Dan Gurney – Dan Gurney and His World of Racing sealed 1965 Mobile Fidelity LP

Dan Gurney - Dan Gurney and His World of Racing u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. copy of Dan Gurney and His World of Racing released by Mobile Fidelity.

About this copy: This copy of Dan Gurney and His World of Racing is a 1965 U.S. stereo pressing on the Mobile Fidelity 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 two top corners are slightly dented.

A beautiful copy of a rare Mobile Fidelity LP.

Background: Before they started pressing high-quality rock, jazz, and classical LPs in the late 1970s, Mobile Fidelity made sound effects records.

Most of their early efforts concentrated on recordings of steam locomotives, but they did do a few other titles, such as this one, which featured interviews and recordings of U.S. race car driver Dan Gurney.

While the album says that it’s a stereo LP that is compatible with mono, it actually wasn’t, and copies that were played on mono players are usually in terrible condition due to groove damage.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Mobile Fidelity
Catalog Number:
MF-101
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo
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Metallica – Master of Puppets sealed U.S. half speed mastered LP

metallica master of puppets u.s. half speed mastered lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition half speed mastered U.S. pressing of Master of Puppets by Metallica.

About this copy: This copy of Master of Puppets is a 2008 U.S. pressing on the Warner Brothers label of an album that was originally released in 1986.

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 hype sticker on the wrap that says “Half Speed Mastered at Mobile Fidelity from the original analog master tapes.”  There is an original price sticker attached to the wrap (not shown in photos.)

A nice copy of a scarce Metallica LP.

Background: Released in 1986, Master of Puppets was the third album by Metallica, and the last to feature original bassist Cliff Burton.

The album reached #29 on the U.S. charts, but has since sold more than six million copies in the U.S. alone.

Allmusic.com gave Master of Puppets a 5 star review:

Even though Master of Puppets didn’t take as gigantic a leap forward as Ride the Lightning, it was the band’s greatest achievement, hailed as a masterpiece by critics far outside heavy metal’s core audience. It was also a substantial hit, reaching the Top 30 and selling three million copies despite absolutely nonexistent airplay. Instead of a radical reinvention, Master of Puppets is a refinement of past innovations….. Some critics have called Master of Puppets the best heavy metal album ever recorded; if it isn’t, it certainly comes close.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog Number:
470844-1
Year of Release: 2008
Format: Stereo
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Boston – Boston sealed U.S. picture disc LP

boston - boston u.s. picture disc LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition picture disc of Boston, the self-titled debut LP by Boston.

About this copy: This copy of Boston is an original 1978 U.S. issue on the Epic label.

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

The wrap is fully intact with the exception of a tiny break at the bottom edge on the back cover.  This copy has no cut out marks.

A nice copy of an increasingly scarce picture disc.

Background:  Boston’s 1976 self-titled debut LP is one of the biggest-selling albums in history.  It reached #3 on the U.S. album charts, but has sold more than seventeen million copies to date.

The album was released in 1978 as a limited edition picture disc.

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

Boston is one of the best-selling albums of all time, and deservedly so. Because of the rise of disco and punk, FM rock radio seemed all but dead until the rise of acts like Boston, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen. Nearly every song on Boston’s debut album could still be heard on classic rock radio decades later due to the strong vocals of Brad Delp and unique guitar sound of Tom Scholz….Boston is essential for any fan of classic rock, and the album marks the re-emergence of the genre in the 1970s.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Epic
Catalog Number:
E99 34188
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Reel Music 1982 sealed promo-only yellow vinyl LP

beatles - reel music yellow vinyl u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy (#8934/12,000) 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 1982 U.S. pressing on the Capitol label.

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

The wrap is largely intact, but there is an 8″ (20 cm) break in the wrap at the mouth of the cover.  We have secured this with tape to prevent further splitting.

There is a hype sticker attached to the shrink wrap that says “Includes 14 songs from their movies and special 12 page color souvenir program.”

The program should be inside.

A nice copy of a great Beatles collectible and the first U.S. copy we’ve had in a while.

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.

