Who – My Generation original U.S. mono LP

This album was issued with a stock cover and is not marked as promotional in any way.

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of My Generation, the debut LP from The Who.

As the stereo version of the album is rechanneled (fake) stereo, the mono pressing is the version most people prefer.

The album sold poorly on original release; most copies sold were sold in the late 1960s after the mono version had long been deleted.  The mono U.S. LP is quite rare.

About this copy: This copy of My Generation is a 1965 U.S. pressing on the Decca label.

This is the original 1965 issue, without “A DIVISION OF MCA INC” on the labels.

The cover is VG+, with slight ring wear at the bottom of the front cover and slight corner and edge wear.  This cover does not have cutout marks of any kind.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Beautiful disc!

A gorgeous copy of an album that is usually found in poor condition and the only U.S. mono copy of the album we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: My Generation (released as The Who Sings My Generation in the U.S.) is regarded as one of the most significant debut albums in rock history.  While the album failed to make the charts in the United States when released in 1966, the 1965 UK release reached #5 on the UK charts.

The UK version of the album included a track, “I’m a Man,” that was not included on the U.S. or Japanese release (It was replaced by “Instant Party.”)

Allmusic.com gave My Generation a rare 5 star review:

An explosive debut, and the hardest mod pop recorded by anyone. At the time of its release, it also had the most ferociously powerful guitars and drums yet captured on a rock record. Pete Townshend’s exhilarating chord crunches and guitar distortions threaten to leap off the grooves on “My Generation” and “Out in the Street”; Keith Moon attacks the drums with a lightning, ruthless finesse throughout. … While the execution was sometimes crude, and the songwriting not as sophisticated as it would shortly become, the Who never surpassed the pure energy level of this record.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Decca
Catalog Number:
DL 4664
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Yesterday and Today mono Third State Butcher cover

Beatles - Yesterday and Today mono butcher cover LP

Offered for sale is an exceptionally nice example of an original U.S. mono peeled, or “Third State,” “Butcher Cover” pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.

This particular copy includes the original “Trunk Cover” slick, as it was successfully removed in one piece when the cover was peeled.

About this copy: The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 mono Third State Butcher cover.

This means that the second “Trunk Cover” slick has been removed, revealing the original “Butcher Cover” slick underneath it.

This copy has been professionally peeled and a particularly nice example, with no tears at all on the front cover.

This copy was pressed at the Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as noted by the small number 3 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

The cover overall is a very nice VG++ on the front and VG+ on the back. The front is quite clean with no tears in the “Butcher” slick.  There are a few minor wrinkles in the slick towards the left edge of the cover.

The back cover has some yellowing from age. The cover “curves” a bit; this is a result of the peeling process. It will flatten out over time if stored properly.

The seams are fully intact and the spine text is mostly legible. There is a bit of cracking on the spine and the lower half inch (1 cm) has some paper missing and that corner is “balding.”

This cover has:

  • Mostly legible writing on the spine
  • No writing on the cover
  • No cutout holes
  • No seam splits
  • No ring wear

The record is a correct Scranton mono pressing. The disc is Good condition, with many small scratches. It will play, but it’s going to be noisy.

The original orange inner sleeve is included.  It has no splits.

The included original “Trunk Cover” slick is in VG+ condition, and is all in one piece with a number of wrinkles, but no tears.  This is the nicest removed Trunk cover slick we’ve seen on a peeled Butcher cover.

It is rare to find a Butcher cover that still has the original “Trunk” slick, as the slicks are usually removed during the peeling process.

We will include a photocopy of the original “recall” letter from Capitol Records announcing the recall of the album from the market.

An exceptionally nice example of a mono Third State Butcher Cover and an affordable alternative to a First State issue.

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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Buddy Holly – The Chirping Crickets UK mono LP

buddy holly - the chirping crickets uk lp

Offered for sale is UK mono copy of The Chirping Crickets by Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

About this copy: This copy of The Chirping Crickets is a 1971 pressing on the MCA/Coral label of an album that was originally released in 1957.

