Beatles – White Album sealed white vinyl France 2 LP set

beatles - white album france white vinyl

Offered for sale is a still sealed white vinyl copy of the Beatles White Album, released in France in 1978 as a limited edition pressing, complete with four bonus photos and poster.

About this copy: The record offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition white vinyl 2 LP pressing of the White Album, issued in France in 1978.

The covers on these pressings had “The Beatles” embossed on the front cover, but the covers were not numbered.  The poster and four bonus photos are presumably included as they were included in all opened copies we’ve seen.

This white vinyl pressing was issued with three different hype stickers – an apple-shaped sticker, a yellow sticker that read “Disque en Couleur,” and a red sticker that says “Special Edition Pressed on Colored Vinyl.”

This copy has the red sticker, which was presumably used for export copies, as the text is printed entirely in English.

The wrap is fully intact except for a 2″ break just above the sticker, small (1/4″ or so) breaks at two of the corners, and a 1/2″ break in the center of the mouth of the cover.

The upper right hand corner has a tiny bend in it.

A beautiful copy of a scarce colored vinyl Beatles album and the only sealed copy we’ve ever seen.

Background:

The Beatles 1967 LP, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was wildly influential for both the music and the cover, and they took the opposite approach with their 1968 follow-up, making the cover all white and simply titling the album The Beatles. It quickly became known as The White Album, due to the simple, all-white cover.

In 1978, the White Album was released as a limited edition pressing on white vinyl in several countries, including the U.S., the UK, and France. The French pressings of the White Album are much harder to find than the U.S. version, as few were exported.

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Country of origin: France
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
SMO 2052
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Ernest Ansermet – The Royal Ballet Gala Performances sealed Classic Records Clarity 45 RPM box set

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Offered for sale is a still sealed 9 disc box set of The Royal Ballet Gala Performances, by Ernest Ansermet and the Royal Opera House Orchestra, pressed by Classic Records on 200 gram Clarity vinyl, cut at 45 RPM for maximum fidelity.

About this copy: The copy of The Royal Ballet Gala Performances listed here is the final release of this title from Classic Records, issued in 2009 or so. This is a nine record set, cut at 45 RPM for optimum sound quality and pressed on single-sided, 200 gram Clarity vinyl.

Previous issues were pressed on 180 gram black vinyl and 200 gram black vinyl, but the final pressing was released on their improved Clarity vinyl, which was more or less clear in appearance.

This copy has the black box; Classic also released this version of the album in a red box.  There is no difference between the two pressings other than the color of the box.

The box is still sealed in the original shrink wrap; the records are presumably new and unplayed (and should be individually sealed inside the box.)  There is a sticker on the shrink wrap that says “Classic Records 200 gram Clarity SV-P II Super Vinyl Profile.”

There is a break in the wrap on the top edge of the box (see photo) and a small (3/4″ or so) hole in the wrap at the spine.  The box appears to be M- and has no dents or wear.

There is a paper obi wrapped horizontally around the box that says, “Classic Records Clarity Vinyl 45 RPM Series.”

A beautiful copy of an album that is absolutely stunning to hear.

Background: During their fifteen years or so of pressing high quality records for the audiophile market, Classic Records released a number of highly regarded and collectible releases. None, however, are as eagerly sought out by audiophiles as their issue of The Royal Ballet Gala Performances. Recorded in 1957 (or 1959; sources vary) and engineered by the legendary Kenneth Wilkinson, The Royal Ballet was originally released by RCA Records as LDS-6065.

This title is perhaps the rarest of all the classical Living Stereo titles ever released by RCA and is certainly the most expensive, with mint copies often selling for more than $3000. Once you’ve heard the recording, however, you’ll understand why. One reviewer called it “the stuff of which dreams are made.”

Yes, it’s that good.

From another review at Audiophilia Magazine online: The recorded sound is simply amazing! Lustrous is one word that comes to mind, accurate is another. Woodwind and strings glow and resonate, transporting this listener to a time when simpler recording was better. Brass ring out thrillingly and percussion effects are very musical.

Classic Records released The Royal Ballet Gala Performances a number of times, with pressings at both 33 1/3 and 45 RPM and record weights of both 180 and 200 grams.

