Miles Davis – Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall 1962 Japan mono LP with obi

Miles Davis - Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall 1962 Japan mono LP

Offered for sale is an original 1962 Japanese mono pressing of Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall by Miles Davis, including the rare original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall is a 1962 Japanese mono pressing on the orange Columbia label.

The cover is VG+ with slight discoloration from age and a couple of minor corner bends.  The obi is VG+ with slight discoloration and a small (1 cm) tear at the top edge.

This LP was issued without an insert.

The disc is VG+ with a couple of very light scuffs on each side, but no significant marks.  There are no spindle marks on the labels; the record has likely only been played a couple of times.  It does play with slight surface noise.

A beautiful copy of a very rare classic jazz LP and one that is nearly impossible to find complete.

Background: Released in 1962, Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall was Davis’ first live album for Columbia.  While the label adopted stereo fairly early, this recording was originally issued only in mono and rechanneled stereo.

Allmusic.com gave Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall a 4 star review:

In 1998, Columbia/Legacy reissued Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall as a double-disc set that contained all of the music performed at the concert from May 19, 1961. Davis is captured with his transitional small combo featuring Hank Mobley, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb, as well as with the Gil Evans Orchestra. It was one of only two concerts Davis and Evans performed together, and that alone makes the album necessary for collectors, but the music itself is terrific.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
SL-5112
Year of Release: 1962
Format: Mono
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Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced? Japan mono LP with obi

jimi hendrix are you experienced japan lp

Offered for sale is a Japanese mono pressing of Are You Experienced? by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, including the original obi.

This 1987 issue was the last version of the album to be released in Japan before major record companies stopped pressing records in 1989.  Most of the copies of this issue were sold on compact disc, making the vinyl relatively rare.

About this copy: This copy of Are You Experienced? is a 1987 Japanese pressing on the Polydor label of an album that was originally released in 1967.

This LP is mono, as were all Japanese pressings of Are You Experienced?  The album contains the UK track listing, including “Red House,” which was dropped from the U.S. issue.

The cover is M- with trace wear at the lower left hand corner.  The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

The disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a classic LP.

Background: Released in 1967, Are You Experienced? was the debut LP by Jimi Hendrix and the first of only three studio albums to be released in his lifetime.  It’s also one of the most influential rock albums ever made.

The LP reached #2 on the UK charts and #5 in the U.S.

Allmusic.com gave Are You Experienced? a 5 star review:

One of the most stunning debuts in rock history, and one of the definitive albums of the psychedelic era. On Are You Experienced?, Jimi Hendrix synthesized various elements of the cutting edge of 1967 rock into music that sounded both futuristic and rooted in the best traditions of rock, blues, pop, and soul. It was his mind-boggling guitar work, of course, that got most of the ink, building upon the experiments of British innovators like Jeff Beck and Pete Townshend to chart new sonic territories in feedback, distortion, and sheer volume.

 

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Polydor
Catalog Number:
18 MM 0603
Year of Release: 1987
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Revolver Japan red vinyl mono LP with obi

Beatles - Revolver Japan red vinyl mono LP

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

About this copy: This copy of Revolver is a 1986 mono pressing on the EMI/Odeon label of an album that was originally released in Japan in 1966 in stereo only.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.  The lyric insert is VG+ with some discoloration from age.

The red vinyl disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Beautiful disc!

A beautiful copy of a terrific record and one of the hardest titles to find in the red vinyl mono series.

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.

Revolver, released in August, 1966, was the seventh studio album by the Beatles.  The album reached #1 in the U.S. and UK and has never gone out of print.

