Annie Ross/Gerry Mulligan – Sings a Song With Mulligan! Japan red vinyl LP with obi

annie ross sings a song with muligan japan red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a red vinyl Japanese copy of Annie Ross Sings a Song With Mulligan! by Annie Ross and Gerry Mulligan.

About this copy: This copy of Annie Ross Sings a Song With Mulligan! is a 1968 pressing of an album that was originally released in 1958.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.  It has a minor fold.

The lyric insert is M-.

The red vinyl disc is M- and may be unplayed.  Beautiful disc!

A gorgeous copy of a terrific LP and the only complete red vinyl copy we’ve ever seen.

Background: Released in 1958, Annie Ross Sings a Song With Mulligan! was the sixth album by Annie Ross.

Allmusic.com gave Annie Ross Sings a Song With Mulligan! a 5 star review:

Singer Annie Ross’ first solo album after joining Lambert, Hendricks & Ross finds her at the peak of her powers. Ross is joined by two versions of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet with either Chet Baker or Art Farmer on trumpet, Bill Crow or Henry Grimes on bass, and drummer Dave Bailey. Annie Ross is at her best (and most appealing) on “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face,” “Give Me the Simple Life,” “How About You,” and “The Lady’s in Love With You,” but all the selections are quite rewarding and her interplay with baritonist Mulligan is consistently memorable. This date plus its follow-up A Gasser are both essential.

You can listen to “I Feel Pretty: here:

 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Pacific Jazz
Catalog Number:
WP-8268
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure sealed 1973 U.S. white label promotional LP

roxy music - for your pleasure u.s. promo lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed white label promotional copy of For Your Pleasure, the second LP by Roxy Music.

This is the first issue on the Reprise label with a gatefold cover and includes a bio sheet that was issued only with promo copies.

About this copy: This copy of For Your Pleasure is an original 1973 pressing on the Reprise label.

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

The wrap is fully intact except for a 2 inch (5 cm) tear at the center of the bottom edge.

There is a sticker that says, “Promotional Copy Not for Sale” attached to the cover.

There is a band biography sheet under the shrink wrap on the back cover.  These biography sheets were only issued with promotional copies of the album, so the disc should have white promotional labels as shown on the third photo.

A beautiful copy of a very rare Roxy Music LP and likely your final upgrade.

Background: Released in 1973, For Your Pleasure was the second album by Roxy Music.

The album reached #193 on the U.S. charts, and #4 on the UK charts.

Allmusic.com gave For Your Pleasure a 5 star review:

On Roxy Music’s debut, the tensions between Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry propelled their music to great, unexpected heights, and for most of the group’s second album, For Your Pleasure, the band equals, if not surpasses, those expectations. However, there are a handful of moments where those tensions become unbearable, as when Eno wants to move toward texture and Ferry wants to stay in more conventional rock territory; the nine-minute “The Bogus Man” captures such creative tensions perfectly, and it’s easy to see why Eno left the group after the album was completed. Still, those differences result in yet another extraordinary record from Roxy Music, one that demonstrates even more clearly than the debut how avant-garde ideas can flourish in a pop setting.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Reprise
Catalog Number:
BS 2696
Year of Release: 1973
Format: Stereo
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Deep Purple – Powerhouse original Japan LP with obi and poster

deep purple - powerhouse japan lp

Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of the live/studio compilation LP Powerhouse by Deep Purple, including the original obi and rare poster.

About this copy: This copy of Powerhouse is a 1977 pressing on the Warner Brothers label.

The cover is M-, with trace corner wear.  The obi is M-.  The lyric insert is M-.

The disc is M- and may be unplayed.  Beautiful disc!

The poster is M- with no rips, tears, or holes.  The “image” on the poster is a picture of the band, but it’s made up of very tiny Japanese text.  We don’t know the source of the text, but we’re guessing that it’s the names of the band’s Japanese fan club members.

