Bill Evans – Waltz for Debby 1962 Riverside deep groove mono LP

bill evans -waltz for debby riverside LP

Offered for sale is an original 1962 U.S. mono pressing of Waltz for Debby by the Bill Evans Trio.

About this copy: This copy of Waltz for Debby is an original mono 1962 “deep groove” LP on the blue Riverside label.

The cover is VG, with a bit of general wear, primarily at the edges and corners.  There’s a bit of writing and a sticker on the back cover.

The deep groove mono disc is tough to grade.  It’s better than VG, and close to VG+, with a few sleeve scuffs and a few tiny marks.  It’s been well cared for and plays well.

Mint copies of this legendary LP have sold for more than $2000.  This is a nice, playable copy at a fraction of the price.  As long as you’re not expecting a mint copy, you’ll be happy with this one.

Background: The Bill Evans Trio of the early 1960s is regarded as one of the most important groups in jazz history, though their time together was cut short by the untimely death of bassist Scott LaFaro in an auto accident. One of the trio’s last gigs was at the Village Vanguard in New York, and the recordings taken from those dates yielded two albums – Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby.

Waltz for Debby is one of those albums that managed to perfectly merge great performances with a great recording, and the album has long been a favorite of both jazz buffs and audiophiles. Original pressings are long out of print and sell for upwards of $1000, and they’re likely worth it.

Allmusic.com gave Waltz for Debby a 5 star review:

Recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1961, shortly before Scott LaFaro’s death, Waltz for Debby is the second album issued from that historic session, and the final one from that legendary trio that also contained drummer Paul Motian. While the Sunday at the Village Vanguard album focused on material where LaFaro soloed prominently, this is far more a portrait of the trio on those dates. …. Here Motian’s brushwork is delicate, flighty and elegant, and LaFaro controls the dynamic of the tune with his light as a feather pizzicato work and makes Evans’ deeply emotional statements swing effortlessly. Of the many recordings Evans issued, the two Vanguard dates and Explorations are the ultimate expressions of his legendary trio.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Riverside
Catalog Number:
RLP399
Year of Release: 1962
Format: Mono
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Frank Sinatra – Sings for Only the Lonely 1984 UK mono LP

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Offered for sale is a 1984 UK mono pressing of Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely by Frank Sinatra.

About this copy: This copy of Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely is a 1984 digitally remastered UK mono pressing of an album that was originally issued in 1958.

This pressing was likely the first time the album had been available in mono since the original release.

The cover is VG++, with faint wear at the edges.

The disc is VG+, with a few light marks.  The record clearly has had little play.

Background:  Allmusic.com gave Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely a 5 star review:

Originally, Frank Sinatra had planned to record Only the Lonely with Gordon Jenkins, who had arranged his previous all-ballads album, Where Are You. Jenkins was unavailable at the time of the sessions, which led Sinatra back to his original arranger at Capitol, Nelson Riddle. The result is arguably his greatest ballads album.

Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ED 2601391
Year of Release: 1984
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Yesterday and Today mono second state Butcher cover shrink

beatles - butcher cover mono LP

Offered for sale is an exceptionally nice mono copy of a second state Butcher cover pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.  The cover is still in the original shrink wrap.

About this copy:  The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 mono second state Butcher cover with the second “trunk” cover pasted over the original “Butcher” cover photo.

This copy is in particularly nice unpeeled condition, and the cover retains all of the original shrink wrap.

This particular copy was pressed at the Los Angeles pressing plant, as noted by the small number 6 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

Ringo’s “V” collar is clearly visible under the white portion of the cover to the right of the trunk. (see photo.)

The cover is M- and is nearly perfect, aside from trace wear at the two right hand corners.

The shrink wrap is complete, but it does have a tear on the back side that runs the full width of the cover.  We’ve secured that with a piece of cellophane tape.

This cover has:

  • No seam splits
  • Fully legible writing on the spine
  • No ring wear on the back cover
  • No writing on the front or back cover
  • No visible attempts to peel the cover

The mono disc is in good condition, with a number of marks.    The disc is a correct Los Angeles pressing, with a * symbol in the dead wax.  The original orange inner sleeve is included and has no seam splits.

