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On this day in music history: June 25, 1984 - “Purple Rain”, the sixth album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at First Avenue (w/ mobile recording truck) in Minneapolis, MN, The Warehouse in St. Louis Park, MN, The Record Plant in New York, NY, and Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA from August 1983 - March 1984. Serving as the soundtrack to Prince’s motion picture debut, it is the first album officially credited to Prince & The Revolution. Recording of the music for the film begins on August 3, 1983 when the band perform a live benefit show at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The performance marks the debut of new guitarist Wendy Melvoin, with the master versions of “I Would Die 4 U” (#8 Pop, #11 R&B), “Baby I’m A Star” and the title track being recorded at this show. These performances appear on the finished album with only minimal post production. The film and albums rousing opener “Let’s Go Crazy” (#1 Pop and R&B) is recorded at Prince’s rehearsal space “The Warehouse”, after he asks recording engineer Susan Rogers to pull the equipment out of his home studio. The basic track is cut live in spite of having no isolation between the musicians, and electrical interference from various appliances in the building. The track “Take Me With U” (#25 Pop, #40 R&B), the artists duet with Apollonia Kotero is originally slated to appear on Apollonia 6’s album, but Prince changes his mind and includes it on “Purple Rain”. Original LP copies are packaged with a poster of the band (taken during the video shoot for “When Doves Cry”), with a limited number of US promo copies (some stock copies in foreign territories) pressed on purple vinyl. Released four weeks ahead of the film, the soundtrack is an instant critical and commercial smash, launching Prince into worldwide super stardom. It spins off five singles including “When Doves Cry” (#1 Pop and R&B), and the title track (#2 Pop and #4 R&B), becoming the sixth best selling soundtrack of all time. It also wins two Grammy Awards in 1985. “Purple Rain” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2011, and in 2012 is added to the National Recording Registry by The Library Of Congress. On June 23, 2017, remastered editions of the album are reissued on CD, including a Deluxe Edition 3 CD + DVD set. The deluxe version includes the original album on disc one, with disc two featuring eleven bonus tracks of previously unreleased material. Disc three contains the 7" edits and 12" extended versions. The DVD features the “Prince & The Revolution Live!” concert video originally released in 1985. It is also issued with the new remaster on standard black vinyl, and as a picture disc. “Purple Rain” spends twenty four consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, nineteen consecutive weeks at number one on the R&B album chart, and is certified 13x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.


On this day in music history: August 12, 1986 - “Graceland”, the seventh album by Paul Simon is released. Produced by Paul Simon, it is recorded at Ovation Studios in Johannesburg, Republic Of South Africa, The Hit Factory in New York City, Amigo Studios in Los Angeles, CA, Abbey Road Studios in London, UK and Master-Trak Enterprises, Crowley, LA from October 1985 - June 1986. Following the poorly received “Hearts And Bones” album, Paul Simon is given a cassette of Township Jive music by the South African group The Boyoyo Boys by a friend. His interest is piqued by an instrumental called “Gumboots” (which he later writes lyrics for and records). The music inspires Simon to travel to South Africa and record with a group of South African musicians (which is controversial at the time as it breaks the cultural embargo against the country that is still ruled by separatist system of Apartheid) which also includes the vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The album also includes contributions and guest appearances by Los Lobos, Linda Ronstadt, and The Everly Brothers. When it is released, it is enthusiastically received, garnering great critical acclaim and commercial success, spinning off three singles including “You Can Call Me Al” (#23 Pop), “The Boy In The Bubble” (#86 Pop) and the title track (#81 Pop). The album wins two Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year in 1987, and Record Of The Year for the title track in 1988. In 2007, the album is added to the National Recording Registry by the Library Of Congress. To commemorate the albums twenty fifth anniversary, it is remastered and reissued as a two CD + DVD box set featuring previously unreleased demos, alternate versions and an interview with Paul Simon on the making of the landmark album. The DVD contains the documentary “Under African Skies” and a full live concert filmed in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1987. The box also contains a notepad, poster and 76 page booklet with photos and extensive annotation. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP the same year, with a limited edition number edition released exclusively through Boston based retailer Newbury Comics (limited to 2,000 copies) and clear vinyl LP pressing released through UK retailer HMV Music (limited to 500 copies) in 2015. “Graceland” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


On this day in music history: November 21, 1975 - “A Night At The Opera”, the fourth album by Queen is released. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen, it is recorded at Trident Studios, SARM East Studios, Olympic Studios, Roundhouse Studios, Landsowne Studios in London and Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales, UK from August - November 1975. After touring in support of the “Sheer Heart Attack” album, Queen break from their original management team when they discover the terms are highly unfavorable to them. Eventually, they align themselves with Elton John’s long time manager John Reid to look after their affairs. Now free to work on new music without business distractions, the return to the studio in the late Summer of 1975 to work on their next album. The title is taken from the classic Marx Brothers comedy, which the band were watching on television one evening during a break in recording. Like the previous albums, it features songwriting contributions from all four members of the band. The opening track “Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To…) is written (by Mercury) as a bitter kiss off to their former manager Norman Sheffield. Though the album’s centerpiece is the Freddie Mercury penned "Bohemian Rhapsody” (#1 UK, #9 US Pop, #2 US Pop re-release), a rock mini-opera compressed into a nearly six minute long track. It gives Queen their biggest hit, and breaks them on a worldwide basis. It also spins off the single “You’re My Best Friend” (#7 UK, #16 US Pop), written by bassist John Deacon. In time, it is regarded as one of the best rock albums of all time and a 70’s musical landmark. “Opera” is reissued on CD in 1991 with remixed versions of two tracks. To commemorate its 30th anniversary in 2005, it is remixed in 5.1 multi-channel surround sound, and issued as a CD + DVD-A set. It is reissued again in 2011 as a two CD set (two channel stereo mixes only), with alternate mixes and one live track. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2015, replicating the original gatefold sleeve and embossed cover. “A Night At The Opera” spends four weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number four on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


