Santana – Santana (III) rare sealed Melody Recordings U.S. LP

santana - santana melody recordings LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. copy of Santana’s self-titled third album (aka Santana III), released by the short-lived and obscure Melody Recordings label.

About this copy: The copy of Santana offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. pressing on the Melody Recordings label.

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

Tracks are the same as the regular LP on Columbia:

  • Batuka
  • No One to Depend On
  • Taboo
  • Toussaint L’Overture
  • Everybody’s Everything
  • Guajira
  • Jungle Strut
  • Everything’s Coming Our Way
  • Para Los Rumberos

The shrink wrap is tight and complete with the exception of tiny break at the lower left hand corner.  The upper right hand corner has a small bend. It’s the nicest copy of this rare record that you’re ever likely to see.

A beautiful copy of a rare Santana LP and the only copy we’ve ever seen.

Background: In the 1970s, American copyright law had a few loopholes in it and numerous companies took advantage of that to release unauthorized, or “pirate” copies of albums that had been legitimately released by major record labels.

Most of these pirate pressings were 8 track tapes, as companies who were interested in making a quick buck found duplicating tapes to be a lot easier to do than making records. Still, a few did go to the trouble of manufacturing records, most of which were sold in discount stores.

Perhaps the largest label to engage in the manufacture of pirate pressings was a company called Melody Recordings, which claimed to be based in West Caldwell, New Jersey. In the early 1970s, the label released 15 or so titles by artists including Charlie Pride, Led Zeppelin, Carole King, Santana, Paul Simon and others.

The music on these releases was lifted straight from the versions of the album released by the legitimate labels, but all but one of the Melody Recordings LP featured the same cover – a color photo of two crowns and two scepters.

The back cover claims that all royalties have been paid to the artist, but somehow, we doubt that, as this album disappeared from the shelves not long after it came out.

They’re all quite hard to find today, especially in good condition, as the covers were quite prone to wear.

Santana, also known as Santana III, was the third studio album by the band of the same name.

The album reached #1 in the U.S and #6 on the UK charts.

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

Santana III is an album that undeservingly stands in the shadows behind the towering legend that is the band’s second album, Abraxas. … “Everybody’s Everything” is here, as is “Guajira” and “Jungle Strut” — tunes that are still part of Santana’s live show. With acoustic guitars, gorgeous hand percussion, and Santana’s fragile lead vocal, “Everything’s Coming Our Way” is the only “feel good” track here, but it’s a fitting way to begin winding the album down with its Schon and Santana guitar breaks. The album ends with a completely transformed reading of Tito Puente’s “Para los Rumberos,” complete with horns and frantic, almost insanely fast hand drumming and cowbell playing. It’s an album that has aged extremely well due to its spare production (by Carlos and the band) and its live sound. This is essential Santana, a record that deserves to be reconsidered in light of its lasting abundance and vision.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Melody Recordings
Catalog Number:
SS-6007
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Stereo
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Bloodrock – Bloodrock 2 sealed U.S. LP

bloodrock - bloodrock 2 LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. copy of Bloodrock 2 by Bloodrock.

About this copy: This copy of Bloodrock 2 is a sealed U.S. pressing on the Capitol label.

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.  Label variation is unknown, it may be on the green, orange, or (unlikely) purple Capitol labels, but the record feels fairly thick, so it’s likely a green label pressing.

The shrink wrap is fully intact except for a 1″ split at the mouth of the cover at the lower right hand corner.  There’s a tiny dent near the upper right hand corner about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen.

A gorgeous copy of an album that’s usually found in horrible condition with lots of cover wear.

Background: Released in 1971, Bloodrock 2 was the second album by Bloodrock.

The album reached #21 on the U.S. album chart and was certified gold. The single “D.O.A.” reached #36 on the U.S. singles charts.

Allmusic.com gave Bloodrock 2 a 2 1/2 star review:

On their second outing, Bloodrock became a hitmaking proposition thanks to the success of “D.O.A.” Despite the morbid nature of this hit, the album is not another spooky epic like their debut. This time out, the group keeps the music fairly heavy but goes for a lighter feel in the songwriting. … The best moments on Bloodrock 2 are those that go for the spooky feel of the first album: “Fallin'” uses crashing drums and descending riffs to bring the lyric’s mood of depression to life, and “D.O.A.,” which graphically recounts the last thoughts of a plane-crash victim, became a surprise pop chart hit thanks to its powerfully spooky arrangement. Ultimately, Bloodrock 2 offers enough solid tracks to appeal to the group’s devotees, but casual fans who just want to hear “D.O.A.” would be better off hunting that song down on a compilation.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST-491
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Jerry Cole and His Spacemen – Surf Age sealed U.S. stereo LP with bonus Dick Dale single

jerry cole - surf age LP with bonus single

Offered for sale is a still sealed stereo copy of the instrumental surf LP Surf Age by Jerry Cole and His Spacemen, including the nearly-always-missing bonus single “Spanish Kiss”/”Thunder Wave” by Dick Dale and His Del-Tones.

