Gerry Mulligan – The Essential Gerry Mulligan 1963 U.S. stereo LP

gerry mulligan - the essential gerry mulligan lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. stereo pressing of The Essential Gerry Mulligan by Gerry Mulligan.

About this copy: This copy of The Essential Gerry Mulligan is an original 1963 U.S. pressing on the Verve label.

The cover is VG++, with trace wear at the corners.

The disc is VG++ on side one, with a couple of inaudible marks, and M- on side 2.

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Verve
Catalog Number:
V6-8567
Year of Release: 1963
Format: Stereo
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Stella – Stella (Stella Zelcer/Vander) rare 1967 U.S stereo French pop LP

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Offered for sale is a rare U.S. stereo pressing of the 1967 French pop LP Stella, by Stella.

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

The cover is VG+, with slight wear at the corners and edges.

The disc is M- on side one and VG++ on side 2, with two faint sleeve scuffs.  A beautiful disc that has likely only been played once or twice.

A nice copy of a very rare French pop LP.

Background: It’s always hard to list records by artists who go by only one name!

Born in 1950, Stella Zelcer began releasing records at the age of 12 under the name “Stella.”  She had a bit of success in France, and released a single LP in 1967.

Tracks on the LP are:

  • Un Air De Folklore Auvergnat
  • Adieu Micro, Bonjour Sillon
  • T’achètes Des Disques Américains
  • Pauvre Figaro
  • Tu Dis Toujours Oui
  • Cauchemard Auto-Protestateur
  • Si Vous Connaissez Quelque Chose De Pire Que Qu’un Vampire Parlez M’en Toujours, Ça Pourra Peut-Être Me Faire Sourire
  • Le Vieux Banjo
  • Gaspard
  • Pas De Chanson Sur Les Vacances
  • La Flemme
  • Pourquoi Je Chante

The LP sold poorly and she went on to do other things, though she began recording again in the 1990s under her married name, Stella Vander.

Her Stella LP is a highly sought-after example of 1960s French pop.

You can listen to “Cauchemar Auto Protestateur” here:

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: RCA
Catalog Number:
FSP-189
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Stereo
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Connie Francis – Do the Twist U.S. stereo LP

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Offered for sale is a rare U.S. stereo pressing of Do the Twist With Connie Francis by Connie Francis.

This title was in print for less than a year before being reissued as Dance Party with a different cover.

About this copy: This copy of Do the Twist With Connie Francis is an original 1962 U.S. stereo pressing on the MGM label.

The cover is VG, with slight general wear, particularly at the edges and corners.  The lower left hand corner is bent and there’s a punch hole in that corner.

The disc is M-.  It looks like it’s been out of the sleeve a couple of times but has no marks and shows no signs of play.

A nice copy of a scarce Connie Francis LP.

Background: Released in 1962, Do the Twist With Connie Francis was the singer’s 20th LP of new material in a span of four years.

Released quickly to catch the then-hot “twist” craze, the LP was issued with a cover that didn’t have a photo of the singer on the front.  The album was reissued later that year with a new title and a cover photo.

The album peaked at #47 on the U.S. album charts.

You can listen to “Mr. Twister” here:

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: MGM
Catalog Number:
SE 4022
Year of Release: 1962
Format: Stereo
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Vikki Carr – It Must Be Him sealed 1967 U.S. stereo LP

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Offered for sale is a still sealed stereo pressing of It Must Be Him by Vikki Carr.

About this copy: This copy of It Must Be Him is a sealed 1967 original pressing on the Liberty label.  As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The cover is VG+, with some wear at the bottom edge where the wrap has broken.  There are numerous breaks in the shrink wrap, including a 3″ split at the mouth of the cover and a 10″ break on the bottom edge.

A nice copy of Vikki Carr’s most popular album.

Background: Released in 1967, It Must Be Him was Vikki Carr’s seventh album, and the one that contained her biggest hit.  The title track reached #3 on the U.S. pop charts and the album reached #12.

Allmusic.com gave It Must Be Him a 3 star review:

Released in the wake of the biggest hit of Vikki Carr’s career, It Must Be Him is a showcase for the vocalist’s glorious voice and way with a tender ballad. The title track is an obvious highlight, charting the ups and downs of an interminable wait for a lover’s return, but the rest of the album is solid as well.

You can listen to the title track here:

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Liberty
Catalog Number:
LST-7533
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Stereo
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Pictures at an Exhibition U.S. stereo white label promotional LP

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Offered for sale is an original stereo U.S. white label promotional copy of Pictures at an Exhibition by Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

About this copy: This copy of Pictures at an Exhibition is a 1972 white label promo copy on the Cotillion label.

