Jewel – Spirit still sealed 1998 2 LP set

jewel- spirit LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the 1998 2 LP set Spirit by Jewel.

About this copy: This copy of Spirit is an original still sealed U.S. pressing.

As the album is sealed, the discs are presumably new and unplayed.

There is a hype sticker attached to the shrink wrap promoting the single “Hands.”

There is an 9″ break in the seal at the mouth of the cover.  We’ve secured it with tape to prevent further splitting.

The cover has a couple of minor corner bends.

A nice copy of an LP that’s surprisingly hard to find on vinyl.

Background: Spirit, released in 1998, was the second album by Jewel.  The album was quite successful, reaching #3 on the U.S. charts and being certified 4 x platinum for sales of more than four million copies.

Allmusic.com gave Spirit a 3 star review:

Released nearly four years after Pieces of You, Spirit is a markedly different (but recognizable) album from its predecessor, due largely to Patrick Leonard’s glossy, radio-ready production. There is none of the raggedness that necessitated re-recordings with Pieces of You — layered with gentle guitars and unobtrusive keyboards, every track feels as if it could be a hit single on adult alternative pop radio. If the production has changed, the basic sentiment behind the music has not — in essence, Spirit is the same record as Pieces of You, with the same sweet melodies and naive poetry.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
89250-1
Year of Release: 1998
Format: Stereo
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Traffic – Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory sealed U.S. record club LP

traffic - shoot out at the fantasy factory lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory by Traffic, issued through the Columbia Record Club.  This LP has the original die-cut cover.

About this copy: This copy of Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory is a still sealed record club issue of an LP that was originally released in 1973.

We believe this to be a 1970s pressing, as the cover indicates distribution by Capitol Records.  Later copies were distributed by Atlantic.

Unlike later pressings, this one has two corners cut off, which was the album’s intended design.

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

The wrap is fully intact except for a 3″ break along the spine.  The cover is a standard cover with a sticker attached that says “CRC”, which stands for “Columbia Record Club.”

A nice early pressing of a terrific LP.

Background: Issued in 1973, Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory was the sixth studio album by Traffic.  The LP reached #6 on the U.S. album chart, the band’s highest-charting album in the United States.

Allmusic.com gave Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory a 3 star review:

After two exemplary releases, Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory marked a fall-off in quality for Traffic. …What was left was a competent, if perfunctory effort in the band’s familiar style. They had built up enough of a following through touring that the album was a commercial success, but it sounds like an imitation of earlier triumphs.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Island
Catalog Number:
SW-9923
Year of Release: 1973 (original LP)
Format: Stereo
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Gene Vincent – I’m Back and I’m Proud sealed 1969 U.S. LP

gene vincent - i'm back and I'm proud LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of Gene Vincent’s 1969 LP I’m Back and I’m Proud.

About this copy: This copy of I’m Back and I’m Proud is an original U.S. pressing on the Dandelion label.  This LP featured Red Rhodes on guitar and Linda Ronstadt (uncredited) on backing vocals.

The LP is still sealed; the disc is presumably new and unplayed.  The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears or holes.  There is a cut corner.

A nice copy of an album that rarely turns up still sealed.

Background: I’m Back and I’m Proud was one of the last LPs recorded by Gene Vincent before his 1971 death.  The material was produced by Kim Fowley and arranged by Skip Battin, then the bass player for the Byrds.

The album did not reach the charts in any country.

