Beatles – Sgt. Pepper 1982 Japan red vinyl mono LP with obi

beatles - sgt. pepper 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, complete with original obi.

About this copy:  This copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was part of a limited edition series of mono LPs released in Japan in 1982.  This was the first mono Japanese issue, as the original 1967 release was stereo only.

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

The cover is M-.  This LP was issued without the cutout insert that was included in U.S. and UK copies.

The lyric insert is included.

The obi looks M- with no wear or wrinkles, but it does have a small tear at the top edge.

The red vinyl disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a fairly scarce colored vinyl Beatles LP and the first copy of this that we’ve had for sale in decades.

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.

This record is eligible for PayPal Credit financing by PayPal. U.S. customers may choose to pay later at checkout, and may receive up to six months financing with no interest (conditions apply.) Click the banner below for more information. (opens in a popup window)

 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-70137
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Mono
Share: Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Doors – Strange Days original 1967 U.S. mono LP

doors -strange days mono lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of Strange Days by the Doors.

About this copy: This copy of Strange Days is an original U.S. mono issue on the Elektra label, released in late 1967.

The cover is VG-, with ring wear and initials in the upper right hand corner of the back cover.

The disc is VG, with a number of small marks and initials on the side 1 label.  It plays well and appears cleaner at a casual glance.

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

Background: Strange Days was the second album by the Doors and one of only three of their albums to be released in both stereo and mono.

The LP reached #3 on the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Strange Days a 3 1/2 star review:

Many of the songs on Strange Days had been written around the same time as the ones that appeared on The Doors, and with hindsight one has the sense that the best of the batch had already been cherry-picked for the debut album. For that reason, the band’s second effort isn’t as consistently stunning as their debut, though overall it’s a very successful continuation of the themes of their classic album.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Elektra
Catalog Number:
EKL-4014
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
Share: Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Doors – The Doors original 1967 mono LP

doors - first album mono lp

Offered for sale is an original American mono pressing of the 1967 self-titled debut LP by The Doors.

About this copy: The copy of The Doors is an original U.S. mono pressing on the gold Elektra label.

The cover is a mono cover with a stereo sticker over it, as they apparently ran low on mono covers during manufacture.

The cover is VG++, with just a bit of wear at the corners.

The disc is VG++, with just a few sleeve scuffs and a couple of faint marks.

This copy comes from our own collection, and we’ve had it since 1982.

A beautiful copy of a classic LP and one that’s quite hard to find with a clean cover.

Background: For many listeners and casual fans, The Doors 1967 debut LP is regarded as their best effort.  Containing the hits “Break on Through”, “Light My Fire” and the lengthy epic, “The End”, the album is perhaps the bands greatest effort.

When originally released in 1967, the album was issued in both mono and stereo, with considerably different mixes between the two albums.  While the album was released in early 1967, the mono version was discontinued in mid-1968 when Elektra discontinued mono releases altogether.  While the stereo version of the album has remained in print since its original release, the mono version was unavailable for more than 40 years until a recent reissue.

The mono mix includes an audible obscenity by singer Jim Morrison in the song “The End.”

Allmusic.com gave The Doors a 5 star review:

A tremendous debut album, and indeed one of the best first-time outings in rock history, introducing the band’s fusion of rock, blues, classical, jazz, and poetry with a knockout punch. The lean, spidery guitar and organ riffs interweave with a hypnotic menace, providing a seductive backdrop for Jim Morrison’s captivating vocals and probing prose. “Light My Fire” was the cut that topped the charts and established the group as stars, but …the 11-minute Oedipal drama “The End” was the group at its most daring and, some would contend, overambitious. It was nonetheless a haunting cap to an album whose nonstop melodicism and dynamic tension would never be equaled by the group again, let alone bettered.

 

This record is eligible for PayPal Credit financing by PayPal. U.S. customers may choose to pay later at checkout, and may receive up to six months financing with no interest (conditions apply.) Click the banner below for more information. (opens in a popup window)

 

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Elektra
Catalog Number:
EKL-4007
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
Share: Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Bob Dylan – Greatest Hits original 1967 U.S. true mono LP with poster

bob dylan - greatest hits mono LP

Offered for sale is a rare mono first pressing of the 1967 LP Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits by Bob Dylan, including the original shrink wrap and poster.

About this copy:  This copy of Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits is an original mono first pressing, with matrix numbers ending in -1B/1D.

This copy is a rare true mono pressing, as many mono copies of this LP were mispressed and actually play in stereo.  True mono copies can be identified by the number beginning with “XLP” on the label.

