Ray Charles – What’d I Say autographed original 1959 mono LP

ray charles - what'd I say

Offered for sale is an original 1959 mono pressing of What’d I Say by Ray Charles, autographed by Charles on the back cover.

About this copy: This original mono pressing of What’d I Say comes from our personal collection.  It was acquired 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.

There seem to be several different styles of autographs from Charles, but the earliest ones we’ve seen were printed.  We’ve seen some later ones in a polished cursive; those may have been signed on Charles’ behalf by members of his staff.

You can see a photo of another autographed LP we saw for sale a few years back with a similar signature.

The cover of this LP is M-, aside from trace wear at a couple of corners and a minor corner bend on the upper right.

Charles has printed his name on the back in ball point pen.  As you might expect from a blind man, the printing isn’t particularly tidy.

The disc is the original 1959 mono issue on the short-lived (and awesome) white/purple/red Atlantic “bullseye” label that they apparently used only on 1959 issues.

The disc is M- and appears to be virtually unplayed.

A nice copy of a legendary LP and a rare opportunity to own a Ray Charles autograph.

Background: What’d  I Say was Ray Charles breakthrough album, and his first LP to reach the Billboard charts, peaking at #17.  The single sold several million copies, reached #1 on the R&B charts and #6 on the Hot 100, and became one of the biggest-selling singles in Atlantic Records’ history.

You can listen to the title track here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
8029
Year of Release: 1959
Format: Mono
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Ray Charles – Ray Charles original 1957 mono LP

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Offered for sale is an exceptionally clean original pressing of Ray Charles’ 1957 debut – the self-titled Ray Charles on the original all-black Atlantic label.

About this copy: This original mono pressing of Ray Charles comes from our personal collection.  It was acquired 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.   While not all of the albums in the collection were autographed, 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 cover is M- and is virtually perfect, aside from a small bent corner.  A number has been faintly written on the back cover in pencil.

The original black label mono disc is M-.  It looks virtually unplayed, with no spindle marks.  It has a couple of faint scuffs as though it’s been removed from the original sleeve once or twice.

A gorgeous copy of an album that’s quite difficult to find in collectible condition, and likely your final upgrade.

Background: Ray Charles had been releasing singles for a decade when Atlantic Records released his self-titled Ray Charles in 1957.  While the album was released at that time, the material on it had largely been released as singles going back to 1953.

The album is often referred to as “Rock & Roll,” as those words appear in the upper left hand corner of the cover.  That was actually the name of a series of records issued by Atlantic that also included titles with identical covers by Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, Clyde McPhatter, and LaVern Baker.

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

One of the first handful of LPs issued by Atlantic, Ray Charles (later retitled Hallelujah I Love Her So) is a bona fide classic of its genre. Weighted about three to one in favor of Charles’ own compositions, its raison d’etre was the hits “Hallelujah I Love Her So” and the pounding, soaring “Ain’t That Love,” which opens the LP. As with other Atlantic albums of the period, its content was determined more by Charles’ recent singles than by a real plan for the LP, but even within those limitations it’s an amazingly subtle record.

You can listen to “Mess Around” here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
8006
Year of Release: 1957
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Yesterday and Today mono second state Butcher cover

beatles yesterday and today butcher cover mono

Offered for sale is a nice mono copy of a second state Butcher cover pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.

About this copy:  The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 mono second state Butcher cover with the second “trunk” cover pasted over the original “Butcher” cover photo.

This particular copy was pressed at the Los Angeles pressing plant, as noted by the small number 6 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

Ringo’s “V” collar is clearly visible under the white portion of the cover to the right of the trunk. (see photo.)

This copy is a bit unusual in that the top “trunk” slick was misaligned when being applied at the pressing plant.  The Butcher cover slick underneath is plainly visible across the entire bottom edge of the cover. (see photo)

It can sometimes be difficult to spot a Butcher cover, but the misaligned slick makes this one immediately obvious even at a casual glance.