Allmusic.com gave I’m Back and I’m Proud this review:

Recorded in 1969 for famed British DJ John Peel’s Dandelion label and released the following year, it did feature some notables of the late-’60s Hollywood rock scene, including Skip Battin of the Byrds (on bass), Red Rhodes (on Dobro), Mars Bonfire (rhythm guitar), Jim Gordon (drums), and Linda Ronstadt (backing vocals), with Kim Fowley producing. …The heavier late-’60s rock feel of the arrangements doesn’t jibe well with Vincent’s style, though some cuts boast a countrified touch (particularly the ones featuring Rhodes), and Vincent himself often sounds a little shaky and nervous on the vocals.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Dandelion
Catalog Number:
D9-102
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Norah Jones – Come Away With Me sealed Classic Records Clarity vinyl 45 RPM box set

norah jones - come away with me classic clarity vinyl

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the 4 disc, 45 RPM pressing of Come Away With Me by Norah Jones, issued by Classic Records on their clear “Clarity” vinyl.

About this copy: This copy of Come Away With Me is a limited edition pressing, issued on 200 gram clear vinyl one-sided discs, and issued by Classic Records in 2010, shortly before they went out of business.

The box is still sealed; the discs are presumably new and unplayed.

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

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP.

Background:  Norah Jones’ 2002 debut, Come Away With Me, was a monster smash, reaching #1 on the album charts in a half a dozen countries and selling more than ten million copies in the U.S. alone.

The album was also a hit with critics.

Allmusic.com gave Come Away With Me a 4 star review:

Norah Jones’ debut on Blue Note is a mellow, acoustic pop affair with soul and country overtones, immaculately produced by the great Arif Mardin. (It’s pretty much an open secret that the 22-year-old vocalist and pianist is the daughter of Ravi Shankar.) Jones is not quite a jazz singer, but she is joined by some highly regarded jazz talent: guitarists Adam Levy, Adam Rogers, Tony Scherr, Bill Frisell, and Kevin Breit; drummers Brian Blade, Dan Rieser, and Kenny Wollesen; organist Sam Yahel; accordionist Rob Burger; and violinist Jenny Scheinman. Her regular guitarist and bassist, Jesse Harris and Lee Alexander, respectively, play on every track and also serve as the chief songwriters. …While the mood of this record stagnates after a few songs, it does give a strong indication of Jones’ alluring talents.

About Clarity vinyl: In 2008, Classic Records determined that magnetic particles in regular black vinyl were compromising playback results. This was due to trace metal contained in the carbon black that was added to the vinyl during manufacture. Classic worked with Kenan, a PVC manufacturer, to produce a proprietary vinyl compound that did not use carbon black, and thus did not contain these distortion-causing magnetic elements.

The resulting vinyl compound was called Clarity vinyl, and Classic intended to eventually produce all of their titles using this new vinyl. Unfortunately, the company went out of business after only a few titles had been produced this way, and Classic’s Clarity pressings, particularly those pressed at 45 RPM, are quite hard to find today.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Classic Records
Catalog Number:
JP 5004-5
Year of Release: 2010
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Meet the Beatles still sealed original U.S. stereo LP

beatles - meet the beatles sealed stereo LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. stereo first pressing of Meet the Beatles, issued in 1964 on Capitol Records.  This copy is in exceptional condition, and is likely the nicest copy you’ll ever see.

About this copy: This copy of Meet the Beatles is a still sealed 1964 stereo pressing, pressed at the Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as indicated by the number “2” in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

This is a rarer stereo copy; when the album was first released, mono copies outsold stereo copies by a ratio of about 50:1.

A blue inner sleeve is visible at the mouth of the cover; this is consistent with early releases, as later pressings had orange sleeves.

The title of the album appears on the front cover in brown.

The credit “Produced by George Martin” does not appear in the lower left hand corner of the back cover.

The cover does not have an RIAA “Gold Record Award” logo, as was found on later pressings.

The record was sealed by a retailer, and is packaged in a loose plastic wrap, rather than shrink wrap.  An original price sticker is still attached to the back.  The sticker has yellowed a bit with age.

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

The cover is pure white, and has no dents, holes, cuts, tears, or anything else to detract from it.  The loose-wrap is fully intact, with no holes, rips, or tears.

As the album is sealed, we cannot verify the label variation.  The label may or may not have publishing credits.

