Zombies – Odessey and Oracle sealed 1969 U.S. LP

zombies - odessey and oracle u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. copy of the final album by the Zombies, Odessey and Oracle.

About this copy: This copy of Odessey and Oracle is a 1969 U.S. pressing on the Date label.

This is the second issue of the album with the smaller artwork on the front cover.

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

The wrap is largely intact, but there is a section missing in the upper right hand corner, a small tear in the upper left hand corner, and a large tear along the spine in the center.  There is trace wear at the corners.

Unlike many copies of this LP, this copy does not have a cut corner, drill hole, or saw mark in the cover.

A nice copy of a classic LP and the first sealed copy we’ve had for sale in several years.

Background: The Zombies had a couple of hits in the mid-1960s in the U.S., including “Tell Her No” and “She’s Not There.” After that, the hits dried up, and the band decided to disband after recording Odessey and Oracle in 1967.  The album was released in Britain that year and wasn’t released in the U.S. until the following year, by which time the band was no longer together.

Oddly enough, the album spawned a hit single in the U.S. with “Time of the Season,” which reached #1 on the charts, but as the band wasn’t available to promote it, the album sold relatively poorly and was deleted not long after.

There were two versions of the cover for Odessey and Oracle; the first version featured artwork that stretched completely across the cover.  The later version had a border hyping “Time of the Season.”

AllMusic.com gave Odessey and Oracle 5 stars:

Odessey and Oracle was one of the flukiest (and best) albums of the 1960s, and one of the most enduring long players to come out of the entire British psychedelic boom, mixing trippy melodies, ornate choruses, and lush Mellotron sounds with a solid hard rock base.  Not all of the album is (as inspired as “Time of the Season”), but it’s all consistently interesting and very good listening, and superior to most other psychedelic albums this side of the Beatles’ best and Pink Floyd’s early work. Indeed, the only complaint one might have about the original LP is its relatively short running time, barely over 30 minutes, but even that’s refreshing in an era where most musicians took their time making their point.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Date
Catalog Number:
TES 4013
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – The Original Greatest Hits sealed 1964 U.S. mono LP

beatles - the original greatest hits u.s. LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the U.S. LP The Original Greatest Hits by the Beatles.

Note: This 1964 LP was the first unauthorized album of Beatles music to reach stores in the U.S. and was deleted shortly after release due to legal threats from Capitol Records.  Despite the fact that the word “Beatles” does not appear on the cover or label, the recordings on this album are original recordings by the Beatles.

About this copy: This copy of The Original Greatest Hits is a 1964 U.S. mono pressing on the Greatest Records 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.  There are no drill holes, saw marks or cut corners.

A nearly perfect copy of a very rare Beatles LP that is usually found in terrible condition.  This will likely be your final upgrade.

Background: During the height of Beatlemania in 1964, record companies were all scrambling to find something that they could release to cash in on the band’s popularity.

Many companies licensed older recordings, such as the Tony Sheridan “My Bonnie” and other similar tracks.

A previously unknown record company, Greatest Records, took a different approach.  They simply released an album of genuine Beatles recordings without the permission of Capitol Records.

They thought they could get away with it by not mentioning “Beatles” on the cover, thinking that the public could figure out what the record was despite the artist not being named.  This made the album appear very much like similar albums by Beatles cover bands that were then flooding the market.

Capitol Records did notice and likely threatened to sue and The Original Greatest Hits quickly disappeared from the market.

The address for the record company on the back cover is the same address used on the first issue of the later release The Savage Young Beatles, so this album is likely the work of the same people.

Tracks are:

  • Twist And Shout
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand
  • All My Loving
  • Please Please Me
  • From Me To You
  • Do You Want To Know A Secret
  • Love Me Do
  • Can´t Buy Me Love
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Please Mister Postman
  • I´ll Get You
  • She Loves You

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Greatest Records
Catalog Number:
GRC-1001
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Mono
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Frank Zappa/Mothers – Weasels Ripped My Flesh sealed 1980 U.S. LP

mothers of invention - weasels ripped my flesh u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S.pressing of  LP Weasels Ripped My Flesh by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.