The cover is VG++, with a bit of wear at the corners.

The record, with the original 360° sound labels, is M-.

The poster measures 33″x22″  and  is M-, with no holes or tears.

A nice copy of a terrific LP and clean copy of an LP that’s difficult to find in mono.

Background:

Bob Dylan took some time off after releasing Blonde on Blonde in 1966, largely because he was recovering from a motorcycle accident. Columbia records took advantage of his time off by releasing his first compilation LP, Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits. While the album was originally issued in both mono and stereo, the mono pressings were only available for about a year before being deleted with all other mono titles in Columbia’s catalog in early 1968.

Allmusic.com gave Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits a 5 star review:

Arriving in 1967, Greatest Hits does an excellent job of summarizing Dylan’s best-known songs from his first seven albums. At just ten songs, it’s a little brief, and the song selection may be a little predictable, but that’s actually not a bad thing, since this provides a nice sampler for the curious and casual listener, as it boasts standards from “Blowin’ in the Wind” to “Like a Rolling Stone.”

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
KCL 2663
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
Share: Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Ella Fitzgerald – Early Ella 1964 U.S. mono LP

ella fitzgerald - early ella lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono copy of the 1964 compilation LP Early Ella – Great Ballads by Ella Fitzgerald, by Ella Fitzgerald.

About this copy: This copy of Early Ella is an original U.S. pressing on the Decca label.

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

The disc is VG++, with a couple of faint scuffs.  The record likely has only been played a couple of times.

Background: Early Ella is a compilation of tracks recorded by Ella Fitzgerald between 1940 and 1953.  The LP was issued only in mono.

You can listen to “Baby Doll” here:

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Decca
Catalog Number:
DL 4447
Year of Release: 1964
Format: Mono
Share: Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Johnny Crawford – A Young Man’s Fancy 1962 Del-Fi mono LP

johnny crawford - a young man's fancy lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of the 1962 LP A Young Man’s Fancy by Johnny Crawford.

About this copy: This copy of A Young Man’s Fancy is an original mono copy on the Del-Fi label.

The cover is VG, with slight water damage on the bottom edge that’s mostly noticeable from the back side.

The disc is VG+, with a few light sleeve scuffs, but no significant marks.

Background: A Young Man’s Fancy was the second LP by Johnny Crawford, best remembered today for playing Chuck Connors’ son Mark McCain on the late 1950s TV series The Rifleman.

But Crawford also had some success as a pop singer, putting ten songs in the Billboard Top 100 and 4 in the Top 40.  Two of them, “Cindy’s Birthday,” and “Your Nose is Gonna Grow” appear on this LP.

You can listen to “Your Nose is Gonna Grow” here:

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Del-Fi
Catalog Number:
DFLP-1223
Year of Release: 1962
Format: Mono
Share: Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Sam Cooke – Hits of the 50s original U.S. mono LP

sam cooke - hits of the 50s mono lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of Hits of the 50s by Sam Cooke.

About this copy: This copy of Hits of the 50s is an original U.S. mono pressing on the RCA black label with the dog on the top.  It’s a fairly early pressing with 3S/3S stampers.

The cover is VG+, with slight ring wear.  The disc is M- and appears to have only been played a couple of times.

A nice copy of an LP that’s hard to find as a first pressing.

Background: Hits of the 50s was Sam Cooke’s second LP for RCA after moving over from Keen Records.  The album did not chart.

Allmusic.com had this to say about Hits of the 50s:

Sam Cooke’s second RCA album is mostly a missed opportunity, in terms of representing much about Sam Cooke as an artist or singer — having him cover pop hits of the previous decade wasn’t a terrible idea on its face, but Cooke was still getting accustomed to working at RCA, and he wasn’t inspired by the material or the way it was chosen, and the result is an album aimed at what the label thought the white teenage market was all about…

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: RCA
Catalog Number:
LRP-2236
Year of Release: 1960
Format: Mono
Share: Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue still sealed 1959 Columbia mono 6 eye LP

miles davis - kind of blue sealed mono lp

Offered for sale is an original still sealed mono pressing of the 1959 LP Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, on the original “6 eye” Columbia label, with the record still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve.

Original mono pressings are particularly desirable among collectors, as the mono master tapes were lost a number of years ago.

About this copy: This copy of Kind of Blue is an original mono pressing on the “6 eye” Columbia label that was in use through 1962.

While the cover has no shrink wrap, the record is still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve and is presumably new and unplayed.

