Special editions (part 1)
We start this blog with an overview of vinyl/shellac. After all, it is mainly the collection of records that often has a unique or special edition. Records with special colors or complete images printed on the record. Sometimes they have a separate shape or are played in an alternative way.
We start of with a postcard that I no longer have in my possession. It may be difficult to see, but the image itself has a plastic layer with grooves printed on it, the card is unfortunately wrinkled so much that I could not play it anymore. The plastic layer also came loose. The contents of the grooves therefore remain unknown. Funnily enough, I don't even remember what happened to the card. Did I sell it? Did I lose it or did I throw it away? All I know is that I found this one in a cover of another record I bought at a thrift store. I tried to flatten the card by putting it between two thick books, but to no avail.
The postcard probably contains a melody of something that may have had something to do with Dutch aviation company KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij). These types of postcards used to be sold more often and could be mailed to family or friends, just like a normal postcard from a holiday you have been on or on the way to. It might even be that this has a personal message on it, since you used to be able to record your own message on such a card and then send it. The chances of that happening here seem very slim to me.
The only thing I'm left with is this photo I took, I probably got rid of the card right after.
Following on from the postcard, I have here some copies that show similarities. These records are also called Flexidiscs and came bundled with a magazine like the Reader's Digest. These flexible records often came together with an advertising brochure or order form in the magazine itself. The records are in fact a recorded advertisement, often for the sale of music, reference is then made to the order form that can be sent.
The black record without a sticker comes from the Reader's Digest and contains advertisements for what was popular music at the time. The content itself consists of spoken text supplemented with samples of what to expect. A date cannot be found, but it is suspected that it dates from the late 1970s or early 1980s.
The contents of the Flexidisc can be heard here:
The other flexidisc contains similar recordings and is again from Reader's Digest. In this case it contains the sale of classical music on LP or on cassette. No year can be found here either. The presumption is from the 1970s, but it might as well have been printed earlier.
Listen to the contents of this Flexidisc below:
Finally I have this small flexible record (12cm / 5 Inch diameter) with the inscriptions 'California Dream - Barbie' and should be from the Beach Boys, nevertheless The Beach Boys have little to do with this release, on the contrary only Brian Wilson (co-founder and band member of The Beach Boys) is said to be behind this striking disc which can be read in the inscriptions. the song also doesn't resemble the song 'Barbie' by The Beach Boys at all. No, the disc was an edition that came bundled with the purchase of a Barbie doll. There are several sources that confirm this. On this website you can find background information about the disc as well as this video on Youtube with the advertisement naming the disc. I came across the disc in a sleeve of a Single that I had bought at a thrift store. It is likely that the previous owner once bought the doll in question and also acquired this flexidisc with it.
Below is a recording of the content via someone else's Youtube channel:
The disc I have doesn't sound much better than can be heard in the video above. My copy has a nasty fold at the height of the palm tree, but still plays well despite it. The disc does have a tendency to slip due to its small size and thin material. An instruction is printed on the disc to prevent slipping.
You play this and the previous Flexidiscs at a speed of 45 rpm as with a normal single.
I also have some special editions of the 'normal' singles. In this case one of the Dutch Railways (NS or Nederlandse Spoorwegen). With on the A side information about correct speaking at broadcasters at stations. The B-side contains a cabaret piece by one Henk Elsink (unknown to me). The single was probably only distributed among their own staff, presumably to recruit people who can run the broadcasters on the stations. I bought the single on a website where all kinds of special train objects are offered for sale, but I can't find the website itself anymore. The release itself probably comes from somewhere in the late 1970s, mid 1980s, this is not mentioned on the Single or cover, but on the recording you can hear something about the 'Trans Europ Express' (TEE) which has stopped pulling at Dutch stations in the mid 1980's
Below is a recording of the contents of Side-A:
Before we step trough to the large format vinyl, this cute little record will be discussed. It is not so much a single or a vinyl record at all, but a pressing of shellac or bakelite as some also call it.
The remarkable thing about this record is its size. Where most shellac records have a size of 25cm (+/- 12 inch) or 30cm (+/- 10 inch), this record has a size of 15cm (6 inch). The record has this size for a reason. He came to a miniature gramophone player.
If we do mention the record player, it can't hurt to put it in the spotlight. After all, it can also be called a unique specimen in itself. Unfortunately I don't know much about it, but my suspicion is that this is a (perhaps antique) piece of children's toy, or whether the record has always belonged to it I cannot say.
