Blue Cheer – Blue Cheer sealed 1969 U.S. LP

blue cheer - blue cheer LP

Offered for sale is an original still sealed U.S. pressing of the fourth album by Blue Cheer, the self-titled Blue Cheer.

About this copy: This copy of Blue Cheer is a sealed original 1969 U.S. pressing on the Philips label.

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

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips or tears.  There is a small punch hole in the lower right hand corner.

A nice copy of a scarce Blue Cheer LP, as all the albums after the first one are rather scarce.

Background: Released in 1969, Blue Cheer was the fourth album by the band of the same name.  The album did not reach the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Blue Cheer a 3 1/2 star review:

After working with two monstrously loud guitar heroes, Leigh Stephens and Randy Holden, Blue Cheer wanted to pursue a more subtle musical direction, and on their fourth album, simply titled Blue Cheer, they followed the path of the first half of 1969’s New! Improved! Blue Cheer, featuring guitarist Bruce Stephens and keyboard man Ralph Burns Kellogg, instead of the power trio format they pioneered on their first two albums and the second half of New! Improved! with Holden. Drummer Paul Whaley had also dropped out of the band by album number four, with Norman Mayell taking over the traps and leaving bassist and singer Dickie Peterson as the only original member of Blue Cheer, all within two years of the release of Vincebus Eruptum. Given all these changes, it’s no wonder Blue Cheer sounds so much different than they did on the band’s first two LP’s, but so long as you’re not expecting the monolithic power of their earliest stuff, it’s a fun album that generates an impressive groove. …. If Vincebus Eruptum and Outsideinside sounded like music for an acid-and-amphetamine-crazed Saturday night biker party, Blue Cheer is the stuff the same bikers would put on for a Sunday beer-and-weed cookout; it’s a more laid-back and relaxed effort, but it still rocks with a strong and steady roll.

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Philips
Catalog Number:
PHS-600-333
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Blue Cheer – Oh! Pleasant Hope sealed 1971 U.S. LP

blue cheer - oh pleasant hope LP

Offered for sale is an original still sealed U.S. pressing of the sixth and final original album by Blue Cheer, Oh! Pleasant Hope.

About this copy: This copy of Oh! Pleasant Hope is a sealed original 1971 U.S. pressing on the Philips label.

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

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips or tears.  There is a punch hole in the upper left hand corner.

A nice copy of a scarce Blue Cheer LP, as all the albums after the first one are rather scarce.

Background: Released in 1971, The Original Human Being was the sixth and final original album by Blue Cheer.  The album did not reach the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Oh! Pleasant Hope a 3 1/2 star review:

It’s hard to imagine what would prompt someone to suggest the band that recorded Vincebus Eruptum should get in touch with their pastoral side, but for their sixth album in only four years, Blue Cheer decided to explore something close to folk-rock and they sounded a lot more comfortable with the stuff than anyone had a right to expect. 1971’s Oh! Pleasant Hope featured the same lineup as the previous year’s The Original Human Being (the first time since Outsideinside that the band had the same musicians for two albums in a row), and while the previous album found Blue Cheer trying to buff off some of their rough edges, this one is loose, laid-back, and playful; if it doesn’t hit very hard, it’s one of the most organic and natural-sounding recordings to carry the group’s name.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Philips
Catalog Number:
PHS-600-350
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Blue Cheer – The Original Human Being sealed 1970 U.S. LP

blue cheer - the original human being LP

Offered for sale is an original still sealed U.S. pressing of the fourth album by Blue Cheer, The Original Human Being.

About this copy: This copy of The Original Human Being is a sealed original 1970 U.S. pressing on the Philips label.

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

The wrap is largely intact, with just a small (1/4″ or so) tear on the back in the upper right hand corner.  There is a punch hole there.

A nice copy of a scarce Blue Cheer LP, as all the albums after the first one are rather scarce.

Background: Released in 1970, The Original Human Being was the fifth album by Blue Cheer.  The album peaked at #188 on the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave The Original Human Being a 3 star review:

Even after cleaning up their act considerably on their self-titled fourth album, Blue Cheer sound positively slick (at least by their standards) on 1970’s The Original Human Being. Though Dickie Peterson was still up front on bass and vocals, guitarist Bruce Stephens had left the group and Gary Yoder, who had contributed to Blue Cheer, came aboard on six-strings and vocals, while drummer Norman Mayell expanded his role, playing occasional keyboards, guitar, and even sitar as Blue Cheer belatedly embraced their Eastern influences on “Babaji (Twilight Raga).” … The Original Human Being feels as if Blue Cheer were trying to build on the lessons learned from their fourth album, but while that record hit just the right note, this one reaches just a bit too far, and it’s most pleasing when the players forget trying to impress us and just go for what feels right.

