Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding original 1967 stereo LP

Offered for sale is an original 1967 stereo pressing of John Wesley Harding by Bob Dylan.

About this copy: This copy of John Wesley Harding is an original U.S. pressing on the Columbia 360° label.

The cover is VG+ with a bit of ring wear on the back cover.

The disc is M- and looks to have only been played once or twice.

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Originally released in late 1967, John Wesley Harding was Bob Dylan’s eighth studio LP and offers a retreat from the rock sound of his previous three albums.  It’s best remembered today for the original version of “All Along the Watchtower,” a song later made famous by Jimi Hendrix.

The album sold well, reaching #2 on the U.S. charts and reaching #1 in the UK.

Allmusic.com gave John Wesley Harding a 5 star review:

Bob Dylan returned from exile with John Wesley Harding, a quiet, country-tinged album that split dramatically from his previous three. A calm, reflective album, John Wesley Harding strips away all of the wilder tendencies of Dylan’s rock albums — even the then-unreleased Basement Tapes he made the previous year — but it isn’t a return to his folk roots. … Although the lyrics are somewhat enigmatic, the music is simple, direct, and melodic, providing a touchstone for the country-rock revolution that swept through rock in the late ’60s.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
CS 9604
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Stereo
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Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat sealed original 1968 stereo LP

velvet underground - white light/white heat lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original stereo copy of the second album by the Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat, released in 1968.

About this copy: This particular copy of White Light/White Heat is a sealed stereo first pressing on the Verve label.  The song “Here She Comes Now” is incorrectly titled “There She Comes Now” on the back cover.

This copy is also genuine; the dark image of a skull is visible in the lower left hand corner of the front cover.

The shrink wrap is fully intact, aside from a very tiny break in the lower left hand corner.  It’s so small we almost missed it.  There are two “breathe holes” in the shrink wrap; these are holes added at the factory that allow air to escape when the wrap is heated to seal the LP.

The back cover is bright white, and unlike many sealed copies that we’ve seen, this one has no cutout marks – no punch holes, saw marks, or cut corners.

A beautiful copy of a classic album and the nicest copy we’ve ever seen.

Background: Any fan of the debut album by the Velvet Underground was likely shocked upon hearing 1968’s White Light/White Heat, an album that sounded nothing at all like its predecessor, or for that matter, like any other record to be found in stores that year.  Raw, unpolished, and loud, White Light/White Heat was, and remains, the most difficult album in the band’s catalog.

AllMusic.com gave White Light/White Heat five stars:

The world of pop music was hardly ready for The Velvet Underground’s first album when it appeared in the spring of 1967, but while The Velvet Underground and Nico sounded like an open challenge to conventional notions of what rock music could sound like (or what it could discuss), 1968’s White Light/White Heat was a no-holds-barred frontal assault on cultural and aesthetic propriety. Recorded without the input of either Nico or Andy Warhol, White Light/White Heat was the purest and rawest document of the key Velvets lineup of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker, capturing the group at their toughest and most abrasive.  White Light/White Heat is easily the least accessible of The Velvet Underground’s studio albums, but anyone wanting to hear their guitar-mauling tribal frenzy straight with no chaser will love it, and those benighted souls who think of the Velvets as some sort of folk-rock band are advised to crank their stereo up to ten and give side two a spin.

 

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Beatles – Meet the Beatles still sealed original U.S. stereo LP

beatles - meet the beatles sealed stereo LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. stereo first pressing of Meet the Beatles, issued in 1964 on Capitol Records.  This copy is in exceptional condition, and is likely the nicest copy you’ll ever see.

About this copy: This copy of Meet the Beatles is a still sealed 1964 stereo pressing, pressed at the Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as indicated by the number “2” in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

This is a rarer stereo copy; when the album was first released, mono copies outsold stereo copies by a ratio of about 50:1.

A blue inner sleeve is visible at the mouth of the cover; this is consistent with early releases, as later pressings had orange sleeves.

The title of the album appears on the front cover in brown.

The credit “Produced by George Martin” does not appear in the lower left hand corner of the back cover.

The cover does not have an RIAA “Gold Record Award” logo, as was found on later pressings.

The record was sealed by a retailer, and is packaged in a loose plastic wrap, rather than shrink wrap.  An original price sticker is still attached to the back.  The sticker has yellowed a bit with age.