The player works, but it is not really functional, its speed is difficult to adjust and it certainly does not play stable. The spring is wound with a key (which is not original). It also seems that the player has been involved in a fire, there are traces of soot on the wood, but I can't say this for sure either. In short, it is a wonderful device to put away on a shelf instead of using it seriously.
As I mentioned, the player is not really functional, the speed fluctuates a lot, and if I try to play the record at the right speed, the gramophone stops completely. But the record itself on the other hand is still in excellent condition. I also played it on a real gramophone player as seen below:
I almost forgot to tell you about the content of this record. The two songs are sung by the duo 'De Spelbrekers'. The record was probably pressed sometime in the 1940s or 1950s. The two songs are about the Dutch sea navigator Piet Hein and the Spanish-Dutch war in the 17th century. Funny to mention is that I had to sing these songs in class in primary school. I always thought this was a standard thing at primary school, but afterwards it turns out that many peers and even the elderly cannot confirm this. The two songs are nevertheless etched in my memory thanks to school.
I bought the record and the player as a whole in an antique shop, the winding key comes from a clockmaker who is three buildings away in the same street.
With the small formats behind us, we arrive at the large formats. Starting with this record (printed in vinyl). Readers are probably familiar with the story of Alice in Wonderland. It goes without saying that this is not a record with music as content, but rather an audiobook.
Normally records with story's or courses are pressed on several records, this case is unique in that. It also cannot be played on most common record players unless it is an older player.
This Philips portable (tube) record player from probably the 1960s. Can actually play the record. Why?
It is one of the few players that can play all possible speeds, in this case even at 16 rpm. A speed that is used almost exclusively for narration. The quality of such a slow speed makes it unsuitable for music, but spoken text is not a problem as long as you can understand what is being said.
An attentive reader may have noticed, the speed is indicated just above the middle of the label,
16-2/3 RPM. I have to admit that I have never listened to the album in its entirety. But especially for this occasion, I've taken the relevant record player and record out of the dust to show it in action.
I bought the record a few years ago through a webshop. A sticker has been placed on the inner sleeve that leads back to the original owner.
The sticker says SWLS Headquarters Fennimore, Wis. When I look this up on the internet I find a library in Fennimore, Wisconsin (America). The library (Southwest Wisconsin Library) seems to still exist, but I don't think they still rent such records. This record was originally rented to members of the library, but the record was probably sold when the enthusiasm for audio books on records (or the existence of 16 RPM on record players) declined in popularity.
To round up, an image of the back of the cover.
To stay within the framework of audiobooks, we arrive at The War Of The Worlds to be precise, Jeff Wayne's musical edition from 1978.
This series of records (vinyl) comes bundled as a special edition, originally there was also a sticker with a unique number on the front of the box and inside also a Dutch book with the entire story. I have lost both over the years, the sticker had come loose and I had put it in the book, I once lent the book but never got it back...
What I do have is a thin folder with beautiful illustrations and the text that can be heard on the records, along with the musical pieces.
The content is a musical version of the original story that goes back to an story that was broadcast live on the radio. The story told by Orson Welles is about an invasion of aliens from Mars. The original 1938 radio broadcast is special in itself, partly because it was broadcast in a way as if it really happened. The so-called normal broadcast was abruptly interrupted with reports of explosions from Mars, followed by the full story.
For this I did some further searching on the internet because it turns out that a message was sent out prior to the 'normal' broadcast that this would be a fictional story, but because listeners only started listening to the broadcast later. This went unnoticed to the audience with all the consequences that came with it. (sources: source 1 , source 2 ).
Coming back to the record collection. I got to know the audio story through my step-father. One day he came to me with the original CD, I then put the content on my MP3 player and listened to it on the road in the back seat of the car. Unfortunately I don't have the CD anymore as well as the MP3 files, but somewhere in 2011 (when I had just started collecting vinyl) I came across this box in a local record store, it had just arrived and hadn't even been put in the shop window yet. Of course I couldn't pass up this set and bought it. I had never listened to the contents of the records until today, while writing this piece I gave the records a spin and once again enjoyed the beautiful musical story while writing this blog.
To prevent copyright strikes I did not make any recordings of the records myself to show you, but the complete story can be found on Youtube, and despite its age it is still quite fun to listen to.
