Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley 1984 sealed virgin vinyl remastered U.S. mono LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed digitally remastered mono pressing of Elvis Presley, the debut album by Elvis Presley, complete with the original “obi” banner.

About this copy: This copy of Elvis Presley is a 1984 pressing on the RCA label of an album that was originally released in 1956.

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

The “obi” banner reads, “A Collectible – The Definitive Rock Classic Restored To Original Mono Digitally Remastered Quality Pressing On Heavy Virgin Vinyl.”

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  The “obi” is fully intact with no tears.  There is a sticker on the wrap indicating that it was imported from the United States, as this particular copy was originally sold in Canada, though it is a U.S. pressing.

A bonus photo card is included that lists other Elvis titles that were for sale at the time.

A nice copy of a classic LP that is very difficult to find complete, as the banner was usually discarded after purchase.

Background:  Released in March, 1956, Elvis Presley was the first album by Elvis Presley.

The album reached #1 on the U.S. charts and remains one of the most significant releases in rock history.

The album was originally released in mono, but in the late 1950s, a rechanneled stereo version became available for stereo buyers.  This version added a lot of reverb and sounded terrible compared to the original mono.

When mono albums were discontinued in 1968, the “fake stereo” version of this album became the only version available for purchase for the next 16 years.

In 1984, RCA Records finally reissued the album in the original mono and pressed the records on high-quality virgin vinyl.  These releases had a banner, similar to the “obi” found on Japanese releases, that advertised the albums virtues.

Allmusic.com gave Elvis Presley a 5 star review:

The album Sholes wanted out of Elvis came from two groups of sessions in January and February, augmented by five previously unissued songs from the Sun library. This was as startling a debut record as any ever made, representing every side of Elvis’ musical influences except gospel — rockabilly, blues, R&B, country, and pop were all here in an explosive and seductive combination. Elvis Presley became the first rock & roll album to reach the number one spot on the national charts, and RCA’s first million dollar-earning pop album.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: RCA
Catalog Number:
AFM1-5198
Year of Release: 1984
Format: Mono
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Elvis Presley – Elvis Golden Records 1984 sealed virgin vinyl remastered U.S. mono LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed digitally remastered mono pressing of Elvis’ Golden Records by Elvis Presley, complete with the original “obi” banner.

About this copy: This copy of Elvis’ Golden Records is a 1984 pressing on the RCA label of an album that was originally released in 1958.

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

The wrap is fully intact except for a 2″ (5 cm) tear near the upper left hand corner.

The “obi” banner reads, “A Collectible – The Definitive Rock Classic Restored To Original Mono Digitally Remastered Quality Pressing On Heavy Virgin Vinyl.”

The “obi” is fully intact with no tears.  There is a sticker on the wrap indicating that it was imported from the United States, as this particular copy was originally sold in Canada, though it is a U.S. pressing.

A nice copy of a classic LP that is very difficult to find complete, as the banner was usually discarded after purchase.

Background:  Released in March, 1958, Elvis’ Golden Records was the first compilation album by Elvis Presley.

The album reached #3 on the U.S. charts and has sold more than six million copies.

The album was originally released in mono, but in the late 1950s, a rechanneled stereo version became available for stereo buyers.  This version added a lot of reverb and sounded terrible compared to the original mono.

When mono albums were discontinued in 1968, the “fake stereo” version of this album became the only version available for purchase for the next 16 years.

In 1984, RCA Records finally reissued the album in the original mono and pressed the records on high-quality virgin vinyl.  These releases had a banner, similar to the “obi” found on Japanese releases, that advertised the albums virtues.

Allmusic.com gave Elvis Presley a 3 1/2 star review:

This was rock & roll’s first greatest-hits album, and it set the standard for all others to follow. As originally conceived, it was a 14-song collection of most of the King’s biggest hits up to that time, released on the eve of his start of military service — a dearth of material being in the offing, it seemed only logical to assemble these hits. Each of the 14 songs had earned a Gold record award for a million sales, a record unequaled at that time by anyone else in rock & roll. … Elvis’ singing never sounded richer or more expressive, and one can fully appreciate in vivid detail the delicate nuances of his phrasing on songs like “Too Much.” …Elvis’ Golden Records does give a bite-sized glimpse of where Elvis had come from and where he was going (for better or worse) musically on the eve of heading into the Army.