A nice copy of a rare LP.  We didn’t even know this was issued with a poster!

Background: Released in 1977, Powerhouse is a compilation album of live and studio tracks from the “Mark II” version of the band.

This album was released in only a few countries and has never been released in the U.S.

Tracks are:

  • Painted Horse (outtake from the Who Do We Think We Are LP)
  • Hush (live from the 1969 Concerto for Group and Orchestra concert)
  • Wring That Neck (live from the 1969 Concerto for Group and Orchestra concert)
  • Child in Time (live from the 1969 Concerto for Group and Orchestra concert)
  • Black Night (live single B-side, recorded during the Made in Japan tour)
  • Cry Free (studio outtake from the Deep Purple in Rock LP)

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog Number:
P-10444W
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – White Album complete Japan 2 LP set with obi

beatles - white album japan lp

Offered for sale is a complete Japanese copy of The Beatles, also known as, The White Album by the Beatles, including the poster, individual photos, lyric insert and the original obi.

This 1976 pressing had a numbered cover, unlike U.S. or UK issues of that time.

About this copy: This copy of the White Album is a 1976 pressing on the Apple label of an album that was originally released in 1968.

The cover is M-, and has the number “A386925” printed on it in the lower right hand corner.

The obi is M-.  The poster is M-, with no rips, tears, or holes.  The four photos are M-.

The discs are M-, with one or two spindle marks on the labels but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean discs!

A beautiful, and nearly perfect, copy of a classic LP.

Background:  The Beatles, aka the “White Album”, was the ninth studio album by the Beatles (by the UK method of counting, anyway.)  Released in late 1968, the album reached #1 on the charts pretty much everywhere and is the largest-selling album in the band’s history, as a sale of a double album counted as two albums sold.

Allmusic.com gave The Beatles a 5 star review:

Each song on the sprawling double album The Beatles is an entity to itself, as the band touches on anything and everything it can. This makes for a frustratingly scattershot record or a singularly gripping musical experience, depending on your view, but what makes the so-called White Album interesting is its mess. …None of it sounds like it was meant to share album space together, but somehow The Beatles creates its own style and sound through its mess.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
EAS-77001-2
Year of Release: 1976
Format: Stereo
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Genesis – Genesis limited edition yellow vinyl Japan LP with obi

genesis - genesis yellow vinyl japan lp

Offered for sale is a limited edition yellow vinyl Japanese pressing of Genesis by Genesis, including the original obi.

Note: While the album title on the cover and label is Genesis, this album is a reissue of the band’s first LP, From Genesis to Revelation.

About this copy: This copy of Genesis is a 1978 pressing on the London label of an album that was originally released in the UK in 1969, but which wasn’t issued in Japan until 1976.

This pressing is noteworthy for the terrific photo of Peter Gabriel in costume, and for the fact that it’s a yellow vinyl pressing, as the yellow vinyl copies were limited to 1000 units.

The cover is VG++ and very close to M-, with slight edge and corner wear.  The obi is VG++ with a couple of minor wrinkles, but no tears.

The lyric insert is M-.

The yellow vinyl disc is M- and looks like it may have been played once.  Clean disc!

A beautiful copy of a very rare Genesis LP and only the second copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Released in 1969, From Genesis to Revelation was the first album by Genesis.

The album was originally released only in the UK and it did not chart.  It was released in 1974 in the U.S. and in 1976 in Japan, after the band had become famous.

Allmusic.com gave From Genesis to Revelation this review:

This debut Genesis album, which has appeared under license to various labels in addition to Decca and London in different configurations, is largely of historical interest. The group was still in its formative stages, the members barely past their 18th birthdays and still working out what they wanted to sound like. Mostly they sound like the Bee Gees trying to be the Moody Blues (picture something similar to the sound of the former group’s Odessa album)….A pleasant enough piece of pop-psychedelia/art rock, but not a critically important release, except to the truly dedicated.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: London
Catalog Number:
GHX-1054
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Madonna – Madonna first issue Japan LP with obi

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Offered for sale is a Japanese first pressing of Madonna by Madonna, including the original obi.