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

A gorgeous example of a mono Second State Butcher cover and the nicest mono pasteover copy we’ve ever had for sale.

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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Easybeats – Friday on My Mind 1967 U.S. mono LP

easybeats - friday on my mind lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of the 1967 LP Friday on My Mind by the Easybeats.

About this copy: This copy of Friday on My Mind is an original U.S. issue on the United Artists label.

The cover is VG, with wear at the corners and edges and some slight water damage in the lower right hand corner.

The disc is VG++, with just a couple of faint scuffs from the inner sleeve but no significant marks.

A beautiful play copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Released in May, 1967, Friday on My Mind was the first U.S. LP by the Easybeats, though their fourth LP overall.

The album peaked at #180 on the Billboard albums chart, but the title track reached #16 on the U.S. singles chart.

The mono version of the LP is preferable to the stereo version, as some of the tracks on the stereo LP are in fake stereo.

Allmusic.com gave Friday on My Mind a 4 1/2 star review:

Friday on My Mind, produced by Shel Talmy and recorded in England, captures the Easybeats at just about their peak, combining all of the best elements in the evolution of their sound under one cover. The Easybeats were still one of the most energetic outfits in rock music, with a raw, highly animated guitar attack, but they were trying (and largely succeeding with) ever more complex vocal harmony parts and some staccato guitar harmony as well that was pretty impressive, and at this stage they were working with a brace of gorgeous Harry Vanda/George Young originals. …The label of “Australia’s Beatles” may have proved an overstatement to some, but one can get a good look at its basis on this album — it’s loaded with actual and potential hit singles, yet it doesn’t come off as lightweight in any way.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: United Artists
Catalog Number:
UAL 3588
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced? Japan mono LP with obi

jimi hendrix - are you experienced japan lp

Offered for sale is a scarce 1987 Japanese issue of Are You Experienced? by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, including the original obi.

This was the final Japanese issue of this LP before they discontinued pressing vinyl in 1989 and sold poorly.

About this copy: This copy of Are You Experienced? is a 1987 Japanese pressing on the Polydor label with the green “Nice Price” obi and lyric insert.

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 M-, with a small crease near the spine.  The obi is M-, but it does have a 1″ repaired tear at the bottom edge.  The insert is M-.

The disc is M- and looks as though it might have been played once.

A beautiful 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:
18MM 0603
Year of Release: 1987
Format: Mono
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Herb Alpert/Tijuana Brass – Whipped Cream & Other Delights sealed mono 1965 LP

herb alpert tijana brass - whipped cream mono lp

Offered for sale is an original still sealed mono pressing of Whipped Cream & Other Delights by Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass.

About this copy: The copy of Whipped Cream & Other Delights offered for sale is an original mono pressing and the album is still sealed; the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The shrink wrap is mostly intact, with a small piece missing in the middle of the back cover and a small 1/2″ break at the mouth of the cover.  A couple of corners have been slightly pushed.  The back cover has a bit of foxing.

The cover has no cutout holes, cut corners or saw marks.

This is a first pressing; there are no other records listed on the back cover that were issued after this one.

A beautiful example of a classic album that’s quite hard to find in mono.

Background: Fifty years later, few remember the extent to which Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass dominated pop music in the U.S. in the early 1960s.  Several of their albums topped the charts, and many of them had high chart rankings simultaneously.

The Latin-flavored brass instrumental pop appealed to both teenagers and adults, and Alpert, who largely recorded alone with the help of the Wrecking Crew, had to actually create a Tijuana Brass band to fulfill performance commitments.

Whipped Cream & Other Delights is often dismissed today as a common album that seems to be ubiquitous in thrift stores, but that’s because the album, which spent nearly two months at #1 on the Billboard charts, was enormously popular in its day, selling some 6 million copies.  Those sales weren’t a fluke; it’s a great record as well as a particularly well-recorded album.

Two of the tracks were used on the television program The Dating Game during the 1960s and 1970s – “Lollipops and Roses” and “Whipped Cream.”

