Offered for sale is an ultra-rare copy of Dion’s 1961 LP, Runaround Sue, pressed on green vinyl.
About this copy: The cover is VG+, with a bit of wear at the corners. The green vinyl disc is VG++, with just a couple of very faint marks that you have to strain to see. It’s about as close to M- as you can get, and appears to have been played only a couple of times.
A beautiful copy of an extraordinarily rare 1960s pop LP
Background: We first saw a green vinyl copy of Runaround Sue offered for sale in 1978 and described as a “promo.” That led us to believe that there were probably quite a few of them out there, but over the nearly 40 years since, we’ve only seen three other copies for sale, and none of them were marked as a promotional copy in any way.
It’s more likely that they were pressed by a record company employee without authorization, as promotional needs would have warranted pressing far more copies than the handful we’ve seen for sale. In addition, we’re unaware of any other colored vinyl LPs on the Laurie label, which suggests that this was simply a one-time thing done by someone at the pressing plant.
Regardless of origin, this is one of the rarest pop records of the 1960s, with probably fewer than ten copies in existence. It’s a pretty good record, too.
Voters at Allmusic.com give the album 4 1/2 stars, and Dion, who is still active, was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
You can listen to the title track here:
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