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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Beatles – Abbey Road sealed limited edition picture disc LP

beatles - abbey road picture disc LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the U.S. limited edition picture disc of Abbey Road by the Beatles.

About this copy: This copy of Abbey Road is an original 1979 U.S. release from Capitol Records.  As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The shrink wrap is mostly intact, except for a 4 inch (10 cm) split in the wrap in the upper left hand corner.  There’s a bit of corner wear there.

Unlike many copies, this one does not have a punch hole, saw mark, or cut corner.

A beautiful copy of a great-looking picture disc, and the first sealed U.S. copy we’ve had in quite a while.

Background: During the late 1970s, record companies started sending out picture discs of new albums as promotional items.  These records soon became popular with collectors and the record companies, seeing an opportunity for extra money, began issuing limited edition picture discs commercially of then-new and older popular titles.

This fad didn’t last long, as buyers soon grew wary of paying twice the price for a picture disc of an album they likely already owned, and by 1980, releases of picture disc LPs in the United States became somewhat of a rare occurrence.

Among the titles released at the time were two titles by the Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road.  The Sgt. Pepper disc was released first and sold quite well.  By the time Abbey Road was released, buyers had become reluctant to pay big bucks for picture discs, and a lot of stores didn’t even bother to stock it.

As a result, the Abbey Road picture disc is considerably rarer than the Sgt. Pepper version.

Released in 1969, Abbey Road was the final studio album recorded by the Beatles.  The album reached #1 on both the U.S. and UK album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Abbey Road a 5 star review:

 In many ways, Abbey Road stands apart from the rest of the Beatles’ catalog, an album that gains considerable strength from its lush, enveloping production — a recording so luxuriant, it glosses over aesthetic differences between the group’s main three songwriters and ties together a series of disconnected unfinished songs into a complete suite. Where Sgt. Pepper pioneered such mind-bending aural techniques, Abbey Road truly seized the possibilities of the studio and, in doing so, pointed the way forward to the album rock era of the 1970s. Many of the studio tricks arrive during that brilliant suite of songs, a sequence that lasts nearly a full side of an album. … While a single song or segment can be dazzling, having a succession of marvelous, occasionally intertwined moments is not only a marvel but indeed a summation of everything that made the Beatles great.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SEAX-11900
Year of Release: 1979
Format: Stereo
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Thelonious Monk – Straight, No Chaser sealed original U.S. mono LP

thelonious monk - straight no chaser u.s. mono lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. mono pressing of Straight, No Chaser, by Thelonious Monk.

While the shrink wrap has been removed from the cover, the record is still sealed in the original plastic inner sleeve.

About this copy: This copy of Straight, No Chaser is an original U.S. pressing on the Columbia “two eye” label.

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

The cover is VG+, with no wear, but with moderate foxing.  There are no tears or splits.

The mono disc is a first issue, with stampers that end in “-1C” on both sides.

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP.

Background: Released in 1967, Straight, No Chaser, was the sixth album Thelonious Monk recorded for Columbia Records.

The title track has since become a Jazz standard.

Allmusic.com gave Straight, No Chaser a 4 star review:

This is the sixth studio album cut by Thelonious Monk under the production/direction of Teo Macero for Columbia and as such should not be confused with the original motion picture soundtrack to the 1988 film of the same name. The band featured here includes: Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Ben Riley (drums), and Larry Gales (bass). This would be the final quartet Monk would assemble to record with in the studio.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
CL 2651
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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Ernest Ansermet – The Royal Ballet Gala Performances sealed Classic Records Clarity 45 RPM test pressing box set

ansermet - royal ballet classic records test pressing lp box set

Offered for sale is a still sealed 9 disc test pressing box set of The Royal Ballet Gala Performances, by Ernest Ansermet and the Royal Opera House Orchestra, pressed by Classic Records on 200 gram Clarity vinyl, cut at 45 RPM for maximum fidelity.

When Classic Records issued this set on Clarity Vinyl in 2010, they set aside 29 complete test pressing sets and numbered them individually from 1 to 29.  These were kept by Michael Hobson, the company’s founder.

This test pressing box is copy number 1 of those numbered sets  and comes with a signed card that attests that it came from Hobson’s personal collection.