The cover of Whipped Cream & Other Delights might be one of the best-known covers in pop history, featuring model Dolores Erickson covered in shaving cream. Numerous covers that spoof this one have also been released over the years, and a few years ago, Whipped Cream & Other Delights was even issued briefly as a picture disc.

Whipped Cream & Other Delights was so popular that it never went out of print, and remained available on vinyl until A&M quit pressing records.

While the record sold in the millions and remains popular to this day, the original pressings in mono are quite scarce.  The album was released in April, 1965 in both stereo and mono but A&M quit pressing mono LPs in early 1968.  All copies issued since then have been in stereo only, making the mono pressing of this LP, with its unique mix, a relative rarity.

Allmusic.com gave Whipped Cream and Other Delights a 5 star review:

Building upon South of the Border’s (1964) Top Ten success, Herb Alpert dismissed the contingency of Los Angeles-based studio instrumental all-stars, which he had christened the Tijuana Brass. Because there was enough demand for live dates, just like a musical Gepetto, Alpert formed a real Tijuana Brass. The bandleader/trumpeter was joined by Tonni Kalash (trumpet), Robert Edmondson (trombone), Pat Senatore (bass), John Pisano (guitars), Lou Pagani (piano), and Nick Ceroli (drums). Ostensibly, the personnel wasn’t a primary consideration as Alpert and company had already begun making serious inroads on the pop music scene. Not bad, considering the market was being heavily infiltrated, if not practically dominated by the British Invasion. With Whipped Cream & Other Delights (1965), they would take that momentum to new heights — including three Grammy Awards alone for the update of the Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow-penned theme to Shelagh Delaney’s play of the same name, “A Taste of Honey.”

You can hear “Whipped Cream” here:

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: A&M
Catalog Number:
LP 110
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Mono
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Rolling Stones – Between the Buttons sealed U.S. mono LP

rolling stones - between the buttons sealed mono lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. still sealed mono pressing of the 1967 LP Between the Buttons by the Rolling Stones.

About this copy: This copy of Between the Buttons is an original U.S. mono pressing on the London label.

While the shrink wrap has been opened, the plastic bag inner sleeve is still sealed and the record is new and unplayed.

The cover retains the original shrink wrap; there is a hype sticker that reads “Between the Buttons – The Rolling Stones -Including Ruby Tuesday.”

The cover is M-; there is faint wear at the two right hand corners.  There is a small tear in the wrap in the lower right hand corner.

A beautiful copy of a rare mono Rolling Stones LP that would be difficult to upgrade.

Background: Released in February, 1967, Between the Buttons is the seventh American album by the Rolling Stones, and one of their last LPs to be released in both mono and stereo, as mono LPs were phased out the following year.

Allmusic.com gave Between the Buttons a rare 5 star review:

The Rolling Stones’ 1967 recordings are a matter of some controversy; many critics felt that they were compromising their raw, rootsy power with trendy emulations of the Beatles, Kinks, Dylan, and psychedelic music. Approach this album with an open mind, though, and you’ll find it to be one of their strongest, most eclectic LPs, with many fine songs that remain unknown to all but Stones devotees.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: London
Catalog Number:
LL 3499
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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Diahann Carroll – Nobody Sees Me Cry 1967 mono promo LP

diahann carroll - nobody sees me cry LP

Offered for sale is a mono promotional copy of Nobody Sees Me Cry by Diahann Carroll.

About this copy: This copy of Nobody Sees Me Cry is an original 1967 mono issue on the Columbia label.

While the LP has stock labels, the cover has a timing strip attached to the front and the back cover has “Demonstration – Not for Sale” stamped on it.

The cover is VG, with ring wear and wear at the edges and corners.

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

Background: Released in 1967, Nobody Sees Me Cry was the eleventh album by singer/actress Diahann Carroll.

You can listen to “Little Girl Blue” here:

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
CL 2571
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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Count Basie – Hall of Fame 1959 U.S. mono LP

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Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of Hall of Fame by Count Basie and His Orchestra.

About this copy: This copy of Hall of Fame is an original 1959 issue, with a deep groove and the label with the horn player.