Track listing:

Disc 1

1. Nutcracker Suite – March
2. Nutcracker Suite – Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
3. Nutcracker Suite – Arabian Dance
4. Nutcracker Suite – Chinese Dance

Disc 2

5. Nutcracker Suite – Dance Of The Toy Flutes
6. Nutcracker Suite – Waltz Of The Flowers

Disc 3

7. La Boutique Fantasque – Tarantella
8. La Boutique Fantasque – Andante Mosso
9. La Boutique Fantasque – Can-Can

Disc 4

10. Coppelia – Introduction (Allegro Marcato) And Mazurka – Act 1
11. Coppelia – Introduction (Andante ) And Waltz – Act 1
12. Coppelia – Czardas – Act 1
13. Coppelia – Valse De La Poupee – Act 2

Disc 5
14. Giselle – Introduction And Waltz – Act 1
15. Giselle – Pas De Deux And Variation – Act 2

Disc 6

1. Swan Lake – Dance Of The Little Swans (Pas De Quatre) – Act 2
2. Swan Lake – Pas De Deux – Act 2
3. Swan Lake – Waltz – Act 2

Disc 7

4. Carnaval – Pierror
5. Carnaval – Reconnaissance
6. Carnaval – Aveu
7. Carnaval – Pantalon Et Columbine

Disc 8

8. Sleeping Beauty – Introduction – The Lilac Fairy – Prologue
9. Sleeping Beauty – Rose Adagio – Pase D’Action – Act 1

Disc 9

10. Sleeping Beauty – Waltz – Act 1
11. Les Sylphides – Overture: Prelude In A Major, Opus 28, No. 7
12. Les Sylphides – Mazurka In C Major, Opus 67, No. 3
13. Les Sylphides – Grande Valse Brillante In E Flat Major, Opus 18

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: RCA/Classic Records
Catalog Number:
LDS 6065
Year of Release: 2009
Format: Stereo
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Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense and Peppermints sealed 1967 LP

strawberry alarm clock - incense and peppermints LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed original stereo pressing of Incense and Peppermints by the Strawberry Alarm Clock, released in 1967 on Universal City Records.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is an original 1967 sealed stereo pressing; the record is presumably new and unplayed.

There is a punch hole in the upper left hand corner of the cover, right next to the “I” in “Incense”  It’s hard to see; we almost missed it.

There is a 6″ break in the shrink wrap at the bottom of the cover and a 4″ break in the wrap at the spine.  We’ve secured these breaks with cellophane tape to keep the wrap intact.  There is faint wear at the two lower corners near the breaks in the wrap.

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Psychedelic music was largely an underground phenomenon, but for a brief time in the mid-1960s, psych hit the pop charts. Incense and Peppermints by the Strawberry Alarm Clock was one of those rare occasions when psych and the top of the charts met, and the title cut from the album reached #1 on the Billboard Charts in late 1967.

The album of the same name, the band’s first, is generally regarded as their best effort and is also their best-selling LP.   The album reached #11 on the U.S. album charts and was the band’s best-selling LP.

It’s also a terrific record, and one we’ve had in our collection for many years.

Title track here:

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Uni
Catalog Number:
73014
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Stereo
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Beach Boys – Pet Sounds sealed yellow/green vinyl LP

beach boys pet sounds yellow green vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition pressing of the 1966 LP Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys, pressed on colored vinyl that is half green and half yellow.

About this copy: This copy of Pet Sounds is a still sealed limited edition pressing from 2017 pressed on split yellow/green colored 130 gram vinyl – one half of the record is yellow and one half of the record is green.

This pressing was limited to 2000 copies and sold out almost immediately. The only designation that the album is the colored vinyl pressing is the UPC sticker on the shrink wrap that says “Limited Edition.”

As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed. Photos of what the record should look like are shown as a reference.

A terrific copy of a classic LP.

Background: Pet Sounds, released in 1966, is generally regarded as the best Beach Boys album, and one of the great rock albums of all time. While not a big seller when first released, the album has grown in reputation over the years and has never gone out of print.

Allmusic.com gave Pet Sounds 5 stars:

The best Beach Boys album, and one of the best of the 1960s. The group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and production, layering tracks upon tracks of vocals and instruments to create a richly symphonic sound. Conventional keyboards and guitars were combined with exotic touches of orchestrated strings, bicycle bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, Theremin, Hawaiian-sounding string instruments, Coca-Cola cans, barking dogs, and more. It wouldn’t have been a classic without great songs, and this has some of the group’s most stunning melodies, as well as lyrical themes which evoke both the intensity of newly born love affairs and the disappointment of failed romance (add in some general statements about loss of innocence and modern-day confusion as well).

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST2458
Year of Release: 2017
Format: Stereo
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Frank Zappa/Mothers – Roxy and Elsewhere sealed original U.S. 2 LP set

Frank Zappa - roxy and elsewhere LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. pressing of Roxy and Elsewhere by Frank Zappa and the Mothers.

