Olivia Newton-John – Love Performance Japan-only live LP with obi and poster

Olivia Newton-John - Love Performance Japan LP

Offered for sale is an original copy of the Japan-only live album Love Performance by Olivia Newton-John, including the original obi and poster.

About this copy: This copy of Love Performance is an original 1981 pressing on the EMI label.

The cover is M- with trace corner wear.  The obi and insert are M-.

The poster is M- with no rips, tears, or holes.

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

A beautiful copy of a scarce Olivia Newton-John LP.

Background: As Olivia Newton-John was quite popular in Japan, her Japanese record company elected to release a live album there of a concert recorded during her 1976 Japanese tour.

For some reason, the album wasn’t released until 1981, and Love Performance has never been released in any other country.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI
Catalog Number:
EMS-91010
Year of Release: 1981
Format: Stereo
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Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood Japan LP with obi

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood Japan LP

Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Texas Flood is a 1983 pressing on the Epic label.

The cover is VG++ and close to M-, with very slight foxing.  The obi is M-.  The lyric insert is M-.

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

A nice copy of a rare (and terrific!) Stevie Ray Vaughan LP.

Background: Released in 1983, Texas Flood was the debut LP by Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The album reached #38 on the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Texas Flood a 5 star review:

It’s hard to overestimate the impact Stevie Ray Vaughan’s debut, Texas Flood, had upon its release in 1983. At that point, blues was no longer hip, the way it was in the ’60s. Texas Flood changed all that, climbing into the Top 40 and spending over half a year on the charts, which was practically unheard of for a blues recording. Vaughan became a genuine star and, in doing so, sparked a revitalization of the blues. This was a monumental impact, but his critics claimed that, no matter how prodigious Vaughan’s instrumental talents were, he didn’t forge a distinctive voice; instead, he wore his influences on his sleeve, whether it was Albert King’s pinched yet muscular soloing or Larry Davis’ emotive singing. There’s a certain element of truth in that, but that was sort of the point of Texas Flood. Vaughan didn’t hide his influences; he celebrated them, pumping fresh blood into a familiar genre.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Epic
Catalog Number:
25-3P-477
Year of Release: 1983
Format: Stereo
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Heart – Bad Animals original Japan LP with obi, poster, and bonus single

heart - bad animals japan lp

Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Bad Animals by Heart, including the original obi limited edition poster, and the nearly-always-missing bonus single and picture sleeve.

The single includes live versions of “Magic Man” and “Barracuda” that were recorded in Japan in 1986.  This single was included with the album when it was originally sold, but most copies have become separated from the album over time.

About this copy:  This copy of Bad Animals is a 1987 pressing on the Capitol label.

The cover is M-, with trace foxing on the upperdge.  The obi is M-. The insert is M-.

The disc is M- and may be unplayed.

The 7″ picture sleeve is M-.

The 7″ disc is M- and has “Sample” printed on the label in Japanese.  This is how they were issued when they were included in all stock copies of the album.

The poster is M- with no rips, tears, or holes.

A beautiful copy of an album that almost never turns up complete.

Background: Released in 1987, Bad Animals was the ninth studio album by Heart.

The album reached #2 on the U.S. charts and #7 in the UK.

Allmusic.com gave Bad Animals a 3 star review:

Switching from Epic to Capitol with 1985’s Heart proved to be a wise move for the Wilson sisters, who experienced a major resurgence in popularity and gained many new followers. Heart’s arena rock sound had become even glossier, and the band was selling more albums than ever. But for all its production gloss (courtesy of Ron Nevison) and pop slickness, Bad Animals comes across as sincere rather than formulaic or cynical. From the rockers “You Ain’t Too Tough” and “Easy Target” to the power ballads “Alone” and “Wait for an Answer,” all of the songs are quite memorable.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
ECS-91222
Year of Release: 1987
Format: Stereo
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Who – My Generation original U.S. mono LP

This album was issued with a stock cover and is not marked as promotional in any way.

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono pressing of My Generation, the debut LP from The Who.

As the stereo version of the album is rechanneled (fake) stereo, the mono pressing is the version most people prefer.

The album sold poorly on original release; most copies sold were sold in the late 1960s after the mono version had long been deleted.  The mono U.S. LP is quite rare.

About this copy: This copy of My Generation is a 1965 U.S. pressing on the Decca label.

This is the original 1965 issue, without “A DIVISION OF MCA INC” on the labels.

The cover is VG+, with slight ring wear at the bottom of the front cover and slight corner and edge wear.  This cover does not have cutout marks of any kind.

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

A gorgeous copy of an album that is usually found in poor condition and the only U.S. mono copy of the album we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: My Generation (released as The Who Sings My Generation in the U.S.) is regarded as one of the most significant debut albums in rock history.  While the album failed to make the charts in the United States when released in 1966, the 1965 UK release reached #5 on the UK charts.