Finally, it is interesting to mention that some pieces such as 'Eve Of The War' and 'Forever Autumn' are now and then played on the radio as real songs, often as modified versions. Chances are that you recognize these two pieces. My favourite piece is by the way 'Horsell Common And The Heat Ray'. The whole story lasts just under 2 hours.
Time to move on to an edition of records with a special touch. Starting with this album by OVERWERK - Vessel.
It's not so much this limited edition that makes the record special, but the appearance of the record itself is why I show it. It is a record pressed in red (slightly transparent) vinyl, matching the album.
But it doesn't stop with this one red record. There's more, like this blue sample-maxi-single from Deadmau5 (one of my favourite artists).
Behind it is another album: 4x4=12, also by Deadmau5 with red and green vinyl respectively. I bought this album in 2011 for a sloppy €45 in the same store where I bought the album The War Of The Worlds. Years later when I showed this album to a friend he also became interested in buying this album, it then became clear that it was apparently a very limited edition of 1000 copies, with absurd prices. Despite the 'numbered' edition, which is otherwise identical to this album, there is no special number on this album.
That's not all, I've started a search for the mystery behind the missing number. After a conversation with one of the employees of the official webshop, it appears that it may be an edition that came before the limited edition. As it were a pre-limited copy! Confirmation about this will follow as the employee will still contact the Deadmau5 team itself. More on that will follow. Unfortunately I never heard back from the employee...
We continue with the colored vinyl. This time it's Kraftwerk with the albums Computer World and The Man Machine. Another one of my favorite artists. Besides these two albums I also own 'Autobahn' in blue and 'Trans Europ Epress' in red vinyl.
Next album is not suitable for all readers and contains controversial content!
Even when it comes to obscure music, there are colored pressings to be bought, this time with a twist that is hard to see on camera. The records are a mix of two colours, the blue has light white streaks mixed in, the white has exactly the same but the other way around. It is only partially visible in front of the lamp. Incidentally, I have to mention with this album that side A (the blue disc) is badly pressed, a strange echo disturbs the music, which is on it's own already lugubrious enough. Side B and the second record (C & D) are well pressed...
Or this one, Popcorn by Gershon Kingsley, with a yellow record of course, because logical: popcorn, butter, butter is yellow... Well, you get the idea...
Or how about a literal twist, white and black in the mix! Madness with One Step beyond, a great album to dance to. Now released in special two-tone vinyl!
But Jeffrey, I hear you say, what makes these colored pressings so special when there are so many of them?|
Good question, although I ask this myself...
And yes, there is a large 'but' about colored vinyl, several even. All records shown are recent pressings. As far as I know, non of the shown records here is from before 2010 or before 2000.
It has been since the revival of music on vinyl that these kinds of colored records are seen more often. They still are more special than their black counterpart, but it really isn't that very special anymore. Even worse, with many of these records I didn't even have the choice whether I wanted to buy a standard record or a colored one, you just get the color as standard. And there you have it, colored vinyl is the new standard. Black vinyl is so pre-2000....
No, jokes aside, of course it looks nice to have records that are just a little bit different. Especially if it's a record like Madness's with its two tones. It does give the record something of an added value, and remember. Not everyone who buys a record buys it to play it, for some it's just to have a physical copy of the artist they love, then let that be a record with a striking appearance.
I myself am certainly not against colored vinyl, although there are people who claim that it adversely affects the quality of the music because black vinyl is specifically made for listening purposes. Marilyn Manson's record is perhaps an example of this reduction in quality. But with all the other colored records I have to admit I didn't notice this, so I can't confirm this (yet*). In short, these colored records are still welcome to me.
* Later I will come back to the quality of colored versus standard vinyl, because this still has some snags.
Then let's show our last record pressed in colored vinyl.
This time it's not a modern pressing, but one from 1986. That seriously makes it a special edition, vinyl was still the standard (besides the cassette) then, although the CD was already on the rise.
The music is generally labeled as Industrial, Experimental in the Electronic genre.
As for the content... It can certainly be called experimental, to say the least. If you're releasing an album with songs called 'The Anal Staircase' or 'Penetralia' then you probably aren't looking to reach for the general public.
I got the record for my birthday from my uncle. What's remarkable about this is that he bought it years ago in the same store where I bought The War Of The Worlds, 4x4=12 and many other records. After all, the record store (see link) has been around since 1969.