About this copy: This copy of Surf Age is an original 1964 U.S. pressing on the Capitol label.

As the album is still sealed, the record (and bonus single) are presumably unplayed.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes, aside from the breathe holes in the wrap.  A price sticker (not shown) is still attached to the shrink wrap.

There are two tiny corner dents, but aside from that, this LP is nearly perfect.

A beautiful copy of a a terrific surf LP that almost never turns up complete.

Background: Released in 1964, Surf Age was one of the few albums by Jerry Cole that actually had his name on the cover.  Cole was a member of the Wrecking Crew, a group of session musicians that performed on hundreds of albums by a variety of artists in the 1960s, and when Cole wasn’t doing that, he was recording several dozen albums of his own (under a variety of names) as well as appearing as a member of the house band on the 1964-1965 U.S. TV series Shindig.

Allmusic.com gave Surf Age a 3 1/2 star review:

Jerry Cole was a first-rank studio guitarist who, like many members of the Wrecking Crew, cut a few instrumental albums under his own name during the 1960s when he wasn’t busy playing hot licks on other folks’ records. … this is a blowing session where a bunch of talented studio cats have some fun knocking out rock & roll that’s polished and frantic at the same time, and on that score, this album delivers the goods. Cole’s guitar work lacks the feral intensity of Dick Dale, but he’s an agile picker and his tone choices are excellent, ranging from the bright cleanliness of the title track to the reverb-soaked “Deep Surf” and the raunchy fuzz on “One Color Blues.” And this album is a testament to the effortless skill and enthusiasm of the great Los Angeles session players of the ’60s, who could knock out records this good as easily as some kid at McDonald’s flips a hamburger. If you dig vintage surf sounds or classic-era instrumental rock, then Surf Age is right up your alley.

In 1964, Capitol Records came up with the clever idea of releasing four surf albums by four different artists and having each album include a bonus single from one of the other three albums in order to cross-promote sales.

These albums had covers that were designed to store the single in a pocket on the front side that also displayed the title of the 45.

The Surf Age LP included the single “Spanish Kiss”/”Thunder Wave” by Dick Dale

Summer Surf  by Dick Dale included “Racing Waves”/”Movin’ Surf” by Jerry Cole

Surf Route 101 by The Super Stocks included the single “Doin’ the Surfink”/”Finksville U.S.A” by Mr. Gasser & the Weirdos

Surfink! by Mr. Gasser & the Weirdos included the single “Santa Barbara”/”Midnight Run” by the Super Stocks.

None of the four albums sold well and all are hard to find today with the bonus singles intact.

You can listen to “Racing Waves” here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST-2112
Year of Release: 1964
Format: Stereo
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Miles Davis – Kind of Blue sealed 1962 Columbia stereo 2 eye LP

miles davis - kind of blue 2 eye LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed early 1960s stereo pressing of Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, on the then-current “2 eye” Columbia label.

While the shrink wrap has been removed from the cover, the record is still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve.

About this copy: This copy of Kind of Blue is an early stereo pressing on the “2 eye” Columbia label that was in use between May, 1962 and August, 1965.

This is the first “2 eye” label with the words “360° Sound Stereo” in black on the label.  Later pressings had this in white.

The cover is M- with the original shrink wrap.  There’s a tiny corner dent in the lower right hand corner and a bit of foxing on the back.

The record is still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve and is presumably new and unplayed. The inner sleeve is virtually perfect, with no rips or tears.

Matrix numbers are:

Side 1: XSM47326-BK

Side 2: XSM47327-1CC

A gorgeous copy of a classic jazz LP.  Columbia’s pressings on the 360° Sound label are quite good, and this copy is literally unplayed!

Background: Recorded in 1959 by a “supergroup” that included Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans, the album is also one of the best-selling jazz albums ever.

AllMusic.com gave Kind of Blue five stars:

Kind of Blue isn’t merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it’s an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album. To be reductive, it’s the Citizen Kane of jazz — an accepted work of greatness that’s innovative and entertaining. That may not mean it’s the greatest jazz album ever made, but it certainly is a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue posses such a mystique? Perhaps it’s that this music never flaunts its genius. It lures listeners in with the slow, luxurious bassline and gentle piano chords of “So What.” From that moment on, the record never really changes pace — each tune has a similar relaxed feel, as the music flows easily. Yet Kind of Blue is more than easy listening. The end results were wondrous, filled with performances that still crackle with vitality. Few albums of any genre manage to work on so many different levels, but Kind of Blue does. It can be played as background music, yet it amply rewards close listening. It is advanced music that is extraordinarily enjoyable. It may be a stretch to say that if you don’t like Kind of Blue, you don’t like jazz — but it’s hard to imagine it as anything other than a cornerstone of any jazz collection.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
CS8163
Year of Release: 1962
Format: Stereo
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Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town sealed promo-only picture disc LP

bruce springsteen - darkness on the edge of town picture disc lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed picture disc of Bruce Springsteen’s 1978 LP, Darkness on the Edge of Town.