The UK version of the album included a track, “I’m a Man,” that was not included on the U.S. or Japanese release (It was replaced by “Instant Party.”)

Allmusic.com gave My Generation a rare 5 star review:

An explosive debut, and the hardest mod pop recorded by anyone. At the time of its release, it also had the most ferociously powerful guitars and drums yet captured on a rock record. Pete Townshend’s exhilarating chord crunches and guitar distortions threaten to leap off the grooves on “My Generation” and “Out in the Street”; Keith Moon attacks the drums with a lightning, ruthless finesse throughout. … While the execution was sometimes crude, and the songwriting not as sophisticated as it would shortly become, the Who never surpassed the pure energy level of this record.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Decca
Catalog Number:
DL 4664
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Mono
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Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord Japan promo LP with obi

Moody Blues - In Search of the Lost Chord Japan promo LP

Offered for sale is a Japanese promotional copy of In Search of the Lost Chord by the Moody Blues, including the original obi and lyric booklet.

About this copy: This copy of On the Threshold of a Dream is a 1974 pressing on the Deram label of an album that was originally released in 1968.

The cover is M- with a tiny dent in the upper left hand corner.  Unlike the original issue, this version does not include a gatefold cover.

The obi is VG+ a couple of small repaired tears.

The lyric booklet is M- with one or two foxing spots.

The disc is a stock disc with “Sample” stamped on the side one label in Japanese.

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

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Released in 1968, In Search of the Lost Chord was the third album by the Moody Blues and the second of their so-called “Classic Seven” LPs.

The album reached #5 on the UK charts and #23 on the U.S. charts.

Allmusic.com gave In Search of the Lost Chord a 3 star review:

In Search of the Lost Chord is the album on which the Moody Blues discovered drugs and mysticism as a basis for songwriting and came up with a compelling psychedelic creation, filled with songs about Timothy Leary and the astral plane and other psychedelic-era concerns. They dumped the orchestra this time out in favor of Mike Pinder’s Mellotron, which was a more than adequate substitute, and the rest of the band joined in with flutes, sitar, tablas, and cellos, the playing of which was mostly learned on the spot. The whole album was one big experiment to see how far the group could go with any instruments they could find, thus making this album a rather close cousin to the Beatles’ records of the same era.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Deram
Catalog Number:
SLC 802
Year of Release: 1974
Format: Stereo
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Robin Trower – For Earth Below Japan white label promotional LP with obi

Robin Trower - For Earth Below Japan white label promotional LP

Offered for sale is an original Japanese white label promotional copy of For Earth Below by Robin Trower, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of For Earth Below is an original 1975 pressing on the Chrysalis label.

The cover is M-, with trace corner wear.  The obi is VG++ with a tiny tear on the back flap.

The lyric insert is M-.

The white label promo disc is M- and may be unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Released in 1975, For Earth Below was the third album by Robin Trower and the follow-up to Bridge of Sighs.

The album reached #5 on the U.S. charts and #26 in the UK.

Allmusic.com gave For Earth Below a 3 star review:

For Earth Below, Trower’s third solo album, is heavily induced with a blues-rock formula that withstands the duration of the eight tracks and arrantly displays his slick guitar mastery. His subtle yet dominant fusion of blues and hard rock styles not only inflicts character throughout each song, but also demonstrates how effective an instrument the guitar can become when the proper techniques are applied. Much like Twice Removed From Yesterday but not as diverse as Bridge of Sighs, this album has Trower sounding a tad more velvety around the edges, with the blues element sometimes governing the entire piece, an asset to the album’s complete texture.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Chrysalis
Catalog Number:
CHR-1073
Year of Release: 1975
Format: Stereo
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Rush – Rush Japan LP with obi

rush - rush japan lp

Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Rush, the self-titled debut LP by Rush, complete with original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Rush is a 1978 Japanese pressing of an LP that was originally released in 1974.

The cover is M- with a couple of minor foxing spots.  The obi is M-, with a couple of minor foxing spots.

The lyric insert is included and is M-.

The disc is M-.  There are one or two spindle marks on the labels, but no marks whatsoever on the vinyl.  Beautiful disc!

A gorgeous copy of an LP that’s quite rare as a Japanese pressing, as Rush album sold quite poorly in Japan.

Background: Rush was released in 1974, and went largely unnoticed, reaching #105 on the U.S. charts.  The album was later certified gold after the band became successful and fans began buying their older LPs.

