Recently I had a conversation with denadel
which sparked after he had noticed in "My Hello! Project Collection zenbu"
post that I own four copies of Morning Musume's 2nd album "Second Morning." I was still working at a record store at the time of this album's release in the Summer of '99 and while pricing the shipment I noticed through the opening in the slip cases that the booklets contained within varied in color. Our shipment had four different colors total as there were multiple copies of the some colors which we received. The colors we received were red, blue, yellow, and green. To this day I'm still not sure how many different colors these booklets were released in for this first pressing as I just recently became aware of the purple one through conversations with denadel. J-Pop collectibles have always been a primary thing for me and that day was no different as I proceeded to buy a copy of each of the colors that we received. Not really knowing what to expect I opened them all up and started comparing the different colored booklets with each other and while some pages contain only subtle differences in the photo shoots others are significantly different as you will see. denadel noticed that Ohta had for sale the purple booklet edition and was very gracious to let me purchase it as I would only have done so if he wasn't going to purchase it. It should arrive in a few days as it was just sent out recently. Now for the four colored booklets that I own right now.
Starting with the first 2 pages:
There are a few pages like these where all the photos are from the same photo shoot and pose. You can play "who has the most noticeably different facial expression" with these shots as they're differences are very subtle.
The next 2 pages do show some significant differences:
These are a bit more varied and were taken from 3 different photo shoots.
The next 2 pages are different shots from the same photo shoot and I really love the styling of every member here, especially Yukosan, Ayappe, & Nacchi!
The next two pages from each booklet were taken from 2 different photo shoots and contain some candid background scenery. Nacchi's Army green outfit is really adorable!
The next two pages feature a nice gatefold photo in each booklet and depending on which color booklet you own it varies between beach & greenery as the location for the photo shoot. Again subtle differences can be seen in each photo when compared to each other.
The next 2 pages from each booklet again feature 3 different photo shoots and it looks like the hairstylist had a bit of fun with these going from a bodied look to straight.
Heheh it looks like the camera caught Keisan by surprise! 😛
The last 2 pages are from a single photo shoot and the red booklet has the members positioned differently from the other 3 booklets that I own. Nacchi has the cutest look on her face in the blue booklet's photo and I love the look that Yukosan has here as well!
One last note about "Second Morning" is how it still stands as one of Momusu's strongest albums to date along with "First Time" as it includes the great singles "Manatsu no kousen", Memory seishun no hikari, furusato…one of their best b-sides "Never Forget"…along with outstanding non single tracks "Papa ni niteiru kare, "Senkou hanabi", "Koi no shihatsuressha", and the timeless classic "Dadidudedodadi!"
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