David Bowie – Let’s Dance sealed Japan picture disc LP with obi

david bowie- let's dance japan picture disc lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition Japanese picture disc pressing of Let’s Dance by David Bowie, including the original obi.

This LP was likely sealed by a U.S. importer when new.

About this copy: This copy of Let’s Dance is an original 1983 pressing on the EMI label.

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

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

A nice copy of a scarce David Bowie LP.

Background: Let’s Dance, released in 1983, was the 15th studio album by David Bowie. The album was a huge success, reaching #1 in the UK and #4 in the U.S., where it spawned three hit singles – “China Girl,” “Modern Love,” and “Let’s Dance,” which reached #1 on the charts.

Another reason fans like the album is that a then-unknown Stevie Ray Vaughan played guitar.

Allmusic.com gave Let’s Dance a 3 star review:

After summing up his maverick tendencies on Scary Monsters, David Bowie aimed for the mainstream with Let’s Dance. Hiring Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers as a co-producer, Bowie created a stylish, synthesized post-disco dance music that was equally informed by classic soul and the emerging new romantic subgenre of new wave, which was ironically heavily inspired by Bowie himself.

You can listen to “Let’s Dance” here:


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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI
Catalog Number:
EYS-91069
Year of Release: 1983
Format: Stereo
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(Janis Joplin) Big Brother & the Holding Company – Cheap Thrills sealed original U.S. stereo LP

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Offered for sale is an original still sealed U.S. stereo pressing of Cheap Thrills by Big Brother & the Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin.

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

About this copy: This copy of Cheap Thrills is an original 1968 U.S. pressing on the then-current Columbia “360° Sound” label.

As the record is still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The cover is VG+, with slight corner and edge wear.

The plastic inner sleeve is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes.   The disc has -1B stampers on both sides, indicating a first pressing.

A beautiful copy of a record that’s quite rare in this condition and the only sealed original pressing we’ve ever seen.

Background: 1968’s Cheap Thrills was the album that made Janis Joplin a star, and the cover by R. Crumb is well-remembered, too.

The album reached #1 on the U.S. album chart and has sold more than two million copies.

Allmusic.com gave the album 5 stars:

When Cheap Thrills appeared in August 1968 — sporting a Robert Crumb cover on its gatefold jacket that constituted the most elaborate album design ever lavished on a rock album from Columbia Records, as well as a pop-art classic rivaling the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s jacket — it shot into the charts, reaching number one and going gold within a couple of months, and “Piece of My Heart” became a Top 40 hit and helped to propel the LP to over a million sales. Joplin, with her ear- (and vocal cord-) shredding voice, was the obvious standout. Nobody had ever heard singing as emotional, as desperate, as determined, or as loud as Joplin’s, and Cheap Thrills was her greatest moment.  Big Brother’s backup, typical of the guitar-dominated sound of San Francisco psychedelia, made up in enthusiasm what it lacked in precision. But everybody knew who the real star was, and Joplin played her last gig with Big Brother while the album was still on top of the charts. Neither she nor the band would ever equal it. Heard today, Cheap Thrills is a musical time capsule and remains a showcase for one of rock’s most distinctive singers.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
KCS 9700
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Roxy Music – Roxy Music sealed original U.S. white label promotional LP

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Offered for sale is a still sealed white label promotional copy of Roxy Music, the self-titled debut LP by Roxy Music.

This is the first issue on the Reprise label with a gatefold cover and includes a bio sheet that was issued only with promo copies.

About this copy: This copy of Roxy Music is an original 1972 pressing on the Reprise label.

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

The wrap is fully intact except for two small breaks at the mouth of the cover – one about 1″ and the other about 2″.  We’ve secured these with tape to prevent further splitting of the shrink wrap.

There is a hype sticker that says “Including the New Hit Single Virginia Plain” and which also lists the songs on the album.

There is a band biography sheet under the shrink wrap on the back cover.  These biography sheets were only issued with promotional copies of the album, so the disc should have white promotional labels as shown on the third photo.

A beautiful copy of a very rare Roxy Music LP and likely your final upgrade.

Background: First released in 1972, Roxy Music was the debut LP by the band of the same name and one of only two albums by the group issued while Brian Eno was a member.

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

The U.S. release included “Virginia Plain,” which had been a non-LP single in the UK.    The first U.S. release was on the Reprise label and featured a gatefold cover, which was dropped when the album’s distribution changed to Atco in 1976.