The cover is VG+, with a bit of general wear and two stickers – an orange promotional sticker and a black hype sticker,

The disc is VG++, with just a few faint scuffs, likely from the original inner sleeve (included.) The disc has clearly only had a couple of plays.

A nice copy of a promotional LP that is usually found in terrible condition.

Background: Released in late 1971, Pictures at an Exhibition was Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s first live album, and their only live album to consist entirely of material that was not found on their studio albums.

The album reached #3 on the UK charts and #10 in the U.S.

Allmusic.com gave Pictures at an Exhibition a 3 1/2 star review:

One of the seminal documents of the progressive rock era, a record that made its way into the collections of millions of high-school kids who never heard of Modest Mussorgsky and knew nothing of Russia’s Nationalist “Five.” It does some violence to Mussorgsky, but Pictures at an Exhibition is also the most energetic and well-realized live release in Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s catalog, and it makes a fairly compelling case for adapting classical pieces in this way.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Cotillion
Catalog Number:
ELP 66666
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Stereo
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Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited U.S. stereo 1960s LP

Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited sealed stereo 1965 LP

Offered for sale is an early stereo pressing of Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan.

About this copy: This is an early U.S. stereo pressing on the Columbia 360° Sound label

This pressing does not contain the alternate take of From a Buick 6; the matrix number on side one ends in 2B.

The cover is VG+, with a 4″ seam split at the top and a sticker attached to the back cover.

The disc is VG++, with a couple of very faint sleeve scuffs.  The disc is very close to M- and appears to have had only a couple of plays.

A nice copy of a classic LP.

Background: Bob Dylan’s 1965 LP, Highway 61 Revisited turned a lot of heads, and Dylan’s new electric approach caught a lot of listeners by surprise.  This album contains numerous well-known songs, from the title track to Like a Rolling Stone to From a Buick 6.

Allmusic.com gave Highway 61 Revisited a 5 star review:

Taking the first, electric side of Bringing It All Back Home to its logical conclusion, Bob Dylan hired a full rock & roll band, featuring guitarist Michael Bloomfield, for Highway 61 Revisited. …Throughout the album, he embraces druggy, surreal imagery, which can either have a sense of menace or beauty, and the music reflects that, jumping between soothing melodies to hard, bluesy rock.

Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited sealed stereo 1965 LP

bob dylan - highway 61 sealed LP

Offered for sale is an still sealed stereo pressing of Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan, with the record still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve.

This pressing does not contain the alternate take of From a Buick 6; the matrix number on side one ends in 2A.

About this copy: This is a sealed 1960s stereo pressing on the Columbia 360° Sound label, with the LP in an unopened inner sleeve.

The cover is VG++ and very close to M-, with a couple of minor corner dents and “C5” written in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

The record is presumably new and unplayed, and somewhat of a rarity, as most copies sold when the album was new were sold in mono, making original stereo pressings comparatively scarce.

A very nice copy of still sealed original copy of this iconic album, pressed in the much harder to find stereo format.

Background: Bob Dylan’s 1965 LP, Highway 61 Revisited turned a lot of heads, and Dylan’s new electric approach caught a lot of listeners by surprise.  This album contains numerous well-known songs, from the title track to Like a Rolling Stone to From a Buick 6.

Allmusic.com gave Highway 61 Revisited a 5 star review:

Taking the first, electric side of Bringing It All Back Home to its logical conclusion, Bob Dylan hired a full rock & roll band, featuring guitarist Michael Bloomfield, for Highway 61 Revisited. …Throughout the album, he embraces druggy, surreal imagery, which can either have a sense of menace or beauty, and the music reflects that, jumping between soothing melodies to hard, bluesy rock.

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Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour German rare true stereo “hot mix” LP

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Offered for sale is a German pressing of Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles, featuring all of the songs in true stereo as well as a cover that was unique to the German release.

This is the rare “hot mix” version of the album that is cut at a noticeably higher volume than most pressings and offers better sound quality.

About this copy:  This copy of Magical Mystery Tour is an issue from the early 1980s, and not the more common pressings with the “Hor Zu” logo on the label and cover.

While this LP was pressed several times over the years, most pressings have A1/B3 stampers.  They sound nice, but the A1/B1 pressings are louder and, to most ears, sound considerably better than the A1/B3 version.  They’re also quite a bit harder to find.

The cover is M- and retains the original shrink wrap.  There is a sticker from an importer on the back cover.

The disc is M- with no spindle marks on the labels.  It does have a couple of ultra-faint sleeve scuffs on side 2.  The LP has clearly only been played a couple of times.