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

The cover is pure white, and has no dents, holes, cuts, tears, or anything else to detract from it.  The loose-wrap is fully intact, with no holes, rips, or tears.

As the album is sealed, we cannot verify the label variation.  The label may or may not have publishing credits.

This LP is extraordinarily well preserved and looks like it left the factory yesterday.  Someone has obviously stored this LP very carefully over the years.  We acquired it from a dealer of rare books and not someone who regularly deals in records.

Sealed early pressings of Meet the Beatles are quite rare, as they were sold at the height of Beatlemania and nearly all of them were sold to buyers who immediately opened them and played them.

This is the nicest copy of this album we’ve ever seen, and it’s certain to be your final upgrade.

Background:  Meet the Beatles was the first Beatles album to be issued by Capitol Records, and it quickly rose to the top of the charts on the strength of the lead single, “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

The album was issued in both mono and stereo with several minor cover variations, including printing the word “Beatles” on the front cover in various colors.  First issues had the name of the group in brown, and later versions used a shade of green.

First pressings did not list publishing credits, with no mention of either “BMI” or “ASCAP” on either label.  Later pressings corrected this.

Allmusic.com gave Meet the Beatles a 4 1/2 star review

Meet the Beatles! wasn’t the first Beatles album released in the U.S. (that would’ve been Introducing the Beatles, on Vee Jay), but as the first Beatles album released by Capitol Records, it was indeed the LP where many millions of Americans were introduced to the Fab Four. As an introduction, there could hardly have been one better. … The revisions make Meet the Beatles! slightly more of a frenetic rock & roll record than its parent LP — there isn’t much R&B or as many ballads — which, at the time, made it an appropriate soundtrack for the wild heyday of Beatlemania but, as the years have passed, the emphasis on joyous, exuberant rock & roll means that Meet the Beatles! still sounds fresh and exciting on its own terms.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST2047
Year of Release: 1964
Format: stereo
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Beatles – Yesterday and Today stereo Third State Butcher cover

beatles - yesterday and today stereo butcher cover lp

Offered for sale is an exceptionally nice stereo copy of a third state (peeled) Butcher cover pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.

This copy has been professionally peeled and is the nicest stereo example we’ve ever had for sale.

About this copy:  The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 stereo third state Butcher cover.  The trunk cover has been removed, revealing the infamous “Butcher cover” underneath.

Stereo copies are much rarer than their mono counterparts; only about one in ten Butcher covers are stereo, and first state stereo Butcher covers have sold for as much as $75,000.

This particular copy was pressed at the Los Angeles pressing plant, as noted by the small number 5 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

This cover has:

  • No seam splits
  • Fully legible writing on the spine
  • No writing on the front or back cover

There is a bit of tape residue on the back cover.  We have no idea why anyone would have put tape on this cover, as there are no tears or splits.  There is faint wear near the mouth of the cover on the back and a faint stain on the back cover to the right of the side two song titles.

The front cover is nearly perfect, with just a couple of very minor imperfections, mostly along the mouth of the cover.

The record is VG-, having had a lot of play.  The original orange inner sleeve is included, though it does have splits on three sides.

This copy will include a certificate of authenticity from Jim Hansen, who peeled the album professionally.

Also included is a photocopy of Capitol’s original recall letter to reviewers asking that the album be returned to them.

This is a particularly nice example of a stereo Butcher cover and the next best thing to a First State issue.

Background: There are millions of records that people could possibly collect, but few are as infamous as the original release of Yesterday and Today by the Beatles, which was first released with the cover now known as the “Butcher cover.”  This cover photo depicted the band dressed in butcher smocks, surrounded by plastic doll parts and pieces of raw meat.  When the original cover met with hostile responses from reviewers and distributors, Capitol Records made the decision to withdraw the cover and replace it with another one.

While a few copies with the original cover were kept by reviewers, the remaining copies were returned to Capitol Records prior to the album’s scheduled release date.  Capitol then pasted a new cover over the existing one, put new shrinkwrap on the cover, and shipped the records with the “pasteover” cover to record distributors.

Most copies sold around the time of the album’s release date actually had two covers, with a cover showing the band standing around a steamer trunk pasted over the original “Butcher cover” photo.  Over time, many of these copies have had the top cover removed, rendering original copies increasingly scarce as fewer intact examples remain.