Allmusic.comg ave Reel Music this review:

As the first compilation of the Beatles’ music to show up after the murder of John Lennon, Reel Music was a pretty pathetic venture, and clear evidence that Capitol Records and its parent company, EMI, had run out of ideas when it came to marketing the group’s music. A single LP with a dull cover design, Reel Music was comprised entirely of previously released material, and it accomplished nothing except to add another cheap-looking repackaging to the Beatles catalog (which was already cluttered with the two-volume budget reissue of Rock & Roll Music), and get them represented for a few weeks in 1982 in new-release racks in record stores. The 14 songs represented were all fine, and a few were even important — all but a couple had been hits, in fact — but they had all long been available on other, mostly better LPs. … As it was, despite a game effort by Capitol’s publicity department and a few writers who could always scare up something to say about the Beatles, the album was ignored even by a lot of people who had bought the Rock & Roll Music and Love Songs repackagings.

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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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Beatles – White Album sealed U.S. white vinyl 2 LP set

beatles -white album white vinyl u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition white vinyl U.S. pressing of the Beatles self-titled LP, The Beatles, also known as the White Album, complete with poster and four photo inserts.

About this copy:  This copy of the White Album is a limited edition U.S. pressing from 1978 on white vinyl, pressed on the then-current maroon Capitol label.

As the album is still sealed, the records are presumably new and unplayed.  The poster and four photo inserts are included.

There is a hype sticker on the shrink wrap indicating that the album is a white vinyl limited edition.  There is also an original price sticker attached to the wrap (not shown.)

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

Unlike most sealed copies that are found today, this one does not have a promotional hole punched in the cover.

A virtually perfect copy of an increasingly scarce LP.

Background: In 1978, collectors were showing a lot of interest in both picture discs and colored vinyl records, so record companies worldwide issued a number of new and older titles in those formats to satisfy collector demand.

In the United States, Capitol Records pressed three different albums by the Beatles on colored vinyl – The Beatles 1962-1966 on red vinyl, The Beatles 1967-1970 on blue vinyl, and The Beatles, or The White Album on white vinyl.

All three pressings are collectible, though the White Album seems to be the one that attracts the most demand from collectors today.  For some reason, the White Album is one of the most sought-out colored vinyl LPs.  It’s also the hardest one to find in good condition, as the white cover is easily prone to wear.

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: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SEBX-11841
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Alice Cooper – Easy Action sealed U.S. LP

alice cooper - easy action U.S. LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed early U.S. pressing of Easy Action, the second album by Alice Cooper.

About this copy: This copy of Easy Action is an early 1970s U.S. pressing, either on the Straight or Warner Brothers label.

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.  The label variation is unknown, this may be a first pressing on the Straight label or a second issue on the Warner Brothers label.  It’s fairly heavy, so it could be either.

The wrap is fully intact except for a small 1/2″ (1 cm) break at the lower right hand corner and a punch hole in the lower left hand corner.

There is slight fading on the spine.

A beautiful copy of an album that is usually found in terrible condition.

Background: Released in 1970, Easy Action was the second album by the Alice Cooper band.

The album did not chart in either the U.S. or UK.

Allmusic.com gave Easy Action a 3 star review:

The author of the book Alice Cooper, Steve Demorest, accurately calls this “the great undiscovered” Cooper album. Pretties for You is a difficult record, and Love It to Death is a classic, but this pre-Bob Ezrin album, created with help from Neil Young producer David Briggs, might be the perfect picture of an evolving Alice Cooper Group. “Mr. & Misdemeanor” has Cooper beginning to define his nasty trademark vocal style: “Here’s new pretties for you/nobody likes me but we adore you.” Cooper became known for writing two-and-a-half- to three-minute catchy tunes with negative themes, augmented by longer pieces toward the end of the recordings. … That this band could run the gamut from Zappa to Bowie, and perhaps inspired both, makes Easy Action a good study and entertaining record.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Straight/Warner Brothers
Catalog Number:
WS 1845
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Linda Ronstadt – Living in the U.S.A sealed U.S. picture disc LP UNCUT

Linda Ronstadt - Living in the U.S.A U.S. picture disc LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. picture disc edition of Living in the U.S.A. by Linda Ronstadt.

Unlike most copies, this one does not have a punch hole or cut corner.

About this copy: This copy of Living in the U.S.A. is a 1978 U.S. pressing on the Asylum 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, and there are no cutout marks.

A beautiful copy of a scarce picture disc.

Background: Released in 1978, Living in the U.S.A. was the ninth studio album by Linda Ronstadt.

The album reached #1 on the U.S. charts and #39 on the UK charts.

