Tak Shindo – Mganga! 1958 U.S. stereo exotica LP

Tak Shindo - Mganga! 1958 U.S. stereo exotica LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. stereo pressing of Mganga! – The Primitive Sounds of Tak Shindo by Tak Shindo.

About this copy: This copy of Mganga! is a 1958 U.S. stereo pressing on the Edison International label.

The cover is VG++ with slight general wear.  There is a very small (1 cm) split at the top right corner.  There is a sticker on both the front and back cover that says “Tri-Dimensional Stereophonic Sound.”

The stereo disc is M- with one or two spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A beautiful copy of a rare exotica LP that is difficult to find in stereo.  It’s an extraordinarily good recording, too.

Background: Released in 1958 on the tiny Edison International label, Mganga! – The Primitive Sounds of Tak Shindo was the first album by American musician/composer Tak Shindo.

Allmusic.com gave Mganga! a 4 star review:

It’s more than a bit ironic that Tak Shindo’s most “exotic” album, the superb Mganga!, boasts no connection to his own Japanese heritage, instead focusing on the primal rhythms and tribal chants of Africa. Rooted largely in the arranger’s experience on the Latin jazz circuit, its Afro-Cuban rhythms, sampled animal sounds, and chants capture an African musical culture based far more in fantasy than reality, much as rival exotica maestros like Martin Denny and Les Baxter conjured interpretations of the Far East driven by suppositions and daydreams. Shindo documents an Africa informed by libraries and dancehalls, not first-hand experience. That said, Mganga! is vibrant and intoxicating, with a rhythmic intensity quite uncommon for its era. For an artificial experience, it packs a genuine wallop.

You can listen to the title track here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Edison International
Catalog Number:
SDL 100
Year of Release: 1958
Format: Stereo
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Seekers – The Best of the Seekers 1967 U.S. stereo LP

Seekers - The Best of the Seekers U.S. stereo LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. stereo pressing of The Best of the Seekers by the Seekers.

About this copy: This copy of The Best of the Seekers is a 1967 U.S. stereo pressing on the “Starline” Capitol label.

The cover is M-.  There is a tiny red dot sticker on the back cover.

The disc is M- and has a single spindle mark on one label, and no marks on the vinyl  Clean disc!

A nice copy of the only Seekers album most people will need to own.

Background: Released in 1967, The Best of the Seekers was a U.S. LP that had a different cover and track lineup from the 1968 UK LP of the same name.

The UK pressing was one of the biggest-selling albums of the 1960s in that country.

You can listen to “I’ll Never Find Another You” here:

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST-2746
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Stereo
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Seekers – Georgy Girl 1967 U.S. stereo LP

seekers georgy girl u.s. stereo LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. stereo pressing of Georgy Girl by the Seekers.

About this copy: This copy of Georgy Girl is a 1966 U.S. pressing on the “rainbow” Capitol label.

The cover is M- on the front and VG+ on the back, with slight ring wear and an address label.

The disc, pressed at Capitol’s Los Angeles plant, is M- and looks unplayed.  There’s a faint discolored spot on the side two label where a price sticker was removed.

A beautiful copy of a pretty good pop/folk LP.

Background:  Released in 1966, Come the Day (released as Georgy Girl in the United States) was the fifth album by the Seekers.

Allmusic.com gave Come the Day a 4 star review:

It was on this album that all of the Seekers’ varied attributes — including Judith Durham’s powerful vocals, the increasingly virtuoso-level playing (especially on the acoustic 12-string) and singing of Bruce Woodley, Athol Guy, and Keith Potger, and Woodley’s burgeoning songwriting talent — kicked in at their peak at the same time. The album opens with the title track, a Woodley original that’s one of the best folk-style recordings to come out of the British Invasion and also one of the Seekers’ (and Durham’s) greatest performances, hers and the others’ voices, coupled with their acoustic guitars, evoking the sound of bells chiming. … On the American side of the Atlantic, the Tom Springfield/Jim Dale-authored movie song “Georgy Girl” overpowered a lot of these great moments and became the title track for the Capitol Records issue of the album.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST-2431
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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Searchers – Meet the Searchers original U.S. stereo LP

Meet the Searchers U.S. stereo LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. stereo copy of Meet the Searchers/Needles & Pins by the Searchers.

Note: While both titles are on the cover, the label lists Meet the Searchers as the title.  This is a different album from the UK LP with the same title.

About this copy: This copy of Meet the Searchers is a 1964 U.S. pressing on the black Kapp label.

The cover is VG with moderate ring wear on the front cover, but no splits.  A name has been written on the back cover in ballpoint pen.

The disc is M- and appears to be virtually unplayed.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a pretty good LP that is usually found in poor condition.