Can I appreciate the music? Honestly not, but given my broad music taste I am regularly open to new things, so who knows...
Until then here's a link to the full album if you dare to listen to it yourself:
(not suitable for all listeners)!
As a bonus, here's another song by the same artist formation that I've come to know and appreciate.
Coil - Triple Sun, from the album: The Ape Of Naples. Again very experimental but also serene.
(not suitable for all listeners)!
We still have some special records to go, including this one, Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield...
Actually you should already see the record through the main cover, but I had to replace the original transparant inner sleeve and so it is no longer a see through. Let me get it out for you.
Again, Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield, but now in all its glory. The record is often referred to as a 'Picturedisc' with its imprint (which is also the album cover). The name speaks for itself. The content is also quite special, in my opinion a true masterpiece by Mike Oldfield. It can actually be called a maxi-single, but one that you play at 33 rpm. The song itself is played with a very wide range of Instruments, and you may even know the songs from the movie classic: The Excorsist, or even from a somewhat friendlier Dutch children's series: Bassie & Adriaan, where I myself know the song from when I was younger. Side B is the same song by the way, but with a strong twist, personally I like side B much more, especially with its brilliant ending.
You see, I'm totally obsessed with the song and although I originally had a black LP of this song (which I got from a friend of my mother and uncle). I gave the black version to a friend of mine when I bought the picture disc. I bought the record itself at a record fair in Breda.
The original song (which is pressed on this record) is also be called Tubular Bells I, because Mike Oldfield has also released versions II and III which all differ from each other but also show similarities.
There are even several pages on Wikipedia about each version, I have listed these:
Wikipedia, Tubular Bells
Wikipedia, Tubular Bells II
Wikipedia, Tubular Bells III
the song (Tubular Bells I) can be heard here on Youtube:
We have to proceed because the next one is already in line, The Steve Miller Band with Book of Dreams (not to be confused with Glenn Miller Band). In addition to the previous record, this is also a so-called Picturedisc, but this time a very detailed one. It's also the album cover.
We take the record out of its sleeve for a closer look. Readers have probably already seen the record, after all it graces the top of the home page of this website and this blog. The horse is also called a Pegasus and originates from Greek Mythology.
Somewhere along the edge of the record the name Picture Disc is printed: Pic Disc. Kelley & Mouse are the creators of the image and are also responsible for many other album covers by other artists/bands. the year 1976 is the date of the image, the album itself was recorded in 1975/76 and released in 1977.
The music may not be as well known as last album we looked at, but it is certainly a beautiful album to listen to.
For unknown reasons I can't show a Youtube video of the full album, but I can show the link itself, so here it is .
How is a Picture Disc actually made?
In a normal pressing, a pre-heated vinyl 'puck' is placed on a press where the negatives press it into shape. In the case of the two copies above, the record consists of several layers, the middle layer consists of standard black vinyl, the image on a paper is pasted on it, then a transparent foil is pasted over the image on which the grooves are stamped.
Now I'm just saying that without looking for confirmation from third parties, so I've snooped around on the internet for sources that confirm this: Source 1 , Source 2.
Here's a link to Youtube for a closer look:
(tip, turn your volume low when watching this, the music in this video can be very loud).
Now comes the question, is this any good for the sound quality?
No, a picture disc is not like a normal black record. In the normal process, the grooves are pressed into warm, soft vinyl. With a Picture disc, the grooves are pressed onto a thin layer of foil. The composition of black vinyl contains carbon which provides strength, this is not present with the transparent foil. The foil wears faster and easier than the stronger vinyl. So it will happen that the music on a picture disc deteriorates more quickly in quality every time you play it. I also hear this on the Book of Dreams record, the record creaks more than what I'm used to, and just a small scratch can cause the needle to skip grooves, which is again the case with my copy. Fortunately, the damage is still limited,
Incidentally, this also indirectly confirms the question of whether colored vinyl is of poorer quality. Carbon is black in nature, so if you want a color on your record, this means leaving out the carbon, so the strength of the grooves goes down too!
I is only now that I realise what people have been saying about bad quality for colored or pictured vinyl, I myself learned at school at the time that carbon is added to make metal more solid. Carbon ensures that metal bends less quickly and can bear more load. The same thing happens on a vinyl record. Anyone who has ever laid a vinyl floor knows that vinyl is soft and bendable, so carbon is the icing on the cake to make vinyl sturdy and durable.