Allmusic.com gave Revolver a 5 star review:

All the rules fell by the wayside with Revolver, as the Beatles began exploring new sonic territory, lyrical subjects, and styles of composition. … The biggest miracle of Revolver may be that the Beatles covered so much new stylistic ground and executed it perfectly on one record, or it may be that all of it holds together perfectly. Either way, its daring sonic adventures and consistently stunning songcraft set the standard for what pop/rock could achieve. Even after Sgt. Pepper, Revolver stands as the ultimate modern pop album and it’s still as emulated as it was upon its original release.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-70136
Year of Release: 1986
Format: Mono
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Frank Sinatra – Sinatra and Strings signed 1961 U.S. mono LP

frank sinatra - sinatra and strings u.s. mono lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of Sinatra and Strings, by Frank Sinatra, with the back cover signed by the artist.

Sinatra signed “To Charles, Frank Sinatra” on the back cover in ballpoint pen.

About this copy: This copy of Sinatra and Strings is a 1962 U.S. pressing on the custom Reprise label used for Sinatra’s early releases.

This LP comes from our personal collection.  We acquired it in the mid-1980s from the estate of a former nightclub owner in Dallas, Texas.

This club frequently had popular jazz, blues and pop artists perform there, and the owner routinely had every artist sign a copy of their latest album for him.   Nearly every album in the collection was a new and virtually unplayed first pressing. We had quite a few pieces from this collection at one time, and kept a handful of titles for our own collection.

The owner’s name was Charles, and most of the autographs, including this one, were inscribed to him.

The cover is VG++ and close to M-, with slight wear near the top of the front cover and a small corner bend.  The signature is clear and legible.

The original inner sleeve is included; there are small splits on one side and the bottom.

The mono disc is M- and looks unplayed and likely is unplayed.

A beautiful copy of  a rare Frank Sinatra LP.

Background: Released in early 1962, Sinatra and Strings was the fourth album to be released by the singer on his own Reprise label.

The album reached #8 on the U.S. album chart and #6 on the UK chart.

Allmusic.com gave Sinatra and Strings a 3 1/2 star review:

Sinatra & Strings, Frank Sinatra’s first album with arranger Don Costa, is an exquisite, romantic collection of ballads and one of his most sensual records. Costa has given the songs — which consist entirely of standards — exceedingly lush, heavily orchestrated arrangements that sound like updated, contemporary versions of Axel Stordahl’s ornate charts. … Sinatra & Strings remains a definitive ballads album, complete with impassioned readings and endlessly rich, detailed arrangements.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Reprise
Catalog Number:
R 1004
Year of Release: 1962
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Sgt. Pepper 1986 Japan red vinyl mono LP with obi

Beatles - Sgt. Pepper 1986 Japan red vinyl mono LP

Offered for sale is a limited edition red vinyl mono Japanese pressing of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, including the original obi.

About this copy:  This copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band us a 1986 Japanese pressing on the EMI/Odeon label of an album that was originally released in 1967.

This release was part of a limited edition series of mono LPs released in Japan in 1986 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the band’s 1966 tour.

All of the discs in this series were pressed on red vinyl.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.  The lyric insert is M-.

This LP was issued without the cutout insert that was included in U.S. and UK copies.

The red vinyl disc is M-.  There is a single spindle mark on the side two label and none on the side one label.  There are no marks on the vinyl  Clean disc!

A beautiful copy of a fairly scarce colored vinyl Beatles LP.

Background:  There’s not much point in writing about Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; entire books have been written about the album.  It’s not only the best-known album of the Beatles’ catalog, but it’s regarded as one of the most influential albums ever released.

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-70137
Year of Release: 1986
Format: Mono
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Beach Boys – Pet Sounds sealed 1966 U.S. mono LP

beach boys pet sounds u.s. mono lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. mono pressing of Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys.

Original “stereo” copies of this 1966 album were in “Duophonic,” or “fake” stereo, as the album was originally mixed only for mono.  The mono pressing was only in print through early 1968, making it much rarer than the stereo copies.

About this copy: This copy of Pet Sounds is a 1966 U.S. mono pressing on the Capitol label.

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

This copy was pressed at Capitol’s Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as indicated by the small number “3” on the back cover.

