Latest Madonna Collectables to Surface Worldwide
Madonna: Bits N' Bobs: Rare Broadcast Performances 1984-1995 Black Vinyl & White Vinyl LP
Madonna Bits N' Bobs is a 15 track double vinyl LP pressed by Parachute and is due out on the 24 November 2017 (although some online stores are advertising a January 12th 2018 release). This is set to be pressed in both black and white vinyl! Although it’s still not clear when the white vinyl will be released. (Barcode: 803343159516)
Bits N' Bobs features fifteenTV broadcast live recordings from the mid-80's to mid-90's. Although it does appear to be a combination of two now classic 'bootlegs' from the 80's and 90's: "Step To The Beat" and "Bad Girl (Rare Radio Broadcasts)". (Thanks to Tezzy for pointing that out!)
Madonna Bits N' Bobs LP Track Listing:
- Like a Virgin 3:39
- Holiday 6:08
- Into the Groove 5:16
- Love Makes the World Go Round 6:23
- Causing a Commotion 5:46
- Express Yourself 6:03
- Sooner Or Later 5:33
- Fever 5:21
- Bad Girl 6:05
- Fever 5:12
- The Lady Is a Tramp (With Anthony Kiedis) 3:10
- Bye Bye Baby 4:13
- Take a Bow (With Babyface) 4:44
- Lucky Star 4:35
- La Isla Bonita 5:50
Reissuing of previous classic Madonna 'bootlegs' may be something that we see a lot more of over the next couple of years!
( Created: 2017-11-16 Pub: 2017-11-16 Modified: 2017-11-16 )
Madonna The Girlie Show Remastered B&M LP UK-Only Vinyl Release Factory Sealed
Madonna The Girlie Show Remastered LP seems to be a UK-only release on vinyl and seems only to have been sold in limited quantities at B&M discount stores from beginning of November (2017). Comes with catalogue number: KXLP 20 and the barcode number is: 5 054061 241358. These come with B&B price sticker stuck to the outside of the shrink-wrapping.
Madonna The Girlie Show Remastered LP comes factory sealed and features full Madonna picture sleeve and funky rear sleeve and is manufactured from fairly thin card so easily damaged! Interestingly the sleeve includes reference to Intempo (Making Music Cool) on the cover and also has a UK post code printed on the rear sleeve and reference to being imported. As Ruth Gregory cleverly pointed out to me, Intempo appears to be used throughout B&M discount stores for various products so its likely these LPs were indeed solely manufactured for sale in these stores only!
Madonna The Girlie Show Remastered LP Includes 8 live tracks taken from the Girlie Show Tour. 4 on each side:
- Vogue [Live] [Explicit]
- Holiday [Live] [Explicit]
- Fever [Live] [Explicit]
- Deeper and Deeper [Live] [Explicit]
- Justify My Love [Live] [Explicit]
- La Isla Bonita [Live] [Explicit]
- Express Yourself [Live] [Explicit]
- Erotica [Live] [Explicit]
There is also a CD version of this title and I have yet to confirm whether this is also licensed solely for sale in B&M stores here in the UK?
I must say a BIG thank you to Lee Airstone for the label images.
( Created: 2017-11-09 Pub: 2017-11-09 Modified: 2017-11-09 )
Madonna Sainsbury's Limited Edition Blue Vinyl Ray Of light and Clear Vinyl Like A Virgin LPs
Sainsbury's October Friday the 13th vinyl LP special editions for two more classic Madonna albums, Ray Of Light Blue Vinyl (0 081227 932329) and Like A Virgin Clear Vinyl (0 081227 932312) certainly didn't disappoint!
The latest releases was exactly one year after Sainsbury's first ever pair of Madonna special editions, True BLue (blue vinyl) and Like A Prayer (red vinyl), which appeared as if by magic on Friday 14th October 2016 and, once again, the two latest Sainsbury's LP special editions coupled two coloured vinyl pressings, both of which became instant collectables for Madonna fans and collectors alike.
I first heard about the possibility of another Sainsbury's release in August and while there was no indication as to whom 3000 copied of each LP had been commissioned by, I was hopeful it would be a second Saisnbury's release and had to wait patiently under strict orders to keep my mouth firmly shut! Which I reluctantly did!
