John Lennon – Live Peace in Toronto 1969 sealed U.S. LP with calendar

john lennon - live peace in toronto u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. copy of the live album, Live Peace in Toronto 1969 by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, including a 1970 calendar.

About this copy: The copy of Live Peace in Toronto 1969 offered for sale is an original 1969 U.S. pressing on the Apple label

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably unplayed.

The version of the calendar that is included is the one with the metal binding.

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes.  This is unusual for copies with the metal binder, as the binder usually breaks through the wrap.

This copy does not have the hype sticker that mentions the calendar.

A nice example of a somewhat scarce John Lennon LP.

Background: In 1969, John Lennon and friends (including Klaus Voorman, Eric Clapton, and Yoko Ono) put in a hastily-arranged live appearance at the Toronto Rock and Roll Festival.  With little rehearsal, the band went through a few rock and roll classics, a Beatles tune or two, and a couple of John/Yoko numbers, with side two dominated by Yoko’s “avant garde” performance amidst guitar feedback.

Original pressings of the album included a 1970 calendar.  On the early pressings, the calendar had a metal binding; on  later pressings, the binding was plastic.  The album went out of print in the early 1970s and had actually become quite rare by the end of the decade.

We remember a time when you couldn’t find a copy of Live Peace in Toronto at any price.  That changed when a number of sealed copies turned up in a warehouse in the early 1980s, making the record not quite the rarity it had once been.  Live Peace in Toronto has been reissued several times since, including an issue by Mobile Fidelity, but as far as we know, it’s currently out of print on vinyl.

Released in December, 1969, Live Peace in Toronto was John Lennon’s first live album and his first solo album to include actual music.

The album reached #10 on the U.S. charts, but did not chart in the UK.

Allmusic.com gave Live Peace in Toronto 1969 a 3 star review:

 Thrown together literally on the wing (they rehearsed only on the flight from England), the ad-hoc band consisting of Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass, and Alan White on drums hit the stage to the surprise and delight of the thousands who packed Varsity Stadium. “We’re just going to do numbers we know, you know, because we’ve never played together before,” confesses Lennon, who was reportedly extremely nervous before going on. But the repertoire was a piece of cake for a quartet of seasoned rockers — blues-based oldies (“Blue Suede Shoes,” “Money,” “Dizzy Miss Lizzie”) and basic then-recent Lennon numbers (“Yer Blues,” “Cold Turkey,” “Give Peace a Chance”) — and they lay it down in a dignified, noisy, glorified garage band manner. Lennon is in fine vocal form, confident and funny despite his frequent apologies.

John Lennon – Live Peace in Toronto 1969 sealed U.S. LP with calendar

john lennon - live peace in toronto u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. copy of the live album, Live Peace in Toronto 1969 by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, including a 1970 calendar.

About this copy: The copy of Live Peace in Toronto 1969 offered for sale is an original 1969 U.S. pressing on the Apple label

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably unplayed.

The version of the calendar that is included is the one with the metal binding.

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes.  This is unusual for copies with the metal binder, as the binder usually breaks through the wrap.  There is a small bend in the upper left hand corner.

This copy does not have the hype sticker that mentions the calendar.

A nice example of a somewhat scarce John Lennon LP.

Background: In 1969, John Lennon and friends (including Klaus Voorman, Eric Clapton, and Yoko Ono) put in a hastily-arranged live appearance at the Toronto Rock and Roll Festival.  With little rehearsal, the band went through a few rock and roll classics, a Beatles tune or two, and a couple of John/Yoko numbers, with side two dominated by Yoko’s “avant garde” performance amidst guitar feedback.

Original pressings of the album included a 1970 calendar.  On the early pressings, the calendar had a metal binding; on  later pressings, the binding was plastic.  The album went out of print in the early 1970s and had actually become quite rare by the end of the decade.

