Frida (Abba) – Something’s Going On sealed 1982 Japan promotional LP

frida something's going on japan promo lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original Japanese promotional copy of Something’s Going On by Frida.

About this copy: This copy of Something’s Going On is a 1982 Japanese pressing on the Discomate label.

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

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

This LP was issued without an obi, but instead had a large sticker attached to the shrink wrap.  There is a smaller sticker at the top of the cover that says “Sample” in Japanese.

The disc should be a white label promotional copy. (see photo for example)

A beautiful copy of an album that’s hard to find complete, as the sticker is usually missing.

Background: Released in 1982, Something’s Going On was the third solo album by Annifrid Lyngstad, better known as “Frida,” and former member of ABBA.

This was her first English-language LP.  The album reached #18 on the UK album chart and #41 on the U.S. chart.

Allmusic.com gave Something’s Going On a 4 star review:

Fans of ABBA’s sugary-sweet pop songs will no doubt be surprised by Something’s Going On, the remarkably hard-edged 1982 solo album by ABBA vocalist Anni-Frida Lyngstad, better known simply as Frida. …Something’s Going On boasts impressive guitar work by Daryl Stuermer, who has toured with Genesis as well as appeared on several Collins solo albums. Collins’ drum work is also outstanding, particularly on the hard-hitting hit single “I Know There’s Something Going On.” Frida herself shows an unexpected emotional range given ABBA’s two-dimensional pop gloss. … Frida escapes the creative limitations of being a member of one of the world’s most popular groups on this solid and often riveting album.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Discomate
Catalog Number:
DSP-5116
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Stereo
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Longbranch Pennywhistle – Longbranch Pennywhistle sealed 1970 U.S. LP with Glenn Frey

Longbranch Pennywhistle 1969 U.S. LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. pressing of Longbranch Pennwhistle, the only album by the band of the same name, featuring Glenn Frey of the Eagles and J.D. Souther.

About this copy: This copy of Longbranch Pennwhistle is a 1970 U.S. pressing on the Amos label.

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

The wrap is almost completely intact except for a couple of very tiny breaks at the mouth (see photo.)  This was likely caused by applying too much heat to the shrink wrap at the factory.  There is also a very tiny break on the top edge just above the letter “L” in the band name.

Unlike many copies, this copy does not have any cutout marks.

A beautiful copy of a rare Eagles-related LP.

Background: Released in 1970, Longbranch Pennwhistle was the only album by the band of the same name, which featured Glenn Frey of the Eagles and J.S. Souther, who wrote a number of the Eagles’ hits, as well as a few of his own.

The album was released without notice and did not chart.

Allmusic.com gave Longbranch Pennwhistle this review:

Longbranch Pennywhistle’s only album is mostly of interest to collectors and intense Eagles fans, as it features Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther collaborating before either had risen to fame. It’s more low-key and less slick than the Eagles — than even the early Eagles records, in fact — but undeniably also lacks the pop hooks that made the Eagles successful stars from the git-go.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Amos
Catalog Number:
AAS 7007
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II sealed 1977 U.S. record club LP

led zeppelin II u.s. record club lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed 1977 U.S. Columbia Record Club pressing of Led Zeppelin II, the second album by Led Zeppelin.

About this copy: This copy of Led Zeppelin II is a 1977 U.S. pressing on the Atlantic label, likely pressed at Columbia Records’ Terre Haute, Indiana pressing plant.  While Discogs lists this as a 1977 release, that’s the date when the catalog number was changed from SD 8236 to SD 19127 by Atlantic Records.  It may not be the exact date of release of this particular pressing, though it’s likely close.

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

The wrap is mostly intact except for a tiny break at the lower right hand corner.  All four corners are slightly pushed.

Unlike copies sold in stores, this pressing did not have hype stickers attached to the shrink wrap.  The words “Manufactured by Columbia House under license” are printed at the bottom of the back cover.

A nice copy of a scarce variation of a classic LP.

Background: Led Zeppelin’s 1969 debut LP drew a bit of attention from fans and critics, but it was the second album, Led Zeppelin II, that really made the band famous.  Every track on the album got regular play on FM radio and the album reached #1 on both the U.S. and UK charts and the song “Whole Lotta Love” reached #4 on the American singles chart.

Allmusic.com gave Led Zeppelin II a rare 5 star review:

Recorded quickly during Led Zeppelin’s first American tours, Led Zeppelin II provided the blueprint for all the heavy metal bands that followed it. Since the group could only enter the studio for brief amounts of time, most of the songs that compose II are reworked blues and rock & roll standards that the band was performing on-stage at the time. Not only did the short amount of time result in a lack of original material, it made the sound more direct. Jimmy Page still provided layers of guitar overdubs, but the overall sound of the album is heavy and hard, brutal and direct. “Whole Lotta Love,” “The Lemon Song,” and “Bring It on Home” are all based on classic blues songs — only, the riffs are simpler and louder and each song has an extended section for instrumental solos. Of the remaining six songs, two sport light acoustic touches (“Thank You,” “Ramble On”), but the other four are straight-ahead heavy rock that follows the formula of the revamped blues songs. While Led Zeppelin II doesn’t have the eclecticism of the group’s debut, it’s arguably more influential. After all, nearly every one of the hundreds of Zeppelin imitators used this record, with its lack of dynamics and its pummeling riffs, as a blueprint.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
SD 19127
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Buddy Holly – Holly in the Hill sealed 1965 U.S. stereo LP

buddy holly - holly in the hills u.s. stereo lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. stereo pressing of the 1965 LP Holly in the Hills by Buddy Holly.

