Thelonious Monk – Straight, No Chaser sealed original U.S. mono LP

thelonious monk - straight no chaser u.s. mono lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. mono pressing of Straight, No Chaser, by Thelonious Monk.

While the shrink wrap has been removed from the cover, the record is still sealed in the original plastic inner sleeve.

About this copy: This copy of Straight, No Chaser is an original U.S. pressing on the Columbia “two eye” label.

As the inner sleeve is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The cover is VG+, with no wear, but with moderate foxing.  There are no tears or splits.

The mono disc is a first issue, with stampers that end in “-1C” on both sides.

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Released in 1967, Straight, No Chaser, was the sixth album Thelonious Monk recorded for Columbia Records.

The title track has since become a Jazz standard.

Allmusic.com gave Straight, No Chaser a 4 star review:

This is the sixth studio album cut by Thelonious Monk under the production/direction of Teo Macero for Columbia and as such should not be confused with the original motion picture soundtrack to the 1988 film of the same name. The band featured here includes: Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Ben Riley (drums), and Larry Gales (bass). This would be the final quartet Monk would assemble to record with in the studio.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
CL 2651
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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Ray Charles – The Great Ray Charles sealed original mono LP

ray charles - the great ray charles u.s. mono lp

Offered for sale is an early, and possibly original, still sealed U.S. mono pressing of the 1957 LP The Great Ray Charles by Ray Charles.

About this copy: This copy of The Great Ray Charles is a U.S. pressing on the Atlantic label.

As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The album is sealed in a loose wrap, as was done on early Atlantic issues.

The label variation is unknown.  This may be an original 1957 issue on the original black label, but it could also be on the later, short-lived red and purple “white fan” label that was used from 1960-1962.

This is a thick, fairly heavy pressing, so it’s likely a black label original.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  There is a small amount of foxing in the lower left hand corner of the back cover.  Aside from that, this LP is in nearly perfect condition.

An amazing copy of a terrific LP that is usually found in terrible condition.

Background: The Great Ray Charles was the second studio album by Ray Charles, and the first to be recorded as an album (his first LP was a collection of previously-released singles.)

Unlike most of Charles’ work, this LP is entirely instrumental.  The album was released in August 1957 in mono, and sometime in 1958 in stereo.

Allmusic.com gave The Great Ray Charles a 3 star review:

This set is rather unusual, for it is strictly instrumental, allowing Ray Charles a rare opportunity to be a jazz-oriented pianist. Two selections are with a trio (bassist Oscar Pettiford joins Charles on “Black Coffee”), while the other six are with a septet taken from his big band of the period. …Ray Charles should have recorded in this setting more often in his later years.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
1259
Year of Release: 1957
Format: Mono
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Emerson, Lake & Palmer U.S. MONO white label promo LP

emerson lake & palmer - emerson lake & palmer mono u.s. promo lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S.  monaural white label promotional copy of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the debut LP by Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

Mono copies were issued in very limited quantities only to AM radio stations; all copies sold in stores were stereo.

About this copy: This copy of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is an original 1971 U.S. pressing on the Cotillion label.

The cover is VG++ and close to M-, with slight wear at the mouth and a couple of minor creases.

There are two stickers attached to the cover – a round one that says, “PROMOTIONAL COPY NOT FOR SALE d/j copy monaural” and another that says, “Promotional Copy Not for Sale” and which lists three cuts that are suggested for airplay.

The original inner sleeve is included and has no splits or folds.

The mono white label promo disc is VG++ on side one, with a couple of very faint sleeve scuffs.  Side two is M-.

There are one or two spindle marks on the labels; this record has clearly been played only a couple of times.

A beautiful copy of a very rare Emerson, Lake & Palmer album that is usually found in terrible condition.

Background: In the United States, the major record labels stopped making albums in both mono and stereo in 1968, going to stereo-only as most people had stereo players by that time.