About this copy: The copy of The Royal Ballet Gala Performances listed here is a test pressing of the final release of this title from Classic Records, issued in 2010.

This is a nine record set, cut at 45 RPM for optimum sound quality and pressed on single-sided, 200 gram Clarity vinyl.

Previous issues were pressed on 180 gram black vinyl and 200 gram black vinyl, but the final pressing was released on their improved Clarity vinyl, which was more or less clear in appearance.

This copy was issued in the more common red box and has a white “obi” around the outside of the box that says, “Classic Records Clarity Vinyl 45 RPM Series.”

The box is still sealed in the original shrink wrap; the records are presumably new and unplayed (and should be individually sealed inside the box.)  There is a sticker on the shrink wrap that says “Classic Records 200 gram Clarity SV-P II Super Vinyl Profile.”

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  There is a a sticker on the back that says, “Classic Records Limited Edition 1 of 29.”

There is also a card attached to the back, signed by Classic Records owner/founder Michael Hobson, attesting to the fact that this particular copy came from his personal collection.”

A beautiful copy of an album that is absolutely stunning to hear and a copy that will absolutely be your final upgrade.

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Background: During their fifteen years or so of pressing high quality records for the audiophile market, Classic Records released a number of highly regarded and collectible releases.

None, however, are as eagerly sought out by audiophiles as their issue of The Royal Ballet Gala Performances. Recorded in 1957 (or 1959; sources vary) and engineered by the legendary Kenneth Wilkinson, The Royal Ballet was originally released by RCA Records as a double album, catalog number LDS-6065.

This title is perhaps the rarest of all the classical Living Stereo titles ever released by RCA and is certainly the most expensive, with mint copies often selling for as much as $5000. Once you’ve heard the recording, however, you’ll understand why. One reviewer called it “the stuff of which dreams are made.”

Yes, it’s that good.

From another review at Audiophilia Magazine online: The recorded sound is simply amazing! Lustrous is one word that comes to mind, accurate is another. Woodwind and strings glow and resonate, transporting this listener to a time when simpler recording was better. Brass ring out thrillingly and percussion effects are very musical.

Classic Records released The Royal Ballet Gala Performances a number of times, with pressings at both 33 1/3 and 45 RPM and record weights of both 180 and 200 grams.  These pressings were mastered by legendary mastering engineer Bernie Grundman.

Track listing:

Disc 1

1. Nutcracker Suite – March
2. Nutcracker Suite – Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
3. Nutcracker Suite – Arabian Dance
4. Nutcracker Suite – Chinese Dance

Disc 2

5. Nutcracker Suite – Dance Of The Toy Flutes
6. Nutcracker Suite – Waltz Of The Flowers

Disc 3

7. La Boutique Fantasque – Tarantella
8. La Boutique Fantasque – Andante Mosso
9. La Boutique Fantasque – Can-Can

Disc 4

10. Coppelia – Introduction (Allegro Marcato) And Mazurka – Act 1
11. Coppelia – Introduction (Andante ) And Waltz – Act 1
12. Coppelia – Czardas – Act 1
13. Coppelia – Valse De La Poupee – Act 2

Disc 5
14. Giselle – Introduction And Waltz – Act 1
15. Giselle – Pas De Deux And Variation – Act 2

Disc 6

1. Swan Lake – Dance Of The Little Swans (Pas De Quatre) – Act 2
2. Swan Lake – Pas De Deux – Act 2
3. Swan Lake – Waltz – Act 2

Disc 7

4. Carnaval – Pierror
5. Carnaval – Reconnaissance
6. Carnaval – Aveu
7. Carnaval – Pantalon Et Columbine

Disc 8

8. Sleeping Beauty – Introduction – The Lilac Fairy – Prologue
9. Sleeping Beauty – Rose Adagio – Pase D’Action – Act 1

Disc 9

10. Sleeping Beauty – Waltz – Act 1
11. Les Sylphides – Overture: Prelude In A Major, Opus 28, No. 7
12. Les Sylphides – Mazurka In C Major, Opus 67, No. 3
13. Les Sylphides – Grande Valse Brillante In E Flat Major, Opus 18

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: RCA/Classic Records
Catalog Number:
LDS 6065
Year of Release: 2010
Format: Stereo
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Boston – Don’t Look Back sealed 1978 promo-only picture disc LP

boston - don't look back u.s. picture disc lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed sealed copy of the U.S. picture disc issue of Boston’s second album, Don’t Look Back, issued only as a promotional item.