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: RCA
Catalog Number:
AFM1-5196
Year of Release: 1984
Format: Mono
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Elvis Presley – Elvis 1984 sealed virgin vinyl remastered U.S. mono LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed digitally remastered mono pressing of Elvis, the second album by Elvis Presley, complete with the original “obi” banner.

About this copy: This copy of Elvis is a 1984 pressing on the RCA label of an album that was originally released in 1956.

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

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

The “obi” banner reads, “A Collectible – The Definitive Rock Classic Restored To Original Mono Digitally Remastered Quality Pressing On Heavy Virgin Vinyl.”

A bonus photo card is included that lists other Elvis titles that were for sale at the time.

A nice copy of a classic LP that is very difficult to find complete, as the banner was usually discarded after purchase.

Background:  Released in October, 1956, Elvis was the second album by Elvis Presley.

The album reached #1 on the U.S. charts and remains one of the most significant releases in rock history.

The album was originally released in mono, but in the late 1950s, a rechanneled stereo version became available for stereo buyers.  This version added a lot of reverb and sounded terrible compared to the original mono.

When mono albums were discontinued in 1968, the “fake stereo” version of this album became the only version available for purchase for the next 16 years.

In 1984, RCA Records finally reissued the album in the original mono and pressed the records on high-quality virgin vinyl.  These releases had a banner, similar to the “obi” found on Japanese releases, that advertised the albums virtues.

Allmusic.com gave Elvis a 5 star review:

If Elvis isn’t quite as important historically as the Elvis Presley album that preceded it, that’s only because it came second — musically, it’s a more confident and bolder work than his debut, and in any other artist’s output it would have been considered a crowning achievement. At the sessions for his first album, the singer and all concerned were treading into unmapped territory and not sure what they were doing or if they were ready for it — by September of 1956, when the three days of sessions behind the Elvis album took place, he was on top, a national phenomenon of a kind that hadn’t been seen in music since Frank Sinatra a dozen years earlier, and he had some more experience recording. And with that confidence came better singing.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: RCA
Catalog Number:
AFM1-5199
Year of Release: 1984
Format: Mono
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Various – Welcome to Music City U.S.A. 1966 U.S. brown vinyl mono promotional LP

welcome to music city u.s.s. u.s. brown vinyl promo lp

Offered for sale is a brown vinyl U.S. promotional copy of the various artists country sampler Welcome to Music City U.S.A.  Also included is a 1967 Columbia Records Country & Western Catlogue and an October 29, 1966 issue of Sound Format magazine.

Note: Most promotional copies of this LP were pressed on yellow vinyl, but a few copies were pressed in other colors.  This copy is a brown-green color.

About this copy:  This copy of Welcome to Music City U.S.A. is a 1966 U.S. mono pressing on the Columbia label.

The cover is M- and is still in the original shrink wrap.

The brown-green disc is VG++ with a couple of minor sleeve scuffs.  There are no spindle marks on the labels; the record has likely been played only once or twice.

Both the catalog and the magazine are M-.

A nice copy of a rare colored vinyl LP.  This album sold quite poorly; even black vinyl stock copies are rare.

Background: Released in 1966, Welcome to Music City U.S.A. is a compilation album of songs by country & western artists who then recorded for Columbia Records.

