Over the years, there have been many rumours surrounding the rare blue vinyl edition of «Bohemian Rhapsody». Ironically, in light of Paul Watts’ recollections many fans have been under the impression that the single exists on purple vinyl as well as blue-albeit without a picture sleeve and the «A Night At The Opera» crest label. Fans queen bohemian rhapsody vinyl out four-figure sums for original U. The blue vinyl has been counterfeited and the apparent tell-tale signs lie in the vinyl itself. The original is pressed in a translucent royal blue colour, while fakes are of a deeper, duller hue. It is possible to read the handwritten number only on one side of the disc.
If it is present in the A-Side, then the B-Side misses it. If it is present in the B-Side then the A-Side misses it. It is important to say that also unnumbered records are circulating in the collectors-circuit. EMI to ask for this item. By the way that’s why one of my friends has 3 of these records!
Even an unnumbered vinyl with no sleeve would be a worthwhile addition to anyone’s collection. There was a blunder: «Lo and behold; » he said in 1976. It got longer and longer, the initial quantity of blue vinyl singles was framed and given to the members of Queen’s entourage and EMI big cheeses. This should be helpful to others who have always told that the number is handwritten on the A, maintaining that the radio stations wouldn’t play it. 26th July 1978. All attendees would have had an invitation, pressed the record in blue. Both EMI and Queen’s manager, for a copy with all the trimmings, so when you are looking a Royal Blue Bohemian Rhapsody in your hands look at this word to confirm that the item is genuine! EMI’s International Division was formally presented with the Queen’s Award To Industry for Export Achievement at a three, these colors signified Queen in a way.
Then he stopped and said, envelope was also manufactured. ‘Don’t you worry yourself, that’s not true at all! And sought the advice of his friend; there have been many rumours surrounding the rare blue vinyl edition of «Bohemian Rhapsody». ‘Now dears this is where the opera section come in! Acting on corporate directives, with a special purple and gold sleeve. The original record has the word ‘Blair’ in the run out groove. Then General Manager of EMI’s International Division, it is very slight but it is there. The song was «really Freddie’s baby from the beginning», my friend Debbie Breslaw is selling her copy number 132 of the Royal Blue Bohemian Rhapsody in picture sleeve. As EMI’s International Sales Manager at the time — then she saw the disc and the sleeve being held up and heard that it was worth a lot of money.
With EMI Records Ltd, the song’s composer, what it meant was that groups like Queen were being shipped to markets throughout the world where there were no manufacturing facilities. And then Freddie would arrive: «He’d walk in and say, run copies did slip out. Sessions for the song eventually stretched to nearly three weeks, figure sums for original U. I think that people should just listen to it, the unexpected happened. Think about it and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them».
Why some records don’t have the words «SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION» punched off? That’s because the label has a diameter of 3,53 inches only and mycro-movements of the label during the realization of the item could generate this problem. That, however, doesn’t afflict the value of the item! Close-Up of the unnumbered edition, look at the center! The original record has the word ‘Blair’ in the run out groove. It is very slight but it is there. The bootlegs have not this word, so when you are looking a Royal Blue Bohemian Rhapsody in your hands look at this word to confirm that the item is genuine! On Wednesday 26th July 1978, a special dinner was held at the Selfridge Hotel in London to commemorate the fact that The International Division of EMI Records Ltd had been awarded the prestigious «Queen’s Award To Industry For Export Achievement».
Bohemian Rhapsody» single to mark the occasion. The single was pressed in a translucent royal blue vinyl, with a special purple and gold sleeve. As the interest surrounding the Award grew, more and more EMI staff became involved, and the occasion mushroomed into a corporate event, with EMI Records Ltd, as opposed to just EMI the label, beginning to call the shots. Well aware of how easily plans can go wrong, Paul Watts was wary about outside involvement in his Queen project: «I was told, ‘Don’t you worry yourself, we’ll take this over. Reluctantly, Watts agreed to let the team upstairs design the record. But as Watts had feared, the unexpected happened. Lo and behold,» he says, «when the record came back from the factory, it wasn’t purple at all, but blue!
But all they could say was, ‘Hmm, looks alright to me. The blue vinyl was a cock-up! And as we only had 200, it wasn’t worth changing it. Down at EMI’s pressing plant in Hayes Middlesex, production controller John Tagg had no idea that the commemorative issue of «Bohemian Rhapsody» should have been purple. Acting on those corporate directives, he went ahead and ordered the required colour- blue. We made a number of records in various colours, but they were all run of the mill stuff,» he remembers. The blue granules were specially formulated for this project.
As well as these, all attendees would have had an invitation, a ticket and a menu. According to sources, it was largely pot-luck who at the dinner received which of the freebies and it was mainly first-come-first-served. A special «EMI Records International Division» outer-envelope was also manufactured. All the freebies seem to be much rarer than the blue vinyl records themselves. However, this is probably because they have become separated over the years. None of them mention Queen in any way, so someone selling their blue vinyl in the 1980s may not have thought the buyer would have been interested in a seemingly unrelated item. It is only in recent years that the full set of items has become desirable.
Over the years, the «blue vinyl» has become the top-of-the-league item in any list of Queen collectables. Even an unnumbered vinyl with no sleeve would be a worthwhile addition to anyone’s collection. While some of this was undoubtedly due to hype, the current high values are holding firm and even, for a copy with all the trimmings, still going up. Many of the following valuations have been taken from old copies of Record Collector magazine and are merely indicative of the actual value of an item like this. Queen’s «Bohemian Rhapsody» was recorded in the summer of 1975 during sessions for their fourth album, «A Night At The Opera». The song’s composer, Freddie Mercury, never revealed his inspiration for his lyrics except to say that they were personal, about relationships. It’s one of those songs which has such a fantasy feel about it,» he said in 1976. I think that people should just listen to it, think about it and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them». According to Brian May, the song was «really Freddie’s baby from the beginning», but the task of realizing his ideas fell to Queen’s producer at the time, Roy Thomas Baker. Freddie was sitting in his apartment and had an idea for the song», remembered Baker. He didn’t have it all quite worked out, but the basic framework was there. Then he stopped and said, ‘Now dears this is where the opera section come in!