The cover is VG+, with slight ring wear on the back and trace corner wear.

The disc is M- with a couple of very faint inaudible scuffs and a couple of spindle marks on the labels.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a classic LP.  Great sound on this one!

Background: Released in November, 1957, The Chirping Crickets was the first album released by Buddy Holly, and the only album he recorded with his then-backup band, the Crickets.

Chart information in the U.S. is unknown, but the album reached #5 on the UK charts, and the song “That’ll Be the Day” reached #1 on the U.S. singles charts.

Despite its success and influence, The Chirping Crickets was only in print from 1957-1961, as it was reissued in 1962 with a different cover and title – Buddy Holly and the Crickets, so all copies of The Chirping Crickets are fairly rare.

Allmusic.com gave The Chirping Crickets a 5 star review:

The debut album by the Crickets and the only one featuring Buddy Holly released during his lifetime, The “Chirping” Crickets contains the group’s number one single “That’ll Be the Day” and its Top Ten hit “Oh, Boy!.” Other Crickets classics include “Not Fade Away,” “Maybe Baby,” and “I’m Looking for Someone to Love.” The rest of the 12 tracks are not up to the standard set by those five, but those five are among the best rock & roll songs of the 1950s or ever, making this one of the most significant album debuts in rock & roll history, ranking with Elvis Presley and Meet the Beatles.

You can listen to “Oh Boy!” here:

 

Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: MCA/Coral
Catalog Number:
CP 20
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Mono
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Beatles – The Original Greatest Hits sealed 1964 U.S. mono LP

beatles - original greatest hits U.S. LP

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

This 1964 LP was the first unauthorized album of Beatles music to reach stores in the U.S. and was deleted shortly after release.  Despite the fact that the word “Beatles” does not appear on the cover or label, this album does play songs 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 largely intact, though there is a large tear near the top of the back cover and a 5″ (12 cm) split in the shrink wrap along the bottom edge.  We have secured these with tape to prevent further tearing.

An exceptionally nice copy of a very rare Beatles LP.  This is the first copy we’ve ever had for sale as it’s the only copy we’ve ever seen that wasn’t in horrible condition.

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 Beatles recordings without the permission of Capitol Records.

They thought they could get away with it by not mentioning “Beatles” on the cover, figuring that the public could figure out what the record was.  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 – Yesterday and Today mono Third State Butcher cover

beatles - yesterday and today butcher cover lp

Offered for sale is a nice example of an original U.S. mono peeled, or “Third State,” “Butcher Cover” pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.

This particular example includes the original “Trunk Cover” slick, as it was successfully removed in one piece when the cover was peeled.

About this copy:  The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 mono Third State Butcher cover.  This means that the second “Trunk Cover” slick has been removed, revealing the original “Butcher Cover” slick underneath it.

This copy has been professionally peeled and a particularly nice example, with no tears at all on the front cover.

This copy was pressed at the Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as noted by the small number 3 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

The cover overall is a very nice VG+.  The front is quite clean; there is some glue residue in the “butcher” area, but no tears or touchups.

The back cover has some yellowing from age.  The cover “curves” a bit; this is a result of the peeling process.  It will flatten out over time if stored properly.

The seams are largely intact and the spine text is mostly legible.  There is a bit of cracking on the spine and the lower one inch (2.5 cm) has some paper missing and that corner is “balding.”

There is a repaired 5″ (12 cm) seam split at the right edge of the bottom seam.  It has been nicely repaired and doesn’t really draw any attention to itself.  We would recommend that you not store the record in the cover (we will provide a plain white cover for the record.)

This cover has:

  • Mostly legible writing on the spine
  • No writing on the cover
  • No cutout holes

The record is a correct Scranton mono pressing.  The disc is Poor condition, with many small scratches.  It will play, but it’s going to be noisy.