Background: Released in 1964, Meet the Searchers/Needles & Pins was the debut LP by the Searchers.

While the first album by the band was called Meet the Searchers in both the U.S. and the UK, they are different albums.  The U.S. album is a compilation of tracks from the UK Meet the Searchers and Sugar and Spice LPs, plus the “Needles and Pins” single, which wasn’t included on either UK LP.

The album reached #22 on the U.S. album charts.

You can listen to “Needles and Pins” here:

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Kapp
Catalog Number:
KS-3363
Year of Release: 1964
Format: Stereo
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Dave Clark Five – The Dave Clark 5 U.S. true stereo 2 LP set promotional copy

dave clark 5 u.s. stereo 2 lp set

Offered for sale is a promotional copy of the 1971 U.S.-only true stereo double album The Dave Clark Five by the Dave Clark 5.

Note: In the 1960s, most of the band’s “stereo” albums issued in the United States were in rechanneled, or “fake,” stereo.  This double album contains twenty tracks in true stereo, most of which have never been reissued in stereo since the release of this LP.

About this copy: This copy of The Dave Clark Five is a 1971 pressing on the yellow Epic label.

The album has stock labels, but the back cover is stamped “DEMONSTRATION NOT FOR SALE.”  All promotional copies are like this; there were no copies with promotional labels.

The cover is VG, with moderate ring wear on the front and the back and moderate foxing on the front cover.  There are no splits; the cover presents well.

The two discs are M- and look unplayed.  Clean discs!

A nice copy of a desirable DC5 album and the only promotional copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Released in 1971, The Dave Clark Five, released only in the United States, was a double compilation album that included twenty tracks, all of which were in true stereo.  Fifteen of these tracks had never before been issued in true stereo in the United States, as most of their “stereo” releases in the 1960s were actually issued in rechanneled, or “fake,” stereo.

Tracks are:

  • Glad All Over
  • Can’t You See That She Is Mine
  • I Need Love
  • Good Love Is Hard To Find
  • Try Too Hard
  • Because
  • ‘Til The Right One Comes Along
  • Whenever You’re Around
  • Remember It’s Me
  • When I’m Alone
  • Having A Wild Week-End
  • Sitting Here Baby
  • Concentration Baby
  • Please Tell Me Why
  • Inside And Out
  • Come Home
  • I’ll Be Yours My Love
  • Forever And A Day
  • Bernedette
  • Hurting Inside

You can listen to the stereo version of “Because” here:

 

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Epic
Catalog Number:
EG 30434
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Lori Burton – Breakout sealed 1967 U.S. stereo LP

Lori Burton - Breakout

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. stereo pressing of Breakout, the only album from singer-songwriter Lori Burton.

About this copy: This copy of Breakout is a 1967 U.S. stereo pressing on the red Mercury label.

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

The wrap is largely intact, but has small tears at all four corners, a large piece missing from the back near the top and a small break at the mouth.  There is a punch hole in the upper right hand corner of the front cover.

A nice copy of a rare (and very good) mid-1960s pop LP.

Background: Lori Burton was best known as a songwriter, as she wrote hits for the Young Rascals, Lulu, Patti LaBelle and the Royal Guardsmen.

She recorded a few singles under the name The Whyte Boots, and a single LP under her own name.  The album, Breakout, did not chart.

Allmusic.com gave Breakout a three star review:

Lori Burton’s rare 1960s album is decent pop/blue-eyed soul, though it might be more promise than fulfillment. She has a very good earthy voice, delivering both cool sensual low growling and impassioned rasp at the most climactic points. The songs are a mixture of soul and densely produced New York mid-’60s pop/rock, and while they’re OK, there isn’t that obvious hitbound tune. Indeed, sometimes the sources or models are pretty apparent. “Since I Lost Your Lovin'” is the closest female impersonation of the Righteous Brothers you’ll come across, and “Bye Bye Charlie” does the same to early Neil Diamond, though Burton actually brings a more vibrant, emotional vocal quality to her vocals than Diamond did on such material. 

You can listen to “There’s No Way (To Stop Loving You)” here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Mercury
Catalog Number:
SR 61136
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Stereo
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Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request stereo LP with 3D lenticular cover

rolling stones their satanic majesties request u.s. lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. stereo pressing of Their Satanic Majesties Request by the Rolling Stones, including the original 3D lenticular cover.

About this copy: This copy of Their Satanic Majesties Request is an original 1967 U.S. stereo pressing on the London label.

The cover is VG, with moderate general wear and wear on the edges and corners.  There are a couple of scratches on the 3D overlay.

The custom inner sleeve is M- with no splits.

The disc is VG++ and close to M- with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs but no significant marks.

A nice copy of a classic LP.