But Atlantic and associated labels continued to occasionally produce promotional copies of albums in mono for distribution to AM radio stations, which broadcast music in mono.

Atlantic continued to do this through 1973, though the production of mono promotional copies was quite limited, with rumors suggesting that pressings may have been limited to as few as 50 copies.

As mono pressings by definition sound different from their stereo counterparts, these rare mono albums by artists such as Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, Yes, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer are highly sought out by collectors.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer may have been hated by critics, but their brand of progressive rock certainly pleased the public, and their records sold well throughout the 1970s. Their debut album, featuring the track, Lucky Man, got lots of airplay and introduced a lot of listeners to both classically-tinted progressive rock and the sounds of the Moog synthesizer. Most of their albums are sought out by audiophiles, as well as prog rock fans, because they are quite well recorded as rock albums go.

Allmusic.com gave Emerson, Lake & Palmer a 4 1/2 star review:

Lively, ambitious, almost entirely successful debut album, made up of keyboard-dominated instrumentals (“The Barbarian,” “Three Fates”) and romantic ballads (“Lucky Man”) showcasing all three members’ very daunting talents. This album, which reached the Top 20 in America and got to number four in England, showcased the group at its least pretentious and most musicianly — with the exception of a few moments on “Three Fates” and perhaps “Take a Pebble,” there isn’t much excess, and there is a lot of impressive musicianship here.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Cotillion
Catalog Number:
9040
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Help! 1986 Japan red vinyl mono LP with obi

beatles - help japan red vinyl mono lp

Offered for sale is a Japanese limited edition red vinyl mono pressing of Help! by the Beatles, including the original obi.

This LP contains the UK cover and track listing of the album.

About this copy: This copy of Help! is a 1986 Japanese  pressing on the EMI/Odeon label.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.

The insert is VG+, with no wear or tears, but with a bit of fading.

The red vinyl disc is M- and looks like it may have been played once.  Beautiful copy!

A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP.

Background: Help! was the fifth studio album by the Beatles, reaching #1 on both the UK and U.S. charts.

Allmusic.com gave Help! a five star review:

Considering that Help! functions as the Beatles’ fifth album and as the soundtrack to their second film — while filming, they continued to release non-LP singles on a regular basis — it’s not entirely surprising that it still has some of the weariness of Beatles for Sale. Again, they pad the album with covers, but the Bakersfield bounce of “Act Naturally” adds new flavor (along with an ideal showcase for Ringo’s amiable vocals) and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” gives John an opportunity to flex his rock & roll muscle. George is writing again and if his two contributions don’t touch Lennon and McCartney’s originals, they hold their own against much of their British pop peers.

In the 1960s, most Japanese LPs were issued in stereo only, so most Japanese buyers never had the opportunity to hear the original mono mixes of most of the Beatles songs.

In 1982, EMI records released limited edition red vinyl pressings in mono of all of the Beatles albums from Please Please Me through Yellow Submarine.  This series was reissued in 1986, though that series featured a different obi from this one.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-70134
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Mono
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Ray Charles – The Genius of Ray Charles sealed 1959 mono LP

ray charles - the genius of ray charles U.S. lp

Offered for sale is an early, and possibly original, still sealed U.S. mono pressing of the 1959  LP The Genius of Ray Charles by Ray Charles.

About this copy: This copy of The Genius of Ray Charles is a U.S. pressing on the Atlantic label.

As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The album is sealed in a loose wrap, as was done on early Atlantic issues.

The label variation is unknown.  This may be an original 1959 issue on the original black label, but it could also be on the later, short-lived red and purple “white fan” label that was used from 1960-1962.

This is a thick, fairly heavy pressing, so it’s likely a black label original.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  There are small (2″ or 5 cm on the top; 1″ or 3 cm on the bottom) splits on the top and bottom edges of the cover.

An amazing copy of a terrific LP that is usually found in terrible condition.

Background:  The Genius of Ray Charles, released in 1959, was the artist’s sixth LP.  This one favored big-band and string arrangements, rather than the jazz and soul of his earlier efforts.