This cover has:

  • No seam splits
  • Fully legible writing on the spine
  • No ring wear on the back cover
  • No writing on the front or back cover
  • No visible attempts to peel the cover

The cover has little wear across the front slick.  There’s some ring wear and some discoloration on the back, along with a name written in pen in the upper left hand corner of the back cover.

The spine is fully intact and legible.  There’s some wear at the top edge; it’s a little fuzzy, but not split.  Near the mouth there’s a very tiny (1/4″ or so) split.

These are all fairly minor issues on a cover that is otherwise in better than average condition.  We rarely see a Butcher cover with solid seams all the way around.

The record is rough and is likely in good condition, at best.  The disc is a correct Los Angeles pressing.  The original inner sleeve is included, though it does have a 2″ split on the bottom edge.

A nice example of a record that’s usually found in poor condition.

Background: There are millions of records that people could possibly collect, but few are as infamous as the original release of Yesterday and Today by the Beatles, which was first released with the cover now known as the “Butcher cover.”

This cover photo depicted the band dressed in butcher smocks, surrounded by plastic doll parts and pieces of raw meat.  When the original cover met with hostile responses from reviewers and distributors, Capitol Records made the decision to withdraw the cover and replace it with another one.

While a few copies with the original cover were kept by reviewers, the remaining copies were returned to Capitol Records prior to the album’s scheduled release date.  Capitol then pasted a new cover over the existing one, put new shrinkwrap on the cover, and shipped the records with the “pasteover” cover to record distributors.

Most copies sold around the time of the album’s release date actually had two covers, with a cover showing the band standing around a steamer trunk pasted over the original “Butcher cover” photo.  Over time, many of these copies have had the top cover removed, rendering original copies increasingly scarce as fewer intact examples remain.

Copies of Yesterday and Today with the original cover that have never had the second cover pasted over them are known as “first state” issues.  Copies that have the second cover still pasted on top of the first one are known as “second state” copies.

Second state copies are identifiable by looking at the white area on the cover just below the word “today” in the album title.  If that particular copy is a second state Butcher cover, a black triangular area can be faintly seen; this area is where Ringo’s black shirt collar appears on the cover underneath.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
T 2553
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Mono
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Los Bravos – Black is Black sealed 1966 mono LP

los bravos - black is black lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original mono copy of the 1966 LP Black is Black by Los Bravos.

About this copy: This copy is an original still sealed mono pressing of the 1966 LP.  The thick shrink wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears or holes.

It’s as nice a copy as you’ll ever find and will likely be your final upgrade.

Background: “Black is Black” was the debut single of Spanish band Los Bravos, and it reached #2 on the UK single charts and #4 in the U.S.  They were the first Spanish group to make a dent in the U.S. charts.

The album didn’t sell as well as the single, peaking at #93 on the U.S. album charts.  The follow-up album, Bring a Little Lovin’, didn’t chart at all.

While the original 1966 Black is Black LP was released in both mono and stereo, as was the custom of the time, the “stereo” pressings were actually electronically reprocessed stereo, aka “fake stereo,” making the mono version the more desirable pressing.  It’s also harder to find, as the mono version was deleted by early 1968, leaving only the rechanneled stereo versions on the market; the mono is quite hard to find in comparison to the more common fake stereo pressings.

Allmusic.com gave Black is Black a 4 1/2 star review:

Los Bravos formed in 1966…The result of this union of talent and proven production skills produced the band’s first single, the rhythm-driven “Black Is Black,” that same year. It shot up the charts to number two in the U.K. and on August 10, 1966, it charted on Billboard and CashBox. Soon the band enjoyed moderate to major success around the world. In addition to the band’s big hit, this CD reissue of Black Is Black features the group’s U.K. follow-up, “I Don’t Care,” which recalls the Walker Brothers with its similar vocal/horn-laden arrangement — as well as a handful of smartly produced, upbeat British Invasion-style pop numbers (Los Bravos were also influenced by black American soul and R&B acts, especially those on Motown).