Background: Released in 1967, Their Satanic Majesties Request was the sixth album (in the UK) by the Rolling Stones and their eighth album in the United States.  This was the first album by the band to be released in both countries with identical material.

The LP reached #3 on the UK charts and #2 in the U.S.  The album was originally released with a plastic lenticular overlay that gave the cover photo a 3D effect.  Later pressings had only a printed image.

Allmusic.com gave Their Satanic Majesties Request a 4 star review:

Without a doubt, no Rolling Stones album — and, indeed, very few rock albums from any era — split critical opinion as much as the Rolling Stones’ psychedelic outing. Many dismiss the record as sub-Sgt. Pepper posturing; others confess, if only in private, to a fascination with the album’s inventive arrangements, which incorporated some African rhythms, Mellotrons, and full orchestration. What’s clear is that never before or after did the Stones take so many chances in the studio. … It’s a much better record than most people give it credit for being, though, with a strong current of creeping uneasiness that undercuts the gaudy psychedelic flourishes. In 1968, the Stones would go back to the basics, and never wander down these paths again, making this all the more of a fascinating anomaly in the group’s discography.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: London
Catalog Number:
NPS-2
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Stereo
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Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Greatest Hits UK stereo LP

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Greatest Hits UK stereo LP

Offered for sale is a UK stereo pressing of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Greatest Hits by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles.

About this copy: This copy of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Greatest Hits is a 1968 UK stereo pressing on the Tamla/Motown label.

The cover is VG+, with slight general wear.  The disc is VG++ and close to M- with a couple of faint scuffs.  It’s a clean disc that has had little play.  Stampers are “G” on side one and “M” on side two, so it’s a very early pressing.

A nice copy of a classic LP.

Background: This version of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Greatest Hits was only released in Europe, and differs from the similar U.S. LP.

Tracks are:

  • Going To A Go Go
  • Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
  • From Head To Toe
  • My Girl Has Gone
  • You Really Got A Hold On Me
  • More Love
  • Shop Around
  • Ooo Baby Baby
  • I Second That Emotion
  • Come On Do The Jerk
  • The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage
  • The Tracks Of My Tears
  • What’s So Good About Goodbye
  • That’s What Love Is Made Of
  • Mickey’s Monkey
  • (Come ‘Round Here) I’m The One You Need
Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Tamla/Motown
Catalog Number:
STML 11072
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Johnny Rivers – Changes original U.S. stereo LP

Johnny Rivers - Changes U.S. stereo LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. stereo pressing of Changes by Johnny Rivers.

About this copy: This copy of Changes is a 1966 U.S. stereo pressing on the Imperial label.

The cover is VG+, with light general wear.

The disc is VG++ on side one, with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs.  Side two is VG+, with a small scratch through the first track.  It’s a clean disc that has had little play.

A nice copy of a pretty good LP.

Background: Released in 1966, Changes was the third studio album (and eighth album overall) by Johnny Rivers.

The album reached #33 on the U.S. album charts.

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

Johnny Rivers’ eighth album offers about as much diversity of music as any of the best of his early LPs, with a difference — it was the first album where he abandoned the basic guitar-bass-drums arrangement that had characterized his prior albums. His core trio sound was still there, augmented with tasteful horns and understated string orchestra on certain songs, and virtually displaced by some intriguing solo instruments elsewhere. …Produced by Lou Adler, whose reputation as a recording director par excellence rested on records like this, and arranged by Marty Paitch, this was one of the best-sounding rock albums of 1967 and rode the charts longer than any other Johnny Rivers LP. It’s essential listening for Rivers fans as well as ’60s rock enthusiasts.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Imperial
Catalog Number:
LP-12234
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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Alan Parsons Project – Stereotomy Japan LP with obi

Alan Parsons Project - Stereotomy Japan LP

Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Stereotomy by the Alan Parsons Project, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Stereotomy is a 1986 Japanese pressing on the Arista label.

The cover is VG++ with slight edge and corner wear.  The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Alan Parsons Project LP.

Background:  Released in 1985, Stereotomy was the ninth album by the Alan Parsons Project.

The album reached #43 on the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Stereotomy this review:

It seems as though the Alan Parsons Project’s conceptual grandeur began to lose its potency right around the mid-’80s. With Stereotomy, the message that Parsons is trying to reveal by way of his music begins to dissipate quickly, and the album is saved only somewhat by a couple of interesting instrumental pieces. On this album, the theme circles around the way in which the modern world molds the personality, the character, and the livelihood of the human being. People are but a slave to their lifestyle and their environment, and they are destined to be thrown into this situation at birth, with tolerance as an inevitability.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Arista
Catalog Number:
28RS-10
Year of Release: 1986
Format: Stereo
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