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A: Secret Messages

B: Buildings Have Eyes

Label:  Jet Records

Cat No:  Jet WA 3720

Issue Date:  26 Aug 1983

Format:  Picture Disc

Peak UK Chart Position: 48

Weeks On UK Chart:  03

Notes:

Issued on Jet Records label as ELO's  first 7" Picture Disc

There are TWO versions of the picture disc:

 

Version 1:

Side A - Secret Messages

  • "Produced By Jeff Lynne" is MISSING from under the track name.

  • LC Code is printed under the "Jet Records" logo.

  • Cat Code WA3720 is printed in black text just above the Picture Frame on left.

Side B - Buildings Have Eyes

  • "Produced By Jeff Lynne" is MISSING from under the track name.

  • “Jeff Lynne CBS Songs Ltd….” is MISSING from under “Buildings Have Eyes” song title. 

Version 2:

Side A - Secret Messages

  • "Produced By Jeff Lynne" is under the track name.

  • LC Code is in the centre of the disc by the boys hair.

  • Cat Code WA3720 is printed under the "Jet Records" logo.

Side B - Buildings Have Eyes

  • "Produced By Jeff Lynne" is under the track name.

  • “Jeff Lynne CBS Songs Ltd….” is under “Buildings Have Eyes” song title.

Why there are two versions is unknown. The matrix codes in the run out are the same on all discs.

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The label on the front of the pvc cover for this picture disc refers to a competition to decode four clues on the picture disc to win a "Personal Gold LP Disc".

 

Entrants had to figure out the clues to identify a line from an ELO song and then send the line in for the chance of winning a prize. The clues were:

1. Backwards writing on Side A that says "GO TO JETLX 527" referring to the Secret Messages album UK catalogue number.

2. A picture of four diamonds referring to the song Four Little Diamonds.

3. More backwards writing on Side B that says "WE SHOUT RAVING NOTES", and

4. A picture of a jester.

By rearranging the letters in "WE SHOUT RAVING NOTES" and the word "JESTER" you get the line "there's just no answer to give" from the song Four Little Diamonds, and that's the answer!