Monday, September 22, 2008

Collector's Report

Collector's Report reviews the top selling 45's, LP's, 78's and CD's each week on eBay. The following are the top sellers for the week of September 14 to September 20, 2008.


1) Cool Struttin' - Sonny Clark - Blue Note 1588 - Mono 1st Printing (M/NM) - $3,750.00

2) Let It Be - Beatles - Canadian Box (Still Sealed) - $3,000.00

3) Cressida - Cressida - Vertigo (NM/M) - $2,200.00

4) Introducing - Brief Encounter - Seventy-Seven Records 77-102 (Still Sealed) - $1,975.00

5) Introducing - Brief Encounter - Seventy-Seven Records 77-102 (NM/NM) - $1,975.00


1) Make a Change/Soul Food - Johnny Rodgers with the Nu Tones - Amon 4619 (M-) - $2,900.00

2) New Years Day (Dia de ano Nuevo)/Two Hearts Beat As One (Dos Corazones Palpitan Como Uno) - U2 - Guatamalan issue promo - Discos de Centroamerica S.A. I-236 (E) - $2,069.59

3) Please Please Me/Ask Me Why - Beatles - Beatles spelled with two T's - VeeJay 498 (VG) - $2,026.00

4) Love Buzz/Big Cheese - Nirvana - Sub Pop - Unnumbered (E/E) - $2,000.00

5) Love Buzz/Big Cheese - Nirvana - Sub Pop (M/M) - 645/1000 - $1,958.00


1) That's All Right/Blue Moon of Kentucky - Elvis Presley - Sun 209 (M-) - $999.95

2) Kill It Kid/Broke Down Engine Blues - Blind Willie McTell Performing as Barrelhouse Sammy - Atlantic 891 (E+) - $987.77

3)That's All Right/Blue Moon of Kentucky - Elvis Presley - Sun 209 (E) - $890.00

4) Baby Let's Play House/I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - Elvis Presley - Sun 217 (VG) - $750.00

5) Junk-Bucket Blues/Harlem's Araby - Get Happy Band - Columbia 14091(M-) - $653.00


New Vinyl Releases

As always, a special thank you to my vinyl friend DJ Spyder ( for his usual 'heads up' on new vinyl releases:


Anberlin - New Surrender [2LP]

Ben Folds - Way To Normal [2LP 180 Gram Vinyl Gatefold jacket w/digital download card]

Ben Folds - Way To Normal [Super Deluxe Box Set] [2LP 180 Gram Vinyl includes 2 CD + 1 DVD + Poster in Foil-Stamped Box]

Big Brother & The Holding Company (Janis Joplin) - Big Brother & The Holding Company [LP] (Mono Edition)

Boz Scaggs - Speak Low [2LP]

Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall [2 LP] [180 Gram Vinyl w/ 2 Bonus CDs]

Cold War Kids - Loyalty to Loyalty [2LP] Double Gatefold

Dead Confederate - Wrecking Ball [2LP] w/ Download Card

Delbert McClinton - Live [LP] 180 Gram Vinyl

Dragonforce - Ultra Beatdown [LP] (w/bonus download)

Earth Wind & Fire - Gratitude [2LP]

Innerpartysystem - Innerpartysystem [2 LP]

Jack's Mannequin - Glass Passenger [2 LP]

Jimi Hendrix - Band Of Gypsys [LP] (180 Gram RED-Colored Vinyl) (LIMITED EDITION)

John Lennon - Imagine [LP] (180 Gram Vinyl plus poster and postcard) (LIMITED EDITION)

Michael Jackson - Thriller [LP] [Picture Disc]

Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition [LP] (180 Gram BLUE Vinyl plus 2 CD's / 1 DVD / Book / Poster in custom Gatefold Media Jacket)

Murs - Murs For President [2 LP] [Red & White Colored Vinyl]

Nikka Costa - Pebble To A Pearl [2 LP] (180 Gram Vinyl in Gatefold Jacket)

