James Brown – Papas Got a Brand New Bag 1960s King stereo LP

james brown - papa's got a brand new bag stereo

Offered for sale is a stereo 1968 pressing of the 1965 compilation LP Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag by James Brown.

If you encountered the Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag LP, you’d likely think it was a James Brown studio album, rather than a compilation.

At the time of the album’s 1965 release, the single had recently been on the charts, but instead of releasing a new studio album to go with it, King Records put it on an album with a number of previously released singles dating back to 1962.

The album did reasonably well, reaching #26 on the U.S. albums chart (and #2 on the R&B albums chart.)

You can listen to the title track here:

About this copy: This copy of Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag is a 1968 stereo pressing, with the green banner on the cover (first issues had a red banner.)

The disc is the blue King stereo label with the crown above the name that had been in use since 1966.

The cover is VG+, with a bit of ring wear and a 1 1/2″ split at the bottom.  The disc is VG+, with some scuffs and a few scattered light marks.

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: King
Catalog Number:
S938
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour U.S. stereo Capitol LP

beatles magical mystery tour stereo

Offered for sale is an original U.S. stereo pressing of Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles.

Magical Mystery Tour wasn’t conceived as an album; it was originally compiled as a set of two seven-inch EPs, offering music from the soundtrack of the TV film of the same name.

The extended play format had not been as successful in the U.S. as it had been in the UK, so Capitol Records added several songs that had recently been released as singles and turned the project into an LP.

As with most Beatles albums in the U.S., Magical Mystery Tour reached #1 on the American album charts.  The U.S. import reached #34 in Great Britain.

About this copy:  This copy of Magical Mystery Tour is an original U.S. stereo copy, complete with gatefold cover and color booklet.

The cover is VG+, with slight wear and initials written in the upper right hand corner of the cover.

The disc is VG+, with a few light marks, and the same initials in ballpoint pen on the label.   This disc was pressed at the Scranton pressing plant.

It will make a nice play copy.

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
MAL 2835
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Sgt. Pepper Capitol U.S. stereo LP

beatles pepper U.S. stereo

Offered for sale is an original U.S. stereo pressing of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles on the Capitol rainbow label.

There’s not much to write about Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band that hasn’t already been written; it’s one of the most influential albums of all time, despite the fact that there were no singles released from the album.

The album was released in the U.S. in both stereo and mono and the mono pressings are much harder to find, as they were only in print for about a year before being deleted.

About this copy:  This copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is an original U.S. mono pressing on the Capitol rainbow label.

The cover is VG+, with faint ring wear.  No custom inner sleeve or cutout insert.

The disc is VG++, with a few faint scuffs.  Jacksonville pressing

A nice play copy of a legendary album.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SMAS 2653
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Yesterday and Today stereo Third State Butcher cover

beatles stereo third state butcher cover

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.

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, and while this one was not professionally peeled, whoever did it did a better than average job.

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
  • Very faint ring wear on the back cover
  • No writing on the front or back cover

While this is an exceptionally nice peel, there are two very tiny pieces missing from the front cover slick.  The largest of the two is a triangular area about 1/4″ on a side along the left hand edge.  Another much smaller missing piece is near the top right hand corner.

The record is VG, with a few marks and some sleeve scuffs.  The original orange inner sleeve is included.

This is a particularly nice example of a stereo Butcher cover and comes from our own collection.

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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Beatles – Yesterday and Today Capitol stereo LP

beatles yesterday and today stereo

Offered for sale is a late 1960s stereo pressing of Yesterday and Today on the Capitol rainbow label.

Yesterday and Today, released in June 1966, was the eighth Beatles album to be released by Capitol Records.  The original “Butcher” cover was withdrawn shortly before release and replaced with a photo of the Beatles sitting around a steamer trunk.

The album, originally released only in the U.S. and Canada,  reached #1 on the Billboard album charts.

About this copy:  This copy of Yesterday and Today is a late 1960’s stereo pressing on the Capitol rainbow label.  This is not a Butcher cover, but a copy with the more common trunk cover.

The number 16 on the back cover indicates a Jacksonville, Illinois pressing.

The cover has a “Gold Record Award” stamp printed on the cover.

The cover is VG+, with faint ring wear and a repaired 3″ seam split.

