Beatles – Live at the Star Club U.S. test pressing 2 LP set

beatles - live at the star club u.s. test pressing lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. test pressing of the 1977 double live album Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany by the Beatles.

About this copy: This copy of Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany is a 1977 pressing on the Lingasong label.

These discs were issued without a cover, but we’ve added a stock cover to make the album complete.  The cover is M- with trace corner wear.

The discs have white labels and are labeled as test pressings, but have song titles and timings printed on them.

The discs are M- and are likely unplayed.  There are some faint scuffs from the original inner sleeves, but no spindle marks on the labels, and no significant marks on the vinyl.  Clean discs!

A nice copy of a rare Beatles LP and the only test pressing we’ve ever had for sale.

Background:  Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany is a recording of one of the Beatles’ last performances in Hamburg in late 1962, right before they became famous.

As Ringo Starr had joined the band the previous August, he was playing during the band’s two week stay in Germany.

The manager for another band brought a tape recorder to one of the performances and recorded both his band and the Beatles, using a tape recorder with a single microphone.

The tapes were largely forgotten for years, but in 1977, the then owners of the tapes spent $100,000 cleaning up the sound and released them as a double album on the newly-formed Lingasong label.

The album, while poor in sound quality, did have some artistic significance and the album’s release also inspired Capitol Records to release the Live at the Hollywood Bowl album later that same year.   It also sold reasonably well, reaching #111 on the U.S. album charts.

Though most promotional copies of Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany were pressed on black vinyl, a few were pressed on either red or blue vinyl.  Both the blue vinyl and the red vinyl pressings are quite rare.

The album reached #111 on the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany a 2 star review:

The historical interest of this album is considerable: The Beatles, on the precipice of fame, playing their last Hamburg club show on December 31, 1962 (contrary to the 1961 date given on some liner notes). The problem, from a latter-day perspective, was that the Beatles didn’t play all that well, and, more importantly, the sound is not up to par in the least, as it was captured on a primitive portable recorder. That said, it’s interesting to hear the Beatles as they were in their club days, with a set list (almost exclusively covers) of early rock & roll tunes, several of which never made their way onto any official Beatle release.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Lingasong
Catalog Number:
LS-2-7001
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Julie London – Softly! Japan red vinyl test pressing LP with obi

Julie London - Softly! Japan red vinyl test pressing LP

Offered for sale is an original red vinyl Japanese test pressing of the 1968 LP Softly! by Julie London, including the original obi.

This album has the same cover as the U.S. release Easy Does It, but mostly has different material.

About this copy:  This copy of Softly! is a 1968 Japanese pressing on the Liberty label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

The cover is VG++ with slight ring wear on the front cover lamination.

The obi is VG+ with a few wrinkles, but no tears.  The “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is still attached.

The plastic-lined white sleeve used for promotional copies is included. The lyric insert is missing.

The red vinyl test pressing disc is M- on side one, and VG++ on side two, with a couple of very faint scuffs.  There are no spindle marks on the labels; the record may be unplayed.  Clean disc!

A beautiful copy of a very rare Julie London LP.

Background: Released in 1968 in Japan, Softly! is a bit of an odd album.   It has the same cover as the U.S. Easy Does It LP, but it has different track listings.

The two albums only have five songs in common.

Tracks on Softly are:

  • April In Paris
  • When I Grow Too Old To Dream
  • The Man I Love
  • I’ve Got A Crush On You
  • Everything I Have Is Yours
  • You Made Me Love You
  • Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home
  • I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
  • Show Me The Way To Go Home
  • I Surrender Dear
  • Me And My Shadow
  • You Go To My Head
  • There Will Never Be Another You
  • I’ll See You In My Dreams

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Liberty
Catalog Number:
LP-8406
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Deja Vu sealed Classic Records unreleased 45 RPM test pressing box #1/100!

crosby stills nash & young - deja vu classic records test pressing lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. test pressing of the unreleased 45 RPM 4 LP Clarity vinyl box set of Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

This copy is #1 of 100 copies pressed.   The four discs are single-sided, 45 RPM, 200 gram clear vinyl.

About this copy: This copy of Deja Vu is a 2010 test pressing on the Classic Records label, pressed on single-sided, 45 RPM “Clarity” vinyl.

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

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  There are two hologram stickers under the wrap that hold the box shut.  A third sticker on the box says “Classic Records 1 of 100 Limited Edition.”

A beautiful copy of a very rare Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young LP.

Note: Classic Records did release Deja Vu as a single-disc, black vinyl 33 1/3 pressing on 200 gram vinyl.