You can listen to “Black is Black” here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Press
Catalog Number:
PR 73003
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Mono
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Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced original Japan MONO LP with obi

jimi hendrix are you experienced japan LP

Offered for sale is an ultra-rare first pressing Japanese mono issue of Are You Experienced by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, complete with the impossibly rare original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Are You Experienced is a Japanese first pressing, released in 1967 with the original catalog number of SLPM-1391.

Shortly after release, the record company changed the catalog number to SMP-1391.  This is a transitional copy that was pressed during the change; the record and cover have the original SLPM-1391 catalog number and the obi has the SMP-1391 catalog number.

This LP was originally issued only in mono and features the same cover and track listing as the UK release.  Like the UK LP, this album was originally released in Japan only in mono.

The cover is VG+, with a record impression visible in the front cover and a bit of foxing, but no tears, writing, holes, or other significant marks.

The original obi is VG+, with a small tear on the back (see image.)

This LP was issued without a lyric insert.

The disc is M-, and aside from a few spindle marks on the label, appears to have had little play.

An astonishingly nice copy of a terrific album and one of the world’s rarest Jimi Hendrix LPs.

Background: Are You Experienced was the debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and remains one of the most influential debut albums of all time.

The album reached #5 in the U.S. and #2 in the UK, and in the U.S., the album has since been certified five times platinum by the RIAA.

Allmusic.com gave Are You Experienced a rare 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. …Many of these songs are among Hendrix’s very finest; it may be true that he would continue to develop at a rapid pace throughout the rest of his brief career, but he would never surpass his first LP in terms of consistently high quality.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Polydor
Catalog Number:
SLPM-1391
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Meet the Beatles Japan-only mono LP with obi

beatles meet the beatles japan mono

Offered for sale is a 1970 Japanese black vinyl mono pressing of Meet the Beatles, with the original obi and an alternate track listing from the U.S. release.

About this copy: This copy of Meet the Beatles is a Japanese mono pressing, complete with obi.  This is the fourth version of the album, issued in early 1970 with the green obi with the apple logo.

The cover is VG++, with traces of wear at the corners.  The obi is VG+, with a few wrinkles.  The “hojyuhyo”, or re-order tag, is still attached.  The lyric insert and original black inner sleeve are included.

The disc is black vinyl and is in VG condition. Side one has a few light marks and a noticeable scratch through tracks 2 and 3.  There are a few light marks on side 2.  The record still has lots of shine and doesn’t appear to have been played very often.

A nice copy of a seldom-seen variation on Meet the Beatles.

Background:  The Beatles were immensely popular in Japan, and over the years, their Japanese record label released all of the U.S. Capitol Albums, all of the UK versions of the band’s work and a number of Japan-only releases.

Meet the Beatles is one of those Japan-only titles.  While the album shares a title with the band’s first American album for Capitol, the track listing is completely different.  Unlike most Japanese Beatles releases, this version of the title was issued only in mono with a standard cover.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that a version that was identical to the U.S. version was also released in Japan, and that one was released in stereo with a gatefold cover.

Track listing:

  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • She Loves You
  • From Me to You
  • Twist and Shout
  • Love Me Do
  • Baby It’s You
  • Don’t Bother Me
  • Please Please Me
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Little Child
  • All My Loving
  • Hold Me Tight
  • Please Mister Postman

 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AR-8026
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Mono
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James Brown – Live at the Apollo 1960s mono King LP

James Brown - Live at the Apollo mono

Offered for sale is an early 1960s mono pressing of the classic live album Live at the Apollo by James Brown.

About this copy: This copy of Live at the Apollo is an early 1960s mono pressing.  It’s a transitional copy; the cover is the first pressing cover (it says “Star of Stars” on the marquee; the later covers had “Voted No. 1 R&B Star of 1962” instead.

