October 31, 2018

Picture Disc 4: Helloween ~ Halloween 45 RPM

picture disc, side 1
photo by Styrous®

To celebrate this very special day I've chosen an appropriate song. Halloween is from the Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I album by the German power metal band Helloween. It is a 45 RPM picture disc, also appropriately, in the form of a jack-o'-lantern. There are scarier images I could have used, eg, The politics of fear (link below).        

picture disc, side 2 detail
detail photo by Styrous®

The Halloween picture disc was issued only as a promotional recording and was never meant to be sold to the general public.       

picture disc, side 2 detail
detail photo by Styrous®

Helloween was founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Germany by members of the bands Iron Fist and Gentry. The group originally consisted of rhythm guitarist Kai Hansen, bassist Markus Grosskopf, lead guitarist Michael Weikath and drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. Singer Michael Kiske was added but later replaced by Andi Deris and Schwichtenberg was replaced by Uli Kusch. The line-up of the group has been complicated over the years (link below).  

picture disc, side 2
photo by Styrous®

The Keeper of the Seven Keys albums, Part 1 (1987) and Part 2 (1988), established the group as a notable heavy metal band and led to the creation of the power metal subgenre.      
Since its inception, Helloween has released fifteen studio albums, three live albums, three EPs, twenty-seven singles and has sold more than eight million records worldwide (link below).       

left to right: 


Side 1:

1 - Halloween (Edited Version) - 5:06

Side 2:

2 - Halloween (Edited Version) - 5:06


Promo only shaped Picture Disc.

Orig. version from the album "Keeper of the Seven Keys-Part I"
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Matrix / Runout (Side A): L27666 STERLING 5223 7 RAA A-1
    Matrix / Runout (Side B): L27666 STERLING 5223 7 RAA A-2

Helloween ‎– Halloween
Label: Noise International ‎– 5223-7-RAA-A
Format: Vinyl, 7", Shape, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Rock
Style: Speed Metal

Net links:     
Helloween website        
Band members      
Blabbermouth ~ Michael Kiske: Reunion Was 'Meant To Be'     
Metal Assault ~ Power Metal Heaven: Helloween Turns Back the Clock  
Vimeo ~ Helloween videos            
The Week ~ The politics of fear               
YouTube link:     
Helloween ~ Halloween      

Styrous® ~ Wednesday, October 31, 2018     

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