They later intended to release the album as a four record set, cut at 45 RPM, and pressed on single-sided 200 gram clear “Clarity” vinyl, but the company went out of business before the album could be released in that format.   One hundred numbered test pressings exist of the 45 RPM Clarity vinyl version.  No stock (retail) copies exist.

Background: Deja Vu is the second album by Crosby, Stills and Nash, with the addition of Stills’ former bandmate in Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young. The album reportedly took 800 hours of studio time to record, and became one of the most anticipated releases of all time.

Deja Vu reached #1 on the U.S. album charts and has been certified platinum 7 times. It also reached #5 in the UK. The songs “Our House,” “Teach Your Children,” and “Woodstock,” all reached the American Top 40.

Allmusic.com gave Deja Vu a rare 5 star review:

One of the most hotly awaited second albums in history — right up there with those by the Beatles and the Band — Déjà Vu lived up to its expectations and rose to number one on the charts. …. Déjà Vu worked as an album, a product of four potent musical talents who were all ascending to the top of their game coupled with some very skilled production, engineering, and editing. There were also some obvious virtues in evidence — the addition of Neil Young to the Crosby, Stills & Nash lineup added to the level of virtuosity, with Young and Stephen Stills rising to new levels of complexity and volume on their guitars…. All of this variety made Déjà Vu a rich musical banquet for the most serious and personal listeners, while mass audiences reveled in the glorious harmonies and the thundering electric guitars, which were presented in even more dramatic and expansive fashion on the tour that followed.

About Clarity vinyl: About Clarity vinyl: In 2008, Classic Records determined that magnetic particles in regular black vinyl were compromising playback results. This was due to trace metal contained in the carbon black that was added to the vinyl during manufacture.

Classic worked with Kenan, a PVC manufacturer, to produce a proprietary vinyl compound that did not use carbon black, and thus did not contain these distortion-causing magnetic elements. The resulting vinyl compound was called Clarity vinyl, and Classic intended to eventually produce all of their titles using this new vinyl.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Classic Records
Catalog Number:
SD-7200
Year of Release: 2010
Format: Stereo
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Julie London – Around Midnight Japan red vinyl test pressing LP

Julie London - Around Midnight Japan red vinyl test pressing LP

Offered for sale is a red vinyl Japanese test pressing of Around Midnight by Julie London.

About this copy: This copy of Around Midnight is a 1963 Japanese pressing on the Liberty label of an album that was originally released in 1960, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

The cover is VG with moderate ring wear and some wear at the edges and corners.

The obi and lyric insert are missing.

The red vinyl test pressing disc is M- with a faint inaudible scuff on side one.  Clean disc!

A beautiful example of a very rare (and very good) Julie London LP.

Background: Released in 1960, Around Midnight was the twelfth album by Julie London.

The album did not chart.

Allmusic.com gave Around Midnight a 4 star review:

In 1960, pop vocalist Julie London was really cranking out albums for the successful label Liberty Records. The success of her 1955 hit “Cry Me a River” put Liberty into overdrive and London responded by making some of the strongest records of her career. Her ability to interpret a song was at its strongest in the late ’50s and early ’60s, as is evidenced on the shimmering Around Midnight. While some of her best recordings were front of small jazz combos, Around Midnight proves that London was just as effective in front of larger orchestras and bands.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Liberty
Catalog Number:
SLBY-1038
Year of Release: 1963
Format: Stereo
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Supertramp – Crime of the Century U.S. Mobile Fidelity half speed mastered test pressing LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. test pressing of the Mobile Fidelity half speed mastered edition of Crime of the Century by Supertramp.

About this copy: This copy of Crime of the Century is a 1978 U.S. pressing on the JVC label.  While technically a U.S. release, the disc was actually pressed in Japan by JVC using their proprietary “Supervinyl” compound.

The cover is a generic white cover and is VG+ with slight wear on the back.  There is a sticker on the cover that lists the catalog number, a date, and says “Sample Record Not for Sale.”

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

Matrix information:

Side one: MFSL 1-005 – A SR/2    1 1 1 ꔰ L
Side two: MFSL 1-005 – B SR/2    1 2 1 ꔰ L

This seems to be an earlier mastering than any that are listed on Discogs.

A beautiful copy of a rare Supertramp LP.  Great-sounding LP, too.

Background: Released in 1974, Crime of the Century was the third album by Supertramp.

The album reached #4 on the UK album charts and #38 on the U.S. charts.

