Scarce Philippines 7″ Single – ‘Rivers’
Rare vinyl has been the foundation stone on which KajaFax has been built, and the discovery of scarce and unusual vinyl items is something that team KajaFax (as do many fans and record collectors) get very excited about.
Today, we wanted to highlight a recent addition to the KajaFax collection which ticks both boxes – namely ‘scarce’ and ‘unusual’. 😉
Dyna Records are a common source of western pop music in the Philippines, and there are indeed some very lovely and also very collectible records available on the label. Kajagoogoo collectors may have seen the stickered sleeve 12” single of Never Ending Story pop up from time to time, and fans of other EMI acts, particularly Queen and Duran Duran, have many Pilipino issues in their collections.
These releases are often perceived in the same way as the many sub-standard Korean issues, the majority of which are nothing more than pirate or counterfeit discs. This view is often substantiated by the curious use of 1970’s styled EMI logo’s which, although superseded by new designs in the UK and US, were clearly still in use in the Philippines as late as the mid 1980’s.
Dyna Music are, in fact, a little different as they appear to be the official licence holders for EMI issued music in the Philippines.
Back in 1985, Kajagoogoo fans in the Philippines were treated to a single release that the rest of the world was not to get, as EMI via Dyna released ‘Rivers’ as a single. A particular favourite of mine and also a standout track from the ‘Crazy Peoples Right to Speak’ album, Rivers was issued under catalogue number PAL-61192-A on the legendary EMI subsidiary ‘Parlophone’ label.
The ‘B’ side to the single was ‘Fear of Falling’.
There is no known video to the single and indeed no picture cover to the vinyl, but despite this, Rivers should be viewed as a legitimate single release and is a lovely thing to have in your collection.
Here it is….photographed from every angle!
To round off today’s feature, we really need to hear the track. Press play and enjoy Rivers, with a video montage as supplied by KajaFan “apartfromthecrowd“…..