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Kajagoogoo…..On This Day in History II

April 18, 2014

Welcome to the second of our retrospective ‘On This Day in Kajagoogoo History’ articles, which today has a unique twist, as it also features items emailed to us by Swedish KajaFan Richard.   Always happy to see items from the personal collections of our readers, I was pleased to see these images pop through the KajaFax ‘virtual letterbox’ a week or two ago and thought that now would be a great time to showcase them.

First of all….you can never have too much of a good thing, right?  The White Feathers album has been the subject of many a KajaFax article, and not without good reason, as it is such a great record!

It was on this day in 1983 that ‘White Feathers’ was released.

The band were by this time the proud owners of two hit UK singles (soon to be three) and were about to embark on their first major tour as headline act.  ‘Hang on Now’ was soon to follow in the June to complete the trio of hits from the album, and a live video release of the tour was just around the corner.   If that was not enough, this hectic schedule was all preceded by a personal appearance at the Virgin Megastore in Oxford Road, London on April 21st.

White Feathers Front & Back

White Feathers went on to climb to #5 in the UK Album Charts, spending 20 weeks on the hot 100 listings.  It was also globally successful, attaining top 10 status in many major territories, crucially making in big in the lucrative American and Japanese markets.

It is testament to the longevity and popularity of the album that only a couple of years ago, title track White Feathers was given a modern day twist and reissued as a rather special remix single by Manhattan Clique.

There are many regionally unique pressings of the album in circulation, and collecting them all would take quite a while!  With foreign variations containing differences such as gatefold sleeves, varied track listings and alternate cover art as well as modern re-issues and club editions, there are lots of different examples out there for the dedicated collector to track down.

We have featured a few such releases in previous articles – see the official Korean issue HERE, and the Korean bootleg edition HERE.  A full list of our other previously published articles featuring the album can be found HERE.

Richard’s pressing is from Portugal, and as you can see from the photographs he has so kindly sent, this version has different front cover and inner sleeve imagery.

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A huge thanks to Richard for taking the time to photograph and email these in to us!

To finish this article, here is some great musical content.  Sit back and enjoy the Manhattan Clique remix of White Feathers.  See you next time for more of  the very best in all things Kajagoogoo!

2014 KajaFax

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Denny permalink
    April 20, 2014 12:44 am

    Oooooooh. Now there’s an oddity I want. 🙂

    • April 20, 2014 9:04 am

      Hi Denny, Thanks as always for your comment. I would like one of these also and it seems that there are copies available via ‘Discogs’:

      http://www.discogs.com/marketplace?release_id=212760&ev=rb

      It’s the gatefold sleeve edition that I really want to track down. I let one go a while ago because the condition wasn’t right, but it’s only a matter of time 🙂

      • Denny permalink
        April 21, 2014 1:29 am

        I saw one of those listed on Ebay but wasn’t sure if it was a typo as I had never heard of it until then. It didn’t help that the seller only had a scan of the front cover up.

    • April 21, 2014 9:53 am

      I reckon that collectors miss out on many a good isting for that very reason… Here are the pictures that I have of the gatefold edition that one day will find its way into my collection….. 🙂

      Front Cover

      Back Cover

      Gatefold Inner

      Looks like a nice thing, although this particular copy appears to be in relatively poor shape and ideally I would like to find a better one 🙂

      • Denny permalink
        April 23, 2014 12:32 am

        Oooooooooooh. Me wanty too 🙂

  2. April 20, 2014 12:47 pm

    Cool!According to me, white feathers” is the best album Kajagoogoo 🙂

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