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.

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.

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.

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

beatles magical mystery tour mono

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

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.

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.

 

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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Beatles – Rubber Soul Capitol mono LP

beatles rubber soul mono

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono copy of Rubber Soul by the Beatles.

Released in December, 1965, Rubber Soul was the seventh Beatles album to be released by Capitol Records.  The album, which had a different track lineup from the UK version, reached #1 on the U.S. album charts.

About this copy: This copy of Rubber Soul is an original U.S. mono pressing on the Capitol rainbow label.

The 6 on the back cover indicates a Los Angeles pressing.

The cover is VG++, with just a bit of foxing.  The disc is VG+, with some sleeve scuffs, but no significant marks.

A nice copy of an album that can be tough to find in mono.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
T2442
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Help! original U.S. Capitol mono LP

beatles help mono

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of Help! by the Beatles.

While the UK version of the Help! LP was a Beatles album with 14 songs by the band, the U.S. version was a true soundtrack album, with 7 Beatles songs and the remainder instrumental tracks that had appeared in the film, conducted by Ken Thorne.

The album, released in the U.S. in August of 1965, reached #1 on the American album charts.

About this copy: This copy of Help! is an original U.S. mono pressing, pressed at the Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant.

The cover is VG+; it’s clean but has a bit of ring wear and a repaired 3″ split at the bottom of the cover.

The disc is VG+ on side one and VG++ on side two.

A nice copy of a terrific album and a great play copy.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
MAS 2386
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Mono
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Barbra Streisand – Color Me Barbra mono promo only red/black marble vinyl LP

barbra streisand color me barbra red vinyl

Offered for sale is a rare red and black marbled vinyl mono white label promotional copy of Color Me Barbra by Barbra Streisand.  The colored vinyl pressings were issued only as promotional items.

Color Me Barbra is the seventh album by Barbra Streisand, released in March, 1966.  The album reached #3 on the U.S. album charts and was certified gold.  The album was a soundtrack to a television special of the same name.

While Columbia Records released hundreds of promotional singles on colored vinyl during the 1960s, including titles by artists across the musical spectrum from easy listening to hard rock, the label was far more conservative in their use of colored vinyl for albums.

During the decade, Columbia released only about 15 titles on colored vinyl as promotional items, and all of them were in the easy listening vein.

There were two Barbra Streisand titles issued on colored vinyl during the 1960s – The Second Barbra Streisand Album, on blue vinyl, and 1967’s Color Me Barbra, which was pressed on red vinyl.

This copy is particularly unusual, in that the vinyl isn’t all red like most copies.  This one is mostly red with a fair amount of black vinyl mixed in with it to create a marbled effect.

About this copy: This copy of Color Me Barbra is a rare mono white label promotional copy pressed on red and black marbled vinyl.  While a number of copies were pressed on red vinyl for promotional use, this one is possibly unique with its mixture of black and red vinyl.

The cover is VG+, with no wear to speak of but it has a couple of bent corners.  The original photo booklet is included.  The original timing strip is attached to the cover and has no writing on it.

The red and black mono disc is M- and appears to have had little, if any, play.

A beautiful copy of a very rare and unusual Barbra Streisand LP.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
CL 2478
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Mono
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Beatles – The Early Beatles Capitol mono LP

beatles early beatles mono

Offered for sale is an original mono Capitol pressing of The Early Beatles by the Beatles.

After Capitol Records acquired the rights to the first Beatles album from Vee Jay Records, they opted not to reissue either Introducing the Beatles or the British Please Please Me LPs, but instead put together an altogether different collection of songs from the same material, with the title The Early Beatles.

The album was essentially Introducing the Beatles, with a few tracks left out that had already been released on other albums.  The public was largely indifferent, and the album only reached #43 on the Billboard album chart.

About this copy:  This copy of The Early Beatles is an original U.S. mono pressing on the Capitol label.

The cover is VG++, with light ring wear.  The number 3 on the back cover indicates a Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing.

The disc is VG+ with a few sleeve scuffs and light marks.

A nice play copy of a terrific LP.

Country of origin:
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
T2309
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Beatles ’65 original Capitol mono LP

Beatles 65 mono LP

Offered for sale is an original rainbow label Capitol mono pressing of Beatles ’65 by the Beatles.

Beatles ’65 was the fifth Beatles album to be issued by Capitol records, released in December of 1964.  Containing the hits “I Feel Fine” and “She’s a Woman,” the album reached #1 on the American album chart.

About this copy: This copy of Beatles ’65 is an original U.S. mono copy.  There is no number on the back cover; these copies are believed to be from the Los Angeles pressing plant.

The cover is VG+, with slight ring wear on the back.  The disc is VG+, with a few sleeve scuffs.  A nice clean play copy.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
T2228
Year of Release: 1964
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Meet the Beatles U.S. mono LP

meet the beatles mono

Offered for sale is an early U.S. mono pressing of Meet the Beatles, issued in 1964 on Capitol Records.

Meet the Beatles was the first Beatles album to be issued by Capitol Records, and it quickly rose to the top of the charts on the strength of the lead single, “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

The album was issued in both mono and stereo with several minor cover variations, including printing the word “Beatles” on the front cover in various colors.

About this copy: This copy of Meet the Beatles is an early mono pressing, pressed at the Los Angeles pressing plant, as indicated by the “6” on the back cover.  “Beatles” is in brown on the front cover.

The cover is VG, with moderate wear, but no tears or holes.   The mono disc is VG+, with a few light marks.

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
T2047
Year of Release: 1964
Format: mono
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