Time for our next candidate. Electric Light Orchestra - Out Of The Blue. Another great album! (if I may say so myself).
We are now past the colored vinyl and picture discs, so what makes this album so special outside of its music?
Is it the amazingly detailed inside of this double LP? Yes and no...
Or are the records themselves special? Yes and no...
It is everything together what makes this particular album special! I like to say that this album is overcomplete.
You have the cover which is full of detail, inside is a flyer where you can order an official T-shirt and even a poster sized 60 by 90cm (2 by 3 feet). There's a flyer where you can sign up for the fan club, where you get another signed poster, portraits of the band members for in your wallet, a membership card where you get special offers such as posters, patches, a belt buckle, the newsletter, a personal biography of the band members and finally a designated folder to put all this in. I can't say for sure however if this so-called fan club of ELO still exists in this form.
But besides everything, there is even a cardboard sheet with a DIY 3D spaceship printed on it. You can put this together and set it up on your bookshelf as a proud ELO fan to always be reminded of this great album.
However, there's something about this copy that strikes me...
A nibble has been taken from all the cards and this is certainly no coincidence. This used to be done with records/albums if they were left over and had not been sold outside the timeframe they were offered. This bite is also called a 'Cut-out'. This essentially makes an album less valuable than in its original condition and ensures that the album cannot be returned to the original supplier if something should be wrong with it (the warranty is voided). This record was eventually bought by a good friend of my mother and uncle, probably in a so-called 'cut-out bin' where such leftovers are sold for a fraction of the original price. In the end, the friend in question gave the record to me and I can now proudly call myself an ELO fanboy.
Concerning the Cut-out Here's some extra information from Wikipedia, after all, it is also applied to other physical formats such as cassette, 8-track and even CD/DVD and Blu-ray.
And now time for a puzzle: Find the differences between these two otherwise identical maxi-singles. And I'm not talking about the stickers or signs of use...
The records in the sleeve contain the songs 'The Beach' but even more famous the song 'Blue Monday' by New Order. There's a bigger story behind this release, but first I'll give you the answer to the puzzle (if you haven't seen yet).
I took the inner sleeve out of both records to make it clearer.
The cover of the left album is printed incorrectly. To be precise, the open parts do not match each other.
Even the ink (the colors on both edges) is incorrect...
Those old enough may recognize the pattern that has been punched out, because the cover is modelled after the old-fashioned
5-1/4 inch floppy diskette. (see this link on Wikipedia). It worked out fairly well for the right sleeve, but on the left it didn't go entirely according to plan, strangely enough, the sleeve did pass the possible quality check, or they may just overlooked the error.
But is it this mistake that makes the record special? Strangely enough yes, misprints that normally should not have been in circulation always have something unique and therefore may be worth more (to a collector) than their original.
To add a little extra, I bought the misprint a few years ago at a record fair, it didn't even have a special price tag because the seller simply didn't know that this was a misprint. Even I hadn't seen it and actually bought it for my friend since I already had a copy. It was back at home when I realised that this second copy had been punched and printed incorrectly.
And if it couldn't get any crazier, there is an extra story to this maxi-single... Due to the special design of the cover, the production costs were higher than planned, so ultimately no profit was made by the pressing plant on this single. So in addition to the misprint, there was even a loss on the sale as well.
I can of course fool you with saying all kinds of things about this record, so here are some sources that can confirm about this
so-called loss on sale:
Source Wikipedia (see heading 'Packaging')
Source The Telegraph
The latter source also mentions that despite the cost, it may be the best-selling single of all time!
Finally before we proceed, here's a link to Youtube with the otherwise (to me) great song:
We are approaching the end of the vinyl collection, but not before we have shown this special edition. M with Pop Music.
The special thing about this copy is not in the appearance but rather in the way you can not choose which song you want to listen to, yes exactly. M deprives you of the option to choose whether you want to listen to Pop Muzik or the song M Factor. After all, the front of the album reads, "B side included on A side". But how? Well by means of a double groove running alongside each other on a single side. Let me show you this with a short video:
Because of the double groove, it is always a surprise which song you will hear, several of these maxi-singles have been released, but M claims to have been the first with his album, many successors have not been released otherwise, because if you deprive the listener of choosing which song he wants to listen to you may end up with a big flaw then a big hit quite literal
maybe. Nevertheless, you can of course take the time to lift the needle and put it back in the starting groove, because there is a 50/50 chance that you will hear one or the other version.
