Offered for sale is a rare test pressing of the promo-only picture disc edition of Dream Police by Cheap Trick, pressed in 1979.
About this copy: This copy of Dream Police is a picture disc test pressing, with no image on it at all on either side of the disc. It’s all white with a black border. The disc is M- and appears to have had little, if any play.
A rare and unusual Cheap Trick item.
Background: Dream Police was the fourth studio album by Cheap Trick, and it was certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million copies shortly after its 1979 release. To help promote the album, Epic records pressed a few hundred copies of the album as picture discs.
These discs were promotional items only, sent to radio stations. They were not offered for sale to the public.
They are themselves quite scarce, but the copy offered for sale is even more unusual – it’s a test pressing of that promotional picture disc LP, pressed without a picture.
The test pressing was likely made just to make sure that they were using the correct stampers and to test the manufacturing process. Instead of using the printed photo of the album cover (which may not yet have been ready,) the pressing plant made this disc using a simple white sheet with no image or printing on it whatsoever.
The result is a picture disc with a picture of nothing at all, though the matrix numbers etched in the vinyl match the catalog number of the finished product. In all likelihood, fewer than 5 copies of this disc were pressed this way. See the photos for a look at how the version sent to radio stations (not for sale) appeared.
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