Tracks are:

  • Carl Smith –Let’s Live A Little
  • Little Jimmy Dickens–Night Train To Memphis
  • Billy Mize–Terrible Tangled Web
  • Flatt & Scruggs–Wabash Cannon Ball
  • Del Wood– (Down At) Papa Joe’s
  • George Morgan And Marion Worth– Slipping Around
  • Marty Robbins– Ribbon Of Darkness
  • Stonewall Jackson–Poor Red Georgia Dirt
  • The Harden Trio–The Race Is On
  • Claude King –Wolverton Mountain
  • Tommy Collins– A Man Gotta Do What A Man Gotta Do
  • Carl & Pearl Butler–Loving Arms
  • The Carter Family / Johnny Cash–Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)
  • Ray Price–This Cold War With You

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
CL 2590
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Mono
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Walter Carlos – Moog 900 Series Demonstration Record 1969 U.S. 10″ mono LP

walter carlos - moog 900 series electronic music systems demonstration record

Offered for sale is a copy of the promo-only U.S. 10″ LP Moog 900 Series Electronic Music Systems Demonstration Record, featuring Walter Carlos (Wendy Carlos).

Note: This 1969 LP was issued to musical instrument and Moog dealers to demonstrate the product to potential customers.

About this copy: This copy of Moog 900 Series Electronic Music Systems Demonstration Record is a 1969 U.S. pressing on the R.A. Moog Inc. label.

The 1967 first issue was a one-sided LP; this 1969 10″ mono LP features the same material on both sides.

The album was issued without a cover and came in a plain paper sleeve.  We’ll provide a new cover and plastic sleeve.  The original paper sleeve is VG+ with splits on two sides and fading from age.

The 10″ disc is VG++ and close to M- with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs.  The record is likely unplayed.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of an interesting Walter Carlos/Wendy Carlos electronic obscurity.

Background: Originally released in 1967, the awkwardly-titled Moog 900 Series Electronic Music Systems Demonstration Record was issued as a promotional item to help musical instrument dealers become acquainted with R.A. Moog’s then-new 900 series of electronic music synthesizers.

The original album was a single-sided 10″ LP.  After the success of the 1968 album Switched-on Bach, which featured Moog equipment, the album was reissued in 1969 (with the same material) as a double sided album containing the same material on both sides.

The album features narrator Larry Stokes talking about the equipment, along with musical demonstrations by Walter (now Wendy) Carlos.

You can listen to the album here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: R.A. Moog
Catalog Number:
RDM 100
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Mono
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Yardbirds – Little Games 1967 true mono U.S. LP with Jimmy Page

yardbirds little games u.s. true mono lp

Offered for sale is a true mono U.S. pressing of the 1967 LP Little Games by the Yardbirds, featuring Jimmy Page on guitar.

Note: Due to a mastering error, nearly all copies of this album that are labeled as mono actually play in stereo. This copy plays in mono.

About this copy: This copy of Little Games is a 1967 U.S. mono pressing on the Epic label.

The cover is VG, with moderate general wear and a punch hole in the upper left hand corner.  There are no splits.

The disc is VG, with a few light marks on each side.  It’s close to VG+, and the record appears to have had relatively little play.  It’s a fairly clean disc that should play well.

A nice copy of a record that’s much harder to find in mono than most collectors realize.

Background: Little Games, released in July 1967, was the final studio album by the Yardbirds.   The LP was originally released only in the United States, and sold rather poorly, reaching #80 on the U.S. album charts.

Little Games was the band’s only studio LP recorded with Jimmy Page on guitar.

While the album was released in both mono and stereo, as was the custom at the time, most copies sold were stereo copies, as most buyers preferred stereo pressings by that time, and the mono version was deleted in early 1968.

Due to a manufacturing error, most copies of Little Games that are labeled as mono were mistakenly pressed in stereo, and play in stereo despite having mono labels!

True mono pressings have the matrix number XEM 118049 on side 1 and XEM 118050 on side 2.  These numbers are also stamped in the dead wax area of the vinyl.

The mispressed copies sold as mono pressings have the numbers XSB 118049 and XSB 118050 on the labels and stamped in the dead wax area of the LP.

These are the numbers for the stereo pressing, and those copies, even though they have mono labels and were shipped in mono covers, actually play in stereo!

The “true mono” pressings of this LP are surprisingly rare; this is only the second stock mono copy we’ve ever had for sale.

You can listen to the title track here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Epic
Catalog Number:
LN 24313
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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Beatles – The Original Greatest Hits sealed 1964 U.S. mono LP

beatles - the original greatest hits u.s. LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the U.S. LP The Original Greatest Hits by the Beatles.