If you look closely at the initial groove, you can clearly see the difference between a normal and double groove. Incidentally, it is only the first side of the album that is double grooved, the remix on Side C (or as M calls it 'Seaside') is single grooved.
The funny thing for me is that I like the remix of Pop Muzik on side C more than the original, so I don't have the problem of not being allowed to choose between the two songs on the front.
Especially for you, here's M with Pop Muzik the hilarious videoclip:
Finally, to good to not show, a buddy of mine once sent me this image with a clear reference to the song:
We have arrived at the last special record in my collection.
Grieg with the Peer Gynt Suite 1 & 2. For those who don't know, it's classical music, even more interesting, almost everyone knows a few pieces that can be heard here without even knowing who composed it.
The special thing about this record is the format and the history behind it.
It is a so-called 'Minigroove' record that you play at 33-1/3 RPM. And is in fact the predecessor of the standard vinyl record, but also the successor of the older bakelite/shellac record. It is the opening era of vinyl as the new standard for the record industry.
If I put the record on top of a normal size you can see the difference better. The Minigroove has the format of the old Shellac record, 25cm (+/- 12 inch) but is otherwise pressed with vinyl.
the difference between shellac and vinyl is in the structure of the two materials. Shellac is a fairly brittle and stiff material and does not mold as easily as vinyl can. Vinyl has a finer structure, making it possible to press smaller grooves and thus more space to put on music. Hence the name Minigroove.
Here's the album out of its sleeve and a close-up of the same Minigroove logo on the sticker. You can already see on the record the resemblance to the standard record as we know it now. There is a clear division between the musical pieces on the record.
The record in question also has an extra special feature for me, namely the sticker with the barcode on the cover.
MijnTafel is a kind of thrift shop/covered marketplace where people can sell their own products on a rented table within the store itself. I bought this record there at the time. the shop where I bought the record was declared bankrupt not long afterwards and disappeared from the streets. Less than a year later I met the former owner of the shop as a machine operator at the company where I work. Not long after, she resigned and haven't seen her since, no idea where she went.
Life's not always a bed of roses, sadly...
We have to look back one last time at the Philips record player which can play all four types of speeds.
Something is not right here! 45, 33, and 16 rpm are all common for vinyl playback. But 78 rpm is really only common for shellac. Not only that, but for shellac (which has bigger grooves) you need a different needle.
How do you play the two types of records on the same record player without having to exchange the needle for another?
There are two needles on this arm! And even more interesting is the inscription on the arm with which you switch the needle. The letters N and M. N stands for 'Normal' or the shellac record. M stands for 'Minigroove' or the vinyl record.
I made a close-up of the two needles under the arm. You can clearly see that there are indeed two needles, and someone with a good eye can even see that the needle for the Minigroove is slightly smaller than the needle for the shellac record.
I have to admit the needles are not new anymore and are probably still the original ones that should be replaced.
By the way, there is one more important announcement to make, modern, new (bad) record players sometimes also have the option of playing both vinyl and shellac, but don't be fooled! The needle is not interchangeable as on the Philips above. In short, do not play shellac records on these junk players, they are not suitable for it and destroy not only the shellac record but also your needle! I myself have had such a player and have actually played shellac on it, it is in fact possible to do so but the sound is accompanied by a lot of noise.
Normally this would be the end of this blog, but today (a day after posting this blog) a package has arrived from England. In the flat cardboard box is an LP, but which one? I haven't ordered any in the past few days.
It's Franc Moody's new album! A British band that I got to know two years ago because a song of theirs was played on the radio. Now I'm a big fan of their musical talents and when the message came that a new album would be released, I immediately ordered it. Today it finally arrived after months of waiting!
Even better, the duo, Jon Moody and Ned Franc both left their autograph on the cover of the LP! This makes the record a noteworthy piece for this blog. Maybe not something special for everyone, but a autograph from the band in question, and specifically addressed to you, makes this a "special edition". The full album: Into The Ether can be heard here on Youtube.
This brings us to the real end of a blog that is actually not finished yet, we have now only covered the records and my goal is to go through all the other media and show the special editions of them. So there will be a part two, as soon as it is finished it will be referenced here.
Until then, I hope you enjoyed this blog and thank you for reading!