We remember a time when you couldn’t find a copy of Live Peace in Toronto at any price.  That changed when a number of sealed copies turned up in a warehouse in the early 1980s, making the record not quite the rarity it had once been.  Live Peace in Toronto has been reissued several times since, including an issue by Mobile Fidelity, but as far as we know, it’s currently out of print on vinyl.

Released in December, 1969, Live Peace in Toronto was John Lennon’s first live album and his first solo album to include actual music.

The album reached #10 on the U.S. charts, but did not chart in the UK.

Allmusic.com gave Live Peace in Toronto 1969 a 3 star review:

 Thrown together literally on the wing (they rehearsed only on the flight from England), the ad-hoc band consisting of Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass, and Alan White on drums hit the stage to the surprise and delight of the thousands who packed Varsity Stadium. “We’re just going to do numbers we know, you know, because we’ve never played together before,” confesses Lennon, who was reportedly extremely nervous before going on. But the repertoire was a piece of cake for a quartet of seasoned rockers — blues-based oldies (“Blue Suede Shoes,” “Money,” “Dizzy Miss Lizzie”) and basic then-recent Lennon numbers (“Yer Blues,” “Cold Turkey,” “Give Peace a Chance”) — and they lay it down in a dignified, noisy, glorified garage band manner. Lennon is in fine vocal form, confident and funny despite his frequent apologies.

John Lennon – Live Peace in Toronto 1969 sealed U.S. LP with calendar

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. copy of the live album, Live Peace in Toronto 1969 by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, including a 1970 calendar.

About this copy: The copy of Live Peace in Toronto 1969 offered for sale is an original 1969 U.S. pressing on the Apple label

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably unplayed.

The version of the calendar that is included is the one with the metal binding.

The wrap is fully intact except for a small break at the lower right hand corner.   That’s common with copies that have the metal-bound calendar.   There is a dent in the cover in that corner.

This copy does not have the hype sticker that mentions the calendar.

A nice example of a somewhat scarce John Lennon LP.

Background: In 1969, John Lennon and friends (including Klaus Voorman, Eric Clapton, and Yoko Ono) put in a hastily-arranged live appearance at the Toronto Rock and Roll Festival.  With little rehearsal, the band went through a few rock and roll classics, a Beatles tune or two, and a couple of John/Yoko numbers, with side two dominated by Yoko’s “avant garde” performance amidst guitar feedback.

Original pressings of the album included a 1970 calendar.  On the early pressings, the calendar had a metal binding; on  later pressings, the binding was plastic.  The album went out of print in the early 1970s and had actually become quite rare by the end of the decade.

We remember a time when you couldn’t find a copy of Live Peace in Toronto at any price.  That changed when a number of sealed copies turned up in a warehouse in the early 1980s, making the record not quite the rarity it had once been.  Live Peace in Toronto has been reissued several times since, including an issue by Mobile Fidelity, but as far as we know, it’s currently out of print on vinyl.

Released in December, 1969, Live Peace in Toronto was John Lennon’s first live album and his first solo album to include actual music.

The album reached #10 on the U.S. charts, but did not chart in the UK.

Allmusic.com gave Live Peace in Toronto 1969 a 3 star review:

 Thrown together literally on the wing (they rehearsed only on the flight from England), the ad-hoc band consisting of Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass, and Alan White on drums hit the stage to the surprise and delight of the thousands who packed Varsity Stadium. “We’re just going to do numbers we know, you know, because we’ve never played together before,” confesses Lennon, who was reportedly extremely nervous before going on. But the repertoire was a piece of cake for a quartet of seasoned rockers — blues-based oldies (“Blue Suede Shoes,” “Money,” “Dizzy Miss Lizzie”) and basic then-recent Lennon numbers (“Yer Blues,” “Cold Turkey,” “Give Peace a Chance”) — and they lay it down in a dignified, noisy, glorified garage band manner. Lennon is in fine vocal form, confident and funny despite his frequent apologies.

Beach Boys – The Beach Boys Today! sealed 1965 U.S. Duophonic LP

beach boys today u.s. duophonic LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. Duophonic pressing of The Beach Boys Today! by the Beach Boys.