About this copy: This copy of Weasels Ripped My Flesh is a 1980 U.S. pressing on the Reprise label of an album that was originally released in 1970.  This particular pressing was manufactured at Capitol Records’ Jacksonville, Illinois pressing plant.

As  the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.  The label should be the brown Reprise label (see photo.)

The wrap is largely intact, though there is a tear along the spine about halfway down and a piece of wrap missing at the lower left hand corner.  There is slight wear at that corner.

A nice copy of a scarce Zappa/Mothers LP.

Background: Released in 1970, Weasels Ripped My Flesh was the tenth album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.

The album reached #189 on the U.S. album charts, though it did much better in the UK where it peaked at #28.

Allmusic.com gave Weasels Ripped My Flesh a 4 1/2 star review:

A fascinating collection of mostly instrumental live and studio material recorded by the original Mothers of Invention, complete with horn section, from 1967-1969, Weasels Ripped My Flesh segues unpredictably between arty experimentation and traditional song structures. … Weasels can make for difficult, incoherent listening, especially at first. But there is a certain logic behind the band’s accomplished genre-bending and Zappa’s gleefully abrupt veering between musical extremes; without pretension, Zappa blurs the normally sharp line between intellectual concept music and the visceral immediacy of rock and R&B. Zappa’s anything-goes approach and the distance between his extremes are what make Weasels Ripped My Flesh ultimately invigorating; they also even make the closing title track — a minute and a half of squalling feedback, followed by applause — perfectly logical in the album’s context.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Reprise
Catalog Number:
MS 2028
Year of Release: 1980
Format: Stereo
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Idle Race (ELO) – The Birthday Party sealed 1968 U.S. LP with Jeff Lynne

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Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. copy of The Birthday Party by the Idle Race, featuring Jeff Lynne of ELO.

About this copy: This copy of The Birthday Party is a 1968 U.S.  pressing on the Liberty label.

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

The wrap is largely intact; there are several tears at the mouth and very small tears in the wrap at the upper left and lower right corners.  We have secured the wrap with tape to prevent further tearing.

This copy does not have any cutout marks – no punch holes, cut corners, or saw marks.

A nice copy of a scarce ELO-related item and a pretty good LP, too.  This is the only sealed copy we’ve ever seen.

Background: Released in 1968, The Birthday Party was the first album by the Idle Race, and the only one to be released in the United States.

The album did not chart.

Allmusic.com gave The Birthday Party a 4 star review:

The debut album by this unjustly overlooked band is a piece of classic British psychedelia that transcends its origins. Most British bands trying to achieve a psychedelic sound in those days simply played softly and sang in a very effete and poetic manner — the Idle Race, by contrast, play hard here and don’t sound effete so much as just cheerfully trippy, a lot like the Beatles of “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever”; indeed, “End of the Road” from this album sounds like a rewrite of “Penny Lane.” Jeff Lynne is the dominant personality here, as composer, guitarist, and singer, and, as one might expect given his presence, the music all has a Beatles-like quality of playfulness amid the musical invention.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Liberty
Catalog Number:
LST 7603
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark sealed 1974 U.S. CD-4 quadraphonic LP

joni mitchell court and spark u.s. quadraphonic LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. CD-4 quadraphonic pressing of Court and Spark by Joni Mitchell.

Note: This quadraphonic LP will play on any stereo turntable, but will have a different mix from the regular stereo pressing.

About this copy: This copy of Court and Spark is a 1974 U.S. pressing on the Asylum label.  This pressing is encoded in the CD-4 quadraphonic format.

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

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes except at the lower right hand corner where there is a large saw mark in the cover.

A nice copy of a terrific (and great-sounding) LP and the only quadraphonic copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background:  Court and Spark, the sixth solo album by Canadian singer Joni Mitchell, was her biggest-selling album ever, reaching #2 on the American albums chart with the help of two Top 20 singles – “Fee Man in Paris,” and “Help Me.”