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Philips
Catalog Number:
PHS-600-347
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Linda Ronstadt – What’s New? Japan LP with obi

linda ronstadt - what's new? japan lp

Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of What’s New? by Linda Ronstadt, including the original obi and lyric insert.

About this copy: This copy of What’s New? is an original 1983 Japanese pressing on the Asylum label.

The cover, obi, and insert are all M-.

The disc is M-, with a single spindle mark on each label.  Gorgeous disc!

A nice copy of a terrific album that has long been an audiophile favorite.

Background: Released in 1983, What’s New? was the twelfth solo album by Linda Ronstadt.  The album reached #3 on the U.S. charts and was certified platinum by the RIAA.

The album, which was a radical departure in style for the singer, was so successful that she made two sequels – 1984’s Lush Life and 1986’s For Sentimental Reasons.

You can listen to the title track here:

 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Asylum
Catalog Number:
P-11408
Year of Release: 1983
Format: Stereo
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer – On Tour With 1977 radio show with rare track

emerson lake & Palmer - on tour with radio show LP

Offered for sale is a promo-only radio show, On Tour With Emerson, Lake & Palmer, by Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

This program of music and interviews features two tracks that were unreleased at the time – “Tiger in a Spotlight,” and an orchestral version of “Abaddon’s Bolero.”

About this copy: This copy of On Tour With Emerson, Lake & Palmer, is an original 1977 pressing on the Atlantic label.

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

The disc is M- and has clearly only been played a couple of times.

A nice copy of a scarce Emerson, Lake & Palmer LP.

Background: In 1977, Emerson, Lake & Palmer released Works, their first LP in more than three years.  They went on tour to promote the album, and On Tour With Emerson, Lake & Palmer was issued to radio stations by their label, Atlantic Records, to promote interest in the album and the tour.

The album features interviews with the band, and included two tracks that were unreleased at the time – “Tiger in a Spotlight,” which showed up on the Works II LP, and an orchestral version of “Abaddon’s Bolero,” which had been recorded for Works but was ultimately not used on the album.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
PR281
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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John Entwistle – Rigor Mortis Sets In 1973 U.S. LP

john entwistle - rigor mortis sets in LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. pressing of John Entwistle’s Rigor Mortis Sets In by John Entwistle, the bassist for The Who.

About this copy: This copy of John Entwistle’s Rigor Mortis Sets In is an original U.S. issue on the Track/MCA label.

The cover is VG++, with trace edge wear and a small cut corner.

The disc is M- and looks like it’s been played once or twice.

A beautiful copy of an underrated LP.

Background: Released in 1973, John Entwistle’s Rigor Mortis Sets In was the third solo album by the Who’s bassist.

The album peaked at #174 on the U.S. album chart.

You can listen to “Big Black Cadillac” here:

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Track/MCA
Catalog Number:
MCA-321
Year of Release: 1973
Format: Stereo
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John Lennon/Yoko Ono – sealed Wedding Album Japan box set with obi

john and yoko wedding album japan lp

Offered for sale is a sealed Japanese pressing of the Wedding Album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, complete with original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Wedding Album is an unopened copy of the 1977 Japanese issue and includes the original obi and all inserts.

This copy was acquired from the stock of a former retailer; the album is sealed in a plastic bag that is taped shut and has an import sticker (“EMI Imported Records From Japan – Disques Importes.”)

It’s pretty obvious that this album has never been opened.

The box and obi are M-; the contents are presumably mint, and the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The box includes:

  • Box with reproduction marriage license on the inside of the cover
  • LP and cover
  • Postcard
  • “The Press” Booklet
  • Strip of photos
  • Photo of wedding cake
  • Fold out poster
  • Japanese lyric insert

Your final upgrade of a box set that rarely turns up anymore.

Background: Originally released in 1969, Wedding Album was the second of three experimental albums released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.  Buyers expecting Beatle-esque music were likely disappointed, as side one of the album consists of John and Yoko simply repeating each other’s names, while side two features a press conference.

The packaging of the album was interesting, however, coming in a box set that included a copy of their marriage license, a plastic bag containing a photo of a slice of wedding cake, a strip of photos, and a booklet of press clippings.