First pressings are somewhat scarce; most copies of this album are later pressings that were issued after the Like a Virgin LP became a hit.

About this copy: This copy of Madonna is an original 1983 first pressing on the Sire label.

The top of the obi says, “Dance Contemporary” on it; later issues say, “MADONNA” instead.  Unlike later issues, this copy has no other Madonna albums pictured on the back of the obi.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.  The two inserts are M-.

The disc is M-.  There is a single spindle mark on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  A clean disc!

A nice copy of a somewhat underrated Madonna LP and one that’s surprisingly hard to find as a first pressing.

Background: Released in July, 1983, Madonna was the debut LP by the singer whose name would soon become a household word.

The album reached #6 on the UK charts and #8 in the U.S., though it has sold steadily over the years and has since sold more than ten million copies worldwide.

Allmusic.com gave Madonna a 5 star review:

Although she never left it behind, it’s been easy to overlook that Madonna began her career as a disco diva in an era that didn’t have disco divas. It was an era where disco was anathema to the mainstream pop, and she had a huge role in popularizing dance music as a popular music again, crashing through the door Michael Jackson opened with Thriller. Certainly, her undeniable charisma, chutzpah, and sex appeal had a lot to do with that — it always did, throughout her career — but she wouldn’t have broken through if the music wasn’t so good. And her eponymous debut isn’t simply good, it set the standard for dance-pop for the next 20 years. … Here, Madonna is on fire, and that’s the reason why it launched her career, launched dance-pop, and remains a terrific, nearly timeless, listen.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Sire
Catalog Number:
P-11394
Year of Release: 1985
Format: Stereo
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Billy Joel – The Nylon Curtain Japan promo Mastersound audiophile LP with obi

billy joel - the nylon curtain japan mastersound promo lp

Offered for sale is a promotional copy of the Japanese “Mastersound” pressing of The Nylon Curtain by Billy Joel, including the original obi.

This was part of a limited edition, heavy-vinyl series of digitally remastered audiophile pressings.

About this copy: This copy of The Nylon Curtain is an original 1982 Japanese digitally remastered heavy vinyl pressing, issued in Columbia’s short-lived Mastersound series.

The cover is M- and still has the original shrink wrap.   The obi is M-.

This copy includes the following inserts; all are M-:

  • Generic heavy posterboard Mastersound inner sleeve
  • Custom paper inner sleeve with English lyrics
  • Japanese lyric/liner note sleeve
  • Postcard
  • Two different generic booklets, advertising the Mastersound process and other titles available in the series.

The disc has stock labels with “Sample” stamped on the side 1 label in Japanese.  The disc is M- and may be unplayed.  Beautiful copy!

A nice copy of a scarce Billy Joel LP that was not issued as part of the U.S. Mastersound series.

Background: Released in 1982, The Nylon Curtain was the eighth solo album by Billy Joel.  The album reached #7 on the U.S. album charts, helped by the singles “Allentown,” “Pressure,” and “Goodnight Saigon.”

Allmusic.com gave The Nylon Curtain a 3 1/2 star review:

Billy Joel hit back as hard as he could with Glass Houses, his bid to prove that he could rock as hard as any of those new wave punks. He might not have proven himself a punk — for all of his claims of being a hard rocker, his work inevitably is pop because of his fondness for melody — but he proved to himself that he could still rock, even if the critics didn’t give him any credit for it. It was now time to mature, to move pop/rock into the middle age and, in the process, earn critical respect. In short, The Nylon Curtain … is layered, successful, mature pop that brings Joel tantalizingly close to his ultimate goal of sophisticated pop/rock for mature audiences.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS
Catalog Number:
30·AP-2401
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Stereo
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Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) – On the Third Day Japan LP with obi

elo - on the third day japan lp

Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of On the Third Day by the Electric Light Orchestra, including the original obi.