Interestingly, unlike last year, where both Like A Prayer and True Blue had previously had a recent "EU Made" re-release on black vinyl, only Like A Virgin from this years release had! (The only other EU re-released albums on LP being Madonna, Something To Remember (Rhino), Bedtime Stories and Erotica. All of which carry EU Manufacture rather than traditional German!
Ray Of Light however has never had an EU reissue to date; the last reissue being the 180g German-origin double black vinyl LP in 2003, five years after the album was originally released!
Ray Of Light - German Made Origins
What's really interesting is that Ray Of Light Blue Vinyl Sainsbury's LP was basically a reproduction of the 2003 German made black vinyl reissue, complete with near identical sleeve build and artwork along with equally similar 'original' labels and original catalogue number (9362-46847-1)! Luckily the blue vinyl makes the 2017 re-release instantly obvious. Worth also mentioning that the labels on Record 2 Side 1 has a typo for track 1, incorrectly titled: "TO HAVE AND NOT TO HAVE". Should be "To Have And Not Too Hold".
Like A Virgin Clear Vinyl LP re-release sleeve and labels carry the newer EU-manufacture and catalogue numbers as per the norm. Interestingly the album omits Into The Groove on the B-side, so is basically a re-release of the original LP.
Barcode Stickers and "UK exclusive" Hype Sticker
As per usual with special editions, Ray Of Light Sainsbury's Blue Vinyl LP has a barcoded sticker covering the printed barcode on the rear of the sleeve with new barcode/catalogue number: 0 081227 932329; not otherwise printed anywhere on the pressing itself instead carrying: 9362-46847-1. Likewise Like A Virgin Sainsbury's Clear Vinyl LP has: 0 081227 932312 barcoded sticker on the rear of the sleeve; the labels display the 'original' re-release catalogue number: 8122-79735-9. Both albums came factory sealed with traditional Sainsbury's hype sticker, although this time they worded the sticker "UK exclusive limited edition", possibly yo cover themselves for any possible future commissions of these albums by other retailers outside the UK. Although as yet there is no indication that such a commission has been undertaken by Warners.
Boxed Edge Super Thick Sleeve on Ray Of Light
Both LPs this year appear to have been better constructed and less easily creased, or maybe it's simply because factory workers, grocery staff and customers are handling them nicer? Ray Of Light has lovely thick boxed edge sleeve which certainly makes the double LP less susceptible to sleeve damage instore. But it does make it heavier, especially with two 180g discs inside, and likewise makes shipping the LP more expensive! A set weighs in at 850g without packaging.
I must say a BIG thank you to Rob Denword for your help with images and for being a great mate!!
( Created: 2017-10-22 Pub: 2017-10-22 Modified: 2017-10-22 )
Madonna USA 2016 & 2017 Reissue Vinyl LP's
2016 Summer, Autumn and Winter saw the USA reissue ten past Madonna albums on vinyl LP format and so far 2017 has so far seen 2 more including a limited edition coloured vinyl LP reissue and a pink vinyl LTD also! The re-released LPs include Ray Of Light, Something To Remember, Erotica, Bedtime Stories, Music and American Life albums sold commercially on vinyl for the very first time in the USA (and North America)! A real bonus for American fans and collectors alike. Which has not only meant that these six LPs are finally available commercially and easily acquired, but also also that vinyl lovers can enjoy crackle-free Madonna LPs again!
Eleven of the twelve USA reissue LP’s are made from super-thick 180 gram vinyl so are not only incredibly tactile but also tough and should have superior sound quality; the latest LP, Confessions On A Dance floor is the only on that doesn't advertise the 180 GRAM vinyl. It's unlikely that the vinyl has come from recycled sources, which would make them virgin-vinyl pressings adding to the quality of the music when played on a half decent record deck, although I have yet to verify this!
The reissues are easily identifiable by the super thick 180g vinyl as previously mentioned but also by super cool square 'hype' sticker stuck to the front shrink-wrap, as well as brand new 'updated' catalogue numbers. There is certainly no way of mixing the reissues up with the original LP’s where both exist!