The wrap is largely intact; there is a 5″ (12 cm) opening at the mouth of the cover, as well as a 1″ (2 cm) split at the top center of the cover.  The cover is starting to split there.  There is a cutout punch hole in the upper left hand corner.

This wrap has no breathe holes; it may have been wrapped by Capitol or by the cutout distributor when the album went out of print.

We’ve secured the tears in the wrap with tape to prevent further tearing.

A nice copy of an album that’s quite hard to find as a 1960s mono pressing.

Background: Pet Sounds, released in 1966, is generally regarded as the best Beach Boys album, and one of the great rock albums of all time. While not a big seller when first released, the album has grown in reputation over the years and has never gone out of print.

Allmusic.com gave Pet Sounds 5 stars:

The best Beach Boys album, and one of the best of the 1960s. The group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and production, layering tracks upon tracks of vocals and instruments to create a richly symphonic sound. Conventional keyboards and guitars were combined with exotic touches of orchestrated strings, bicycle bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, Theremin, Hawaiian-sounding string instruments, Coca-Cola cans, barking dogs, and more. It wouldn’t have been a classic without great songs, and this has some of the group’s most stunning melodies, as well as lyrical themes which evoke both the intensity of newly born love affairs and the disappointment of failed romance (add in some general statements about loss of innocence and modern-day confusion as well).

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
T-2458
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Mono
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Simon & Garfunkel ‎– Simon & Garfunkel withdrawn 1966 U.S. mono LP

simon and garfunkel u.s. mono pickwick lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of Simon & Garfunkel by Simon & Garfunkel, featuring tracks they recorded as Tom and Jerry.   This LP was withdrawn shortly after release as a result of a lawsuit by the artists.

The cover shows the title as Simon & Garfunkel; the label shows the title as The Hit Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel.

About this copy: This copy of Simon & Garfunkel is a 1967 U.S. mono pressing on the Pickwick label.

The cover is VG+ with slight edge and corner wear.

The disc is VG on side one, with a number of light marks.  Side two is VG+ with a few light marks.  The LP has plenty of shine and plays well.

A nice collection of early Simon & Garfunkel tracks.

Background: Released in 1967, Simon & Garfunkel collects tracks from early in the career of Simon and Garfunkel when they were still recording as Tom and Jerry.

Simon & Garfunkel objected to the release of the material and successfully sued to have the album withdrawn from the market.

Allmusic.com gave Simon & Garfunkel this review:

Be warned: this does feature Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, but it is not an authentic Simon & Garfunkel album, consisting of material they recorded in the late ’50s as the teenage duo Tom & Jerry. Working in a sub-Everlys mode, they did fashion some mildly pleasant tracks, one of which, “Hey Schoolgirl,” was a Top 50 hit. The songs came back to haunt them when Pickwick reissued them, with deceptive packaging implying a bona-fide Simon & Garfunkel LP, in 1966. The contents are not without interest, but everyone except collectors and huge Simon & Garfunkel fans should skip it, as it bears little relation to the sound that made them famous.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Pickwick
Catalog Number:
PC 3059
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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Simon & Garfunkel – The Graduate Soundtrack U.S. MONO LP

simon & garfunkel the graduate u.s. mono LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of the soundtrack to The Graduate, featuring five songs by Simon & Garfunkel.

Mono copies of this 1968 release were long thought to be white label promotional issues only, but this is a gray label stock copy.

About this copy: This copy of The Graduate is a 1968 U.S. pressing on the Columbia Masterworks label.

The cover is VG++ with light general wear.

The mono disc is M- on side one and VG on side two, with a few heavy scuffs on one part of the disc.  The disc has lots of shine and plays well.

A nice copy of a very rare Simon & Garfunkel LP and the only stock mono copy we’ve ever seen.

Background: Released in 1968, the soundtrack to The Graduate features five songs by Simon & Garfunkel along with instrumental music by Dave Grusin.

The album reached #1 on the U.S. album chart and #3 on the UK chart.

