Posts Tagged ‘picture disc’

Fakes and forgeries for Friday

August 30, 2019

Deep Purple Help pic disc.jpg

Having been busy with those fake picture sleeve singles for a few years, the pirate brigade have now turned their attention to a series of fake Deep Purple picture discs. Indeed a trickle has turned into a flood, as people are coughing up $200 and upwards for them.  I’m not sure who falls for these scams, as any official release would be backed up with press sheets and similar evidence.  The frustrating thing is that some are quite decent looking products too!  I’ll show a selection here; that’s Help above (based on the fab French single sleeve), Hey Joe at the bottom of the page (nice to see my artwork still in demand in some circles) and Love Help Me below (their knowledge of chronology is clearly not sparkling!).

Love Help Me pic disc.jpg

As well as the discs with suitable graphics on, the same crew have also put out a slew of pornographic picture discs featuring tracks from the reunion era.  To save anyone’s blushes in case you’re reading this at work I’ll link to one of the milder ones on a separate page.  All the examples I’ve seen are being sold out of Israel.  Thanks to Vince Chong who has been tracking these for me.  We all need a hobby!

Deep Purple Hey Joe pic disc.jpg

Forgery (I had to check) is the act of forging metal into shape while fakery is a fraud or forgery; an act of doctoring, or the product of one. Don’t say we never learn you nothing.

And while I’m at it here’s another of the fake pic sleeve single which appeared recently, wrapped around a genuine German pressed single.

German Fireball fake sleeve.jpg

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Record Store Day 2012

April 20, 2012

long live rock n roll rainbow picture disc

Record Store Day seems to have come round again super quick. But here’s one release which I’d missed, a rather snazzy 12″ picture disc album version of Long Live Rock n Roll. Picture discs eh? It’s like 1978 all over again! I’m pretty sure this is the first ever pic disc album from the band’s catalogue, though there were a couple of singles back in the day and a clear vinyl edition of Down To Earth. It’s been produced under license by Niji, Ronnie Dio’s label. From what I can gather there are 2,500 being pressed but it does seem more of a US Record Store Day item so not sure if any will reach Europe. I spoke to the label’s UK distributor and while it was showing on their system, they were unable to get any stock. Record Store Day is April 21, so probably too late to book a flight over and queue up. We’ve already mentioned EMI’s contribution in the shape of a 7″ version of Smoke On The Water. But as the miseries couldn’t even be bothered to send me a snap of the sleeve to show this year I’ll be trying my luck up at Record Collector’s shop in Broomhill on Saturday. Gets me out of painting the bathroom door frame…!

Record Day 2011