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Record Collector Article on Non-UK CD Rarities Subject: Record Collector October 1992 To: echoes (Echoes) Date: Thu, 29 Oct 92 13:24:14 GMT From: Martin I found the disk at last! Here it is, the article on CD rarities from outside the UK, painstakingly reproduced without permission. I would disagree about some of the prices mentioned here - if you can find Relics for 15 pounds, I want to know about it! Also note that due to the crap system set up here, all the pound signs seem to have disappeared. All prices are in UK pounds. PINK FLOYD CD RARITIES Kevin Whitlock highlights compact disc rarities from the U.S.A., Australia and Japan With their history of sonic experimentation and studio perfectionism, Pink Floyd were ideally suited to the digital format of the CD - even if their material hasn't always been transferred to compact disc as well as it might have been. Back in February, we looked in detail at the Floyd's U.K. CD releases. In this followup piece, we're examining some of the more interesting and collectable overseas issues concentrating on the U.S., Japan and Australia. These CDs mightn't be as easy to find as their British counterparts, but they are of great interest to Floyd collectors, because they often offer the only chance of finding some of the band's rarest material on compact disc. U.S. CD SINGLES ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART TWO (Edit)/ONE OF MY TURNS (Columbia 38K 03118,1988) This 3" CD single comes in a little plastic holder that fits into a 7" x 3.5" cardboard sleeve. Now deleted, a Mint copy with all its packaging intact will set you back about 20. This particular release is currently the only way of getting the 'single' version of "Another Brick" on CD. RUN LIKE HELL/COMFORTABLY NUMB (Columbia 13K 68657,1989) Also deleted, this 3" disc again sells for about 20. Like the "Another Brick" single, it comes packaged in a 'long' sleeve, except that it doesn't have the plastic holder. Both cuts are full-length album versions. U.S. ALBUMS All of Floyd's U.S. CD releases are virtually identical to their U.K. counterparts. However, there are some interesting variants. All the albums from "Wish You Were Here" onwards are on Columbia rather than Harvest or EMI, and many can still be found in long boxes. Pre-"Wish" albums are all on Capitol but have identical catalogue numbers to the U.K. issues. Catalogue numbers for the standard Columbia CDs are: WISH YOU WERE HERE (Columbia CK 33453,1983) ANIMALS (Columbia CK 34474,1984) THE WALL (Columbia C2K 36183,1984) A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON (Columbia CK 40599,1987) DELICATE SOUND OF THUNDER (Columbia C2K 44484,1988) The following CDs are particularly worth noting: WORKS (Capitol, 1987) Not only is "Works" (originally released on LP in the U.S. and Japan in 1983) the best Floyd compilation, but it also features a number of 'must haves' for any serious collector. Firstly, it contains the demo version of "Embryo" (unreleased apart from its appearance on the rare U.K. Harvest sampler "Picnic", which was withdrawn soon after its release in 1970; legend has it that the Floyd were furious at the unauthorised appearance of this 'unfinished' track). Secondly, it boasts a number of remixed tracks. The versions of "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse" are from the quadraphonic mix of "Dark Side". "Brain Damage" in particular features more guitar; while "One Of These Days" mixes the heartbeats from the beginning of "Dark Side" into its wind opening. Thirdly, it's the only way of getting "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" on CD unless you buy the Australia-only CD of "Relics" (see below). Widely available in import shops for around 15-16, "Works" is an essential addition to any Floyd collection. MEDDLE (Mobile Fidelity UDCD 518,1988) Mobile Fidelity is an American label which issues vinyl LPs, cassettes and CDs of the highest quality. The company rightly takes pride in the standard of packaging, presentation and sound quality of its products. The CDs are a case in point. This reissue of "Meddle" boasts special 'lift-up' packaging, a sturdy plastic 'long box' and a CD made from 24K gold rather than the usual aluminium. The result is a disc which actually sounds better than standard issues, as well as boasting superior packaging. Only available in the U.K. on import, this CD will set you back in the region of 25. THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (Mobile Fidelity UDCD 517,1988) Another 24K gold CD