The USA reissued all carry a unique "R1" catalogue number on a sticker, stuck to the front cover and printed on the LP spine, making these different from the very similar looking EU reissue LPs; the USA R1 catalogue number is also printed on the labels which confusingly state EU manufacture because these were not made in the USA. The barcode numbers are however the same as those sold in the EU, although generally the EU-sold pressings came without the sticker. The "R1" prefix catalogue number matches the last five digits of the original catalogue number used for each album when released the first time around. Unlike the labels, the rear sleeves do not show any form of country of origin.
Something To Remember was the first to appear early 2016, followed by six consecutive albums released mostly in the summer months including: Madonna, Like A Virgin, True Blue, Like A Prayer, Erotica and Bedtime Stories; Ray Of Light followed in October 2016 which finally gave the USA their awaited LP pressing which was the same for December 6th joint release of Music and American Life LPs. 24th January 2017 saw the USA re-release of The Immaculate Collection on vinyl although this is a rather special edition because it has been pressed on "Blue/White Marble & Gold Vinyl" and according to official sources it is limited to just 6,500 copies worldwide!!. Unlike all the other USA Madonna LP re-releases, this was actually pressed by Rhino Records and is part of their January "Start Your Ear Off Right" campaign. Interestingly this pressing was "Manufactured in the Netherlands" (as the label states) despite being made for sale only in the USA and Canada. (Thank You Justin Garnet for allowing me to annoy you all day on the 24th January regarding the manufacture of the USA reissues!) Finally, for now anyway, Confessions On A Dance Floor LP was re-release on 31st January 2017 and once again came with pink vinyl discs just like the original limited edition LP from 2005 although the 2017 re-release LP isn't numbered!
The six aforementioned 'consecutive summer released' LPs used a long catalogue number system that ended in two digits from "60" (97360) for Madonna down to "54" (97354) for Bedtime Stories. Incidentally this was also the same for the EU reissues for 2012 and 2016. Interestingly there was never a "55" used in the end for a reissued Madonna LP.
Thought I would also mention that the Ray Of Light reissue LP didn't follow suite as far as the long catalogue number is concerned which may have been because of the delay in this album being released and the fact that many more albums were being pressed by other artists at that time so the catalogue number may have been taken.
Autumn 2016 also saw the repressing of the 1987 various artist charity album A Very Special Christmas which features Madonna singing Santa Baby. The American store FYE exclusively released this on white vinyl making it quite a collectable item for Madonna fans along with fans of any of the other artists featured on it.
Complete List of 2016 Madonna USA Reissue Vinyl Album LPs
- Something To Remember (81227 96396)
- Madonna (81227 97360)
- Like A Virgin (81227 97359)
- True Blue (81227 97358)
- Like A Prayer (81227 97357)
- Erotica (81227 97356)
- Bedtime Stories (81227 97354)
- Ray Of Light (0 81227 94335 6)
- A Very Special Christmas FYE White Vinyl (B0025215-016)
- Music (0 81227 94225 0)
- American Life (0 81227 94226 7)
Complete List of 2017 Madonna USA Reissue Vinyl Album LPs
- The Immaculate Collection (0 ??? 7)
- Confessions On A Dance Floor (0 81227 94201 4)
Album by Album - Complete Discography & Pictures of all USA Madonna 2016/2017 Reissue LP Vinyl
180 GRAM VINYL with red square sticker: "MADONNA'S 1983 DEBUT ALBUM" & reference to Holiday, Borderline and Lucky Star.
Sticker shows the USA-only catalogue number: RI 23867.
Barcode: 81227 97360
Like A Virgin
180 GRAM VINYL with blue square sticker: "MADONNA'S 1984 ALBUM" & reference to Like A Virgin, Material Girl and Dress You Up.
Sticker shows the USA-only catalogue number: R1 25157.
Barcode: 81227 97359
180 GRAM VINYL w/ COLOR POSTER with silver square sticker: "MADONNA'S 1986 ALBUM" & reference to Live To Tell, Papa Don’t Preach and Open Your Heart.
Sticker shows the USA-only catalogue number: R1 25442.
Barcode: 81227 97358
(This is set to become sought after purely because of the inclusion of the poster. )
Like A Prayer
180 GRAM VINYL with gold square sticker: "MADONNA'S 1989 ALBUM" & reference to Like A Prayer, Express Yourself and Cherish.
Sticker shows the USA-only catalogue number: R1 25844.
Barcode: 81227 97357.