Allmusic.com gave Crime of the Century a 4 star review:

Supertramp came into their own on their third album, 1974’s Crime of the Century, as their lineup gelled but, more importantly, so did their sound. The group still betrayed a heavy Pink Floyd influence, particularly in its expansive art rock arrangements graced by saxophones, but Supertramp isn’t nearly as spooky as Floyd … At times the album floats off into its own world, with an effect more tedious than hypnotic, but it’s still a huge leap forward for the group and their most consistent album outside of that 1979 masterwork, Breakfast in America.

Every title ever issued by Mobile Fidelity is collectible in its own right; their pressings from 1978 through 1989 were pressed in Japan by JVC on their proprietary Super Vinyl, an exceptionally resilient, dead-quiet vinyl compound, with later issues pressed in the U.S. by RTI on 200 gram vinyl. These records were mastered at half speed; both the tape and the cutting lathe were run at half the normal speed, allowing the cutting head to cut a more accurate groove in the acetate. The finished product featured dead-quiet vinyl, with improved dynamics, better imaging, and tighter bass.

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Ramones – Set of four unreleased U.S. test pressing picture disc LPs

ramones - unrelased rhino picture disc lp set

Offered for sale is a set of unreleased U.S. picture disc test pressings of four albums by the Ramones.

These four albums, Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket to Russia, and Road to Ruin, were intended for a 2008 U.S. release by Rhino Records as picture discs, but for unknown reasons, the release was canceled.  The four picture discs exist only as test pressings with all-white “blank” images.

About these copies:  This set of four picture discs were pressed in 2008 by Rainbo Records for an intended release by Rhino Records. (“RHINO” is stamped in the dead wax on all eight sides.)

While these are picture discs, the “picture” on each is an all-white image with a faint yellow line running through the center.  The albums do, of course, play the correct Ramones music on each of the four discs.

No covers were printed; these discs are in plain white generic covers, each of which has the album title and “Rainbow/Rhino 2008” written by hand in red marker in the upper left hand corner.

The four discs are M- and look unplayed.

Matrix numbers are:

1. Ramones – (Side one) RHINO R1-7520 A 79608E1/A  (Side two) RHINO R1-7520 B 79608E2/A
2. Leave Home – (Side one) RHINO R1-7528 SIDE A 79605E1/A (Side two) RHINO R1-7528 SIDE B 79605E2/B
3. Rocket to Russia – (Side one) RHINO R1-6042 A 79606E1/A (Side two) RHINO R1-6042 B 79606E2/A
4. Road to Ruin – (Side one) RHINO R1-6063 SIDE A 79607E1/A (Side two) RHINO R1-6063 SIDE B 79607E2/A

We acquired these from someone who got them directly from a former employee of Rhino Records.

A nice set of ultra-rare Ramones LPs.

Background: While the Ramones never sold a lot of records, they were one of the most influential bands of all time.

Included in this seat are:

Ramones – Released in 1976, Ramones reached #111 on the U.S. album chart.

Allmusic.com gave Ramones a 5 star review:

With the three-chord assault of “Blitzkrieg Bop,” The Ramones begins at a blinding speed and never once over the course of its 14 songs does it let up. The Ramones is all about speed, hooks, stupidity, and simplicity.

Leave Home – Released in 19711, Leave Home reached #148 on the U.S. album chart.

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

Leave Home was in many respects a continuation of the sound and attitude of the first album, with its unrelenting barrage of chunky guitar downstrokes and Mad Magazine-influenced lyrical absurdity. But even a cursory listen reveals the Ramones had made plenty of progress in less than a year. …Leave Home wasn’t as startling as the Ramones’ first album, and it’s not quite as strong and consistent as their masterpiece Rocket to Russia, but it was a positive step forward for the Pride of Forest Hills, and it’s one of their best and most satisfying albums.

Rocket to Russia – Released in 1977, Rocket to Russia reached #49 on the U.S. album chart.

Allmusic.com gave Rocket to Russia a 5 star review:

The Ramones provided the blueprint and Leave Home duplicated it with lesser results, but the Ramones’ third album, Rocket to Russia, perfected it. Rocket to Russia boasts a cleaner production than its predecessors, which only gives the Ramones’ music more force. It helps that the group wrote its finest set of songs for the album. … Rocket to Russia (is) the Ramones’ most listenable and enjoyable album — it doesn’t have the revolutionary impact of The Ramones, but it’s a better album and one of the finest records of the late ’70s.

Road to Ruin – Released in 1978, Road to Ruin reached #103 on the U.S. album chart.