About this copy: This copy of Don’t Look Back is an original 1978 issue on the Epic label.

While not marked in any way as promotional, this picture disc was pressed in limited quantities for distribution to U.S. radio stations.

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

The shrinkwrap is fully intact with no rips, tears or holes in the wrap or the cover.

A gorgeous copy of a rare and attractive picture disc.

Background: After Boston’s 1976 self-titled first album became the biggest-selling debut album in history, buyers were eager for the release of their second album, 1978’s Don’t Look Back.  The album didn’t really need any promotional help in making sales, but Epic chose to send radio stations a copy of the album in picture disc form, anyway.

Picture discs make odd promotional items, as their sound quality isn’t good enough for airplay.  In fact, this one says so right on the cover – “Not intended for normal play.”

About the time this album was released, Epic released the first album as a picture disc, but that one was a commercial release, and is much more common than this one, which was sent only to radio stations.  We think this is the better looking of the two picture discs, and collectors seem to agree.

Released in August, 1978, Don’t Look Back reached #1 on the U.S. album charts and has sold more than seven million copies to date.

Allmusic.com gave Don’t Look Back a 4 star review:

Boston’s many fans were upset that it took the band two years to follow up its monster debut. When it arrived, the sophomore effort DON’T LOOK BACK was a virtual rewrite of BOSTON. This didn’t stop the masses from snapping up the album, which ultimately racked up sales in the multi-platinum range.

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Doors – Greatest Hits sealed limited edition white vinyl U.S. LP

doors - greatest hits u.s. white vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed white vinyl limited edition U.S. pressing of The Doors Greatest Hits by the Doors.

About this copy: This copy of The Doors Greatest Hits is a 2020 pressing on the Elektra label.

This white vinyl pressing was sold exclusively through Walmart stores in the United States.

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

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  There is a hype sticker on the wrap that says, “Exclusive White Vinyl.”

A nice copy of a scarce Doors LP, as these sold out very quickly.

Background: Released in 1980, Greatest Hits was the fourth compilation album by the Doors to see worldwide release.

The album reached #17 on the U.S. charts and eventually sold three million copies.

Allmusic.com gave Greatest Hits a 3 1/2 star review:

Originally released in 1980 to coincide with the Jim Morrison biography No One Here Gets Out Alive, the life of Greatest Hits began as a ten-track release on vinyl that acted as a very succinct introduction to the Doors, with several of the band’s most enduring songs — “Light My Fire,” “Break on Through,” “Touch Me,” “Hello, I Love You,” “Riders on the Storm” — included.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Elektra
Catalog Number:
RCV1 515
Year of Release: 2020
Format: Stereo
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Fleetwood Mac – Tusk sealed U.S. limited edition silver vinyl 2 LP set

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition silver vinyl U.S. pressing of the double album Tusk by Fleetwood Mac.

About this copy: This copy of Tusk is a 2019 pressing on the Warner Brothers label.

This limited edition silver vinyl pressing was sold exclusively through Walmart stores in the United States and sold out quickly.

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

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  There is a hype sticker on the wrap that says, “Exclusive Silver Vinyl.”

A nice copy of a scarce Fleetwood Mac LP.

Background: Released in late 1979, Tusk was the twelfth studio album by Fleetwood Mac.

The album reached #1 on the UK charts and #4 in the U.S.

Allmusic. gave Tusk a 5 star review:

More than any other Fleetwood Mac album, Tusk is born of a particular time and place — it could only have been created in the aftermath of Rumours, which shattered sales records, which in turn gave the group a blank check for its next album. But if they were falling apart during the making of Rumours, they were officially broken and shattered during the making of Tusk, and that disconnect between bandmembers resulted in a sprawling, incoherent, and utterly brilliant 20-track double album. …As a piece of pop art, it’s peerless.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog Number:
603497850525
Year of Release: 2019
Format: Stereo
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Fleetwood Mac – Mirage sealed limited edition U.S. purple vinyl LP

fleetwood mac - mirage violet vinyl u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition purple vinyl U.S. pressing of Mirage by Fleetwood Mac.