The original LP was always a quite sought after pressing because of the low numbers pressed in the USA so this reissue has finally made the Like A Prayer LP easily accessible!
The Immaculate Collection
2-LP BLUE/GOLD COLORED VINYL with red square sticker: "MADONNA'S 1990 ALBUM OF GREATEST HITS" & reference to Vogue, Justify My Love and Rescue Me.
Sticker shows the USA-only catalogue number: R1 26440.
Labels show 26440-1 catalogue number.
Barcode: 0 ??? 0
Released by Rhino Records and limited to 6,500 pressings worldwide. (Manufactured in the Netherlands)
2 LP 180 GRAM VINYL with black square sticker: "MADONNA'S 1992 ALBUM" & reference to Erotica, Deeper & deeper and Rain.
Sticker shows the USA-only catalogue number: R1 45031.
Barcode: 81227 97356
There was never a commercial LP release for Erotica in the USA, so the promo LP was the only way to play the album on a record deck until the 2016 release of the LP. Interestingly the 2016 reissue LP does not include the Explicit warning despite including the Did You Do It track.
180 GRAM VINYL with pale-green square sticker: "MADONNA'S 1994 ALBUM" & reference to Secret, Take A Bow and Bedtime Story.
Sticker shows the USA-only catalogue number: R1 45767.
Barcode: 81227 97354
The original LP was always a very sought after pressing because it was only available as an individually numbered pink vinyl double LP promo, with no commercial LP pressed which meant prices for this are around the £300 figure to play the LP. So the 2016 reissue has finally made the Bedtime Stories LP easily accessible!
Ray Of Light
2-LP 180 GRAM VINYL with red square sticker: "MADONNA'S 1998 ALBUM" & reference to Frozen, Ray Of Light and Drowned World (Substitute For Love).
Sticker shows the USA-only catalogue number: R1 46847.
Barcode: 0 81227 94335 6
Never released on vinyl in 1998 in the USA so this is also a first for the LP!
Interestingly this pressing was manufactured from the same master-disc as originally used for the 2003 German repressing of the album on 180g vinyl by Rhino Records!
Something To Remember
180 GRAM VINYL with gold square sticker: "MADONNA'S 1995 ALBUM OF BALLADS" & reference to I Want You, You'll See and Something To Remember.
Sticker shows the USA-only catalogue number: R1 46100.
Barcode: 81227 96396.
Never released on vinyl in 1995? so this is also a first for the LP!
180 GRAM VINYL with yellow square sticker: "MADONNA'S 2000 ALBUM" & reference to Music, Don't Tell Me and What It Feels Like For A Girl.
Sticker shows the USA-only catalogue number: R1 47865.
Barcode: 0 81227 94225 0
Never released on vinyl in 2000 in the USA so this is also a first for the LP!
2-LP 180 GRAM VINYL with blue square sticker: "MADONNA'S 2003 ALBUM" & reference to American Life, Hollywood and Die Another Day.
Sticker shows the USA-only catalogue number: R1 48439.
Barcode: 0 81227 94226 7
Never released on vinyl in 2003 in the USA so this is also a first for the LP!
Confessions On A Dance Floor
2-LP LIMITED PINK VINYL with pink square sticker: "MADONNA'S 2005 ALBUM" & reference to Hung Up, Sorry and Get Together
Sticker shows the USA-only catalogue number: R1 49460.
Barcode: 0 81227 94201 4
No reference to 180 GRAM vinyl on the sticker? May just be that there was no room to show this!
A Very Special Christmas FYE Exclusive! LIMITED EDTION WHITE VINYL
This has been reissued in the USA only on limited edition white vinyl and appears to be available exclusively through one store only called FYE. The original was issued as a charity album in Christmas 1987 and featured Madonna singing Santa Baby.
Sticker shows the USA-only catalogue number: B0025215-01.
Barcode: 6 02547 96164 8.