The album was not issued in true stereo at the time of the initial release; all first pressings are in Duophonic (rechanneled) stereo.

About this copy: This copy of The Beach Boys Today! is an original 1965 U.S. pressing on the Capitol label.

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

This copy was pressed at Capitol’s Los Angeles pressing plant, as indicated by the number 6 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  There are no cutout holes or promotional punch holes.   There are a few foxing spots on the back cover.

A nice copy of a classic album that’s hard to find in this condition.

Background: Released in 1965, The Beach Boys Today! was the eighth studio album by the Beach Boys.

The album reached #4 on the U.S. album chart and #6 on the UK chart.

Allmusic.com gave The Beach Boys Today! a rare 5 star review:

Brian Wilson’s retirement from performing to concentrate on studio recording and production reaped immediate dividends with Today!, the first Beach Boys album that is strong almost from start to finish. “Dance, Dance, Dance” and “Do You Wanna Dance” were upbeat hits with Spector-influenced arrangements, but Wilson began to deal with more sophisticated themes on another smash 45, “When I Grow Up,” on which these eternal teenagers looked forward to the advancing years with fear and uncertainty. Surf/hot rod/beach themes were permanently retired in favor of late-adolescent, early-adult romance on this album, which included such decent outings in this vein as “She Knows Me Too Well,” “Kiss Me Baby,” and “In the Back of My Mind.”

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
DT 2269
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo (rechanneled)
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Buffalo Springfield – What’s That Sound? sealed U.S. 180 gram 5 LP box set

buffalo springfield what's that sound u.s. 5 lp box set

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the U.S. 5 LP box set, What’s That Sound – Complete Albums Collection by Buffalo Springfield.

This set of five 180 gram LPs, complete with original covers, was limited to 5000 copies on vinyl.

About this copy: This copy of What’s That Sound? is a 2018 U.S. pressing on the Rhino/Atco label.

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

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  There is a mark through the bar code under the shrink wrap, indicating that this copy was intended for promotional use.

A beautiful copy of a scarce (and terrific!) box set.

Background: Released in 2018, What’s That Sound – Complete Albums Collection is a box set by Buffalo Springfield that includes the following albums:

  • Buffalo Springfield (1966) – Mono version without “For What It’s Worth” but including “Baby Don’t Scold Me.”
  • Buffalo Springfield (1966) – Stereo version with “For What It’s Worth” but without “Baby Don’t Scold Me.”
  • Buffalo Springfield Again (1967) – Mono version
  • Buffalo Springfield Again (1967) – Stereo version
  • Last Time Around (1969) – Stereo version

The 180 gram discs were mastered by Chris Bell for Bernie Grundman mastering, under the supervision of Neil Young.

Allmusic.com gave What’s That Sound – Complete Albums Collection a 4 1/2 star review:

Buffalo Springfield’s discography received the complete box set treatment in 2001, with a four-disc set filled with previously unreleased demos, alternate takes, and other rarities. In contrast, What’s That Sound: The Complete Albums Collection attempts to restore the discography to how it was heard upon its original release. …. Neil Young supervised the remastering, so the audio is on par with his acclaimed Original Release Series, and the packaging has been replicated, resulting in the rare complete box set that offers a considerable bang for the buck.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atco/Rhino
Catalog Number:
603497860661
Year of Release: 2018
Format: Mono/Stereo
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Police – Ghost in the Machine sealed U.S. promotional Nautilus half speed mastered LP

police - ghost in the machine u.s. nautilus lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. promotional copy of the limited edition half speed mastered pressing of Ghost in the Machine by the Police.

About this copy: This copy of Ghost in the Machine is a 1981 U.S. pressing on the Nautilus Recordings label, pressed on high quality Teldec vinyl.

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

The wrap is mostly intact except for tiny breaks at the two right hand corners.  There is a sticker attached the the front cover that says “NOT FOR SALE -Promotional Use Only.”

A beautiful copy of an album that is usually found with cover wear, and the only sealed copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Released in 1981, Ghost in the Machine was the fourth album by the Police.