Copies of Yesterday and Today with the original cover that have never had the second cover pasted over them are known as “first state” issues.  Copies that have the second cover still pasted on top of the first one are known as “second state” copies.  Second state copies are identifiable by looking at the white area on the cover just below the word “today” in the album title.  If that particular copy is a second state Butcher cover, a black triangular area can be faintly seen; this area is where Ringo’s black shirt collar appears on the cover underneath.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST 2553
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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Simon and Garfunkel – Bookends sealed 1968 stereo LP with poster

simon and garfunkel -bookends sealed original lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original stereo pressing of Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel, including the original poster.

About this copy: This copy of Bookends is a still sealed stereo pressing from the late 1960s that should feature the original “two-eye” or “360° Sound” label.

There is also an original price sticker on the back that has a price that might have been in line with late 1960s pricing.

First pressings of this LP had a paper hype sticker that said, “Featuring their complete version of their hit “Mrs. Robinson.”  Later pressings had a clear plastic sticker, or no sticker at all.

This LP has the paper sticker hyping “Mrs. Robinson.”

There is also a second clear plastic sticker includes the album title, catalog number, and a blurb about how the album includes a “special bonus full color poster.”

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

The shrink wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears or holes.  There are minor bends on three corners.

The album is thick and heavy, so the poster is definitely inside.

A nice copy of a terrific record and our favorite Simon and Garfunkel album, and the only sealed original pressing we’ve ever seen.

Background:  Bookends was the fourth album by Simon and Garfunkel, released in April, 1968.  Featuring the singles “A Hazy Shade of Winter” and “Mrs. Robinson,” the album reached #1 on the Billboard album charts.

Bookends has never really gone out of print, but finding early or original pressings of the album is quite hard, as Columbia changed their label design about two years after the release of the album.  Finding nice copies with the original label that said “360° Sound” is quite difficult today.

Early pressings of Bookends are quite desirable, as the master tapes for the Bookends have reportedly been lost, which is why we’ve never seen a high quality audiophile reissue of the album.  All recent reissues have been made from tapes that are copies of copies.

The sound on these early pressings is exceptional.

Allmusic.com gave Bookends a rare 5 star review:

Simon & Garfunkel quietly slipped Bookends, their fourth album, into the bins with a whisper in March 1968. They are equal collaborators with producer/engineer Roy Halee in a multivalently layered song cycle observing the confusion of those seeking an elusive American Dream, wistfully reflecting on innocence lost forever to the cold winds of change. … Bookends’ problematic, disillusioned themes, sometimes disguised in wry humor, striking arrangements, and augmented orchestral instrumentation, portray the sounds of people in an American life that they no longer understand, or understands them. Simon & Garfunkel never overstate; instead they observe, almost journalistically, enormous life and cultural questions in the process of them being asked. In just over 29 minutes, Bookends is stunning in its vision of a bewildered America in search of itself.

 

 

Buddy Holly – Buddy Holly and the Crickets 1962 stereo LP with shrink

buddy holly and the crickets stereo LP

Offered for sale is an original stereo pressing of the 1962 LP Buddy Holly and the Crickets by Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

About this copy:  This copy of Buddy Holly and the Crickets is a 1962 rechanneled stereo pressing of an LP that was originally released in 1957 with a different cover as The Chirping Crickets.

The cover is M- and retains the complete original shrink wrap.  There is a punch hole in the upper right hand corner.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A beautiful copy of one of the best rock and roll records ever made.

Background: After the death of Buddy Holly in 1959, his labels, Coral and Decca, made numerous attempts to sell more albums by repackaging old material and by digging through their vaults to find whatever unreleased material they could find.

One of their reissues was of the 1957 LP The Chirping Crickets, which had originally been released only in mono.  In 1962, they retitled the album as Buddy Holly and the Crickets and reissued it in both mono and stereo with a different cover.

Allmusic.com gave the album a 5 star review:

The debut album by the Crickets and the only one featuring Buddy Holly released during his lifetime, The “Chirping” Crickets contains the group’s number one single “That’ll Be the Day” and its Top Ten hit “Oh, Boy!.” Other Crickets classics include “Not Fade Away,” “Maybe Baby,” and “I’m Looking for Someone to Love.” The rest of the 12 tracks are not up to the standard set by those five, but those five are among the best rock & roll songs of the 1950s or ever, making this one of the most significant album debuts in rock & roll history, ranking with Elvis Presley and Meet the Beatles.