The cover is VG+, with a bit of general wear on the front.

The disc is M- and aside from a few spindle marks on the labels, appears to have had little play.

A nice copy of a terrific jazz LP.

Background: Hall of Fame was first released in 1959.

Tracks are:

  • Blues Inside Out 6:37
  • Big Red 3:49
  • Trick Or Treat 4:14
  • Lady In Lace 4:33
  • Flute Juice 3:07
  • Lollypop 3:08
  • Slats 4:43
  • Move 3:27
  • Dolphin Dip 3:14
  • Stompin’ And Jumpin’ 2:48
  • Low Life 5:12
Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Verve
Catalog Number:
MG V-8291
Year of Release: 1959
Format: Mono
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Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love sealed MONO Analogue Productions UHQR LP

jimi hendrix - axis: bold as love mono UHQR LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed mono limited edition Ultra High Quality Record (UHQR) pressing of Axis: Bold as Love by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, issued by Analogue Productions in a limited edition of 1500 numbered copies.

The mono pressing was far more limited than the stereo version, of which 5000 copies were pressed.

About this copy:  This copy of Axis: Bold as Love is a relatively low-numbered #374 of 1500 copies in a limited edition mono UHQR release.  The box is still sealed; the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The disc is pressed on 200 gram Clarity vinyl.

The wrap is fully intact, and there are no rips, tears, or holes.  There are four stickers affixed to the wrap – one with the serial number (#374), one indicating that the record was mastered from analog master tapes, one indicating that the record was pressed by Quality Record Pressings and one touting the Analogue Productions quality guarantee.

A nice, low-numbered copy of a terrific classic LP that is certain to rise in value quickly.

Background: Axis: Bold as Love, released in December, 1967, was the second album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.  The album reached #2 on the UK charts and #5 in the U.S., where it has since been certified 5 times platinum by the RIAA.

The LP was originally released in both stereo and mono in both the U.S. and the UK, and the mono mix is distinctly different from the stereo version.  As mono records were being phased out at the time of the album’s initial release, the original mono pressings are quite rare and have sold for as much as $3000 on the collector market.

In recent years, the album has been reissued in mono several times to meet collector demand.

In 2019, Axis: Bold as Love became the first title issued in the UHQR format by Analogue Productions.  This format had been proprietary to JVC in Japan and in the early 1980s had been used to press less than a dozen titles that are all highly regarded today.

The rights to the UHQR format have been acquired by Analogue Productions.  Here’s what they have to say about this issue:

Analogue Productions presents its first UHQR title — Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 masterpiece, Axis: Bold As Love, in both stereo and mono versions. This UHQR is newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog master tapes. Each UHQR will be pressed at Acoustic Sounds’ industry-leading pressing plant Quality Record Pressings (QRP) using hand-selected Clarity Vinyl on a manual Finebilt press with attention paid to every single detail of every single record. The 200-gram records will feature the same flat profile that helped to make the original UHQR™ so desirable. From the lead-in groove to the run-out groove, there is no pitch to the profile, allowing the customer’s stylus to play truly perpendicular to the grooves from edge to center. Clarity Vinyl allows for the purest possible pressing and the most visually stunning presentation. Every UHQR will be hand inspected upon pressing completion, and only the truly flawless will be allowed to go to market. Each UHQR will be packaged in a deluxe box and will include a booklet detailing the entire process of making a UHQR along with a hand-signed certificate of inspection. This will be a truly deluxe, collectible product.

Allmusic.com gave Axis: Bold as Love a 5 star review:

Jimi Hendrix’s second album followed up his groundbreaking debut effort with a solid collection of great tunes and great interactive playing between himself, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, and the recording studio itself. Wisely retaining manager Chas Chandler to produce the album and Eddie Kramer as engineer, Hendrix stretched further musically than the first album, but even more so as a songwriter.

It’s our favorite Hendrix album, and it’s also the best-sounding of the three albums he released in his lifetime.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Analogue Productions
Catalog Number:
AUHQR0002
Year of Release: 2019
Format: Mono
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