While most Butcher covers from the Capitol plant in Scranton came with orange inner sleeves, this one is olive in color.  There is a 3″ (7 cm) split on one side.

The included original “Trunk Cover” slick is in good condition, and is all in one piece.  It is rare to find a Butcher cover that still has the original “Trunk” slick.

We will include a photocopy of the original “recall” letter from Capitol Records announcing the recall of the album from the market.

A nice example of a mono Third State Butcher Cover and an affordable alternative to a First State issue.

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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Julie London – Julie is Her Name sealed U.S. mono LP

julie london - julie is her name u.s. mono lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed sealed mono copy of Julie London’s debut LP, Julie Is Her Name.

While the shrink wrap has been removed from the cover, the record is still sealed in the original perforated plastic inner sleeve.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a 1960 mono pressing on the Liberty label of an album that was originally released in 1955.

As the record still sealed in the original plastic inner sleeve, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The cover is VG++, with slight general wear and a bit of discoloration on the bottom of the back cover where it looks like a piece of tape or sticker was removed.

A beautiful still sealed copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Julie London may best be remembered today for her roles on television in the 1970s, but from 1955 through 1969 she cut nearly 30 albums for Liberty Records, most with alluring cheesecake covers.

Don’t be fooled by the covers, though – these are great recordings, especially her early work recorded with jazz ensembles.  Her debut LP, Julie is Her Name, featured Barney Kessell on guitar as well as her biggest hit, Cry Me a River.

While this LP was first issued in 1955 on the green Liberty label, it wasn’t released in stereo until 1960 on the multicolor label used at the time.  The stereo pressings of this album are rechanneled stereo.

Allmusic.com gave Julie Is Her Name a 4 star review:

For a time, Julie London was as famous for her sexy album covers as for her singing. Her debut is her best, a set of fairly basic interpretations of standards in which she is accompanied tastefully by guitarist Barney Kessel and bassist Ray Leatherwood. “Cry Me a River” from this album, was her biggest hit, and her breathy versions of such numbers as “I Should Care,” “Say It Isn’t So,” “Easy Street,” and “Gone with the Wind” are quite haunting.

You can listen to “Cry Me a River” here:

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Liberty
Catalog Number:
LRP-3006
Year of Release: 1960
Format: Mono
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Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced? Japan mono LP with obi

Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced? Japan mono LP

Offered for sale is a Japanese mono pressing of Are You Experienced? by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, including the original obi

About this copy: This copy of Are You Experienced? is a 1980 Japanese pressing on the Polydor label of an album that was originally released in 1967.

This LP is mono, as were all Japanese pressings of Are You Experienced?  The album contains the UK track listing, including “Red House,” which was dropped from the U.S. issue.

The cover is VG+ with light wear at the corners and edges but no general wear.  The obi is VG with slight wear at the top and bottom edges and a couple of small tears.  The insert is M-.

The disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a classic LP.

Background: Released in 1967, Are You Experienced? was the debut LP by Jimi Hendrix and the first of only three studio albums to be released in his lifetime.  It’s also one of the most influential rock albums ever made.

The LP reached #2 on the UK charts and #5 in the U.S.

Allmusic.com gave Are You Experienced? a 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.

 

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Polydor
Catalog Number:
MPA 7004
Year of Release: 1980
Format: Mono
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James Brown – Sings Raw Soul sealed 1967 U.S. mono LP

james brown - sings raw soul u.s. mono lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. mono pressing of James Brown Sings Raw Soul by James Brown.

About this copy: This copy of James Brown Sings Raw Soul is a 1967 mono pressing on the King 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) split at the mouth of the cover.  We’ve secured this with tape to prevent further splitting.

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

Background: Released in March, 1967, James Brown Sings Raw Soul was the fifteenth studio album by James Brown.

The album reached #88 on the U.S. album charts and the single, “Bring It Up” reached #29 on the U.S. singles charts.