Thanks to Richard Glupker for help with pictures of the USA vinyl. Thanks to Justin Garnet for your Music and Life sticker pictures and spine and label picture also and Chris Ciccone for the montage of ten covers and Will Gibson for your COADF picsture. Thanks to Javier Rojas for the early pictures of TIC and your great post in Madonna Vinyl Collectors Group on Facebook. Feel free to tell me if I have missed anything important
( Created: 2016-11-04 Pub: 2016-11-04 Modified: 2017-02-02 )
Madonna USA The Immaculate Collection LP Album with Blue/White Marble & Gold Vinyl Discs
The world of collectable Madonna vinyl went into overdrive on the 24th of January 2017 when Rhino Records, a subsidiarily of Warner Bros., included Madonna's The Immaculate Collection LP vinyl as part of their yearly January "Start Your Ear Off Right" campaign. To celebrate even further the album they commissioned was a very special and totally unique limited edition double LP edition with "Blue/White Marble & Gold Vinyl" discs. Has USA-only catalogue number: R1 26440
The Immaculate Collection double LP vinyl re-release was only made available to USA and Canadian stores, although the majority of pressings seemed to go to the USA. Some were apparently sold through Amazon.co.uk although it does seem that many orders have yet to be fulfilled due to quantity issues, so it's possible that only a small number were made available for UK sale. The Immaculate Collection re-release was limited to just 6,500 copies worldwide which may account for the fact that within 24hrs most outlets had sold out completely.
Interestingly, despite being a USA and Canadian release, these were in fact pressed in The Netherlands in Europe and then shipped to North America. This is evident on the labels, which clearly state Manufactured in the Netherlands. To my knowledge this is the first time a re-release LP has been made in Holland, rather than the Czech Republic or Germany!
Each copy of The Immaculate Collection LP comes shrink-wrapped with square red hype sticker: "MADONNA'S 1990 ALBUM OF GREATEST HITS" referencing the hit singles of Vogue, Justify My Love and Rescue Me; this is stuck to the top right of the sleeve while a Rhino sticker is stuck below it towards the bottom. Removal of the wrapper allows you to open the gatefold sleeve to reveal the artwork taken from the original 1990 album. The excitement comes from taking out each disc from the sleeve. Both discs are housed in a plain white dust jacket/sleeve although the two picture jackets are included and are also remakes of the originals. Taking disc one out of it's sleeve reveals a superb blue/white marble vinyl with yellow Sire labels. Disc two is an equally unique gold coloured vinyl.
As mentioned previously, these were manufactured in The Netherlands which is stated on the labels; the labels also give reference to "26440-1" catalogue number rather than: "R1 26440", which is usually how the reissues are identified. The R1 catalogue number does however appear on the sticker as normally the case for the USA Madonna re-releases.
Photographs of The Immaculate Collection USA Rhino Records 2017 Re-release LP Vinyl
Thanks to Guillaume Maxime Dubois for your lovely pictures of the USA vinyl and also to Rufino Mata for your great picture of the two discs together. If you are hooked on Madonna Vinyl in any way make sure you check out the Madonna Vinyl Collectors Group on Facebook. Likewise, feel free to tell me if I have missed anything important.
( Created: 2017-01-27 Pub: 2017-01-27 Modified: 2017-01-27 )
Madonna Sainsbury's Limited Edition Blue Vinyl True Blue with Poster and Red Vinyl Like A Prayer LPs
Friday the 14th October saw UK Sainsbury's launch a special pre-Christmas promotion of vinyl LPs across 177 of their biggest stores. This was a promo designed to promote the addition of vinyl to the Music and Games area at their Large and Medium stores only.
Some stores already sold vinyl but it was rolled out to incorporate all 177 larger stores. This is designed to promote vinyl sales up to Christmas and New Year when it will apparently be rolled back in all but the very largest stores. Other artists had coloured vinyl pressings including Frankie Goes To Hollywood (white), Michael Buble (silver vinyl), Curtis Mayfield (orange), Jethro Tull (green), The Sun Records (orange). But there are no plans for any more to added and all these will no doubt also be discontinued by Sainsbury's shortly.
As part of the promotion Madonna's True Blue album and Like A Prayer were pressed in coloured vinyl and promoted as "Only Available At Sainsbury's" and "Limited edition blue vinyl" and "Limited edition red vinyl". True Blue naturally came in blue vinyl while Like A Prayer came in Red! This is the first time any official Madonna pressing has come in red vinyl; True Blue however did come with a fold out poster which made it equally collectable. Both albums come with reproduction inner 'dust jackets' which appear almost identical to the originals.
