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Collecting 'Playland'

A guide to every (known) variation of 'Playland' commercially released, plus its associated singles and promos.

Unless otherwise noted, all releases of the album feature the same standard tracklisting:

A1/1. Back In The Box
A2/2. Easy Money
A3/3. Dynamo
A4/4. Candidate
A5/5. 25 Hours
A6/6. The Trap
B1/7. Playland
B2/8. Speak Out Reach Out
B3/9. Boys Get Straight
B4/10. This Tension
B5/11. Little King
 



UK/Europe LP - Limited edition blue vinyl
Warner Music UK NVLPX002
Barcode: 825646223589


Limited edition aqua blue vinyl release with heavy printed inner sleeve featuring lyrics on one side and photo collage on the other. Since Johnny's name does not appear on the sleeve, new copies feature a black circular "JOHNNY MARR" sticker on the front of the shrinkwrap.

The vinyl itself features black and aqua blue labels, and a credit card sized coupon for a digital download of the album is slipped inside the sleeve.

Run-out etchings (A/B): Existensual Healing / Marrcissism



UK/Europe LP - Standard black vinyl
Warner Music UK NVLP002
Barcode: 8 256462 297348


As per previous entry, except pressed on standard black vinyl.



UK/Europe CD
Warner Music UK NVCD002
Barcode: 8 256462 297416


Standard CD release in gatefold digipack. The CD features the same artwork on the front and back covers, with the inner sleeve collage rearranged to spread across the gatefold inner. The front sleeve contains a lyric booklet while the back contains the disc in a plain white cardboard sleeve. The surface of the disc is black and aqua blue with aqua blue text, matching the labels of its vinyl counterpart.

As with the vinyl edition, since Johnny's name does not appear on the sleeve, new copies feature a black circular "JOHNNY MARR" sticker on the front of the shrinkwrap.



UK promo CD


Prior to the album's release, numbered and watermarked promo CDs were released to the media. The CD was housed in a sealed PVC sleeve with a wraparound paper insert featuring the album's artwork on one side and tracklisting and copyright information on the reverse.



Argentina CD
New Voodoo NVCD002
Barcode: 8 25646 22974 1


This Argentinian CD's design is identical to that of its UK counterpart, and shares its barcode and catalogue numbers. The only indication of its origin is the addition of credits to Warner Music Argentina (in Spanish) on the back of the sleeve and rim of the CD.

Unlike all other CD variants, the Argentinian pressing doesn't come with a black circular "JOHNNY MARR" sticker on the front of the shrinkwrap.



Japan CD

Warner Music Japan WPCR-16135
Barcode: 4 943674 199204


While other international releases kept the same tracklisting as the original UK/EU release, the Japanese CD saw the addition of Easy Money B-side 'Use Me Up' as a bonus track.

The Japanese CD is packaged in a gatefold digipack featuring the same collage on the gatefold inner as the UK/EU and US versions, with a grey gradient OBI strip. The front of the digipack houses two booklets: the standard UK/EU lyric booklet, plus an additional black and white booklet of lyrics in Japanese to all songs except the bonus track. The back of the digipack houses the disc itself (almost identical to the UK/EU disc), in a clear plastic anti-static sleeve.



Japan promo CD


To promote the album in Japan, a promo CD was distributed to relevant media. It comes housed in a cardboard window sleeve patterned with the Warner Music Japan logo and all track information is printed on the disc itself.



US LP - Limited edition blue vinyl
New Voodoo NVLP002
Barcode: 8 256462 297348


As in the UK and Europe, a limited edition blue vinyl pressing was released in the US as well. However, the wax colours are significantly different shades: while the UK/EU blue vinyl is pressed on opaque aqua blue wax, the US version is pressed on a darker, translucent blue. It features the same front and back sleeve art as the UK/EU pressing, and includes a printed inner sleeve (on noticeably thinner stock than the UK/EU pressing) featuring lyrics on one side and photo collage on the other. Since Johnny's name does not appear on the sleeve, new copies feature a black circular "JOHNNY MARR" sticker on the front of the shrinkwrap.

The labels are standard Sire yellow-orange gradient style, and a credit card sized coupon for a digital download of the album is slipped inside the sleeve.

Run-out etchings (A/B): Existensual Healing / Marrcissism



US LP - Standard black vinyl
New Voodoo NVLP002
Barcode: 8 256462 297348


As per previous entry, except pressed on standard black vinyl.