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

About this copy: This copy of Darkness on the Edge of Town is an original picture disc edition of the album, released by Columbia Records in 1978.

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

The wrap is fully intact except for a very tiny (1/8″ or so) break along the bottom edge.

A beautiful copy of a scarce Bruce Springsteen LP and the first copy we’ve had for sale in quite a while.

Background: Released in June, 1978,  Darkness on the Edge of Town is the fourth studio album by Bruce Springsteen.

The album reached #5 on the U.S. charts and #14 in the UK.

After the success of Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen waited three years for the follow-up LP due to legal problems with his management team.  The long-awaited follow-up, Darkness on the Edge of Town, has since gone triple platinum and saw “Prove It All Night” and “Badlands” released as singles.

To promote the album, Columbia Records released a limited-edition picture disc LP of the album, but released it only to radio stations as a promotional item, making it one of the harder to find Springsteen collectibles.

Allmusic.com gave Darkness on the Edge of Town a 4 1/2 star review:

Coming three years, and one extended court battle, after the commercial breakthrough of Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town was highly anticipated. Some attributed the album’s embattled tone to Springsteen’s legal troubles, but it carried on from Born to Run, in which Springsteen had first begun to view his colorful cast of characters as “losers.” On Darkness, he began to see them as the working class. …Darkness was no easy listen, and it served notice that Springsteen was already willing to risk his popularity for his principles. Indeed, Darkness was not as big a seller as Born to Run. And it presaged even starker efforts, such as Nebraska and The Ghost of Tom Joad.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
none
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Rolling Stones – Some Girls sealed 1978 LP with withdrawn cover

rolling stones - some girls u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. pressing of the Rolling Stones’ 1978 LP, Some Girls, with the original withdrawn cover that featured the faces of famous celebrities mixed in with the faces of band members.

About this copy: The copy of Some Girls offered here is an original pressing, complete with the original withdrawn cover.

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 a hype sticker promoting “Miss You” attached to the wrap.

A nice sealed original copy of a classic album and perhaps the nicest example we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: The Rolling Stones’ 1978 LP Some Girls is one of their best-selling albums ever, reaching #1 on the charts in both the U.S. and the UK. It’s also the album that featured their last #1 hit, “Miss You.”

The album featured a die-cut cover that included photos of both band members and famous celebrities. Shortly after the release of the album, the band was sued by the representatives of some of those famous people, forcing the record company to remove the images of everyone but the band members.

The words “cover under reconstruction” appeared where the images of Lucille Ball, Jackie Onassis and Marilyn Monroe had appeared in the earlier design.

Allmusic.com gave Some Girls a 5 star review:

During the mid-’70s, the Rolling Stones remained massively popular, but their records suffered from Jagger’s fascination with celebrity and Keith’s worsening drug habit. By 1978, both punk and disco had swept the group off the front pages, and Some Girls was their fiery response to the younger generation. Opening with the disco-blues thump of “Miss You,” Some Girls is a tough, focused, and exciting record, full of more hooks and energy than any Stones record since Exile on Main St. Even though the Stones make disco their own, they never quite take punk on their own ground. Instead, their rockers sound harder and nastier than they have in years…. Some Girls may not have the back-street aggression of their ’60s records, or the majestic, drugged-out murk of their early-’70s work, but its brand of glitzy, decadent hard rock still makes it a definitive Stones album.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Rolling Stones Records
Catalog Number:
COC 39108
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Rolling Stones – Some Girls sealed 1978 LP with unpunched withdrawn cover

rolling stones - some girls u.s. lp unpunched cover

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. pressing of the Rolling Stones’ 1978 LP, Some Girls, with the original withdrawn cover that featured the faces of famous celebrities mixed in with the faces of band members.

This copy is a rare cover variation where only the faces of the band members have been punched out.  The holes where the faces of Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe and other celebrities have not been punched and there are drawings of other women’s faces in their place.

About this copy: The copy of Some Girls offered here is an original pressing, complete with the original withdrawn cover, though one didn’t fully complete the intended manufacturing process, leaving parts of the cover not punched out.

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 a hype sticker promoting “Miss You” attached to the wrap.

A gorgeous example of a rare variation of Some Girls and the only copy we’ve ever seen.  This copy will be hard to upgrade.