Each Madonna LP came with super cool orange and white rectangular hype sticker promoting them and came factory sealed. These were proported as being limited to 1000 pressings of each but I would suggest that the real figure was most likely double that at about 2000, which is still very few compared to the RSD Like A Virgin’s 11,000 !
Within 19 days of conception, on Tuesday 1st November these were classed as DISCONTINUED and are NO LONGER FOR SALE in Sainsbury's and certainly set to become the most sought after LTD for a decade.
Both pressings came in the same standard sleeves as the black vinyl E.U. manufactured counterparts but had a special Sainsbury's barcoded sticker stuck over the printed barcode on the reverse of the sleeves. This gave both pressings a unique catalogue number only used for this LTD. The sleeves otherwise carried the normal catalogue number on the spine and reverse.
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Madonna E.U. Made Reissue Vinyl LP's 2012 and 2016 Madonna Reissues
In 2012 and after Madonna had left Warner Bros for Universal, seven of Madonna’s LP’s were repressed and made available for sale once more. As with all Madonna vinyl from 2006 onwards, the newer reissues were manufactured in the EU, in Germany, at the CINRAM record plant which is used by Warner Brothers for pressing their vinyl. (Universal Music however now use the Optimal plant for their pressings and this included the 2016 Rebel Heart LP). The reissues appear identical to the original LP although they all now carry EU manufacture rather than German, and have new catalogue numbers making them very easy to distinguish from the originals.
As far as I am aware Something To Remember (8122-79639-6) was the first LP to be reissued 2012. This was issued on "180 GRAM VINYL" as it’s large gold and white sticker states along with: "THE FANTASTIC 1995 COMPILATION OF MADONNA BALLADS". Unlike the other 2012 EU reissue LPs this was released on Rhino Vinyl which is a subsidiarily of Warner Bros.
Madonna LP followed along with Like A Virgin which came with the rear sleeve the correct way up (which could also be the wrong way up depending how you look at it!) up rather than upside down as was always the case for the German made original sold throughout Europe including the UK. True Blue, Like A Prayer and Erotica were also repressed and none of these five E.U. Made LPs came with any kind of hype sticker sadly.
If you look at the catalogue number (and barcode) of Madonna reissue LP, it ends in "60" and all other subsequent reissues that followed used a similar catalogue number system ending in "59" (LAV) down to "54" (BTS). Of the two-digit numbers at the end of the catalogue "55" has not yet been used and none from "53" downwards which leads me to believe that others will follow and use these spaces.
Bedtime Stories (8122 79735-4) reissue LP was pressed in 2016 was also issued on "180 GRAM VINYL" and comes with square hype sticker on front sleeve: "Includes SECRET TAKE A BOW BEDTIME STORY". The sticker looks similar to the USA version but is different and also includes the E.U. catalogue number.
Interestingly in a Madonna-Geek way, the barcode catalogue numbers for all seven EU LP reissues match the seven 2016 USA reissue LP barcodes! Although the USA pressings have a unique USA-only smaller number displayed on the hype stickers.
I am not aware of an EU made Music reissue LP or Ray Of Light, although i have seen both albums sold as NEW quite recently but I am not sure whether these are old-new stock from 2000 and 2003 (ROL 180g reissue) or brand new? (If you know the answer please let me know.)
Madonna EU 2012 LP Reissues Discography:
- Something To Remember (8122-79639-6)
- Madonna (8122 79736-0)
- Like a Virgin (8122 79735-9)
- True Blue (8122-79735-8)
- Like A Prayer (8122-79735-7)
- Erotica (8122-79735-6)
Madonna EU 2016 LP Reissues Discography:
- Bedtime Stories (0 8122 79735-4 4)
- True Blue Blue vinyl with poster (0 08122 79423-04)
- Like A Prayer Red vinyl (0 08122 79422-98)
Madonna EU 2017 LP Reissues Discography:
- Ray Of Light Blue Vinyl (0 081227 932329)
- Like A Virgin Clear Vinyl (0 081227 932312)
Sainsbury Limited Edition Madonna LPs
In the UK on Friday 14th October 2016 Sainsbury's issued their own pressings for True Blue and Like A Prayer LPs and both were promoted as: "Only Available at Siansbury's" as the special orange and white hype sticker stated, along with: "Limited Edition blue vinyl" for True Blue, whilst Like A Prayer boasted: "Limited Edition red vinyl". These were proported as limited to 1000 pressings but I am not aware of the actual numbers manufactured although it is certainly quite low compared to the Record Store Day vinyl!