Note: This is the U.S. version of the album that does include the song, “Showdown.”

About this copy: This copy of On the Third Day is a 1978 pressing on the Jet label of an album that was originally released in 1973.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

The disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A beautiful copy of a a terrific and (and underrated) ELO album.

Background: Released in 1973, On the Third Day was the third album by the Electric Light Orchestra, and the first to not include founder Roy Wood as a band member.

The album reached #52 in the U.S., but did not chart in the UK.

Allmusic.com gave On the Third Day a 3 1/2 star review:

Electric Light Orchestra’s third album showed a marked advancement, with a fuller, more cohesive sound from the band as a whole and major improvements in Jeff Lynne’s singing and songwriting. This is where the band took on its familiar sound, Lynne’s voice suddenly showing an attractive expressiveness reminiscent of John Lennon in his early solo years, and also sporting a convincing white British soulful quality that was utterly lacking earlier.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Jet
Catalog Number:
25AP1147
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Bob Dylan – Planet Waves original Japan LP with obi

bob dylan - planet waves japan lp

Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Planet Waves by Bob Dylan, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Planet Waves is a 1974 pressing on the Asylum label.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

The lyric insert is M- with very slight fading on one edge.

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

A gorgeous copy of a rare Bob Dylan LP.

Background: Released in 1974, Planet Waves was the fourteenth studio album by Bob Dylan.

The album reached #1 on the U.S. charts and #7 in the UK.

Allmusic.com gave Planet Waves a 3 1/2 star review:

Reteaming with the Band, Bob Dylan winds up with an album that recalls New Morning more than The Basement Tapes, since Planet Waves is given to a relaxed intimate tone — all the more appropriate for a collection of modest songs about domestic life. As such, it may seem a little anticlimactic since it has none of the wildness of the best Dylan and Band music of the ’60s — just an approximation of the homespun rusticness. Considering that the record was knocked out in the course of three days, its unassuming nature shouldn’t be a surprise, and sometimes it’s as much a flaw as a virtue, since there are several cuts that float into the ether.

 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Asylum
Catalog Number:
P-8420Y
Year of Release: 1974
Format: Stereo
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Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland Japan 2 LP set with obi

jimi hendrix - electric ladyland japan lp

Offered for sale is a rare early Japanese pressing of the double album Electric Ladyland by Jimi Hendrix, complete with original obi and a cover that was unique to the Japanese release.

While the cover features a closeup of Jimi’s face, the booklet inside the cover includes the nude photo that was used on later issues of the LP and on the UK cover.

About this copy: This copy of Electric Ladyland is a 1971 Japanese issue of an album that was originally issued in 1969.  The only difference between the first and second issues is one letter in the catalog number: SMP-9301/2 for the first issue and MP-9301/2 for this one.

The cover is VG+, with slight edge and corner wear and a bit of foxing on the inside.

The obi is M-.  As this pressing has a booklet inside the cover, it was issued without a lyric insert.

The two discs are M- and look as though they’ve only been played no more than twice.  Clean discs!

A nice copy of a classic LP, and the only copy of this version that we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Released in 1968, Electric Ladyland was the third album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the final studio album to be released in Hendrix’ lifetime.

The album was released in most countries with a cover depicting a number of nude women, though this cover was not used for the U.S. release.

The LP reached #1 in the U.S. and #6 in the UK.

Allmusic.com gave Electric Ladyland a rare 5 star review:

Jimi Hendrix’s third and final album with the original Experience found him taking his funk and psychedelic sounds to the absolute limit. The result was not only one of the best rock albums of the era, but also Hendrix’s original musical vision at its absolute apex. When revisionist rock critics refer to him as the maker of a generation’s mightiest dope music, this is the album they’re referring to.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Polydor
Catalog Number:
MP-9301/2
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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