On this day in music history: November 18, 1985 - “Psychocandy”, the debut album by The Jesus And Mary Chain is released. Produced by The Jesus And Mary Chain, it is recorded at Southern Studios in Wood Green, London, UK from Early - Mid 1985. Formed in their hometown of East Kilbride, Scotland in 1980, brothers Jim and William Reid originally call themselves The Poppy Seeds, then Death By Joey before changing their name to The Jesus And Mary Chain in 1983. Purchasing a Tascam Portastudio, the brothers begin recording demos of the songs they’ve written, and begin sending them out to record labels in the UK. By early 1984, they recruit band members Douglas Hart (bass) and Murray Danglish (drums) (later replaced by Bobby Gillespie) to fill out the line up. The band are signed to indie label Creation Records by its founder Alan McGee and release the single “Upside Down” in late 1984. The record hits number one on the UK indie singles chart, but The Jesus And Mary Chain’s tenure at Creation is brief. In early 1985, they are quickly signed to WEA International distributed Blanco y Negro Records, and to the newly revived Warner Bros. subsidiary Reprise Records in the US. The bands’ unique blend of psychedelic tinged pop, tempered with guitar feedback quickly establishes them as pioneers of what becomes known as the “shoegazer movement” and precursers of alternative rock. The album itself garners raves from critics (landing on many publications’ best of lists), and earning the band a devoted following. It will spin off four singles including “Never Understand” (#47 UK), “Some Candy Talking” (#13 UK) and “Just Like Honey” (#45 UK). “Honey” is later featured in the film “Lost In Translation” in 2003. After the original Reprise CD goes out of print, it is re-released by American Recordings in the US in 1994. Remastered and reissued as a DualDisc in 2006, “Psychocandy” is also reissued in September of 2011 as a double CD/+ DVD set with the second CD featuring the A and B-sides of their first single on Creation Records, single B-sides, radio sessions recorded by legendary DJ John Peel and the bands’ original Portastudio demos recorded in 1984 and 1985. The DVD features the original music videos, and several television performances. “Psychocandy” peaks at number forty five on the UK album chart, is certified Gold in the UK by the BPI, and peaks at number one hundred eighty eight on the Billboard Top 200.


On this day in music history: June 11, 1991 - “Seal” (aka “Seal I”), the debut album by Seal is released. Produced by Trevor Horn and Adamski, it is recorded at Sarm West Studios, Beethoven Street Studios, CTS Studios in London, The Manor Studios in Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxford, UK, Cherokee Studios, Lion Share Studios in Hollywood, CA, The Complex in Los Angeles, CA, and Can-Am Recorders in Tarzana, CA from November 1990 - April 1991. Born Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel, the British born Afro-Brazilian musician makes his initial breakthrough in 1990, co-writing and singing on acid house producer Adamski’s UK chart topper “Killer”. From there, he signs with producer Trevor Horn’s ZTT Records and begin work on his solo debut album. Recorded in a relatively brief six months, Horn’s perfectionist tendencies come into play, as the deadline to release the album comes up. Two versions of Seal’s debut are released, with each featuring alternate versions or mixes of three songs (“Wild”, “Violet”, and “Crazy”). Once released, it is a critical and commercial success, establishing the musician on a worldwide basis, entering the UK album chart at number one. It spins off five singles in the UK (three in the US) including “Crazy” (#2 UK, #7 US Pop) and “Future Love Paradise” (#12 UK). The album is remastered and reissued in 2005 as a deluxe edition CD + DVD set. The CD contains the original nine song album. The DVD/DVD-A disc features the entire album remixed into 5.1 surround sound, including three music videos and five 12" remixes previously issued. “Seal” spends four weeks at number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number twenty seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


Fire Emblem if - Aqua’s Singing

if~ひとり思う~【初回限定盤】 CD+DVD 
if ~ Thinking Alone ~ [First Production Limied Edition] CD+DVD

The CD part has four tracks:
1. if~ひとり思う~ (Thinking Alone)
2. rebirth
3. 笑顔の影 (The Shadow of Smile)
4. if~ひとり思う~ Blue Forest Version

While the DVD part has two music videos for if~ひとり思う~. The first version is the original singer  蓮花/Renka’s version. The second one is the game (Fire Emblem if) version.

If you pre-order this CD+DVD set on Amazon JP, an exclusive mini clear file (A5 size:148 mm x 210 mm or 5.8 x 8.3 inches) with Aqua’s illustration will come with your order.

I’m also doing this giveaway that ends later this June, so my followers can have a chance to get this CD+DVD set(comes with the mini clear file) without potentially paying anything .