About this copy: This copy of Holly in the Hills is a 1965 U.S. stereo pressing on the Coral label.

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

The wrap is mostly intact, but there is a 1″x 3″ (3 cm x 8 cm) missing piece in the upper left hand corner and a small 1 cm x 2 cm missing piece in the lower right hand corner.  There is a punch hole in the upper right hand corner of the cover.

A nice copy of an album that is usually found in poor condition.

Background: Released in 1965, Holly in the Hills was the fourth album containing previously unreleased material to be issued after Holly’s 1959 death.

This album contained early recordings of Holly with his friend Bob Montgomery.

The album reached #13 on the UK album chart but did not chart in the U.S.

Allmusic.com gave Holly in the Hills a 3 star review:

On its face, Holly in the Hills was seemingly one of the more artistically dubious Buddy Holly albums to appear posthumously. Built around Holly’s pre-Crickets recordings circa 1955, as part of the duo of Buddy & Bob, the familiar Holly voice is present and easy to appreciate, though he’s sharing the spotlight with Bob Montgomery and doing a repertory that’s steeped thoroughly in country music, complete with fiddle accompaniment (“Baby It’s Love,” “I Gambled My Heart”). Holly was beginning to discover rock & roll and work out a sound of his own, as demonstrated by some of the cuts here, but he was still a country artist and doing a lot of ballads in that idiom as well. …it would be easy to see these Buddy & Bob sides having opened a career in country music for the two of them that could easily have carried them into the 1960s before a very different audience from the one Holly actually ended up finding.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Coral
Catalog Number:
CRL 757463
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo (rechanneled)
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Fleetwood Mac – Rumours sealed limited edition U.S. 45 RPM 2 LP set

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours U.S. 45 RPM LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the U.S. limited edition, 45 RPM 2 LP pressing of Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.

Note: This is the limited edition 2011 U.S. pressing, and not the recent European one, which reportedly doesn’t sound as good.

About this copy: This copy of Rumours is an original 2011 U.S. pressing on the Warner Brothers label of an album that was originally released in 1977.

This highly-regarded audiophile pressing was issued in 2011 and was limited to 5000 copies, pressed on 180 gram vinyl and cut at 45 RPM for better fidelity.

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

The loose bag is fully intact except for a small 1″ (2.5 cm) tear along the bottom edge.  The perforated tear-off strip is fully intact.

The words “Made in U.S.A.” appear in the lower right hand corner of the back cover; the more common pressing says “Manufactured in the E.U.”

There is a hype sticker on the cover that lists a few song titles, and says, “2 DISCS 45 RPM Pressed at Pallas.”

A beautiful copy of a rare Fleetwood Mac LP.

Background:  This limited edition pressing of Rumours was first pressed as a test pressing in 2006, but for some reason, it wasn’t commercially released until 2011.

The U.S. pressings were pressed at Pallas, a highly-regarded German pressing plant, and were limited to 5000 copies.  These were issued in a loose-fitting plastic bag and have covers that say, “Made in U.S.A.” on the back by the UPC.

There is another pressing from Europe that looks very similar.  That one was issued on tight-fitting shrink wrap and say, “Made in the EU” on the back cover.

While we cannot confirm this, the EU copies were reportedly not sourced from the same tape and are said to not sound as good as the U.S. issue, which is generally regarded as the best-sounding pressing of Rumours ever issued on vinyl.

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Released in 1977, Rumours was the album that turned Fleetwood Mac into superstars.  The album reached #1 in the U.S. and in the UK and has sold more than twenty million copies in the U.S. alone.

Allmusic.com gave Rumours a 5 star review:

Rumours is the kind of album that transcends its origins and reputation, entering the realm of legend — it’s an album that simply exists outside of criticism and outside of its time, even if it thoroughly captures its era. Prior to this LP, Fleetwood Mac were moderately successful, but here they turned into a full-fledged phenomenon, with Rumours becoming the biggest-selling pop album to date. While its chart success was historic, much of the legend surrounding the record is born from the group’s internal turmoil. Unlike most bands, Fleetwood Mac in the mid-’70s were professionally and romantically intertwined, with no less than two couples in the band, but as their professional career took off, the personal side unraveled.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog Number:
517787-1
Year of Release: 2011
Format: Stereo
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Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town sealed U.S. promo-only picture disc LP

Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town u.s. picture disc lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. 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 a 1978 pressing on the Columbia Records label.

The record was issued for promotional purposes only, though it is not marked “promotional” in any way.

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

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

A beautiful copy of a scarce Bruce Springsteen LP.