Allmusic.com gave Court and Spark a 5 star review:

Joni Mitchell reached her commercial high point with Court and Spark, a remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz which stands as her best-selling work to date. … Much of Court and Spark is devoted to wary love songs: both the title cut and “Help Me,” the record’s most successful single, carefully measure the risks of romance, while “People’s Parties” and “The Same Situation” are fraught with worry and self-doubt (standing in direct opposition to the music, which is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last).

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Asylum
Catalog Number:
EQ-1001
Year of Release: 1974
Format: CD-4 quadraphonic
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Beatles – White Album sealed white vinyl German DMM 2 LP set

beatles white album german white vinyl dmm lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition white vinyl pressing of the limited edition direct metal mastered German pressing of the The Beatles (aka the White Album) by the Beatles, including all original inserts.

Note: This pressing is regarded by many as the best-sounding version of The White Album ever released on vinyl. (see below)

About this copy: This copy of The White Album is a 1985 German pressing on the Apple label.

As the album is still sealed, the records are presumably new and unplayed.  The four photos of the band members and the poster should be inside.

The wrap is mostly intact; there is a split in the shrink wrap at the mouth that measures about 2″ (5 cm).  This was secured with tape by a previous owner; the tape has yellowed with age.

The cover is M- with no splits; there is a tiny dent in the upper left hand corner.

There is a small hype sticker on the cover that says “Pressung Weiss – Direct Metal DMM Mastering.”

“No. 104970” is faintly embossed on the front cover.

A beautiful copy of a rare and desirable pressing of The White Album.

Background:  The Beatles, aka the “White Album”, was the ninth studio album by the Beatles (by the UK method of counting, anyway.)  Released in late 1968, the album reached #1 on the charts pretty much everywhere and is the largest-selling album in the band’s history, as a sale of a double album counts as two albums sold.

Analog Planet had this to say about this particular pressing of The White Album:

Our next contestant, the 1985 German white vinyl direct-metal-mastered/DMM reissue (1C 172-04 173/74), is one of my favorite ways to listen to the The White Album in stereo. Compared to the 1978 UK white vinyl export, it is more dynamic and has greater clarity and definition. Listening to “Birthday”, the driving bass is phenomenally deep, taut and tuneful. Ambience retrieval is exceptional, with a layered soundstage and a believable presence on even the more difficult to reproduce tracks. The subtle inner details of the guitars on “Back in the USSR” are revealed, and Ringo’s double tracked drum fills are conveyed with powerful energy on “Glass Onion”. The cymbals can sound a little splashy at times, and on some systems this pressing may not be as laid back as you might like. But I believe it’s a mastering that fits the majority of the songs on this recording. Try listening to Lennon’s “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide But Me And My Monkey”. This LP cuts through the confusion, rendering the dueling guitars brilliantly and the ringing hand-bell distinctly and realistically.

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: Germany
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
1C 172-04 173/74
Year of Release: 1985
Format: Stereo
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Grand Funk Railroad – E Pluribus Funk sealed 1971 U.S. round cover LP

grand funk e pluribus funk u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. pressing of E Pluribus Funk by Grand Funk Railroad.

About this copy: This copy of E Pluribus Funk is a 1971 U.S. pressing on the Capitol 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.

A beautiful copy of an album that is usually found in poor condition due to its unusual cover.

Background: Released in late 1971, E Pluribus Funk was the fifth studio album by Grand Funk Railroad.  The LP reached #5 on the U.S. album charts and was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Allmusic.com gave E Pluribus Funk this review:

The album, made by a band by now popular enough to sell out Shea Stadium (depicted on the back of the album, its cover designed to look like a silver coin), consisted of a series of simple rock tunes with lyrics devoted to the joys of music itself (“Footstompin’ Music”), social concerns generically expressed (“People, Let’s Stop the War,” “Save the Land”), and claims of romantic betrayal (“Upsetter,” “No Lies”). … Grand Funk were still primarily a live band, able to achieve intensity, but with little sense of the varying dynamics and musical textures that might make a studio album interesting to listen to beyond being a souvenir of their live show.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SW-853
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Rolling Stones – Some Girls sealed 1978 U.S. 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: This copy of Some Girls offered here is a 1978 pressing on the Rolling Stones Records 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.  There is a small (3 cm) split in the top of the cover under the wrap.

