Herb Alpert/Tijuana Brass – SRO sealed mono 1966 LP

herb alpert tijuana brass sro LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed mono pressing of the 1966 LP SRO by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

About this copy: This copy of SRO is an original U.S. sealed mono pressing on the A&M label.

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

The wrap is intact except for a 3″x3″ missing section in the upper left hand corner.  There’s a bit of cover wear on the corner there.  There is a punch hole in the cover in the upper left hand corner.

A nice copy of an LP that’s rather scarce in mono, as it was only available for about 18 months before being deleted.

Background: SRO was the seventh album by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and it performed about as well as most of its predecessors, reaching #2 on the U.S. album charts, helped by three singles: “The Work Song,” “Flamingo,” and “Mame.”

Allmusic.com gave SRO a 3 star review:

By late 1966, it seemed as if every TV commercial and every pop arranger had latched onto the Herb Alpert “Ameriachi” sound — at which point the resourceful originator of that sound began to pare it down and loosen it up a bit. S.R.O. (Standing Room Only), referring to the Tijuana Brass’ string of sold-out concerts, is an accurate title, for this LP is about a seven-piece band loaded with experienced jazzers who groove and swing together to a greater degree than on their previous albums. Sure, the arrangements are very tightly knit and don’t allow much room for spontaneity, but they still sound fresh and uninhibited, and Alpert often allows the flavor of jazz to come through more clearly.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: A&M
Catalog Number:
LP 119
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Mono
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Dion – Dion sealed 1968 U.S. LP

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Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the 1968 LP Dion by Dion, featuring the single, “Abraham, Martin and John.”

About this copy: This copy of Dion is a sealed U.S. pressing on the Laurie label.  It appears to be a later pressing, as it lists three song titles above the name of the artist, and original pressings did not have this.  It’s likely a pressing from the 1970s.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears or holes.  There are no cutout marks.  As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

A nice copy of a a terrific (and in our opinion, underrated) LP.

Background: Dion was viewed as Dion’s “comeback” album and it included the #4 hit “Abraham, Martin and John,” along with an interesting cover of Jimi Hendrix’ “Purple Haze.”

While the single sold well, the LP did not, peaking at #128 on the U.S. album charts.

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

Featuring his Top Five comeback single “Abraham, Martin and John,” this folk-rock and blues-flavored effort remains Dion’s most fully realized album. In addition to the impressive anti-war original “He Looks a Lot Like Me,” it contains mature interpretations, arranged both acoustically and with strings, of songs by Fred Neil, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Lightnin’ Hopkins.

You can listen to “Purple Haze” here:

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Laurie
Catalog Number:
SLP 2047
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Reel Music 1982 sealed promo-only yellow vinyl LP

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Offered for sale is a still sealed copy (#5877/12,000) of the numbered, promo-only yellow vinyl release of the Beatles’ 1982 LP, Reel Music.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a still sealed, numbered, promo-only copy, pressed on yellow vinyl. This copy is numbered 5877 out of 12,000 copies.

The shrink wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears or holes.  There’s a tiny corner bend in the upper right hand corner.  There is a hype sticker attached to the shrink wrap.

As the album is still sealed, the yellow vinyl disc is presumably new and unplayed.

A nice copy of a great Beatles collectible.

Background: Reel Music was a compilation album released in 1982 by Capitol Records that contained songs that had appeared in the Beatles’ films A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine and Let It Be.

To promote the album, Capitol pressed 12,000 numbered copies on yellow vinyl. These were issued strictly as promotional items and were not offered for sale to the public.

The album featured stereo mixes that were rare to the US or previously unavailable (per Wikipedia):

  • The first US release of the British stereo mix of “I Am the Walrus”. Previous American releases of the song had the intro edited like the mono mix, although an edit of the British version appeared on Rarities two years before
  • The official American debut of the songs “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Ticket to Ride” in true stereo
  • A unique stereo edit of “I Should Have Known Better”, with the harmonica error in the intro fixed. This version was issued only on the Capitol pressing and has never appeared on any other record.