This LP is extraordinarily well preserved and looks like it left the factory yesterday.  Someone has obviously stored this LP very carefully over the years.  We acquired it from a dealer of rare books and not someone who regularly deals in records.

Sealed early pressings of Meet the Beatles are quite rare, as they were sold at the height of Beatlemania and nearly all of them were sold to buyers who immediately opened them and played them.

This is the nicest copy of this album we’ve ever seen, and it’s certain to be your final upgrade.

Background:  Meet the Beatles was the first Beatles album to be issued by Capitol Records, and it quickly rose to the top of the charts on the strength of the lead single, “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

The album was issued in both mono and stereo with several minor cover variations, including printing the word “Beatles” on the front cover in various colors.  First issues had the name of the group in brown, and later versions used a shade of green.

First pressings did not list publishing credits, with no mention of either “BMI” or “ASCAP” on either label.  Later pressings corrected this.

Allmusic.com gave Meet the Beatles a 4 1/2 star review

Meet the Beatles! wasn’t the first Beatles album released in the U.S. (that would’ve been Introducing the Beatles, on Vee Jay), but as the first Beatles album released by Capitol Records, it was indeed the LP where many millions of Americans were introduced to the Fab Four. As an introduction, there could hardly have been one better. … The revisions make Meet the Beatles! slightly more of a frenetic rock & roll record than its parent LP — there isn’t much R&B or as many ballads — which, at the time, made it an appropriate soundtrack for the wild heyday of Beatlemania but, as the years have passed, the emphasis on joyous, exuberant rock & roll means that Meet the Beatles! still sounds fresh and exciting on its own terms.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST2047
Year of Release: 1964
Format: stereo
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Monkees – Classic Album Collection sealed 10 LP colored vinyl box set

monkees - classic album collection

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the limited edition, colored vinyl 10 LP box set Classic Album Collection by the Monkees, released in 2016 for Record Store Day and limited to 3000 copies.

About this copy: This copy of Classic Album Collection is still sealed; the 10 albums inside are presumably new and unplayed.  There are no tears, rips or holes in the shrink wrap.  The original hype sticker (“The Original Classic Albums – Remastered”) is still attached.

The box is a slipcase; the records slide in on the right side.

As close to a perfect copy as you’ll ever find.

Background: As a special item for Record Store Day 2016, Rhino Records created a limited edition of 3000 box sets containing all nine studio albums by the Monkees, plus a bonus disc of rare tracks.

All ten LPs were pressed on colored vinyl, and the box set was available for one day only and quickly sold out.

While these LPs have been issued separately, the bonus disc was available only in this set.

Included albums are:

The Monkees (translucent orange vinyl)

  • (Theme From) The Monkees
  • Saturday’s Child
  • I Wanna Be Free
  • Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day
  • Papa Gene’s Blues
  • Take A Giant Step
  • Last Train To Clarksville
  • This Just Doesn’t Seem To Be My Day
  • Let’s Dance On
  • I’ll Be True To You
  • Sweet Young Thing
  • Gonna Buy Me A Dog

More Of The Monkees (light green marbled vinyl)

  • She
  • When Love Comes Knockin’ (At Your Door)
  • Mary, Mary
  • Hold On Girl
  • Your Auntie Grizelda
  • (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
  • Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)
  • The Kind Of Girl I Could Love
  • The Day We Fall In Love
  • Sometime In The Morning
  • Laugh
  • I’m A Believer

Headquarters (white vinyl)

  • You Told Me
  • I’ll Spend My Life With You
  • Forget That Girl
  • Band 6
  • You Just May Be The One
  • Shades Of Gray
  • I Can’t Get Her Off My Mind
  • For Pete’s Sake
  • Mr. Webster
  • Sunny Girlfriend
  • Zilch
  • No Time
  • Early Morning Blues And Greens
  • Randy Scouse Git

Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. (yellow vinyl)