The album reached #1 on the UK album chart and #2 on the U.S. album chart.

Allmusic.com gave Ghost in the Machine a 3 1/2 star review:

For their fourth album, 1981’s Ghost in the Machine, the Police had streamlined their sound to focus more on their pop side and less on their trademark reggae-rock. Their jazz influence had become more prominent, as evidenced by the appearance of saxophones on several tracks. The production has more of a contemporary ’80s sound to it (courtesy of Hugh Padgham, who took over for Nigel Gray), and Sting proved once and for all to be a master of the pop songwriting format. … While it was not a pop masterpiece, Ghost in the Machine did serve as an important stepping stone between their more direct early work and their more ambitious latter direction, resulting in the trio’s exceptional blockbuster final album, 1983’s Synchronicity.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Nautilus Recordings
Catalog Number:
NR 40
Year of Release: 1981
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon sealed U.S. picture disc LP

pink floyd - the dark side of the moon u.s. picture disc lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. copy of the picture disc version of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, issued as a limited edition in 1979.

About this copy: This copy of Dark Side of the Moon is a 1979 pressing on the Capitol label.

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

The wrap is mostly intact, except for a small missing piece in the upper left hand corner on the front of the cover.  There is a small ink mark on the cover there.

A nice copy of a scarce picture disc.

Background:  In the late 1970s, record companies began issuing picture discs of new albums as promotional items. They became quite popular among collectors, so the record companies began releasing limited edition picture disc versions of both then-new titles as well as older popular titles from their back catalog.

One of the older titles released by Capitol Records was Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, then (and now) one of the best-selling albums in history.

The picture disc fad was a short-lived one, as consumers began to balk at the idea of paying nearly twice as much for a limited edition item that didn’t sound as good as the regular pressing. In time, these limited edition pressings became somewhat scarce, particularly in new, unopened condition.

The Dark Side of the Moon was Pink Floyd’s eighth album and it’s the one that made them superstars. Reaching #1 in the U.S. and #2 in the UK, the album is one of the biggest selling albums in history.

While the album topped the U.S. charts for only one week, it spent 741 weeks in the U.S. top 200 – fifteen years.

Allmusic.com gave The Dark Side of the Moon a rare 5 star review:

By condensing the sonic explorations of Meddle to actual songs and adding a lush, immaculate production to their trippiest instrumental sections, Pink Floyd inadvertently designed their commercial breakthrough with Dark Side of the Moon. …Pink Floyd may have better albums than Dark Side of the Moon, but no other record defines them quite as well as this one.
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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SEAX-11902
Year of Release: 1979
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – White Album sealed U.S. white vinyl 2 LP set

beatles white album white vinyl u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition white vinyl U.S. pressing of the Beatles self-titled LP, The Beatles, also known as the White Album, complete with poster and four photo inserts.

About this copy:  This copy of the White Album is a limited edition U.S. pressing from 1978 on white vinyl, pressed on the then-current maroon Capitol label.

As the album is still sealed, the records are presumably new and unplayed.  The poster and four photo inserts are included.

There is a hype sticker on the shrink wrap indicating that the album is a white vinyl limited edition.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  There is trace residue from a price sticker on the wrap next to the hype sticker.

Unlike most sealed copies that are found today, this one does not have a promotional hole punched in the cover.

A nice copy of an increasingly scarce LP, and one we rarely have in stock for very long.

Background: In 1978, collectors were showing a lot of interest in both picture discs and colored vinyl records, so record companies worldwide issued a number of new and older titles in those formats to satisfy collector demand.

In the United States, Capitol Records pressed three different albums by the Beatles on colored vinyl – The Beatles 1962-1966 on red vinyl, The Beatles 1967-1970 on blue vinyl, and The Beatles, or The White Album on white vinyl.

All three pressings are collectible, though the White Album seems to be the one that attracts the most demand from collectors today.  For some reason, the White Album is one of the most sought-out colored vinyl LPs.  It’s also the hardest one to find in good condition, as the white cover is easily prone to wear.