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

Falling halfway between musical primitivism and art rock ambition, Roxy Music’s eponymous debut remains a startling redefinition of rock’s boundaries. Simultaneously embracing kitschy glamour and avant-pop, Roxy Music shimmers with seductive style and pulsates with disturbing synthetic textures. Although no musician demonstrates much technical skill at this point, they are driven by boundless imagination — Brian Eno’s synthesized “treatments” exploit electronic instruments as electronics, instead of trying to shoehorn them into conventional acoustic patterns…. That was the trick that elevated Roxy Music from an art school project to the most adventurous rock band of the early ’70s.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Reprise
Catalog Number:
MS 2114
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Live from the Sam Houston Colosseum sealed 2 LP set

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Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the double live album Live from the Sam Houston Colosseum by the Beatles.

About this copy: This copy is a still sealed 1978 pressing on either the Audifon or Ruthless Rhymes label.

All of the covers on this LP said Audifon, but the album was released with several different labels.

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

The wrap is fully intact except for a tiny break in the upper right hand corner where there’s a bit of wear.

There are cover bends in the lower right hand corner and the upper left hand corner.

A nice copy of a hard to find Beatles artifact and one of the best live recordings by the band and the first sealed copy we’ve seen since the LP was first released.

Background: There are plenty of live recordings of the Beatles, recorded during their three American tours from 1964-1966, and one official live album, The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl.  Most of these recordings are poor quality, and came from low-quality sources.

The official Hollywood Bowl album offers improved sound, but features recordings from several different concerts held a year apart.

Live from the Sam Houston Colosseum, on the other hand, was reportedly sourced from a soundboard tape made by radio station KILT, which was, at that time, the predominant pop/rock radio station in the Houston, Texas area.

Recorded on August 19, 1965, this two record set contains the complete concerts from both the afternoon and evening performances.  While the screaming that you always hear in live Beatles recordings is present, the overall quality of the recording is among the best we’ve heard.

The front cover photo features an outtake photo from the 1966 sessions that produced the cover for the infamous Yesterday and Today “Butcher cover.”  The back cover photo was taken from their 1965 performance at Shea Stadium in New York.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Ruthless Rhymes/Audifon
Catalog Number:
BVP 006
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Mono
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Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin sealed original U.S. mono LP

spencer davis group - gimme some lovin u.s. mono lp

Offered for sale is an original still sealed mono U.S. pressing of Gimme Some Lovin’ by the Spencer Davis Group.

Mono copies of this LP are relatively rare, as most copies were sold in stereo, and the stereo pressings were in rechanneled, or “fake” stereo, making the mono copies the more desirable pressings.

About this copy: This copy of Gimme Some Lovin’ is an original 1967 U.S. issue on the United Artists label.

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

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears or holes.  This copy has no cutout marks, such as saw marks, cut corners, or punch holes.

There is slight foxing on the back cover under the wrap, but it’s quite modest.

A nearly perfect copy of a pretty good LP.

Background: Released in 1967, Gimme Some Lovin’ was the debut U.S. LP by the Spencer Davis Group, a band that featured future Traffic and Blind Faith member Steve Winwood.

The album reached #54 on the U.S. album chart.   The LP, which was released only in the U.S. and Canada, contained tracks from the band’s first three UK albums:

  • Their First LP
  • The Second Album
  • Autumn ’66

Allmusic.com gave Gimme Some Lovin’ a 3 star review:

The band’s first American LP, issued more than two years after they had put out their first British recordings, consisted of a dozen tracks selected from various U.K. mid-’60s sessions. It was a reasonable enough introduction to the band for those who hadn’t heard most of those, an audience, which, at the time, included virtually all Americans.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: United Artists
Catalog Number:
UAL 3578
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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Blind Faith – Blind Faith sealed original 1969 U.S. LP with alternate cover

blind faith u.s. alternate cover lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. pressing of the only album by Blind Faith, the self-titled Blind Faith, including the U.S.-only alternate cover.

This cover was available for a relatively short time and has never been reissued.

About this copy: This copy of Blind Faith is an original 1969 U.S. copy on the Atco 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.  This is likely an early pressing, as it’s somewhat heavy and feels “thick.”

A beautiful copy of a terrific album and the nicest copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Blind Faith was billed as a “supergroup,” featuring Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker of Cream, Steve Winwood of Traffic, and Rick Grech from Family.  While the band only produced one album, the self-titled Blind Faith, released in 1969, the album sold well, yielded a successful tour, and remains a popular album today.