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

A nice  copy of a classic album and the first sealed copy we’ve had for sale in a while.

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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Joe Jackson – Look Sharp! sealed U.S. 10″ 2 LP set with button

joe jackson - look sharp u.s. 10" LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. limited edition 10″ double LP pressing of Look Sharp! by Joe Jackson, including the pinback button.

Note: The button is often missing, as people would remove them from the cover in record stores.

About this copy: This copy of Look Sharp! is a 1979 U.S. pressing on the A&M label.

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

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears or holes.  There is a hype sticker on the wrap that says “Special Collector’s Edition 2 10″ Records.”

A nice copy of a terrific LP and the first copy we’ve had in several years.

Background: Released in 1979, Look Sharp! was the first album by Joe Jackson.

The album reached #20 on the U.S. album charts and #40 on the UK chart.

Allmusic.com gave Look Sharp! a 5 star review:

A brilliant, accomplished debut, Look Sharp! established Joe Jackson as part of that camp of angry, intelligent young new wavers (i.e., Elvis Costello, Graham Parker) who approached pop music with the sardonic attitude and tense, aggressive energy of punk. Not as indebted to pub rock as Parker and Costello, and much more lyrically straightforward than the latter, Jackson delivers a set of bristling, insanely catchy pop songs that seethe with energy and frustration….Look Sharp! is the sound of a young man searching for substance in a superficial world — and it also happens to rock like hell.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: A&M
Catalog Number:
SP 3666
Year of Release: 1979
Format: Stereo
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Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn sealed 1967 U.S. stereo LP

pink floyd the piper at the gates of dawn u.s. stereo lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. stereo pressing of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the first album by Pink Floyd.

Note: While the full title appears on the back cover, the spine and label simply list the title as The Pink Floyd.

About this copy: This copy of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is a U.S.  stereo pressing on the Tower label.

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

Label variation is unknown, but the number “9” appears on the back cover.  This suggests that the album was pressed at Capital Records’ Jacksonville, Illinois pressing plant and the album likely has the second “striped” Tower label.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips or tears.  There are no punch holes in the cover.  There are a couple of breathe holes in the shrink wrap; this is common on 1960s albums pressed by Capitol.

A nice copy of a very rare Pink Floyd LP and the first sealed copy we’ve had for sale in many years.

Background: Released in 1967, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was the first album by Pink Floyd, which then included Syd Barrett on guitar and vocals.

The album reached #6 on the UK album chart and #131 on the U.S. chart.

The album was released in the U.S., UK, and Canada in both stereo and mono in late 1967.  The U.S. version, issued by Tower Records, went out of print in 1970 when Capitol Records shut down their Tower Records subsidiary label.  The album has not been reissued on vinyl in the U.S. since the original release.

The UK album had 11 tracks, but the U.S. version deleted three of them (“Astronomy Domine,” “Flaming,” and “Bike”) and added “See Emily Play,” which had been recently issued as a single.  The track appears in rechanneled stereo on this LP.

UK version has these eleven tracks:

  • Astronomy Domine
  • Lucifer Sam
  • Matilda Mother
  • Flaming
  • Pow R. Toc H.
  • Take Up They Stethoscope and Walk
  • Interstellar Overdrive
  • The Gnome
  • Chapter 24
  • The Scarecrow
  • Bike

The U.S. copy (this one) has these nine tracks:

  • See Emily Play
  • Pow R. Toc H.
  • Take Up They Stethoscope and Walk
  • Lucifer Sam
  • Matilda Mother
  • The Scarecrow
  • The Gnome
  • Chapter 24
  • Interstellar Overdrive

Allmusic.com gave The Piper at the Gates of Dawn a 5 star review:

 The Piper at the Gates of Dawn successfully captures both sides of psychedelic experimentation — the pleasures of expanding one’s mind and perception, and an underlying threat of mental disorder and even lunacy; this duality makes Piper all the more compelling in light of Barrett’s subsequent breakdown, and ranks it as one of the best psychedelic albums of all time.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Tower
Catalog Number:
ST5093
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Stereo
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