Allmusic.com gave Road to Ruin a 4 1/2 star review:

When the Ramones started work on their fourth album, Road to Ruin, in early 1978, they were in something of a bind. Their previous three albums had helped spark the punk revolution and established them as one of the greatest bands in the long and checkered history of rock & roll, but they weren’t getting the sales that their label wanted or breaking out in the mainstream the way some of their N.Y.C. compatriots like Blondie had. The Ramones also wanted those things, so they made some major moves. …The question was whether Ramones fans really wanted those two things, or did they just want more songs about Sheena. That’s debatable, but what’s clear is that the band’s noble efforts didn’t pay off with the general record-buying public, and Road to Ruin was their worst-charting release to that point.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Rhino
Catalog Number:
R1-7520, R1-7528, R1-6042, R1-6063
Year of Release: 2008
Format: Stereo
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Deja Vu sealed Classic Records unreleased 45 RPM test pressing box set

crosby stills nash & young - deja vu classic records test pressing lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. test pressing of the unreleased 45 RPM 4 LP Clarity vinyl box set of Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

This copy is #17 of 100 copies pressed.   The four discs are single-sided, 45 RPM, 200 gram clear vinyl.

About this copy: This copy of Deja Vu is a 2010 test pressing on the Classic Records label, pressed on single-sided, 45 RPM “Clarity” vinyl.

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

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  There are two hologram stickers under the wrap that hold the box shut.  A third sticker on the box says “Classic Records 17 of 100 Limited Edition.”

A beautiful copy of a very rare Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young LP.

Note: Classic Records did release Deja Vu as a black vinyl, 33 1/3 pressing on 200 gram vinyl.

They intended to release the album as a four record set, cut at 45 RPM, and pressed on single-sided 200 gram clear “Clarity” vinyl, but the company went out of business before the album could be released in that format.   One hundred numbered test pressings exist of the 45 RPM Clarity vinyl version.  No stock (retail) copies exist.

Background: Deja Vu is the second album by Crosby, Stills and Nash, with the addition of Stills’ former bandmate in Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young. The album reportedly took 800 hours of studio time to record, and became one of the most anticipated releases of all time.

Deja Vu reached #1 on the U.S. album charts and has been certified platinum 7 times. It also reached #5 in the UK. The songs “Our House,” “Teach Your Children,” and “Woodstock,” all reached the American Top 40.

Allmusic.com gave Deja Vu a rare 5 star review:

One of the most hotly awaited second albums in history — right up there with those by the Beatles and the Band — Déjà Vu lived up to its expectations and rose to number one on the charts. …. Déjà Vu worked as an album, a product of four potent musical talents who were all ascending to the top of their game coupled with some very skilled production, engineering, and editing. There were also some obvious virtues in evidence — the addition of Neil Young to the Crosby, Stills & Nash lineup added to the level of virtuosity, with Young and Stephen Stills rising to new levels of complexity and volume on their guitars…. All of this variety made Déjà Vu a rich musical banquet for the most serious and personal listeners, while mass audiences reveled in the glorious harmonies and the thundering electric guitars, which were presented in even more dramatic and expansive fashion on the tour that followed.

About Clarity vinyl: About Clarity vinyl: In 2008, Classic Records determined that magnetic particles in regular black vinyl were compromising playback results. This was due to trace metal contained in the carbon black that was added to the vinyl during manufacture.

Classic worked with Kenan, a PVC manufacturer, to produce a proprietary vinyl compound that did not use carbon black, and thus did not contain these distortion-causing magnetic elements. The resulting vinyl compound was called Clarity vinyl, and Classic intended to eventually produce all of their titles using this new vinyl.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Classic Records
Catalog Number:
SD-7200
Year of Release: 2010
Format: Stereo
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Stevie Nicks – The Other Side of the Mirror UK 180 Gram Simply Vinyl test pressing LP

stevie nicks -The Other Side of the Mirror simply vinyl test pressing lp

Offered for sale is a 180 gram promotional test pressing of The Other Side of the Mirror by Stevie Nicks, issued by Simply Vinyl.

About this copy: This copy of The Other Side of the Mirror was pressed in 2000 in the UK by Simply Vinyl.

The cover is a generic gray and white cover that says “Simply Vinyl Promo LP” on the cover.  There is a sticker with the title and catalog number on it, along with the words “Promo Only.

The labels are plain and say “Simply Vinyl” on one side and “Promo LP” on the other.

As there are no song titles on the cover or label and no cue sheets, this is more of a test pressing than a promotional release.