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.  Production was reportedly limited to 1000 copies.

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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Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon sealed U.S. Mobile Fidelity LP

pink floyd dark side of the moon mobile fidelity lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. half speed mastered pressing of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, released by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.

This is the 1981 second issue of the LP with the slanted text “Original Master Recording” at the top of the front cover.

About this copy: This copy of The Dark Side of the Moon is a 1981 U.S. pressing on the Mobile Fidelity label of an album that was originally released in 1973.

While technically a U.S. release, the disc was pressed in Japan by JVC using their proprietary “Supervinyl” compound.

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

The loose wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  An original price sticker is attached to the wrap.  A sticker that covered the price sticker that said “Factory Sealed For Your Protection” has been removed but is included.

There is a small break in the cover at the bottom edge under the wrap.  This is common for this title due to the loose wrap.

A beautiful copy of a Pink Floyd LP that is often found with major cover wear and the first sealed copy we’ve seen in decades.

Background:  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.

Every title ever issued by Mobile Fidelity is collectible in its own right; their pressings from 1978 through 1989 were pressed in Japan by JVC on their proprietary Super Vinyl, an exceptionally resilient, dead-quiet vinyl compound, with later issues pressed in the U.S. by RTI on 200 gram vinyl. These records were mastered at half speed; both the tape and the cutting lathe were run at half the normal speed, allowing the cutting head to cut a more accurate groove in the acetate. The finished product featured dead-quiet vinyl, with improved dynamics, better imaging, and tighter bass. By their very nature, all of Mobile Fidelity’s titles were limited-edition pressings.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Mobile Fidelity
Catalog Number:
MFSL 1-017
Year of Release: 1981
Format: Stereo
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Fapardokly – Fapardokly still sealed 1967 U.S. psych LP with Merrell Fankhauser

fapardokly u.s. psych lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. pressing of the pop/psych LP Fapardokly, featuring Merrell Fankhauser.

This privately pressed 1967 LP was reportedly pressed in a run of just 500 copies.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a still sealed 1967 U.S. mono pressing on the UIP label.

This LP was privately pressed and sold by the band; all copies are mono.

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

While the album is still sealed, most of the wrap is missing on the front of the cover.  (see photo)  There is also a small 1″ (2.5 cm) break in the wrap at the lower right hand corner at the mouth of the cover.

There is very slight wear under the wrap at the top of the back cover; every copy we’ve ever seen that was still in the shrink wrap had wear like this.  It likely happened at the factory as the albums were stacked to be shrink wrapped.

The wrap is otherwise tight around the outside of the cover and there is no wear at all at the areas where the wrap is missing.  The white areas of the cover are pure white.

A beautiful copy of a pop/psych classic.  It’s a terrific record that justifies its reputation.

Background: While titled that way, Fapardokly wasn’t really a band.  It was just the name that Merrell Fankhauser and his band, the Exiles, decided to put on the record for this privately pressed 1967 LP, which was reportedly limited to a single pressing of 500 copies.

The album consists of previously released singles that were recorded from 1964-1966, along with some new tracks that were recorded for the LP in 1967.

While the album has been reissued numerous times here and there, the original pressings of Fapardokly (humorously misspelled as Fabardokly on the back cover) are quite rare.

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

One of the most sought-after rock rarities of the ’60s, this album was stylistically uneven, as can be expected from an LP cobbled together from recordings spanning a few years. About half, however, is sparkling psychedelic folk-rock, recalling Fifth Dimension Byrds with its shimmering twelve-string guitars, multipart harmonies, and occasional trippy lyrics. Although the early material is more pop-oriented and doesn’t fit in as well, it’s pretty solid, recalling the Zombies and (in the very earliest tracks) Ricky Nelson. “Lila,” “Tomorrow’s Girl,” and “Super Market” are genuine lost ’60s treasures, and much of the rest of the album isn’t far behind.

You can hear one of the tracks from the album, “Tomorrow’s Girl” here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: UIP
Catalog Number:
LP-2250
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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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 a 1978 U.S. pressing on the Capitol label of an album that was originally released in 1976.

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

The wrap is fully intact except for a very tiny break at the lower right hand corner.

A nice copy of a scarce Bob Seger LP .

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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Rush – The Body Electric sealed UK red vinyl 10″ single

Rush - The Body Electric uk red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the red vinyl UK limited edition 10″ single of “The Body Electric” by Rush.

About this copy: This copy of “The Body Electric” is a 1984 UK pressing on the Vertigo label.

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

The cover is M- and has a hype sticker that says, “Limited Edition Red Vinyl.”  There is also an import sticker from Jem Imports on the wrap.

Tracks are:

  • The Body Electric
  • Distant Early Warning
  • The Analog Kid

A nice copy of a scarce Rush EP and the first sealed copy we’ve had in a while.

Background: Released in 1984, “The Body Electric” was the second single from Rush’s Grace Under Pressure LP.

The single reached #56 in the UK and #105 in the U.S.

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Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Vertigo
Catalog Number:
RUSH 1110
Year of Release: 1984
Format: Stereo
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