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SV-12199
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Stereo
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Frank Zappa/Mothers – Fillmore East June 1971 sealed original LP

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Offered for sale is a rare still sealed pressing of Fillmore East, June 1971 by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.

About this copy: This is a still sealed pressing of the 1971 LP.  As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

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

Label variation is unknown; this LP may have blue Bizarre labels or it may have brown Reprise labels.

A nice copy of an album that’s almost impossible to find with a clean cover.

Background: Fillmore East, June 1971 was released in August, 1971 and was the 12th album released by Frank Zappa and/or the Mothers of Invention.

The album sold modestly, reaching #38 on the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Fillmore East, June 1971 a 3 star review:

As an enduring work, Fillmore East: June 1971 is a mixed bag, but it does represent the peak of the Flo & Eddie edition of the Mothers. Most of the songs are essentially comedy routines set to music…Whether one considers the results funny and parodic or crass and pandering, the band is undeniably good, especially as showcased on “Little House I Used to Live In,” “Willie the Pimp, Pt. 1,” and “Peaches en Regalia.”

While Japanese buyers were often enthusiastic fans of American popular music, they didn’t seem to be too fond of Frank Zappa or the Mothers of Invention, and all of Zappa’s albums that were released in Japan sold quite poorly.

As a result, they’re all quite hard to find today.  While albums from the 1980s are somewhat more common than earlier ones, the albums from the 1960s and early 1970s are particularly difficult to find, and when they do turn up, they’re almost always missing the obi.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Bizarre/Reprise
Catalog Number:
MS-2042
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – 1967-1970 sealed 1978 blue vinyl 2 LP set

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Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the limited edition, 2 LP blue vinyl pressing of the Beatles 1967-1970, released in 1978 by Capitol Records.

About this copy: The copy of Beatles Beatles 1967-1970, offered for sale is a still sealed blue vinyl pressing, with a “Limited Edition” hype sticker on the front shrink wrap and a sticker listing song titles on the back shrink wrap.

Unlike most sealed copies that turn up these days, this is a stock copy; it does not have a promotional punch hole in the cover.

As the album is still sealed, the two blue vinyl discs are presumably new and unplayed.

The shrink wrap is fully intact except for two 2″ breaks along the top edge.

A nice copy of an album that’s becoming quite hard to find still sealed.

Background: In 1978, during the “colored vinyl and picture disc boom”, Capitol Records released two Beatles picture discs and three colored vinyl albums – the Beatles 1962-1966 on red vinyl, Beatles 1967-1970 on blue vinyl, and The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) on white vinyl. All were limited editions, and were out of print within a year.

While this album has been reissued several times on blue vinyl in other countries, the 1978 issue is the only U.S. release.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SEBX-11843
Year of Release: 978
Format: Stereo
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Neil Diamond – Just For You sealed stereo 1967 LP

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Offered for sale is a still sealed stereo copy of the 1967 LP Just for You by Neil Diamond.

About this copy: This copy of Just for You is as nice a copy as you’d ever hope to find.  It’s a sealed original 1967 stereo pressing and the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The shrink wrap is tight and fully intact except for a tiny (1/8″ or so) break at the lower left corner.  There are a couple of very small corner dents.

There are no rips or tears in the wrap, and surprisingly, no punch holes, saw marks, cut corners or any other cutout marks.

A beautiful copy of a terrific album and the only sealed copy we’ve ever seen.

Background: Just for You, released in August, 1967, was Neil Diamond’s second album and his final studio album for Bang Records.

While the album only reached #80 on the U.S. album charts, every single song on the LP was released as either an A or B side of a single, making the songs on this album some of Diamond’s best-known songs.