Background: The Rolling Stones’ 1978 LP Some Girls is one of their best-selling albums ever, reaching #1 on the charts in both the U.S. and the UK. It’s also the album that featured their last #1 hit, “Miss You.”

The album featured a die-cut cover that included photos of both band members and famous celebrities. Shortly after the release of the album, the band was sued by the representatives of some of those famous people, forcing the record company to remove the images of everyone but the band members.

The words “cover under reconstruction” appeared where the images of Lucille Ball, Jackie Onassis and Marilyn Monroe had appeared in the earlier design.

Allmusic.com gave Some Girls a 5 star review:

During the mid-’70s, the Rolling Stones remained massively popular, but their records suffered from Jagger’s fascination with celebrity and Keith’s worsening drug habit. By 1978, both punk and disco had swept the group off the front pages, and Some Girls was their fiery response to the younger generation. Opening with the disco-blues thump of “Miss You,” Some Girls is a tough, focused, and exciting record, full of more hooks and energy than any Stones record since Exile on Main St. Even though the Stones make disco their own, they never quite take punk on their own ground. Instead, their rockers sound harder and nastier than they have in years…. Some Girls may not have the back-street aggression of their ’60s records, or the majestic, drugged-out murk of their early-’70s work, but its brand of glitzy, decadent hard rock still makes it a definitive Stones album.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Rolling Stones Records
Catalog Number:
COC 39108
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Billy Joel – Cold Spring Harbor sealed Family Productions LP

billy joel - cold spring harbor family productions lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. copy of the debut album by Billy Joel, Cold Spring Harbor, issued on the obscure Family Productions label.

This version of the album features the original mix, which is substantially different from the early 1980s reissue on Columbia.

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

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

The lower right hand corner of the cover has been cut.  Aside from the cut corner, the shrink wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.

A nice copy of a scarce Billy Joel item and the only copy of this pressing we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Released in 1971 on the tiny Family Productions label, Cold Spring Harbor was the first album by Billy Joel.  This was his only album for that label; he was dissatisfied with the release and sued to get out of his contract.

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: 12″
Record Label: Family Productions
Catalog Number:
FPS 2700
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Rush – Hemispheres sealed red vinyl Canada LP with poster

rush - hemispheres red vinyl canada lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed red vinyl limited edition pressing of Hemispheres by Rush, released in 1978 in Canada.

Sealed copies of this LP have become quite rare, and used ones are unusually prone to cover wear.

About this copy:  This copy of Hemispheres is a red vinyl Canadian pressing, released on Anthem Records 1978 and including the original poster.

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

The wrap is fully intact except for a 1 1/2″ break at the center of the bottom edge and a tiny break at the lower left hand corner.

The cover has a hype sticker that says, “SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION RED VINYL PRESSING also INCLUDES COLOUR POSTER.”

A nice copy of a terrific record, and the first sealed copy we’ve seen in decades and the only one we’ve ever had for sale.

Background:  Hemispheres, released in 1978, was the sixth album by Rush, reaching #14 on the Canadian charts and #47 on the U.S. charts, though it was later certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million units.

The LP was issued as a limited edition on red vinyl in Canada, as well as a picture disc edition in the United States.

Allmusic.com gave Hemispheres a 3 star review:

While such albums as 1980’s Permanent Waves and 1981’s Moving Pictures are usually considered Rush’s masterpieces (and with good reason), 1978’s Hemispheres is just as deserving. Maybe the fact that the album consists of only four compositions (half are lengthy pieces) was a bit too intimidating for some, but the near 20-minute-long “Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres” is arguably the band’s finest extended track.

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Country of origin: Canada
Size: 12″
Record Label: Anthem
Catalog Number:
SANR-1-1015
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Donna Loren – Beach Blanket Bingo sealed U.S. stereo LP

donna loren - beach blanket bingo lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed stereo copy of Beach Blanket Bingo, the only album by singer/actress/model Donna Loren.

About this copy: This copy of Beach Blanket Bingo is an original 1965 stereo pressing on the Capitol label.  As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

This copy is pristine and the wrap is fully intact with no tears or rips.  There is a punch hole in the upper left hand corner and a tiny corner dent in the lower right hand corner.

A beautiful copy of a surprisingly rare LP and the only copy we’ve ever seen or had for sale.

Background: For someone with a relatively high profile in the 1960s, Donna Loren had a surprisingly short recording career.  She spent five years as the “Dr. Pepper Girl,” appeared in four “beach party” movies, and appeared as a singer in 30 episodes of the popular Shindig TV show.

Despite all of this, she only released five singles and a single LP, Beach Blanket Bingo, an album that collected songs from her beach movies into a single LP.  The album did not chart.

You can listen to Donna singing the title track here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST 2323
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo
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