which will cost collectors around 25; again, it boasts superior sound quality and packaging to the standard CD releases. THE WALL (Mobile Fidelity UDCD 2-537,1989) Although it will leave you anything up to 40 out of pocket, this particular Mobile Fidelity 24K gold "ultradisc" is well worth seeking out, for unlike the two companion discs above, this double set is a strictly limited edition. It has already been deleted, and is sure to rise in price from now on - in years to come, it is likely to be one of the jewels in any Floydian silver disc collection. The packaging is exquisite. The two discs are presented in a slipcase and each has its own "lift-up" jewel box. All the artwork (including full credits and lyrics) found on the LP issue is featured in a separate 16-page booklet. MF's "Wall" also boasts far better sound than the standard U.K. or U.S. issues - and the accessing programming problems I mentioned in my last Floyd feature are entirely absent here. U.S. PROMOS LEARNING TO FLY (LP Version)/LEARNING TO FLY (Edit) (Columbia CSK 2775, 1987) An orange-coloured disc that came in a totally plain CD jewel case, this promo now sells for around 20 - a price that seems to be rising, despite the fact that it includes no rare material. A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON OFFICIAL TOUR CD: DOGS OF WAR (LP Edit)/ DOGS OF WAR (Live Edit)/ON THE TURNING AWAY (Live) (Columbia CSK 1100,1987) This disc has an incomplete tour-date listing printed on its black side in purple letters. It comes in a jewel case with a custom cover insert, featuring the famous beds arranged in two parallel lines stretching down a tree-lined avenue, and a non- removeable 'underlay' card. The two live versions are taken from the Floyd's concert at the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia on November 5, 1987. They are the same as those found on the U.K. "On The Turning Away" and "One Slip" CD singles, released in November 1987 and June 1988 respectively. The current value of this item is around 30. COMFORTABLY NUMB/LEARNING TO FLY/TIME/ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART TWO (Columbia CSK 1375,1988) This picture CD groups together four songs from the live "Delicate Sound Of Thunder" album. Packaged in a totally plain jewel case, its current value hovers around 16. U.S. RADIO SHOW CDs UP CLOSE WITH PINK FLOYD (MCA Radio Network, 1988) This two-CD set is a profile of the Floyd, mixing narration and studio tracks with interviews (mostly Gilmour) and a special live track, "Run Like Hell" (recorded at the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia on November 5, 1987). There are three different pressings, the most valuable of which is the 1988 issue, with pink-coloured discs. Like most U.S. radio shows, this item is much sought-after and can fetch up to 100. The set was reissued in 1989 and again in 1990: both these editions are far more common than the original, as reflected in their asking prices of 60-70 apiece. These later issues have different commercials and are not pink. When first released, this item was commonly advertised for sale for up to 200, but prices are far more realistic these days, perhaps due to the two sets of reissues. The studio tracks featured are (in order): "One Slip", "Learning To Fly", "On The Turning Away", "The Dogs Of War", "See Emily Play", "One Of These Days", "Time", "Us And Them", "Money", "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", "Wish You Were Here", "Welcome To The Machine", "Comfortably Numb" and "Another Brick In The Wall Part II". The show concludes with the live track. IN THE STUDIO #90 (The Album Network, 1990) This is based around "Dark Side Of The Moon", with comments by Dave Gilmour. The show was aired during the week of March 12, 1990. Segment One lasts 18'30" and features Gilmour along with "Breathe" and "Time"; Segment Two (16'00") features Dave again along with "Us And Them"; and Segment Three (20'40") has more comments from Dave and the songs "Brain Damage", "Eclipse" and "Money". It can be picked up fairly easily for around 40, but be sure that you get a copy with a cue sheet and the custom "In The Studio" cardboard sleeve. IN THE STUDIO #107 (The Album Network, 1990) On this disc (aired in the week of July 9, 1990), the subject is "The Wall" and the host is Roger Waters. Segment One (20'47") contains "In The Flesh?", "The Thin Ice" and "Mother"; Segment Two (19'66") has Parts I and II of "Another Brick..." and "Goodbye Cruel World"; and the final segment (19'29") contains "Another Brick In The Wall Part III", "Empty