The label is the second mono label, however, with a crown above the word “King” on the label.

Cover is VG++ and very close to M-, with faint wear on the cover.

Disc is VG++, with no marks aside from a few scuffs from the paper inner sleeve.

A terrific mono copy of an R&B monster and an album everyone should own.

Background: In 1962, James Brown reportedly recorded Live at the Apollo by financing it himself after King Records owner Syd Nathan told him he didn’t think a live album would sell.

The result was an album that not only reached #2 on the American album charts, but a record that is generally regarded as one of the best live albums ever recorded.

Allmusic.com gave Live at the Apollo a rare 5 star review:

An astonishing record of James and the Flames tearing the roof off the sucker at the mecca of R&B theatres, New York’s Apollo. When King Records owner Syd Nathan refused to fund the recording, thinking it commercial folly, Brown single-mindedly proceeded anyway, paying for it out of his own pocket. He had been out on the road night after night for a while, and he knew that the magic that was part and parcel of a James Brown show was something no record had ever caught.

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: King
Catalog Number:
826
Year of Release: 1963
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour U.S. mono Capitol LP

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Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles.

About this copy:  This copy of Magical Mystery Tour is an original U.S. mono copy, complete with gatefold cover and color booklet.

The cover is VG+, with slight wear and a name and address stamped in the upper right hand corner of the front cover.

The disc is VG, with a few light marks, and close to VG+. This disc was pressed at the Jacksonville plant.

It will make a nice play copy.

Background:  Magical Mystery Tour wasn’t conceived as an album; it was originally compiled as a set of two seven-inch EPs, offering music from the soundtrack of the TV film of the same name.

The extended play format had not been as successful in the U.S. as it had been in the UK, so Capitol Records added several songs that had recently been released as singles and turned the project into an LP.

As with most Beatles albums in the U.S., Magical Mystery Tour reached #1 on the American album charts.  The U.S. import reached #34 in Great Britain.

Magical Mystery Tour was the last Beatles album to be released in the United States in both mono and stereo, and the mono pressings are quite hard to find compared to their stereo counterparts.

 

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
MAL 2835
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Sgt. Pepper Capitol UK mono LP

beatles pepper UK mono LP

Offered for sale is an original UK mono pressing of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles on the Capitol rainbow label.

There’s not much to write about Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band that hasn’t already been written; it’s one of the most influential albums of all time, despite the fact that there were no singles released from the album.

The album was released in the UK in both stereo and mono and the mono pressings are much harder to find, as they were only in print for about two before being deleted.

About this copy:  This copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is an original UK mono pressing on the Parlophone label

The cover is VG, with some spine war and a couple of bent corners.  No custom inner sleeve or cutouts.

The disc is a very clean VG++, and looks close to M-.  There are many spindle marks, however, and the record does exhibit noise during play.  It’s been played a lot, but it’s been very well cared for.

Side 1: mother 2 stamper RLA

Side 2: mother 4 stamper RPG

A nice copy of a classic album.

A nice play copy of a legendary album.

Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Parlophone
Catalog Number:
PMC 7027
Year of Release: 1967
Format: mono
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Beatles – Sgt. Pepper Capitol U.S. mono LP

beatles sgt pepper mono LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles on the Capitol rainbow label.

There’s not much to write about Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band that hasn’t already been written; it’s one of the most influential albums of all time, despite the fact that there were no singles released from the album.

The album was released in the U.S. in both stereo and mono and the mono pressings are much harder to find, as they were only in print for about a year before being deleted.

About this copy:  This copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is an original U.S. mono pressing on the Capitol rainbow label.

The cover is VG+, with faint wear and a 1/2″ split at the top near the mouth.  The custom inner sleeve and cutout insert are included.

The disc is VG, with a few light marks.  Los Angeles pressing.

A nice play copy of a legendary album.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
MAS 2653
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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