Allmusic.com gave James Brown Sings Raw Soul a 3 star review:

James Brown’s ’60s studio albums were often assembled with all the care and attention to sequencing of a grocery list, mixing disparate tracks that were frequently recorded years apart. Raw Soul is no exception, setting propulsive early funk like “Let Yourself Go” next to oldies retreads, concert recordings, slickly produced pop-soul ballads, and filler instrumentals.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: King
Catalog Number:
1016
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Here the Beatles Tell All original U.S. mono Vee Jay LP

beatles - Hear the Beatles Tell All u.s. lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of Hear the Beatles Tell All by the Beatles.

This is the original U.S. mono pressing and not the later reissues that are mislabeled as stereo.

About this copy: This copy of Hear the Beatles Tell All is a 1964 pressing on the Vee Jay label.

The cover is VG, with a water stain along the top of the left-hand edge, but there is no writing or splits or ring wear.  It’s a fairly presentable cover.

The original VJ inner sleeve is included; it’s VG+ with a small 1″ (3 cm) split at the bottom edge.

The disc is VG and close to VG+ with a few light hairlines.  The side one label has a number of scratches on it where someone removed a price sticker.  There is also a bit of “haze” on the side one playing surface.  This is from a chemical reaction with the paper inner sleeve.

Both sides play quite well with minimal noise.

This is the version of the album that has the “202 PRO” catalog number on both labels.

A nice playable copy of a Beatles LP that’s quite hard to find as an original pressing.

Background:  Hear the Beatles Tell All is an interview LP that was originally released in 1964 on Vee Jay records.  The album features disk jockeys Jim Steck and Dave Hull interviewing the Beatles, accompanied by crowd noises and percussion from Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine.

The recording is actually quite sophisticated for its time and it was the only Beatles album to which Vee Jay retained the rights after Capitol Records took over their Beatles catalog in late 1964.

The original pressings were in mono only; in 1979, the company that then owned the rights to Vee Jay material reissued the LP with a “stereo” banner at the top.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Vee Jay
Catalog Number:
PRO-202
Year of Release: 1964
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Second Album 1967 Japan red vinyl mono LP with obi

beatles -second album japan red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a red vinyl mono Japanese pressing of The Beatles Second Album by the Beatles, including the original obi.

Note: This album is a completely different album from the U.S. LP with the same title and is also a different album from the 1971 Japanese reissue (which was the same as the U.S. LP.)

About this copy: This mono LP is a 1967 pressing on the Odeon label of an album that was originally released in 1964.

The album is titled Beatles No. 2 on the back cover.

The cover is M= with a couple of faint creases on the spine.

The obi is VG++ with a few minor wrinkles.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, has been removed.

The insert and envelope-style inner sleeve are M-.

The red vinyl disc is M- and may be unplayed.  Beautiful disc!

A beautiful copy of a rare Beatles LP that is almost never found in this condition.  It almost looks like new.

Background: The Beatles Second Album was released several times in Japan, with major differences in covers and track listings.

The original pressings were released in June 1964, with the subtitle (Beatles No. 2), a single-pocket cover, and these tracks in mono:

  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Do You Want To Know A Secret
  • Thank You Girl
  • A Taste Of Honey
  • It Won’t Be Long
  • I Wanna Be Your Man
  • There’s A Place
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Misery
  • Boys
  • Devil In Her Heart
  • Not A Second Time
  • Money
  • Till There Was You

That version was released again in 1966, 1967, and 1970.

In 1971, another album was released with the same title – The Beatles Second Album.  This version had a gatefold cover, was pressed in stereo, and contained the same tracks as the American pressings of The Beatles Second Album:

  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Thank You Girl
  • You Really Got a Hold on Me
  • Devil in Her Heart
  • Money (That’s What I Want)
  • You Can’t Do That
  • Long Tall Sally
  • I Call Your Name
  • Please Mr. Postman
  • I’ll Get You
  • She Loves You

Confusing?  Indeed.  This last version was part of the “U.S. Edition Series” and was only issued one time in Japan.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
OR-8027
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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