Matrix numbers:

Side one: 04449-A1+C

Side two: 04449-B1+C

A nice copy of a terrific record.

Background: As Magical Mystery Tour was a soundtrack to a film that contained only six new songs, EMI Records in Britain decided to release the material as a set of two 7″ EPs.  In the U.S., Capitol Records issued the material as a full album, by combining A and B sides of then-current singles.  As there were no true stereo mixes of those singles at the time, most of the second side of the album was issued in the United States in Capitol’s “Duophonic” fake stereo.

In the early 1970s, true stereo mixes of those songs became available, and Apple Records released the full LP in Germany using those stereo mixes.  On this version only, the entire album was in true stereo with the exception of the second half of “I Am the Walrus,” for which no true stereo mix exists.

The German album was also issued with a unique cover, though without the gatefold cover and book that accompanied the U.S. album and the UK EP release.

Most of the German copies of Magical Mystery Tour  that we’ve seen over the years were sold through Hörzu, a German television listings magazine.  These copies have the Hörzu logo on both the cover and record label, and seem to be more common than those purchased elsewhere.

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Country of origin: Germany
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
1C 072-04 449
Year of Release: 1981
Format: Stereo
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Dave Brubeck – Time Out Columbia first pressing 6 eye stereo LP

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Offered for sale is an original stereo pressing of Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet on the Columbia”6 eye” label

About this copy:  This copy of Time Out is an early stereo pressing (matrix numbers end in -2BC and -2AG) on the original Columbia “6 eye” label that was in use from the time of the album’s original 1959 release until early 1962.

This is a first issue, as the LP cover does not mention the song “Take Five” and the label does not have a small “CBS” at the very top, which was added to the label in 1961.

The cover is VG+, with slight general wear and a name and address stamped twice on the back cover. Part of the back slick has been folder over slightly.

The disc is M-, aside from two very faint inaudible marks.  There are no spindle marks on the labels; this LP has likely only been played once or twice.

A gorgeous copy of an iconic jazz album and the cleanest original stereo copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: There isn’t much to say about Time Out that hasn’t been said before; the album is generally regarded as one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, and perhaps one of the greatest albums of all time regardless of genre.

AllMusic.com gave Time Out a 5 star review:

Dave Brubeck’s defining masterpiece, Time Out is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history, the first to consciously explore time signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time. It was a risky move — Brubeck’s record company wasn’t keen on releasing such an arty project, and many critics initially roasted him for tampering with jazz’s rhythmic foundation. But for once, public taste was more advanced than that of the critics. Buoyed by a hit single in altoist Paul Desmond’s ubiquitous “Take Five,” Time Out became an unexpectedly huge success, and still ranks as one of the most popular jazz albums ever.  This belongs in even the most rudimentary jazz collection.

You can listen to “Take Five” here:

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
CS 8192
Year of Release: 1961
Format: Stereo
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Buffalo Springfield – Buffalo Springfield 1966 stereo LP with Baby Don’t Scold Me

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Offered for sale is a rare stereo copy of Buffalo Springfield’s 1966 self-titled debut LP, including the withdrawn song, “Baby, Don’t Scold Me,” but without the hit, “For What It’s Worth.”

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is an original 1966 stereo pressing, SD 33-200, including “Baby, Don’t Scold Me” and omitting “For What It’s Worth.”

The track lineup on this version of the LP also differs from the later version.

The cover is VG, with slight ring wear and a bent corner.

The disc is VG++, with a few light scuffs.  It’s clearly been well cared for and plays really well.

A nice copy of an iconic album and one that’s quite hard to find in stereo.

Background: Buffalo Springfield is widely regarded as one of the more influential groups of the 1960s, but when their first LP was released in December of 1966, the album, catalog number 33-200,  just sat on store shelves, gathering dust.

This was largely due to the lack of a hit single to drive sales of the album.  The first single, “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing,” stalled at #110 on the charts.

In January, 1967, the band released the song “For What It’s Worth” and the song reached #7 on the Billboard charts.  Atco Records decided to add “For What It’s Worth” to the album, but in the process, they removed the song “Baby, Don’t Scold Me” and rearranged the order of the songs on the album.

New pressings, released in March 1967, were assigned a new catalog number, 33-200A.  Sales of the album improved, and the album eventually peaked at #80 on the album charts.

Original pressings of the album containing “Baby, Don’t Scold Me” are quite rare, as they were only available for about three months before being replaced with the later version of the album.  In 40 years of selling records, we’ve only had two copies of the first version of the album, including this one.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atco
Catalog Number:
SD 33-200
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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