Spaces", "Young Lust" and "One Of My Turns" (listed as "My Turns" on the cue sheet). Again, make sure you get the custom sleeve and cue sheet before you part with the 45 or so you'll need to buy this item. IN THE STUDIO #108 (The Album Network, 1990) This disc is part two of the item described above. It was aired during the week of July 16, 1990 and once again features comments from Roger Waters. Segent One lasts 19'47" and features "Hey You", "Is There Anybody Out There?" and "Nobody Home"; Segment Two (18'11") contains "Comfortably Numb" and "Waiting For The Worms"; and the 23'56" third Segment has "In The Flesh", "Run Like Hell" and "The Trial". Like its companion, this set is worth around 45 in mint condition. All three of the "In The Studio" packages are well worth adding to any collection: they contain interesting and otherwise unavailable insights into the records from the people who made them. In all cases (as with the "Up Close" CD), both Waters and Gilmour are far more revealing about their music than they are in most interviews. U.S. SOLO ITEMS Many of the Floyd's solo records have so far eluded CD release in the States, just as they have done in the U.K The exceptions are: Dave Gilmour's excellent first solo album, DAVID GILMOUR (Columbia CKS 35388,1986), and Nick Mason's lacklustre collaboration with Rick Fenn, PROFILES (Columbia CK 40142). Both of these are unavailable on CD over here but are relatively easy to obtain in the better import shops. Roger Waters' solo albums, THE PROS & CONS OF HITCH-HIKING and RADIO KAOS, as well as ABOUT FACE, Gilmour's second stab at working on his own, are all available in the U.S. on CD, the only difference being label variations and the addition of the controversial American "long box". THE KING BISCUIT FLOWER HOUR: ALONE AT LAST (DIR Radio Network, 1987) This is one of the most collectable solo CDs, featuring extracts from live concerts by Phil Collins, Chrissie Hynde and Dave Gilmour. Gilmour's part of the show comes from one of the dates on his 1984 tour and contains "Run Like Hell", "Blue Light" and "Comfortably Numb". The current value of this item - packaged in a plain jewel case with a cue sheet - is around 30. Gilmour's set from the concert held at the Albert Hall on February 6, 1986, in aid of the Columbian Earthquake Fund, features on another U.S. radio show CD. Backed by an eight-piece band which included Michael Kamen and Mick Ralphs, David Gilmour & Friends played "You Know I'm Right" and "Out Of The Blue" from the "About Face" album and the Floyd favourites "Run Like Hell" and "Comfortably Numb". All four songs appear here, and this CD now sells for around 30. Roger Waters, of course, has by far the most promo CDs to his credit: all of the following are culled from his Berlin "Wall" shows. THE WALL - BERLIN '90: ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART II/HEY YOU/WHEN THE TIGERS BROKE FREE/THE GUNNER'S DREAM/5:06 AM (EVERY STRANGERS EYES)/THE TIDE IS TURNING (Columbia CSK 2126,1990) This was issued to radio stations across the U.S. to raise awareness of the concert, and is particularly sought-after by collectors because it features an otherwise unavailable track. This is a newly recorded 5'28" studio version of "Another Brick In The Wall Part II" which opens with the atmospherics from "Hey You". However, the opinion among even the most dedicated Waters buffs is that it's a very mundane version. Collectors also value this item because it's the only way of getting "When The Tigers Broke Free" on CD. Also included are "Hey You" from "The Wall", "The Gunner's Dream" from "The Final Cut" and "5:06AM (Every Stranger's Eyes)" from "Pros & Cons" and "The Tide Is Turning" from "Radio KAOS" -- a rather strange mixture that doesn't even showcase Waters' songwriting talents adequately. A promotional video of the 'new' version of "Another Brick" also exists. When it first appeared, some unscrupulous dealers were charging in excess of 35, nowadays this disc fetches around 25- 30, but it's worth shopping around, because it can be picked up for as little as 20. When buying, make sure you're getting the full package, which includes a four-page insert with a red hammer motif; inside is a letter from Roger explaining the purpose of the event. "I recorded this version of 'Another Brick In The Wall Part 2' with the Bleeding Heart Band just for this special event," says Rog in his letter. He goes on to address the DJs and radio programmers to whom the disc was originally sent: "If you in radio support the Memorial Fund by mentioning 'The Wall' concert