Allmusic.com gave The Beatles a 5 star review:

Each song on the sprawling double album The Beatles is an entity to itself, as the band touches on anything and everything it can. This makes for a frustratingly scattershot record or a singularly gripping musical experience, depending on your view, but what makes the so-called White Album interesting is its mess. …None of it sounds like it was meant to share album space together, but somehow The Beatles creates its own style and sound through its mess.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SEBX-11841
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Abbey Road sealed limited edition U.S. picture disc LP

beatles abbey road u.s. picture disc lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the U.S. limited edition picture disc of Abbey Road by the Beatles.

About this copy: This copy of Abbey Road is an original 1979 U.S. release from Capitol Records.

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

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes.  There is a large punch hole in the upper right hand corner; this is how Capitol Records marked promotional copies of the album.

A beautiful copy of a great-looking picture disc.

Background: During the late 1970s, record companies started sending out picture discs of new albums as promotional items.  These records soon became popular with collectors and the record companies, seeing an opportunity for extra money, began issuing limited edition picture discs commercially of then-new and older popular titles.

This fad didn’t last long, as buyers soon grew wary of paying twice the price for a picture disc of an album they likely already owned, and by 1980, releases of picture disc LPs in the United States became somewhat of a rare occurrence.

Among the titles released at the time were two titles by the Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road.  The Sgt. Pepper disc was released first and sold quite well.  By the time Abbey Road was released, buyers had become reluctant to pay big bucks for picture discs, and a lot of stores didn’t even bother to stock it.

As a result, the Abbey Road picture disc is considerably rarer than the Sgt. Pepper version.

Released in 1969, Abbey Road was the final studio album recorded by the Beatles.  The album reached #1 on both the U.S. and UK album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Abbey Road a 5 star review:

 In many ways, Abbey Road stands apart from the rest of the Beatles’ catalog, an album that gains considerable strength from its lush, enveloping production — a recording so luxuriant, it glosses over aesthetic differences between the group’s main three songwriters and ties together a series of disconnected unfinished songs into a complete suite. Where Sgt. Pepper pioneered such mind-bending aural techniques, Abbey Road truly seized the possibilities of the studio and, in doing so, pointed the way forward to the album rock era of the 1970s. Many of the studio tricks arrive during that brilliant suite of songs, a sequence that lasts nearly a full side of an album. … While a single song or segment can be dazzling, having a succession of marvelous, occasionally intertwined moments is not only a marvel but indeed a summation of everything that made the Beatles great.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SEAX-11900
Year of Release: 1979
Format: Stereo
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Bob Seger – Night Moves sealed U.S. promotional picture disc LP

bob seger night moves u.s. picture disc lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition picture disc pressing of Night Moves by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band.

This picture disc was issued only as a promotional item and was not sold commercially.

About this copy: This picture disc of Night Moves is an original 1978 Capitol Records issue.

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

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.   There is a bend in the lower right hand corner.

A nice copy of a rare Bob Seger LP and the first copy we’ve had for sale in several years.

Background: Released in 1976, Night Moves was the ninth studio album by Bob Seger, and the album that finally brought him mainstream success after a decade of so-so chart performance.

The album reached #8 on the U.S. charts and has sold more than six million copies.

In 1978, to thank radio stations for helping promote the LP, Capitol Records pressed a limited number of picture discs of the LP and sent them out to radio stations.

Allmusic.com gave Night Moves a 5 star review:

Bob Seger recorded the bulk of Night Moves before Live Bullet brought him his first genuine success, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s similar in spirit to the introspective Beautiful Loser, even if it rocks harder and longer. Throughout much of the album, he’s coming to grips with being on the other side of 30 and still rocking. … Thankfully, this was delivered to a mass audience eager for Seger, and it not only became a hit, but one of the universally acknowledged high points of late-’70s rock & roll. And, because of his passion and craft, it remains a thoroughly terrific record years later.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
PST-11557
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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