alley.

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And this is a very special release because this is the only or at least first live album from the only concert he's ever done.

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And it was recorded here in August, not far from my house.

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And you would be pleased to know that I was actually in the audience for this.

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It was recorded a couple of weeks before the lockdown, the Kobe 19 lockdown in January 20.

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This was recorded.

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So he was actually going to do a longer tour, but he only got away with one show and then everything just went haywire.

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But he recorded this show and it's on this album, it says Live at Radar, which is a venue here in August.

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What makes this concert special is that for the first time, he's not only playing his synthesizers and its effects and all that, he's actually working with a real drummer and a guitarist oh, cool.

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Which adds a very rocking effect to his music.

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But I'll really encourage you to check out Koda lecture.

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It's really, really good music.

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And usually not usually.

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All these albums have great artwork as well done by scifi artists who are top of the game.

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Yes.

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As I said, Martin has kindly given us three copies of this album that we are actually going to give away.

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If you can answer one simple question and before I post the question, I'll just show you that this is actually also a splatter binary live album.

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You're also getting one of these special edition live album.

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Splatovinoid.

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Sorry.

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Now the question this might be a bit tricky.

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If you know the answer to that question, do you want this? You can go to sales and vinyl Facebook, and we'll do a post there with the competition and the rules, of course, and a picture of the album that you can win.

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And what you do is you post your if you know the answer to that question, you'll just post your answer in the comments field.

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Or you can go to our YouTube.

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If you're watching this on YouTube, you can comment there as well.

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So we'll be drawing three winners of this album and you'll be contacted by a PM when we talk.

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Okay.

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So when you listen to this, go straight away, go to the Facebook page and put up your answer.

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Okay.

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And we'll have links in the description so you can click on those if you're listening.

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Yeah, definitely.

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We also put links to be able to listen to the album because maybe what? This sounds interesting.

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We'll put a link to the album as well, of course, to his home page.

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Cool.

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There you go.

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We have to say this.

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We have to say this, my fellow Americans.

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It's not available to us.

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It's a European contest only.

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You were going to say that because I could bear to say this.

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Yes, I know.

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It sucks.

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Really sucks.

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That us Americans, we get chipped on this, but it would cost like $50 million to send it over here.

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Yeah, that's right.

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So, yeah, the competition is for Europeans only.

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And of course, if we're just going to repeat the question that we want your answer to is do you want it? Okay, fair enough.

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There you go.

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Online, do a bit of research.

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Maybe you'll find the answer.

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That's a hard one.

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It's a tough one.

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It is.

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And you're sure it's not flip that cover? You're sure it's not flip that cover? Because I'm pretty sure I'm not going to sit here and give you we're never going to win, Phil.

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What the hell? I can't win anyway.

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Yeah.

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You see, I'm out no matter what.

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Yeah.

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All right.

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Well, listen, thank you so much, Soren, again, for being tremendous in your research and all the good stuff.

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I have no idea how this stuff existed.

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It's crazy what I learned on this season so far.

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There's so much more out there.

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We probably just scratch the surface.

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No punishment.

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So don't forget to hook us up on Facebook and answer this tricky question.

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It is.

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But try you might want to ask a friend.

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Yeah, do it call somebody or do a research or go on what you call that the internet.

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Go on there and type that shit in.

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Maybe just maybe get whatever help you need.

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Yes.

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You really want this album? Total electro right there live at radar.

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All right.

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Cool.

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And with that we did you farewell.

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Good luck.

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Good luck on the contest.

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Good luck.

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See you next time.

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All right.

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And until next week later later this has been sound on Vinyl For extended show notes, playlists videos and episode collections, visit Sound on Vinyl.

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Sounds on vinyl is produced by Boo Town Entertainment in cooperation with Boohoo Music.

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About the Podcast

Sounds On Vinyl
Mike Svensson, the lead singer of the bands Grand Rezerva, Dead Anarchy & Solid Rust and Phil Bowyer, co-founder of BoozeHound Entertainment talk about collecting and listening to vinyl records. Intro and Outro music by Grand Rezerva (http://grandrezerva.com).
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