Note: We call this purple vinyl, but officially, it was described as, “violet.”

About this copy: This copy of Mirage is a 2019 U.S. pressing on the Warner Brothers label.

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

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  There is a hype sticker on the wrap that says, “Exclusive Violet Vinyl.”

A nice copy of a scarce Fleetwood Mac LP.

Background: Released in 1982, Mirage was the thirteenth studio album by Fleetwood Mac.

The album reached #5 on the UK charts and #1 in the U.S., where it sold two million copies.

Allmusic.com gave Mirage a 3 star review:

Fleetwood Mac retreated from the insular strangeness of Tusk and returned to straightforward pop songcraft for Mirage. Boasting a glossy, friendly production that makes even the lesser numbers pleasant and ingratiating, Mirage nonetheless suffers from a lack of substance.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog Number:
RCV1 23607
Year of Release: 2019
Format: Stereo
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Queen – Greatest Hits sealed limited U.S. red/white vinyl 2 LP set

queen - greatest hits red/white vinyl u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition colored vinyl pressing of the double album Queen’s Greatest Hits by Queen.

One disc is white vinyl and the other is red vinyl.

About this copy: This copy of Queen’s Greatest Hits is a 2020 U.S. pressing on the Hollywood Records label of an album that was originally released in 1981.

This colored vinyl pressing was sold exclusively through Walmart stores in the United States.

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 is a hype sticker attached to the wrap that says, “Exclusive White and Red Vinyl.”

A nice copy of a classic Queen LP.

Background: Released in 1981, Queen’s Greatest Hits was the first compilation album by the band.

The album reached #1 in the UK and #8 in the U.S.

Allmusic.com gave Queen’s Greatest Hits a 4 1/2 star review:

They may not have started out that way, but by 1981 Queen was definitely perceived as a singles act. This record gathers their biggest U.S./U.K. hits, 1973-1981, including the collaboration with David Bowie, “Under Pressure,” which was not on the reissue from EMI.

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Hollywood Records
Catalog Number:
D003655001
Year of Release: 2020
Format: Stereo
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Metallica – Kill ‘Em All sealed limited edition red vinyl U.S. LP

metallica - kill 'em all red vinyl u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition red vinyl U.S. pressing of Kill ‘Em All, the first album by Metallica.

About this copy: This copy of Kill ‘Em All is a 2021 pressing on the Blackened label of an album that was originally released in 1983 on the Megaforce label.

This limited edition pressing on “fire engine red vinyl” was sold exclusively through Walmart stores in the United States.  These pressings were quite limited and the album sold out in just a few days.

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

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes.  There is a bend in the upper right-hand corner.

There is a hype sticker on the wrap that says, “Limited Edition Exclusive Jump in the Fire Engine Red vinyl.”

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

Background:

In early 2021, a limited number of colored vinyl pressings of six different Metallica albums were sold through Walmart, a U.S. retailer.

The albums were:

  • Kill ‘Em All (red vinyl)
  • Ride the Lightning (blue vinyl)
  • Master of Puppets (red vinyl)
  • …And Justice for All (green vinyl)
  • Metallica, aka “The Black Album,” (black marbled vinyl)
  • Hardwired to Self-Destruct (orange vinyl)

With the exception of the black marbled vinyl Metallica LP, all sold out immediately.

Kill ‘Em All, released in 1983, was the first album by Metallica.  It sold poorly on original release, but eventually reached #66 on the U.S. charts after the success of their Master of Puppets LP.

It remains one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time.

Allmusic.com gave Kill ‘Em All a rare 5 star review:

The true birth of thrash. On Kill ‘Em All, Metallica fuses the intricate riffing of New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Diamond Head with the velocity of Motörhead and hardcore punk. James Hetfield’s highly technical rhythm guitar style drives most of the album, setting new standards of power, precision, and stamina. But really, the rest of the band is just as dexterous, playing with tightly controlled fury even at the most ridiculously fast tempos. … Frightening, awe-inspiring, and absolutely relentless, Kill ‘Em All is pure destructive power, executed with jaw-dropping levels of scientific precision.

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Blackened
Catalog Number:
BLCKND003R-1W
Year of Release: 2021
Format: Stereo
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