Allmusic.com gave Rush a 2 star review:

Rush’s self-titled debut is about as uncharacteristic of their renowned heavy progressive rock (perfected on such future releases as Hemispheres, Moving Pictures, etc.) as you can get. Instead of complex arrangements and thoughtful lyrics, Rush sounds almost identical to Led Zeppelin throughout — bluesy riffs merged with “baby, baby” lyrics. … While longtime Rush fans can appreciate their debut because they never returned to this style, newcomers should stick with their classics from later years.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Mercury
Catalog Number:
BT-5162
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Carole King/Little Eva- The Dimension Dolls – 1963 U.S. white label promotional LP

carole king - the dimension dolls u.s. promo lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. white label promotional copy of the 1963 album The Dimension Dolls, Volume 1 featuring Carole King, Little Eva, and the Cookies.

This rare album features four tracks each by Little Eva, Carole King, and the Cookies.

About this copy: This copy of The Dimension Dolls is a 1963 pressing on the Dimension Records label.

This album is mono; there was no stereo issue.

The cover is a weak VG+ with light ring wear and and some foxing on the right hand edge.  Overall, it’s quite clean and has no writing or splits.

The white label promo disc is M-.  It has a couple of very faint sleeve scuffs as though it’s been removed from the paper inner sleeve once or twice, but there are no signs of play.

A gorgeous copy of a very rare record and the only copy of this album, stock or promotional, that we’ve ever seen.

Background: Dimension Records was founded in New York in 1962 by Don Kirshner.   While the label had a fair amount of success with singles, including hits by Little Eva (“The Loco-Motion”) and the Cookies (“Chains”), the label only released two albums – one by Little Eva, and this album, The Dimension Dolls Volume 1.

There was no Volume 2.

The Dimension Dolls Volume 1 featured four tracks each by the Cookies, Carole King, and Little Eva:

Tracks are:

  • The Cookies Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad (About My Baby)
  • Carole King Crying In The Rain
  • Little Eva The Loco-Motion
  • The Cookies On Broadway
  • Little Eva Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
  • Carole King Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
  • The Cookies Foolish Little Girl
  • Carole King It Might As Well Rain Until September
  • Little Eva Up On The Roof
  • The Cookies Chains
  • Carole King Oh! Oh! It Started All Over Again
  • Little Eva Uptown

Allmusic.com gave The Dimension Dolls Volume 1 a 3 star review:

There are four big hits here — Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion,” the Cookies’ “Chains,” and “Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad (About My Baby),” and King’s “It Might As Well Rain Until September” — and while those are all classics or near-classics, they’ve been easier to find over the years on numerous other anthologies. The album’s more interesting to collectors for the rare material, particularly the three other King tracks, including a demo of “Crying in the Rain,” which has a sparser arrangement than the hit version of the tune by the Everly Brothers; “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” far better known in its hit version by Neil Sedaka; and the loping “It Started All Over Again.” While the Cookies’ takes of “On Broadway” and “Foolish Little Girl” are justly better known via the hit renditions by the Drifters and Shirelles respectively, Little Eva’s versions of “Up on the Roof” and “Uptown” aren’t as dispensable: “Up on the Roof” predates the Drifters’ hit cover, while “Uptown” has a less ornate arrangement than the Crystals’ hit reading of the song, and is worth hearing in its own right.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Dimension
Catalog Number:
DLP 6001
Year of Release: 1963
Format: Mono
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Janis Ian – Janis Ian 1978 U.S. white label promotional LP

janis ian - janis ian u.s. promotional LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. white label promotional copy of the self-titled 1978 LP Janis Ian by Janis Ian.

About this copy: This copy of Janis Ian is a 1978 pressing on the Columbia label.

The cover is VG+ with slight  general wear and a small “divot” just below Ian’s eye on the front cover.  There is a timing strip attached to the front cover.

The custom inner sleeve is M-.

The white label promotional disc is VG++ with no marks, but just a few scuffs from the paper inner sleeve.  There is a bit of residue from a long-removed price sticker on side two.

A nice copy of a scarce Janis Ian LP.

Background: Released in 1978, Janis Ian was the tenth album by Janis Ian.

The album reached #120 on the U.S. album chart.

Allmusic.com gave Janis Ian this review:

Janis Ian may have intended to signal a creative rebirth by using her own name as this album’s title, the second time in her career she did so, but although the record was a more direct, low-key effort than its predecessor, Miracle Row, it didn’t indicate any new directions.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
JC 35325
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Steinberg/Boston Symphony – Holst: The Planets German LP

steinberg - the planets Deutsche Grammophon LP

Offered for sale is a German pressing of Gustav Holst’s The Planets by William Steinberg and the Boston Symphony, released on the Deutsche Grammophon label.

About this copy: This copy of The Planets is a German pressing on the Deutsche Grammophon label.

We don’t know if this is an original issue or not, as the album has been reissued numerous times over the years with similar or nearly identical covers and labels.

The cover is M- with trace corner wear.  The disc is M- and may be unplayed.  The original white inner sleeve has a splits on three sides.

A nice copy of a well-regarded and well-recorded classical LP.

 

Country of origin: Germany
Size: 12″
Record Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog Number:
2530 102
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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