Note: Please be aware that there is no difference between the two US vinyl pressings except for their wax colours. As they share catalogue numbers, barcodes and even matrix numbers, it is unfortunately impossible to know which pressing you're buying without seeing the wax itself. Collectors are advised to request photos of the vinyl itself from sellers online wherever possible.



US LP test pressing


Black vinyl test pressing produced by Rainbo Records in Canoga Park, California. The labels feature contact details for the manufacturing company as well as spaces to write customer details, although these are not always utilised. The record is usually housed in a plain white die-cut paper sleeve. Like the commercial releases, the etchings Existensual healing and Marrcissism are present on the A and B side run-out grooves respectively. It is unknown how many of these were pressed, although a handful were given away as competition prizes at the time of the album's release. Few besides these seem to have made their way into the collectors' market.



US CD
New Voodoo NVCD002
Barcode: 8 25646 22974 1


Standard CD release in gatefold digipack. The CD features the same artwork on the front and back covers, with the inner sleeve collage rearranged to spread across the gatefold inner. The front sleeve contains a lyric booklet while the back contains the disc, without any additional paper or plastic sleeves. The disc itself features a standard Sire yellow-orange gradient label.

As with the vinyl edition, since Johnny's name does not appear on the sleeve, new copies feature a black circular "JOHNNY MARR" sticker on the front of the shrinkwrap.



Easy Money 7"
Warner Music UK NVS003
Barcode: 8 256462 296808

Track listing:
A1. Easy Money
B1. Use Me Up


Standard 7" release on black vinyl with reddish-pink labels, in glossy card sleeve.

Run-out etchings (A/B): None



Easy Money 7" test pressing

Track listing:
A1. Easy Money
B1. Use Me Up


7" vinyl test pressing featuring white labels and no text. Only three copies of this pressing exist and are extremely unlikely to ever make it into the collectors' market.



Easy Money UK promo CD

Track listing:
1. Easy Money
2. Use Me Up


In the UK, the first single from the album was promoted with a two-track promo CD, housed in a PVC sleeve with a wraparound paper insert featuring the album's artwork on one side and tracklisting and copyright information on the reverse.



Easy Money US promo CD


In the US, 'Easy Money' was promoted with a single-track promo CD, packaged in a standard jewel case with front and back artwork.



Dynamo 7"
Warner Music UK NVS004
Barcode: 8 25646 15994 9

Track listing:
A1. Dynamo
B1. Struck


Standard 7" release on black vinyl with yellow labels, in glossy card sleeve.

Run-out etchings (A/B): Liquid Architecture / Frozen Music



Dynamo 7" test pressing

Track listing:
A1. Dynamo
B1. Struck


7" vinyl test pressing with off-white labels and handwritten text. It is unknown how many copies of this pressing exist.



Dynamo UK promo CD

Track listing:
1. Dynamo


An aesthetically minimalist affair - this single track CD is housed in a PVC sleeve with a wraparound plain paper insert and a plugger sticker on the back.



I Feel You 7"
Warner Music UK
Barcode: 8 25646 14571 3

Track listing:
A1. I Feel You
B1. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want [Live]


Numbered, limited edition 7" vinyl released for Record Store Day 2015. This single is pressed on black wax with a picture label on the A side and a black B side label featuring track details, housed in a black die-cut inner sleeve. Also included with the single is a black and white glossy postcard featuring a photo of Johnny at MONA on the Australian leg of the Playland tour in late 2013.

(Please note that stock copies of the postcard aren't signed by Johnny. If anybody is willing and able to contribute a high resolution scan of their own copy, please get in touch - we would be extremely grateful!)

Run-out etchings (A/B): Art for life's sake / Nowism



I Feel You promo CD

Track listing:
1. I Feel You
2. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want [Live]


Shortly before Record Store Day, a 2-track promo CD was produced for relevant media, housed in a promo-stickered PVC sleeve with a wraparound paper insert, featuring the album's artwork on one side and tracklisting and copyright information on the reverse.



Candidate 7"
Warner Music UK NVS005
Barcode: 0 825646 094509

Track listing:
A1. Candidate
B1. Exit Connection


Standard 7" release on black vinyl with dark blue labels, in glossy card sleeve.

Run-out etching (A side only): Brave New Girl



Candidate promo CD

Track listing:
1. Candidate
2. Exit Connection


Returning to the more aesthetically appealing style of promo CD originally issued for the album's first single, Candidate was promoted with a two-track promo CD, housed in a PVC sleeve with a wraparound paper insert featuring the album's artwork on one side, and tracklisting and copyright information on the reverse.