The album generated controversy upon release, due to the cover art by photographer Bob Seidemann, which featured a nude 11 year old girl holding what appeared to be an automobile hood ornament.

Most countries released the album with the intended cover art, but in the United States, Atco Records released the album with two different covers – one, catalog number 33-304A, featured the nude girl artwork that was used nearly everywhere, and the second one, 33-304B, featured a photo of the band.

Stores were free to stock whichever cover they preferred, and they overwhelmingly preferred the second cover with the more modest photo of the band.  Due to poor sales of that particular version, Atco deleted the nude cover, and by 1974 or so, they had deleted the album entirely.

RSO Records reissued the album in 1977 with the nude cover intact, and all subsequent reissues of the album, including the late 1980s issue by Mobile Fidelity, have used the nude cover.

AllMusic.com gave Blind Faith a four star review:

Blind Faith’s first and last album, more than 30 years old and counting, remains one of the jewels of the Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, and Ginger Baker catalogs, despite the crash-and-burn history of the band itself, which scarcely lasted six months. As much a follow-up to Traffic’s self-titled second album as it is to Cream’s final output, it merges the soulful blues of the former with the heavy riffing and outsized song lengths of the latter for a very compelling sound unique to this band. 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atco
Catalog Number:
SD 33-304
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Heart – Magazine sealed withdrawn 1977 LP with disclaimer and alternate mix

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Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the withdrawn 1977 issue of Heart’s Magazine LP.

This version was withdrawn immediately after release due to a lawsuit from the band and offers different mixes and recordings from the 1978 re-release.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the 1977 issue, complete with the original track lineup and the contractual disclaimer on the back cover, along with a hype sticker that says “At last the long awaited Magazine tapes!”

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

The shrink wrap is tight with no rips, punch holes, or cut corners.

There is a bend in the lower right hand corner of the cover.

A nice copy of a terrific record.

Background: After the success of Dreamboat Annie, Heart went back into the studio to record the intended follow-up LP, Magazine.  In the process of recording the album, the band and the record company got into a dispute over royalties and the band walked away from the recording sessions, leaving the album unfinished.  They signed a contract with Portrait Records and proceeded to record the Little Queen LP.

Mushroom Records, without the band’s permission or participation, took the unfinished material recorded for Magazine, added a couple of live cuts and a B-side from a previously released single and released the album, complete with a disclaimer on the back cover that indicated that the album was completed without the endorsement of the band.

“Mushroom Records regrets that a contractual dispute has made it necessary to complete this record without the cooperation or endorsement of the group Heart, who have expressly disclaimed artistic involvement in completing this record.  We did not feel that a contractual dispute should prevent the public from hearing and enjoying these incredible tunes and recordings.”

Heart immediately sued, and the record was withdrawn from sale as a result of a court order, but not before a few copies had been sold at retail.

The following year, the band and the record company resolved their issues and Heart returned to the studio to complete the album.  In the process, much of the album was re-recorded, including nearly all of the vocals, and the material that wasn’t re-recorded was remixed.  In addition, the track lineup was altered considerably, and the final release was a record that was considerably different from the 1977 first issue.

Opinions vary, but we prefer this version to the later one.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Mushroom
Catalog Number:
MRS-5008
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Ken Nordine – Flowering Conversations sealed spoken word LP

ken nordine - flowering conversations lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the spoken word album Flowering Conversations, narrated by Ken Nordine of “Word Jazz” fame.

This LP was intended to be played to your houseplants in order to encourage them to grow!  The album consists of two spoken-word tracks – “Good Morning,” and “Good Afternoon.”

While Nordine is uncredited on the LP, numerous sources have confirmed that he is the narrator on the album.

About this copy: This copy of Flowering Conversations is an original 1970 pressing on the Greenleaf Productions label.

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

The wrap is largely intact except for a 4″ split at the mouth of the cover.  We’ve secured this with tape to prevent the wrap from opening more.  There is also a 2″ “crack” at the top of the cover where the cover is starting to split.

A nice copy of an odd Ken Nordine LP that rarely turns up for sale.

Background: Ken Nordine (1920-2019) was a voiceover and recording artist whose career spanned some 70 years.