Allmusic.com gave Just for You a 3 1/2 star review:

Neil Diamond was on the cusp of discovering a new genre with his second album, which perfectly straddled early- and mid-’60s Brill Building teen pop and the as-yet-unidentified (and unnamed) singer/songwriter genre. The production is as smooth and crisp (and solidly commercial) as anything ever to come from the renowned hit factory at 49th and Broadway by way of the Monkees, Little Eva, the Raindrops, et al. But unlike his debut LP, this time out every song (including two carried over from his debut) is a Diamond original, and his voice and delivery are a lot more sophisticated…

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Bang
Catalog Number:
BLPS-217
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Stereo
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Rush – Hemispheres sealed limited edition 1978 picture disc LP

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Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition picture disc pressing of Hemispheres by Rush, released in 1978.

About this copy:  This copy of Hemispheres is a still sealed limited edition picture disc, released in the U.S. in 1978.

This is the original 1978 issue, and not the new 2019 Record Store Day pressing.

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

The cover has a cut corner, as most copies do.  This picture disc sold poorly when new.

The wrap is torn on the two right-hand corners, and there’s a bit of wear there.  There is also a tear in the wrap about 2″ wide at the top center of the cover.

A nice copy of a terrific record, and the first sealed copy we’ve had in a while.

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.

Shortly after the album’s release, Mercury Records released Hemispheres as a limited edition picture disc LP.  Due to the high price, which was nearly twice that of the regular black vinyl edition, the picture disc version sold poorly, and most copies found today have cut corners, indicating that they were originally sold in the discount bins.

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.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Mercury
Catalog Number:
SRP-1300
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Linda Ronstadt – Living in the USA sealed 1978 UK red vinyl LP

linda ronstadt living in the usa red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition red vinyl pressing of Living in the USA by Linda Ronstadt, issued in the UK in 1978.

About this copy: This copy of Living in the USA is still sealed; the record is presumably an unplayed red vinyl disc.  The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or cutout holes.  There is a bit of price sticker residue on the shrink wrap in two places and a Jem Records sticker affixed to the cover under the shrink wrap.

A beautiful copy of a scarce edition of this LP and the first sealed copy we’ve seen in decades.

Background: Living in the USA was the ninth solo album by Linda Ronstadt, and upon its release in 1978 it reached #1 on the U.S. album charts.

In the late 1970s, a number of record companies around the world issued limited edition colored vinyl pressings of then-new and older titles.   Many of these were pressed in Europe exclusively for export to the United States, where they were widely available in the “import” bins at major record stores.

These titles were all limited editions and were quickly deleted.  Many sold fairly poorly at the time due to a retail price that was nearly twice the price of a domestic LP at the time.

Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Asylum
Catalog Number:
K53085
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Dead Boys – We Have Come for Your Children sealed 1980s German LP

dead boys - we have come for your children LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed late 1980s German pressing of the second album by the Dead Boys, We Have Come for Your Children.

About this copy: This copy of We Have Come for Your Children is a still sealed late 1980s German pressing.  We bought it new; it’s apparently been sitting on our shelf for a long time.

The wrap is fully intact; one corner has a small bend.

A nice copy of a terrific album.

Background: We Have Come for Your Children was the second and final album by the original Dead Boys, released in 1978.  Like their first album, their second one did not reach the U.S. charts.

Allmusic.com gave We Have Come for Your Children a 3 1/2 star review:

Coming off one of punk rock’s early classic albums, 1977’s raw and rough Young Loud & Snotty, you’d think the Dead Boys would have followed the same winning formula on their sophomore release. But as We Have Come for Your Children proves, the album didn’t come close to matching the fury of their debut. …Since the Dead Boys’ discography is short, fans should definitely try to hunt down a copy of We Have Come for Your Children; just don’t expect the same knockout punch that Young Loud & Snotty generates.

Country of origin: Germany
Size: 12″
Record Label: Sire
Catalog Number:
926054-1
Year of Release: late 1980s
Format: Stereo
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Ernest Ansermet – The Royal Ballet Gala Performances sealed Classic Records Clarity 45 RPM box set

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, it’s that good.

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

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

Track listing:

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

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

Disc 3

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

Disc 4

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

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

Disc 6

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

Disc 7

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

Disc 8

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

Disc 9

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

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: RCA/Classic Records
Catalog Number:
LDS 6065
Year of Release: 2009
Format: Stereo
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