About this copy: This copy of Roxy and Elsewhere is a sealed original U.S. pressing of the 2 LP set that was originally released in 1974.

The wrap is fully intact, aside from a tiny break near the lower left hand corner.  There are no punch holes or cut corners.  There is a small price sticker affixed to the wrap (not shown in photo.)

A beautiful copy of an album that’s quite hard to find without major cover wear.

Background: Roxy and Elsewhere was released in September 1974 as a 2 LP set containing recordings from performances held in December 1973 at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood, California.

The album reached #27 on the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Roxy and Elsewhere a 4 star review:

After his affair with jazz fusion (Waka/Jawaka and The Grand Wazoo, both released in 1972), Frank Zappa came back in late 1973 with an album of simple rock songs, Over-Nite Sensation. But the temptation for more challenging material was not long to resurface and, after a transitional LP (Apostrophe, early 1974), he unleashed a double LP (reissued on one CD) of his most complex music, creating a bridge between his comedy rock stylings and Canterbury-style progressive rock. … Compared to the man’s previous live recordings (Fillmore East: June 1971, Just Another Band from L.A.), this one sounds fantastic, finally providing an accurate image of the musicians’ virtuosity. For fans of Zappa’s intricate material like “RDNZL,” “The Black Page,” or “Inca Roads,” this album is a must-have.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Discreet
Catalog Number:
2 DS 2202
Year of Release: 1974
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Let It Be sealed 1970 U.S. Apple LP

Beatles Let It Be sealed LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. pressing of Let It Be by the Beatles, complete with gatefold cover.

About this copy: This copy of Let It Be is a still sealed original U.S. copy, complete with the original gatefold cover that was dropped for later reissue pressings.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips or tears.  This copy is not a cutout and has no cut corner or punch hole.

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

A nice copy of an album that’s getting quite hard to find as a sealed copy and likely your final upgrade

Background:  Let It Be was the final studio album by the Beatles, released in May, 1970.  As the album was technically a soundtrack album to the film of the same name, distribution of the album was handled by ABCKO, the company that belonged to Beatles manager Allen Klein, rather than Capitol Records.

When Apple Records was dissolved in 1975, Let It Be became the only Beatles studio album to go out of print, and it was actually out of print for several years in the late 1970s and occasionally turned up for sale in discount bins.

Allmusic.com gave Let It Be a 4 1/2 star review:

The only Beatles album to occasion negative, even hostile reviews, there are few other rock records as controversial as Let It Be.   … All that said, the album is on the whole underrated, even discounting the fact that a sub-standard Beatles record is better than almost any other group’s best work. …As flawed and bumpy as it is, it’s an album well worth having, as when the Beatles were in top form here, they were as good as ever.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AR 34001
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Los Bravos – Black is Black sealed 1966 mono LP

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Offered for sale is a still sealed original mono copy of the 1966 LP Black is Black by Los Bravos.

About this copy: This copy is an original still sealed mono pressing of the 1966 LP.  The thick shrink wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears or holes.

It’s as nice a copy as you’ll ever find and will likely be your final upgrade.

Background: “Black is Black” was the debut single of Spanish band Los Bravos, and it reached #2 on the UK single charts and #4 in the U.S.  They were the first Spanish group to make a dent in the U.S. charts.

The album didn’t sell as well as the single, peaking at #93 on the U.S. album charts.  The follow-up album, Bring a Little Lovin’, didn’t chart at all.

While the original 1966 Black is Black LP was released in both mono and stereo, as was the custom of the time, the “stereo” pressings were actually electronically reprocessed stereo, aka “fake stereo,” making the mono version the more desirable pressing.  It’s also harder to find, as the mono version was deleted by early 1968, leaving only the rechanneled stereo versions on the market; the mono is quite hard to find in comparison to the more common fake stereo pressings.

Allmusic.com gave Black is Black a 4 1/2 star review:

Los Bravos formed in 1966…The result of this union of talent and proven production skills produced the band’s first single, the rhythm-driven “Black Is Black,” that same year. It shot up the charts to number two in the U.K. and on August 10, 1966, it charted on Billboard and CashBox. Soon the band enjoyed moderate to major success around the world. In addition to the band’s big hit, this CD reissue of Black Is Black features the group’s U.K. follow-up, “I Don’t Care,” which recalls the Walker Brothers with its similar vocal/horn-laden arrangement — as well as a handful of smartly produced, upbeat British Invasion-style pop numbers (Los Bravos were also influenced by black American soul and R&B acts, especially those on Motown).