The album did not chart in the UK and peaked at #178 on the U.S. album charts.  Wedding Album was quite a rarity at one time until a small quantity of sealed U.S. copies turned up in a warehouse in the early 1980s.  Of course, all of those copies were grabbed up long ago, and the album is again rather hard to find, especially in completely intact condition.

Allmusic.com gave Wedding Album a somewhat generous 1 1/2 star review:

The record itself contained two selections, one of which consisted of nearly 25 minutes of Yoko Ono’s wailing, while the other, “John and Yoko,” featured the two, one in each stereo speaker, calling out the other’s name for more than 22 minutes. Employing such limited lyrics, Lennon is the more expressive, Ono the more penetrating.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EMS-80702
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Runaways – Waitin’ for the Night Japan promo LP with obi

runaways - waitin for the night japan promo lp

Offered for sale is a rare Japanese white label promotional copy of Waitin’ for the Night by the Runaways, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Waitin’ for the Night is an original 1977 Japanese issue on the Mercury label with white promotional labels, indicating that it was for radio station use.

The cover is VG+, with slight wear at the corners and edges and a bit of general wear on the back cover.

The obi is VG+, with some foxing and a small tear on the back.  The insert is M-.

The white label promo disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a rare Runaways LP.

Background: Released in 1977, Waitin’ for the Night was the third studio album from the Runaways, and the first without original singer Cherie Currie.

The album did not chart in the U.S.

Allmusic.com gave Waitin’ for the Night a 3 star review:

Cherie Currie’s departure was a major loss for the Runaways, but it was hardly a fatal blow. The female hard rockers still had a gem of a singer in Joan Jett and a captivating guitarist in Lita Ford, and they continued to offer sneering, in-your-face rock & roll on their third album, Waitin’ for the Night. This LP isn’t quite as strong as Queens of Noise, but is excellent, gutsy, and inspired nonetheless.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Mercury
Catalog Number:
RJ – 7300
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Steely Dan – Gaucho original Japan promo LP with obi

steely dan - gaucho japan promo lp

Offered for sale is an original Japanese white label promotional copy of the 1980 LP Gaucho by Steely Dan, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Gaucho is an original 1980 Japanese pressing on the MCA label.

The cover, obi, and insert are M-.

The white label promo disc is M-.  There are a few spindle marks on the labels, but the vinyl is pristine with no marks whatsoever.

While the album plays well, it’s not dead-quiet and has some surface noise during soft passages.

A beautiful copy of a terrific (and great-sounding!) LP that’s quite hard to find as a first pressing.

BackgroundGaucho was the seventh Steely Dan LP and the group’s last album for 20 years.  The album reached #9 on the U.S. charts and #27 in the UK, helped by the single “Hey Nineteen.”

Allmusic.com gave Gaucho a 4 star review:

Aja was cool, relaxed, and controlled; it sounded deceptively easy. Its follow-up, Gaucho, while sonically similar, is its polar opposite: a precise and studied record, where all of the seams show. Gaucho essentially replicates the smooth jazz-pop of Aja, but with none of that record’s dark, seductive romance or elegant aura.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: MCA
Catalog Number:
VIM – 6243
Year of Release: 1984
Format: Stereo
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Quicksilver Messenger Service – Just for Love red vinyl Japan LP with obi

Offered for sale is an original red vinyl Japanese pressing of Just For Love by Quicksilver Messenger Service, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Just For Love is a 1970 Japanese first pressing on the green Capitol label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

The cover is VG++, with trace wear at the corners.  The obi is VG+, with a repaired tear and a few wrinkles.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

The disc is VG++, with a couple of faint sleeve marks and a few spindle marks on the labels.  The record has clearly only been played a few times.  Beautiful disc!

A nice copy of a classic LP.

Background:  Released in 1970, Just For Love and the follow-up LP, What About Me? were recorded at the same sessions.  The album reached #27 on the U.S. album charts and featured the band’s biggest hit, “Fresh Air,” which reached #49 on the singles charts, but got a lot of FM airplay.

Allmusic.com gave Just For Love a 3 star review:

With the return of Gary Duncan and the recording debut of founder Dino Valenti, Just for Love, Quicksilver’s fourth album, marked their debut as the band they were intended to be. … On Just for Love, Quicksilver finally was Valenti’s backup group (he wrote all but one of the songs), and while this gave them greater coherence and accessibility, as well as their only Top 50 single in “Fresh Air,” it also made them less the boogie band they had been.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
CP-80082
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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