Both pressings appear to have been made using the standard packaging otherwise used to house the black vinyl editions and this is evident by the additional 'Sainsbury's-only' catalogue number sticker which is stuck over the printed barcode on the rear of the sleeve covering the normal catalogue numbers although the spine does clearly display them still. I am not sure whether the standard black vinyl True Blue LP comes with poster and if not then the this makes the blue vinyl version even more special.
These both clearly display EU manufacture so would have been made at the usual CINRAM pressing plant in the Germany.
Brief History of Madonna E.U. Made LP Vinyl
The first "EU" manufactured Madonna vinyl LP was made for Confessions On A Dance Floor double LP (pink vinyl) in 2006 and while being pressed in Germany at the CINRAM pressing plant it carried only EU manufacture rather than the usual Made In Germany which was the first time German manufacture had been replaced with EU. CINRAM was the pressing plant favoured by Warner Brothers and where all future (Warner Bros.) LPs and the reissued LP's would be made.
EU-made album vinyl then continued with the super rare Celebration 4x LP followed in 2010. MDNA album in 2012 was the first EU made LP on Universal and now also scarce. This was also manufactured in Germany but at the Optimal pressing plant which is favoured by Universal; this was also the case for the fabulous Rebel Heart LP (0602547211699) which followed some three years later in 2015. In 2012 Warner Bros. reissued six past Madonna LPs, followed by Bedtime Stories LP in 2016, along with the Record Store Day pink vinyl 12" of Like A Virgin.
Confessions On A Dancefloor LP is still readily available on (pink) vinyl and I would expect it is still being pressed, which is certainly not the case for Celebration which is almost impossible to find and has never undergone any kind of reissue with a mint sealed pressing selliing for around £200-£300 right now! MDNA sells for about half of Celebration and has also never been repressed. These two were never pressed in large quantities initially, because of poor vinyl sales, and as a result pressings became super collectable because of their rarity.
Interestingly the EU Rebel Heart LP rear sleeve has always been pressed with incorrect 2015 date which reads: “20015”.
Rebel Heart LP and the RSD Like A Virgin came with a USA counterpart which carried distinctive USA-only catalogue numbers and were obviously manufacture there also so easily distinguishable from the EU made pressings. This is also the case for all 2012 and 2016 LP reissues made in the EU that were also pressed and released in the USA.
NO Music or Ray Of Light EU Reissue Yet!
Neither Music LP or Ray Of Light have yet to have an EU reissue. Music does seem to be readily available factory sealed but at closer inspection it is a German made original pressing. I know for a fact that there is no Music pressing on the Warners database so it may be that those being sold still are from original stocks??
Ray Of Light is interesting in that while there has yet to have been an EU reissue and the last reissue was in 2003, Sainsbury's did indeed commission 3000 Blue Vinyl copies of the LP. These are technically repressing of the 2003 double LP 180g reissue and include German manufacture and original catalogue numbers. The barcode sticker is the only way it's identified as a reissue, other than obviously blue vinyl. It may be that a general reissue will follow for Ray Of Light and Music on black vinyl but as of now this has not happened.
Feel free to let me know if I have missed anything important
( Created: 2016-09-28 Pub: 2016-09-28 Modified: 2016-09-28 )
Madonna By Mert Alas - LOVE Magazine 16.5 - A crazy week: Monday September 19th to Friday 23rd September 2016
I think I can honestly say that Monday 19th was a mad crazy day for me and many other collectors of Madonna music and memorabilia. It started like a normal day and I ventured to Costa to have a latte and work on my laptop, but ended with me barely sleeping with excitement of such a beautiful addition to the my Madonna collection.
Madonna graced the cover of a very special UK publication called LOVE magazine, titled "Madonna By Mert Alas" and was issue 16.5. This was no regular edition of LOVE magazine but a very special and very limited edition featuring Madonna photoshoot as well as a photoshoot by her son Rocco. All pictures were photographed by photography Mert Alas. This was the first photoshoot that Rocco has done and something that certainly excited as many people as it shocked. The superb and totally unique cover featured Madonna sucking her thumb while lying down (in bed).