The cover is VG+, with no wear, but with a small break at the top seam (see photo.)  The disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A nice copy of a rare Stevie Nicks LP.

Background: Released in 1981, The Other Side of the Mirror was the first solo album by Stevie Nicks.

The album reached #1 on the U.S. charts and #11 in the UK.

Allmusic.com gave The Other Side of the Mirror a 3 star review:

Stevie Nicks’ fourth solo album received more than its share of negative reviews from rock critics, who seemed to mistake her poetic and not always terribly discernible lyrics for pretentiousness. Although not as strong as Nicks’ three previous solo dates, The Other Side of the Mirror is a decent album that has many more pluses than minuses.

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Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Simply Vinyl
Catalog Number:
SVP 236
Year of Release: 2000
Format: Stereo
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Mamas and the Papas – All About… Japan red vinyl test pressing LP with obi

mamas and papas - all about the mamas and papas japan test pressing lp

Offered for sale is an exceptionally nice original red vinyl test pressing of the Japan-only compilation LP All About the Mamas & the Papas by the Mamas & the Papas, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of All About the Mamas & the Papas is an original 1968 white label test pressing for the Dunhill/Stateside label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

This disc has plain white labels with the catalog number stamped on the side one label.  The side two label is blank.

The gatefold cover is M-, with trace wear at the corners.  The obi is VG, with a few wrinkles, a few small tears, and a small (1 cm square) piece missing.  The “hojyuhyo”, or reorder tag, is still attached.

The lyric insert is missing.

The red vinyl test pressing disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Clean disc!

A beautiful copy of a terrific and very rare Mamas and Papas LP.

Background:  The Mamas & the Papas were quite popular in Japan, and several compilation LPs were issued there that were not released anywhere else.

All About the Mamas & the Papas was released in 1968 and contained tracks from the group’s first four albums, along with a Cass Elliott solo track, “California Earthquake.”

The LP has the same cover as the American LP Farewell to the First Golden Era, Vol. 2, but with a completely different track listing.

First issues of the album were issued on the Stateside label and were pressed on red vinyl.  The 1971 reissue was on the Probe label; those pressings were black vinyl only.

Tracks are:

  • California Earthquake
  • Monday Monday
  • For The Love Of Ivy
    You Baby
  • Twist And Shout
  • Glad To Be Unhappy
  • In Crowd
  • California Dreamin’
  • My Girl
  • Boys And Girls Together
  • Spanish Harlem
  • Do You Wanna Dance
  • Safe In My Garden
  • Dream A Little Dream Of Me

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Stateside
Catalog Number:
HP-8564
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven Classic Records sealed Clarity vinyl 45 RPM test pressing 12″

led zeppelin - stairway to heaven classic records clarity vinly 12" single

Offered for sale is a still sealed one-sided U.S. 45 RPM test pressing 12″ single of “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, pressed by Classic Records on clear “Clarity” vinyl.

The 45 RPM disc plays the full 7:55 version of the song on side one; side two is blank.  These 45 RPM test pressings were made for in-house use by Classic Records in 2010 and were not commercially released.

About this copy: This copy of “Stairway to Heaven” is a 2010 pressing on the Classic Records label.

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

The cover is a plain white cover with a sticker in the upper right hand corner.  The sticker says “Classic Records 1/2010 SD-7208-45-200G Clarity Stairway to Heaven CRWH.”  T

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

This is a single-sided disc, pressed on 200 gram vinyl.   The B side has the words “Classic Records”embossed in the vinyl.

A beautiful copy of a very rare Led Zeppelin item.  Great sound, too!

Background: In the early 2000s, the now-defunct audiophile label Classic Records issued high-quality pressings of the entire Led Zeppelin catalog.

One of their titles was a four-LP box set containing the band’s first four albums.  That box set also included a single-sided, black vinyl 45 RPM 12″ single containing the song “Stairway to Heaven” as a bonus.  The singles were pressed with test pressing labels only; there were no “stock” copies.

The box set was never reissued.

In 2010, Classic Records began experimenting with a clear vinyl compound that they called “Clarity Vinyl.”  They released a number of titles on this clear vinyl compound that year, but went out business shortly thereafter.

They also pressed a few test pressings of titles for in-house use.   One of those titles was this 12″ single of “Stairway to Heaven.”  They likely only pressed a few dozen copies, and unlike the earlier black vinyl test pressings,  none of the Clarity vinyl test pressings were commercially released.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Classic Records
Catalog Number:
SD-7208-45
Year of Release: 2010
Format: Stereo
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