Allmusic.com gave The Genius of Ray Charles a 4 1/2 star review:

Some players from Ray Charles’ big band are joined by many ringers from the Count Basie and Duke Ellington bands for the first half of this program, featuring Charles belting out six songs arranged by Quincy Jones. … Charles’ voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
1312
Year of Release: 1959
Format: Mono
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Beatles – With the Beatles limited edition red vinyl Japan mono LP with obi

beatles - with the beatles red vinyl japan lp

Offered for sale is a limited edition red vinyl mono Japanese pressing of With the Beatles by the Beatles, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of With the Beatles is a 1986 mono pressing on the EMI/Odeon label.

The cover is M-.  The obi is VG+ with some fading, but no tears..  The lyric insert is VG+, with slight fading, but no tears.

The red vinyl disc is M- and looks like it may have been played once.  Beautiful disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP.

Background: In the 1960s, most Japanese LPs were issued in stereo only, so most Japanese buyers never had the opportunity to hear the original mono mixes of most of the Beatles songs.

In 1982, EMI records released limited edition red vinyl pressings in mono of all of the Beatles albums from Please Please Me through Yellow Submarine.  This series was reissued in 1986 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s 1966 visit to Japan.

Released in November, 1963, With the Beatles was the second album by the Beatles to be released in the UK.  It was released in the United States in 1964 with a different track lineup as Meet the Beatles.

The album reached #1 on the album charts in both the U.S. and the UK.

Allmusic.com gave With the Beatles a 5 star review:

With the Beatles is a sequel of the highest order — one that betters the original by developing its own tone and adding depth. While it may share several similarities with its predecessor — there is an equal ratio of covers-to-originals, a familiar blend of girl group, Motown, R&B, pop, and rock, and a show tune that interrupts the flow of the album — With the Beatles is a better record that not only rocks harder, it’s considerably more sophisticated. …Still, the heart of With the Beatles lies not in the covers, but the originals, where it was clear that, even at this early stage, the Beatles were rapidly maturing and changing, turning into expert craftsmen and musical innovators.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-70131
Year of Release: 1986
Format: Mono
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Troggs – Wild Thing sealed U.S. mono and stereo LPs – both covers!

troggs - wild thing two different u.s. lps

Offered for sale is a pair of  still sealed U.S. copies of Wild Thing by the Troggs, one in stereo and one in mono, on two different labels with two different covers!

One is the stereo pressing on the Fontana label with the brown cover.  The other is the very rare pressing on the Atco label in mono with the blue cover that was withdrawn shortly after release.  Both albums have the same track listing.

About this copy #1: This copy of Wild Thing is an original 1966 U.S. issue on the Fontana label.

As the album is sealed, the disc is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is fully intact except for a 3″ tear along the spine at the bottom left hand corner.

A nice copy of a terrific LP that is usually found in rough condition.

About  copy #2: This copy of Wild Thing is the original 1966 U.S. issue on the Atco label.

As the album is sealed, the disc is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is fully intact except for a 1″ (2 cm) break in the center of the mouth of the cover.

A nice copy of a very rare LP and the only copy of the Atco pressing that we’ve ever seen.

Background: Released in 1966, Wild Thing was the first LP by the Troggs, containing the U.S. #1 hit of the same name.

The album was titled From Nowhere in the UK, where it had a different track listing and a cover that was similar to the U.S. Fontana release.

Due to a contractual dispute, Wild Thing was simultaneously released on two different labels in the U.S., with two different covers.

Both Fontana Records and Atco Records claimed to have contractual rights to release the album in the United States, but the rights were determined to belong to Fontana and the Atco version was quickly deleted and is now quite rare.

