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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Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love sealed stereo Analogue Productions UHQR LP

jimi hendrix - axis: bold as love stereo UHQR LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed stereo 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 5000 numbered copies.

About this copy:  This copy of Axis: Bold as Love is a relatively low-numbered #439 of 5000 copies in a limited edition stereo 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 (#439), 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.

Collectors seem to be showing more interest in the mono version of this LP, as they were produced in smaller numbers.  On the other hand, the stereo mix is far more interesting than the mono, and we much prefer the stereo mix.

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.

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:
AUHQR0001
Year of Release: 2019
Format: Stereo
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Casino Royale – sealed 1967 Colgems stereo soundtrack LP

casino royale sealed soundtrack lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed stereo copy of the original soundtrack to the 1967 film Casino Royale, long sought out by audiophiles. Colgems COSO-5005.

This is a first pressing without the letters “RE” after the catalog number on the back cover.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is an original, still sealed 1967 stereo pressing on the Colgems label, without the letters “RE” after the catalog number found on later pressings. As the album is sealed, the record inside is believed to be perfectly mint and unplayed.

The shrink wrap is fully intact on the corners and edges, though there’s an oval-shaped piece missing on the back that measures about 2″ x 5″ (see second photo.)

As the record is sealed, we have no idea what the stamper numbers might be, but as it’s an early pressing without the “RE” after the catalog number on the cover, it could have 1S or 2S stampers, as that’s what we’ve seen in the past on other copies with that early cover.

This is a beautiful copy of an audiophile classic, and one of the nicest copies of this album that we’ve ever seen.

Background: Due to complicated legal shenanigans, the rights to the James Bond novel Casino Royale were at one time held by a party other than EON Productions, the longtime creators of films in the James Bond franchise.

In 1967, producer Charles K. Feldman set out to produce Casino Royale as a spoof of James Bond films, and the resulting film featured a number of famous faces playing Bond, including David Niven, Woody Allen, and Peter Sellers.

While the resulting film was poorly received by critics, the soundtrack was successful, featuring tunes by Burt Bacharach and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

The highlight of the album is the song, “The Look of Love”, sung by Dusty Springfield, in a recording that the Absolute Sound once described as the “quintessential recording of the human voice.” Her voice does have a remarkable, “you are there” quality to it.

Dusty Springfield later released an album entitled The Look of Love that included the song, but that album contained a new recording of the song that lacked the magical properties of the version she recorded for Casino Royale.

The soundtrack album, released on the long-defunct Colgems label, was out of print by the early 1970s and collectors and audiophiles have eagerly been seeking out copies ever since.

While the album has been reissued, most famously by the also now-defunct Classic Records, those pressings were made from master tapes that were then more than 30 years old. Obviously, original pressings would have been made when the tapes were still new and fresh.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Colgems
Catalog Number:
COSO-5005
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Stereo
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Elton John – Greatest Hits sealed 1974 U.S. 8 track tape

elton john - greatest hits sealed 8 track tape

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. 8 track tape of Elton John’s Greatest Hits by Elton John.

About this copy: This copy of Elton John’s Greatest Hits is a sealed original U.S. 8 track tape on the MCA label.

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears or holes.  This copy is not drilled; it was sold at full retail and still has the original $7.98 price tag.

A nice copy of a rare Elton John item.

Background: Elton John’s Greatest Hits, released in late 1974, was Elton John’s eleventh album release and his biggest-selling album ever, selling more than 24 million copies to date and reaching #1 on both the U.S. and UK album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Elton John’s Greatest Hits a 5 star review:

Rarely has a greatest-hits collection been as effective as Elton John’s first compilation of Greatest Hits. Released at the end of 1974, after Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Caribou had effectively established him as a superstar, Greatest Hits is exactly what it says it is — it features every one of his Top Ten singles (“Your Song,” “Rocket Man,” “Honky Cat,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Daniel,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”), plus the number 12 “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” and radio and concert favorite “Border Song.”

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: MCA
Catalog Number:
MCAT-2128
Year of Release: 1974
Format: Stereo
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Queen – Jazz sealed U.S. 8 track tape

queen - jazz 8 track tape

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. 8 track tape cartridge for the album Jazz by Queen.

About this copy: This copy of Jazz is a sealed U.S. 8 track tape on the Elektra label.  The wrap is fully intact and the tape is presumably new and unplayed.

There is a small cut in the end of the cartridge indicating that the tape was sold as a cutout.

A nice copy of a great Queen item.

Background: Jazz was the seventh studio album by Queen, and the multi-platinum album reached #2 on the UK album chart and #6 in the U.S., helped by the single “Bicycle Race/Fat Bottomed Girls.”