  • Salesman
  • She Hangs Out
  • The Door Into Summer
  • Love Is Only Sleeping
  • Cuddly Toy
  • Words
  • Hard To Believe
  • What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round?
  • Peter Percival Patterson’s Pet Pig Porky
  • Pleasant Valley Sunday
  • Daily Nightly
  • Don’t Call On Me
  • Star Collector

The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees (gray marbled vinyl)

  • Dream World
  • Auntie’s Municipal Court
  • We Were Made For Each Other
  • Tapioca Tundra
  • Daydream Believer
  • Writing Wrongs
  • I’ll Be Back Up On My Feet
  • The Poster
  • P.O. Box 9847
  • Magnolia Simms
  • Valleri
  • Zor And Zam

Head (gray opaque vinyl)

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Porpoise Song (Theme From “Head”)
  • Ditty Diego-War Chant
  • Circle Sky
  • Supplicio
  • Can You Dig It
  • Gravy
  • Superstitious
  • As We Go Along
  • Dandruff?
  • Daddy’s Song
  • Poll
  • Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again
  • Swami-Plus Strings, Etc. (Ken Thorne)

Instant Replay (dark green marbled vinyl)

  • Through The Looking Glass
  • Don’t Listen To Linda
  • I Won’t Be The Same Without Her
  • Just A Game
  • Me Without You
  • Don’t Wait For Me
  • You And I
  • While I Cry
  • Tear Drop City
  • A Man Without A Dream
  • Shorty Blackwell

Present (red translucent vinyl)

  • Little Girl
  • Good Clean Fun
  • If I Knew
  • Bye Bye Baby Bye Bye
  • Never Tell A Woman Yes
  • Looking For The Good Times
  • Ladies Aid Society
  • Listen To The Band
  • French Song
  • Mommy And Daddy
  • Oklahoma Backroom Dancer
  • Pillow Time

Changes (blue vinyl)

  • Oh My My
  • Ticket On A Ferry Ride
  • You’re So Good To Me
  • It’s Got To Be Love
  • Acapulco Sun
  • 99 Pounds
  • Tell Me Love
  • Do You Feel It Too?
  • I Love You Better
  • All Alone In The Dark
  • Midnight Train
  • I Never Thought It Peculiar

Bonus Disc (purple vinyl)

  • A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
  • She Hangs Out (Single Version)
  • The Girl I Knew Somewhere (Mono Single Mix)
  • All Of Your Toys
  • Goin’ Down
  • D.W. Washburn
  • It’s Nice To Be With You
  • Porpoise Song (Theme From “Head”) (Single Version)
  • Someday Man
  • Do It In The Name Of Love
  • Lady Jane
  • That Was Then, This Is Now
  • Daydream Believer (1986 Remix)

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Rhino
Catalog Number:
R1 552706
Year of Release: 2016
Format: Stereo
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Porcupine Tree – Deadwing sealed clear vinyl 2 LP set

porcupine tree - deadwing clear vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a limited edition clear vinyl pressing of the 2 LP set Deadwing by Porcupine Tree, issued in 2018 on Kscope records.

About this copy: This copy of Deadwing is a 2018 clear vinyl limited edition pressing of an LP that was originally released in 2005.

This set was pressed on both black and clear vinyl; the clear vinyl editions were limited and sold out as preorders.

This LP is new and unplayed; the album was not sealed at the factory, but was instead shipped in a resealable bag.  We received this copy directly from the record company and haven’t opened it.

A beautiful copy of a terrific album.

Background: Deadwing, released in 2005, was the eighth studio album by Porcupine Tree, and their highest charting album up to that time, reaching #97 in the UK and #132 in the U.S.