You can listen to the title track here:

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Fontana/Atco
Catalog Number:
SRF-67556/33-193
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo/Mono
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Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond – Jazz at Storyville red/black marbled vinyl U.S. mono LP

dave brubeck/paul desmond - jazz at storyville red marbled vinyl U.S. lp

Offered for sale is a rare red and black marbled vinyl mono pressing of the U.S. LP Jazz at Storyville by Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond.

Most copies of this LP were pressed on red vinyl.  This copy has a uniform mix of red and black.

About this copy: This copy of Jazz at Storyville is an original 1956 mono pressing on the Fantasy label.

The cover is VG++, with trace ring wear and faint foxing on the back cover.  It’s very close to M-.

The red and black marbled vinyl disc is VG++ on side one, with an inaudible mark through the last track on the side.  Side two is M-.  The record looks like it may have been played once.  Beautiful disc!

A gorgeous copy of an album that is usually found in terrible condition.  This copy’s a beauty.

Background: Jazz at Storyville was recorded in 1952 and 1953, but not released until 1956, and captured an early version of the Dave Brubeck Trio and Quartet that included Lloyd Davis on drums.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Fantasy
Catalog Number:
3-240
Year of Release: 1956
Format: Mono
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Mamas and the Papas – The Mamas and the Papas sealed 1966 MONO LP

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Offered for sale is a sealed mono pressing of the self-titled 1966 second LP, The Mamas & the Papas, by the Mamas and the Papas, released in 1966.

About this copy: This copy of The Mamas and the Papas is a still sealed original 1966 mono pressing.

As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The shrink wrap is fully intact with no rips or tears, though there is a small punch hole in the upper right hand corner of the cover.  Two corners have small dents.

A beautiful copy of a terrific album that’s quite hard to find in mono.

Background: Released just 8 months after their debut, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, the second album by the Mamas and the Papas, the self-titled The Mamas and the Papas, performed almost as well as the first album.

The Mamas and the Papas reached #4 on the Billboard charts, was certified gold by the RIAA, and had four hit singles “Dancing Bear,” “I Saw Her Again,” “Words of Love,” and “Dancing in the Street.”

When originally released in August, 1966, The Mamas and the Papas was released in both mono and stereo.  Though the album stayed in print through the early 1970s, the mono pressings were discontinued in early 1968 and are considerably harder to find than the stereo pressings.

Allmusic.com gave The Mamas and the Papas a 4 star rating:

Sometimes art and events, personal or otherwise, converge on a point transcending the significance of either — a work achieves a relevance far beyond the seeming boundaries of the creation at hand. During the 1950s and 1960s, in music, it used to happen occasionally for Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan, once or twice for the Byrds, and a few times for the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones. For the Mamas & the Papas, it happened twice, with their first album, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, and, on a more complex level, with this album — which was astonishing, given that they had a major upheaval in their membership in the midst of recording it. … It’s all a good deal messier than the first album, but it holds up just as well and is just as essential listening.

You can listen to “I Saw Her Again” here:

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Roy Orbison – Greatest Hits sealed 1967 U.S. mono LP

roy orbison - greatest hits sealed u.s. mono lp

Offered for sale is an original still sealed mono U.S. pressing of Roy Orbison’s Greatest Hits by Roy Orbison.

While the shrink wrap has been removed from the cover, the record is still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve.

About this copy: This copy of Roy Orbison’s Greatest Hits is a 1967 mono pressing on the Monument label.

As the disc is sealed inside the plastic inner sleeve, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The cover is VG+, with light general wear, but no writing, tears, or splits.

A beautiful copy of a classic LP that’s hard to find in mono.

Background: Released in 1967, Roy Orbison’s Greatest Hits was a reissue of a 1962 LP that bore the same title but had a different cover.

The original release reached #13 on the U.S. album charts.

Tracks are:

  • The Crowd
  • Love Star
  • Crying
  • Evergreen
  • Running Scared
  • Mama
  • Candy Man
  • Only the Lonely
  • Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
  • Blue Angel
  • Uptown
  • I’m Hurtin’
Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Monument
Catalog Number:
MLP 8000
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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