The disc is VG+, with a few scuffs from the paper inner sleeve.

A nice clean play copy of a terrific record.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST2553
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Rubber Soul Capitol stereo LP

beatles rubber soul stereo

Offered for sale is an original U.S. stereo copy of Rubber Soul by the Beatles.

Released in December, 1965, Rubber Soul was the seventh Beatles album to be released by Capitol Records.  The album, which had a different track lineup from the UK version, reached #1 on the U.S. album charts.

About this copy: This copy of Rubber Soul is an original U.S. mono pressing on the Capitol rainbow label.

The 6 on the back cover indicates a Los Angeles pressing.

The cover is VG+, with a bit of general wear, with just a bit of foxing.  The disc is VG+, with some sleeve scuffs, but no significant marks.

A nice copy of a terrific album.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST2442
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Something New original U.S. stereo LP

beatles something new

Offered for sale is an original stereo U.S. pressing of Something New by the Beatles.

Something New was the third Beatles album to be released by Capitol in 1964, and the album was prepared exclusively for the American market, though it was later issued in other countries.

The album reached #2 on the American albums chart, helped by the singles “And I Love Her” and “Matchbox.”

About this copy: This copy of Something New is an original 1964 pressing on the black Capitol label with the rainbow band.  There is a number 3 on the back cover indicating that the LP was manufactured at the Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant.

The cover is VG+, with slight wear at the bottom front and a bit of foxing on the back cover.

The disc is VG+, with a few sleeve scuffs.

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST-2108
Year of Release: 1964
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Beatles Second Album U.S. stereo LP

beatles second album stereo

Offered for sale is an original stereo pressing of The Beatles Second Album by the Beatles.

The Beatles Second Album has an odd title, as it’s really the third American album by the band.  Released only in the U.S. and Japan, the LP was released in 1964 and included the hit “She Loves You.”

The album reached #1 on the American album charts.

About this copy: This copy of The Beatles Second Album is an early stereo pressing, pressed at the Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant as indicated by the small “3” on the back cover.

The cover is VG++, with a bit of foxing but no tears, holes, or writing.

The disc is VG++, with just a few slight sleeve scuffs.  “Long Tall Sally” and “I Call Your Name” do not have running times listed on the label.

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST2080
Year of Release: 1964
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Meet the Beatles U.S. stereo LP

meet the beatles stereo

Offered for sale is an early U.S. stereo pressing of Meet the Beatles, issued in 1964 on Capitol Records.

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.

About this copy: This copy of Meet the Beatles is an early stereo pressing, pressed at the Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as indicated by the “3” on the back cover.  “Beatles” is in light brown on the front cover and the cover has a “Gold Record Award” logo.

The cover is VG, with moderate wear, but no tears or holes.   There’s a bit of writing on the front cover at upper right.  The mono disc is VG++, but has an inaudible mark through one track.

A nice copy of a terrific LP and a great play copy.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ST2047
Year of Release: 1964
Format: stereo
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Yardbirds – Over Under Sideways Down sealed stereo 1966 LP

Yardbirds over under sideways down sealed

Offered for sale is a rare sealed stereo copy of the Yardbirds 1966 LP, Over Under Sideways Down, with the record still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve.

While Over Under Sideways Down was the Yardbirds’ third LP released in the United States, the album (with a different title and slight track changes) was the band’s first studio LP be released in Britain.  For our money, it’s their best effort and one of the best rock LPs by any band of the 1960s.

It’s also the band’s only album with Jeff Beck playing on all tracks.

The mono and stereo versions of this album contain different mixes, and part of the stereo version is in rechanneled stereo.

The album peaked at #51 on the Billboard albums chart, though the UK version reached #20 on the British charts.

Like most of the band’s albums, Over Under Sideways Down wasn’t in print very long, for whatever reason, they’re surprisingly hard to find in playable condition.

You can listen to the title track here:

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is an original 1966 stereo pressing and the record is still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve and is presumably new and unplayed.

The cover is VG+; there’s no writing, punch holes, or tears, but there is a lot of foxing (discoloration) on the cover.

A gorgeous copy of a classic album that would be difficult to upgrade.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Epic
Catalog Number:
BN 26210
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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