You can listen to “Maybe Baby” here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Coral
Catalog Number:
CRL 757405
Year of Release: 1962
Format: Stereo (rechanneled)
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Bob Dylan – Greatest Hits sealed original 1967 U.S. stereo LP with poster

bob dylan - greatest hits poster

Offered for sale is a still sealed stereo first pressing of the 1967 LP Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits by Bob Dylan, including the original poster.

About this copy:  This copy of Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits is a still sealed stereo first pressing, with the original KCS 9463 catalog number and the black hype sticker on the shrink wrap that lists both the mono and stereo catalog numbers.

Later issues had a maroon sticker, rather than a black one.

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.  It should have the original Columbia label with the “360° Sound” logos (see photo for example.)

The shrink wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears or holes.  There are two small corner bends.

A hype sticker is attached to the wrap that says “CONTAINS GIANT FULL-COLOR DYLAN WALL POSTER.”

See photo for example of the poster.

A nice copy of a terrific LP and the only sealed original stereo copy we’ve ever seen.

Background:

Bob Dylan took some time off after releasing Blonde on Blonde in 1966, largely because he was recovering from a motorcycle accident. Columbia records took advantage of his time off by releasing his first compilation LP, Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits. While the album was originally issued in both mono and stereo, the mono pressings were only available for about a year before being deleted with all other mono titles in Columbia’s catalog in early 1968.

Allmusic.com gave Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits a 5 star review:

Arriving in 1967, Greatest Hits does an excellent job of summarizing Dylan’s best-known songs from his first seven albums. At just ten songs, it’s a little brief, and the song selection may be a little predictable, but that’s actually not a bad thing, since this provides a nice sampler for the curious and casual listener, as it boasts standards from “Blowin’ in the Wind” to “Like a Rolling Stone.”

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
KCS 9463
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Stereo
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Dusty Springfield – You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me original stereo LP

dusty springfield - you dont have to say you love me lP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. stereo pressing of You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Dusty Springfield.

About this copy: This copy is an original U.S. stereo pressing on the Philips label.

The cover is VG++, with trace wear at the corners and a faint stain where a price sticker was removed.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Background: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me was Dusty Springfield’s fifth album to be released in the United States.  The album was previously released under the title Ev’rything’s Coming Up Dusty, but was retitled after “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” became a hit.

The album reached #77 on the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me a 4 1/2 star review:

If you overlook the title track, a pop hit in the manner of “Stay Awhile” et al, this is Springfield’s best R&B album of her early career. “Won’t Be Long” shows Springfield as a soul-shouter par excellence, now with the backing to match, a reasonable fascimile of an authentic American sound, and she alternates with her softer ballad singing.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Philips
Catalog Number:
PHS 600-210
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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(Dusty Springfield) Springfields -Folk Songs From the Hills 1963 stereo LP

springfields - folk songs from the hills lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. stereo pressing of the third and final LP by the Springfields, Folk Songs From the Hills, featuring Dusty Springfield.

About this copy: This copy is an original U.S. stereo pressing on the Philips label.

The cover is VG+, with slight ring wear.

The disc is M- on side one, and VG+ on side two, where there are a couple of likely inaudible marks.

A nice copy of an LP that’s hard to find in stereo.

Background: Folk Songs From the Hills was the third and final album by the Springfields before Dusty Springfield began her solo career.

You can listen to Greenback Dollar here:

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Philips
Catalog Number:
PHS-600-076
Year of Release: 1963
Format: Stereo
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Santo & Johnny – Around the World With… 1962 U.S. stereo LP

around the world with santo & johnny lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. stereo pressing of Around the World With Santo & Johnny by Santo & Johnny.

About this copy: This copy is an original U.S. stereo pressing on the Canadian American label.

The cover is VG++, with faint ring wear and a couple of staple holes in the upper left hand corner.

The disc is VG+, with a few scuffs on side 1 and M- on side 2.

A nice copy of a scarce instrumental LP.

Background: Around the World With Santo & Johnny was released in 1963 and was the fifth album by the instrumental duo of brothers Santo & Johnny Farina.  The album did not chart.

You can listen to “Midnight in Moscow” here:

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Canadian American
Catalog Number:
SCALP 1008
Year of Release: 1962
Format: Stereo
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