in Berlin on the 21st of July and the subsequent live album when you play any of the cuts on this sampler, both Leonard (Cheshire, founder of the Memorial Fund For Disaster Relief) and I would be very grateful." Interestingly enough, the disc was issued by Waters' old American record company CBS, rather than Mercury, who eventually released the "Live In Berlin" album. PIECES FROM THE WALL: YOUNG LUST/ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART II/RUN LIXE HELL/BRING THE BOYS BACK HOME (Mercury CDP 318,1990) A picture CD in a jewel case, this item can be picked up relatively easily and cheaply. Pay no more than around 15. All versions are as on the live LP apart from "Another Brick..." and "Young Lust", which are both edited takes. ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART II (EDIT) (Mercury CDP 342,1990) This picture CD (which contains a 4'02" edit of the song) actually forms part of a neat promo package. The custom cardboard sleeve (which should have a special promo title sticker on it) fits into a slot at the top of a foam brick which has the words "Another Brick In The Wall" stencilled on the front in red letters. The complete package is getting harder to find and is currently worth around 25-30. HEY YOU/ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PART II (LP VERSION) (Mercury CDP 349,1990) A picture CD which comes in a plain jewel case, this is a fairly common item which can be found for less than a tenner. THE TIDE IS TURNING (EDIT) (Mercury CDP 367,1990) Another common promo, this 4'33" edit comes in a jewel case with a card at the back. It can be picked up for about 10. AUSTRALIAN CDs At the time of going to press, rumours were circulating that an Australian company was negotiating with the Floyd and their record label to release a limited edition box set of the group's first five singles, from "Arnold Layne" through to "Point Me At The Sky". It is alleged that the group have agreed to this, providing the masters are not tampered with. Should this proposed set ever see the light of day, it will no doubt become one of the most collectable items in the Floyd discography. RELICS (Axis CDAX 701290, 1988) One highly sought-after item is this release on EMI Australia's Axis subsidiary. To this date, Australia is the only country which has issued "Relics" on CD. Any collectors over- whelmed with the urge to own "Paintbox", "Biding My Time" or the studio version of "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" on CD should be pleased to know that this particular disc is easily obtainable through any good import shop for no more than around 15. As well as being the only way of obtaining the aforementioned three tracks on CD, the Australian "Relics" also features a different cover to the U.K. LP or cassette; Nick Mason's doodles have been replaced with a rather unimaginative shot of some ancient coins. BOX SET EMI Australia have also just issued a 4-CD, LP-sized box set, containing the band's mid-period albums. It can be picked up for around 40. JAPANESE CDs The clear difference that exists between the quality of U.K./U.S. vinyl pressings and their Japanese counterparts is far less pronounced with CDs. Therefore Japanese CDs (which can be obtained here for around 18 apiece for single sets, 35 for doubles) are only of interest to fanatical collectors. There are apparently a number of compilations (featuring rather random selections of tracks) which can only be described - at best - as semi-legal. A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON (CBS/Sony XDDP 93004,1987) There is also a Japanese promo-only CD which has always been very elusive - I've never seen one for sale, so it's impossible to put any accurate valuation on it! It comes in a slipcase featuring a 'beds on the beach' shot on the front and an orange 'PF' logo on the back. The booklet is also alleged to be different, carrying a lot more technical information and credits, as well as full Iyrics in English and Japanese. Although it's still fairly limited at the moment, the market for collecting overseas Pink Floyd CDs should grow over the next few years. As regions like the Far East, South America and Eastern Europe develop their own CD industries, the prospect of all kinds of weird and wonderful releases appearing becomes more likely. And with a bout of feverish Floyd activity (a new album and tour are promised) likely to take place in 1993 collectors should be kept happy (and poverty-stricken) by a new batch of promos, singles and radio shows.

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