Allmusic.com gave Deadwing a 3 star review:

Porcupine Tree have always been pigeonholed with the modern prog movement, but the reality is that they’re both a riff-addicted metal band and a troupe obsessed with rich harmonies and memorable refrains. …If the 12-minute sonic meander known as “Arriving Somewhere but Not Here” is as head-trippy as rock music gets anymore, it is reassuring to know that this Tree is still growing. Ideal for headphones, Deadwing — despite its title — takes flight nonetheless.

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Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Kscope
Catalog Number:
982
Year of Release: 2018
Format: Stereo
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Porcupine Tree – Up the Downstair sealed UK red vinyl 2 LP set

porcupine tree - up the downstair red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed red vinyl UK pressing of the 2 LP set Up the Downstair by Porcupine Tree.

About this copy: This copy of Up the Downstair is a limited edition 180 gram red vinyl pressing on the KScope label, issued in the UK in 2008.  This is a reissue of an album that was originally released in 1993.

The double album is still sealed; the records are presumably new and unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Originally released in 1993, Up the Downstair was the second album by Porcupine Tree.  The album received relatively little notice at the time and did not sell well.

Allmusic.com gave Up the Downstair a 4 star review:

Up the Downstair feels noticeably different in tone from On the Sunday of Life — the humor is nearly invisible, if present at all, and the focus is more explicitly up to date in keeping with Steven Wilson’s long-stated belief that progressive music means incorporating the now instead of rehashing what progressive was. His singing is now more accomplished in turn — it sounds like he might have been taking a lesson or two from his No-Man partner Tim Bowness, but he has his own dreamy approach. His already accomplished studio work seems to have turned even more so with time, and the end result is a delicate, complex, and remarkable effort.

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Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Kscope
Catalog Number:
802
Year of Release: 2008
Format: Stereo
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Porcupine Tree – Voyage 34 sealed UK white vinyl 2 EP set

porcupine tree - voyage 34 white vinyl

Offered for sale is a still sealed white vinyl numbered limited edition UK pressing of the double EP Voyage 34 by Porcupine Tree, issued in 2010 by Kscope Records.

About this copy: This copy of Voyage 34 is a still sealed white vinyl double 12″ EP pressing, issued in 2010.  This copy is number 756 of 2000 copies.

We call it an EP: it actually runs some 70 minutes across four sides.

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

A beautiful copy of a terrific set.

Background: Voyage 34 was recorded in the early 1990s, and the track was recorded for their Up the Downstair album but was instead released (in edited form) as a single.

In 2010, Kscope released an expanded version as a 2 LP set, pressed on white vinyl.

Allmusic.com gave Voyage 34 this review:

Voyage 34, originally a two-volume EP series from 1992-1993, was expanded into “The Complete Trip” after Steven Wilson remixed and added production for its eventual re-release seven years later. Documenting the ill effects of an acid trip by a frequent user (the first 33 were fine), the four-phase work begins with a straight-laced narrator explaining the events leading up to the trip, with straight-ahead (though slightly exploratory) guitar work by Wilson over a mid-tempo drum section. 

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Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Kscope
Catalog Number:
803
Year of Release: 2010
Format: Stereo
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Porcupine Tree – Anesthetize sealed Dutch 4 LP box set

porcupine tree - anesthetize 4 lp set

Offered for sale is a still sealed Dutch pressing of the 2010 live 4 LP set Anesthetize by Porcupine Tree.

About this copy: This copy of Anesthetize is an original still sealed pressing on the Tonefloat label, issued in the Netherlands.

The vinyl 4 LP box set was released in a limited edition of 3000 copies on 180 gram vinyl and sold out as a preorder.

The shrink wrap is fully intact, and the records are presumably new and unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a terrific live album.

Background: Anesthetize was the second live album by Porcupine Tree, recorded in 2008 in Tilburg, Netherlands.  The album was released in 2010 on CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and a limited edition of 3000 copies on vinyl.

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Country of origin: Netherlands
Size: 12″
Record Label: Tonefloat
Catalog Number:
TF112
Year of Release: 2010
Format: Stereo
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