Nordine was a well-known recording artist, releasing more than a dozen albums under his own name over a span of fifty years.  The best known is probably 1957’s Word Jazz, where he told unusual stories while backed by Chico Hamilton’s Jazz group.

Nordine also did numerous commercials for radio and television and also narrated many industrial films and film strips.

One of the more unusual albums he recorded in his career was Flowering Conversations, a 1970 LP that was intended to be sold or given away at nurseries.

This album was intended to be played at home for the benefit of your plants, as it was thought by some that talking to your plants might help them grow better.

As the album was sold via nurseries and gardening centers and not record stores, and as Nordine was not credited on the cover, the album did not sell particularly well and is now one of the harder of his albums to find.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Greenleaf Productions
Catalog Number:
AT-1022
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Love Songs sealed limited edition Canada yellow vinyl 2 LP set

beatles - love songs yellow vinyl canada lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition yellow vinyl pressing of the double album Love Songs by the Beatles, issued in Canada in 1978.

While some colored vinyl test pressings were done of this title in the U.S., commercial copies on colored vinyl were released only in Canada.

About this copy: This copy of Love Songs is a 1978 Canadian pressing on the Capitol 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 except for a very tiny (1/8″ or so) break at the upper right hand corner.  It’s so small we almost missed it.

There is a hype sticker attached to the wrap that says “Limited Gold Vinyl Edition – 2 Discs.”

The package should include two custom inner sleeves and a 28 page lyric booklet.

A beautiful copy of a rare Beatles LP and the only sealed copy we’ve ever had for sale.  It’s quite hard to find this title without cover wear.

Background: Following the success of the 1976 double album Rock ‘n’ Roll Music, which reached #2 on the U.S. charts, Capitol Records released Love Songs the following year.

While the first album featured the band’s rockers, Love Songs featured ballads and…love songs.

The album didn’t fare as well as Rock ‘n’ Roll Music, however, reaching only #24 on the U.S. charts.  It did eventually sell three million copies and was deleted in the late 1980s.

Capitol Records in the U.S. decided to release The Beatles (The White Album,) The Beatles 1962-1966, and The Beatles 1967-1970, on white, red, and blue vinyl, respectively in 1978.

Capitol Records of Canada also released those titles on the same colors of vinyl, but in addition they released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on gray marbled vinyl and Love Songs on yellow vinyl.

These two titles were issued that way only in Canada.  While the Sgt. Pepper title was widely available as an import, far fewer copies of Love Songs were imported, likely due to the fact that it was a double album that would likely be fairly expensive for U.S. buyers.

Of the five colored vinyl Beatles LPs released in the U.S. and Canada in 1978, Love Songs is by far the hardest one to find.

Allmusic.com gave Love Songs a 2 1/2 star review:

Having charted high with a grab-bag double album of Beatle rockers, Rock and Roll Music in 1976, Capitol compiled what amounts to the former album’s flip side the following year, a two-LP collection of Beatle ballads. The 25-song set covers just about the entire heyday of the band, from their first single (“P.S. I Love You”) to their last (“The Long and Winding Road”). No doubt it’s a remarkable journey, indelible proof that John Lennon and Paul McCartney — and, with “Something,” George Harrison — wrote love songs that were built to last, transcending their era.

 

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Country of origin: Canada
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SEBX-11844
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Connie Francis – Connie’s Greatest Hits sealed mono U.S. LP

connie francis - connie's greatest hits LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed mono U.S. pressing of Connie’s Greatest Hits by Connie Francis.

About this copy: This copy of Connie’s Greatest Hits is a 1962 pressing on the MGM label of an album that was originally released in 1959 with a different cover.

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

The wrap is fully intact except for a 1″ break at the mouth and a 2″ break at the center of the bottom edge.  There is also a 1″ cover split there.  We’ve secured the break in the wrap with tape to prevent further splitting.

There is a tiny amount of mildew under the wrap in the lower right hand corner on the back.

A nice copy of a scarce Connie Francis LP, as most copies were sold when the album was first released.

Background: Originally released in 1959, Connie’s Greatest Hits was the sixth album by Connie Francis.  The album reached #17 on the U.S. album charts.

The original 1959 issue had a photo of Francis with a top hat and a baton.  The 1962 reissue depicted her in a sweater and holding a megaphone.

Both versions of the album contain the same material.

You can listen to “Stupid Cupid” here:

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: MGM
Catalog Number:
1962
Year of Release: E 3793
Format: Mono
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