The cover is VG+, with general wear, but no writing, splits, holes, or cut corners.  It’s a correct original issue, with Cannonball Adderley’s name misspelled as “Adderly” on the cover.

It’s the cleanest cover we’ve seen on any copy of Kind of Blue in a long time, as this cover is particularly prone to wear.

This pressing is likely from 1959 or 1960, but certainly no later than that.

The disc has a deep groove and no “CBS” below the word “Columbia,” indicating a very early pressing, as the deep groove pressings were discontinued in 1961 and the “CBS” added shortly after.

Matrix numbers are:

Side 1: XLP47324-1D

Side 2: XLP47325-1AD

A beautiful copy of a classic jazz LP and the only sealed copy we’ve ever seen on the original label.  This will likely be your final upgrade.

Background: Recorded in 1959 by a “supergroup” that included Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans, the album is one of the best-selling jazz albums ever and has often been cited as the best jazz album ever recorded.

AllMusic.com gave Kind of Blue five stars:

Kind of Blue isn’t merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it’s an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album. To be reductive, it’s the Citizen Kane of jazz — an accepted work of greatness that’s innovative and entertaining. That may not mean it’s the greatest jazz album ever made, but it certainly is a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue posses such a mystique? Perhaps it’s that this music never flaunts its genius. It lures listeners in with the slow, luxurious bassline and gentle piano chords of “So What.” From that moment on, the record never really changes pace — each tune has a similar relaxed feel, as the music flows easily. Yet Kind of Blue is more than easy listening. The end results were wondrous, filled with performances that still crackle with vitality. Few albums of any genre manage to work on so many different levels, but Kind of Blue does. It can be played as background music, yet it amply rewards close listening. It is advanced music that is extraordinarily enjoyable. It may be a stretch to say that if you don’t like Kind of Blue, you don’t like jazz — but it’s hard to imagine it as anything other than a cornerstone of any jazz collection.

This record is eligible for PayPal Credit financing by PayPal. U.S. customers may choose to pay later at checkout, and may receive up to six months financing with no interest (conditions apply.) Click the banner below for more information. (opens in a popup window)

 

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
CL 1355
Year of Release: 1959
Format: Mono
Share: Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

April Stevens – Teach Me Tiger 1961 U.S. mono LP

april stevens -t teach me tiger lp

Offered for sale is a U.S. mono pressing of the 1961 LP Teach Me Tiger by April Stevens.

About this copy: This copy of Teach Me Tiger is a mid-1960s mono second pressing, on the black/white/maroon Imperial label.

The cover is VG+, with a bit of general wear and some initials written in ballpoint pen on the lower back cover.

The disc is M- and appears to only have been played once or twice.

A nice copy of a surprisingly good LP, though most collectors seem to want it for the cheesecake cover.

Background: Teach Me Tiger was the first solo LP by April Stevens, who later achieved greater fame by singing “Deep Purple” with her brother, Nino Tempo.

Allmusic.com gave Teach Me Tiger a 3 1/2 star review:

Teach Me Tiger! represents some kind of absurd apotheosis in post-Julie London pop seduction — April Stevens’ vocals are so breathy that one can’t help but wonder whether the poor girl spent the recording session hooked up to a respirator machine. Calculated naughtiness that’s ultimately as innocent as a lamb, the album luxuriates in the double entendres and nudge-nudge-wink-wink eroticism of a simpler time.

You can listen to the title track here:

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Imperial
Catalog Number:
LP-9118
Year of Release: 1961
Format: Stereo
Share: Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

EARL BOSTIC – Songs Of The Fantastic 50’s, Vol. 2 1963 mono King LP

earl bostic - hits of the fabulous 50's volume 2 lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of the 1963 LP Songs Of The Fantastic 50’s, Vol. 2 by jazz saxophone player Earl Bostic.

About this copy: This copy of Songs Of The Fantastic 50’s, Vol. 2 is an original mono pressing on the “crownless” King label.

The cover is VG, with a bit of general wear and small repaired splits in the center of the top and bottom seam.

The disc is VG+, with a few slight scuffs.  The disc appears to have had little play.

A nice copy of a scarce King LP.

Background: Songs Of The Fantastic 50’s, Vol. 2 was the twenty-fifth album by the surprisingly prolific Earl Bostic.

You can listen to “Your Cheatin’ Heart” here:

 

Country of origin:
Size: 12″
Record Label:
Catalog Number:
Year of Release:
Format: Stereo
Share: Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail