Offered for sale is a copy of The Complete Christmas Collection 1963-1969 by the Beatles, pressed on orange/pink vinyl and issued by the Trademark of Quality label.
The Trademark of Quality record label, based in California, was one of the earliest manufacturers of what were then called “underground” records. Many of their titles were pressed on colored vinyl and all of them are scarce today.
This title is unusual for the TMOQ label, which specialized in releasing live and previously unreleased studio recordings. The Complete Christmas Collection 1963-1969 is actually a reissue of an album that had been released in 1970 to members of the Beatles fan club.
The material came from individual singles that were sent out every year at Christmas to members of the Beatles fan club in the U.S. and the UK, with the Beatles offering Christmas greetings to their fans. Both the U.S. and UK versions of the original album are quite rare, so TMOQ opted to reissue it to make it more generally available.
About this copy: This copy of The Complete Christmas Collection 1963-1969 is an original pressing on the Trademark of Quality label, with early-production labels that have simply a large “1” or “2” on the labels, rather than the pig logo that appeared on later pressings.
The cover is a plain white cover that has the title rubber stamped on it, along with an orange sticker that says “Trademark of Quality” and features a pig logo. The cover is M-, but has some discoloration near the mouth of the cover.
The paper title insert is a reproduction.
The record is pressed on a hard-to-describe color of vinyl that is somewhere between pink and orange. Most people describe it as pink or “hot pink.” The record is M- and looks unplayed. There are a couple of small black spots embedded within the pink vinyl.
A beautiful copy of a Beatles rarity that seldom turns up in this condition.
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