You can listen to “Black is Black” here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Press
Catalog Number:
PR 73003
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Mono
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John Lennon/Yoko Ono – Wedding Album sealed limited clear vinyl reissue box set

John Lennon/Yoko Ono Wedding Album clear vinyl

Offered for sale is a still sealed clear vinyl pressing of the Wedding Album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, reissued in early 2019 on clear vinyl in a limited edition of 300 copies.

About this copy: This copy of Wedding Album is a still sealed clear vinyl pressing, packaged in a box set containing replicas of all of the contents that were found in the original 1969 Apple release.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears or holes.  There is a hype sticker on the wrap that indicates that this is a clear vinyl pressing.  While the clear vinyl pressing was reportedly limited to 300 copies, they were not numbered.

Background: Originally released in 1969, Wedding Album was the second of three experimental albums released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.  Buyers expecting Beatle-esque music were likely disappointed, as side one of the album consists of John and Yoko simply repeating each other’s names, while side two features a press conference.

The packaging of the album was interesting, however, coming in a box set that included a copy of their marriage license, a plastic bag containing a photo of a slice of wedding cake, a strip of photos, and a booklet of press clippings.

The album did not chart in the UK and peaked at #178 on the U.S. album charts.  Wedding Album was quite a rarity at one time until a small quantity of sealed copies turned up in a warehouse in the early 1980s.  Of course, all of those copies were grabbed up long ago, and the album is again rather hard to find, especially in completely intact condition.

The new reissue by Secretly Canadian makes the material accessible once again, though they were likely smart to make it a limited edition, as this is still not an album for everyone, or even for all Beatles collectors.

Allmusic.com gave Wedding Album a somewhat generous 1 1/2 star review:

The record itself contained two selections, one of which consisted of nearly 25 minutes of Yoko Ono’s wailing, while the other, “John and Yoko,” featured the two, one in each stereo speaker, calling out the other’s name for more than 22 minutes. Employing such limited lyrics, Lennon is the more expressive, Ono the more penetrating.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Secretly Canadian
Catalog Number:
SC 291
Year of Release: 2019
Format: Stereo
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Marvin Gaye – In the Groove sealed original 1968 stereo LP

marvin gaye - in the groove LP

Offered for sale is a sealed original stereo pressing of Marvin Gaye’s 1968 LP, In the Groove.

About this copy: This copy of In the Groove is an original 1968 stereo first pressing. The album is sealed and the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is tight and intact with just a tiny 1/4″ tear at the lower left hand corner.  A bit of the spine is worn there. There are no cut corners or punch holes.

A gorgeous copy of a pretty terrific album from a 1960s soul icon and a very difficult album to find in this condition.

Background: For an album with a big #1 hit that everyone remembers (“I Heard it Through the Grapevine”) as well as another Top 40 tune (“Chained”,) In the Groove is a surprisingly hard album to find in any condition.

Part of the reason for that is the album’s success; shortly after “Grapevine” topped the charts, Motown made the decision to change both the title of the album and the cover art. (We’ve included an image of the later cover for comparison.)

The subsequent reissue, titled I Heard it Through the Grapevine, continued to sell well and is the most common version of the album seen today. It’s also a terrific album; it was Gaye’s first solo album in nearly two years and it’s the album that made him a star.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Tamla
Catalog Number:
TS 285
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Let It Be sealed 1970 U.S. Apple LP

Beatles Let It Be sealed LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. pressing of Let It Be by the Beatles, complete with gatefold cover.

About this copy: This copy of Let It Be is a still sealed original U.S. copy, complete with the original gatefold cover that was dropped for later reissue pressings.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips or tears, aside from a cut corner in the lower right.  There are two breathe holes in the shrink wrap, as is proper for this pressing.

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

A nice copy of an album that’s getting quite hard to find as a sealed copy.

Background:  Let It Be was the final studio album by the Beatles, released in May, 1970.  As the album was technically a soundtrack album to the film of the same name, distribution of the album was handled by ABCKO, the company that belonged to Beatles manager Allen Klein, rather than Capitol Records.

When Apple Records was dissolved in 1975, Let It Be became the only Beatles studio album to go out of print, and it was actually out of print for several years in the late 1970s and occasionally turned up for sale in discount bins.  This is one of those copies.

Allmusic.com gave Let It Be a 4 1/2 star review:

The only Beatles album to occasion negative, even hostile reviews, there are few other rock records as controversial as Let It Be.   … All that said, the album is on the whole underrated, even discounting the fact that a sub-standard Beatles record is better than almost any other group’s best work. …As flawed and bumpy as it is, it’s an album well worth having, as when the Beatles were in top form here, they were as good as ever.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AR 34001
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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