This on it's own was special but the fact that the magazine came sealed in a myler/foil bag that itself was also printed with the same 'sucking thumb' image taken from the cover of the LOVE magazine inside it, made this publication an instant collectors item. This outer 'foil' packaging is absolutely stunning and manufactured to such a high standard with the back of the foil packing looking as flawless as the front. Even the side edges of the foil outer packaging were beautifully 'pinched' together to form a tight seal which was then sealed right along the botton. I guess it has been done to protect 'minors' and anyone easily offended from the contents inside. inevitably, this instantly added massive appeal to collectors of Madonna..
The magazine, partly funded by Marc Jacobs, was only produced to coincide with London Fashion Week, which ran thought that week, and was never intended for sale outside of the event, or commercially, other than a few select fashion houses in London and a couple globally including Paris in France, Italy and Los Angeles in the USA. Although very limited quantities were shipping outside the UK, and infant only a very limited number of magazines were produced which lead to this becoming the most sought after magazine since the SEX book!
The foil outer packaging didn't even carry a barcode or ISBN number because it was never intended for general sale. initial stocks of the magazine ran out with 48 hours, when more copies of the magazine were bought into circulation from the initial stock that had been held back just in case. By late Thursday these had all ran out and prices steeply rose.
( Created: 2016-09-26 Pub: 2016-09-26 Modified: 2016-09-26 )
Madonna Pink Vinyl Like A Virgin 12" Record Store Day Limited Edition Vinyl UK / USA
Saturday April 16th 2016 saw the ninth Record Store Day and this year amongst 250 labels and artists taking part was the fabulous Madonna PINK VINYL Like A Virgin & Other Big Hits 12" Mini-LP, issued originally in Japan back in 1987 on black vinyl after the success of the Like A Virgin single and LP.
UK & USA VERSIONS EXIST !!
Quick update and thank you to Azmi Jaffar for sharing the following information. There are two versions of the Pink Vinyl Like A Virgin; a UK/Euro version and USA:
- EU version with catalog number on top of OBI 081227947675 and writing "Made in E.U." on back cover
- US version with catalog number on top of OBI: R1 553402 WITHOUT writing "Made in E.U." on back cover
Now seems that larger quantities of the Pink Vinyl have been pressed and rather than the original 4,500 pressings worldwide, its now known to be nearer 11,000. This may be because of the USA pressed version and it is possible that EU pressings were 4,500 and 6,500 were USA! This has impacted on the selling price of these since Record Store Day where pressings have been selling at close to the original RSD price..
I will certainly be hunting down a copy for myself on the day and plan to set off very early in the morning to get in the queue along with 250,000 other UK people looking for a limited edition of their favourite bands and artists. Other HOT pressing include a yellow vinyl for SIA, three David Bowie picture discs, and limited vinyl and coloured vinyl by Muse, Soft Cell, Alanis Morissette, Bob Dylan, Iggy And The Stooges, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson and so many more..
As soon as I get a picture of the actual Madonna pink vinyl I will post it here first! Know more? Let me know please.
( Created: 2016-04-09 Pub: 2016-04-09 Modified: 2016-04-20 )
Madonna Cover Magazine Update two March 2016 - SLF, OK, Big Issue, Canvas, Milk, Movement
March 2016 has seen another batch or interesting Madonna cover magazines from around the world and I wanted to share some of them here.
USA: SLF Music, Romania: OK, Australia: Big Issue, New Zealand: Canvas, Honk Kong: Milk, Japan: Movement
Madonna covers featured below include: SFL Music Magazine from the USA dated February 2016 with brilliant cover shot, along with the March OK Romania dated 4th to 16th March 2016. Australia had Madonna on the cover of the Big: No 506 dated 04 to 17 03 2016; this was to coincide with Madonna's first Aussy tour appearance in 23 years. Canvas magazine, supplement of Weekend Herald newspaper in New Zealand dated: "05.03.2016" also featured Madonna. Another collectable Madonna cover is Milk from Hong Kong (18th Feb 2016). Another Far-east cover is Movement (Feb 2016) from Japan.
Thanks as always to my fellow Madonna collectors for help with cover magazine pictures including Tsenco & Jay Raymond Williams.
( Created: 2016-03-22 Pub: 2016-03-22 Modified: 2016-04-20 )