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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Simon and Garfunkel – Bookends U.S. mono LP with poster

Simon and Garfunkel - Bookends U.S. mono LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono copy of Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel, with the original poster and the cover still in the original shrink wrap.

While original stereo copies are common, mono copies are exceptionally rare.

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

The cover is M- with a tiny dent in the lower right hand corner.  The cover is still in the original shrink wrap, but the wrap has a large tear across the front.

This copy has the same clear sticker on the front cover that was used on the stereo copies, and the sticker says “STEREO” and lists the stereo catalog number, KCS-9529.  There is a paper sticker on the wrap that says “Featuring the complete version of their hit Mrs. Robinson.”

The cover has the correct mono catalog number on the spine and on the back cover, where it says “MONO.”

The poster is M-.

The disc is VG++ and very close to M- with a couple of very faint scuffs from the (included) original paper inner sleeve.  The record looks like it may have only been played once or twice.

Former owner “Sue Ferdinand” has written her name in ballpoint pen at the top of the side one label.

A beautiful copy of a very rare (and very good) classic LP, and the only mono copy we’ve ever seen with the original shrink wrap.

Background: Released in April, 1968, Bookends was the fourth album by Simon and Garfunkel.

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

Allmusic.com gave Bookends a rare 5 star review:

Simon & Garfunkel quietly slipped Bookends, their fourth album, into the bins with a whisper in March 1968. They are equal collaborators with producer/engineer Roy Halee in a multivalently layered song cycle observing the confusion of those seeking an elusive American Dream, wistfully reflecting on innocence lost forever to the cold winds of change. … Bookends’ problematic, disillusioned themes, sometimes disguised in wry humor, striking arrangements, and augmented orchestral instrumentation, portray the sounds of people in an American life that they no longer understand, or understands them. Simon & Garfunkel never overstate; instead they observe, almost journalistically, enormous life and cultural questions in the process of them being asked. In just over 29 minutes, Bookends is stunning in its vision of a bewildered America in search of itself.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
KCL 2729
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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Rolling Stones – Flowers U.S. mono LP

Rolling Stones - Flowers U.S. mono LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono copy of Flowers by the Rolling Stones.

About this copy: This copy of Flowers is a 1967 U.S. mono pressing on the London label.

The cover is VG++ and close to M- with slight ring wear.

The mono disc is VG++ with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs.  There are no spindle marks on the labels; the album has clearly had little play.

A nice copy of an album that’s hard to find in mono.

Background: Released in 1967, Flowers is a compilation album originally created for the U.S. market that consisted of singles, B-sides and songs that had previously been unreleased in the U.S.

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

Flowers was dismissed as a rip-off of sorts by some critics, since it took the patchwork bastardization of British releases for the American audience to extremes, gathering stray tracks from the U.K. versions of Aftermath and Between the Buttons, 1966-1967 singles (some of which had already been used on the U.S. editions of Aftermath and Between the Buttons), and a few outtakes. Judged solely by the music, though, it’s rather great. … Almost every track is strong, so if you’re serious about your Stones, don’t pass this by just because a bunch of people slag it as an exploitative marketing trick (which it is). There’s some outstanding material you can’t get anywhere else, and the album as a whole plays very well from end to end.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: London
Catalog Number:
LL 3509
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Stereo
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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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LaVern Baker – LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith sealed U.S. mono LP

LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith u.s. mono lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. mono copy of LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith by LaVern Baker.

About this copy: This copy of LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith is a sealed U.S. mono pressing on the Atlantic label of an album that was originally released in 1958.

The original issue was on a black Atlantic label and was wrapped in a loose bag.  As this copy is in shrink wrap, it’s likely on the mid-1960s red and purple Atlantic label.

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

The wrap is fully intact except for a 3″ (8 cm) break at the top center of the cover.  The cover has split there.

There is a punch hole in the lower right hand corner of the cover and an original price sticker attached to the wrap.

A nice copy of an album that’s usually found in poor condition.

Background: Released in 1958, LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith was the third album by American R&B singer LaVern Baker.

Allmusic.com gave LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith a 4 1/2 star review:

This is an album that should not have worked. LaVern Baker (a fine R&B singer) was joined by all-stars from mainstream jazz (including trumpeter Buck Clayton, trombonist Vic Dickenson, tenor-saxophonist Paul Quinichette and pianist Nat Pierce) for twelve songs associated with the great ’20s blues singer Bessie Smith. Despite the potentially conflicting styles, this project is quite successful and often exciting.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
1281
Year of Release: 1960s
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – The American Tour With Ed Rudy sealed U.S. mono LP with magazine (Ed front photo)

beatles - american tour with ed rudy #2 u.s. lp

Offered for sale is an original still sealed U.S. mono pressing of The American Tour With Ed Rudy featuring interviews with the Beatles  and including a copy of Teen Talk magazine.