Allmusic.com gave The Graduate a 3 star review:

The soundtrack to Mike Nichols’ The Graduate remains a key musical document of the late ’60s, although truth be told, its impact was much less artistic than commercial (and, for that matter, more negative than positive). With the exception of its centerpiece track, the elegiac and oft-quoted “Mrs. Robinson” — which only appears here as a pair of fragments — the Simon & Garfunkel songs that comprise much of the record (a series of Dave Grusin instrumentals round it out) appeared on the duo’s two preceding LPs; Nichols’ masterstroke was to transplant those songs into his film, where they not only meshed perfectly with the story’s themes of youthful rebellion and alienation (and the inner life of the central character, Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock) but also heralded a new era in movie music centered around the appropriation of past pop hits, a marketing gimmick that grew exponentially in the years to follow. The Graduate soundtrack, then, merits the dubious honor of being the earliest and one of the most successful Hollywood repackagings of “found” pop songs, a formula essentially based around coercing fans to purchase soundtrack albums filled with material they already own in order to acquire the occasional new track or two.

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
OL 6780
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Mono
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Rolling Stones – Got Live If You Want It! U.S. mono LP

Rolling Stones - Got Live If You Want It! U.S. mono LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono copy of Got Live If You Want It! by the Rolling Stones.

About this copy: This copy of Got Live If You Want It! is a 1966 U.S. mono pressing on the London label.

The cover is VG, with moderate general wear, but no splits.

The mono disc is VG++ and close to M- with just a couple of faint sleeve scuffs.  The record is clean and has had little play.

A nice play copy of a classic LP.

Background: Released in late 1966, Got Live If You Want It! was the first live album by the Rolling Stones.

The album reached #6 on the U.S. album charts; the LP was not released in the UK.

Allmusic.com gave Got Live If You Want It a 3 star review:

A live document of the Brian Jones-era Rolling Stones sounds enticing, but the actual product is a letdown, owing to a mixture of factors, some beyond the producers’ control and other very much their doing. The sound on the original LP was lousy, and for that matter not all of it’s live; a couple of old studio R&B covers were augmented by screaming fans that had obviously been overdubbed. Still, the album has its virtues as a historical document, with some extremely important caveats for anyone not old enough to recognize the inherent limitations in a live album of this vintage.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: London
Catalog Number:
LL 3493
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Mono
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Frank Sinatra – Minute Masters 1965 U.S. mono promo-only LP

frank sinatra - minute masters u.s. promo lp

Offered for sale is a copy of Minute Masters, a 1965 U.S. LP that provided edited versions of Sinatra’s hits to radio stations.

This LP was issued only as a promotional item.

About this copy: This copy of Minute Masters is a 1965 U.S. mono LP on the Capitol label.

The cover is VG+ with slight ring wear on the front.

The disc is M- on side one and VG++ on side two, with a light inaudible scratch through the last two tracks.  It’s a very clean LP that may be unplayed.

A nice copy of a rare Sinatra promotional item and the only copy we’ve ever seen.

Background: Minute Masters is a rather odd promotional album by Frank Sinatra.

The November, 1965 release, issued to U.S. radio stations, contains edited versions of twenty of his hits.  The purpose of these edits was to provide radio stations with short songs that they could use to fill brief programming gaps.   Notes on the cover indicate the timings for each song, along with a note indicating whether the tempo is slow, medium, or fast.

Tracks are:

  • Should I
  • In The Wee Small Hours
  • Nice’N’Easy
  • I Won’t Dance
  • On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  • I Couldn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night
  • It’s A Blue World
  • They Can Take That Away From Me
  • Too Marvelous For Words
  • Lover
  • Come Fly With Me
  • You Make Me Feel So Young
  • It’s A Lonesome Old Town
  • Get Happy
  • Fairy Tales
  • Somethings Gotta Give
  • Where Do You Go
  • High Hopes
  • You Do Something To Me
  • I Believe

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
PRO 2974/2975
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Mono
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