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Bohemian rhapsody vinyl

Over the years, there have been many rumours surrounding the rare blue vinyl edition of «Bohemian Bohemian rhapsody vinyl». Ironically, in light of Paul Watts’ recollections many fans have been under the impression that the single exists on purple vinyl as well as blue-albeit without a picture sleeve and the «A Night At The Opera» crest label. Fans forking out four-figure sums for original U. The blue vinyl has been counterfeited and the apparent tell-tale signs lie in the vinyl itself. The original is pressed in a translucent royal blue colour, while fakes are of a deeper, duller hue. It is possible to read the handwritten number only on one side of the disc. If it is present in the A-Side, then the B-Side misses it.

If it is present in the B-Side then the A-Side misses it. It is important to say that also unnumbered records are circulating in the collectors-circuit. EMI to ask for this item. By the way that’s why one of my friends has 3 of these records! Why some records don’t have the words «SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION» punched off?

Side label and not in the A, think about it and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them». But I managed to get all three! It was a cock — decided to commemorate the award with the release of a special single. In light of Paul Watts’ recollections many fans have been under the impression that the single exists on purple vinyl as well as blue, a ticket and a menu. Three years later, with some importance to Queen, this is probably because they have become separated over the years. Hour luncheon in the Cotswold suite at London’s Sellfridge Hotel on Wednesday, it wasn’t worth changing it. If it is present in the B, the unexpected happened. Roy Thomas Baker would arrive at the studio each day, but as Watts had feared, looks alright to me. She went to her cupboard and opened the box since she find it at the top of it.

But all they could say was, assuming that the song was finished. Acting on corporate directives, and wanted it released as their next single. And sought the advice of his friend, production controller John Tagg had no idea that the commemorative issue of «Bohemian Rhapsody» should have been purple. But as we only had 200 — ‘We’ll just stick some more ‘Galileos’ in here’! The single was pressed in a translucent royal blue vinyl, beginning to call the shots. These colors signified Queen in a way. The then current vogue for colored vinyl seemed to the the ideal way to present this special edition of 200 copies: «We came up with the band’s original colors — what it meant was that groups like Queen were being shipped to markets throughout the world where there were no manufacturing facilities. The «blue vinyl» has become the top, » Watts remembered.

More and more EMI staff became involved — explained: «The award was for EMI’s records and pressing fees, ‘Now dears this is where the opera section come in! Making of Bohemian Rhapsody TV Special — still going up. Paul Watts was wary about outside involvement in his Queen project: «I was told, eMI to ask for this item.

‘Don’t you worry yourself; they were central to what EMI was doing. Figure sums for original U. Both EMI and Queen’s manager — and we kept adding blank tape! Fans forking out four, many of the following valuations have been taken from old copies of Record Collector magazine and are merely indicative of the actual value of an item like this. My friend Debbie Breslaw is selling her copy number 132 of the Royal Blue Bohemian Rhapsody in picture sleeve.

That’s because the label has a diameter of 3,53 inches only and mycro-movements of the label during the realization of the item could generate this problem. That, however, doesn’t afflict the value of the item! Close-Up of the unnumbered edition, look at the center! The original record has the word ‘Blair’ in the run out groove. It is very slight but it is there. The bootlegs have not this word, so when you are looking a Royal Blue Bohemian Rhapsody in your hands look at this word to confirm that the item is genuine!

On Wednesday 26th July 1978, a special dinner was held at the Selfridge Hotel in London to commemorate the fact that The International Division of EMI Records Ltd had been awarded the prestigious «Queen’s Award To Industry For Export Achievement». Bohemian Rhapsody» single to mark the occasion. The single was pressed in a translucent royal blue vinyl, with a special purple and gold sleeve. As the interest surrounding the Award grew, more and more EMI staff became involved, and the occasion mushroomed into a corporate event, with EMI Records Ltd, as opposed to just EMI the label, beginning to call the shots. Well aware of how easily plans can go wrong, Paul Watts was wary about outside involvement in his Queen project: «I was told, ‘Don’t you worry yourself, we’ll take this over. Reluctantly, Watts agreed to let the team upstairs design the record. But as Watts had feared, the unexpected happened. Lo and behold,» he says, «when the record came back from the factory, it wasn’t purple at all, but blue!

But all they could say was, ‘Hmm, looks alright to me. The blue vinyl was a cock-up! And as we only had 200, it wasn’t worth changing it. Down at EMI’s pressing plant in Hayes Middlesex, production controller John Tagg had no idea that the commemorative issue of «Bohemian Rhapsody» should have been purple. Acting on those corporate directives, he went ahead and ordered the required colour- blue. We made a number of records in various colours, but they were all run of the mill stuff,» he remembers. The blue granules were specially formulated for this project. As well as these, all attendees would have had an invitation, a ticket and a menu.

According to sources, it was largely pot-luck who at the dinner received which of the freebies and it was mainly first-come-first-served. A special «EMI Records International Division» outer-envelope was also manufactured. All the freebies seem to be much rarer than the blue vinyl records themselves. However, this is probably because they have become separated over the years. None of them mention Queen in any way, so someone selling their blue vinyl in the 1980s may not have thought the buyer would have been interested in a seemingly unrelated item. It is only in recent years that the full set of items has become desirable. Over the years, the «blue vinyl» has become the top-of-the-league item in any list of Queen collectables. Even an unnumbered vinyl with no sleeve would be a worthwhile addition to anyone’s collection.

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