Note: This 1964 LP was the first unauthorized album of Beatles music to reach stores in the U.S. and was deleted shortly after release due to legal threats from Capitol Records.  Despite the fact that the word “Beatles” does not appear on the cover or label, the recordings on this album are original recordings by the Beatles.

About this copy: This copy of The Original Greatest Hits is a 1964 U.S. mono pressing on the Greatest Records label.

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

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes.  There are no drill holes, saw marks or cut corners.

A nearly perfect copy of a very rare Beatles LP that is usually found in terrible condition.  This will likely be your final upgrade.

Background: During the height of Beatlemania in 1964, record companies were all scrambling to find something that they could release to cash in on the band’s popularity.

Many companies licensed older recordings, such as the Tony Sheridan “My Bonnie” and other similar tracks.

A previously unknown record company, Greatest Records, took a different approach.  They simply released an album of genuine Beatles recordings without the permission of Capitol Records.

They thought they could get away with it by not mentioning “Beatles” on the cover, thinking that the public could figure out what the record was despite the artist not being named.  This made the album appear very much like similar albums by Beatles cover bands that were then flooding the market.

Capitol Records did notice and likely threatened to sue and The Original Greatest Hits quickly disappeared from the market.

The address for the record company on the back cover is the same address used on the first issue of the later release The Savage Young Beatles, so this album is likely the work of the same people.

Tracks are:

  • Twist And Shout
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand
  • All My Loving
  • Please Please Me
  • From Me To You
  • Do You Want To Know A Secret
  • Love Me Do
  • Can´t Buy Me Love
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Please Mister Postman
  • I´ll Get You
  • She Loves You

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Greatest Records
Catalog Number:
GRC-1001
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Revolver 1986 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, insert, and record company postcard.

Note: Original 1966 Japanese pressings of Revolver were issued in stereo only.  The album was made available in mono as a limited edition in 1982 and again in 1986.

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 nearly-always-missing postcard is M-.

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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Barbra Streisand – Color Me Barbra 1966 U.S. mono promo only red vinyl LP

barbra streisand - color me barbra u.s. red vinyl mono lp

Offered for sale is a red vinyl u.s. mono white label promotional copy of Color Me Barbra by Barbra Streisand.

The red vinyl pressings of this LP were issued only to radio stations as promotional items.

About this copy: This copy of Color Me Barbra is a 1966 U.S. mono pressing on the “2 eye” Columbia label.

The cover is VG, with moderate edge wear, a small tear in the upper right hand corner where a sticker was removed, and a repaired 5″ (12 cm) split at the center of the top edge of the cover.

The timing strip is VG++ with no writing.  The booklet is VG++ with slight corner wear.

The mono red vinyl white label promo disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.

A nice copy of a scarce Barbra Streisand LP.  This is the nicest red vinyl copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: 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.

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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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Paris Sisters – Golden Hits of the Paris Sisters sealed 1967 U.S. mono LP UNCUT

paris sisters golden hits u.s. mono lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. mono pressing of the 1967 LP Golden Hits of the Paris Sisters by the Paris Sisters.

Note: The songs on this LP were newly recorded for this album; the LP is not a compilation.

About this copy:  This copy of Golden Hits of the Paris Sisters is a 1967 U.S. pressing on the Sidewalk label.

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

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes.  There is a minor crease on the back cover near the upper right hand corner.   There is a sticker attached to the back cover that says “Produced By CLANCY B. GRASS III.”

Unlike most copies of this album, this copy does not have a cut corner or punch hole.

A beautiful copy of a rare (and very good) LP.  The Paris Sisters only released three albums and all three are very difficult to find in any condition.

Background: Released in 1967, Golden Hits of the Paris Sisters was the second album by the Paris Sisters.  Despite the title, all of the songs on the album were newly-recorded for this release.

The album was released in mono and in Duophonic (fake) stereo.

The album did not chart.

You can listen to “I Love How You Love Me” here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Sidewalk
Catalog Number:
T-5906
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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