Allmusic.com gave Jazz a 4 star review:

Famously tagged as “fascist” in a Rolling Stone review printed at the time of its 1978 release, Jazz does indeed showcase a band that does thrive upon its power, thrilling upon the hold that it has on its audience. That confidence, that self-intoxication, was hinted at on News of the World but it takes full flower here, and that assurance acts as a cohesive device, turning this into one of Queen’s sleekest albums. … May and Mercury have an unspoken competition on who can overdub the most onto a particular track, while Roger Taylor steers them toward their first disco song in the gloriously dumb “Fun It.” But since over-the-top campiness has always been an attribute in Queen, this kind of grand-scale exaggeration gives Jazz a sense of ridiculousness that makes it more fun than many of their other albums.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 8 track tape
Record Label: Elektra
Catalog Number:
ET-8166
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Olivia Newton-John – Totally Hot sealed U.S. 8 track tape

olivia newton-john - totally hot 8 track tape

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. 8 track tape cartridge of Olivia Newton-John’s album Totally Hot.

About this copy: This copy of Totally Hot is an original sealed U.S. 8 track tape on the MCA label.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips or tears.  There is a small drill hole in the end of the tape indicating that the tape was sold as a cutout.

A nice Olivia Newton-John item.

Background: Totally Hot was the ninth solo album by Olivia Newton-John.  It reached #6 on the U.S. album charts and #30 in the UK.  Four singles were released from the album, with “A Little More Love” reaching the U.S. Top 10.

Allmusic.com gave Totally Hot a 4 star review:

Totally Hot is one of the most fun albums from Olivia Newton John. Total abandon is its trademark, the atmosphere lightened up a bit, and from top to bottom it is one of her most satisfying projects. …The Olivia Newton-John catalog runs deep, and Totally Hot is one of the more consistently entertaining albums in the collection.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 8 track tape
Record Label: MCA
Catalog Number:
MCAT-3067
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Billy Joel – Cold Spring Harbor sealed Family Productions 8 track tape

billy joel - cold spring harbor 8 track tape

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. 8 track tape cartridge of the debut album by Billy Joel, Cold Spring Harbor. 

This version of the album features the original mix, as the album was substantially changed for the early 1980s reissue on Columbia.

About this copy: This copy of Cold Spring Harbor is a sealed 8 track tape on the original Family Productions label, featuring the original mix of the album.

The shrink wrap is almost entirely intact, except for a small break on the end of the box where the title is shown.  There is a small drill hole in the tape, indicating that this tape was originally sold as a cutout.

A nice copy of a scarce Billy Joel item.

Background:  Released in 1971 on the tiny Family Productions label, Cold Spring Harbor was the first album by Billy Joel.

The album peaked at #158 on the U.S. charts, and #95 in the UK.   Joel was dissatisfied with the final product as the album was mastered in a way that caused the album to play just a bit too fast, resulting in a slightly higher pitch than was intended.

The album was reissued in 1983 on Columbia, with a different mix and with several tracks significantly edited, with “You Can Make Me Free” shortened by nearly three minutes.

Allmusic.com gave Cold Spring Harbor a 3 star review:

A few short months after abandoning the heavy organ-and-drums duo Attila — partially because their sole record flopped, partially because he stole the drummer’s wife — Billy Joel reinvented himself as a sensitive singer/songwriter. He had shown signs of McCartney-esque songcraft on Hour of the Wolf, the last Hassles album, but his debut album, Cold Spring Harbor, is where these talents blossomed. The record was uneven but very charming, boasting two of his finest songs — the lovely “She’s Got a Way” and the bitterly cynical “Everybody Loves You Now” — and a score of flawed but nicely crafted songs that illustrated Joel’s gift for melody, as well as his pretensions (the mock-gospel in “Tomorrow Is Today,” a classical stab entitled “Nocturne”).

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 8 track tape
Record Label: Family Productions
Catalog Number:
F82790
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – More sealed U.S. Harvest 8 track tape

pink floyd - more 8 track tape

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. 8 track tape of More, the third album by Pink Floyd.

About this copy:  This copy of More is a still sealed U.S. issue on the Harvest label, likely from the 1970s.  The tape is still sealed and is presumably unplayed.  The end of the tape has a small drill hole in it, indicating that the tape was sold as a cutout.

A nice copy of an album that’s quite hard to find on 8 track tape.

Background: The soundtrack to an obscure film, More isn’t high on the list of most Pink Floyd fans’ favorite albums, as it’s a bit more mellow and disjointed than most of their work.  It’s also not as well known as their later work; without a single to help sales, the album only reached #153 on the U.S. album charts.

Of course, soundtracks tend to be a bit disjointed, as the music is written to go along with the film, not to work as a cohesive whole.  Still, there’s a good rocker here, The Nile Song, (which was released as a single in Japan) and a couple of great ballads by David Gilmour: Green is the Colour, and Cymbaline.  In fact, More is unique in the Pink Floyd catalog as it’s the only album by the band to feature Gilmour as the only vocalist.

