fragrance infusion briefly mentioned in Release Notes is, in fact, an epic and quirky gimmick, making this record one of people's favorite "show-n-tells" in my collection. Works every time! (on all genders, too, hehe).
First off, the infusion is astoundingly long-lasting—the scent is still very pronounced even 30+ years later! The second I slipped this record out of the sleeve, just to verify runout grooves, I noticed it instantly. And my copy, albeit pretty decent, is very ordinary and run-of-the-mill; certainly played many times, had a few prior owners. (By the way, the scent never stroke me as a "church-like," more as a perfume, a scented candle, or incense burning sticks, perhaps).
I assumed it was just my copy, naturally, like a previous owner spilling cologne over it, or smth. How shocked I was upon discovering that it was all intentional! Epic glamorous flex. Some curious trivia I found about it:=The ENTIRE 1st Press "Stinked"=
It was not a limited-edition feature! Instead, the entire first US pressing on LP, CD, and even Compact Cassettes were patchouli'ed
As impressed as I am with the decade-lasting powerful scent, it was a very well-organized and "industrial-grade" production, apparently, done reasonably early in the manufacturing process. Not some "guerilla marketing" afterthought BS, like dumping a few bottles of cheap perfume over pallettes with LPs, as I imagined for some reason.
Apparently, the pressing plant making packaging mixed high-quality, pure essential oils directly into the inks or coatings, even before printing. That's why it's so evenly distributed over the jacket and stayed present for decades.=Not Madonna's 1st Scented LP=
A few years earlier, Madonna already had the initial run of her '85 Material Girl
12" Maxi (the second single from Like A Virgin
LP) infused with iconic "Chanel №5" perfume.
The dubious source
where I found this quoted some random "manager of the packaging plant" naming a completely incorrect, non-existent "earlier maxi-single release You Can Dance
" (irrelevant LP Compilation, first of all, not even a "maxi" (or any other type of) single; the poor chap barely got the "earlier" part right, LMAO).
I get it that a mid-level executive could've misspoken or misremembered in good faith, especially if interviewed on the run, or over the phone on a busy day, etc. Even a low-key, local newspaper from Northwest Alabama forgivably could lack a proper fact-checker to verify this, but they were reprinting New York Times News Service
, after all!=Not The 1st Scented LP, Period=
An even weirder, most-hilarious source quoted in that same article was a "trivia expert" from a pretty iconic Wax'n'Facts
record store in Atlanta, GA (still open almost 45 years later, even despite COVID-19, go Georgia). Nevertheless, their trivia guy gave a few examples of earlier "aromatic" records, claiming it was not an uncommon gimmick, typically done as 'scratch-and-sniff' labels. But I couldn't verify either one of them:
◎ '79 Stevie Wonder's Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants
—as a matter of fact, I do own this record. The gatefold didn't smell like anything in particular to me, as far as I remember, and I didn't find any mentions of aromas or perfumes used on it.
◎ "A sample of Dionne Warwick's signature perfume came with her "That's What Friends Are For" album
"—while the singer, indeed, had fragrance bearing her name, "Dionne" (see this Washington Post article from July '86
, for example), the relevant '85 album was titled just Friends
. There was also a 7/12" single released, That's What Friends Are For
, but I didn't find any mentions on Discogs or Wikipedia about perfume. Not for the single, nor the "Friends" LP.