Allmusic.com gave Living in the U.S.A. a 3 star review:

On Living in the U.S.A., Linda Ronstadt made the ill-advised move to incorporate some current musical trends such as new wave into her successful formula. While some of the record sounds good, the majority of it is poorly executed, particularly her take on Elvis Costello’s “Alison.”

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Asylum
Catalog Number:
DP 401
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Dan Gurney – Dan Gurney and His World of Racing sealed 1965 Mobile Fidelity LP

Dan Gurney - Dan Gurney and His World of Racing u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. copy of Dan Gurney and His World of Racing released by Mobile Fidelity.

About this copy: This copy of Dan Gurney and His World of Racing is a 1965 U.S. stereo pressing on the Mobile Fidelity label.

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

The wrap is fully intact except for a couple of very tiny breaks at the right hand corners.

A beautiful copy of a rare Mobile Fidelity LP.

Background: Before they started pressing high-quality rock, jazz, and classical LPs in the late 1970s, Mobile Fidelity made sound effects records.

Most of their early efforts concentrated on recordings of steam locomotives, but they did do a few other titles, such as this one, which featured interviews and recordings of U.S. race car driver Dan Gurney.

While the album says that it’s a stereo LP that is compatible with mono, it actually wasn’t, and copies that were played on mono players are usually in terrible condition due to groove damage.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Mobile Fidelity
Catalog Number:
MF-101
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – 1980 Chicago Souvenir Record sealed picture disc with Butcher Cover photo

Beatles - 1980 Chicago Souvenir Record picture disc LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the awkwardly-titled Chicago Beatles Souvenir Record picture disc LP, available only at the 4th Annual Beatles Convention held in Chicago, Illinois on August 8-9, 1980.

This LP contains live performances from the Beatles’ 1965 concert at Shea Stadium in New York and features a photo of the Yesterday and Today “Butcher Cover” on side one of the disc.

About this copy: This copy of Chicago Beatles Souvenir Record is an original 1980 pressing.  Production information is unknown; there is no record company information on the disc and the cover is a generic die-cut black cover with no printing.

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 couple of the corners are slightly “pushed.”

A nice copy of a rare Beatles picture disc and only the second copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Chicago Beatles Souvenir Record was one of the earliest unauthorized Beatles picture discs, being issued as a souvenir of the 4th Annual Beatles Convention held in Chicago, Illinois on August 8-9, 1980.

We do not know if this item was a giveaway item or if it was sold as a souvenir.  We do know that they didn’t press very many of them and that they rarely turn up for sale.

The material on the LP is taken from the Beatles’ August 15, 1965 performance at Shea Stadium in New York.

Tracks are:

  • Twist And Shout
  • I Feel Fine
  • Dizzy Miss Lissie
  • Ticket To Ride
  • Act Naturally
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Baby’s In Black
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Help!
  • I’m Down
  • Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: none
Catalog Number:
SHEA-1/2
Year of Release: 1980
Format: Mono
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Olivia Newton- John – If Not For You sealed U.S. LP UNCUT

olivia newton-john - if not for you u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. pressing of If Not For You, the debut LP by Olivia Newton-John.

Note: Unlike most copies, this one does not have a cut corner.

About this copy: This copy of If Not For You is an original 1971 U.S. pressing on the Universal City (UNI) 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 album sold poorly when new and most copies were sold in discount bins.  This is the only copy we’ve ever seen that did not have a cut corner.

A beautiful copy of a rare Olivia Newton-John LP.  This one will likely be your final upgrade.

Background: Released in 1971, If Not For You was the first solo album by Olivia Newton- John.  Released without a title in the UK, the album reached #158 on the U.S. charts, and #14 in Australia, but did not chart in the UK.

The album was quickly deleted most everywhere and is hard to find today.

Allmusic.com gave the album a 4 star review:

Olivia Newton-John’s If Not for You covers Gordon Lightfoot, the Band, Leslie Duncan, David Gates, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Rush, and others. Though “If” is a pedestrian cover of Bread’s song which hit this same year, it would be a mistake to think these are all mere “covers.” The production and arrangements by Bruce Welch and John Farrar are innovative and worthwhile. …The musicianship by Lou Reed/David Bowie sessionman Herbie Flowers along with Dave Richmond, John Farrar, and the ever present Brian Bennett is top notch. After all her own hit records, hearing this superstar sing so many familiar tunes, and performing them so well, is utterly charming.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Universal City
Catalog Number:
73117
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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