You can listen to “Green is the Colour” here:

As with most albums in Japan, More was released multiple times, with multiple catalog numbers, multiple obis, and on both black and red vinyl.  The first issue was pressed on red vinyl and had a single pocket cover and a now-impossibly-hard-to-find “New Rock” obi; the second issue had a gatefold cover and was pressed on both red and black vinyl with a black obi with orange print.  Later issues were pressed on black vinyl only and had an obi that was unique to that particular reissue.

The first issue is extraordinarily rare and rarely turns up for sale.  The second issue, which came out the same year as the first one, was more successful in the Japanese market, but has become much harder to find in recent years, especially in good condition.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 8 track tape
Record Label: Harvest
Catalog Number:
8XW-11198
Year of Release: 1973
Format: Stereo
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Monkees – The Monkees Present sealed 1969 Colgems LP

monkees - monkees present colgems lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original pressing of The Monkees Present by the Monkees.

About this copy: This copy of The Monkees Present is a still sealed original 1969 pressing on the Colgems label.

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

The shrink wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears or holes.  The album is not a cutout and has no punch holes, saw marks, or cut corners.

There is a small bend in the upper right hand corner of the cover.

A beautiful copy of a rare Monkees LP and one of their hardest LPs to find sealed.

Background: Released in October, 1969, The Monkees Present was the eighth album by the band, and their last one to feature Mike Nesmith, who left the band shortly after the album’s release.

The LP peaked at #100 on the Billboard album chart and the two singles, “Good Clean Fun,” and “Listen to the Band,” only reached #82 and #63 on the Billboard singles chart.

Allmusic.com gave The Monkees Present a 3 star review:

While it could have made for a scattered LP that made no sense musically, instead Nesmith’s intricate country-rock, Jones’ jazzy, showy ballads, and Dolenz’ alternately crazed and intimate songs managed to fit together quite well. It helped that each member was operating near the peak of their skills. … The level of commitment and craft the members invested in the album was impressive considering they had lost their TV show and really had no reason to exist anymore. Soon after the album’s release, Nesmith quit the group to make his own excellent solo albums, while Jones and Dolenz were left to carry on. As a last gasp though, The Monkees Present is better than it could have been, and a solid note for the band as a creative unit to go out on.

You can listen to “Good Clean Fun” here:

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Colgems
Catalog Number:
COS-117
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On sealed MFSL box set number 0001/7500!

marvin gaye - what's goin' on mobile fidelity ultradisc 0001

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the numbered, limited edition 2 LP, 45 RPM Mobile Fidelity One-Step box set of What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye.

This copy is the very first copy in the numbered series of 7500 copies, numbered 0001!

About this copy: This copy of What’s Going On is a still sealed, numbered (#0001/7500) copy of the Mobile Fidelity 2 disc 45 RPM box set. As such, the records are presumably new and unplayed.

The shrink wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears or holes. The holographic Mobile Fidelity logo is present on the wrap.

A beautiful and great-sounding copy of a classic LP and perhaps the ultimate copy to own.

Background:

What’s Going On is the eighth title to be released in Mobile Fidelity’s “One-Step” process, which improves the sound of the finished record by removing a couple of steps in the process of plating and pressing stampers:

MFSL engineers begin with the original master tapes and meticulously cut a set of lacquers. These lacquers are used to create a very fragile, pristine UD1S stamper called a “convert.” Delicate “converts” are then formed into the actual record stampers, producing a final product that literally and figuratively brings you closer to the music.

By skipping the additional steps of pulling another positive and an additional negative, as done in the three-step process used in standard pressings, UD1S produces a final LP with the lowest noise floor possible today. The removal of the additional two steps of generational loss in the plating process reveals tremendous amounts of extra musical detail and dynamics, which are otherwise lost due to the standard copying process.

The exclusive nature of these very limited pressings guarantees that every UD1S pressing serves as an immaculate replica of the lacquer sourced directly from the original master tape.

What’s Going On was cut at 45 RPM on two discs, packaged as a box set, and limited to 7500 numbered copies. The title is out of print, as it sold out as a preorder.

Reviews say this is the best sounding copy of What’s Going On ever pressed.

Allmusic.com gave What’s Going On a rare 5 star review:

What’s Going On is not only Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece, it’s the most important and passionate record to come out of soul music, delivered by one of its finest voices, a man finally free to speak his mind and so move from R&B sex symbol to true recording artist. With What’s Going On, Gaye meditated on what had happened to the American dream of the past — as it related to urban decay, environmental woes, military turbulence, police brutality, unemployment, and poverty. ..Just as he’d hoped it would be, What’s Going On was Marvin Gaye’s masterwork, the most perfect expression of an artist’s hope, anger, and concern ever recorded.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Mobile Fidelity
Catalog Number:
UD1s 2-008
Year of Release: 2019
Format: Stereo
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