There were two versions of the back cover; one showing Ed Rudy facing sideways, and one showing him facing the camera.  This copy features the back cover that shows Ed Rudy facing the camera.  This copy was acquired from someone who obtained it from the Ed Rudy estate.

About this copy: This copy of The American Tour With Ed Rudy is an original 1964 U.S. pressing on the Radio Pulsebeat News label.

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.  A copy of Teen Talk magazine is inside the wrap, with a card that describes the contents stapled to the cover.

The loose bag wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.

A beautiful copy of an original piece of Beatlemania that is hard to find complete and in good condition.

Background: Journalist Ed Rudy accompanied (or followed; sources differ) the Beatles on their 1964 and 1965 tours of the United States and released several privately-pressed albums containing recordings of him interviewing the band.

The first of the three albums, The American Tour With Ed Rudy, sold fairly well.  The later two albums sold poorly and are quite rare.

This album, The American Tour With Ed Rudy, also known as “Ed Rudy #2,” as the album says “Documentary II” on the cover, was released in 1964 and original pressings included a copy of Teen Talk magazine, which is almost always missing from used copies of the LP.

Side one features Rudy discussing the Beatles tour along with short interview segments.  Side two features a phone interview with the band.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Radio Pulsebeat News
Catalog Number:
#2
Year of Release: 1964
Format: Mono
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Cadillacs – Twisting With the Cadillacs sealed 1962 U.S. mono LP

twisting with the cadillacs u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. mono copy of Twisting With the Cadillacs by the Cadillacs.

About this copy: This copy of Twisting With the Cadillacs is a 1962 U.S. pressing on the Jubilee label.

All copies of this album were mono; there was no stereo issue.

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

The wrap is fully intact except for a small break at the upper left hand corner.  The cover is VG++ with slight edge wear and slight “rounding” on a couple of corners.  There is an original price sticker attached to the wrap.

A nice copy of a pretty good doo wop LP and easily the rarest of the three albums by the Cadillacs.

Background: Released in 1962, Twisting With the Cadillacs was the third and final album by the New York-based doo wop group The Cadillacs.

The album did not chart, though the single, “Peek-A-Boo” reached #28 on the U.S. singles chart and “Romeo,” reached #105.

The album was released to capitalize on the then-current “twist” craze, and consists of a few uptempo numbers from their two previous albums plus some newer tracks that had been released as singles.

You can listen to “Romeo” here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Jubilee
Catalog Number:
JGM 5009
Year of Release: 1962
Format: Mono
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Dave Clark 5 – It’s Here Luv!!! Ed Rudy With New U.S. Tour sealed U.S. mono LP

dave clark 5 - it's here luv!!! ed rudy lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. pressing of It’s Here Luv!!! Ed Rudy With New U.S. Tour featuring coverage and interviews with the Dave Clark 5.

About this copy: This copy of the awkwardly titled It’s Here Luv!!! Ed Rudy With New U.S. Tour is an original U.S 1965 mono pressing on the INS Radio News label.

This copy came from the estate of Ed Rudy, who recorded, pressed and sold these albums when new in the 1960s.  This is a thick, original pressing, and not a later issue or counterfeit.

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

The wrap is fully intact except for a small 2″ (5 cm) tear on the front near the bottom of the front cover.

A nice copy of a rare Dave Clark 5 LP, as this album sold poorly when new.

Background: Released in 1965, It’s Here Luv!!! Ed Rudy With New U.S. Tour was the fifth in a series of interview/news coverage LPs by U.S. journalist Ed Rudy, covering the U.S. tours of the Beatles, the Dave Clark 5, and the Rolling Stones.

Rudy recorded, pressed and sold these albums himself, and most of them did not sell well.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: INS Radio News
Catalog Number:
LL-1005/LL-1006
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Mono
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Rolling Stones – It’s Here Luv!!! Ed Rudy With New U.S. Tour sealed U.S. mono LP

rolling stones - it's here luv!!! ed rudy lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. pressing of It’s Here Luv!!! Ed Rudy With New U.S. Tour featuring tour coverage and interviews with the Rolling Stones.

About this copy: This copy of the awkwardly titled It’s Here Luv!!! Ed Rudy With New U.S. Tour is an original U.S 1965 mono pressing on the INS Radio News label.

This copy came from the estate of Ed Rudy, who recorded, pressed and sold these albums when new in the 1960s.  This is a thick, original pressing, and not a later issue or counterfeit.

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

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes.

A nice copy of a rare Rolling Stones LP, as this album sold poorly when new.

Background: Released in 1965, It’s Here Luv!!! Ed Rudy With New U.S. Tour was the fifth in a series of interview/news coverage LPs by U.S. journalist Ed Rudy, covering the U.S. tours of the Beatles, the Dave Clark 5, and the Rolling Stones.

Rudy recorded, pressed and sold these albums himself, and most of them did not sell well.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: INS Radio News
Catalog Number:
LL-1003/LL-1004
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Mono
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