Nina Simone - Remixed & Reimagined [LP]

Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship - Blows Against The Empire [LP]

Sam Cooke - One Night Stand - Live At The Harlem Square Club [LP] 180 Gram

Sublime - Sublime [2 LP] (180 Gram Vinyl)

T.I. - Paper Trail [2 LP] (VERY LIMITED)

Trio Of Doom - Trio Of Doom [LP] 180 Gram

We The People - Too Much Noise [LP]

Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger [LP]

Polly Scattergood - Nitrogen Pink [10 inch vinyl]

Jack White & Alicia Keys - Another Way To Die (7 Inch) (LIMITED EDITION - Gold Vinyl in special sleeve) (theme to James Bond movie 'Quantum Of Solace')

Madlib - Go! (feat. Guilty Simpson) b/w Gamble On Ya Boy (feat. Defari) (LIMITED EDITION 7'')

Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It [7 Inch Box Set]

Classic Rock Videos

Again, I just couldn't help myself- yes, it's another Chuck Berry classic, covered by many a band and still being played in bars and nightclubs all around the world.

Album Cover Art

Continuing our look at album cover art, let's look at number 37 of the top 50 most controversial, weirdest, best and worst covers as compiled by Gigwise:


37. Black Sabbath: 'Born Again' - Born Again is Black Sabbath's eleventh studio album, released in 1983. The album cover, which featured the image of an infant with horns and vampire fangs, with a purple background, was designed by Steve Joule. He also handwrote the lyrics that appear on the inner bag. The deliberately lurid design was submitted by Joule in a vain attempt to be rejected from this design commission, as he was also retained on a lucrative contract by Ozzy Osbourne's organisation for his sleeve designs. To Joule's horror and surprise, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler approved the image for the album. Gillan and Ward were not present when the decision was made, though they later noted that they hated the finished cover. Gillan reportedly hated the cover so much, that he threw a box of 50 records out a window. Joule reports that he was drunk and high on speed when he drew the finalized designs for the album. The cover is hated by many fans, but also has a cult following (much as the album itself), most notably with Max Cavalera and Glen Benton both stating that it is their favorite album over. Chris Barnes of Six Feet Under also said he likes the artwork, stating; "It's really the birth of the Antichrist in a Pop Art way which is scary of sorts on a few different levels for me."

It was panned by critics at the time of its release, but reached #4 in the UK charts as well as the top 40 in the U.S. and has gained a strong cult following among a number of fans.



37. J-Zone: 'Music For Tu Madre' J-Zone is a rapper, producer, and CEO of Old Maid Entertainment. He lives in Queens, New York. J-Zone has enjoyed a large following of underground hip hop aficionados and a sizable European fan base, which continues to grow.

At a young age, he developed and honed his musical abilities by listening to records and playing bass guitar. He later learned the basics of production under the tutelage of DJ Vance Wright (Slick Rick's DJ) in 1994. In 1999, he released Music for Tu Madre, garnering critical acclaim in the hip hop underground, but it was not enough to propel him into the mainstream spotlight. He has since worked with and produced beats for artists such as Biz Markie, Cage, Diversion Tactics, DM & Jemini, High and Mighty, Jehst, Redman, R.A. the Rugged Man, Tame 1, MF Grimm, and Tha Liks.

Usually accompanied by fellow Old Maid Billionaires Huggy, Al-Shid, and Captain Back$lap (J-Zone's more crass, arrogant alter ego), J-Zone's music could be described as somewhat unconventional. He typically uses lots of offbeat samples, which often function as a sort of Greek Chorus. While generally praised for his comedic storytelling, clever punch lines, acerbic wit, and stellar production work, some critics have claimed that his music is crude, juvenile, and misogynistic.

Apparently, this image is the best that they could do for an LP cover. Weird? To me, this belongs in the 'worst' cover section, and probably in the top ten.



37. Crosby, Stills & Nash – ‘Live It Up’ Someone was waaayyy too drugged up for this cover. A weinnie roast, but where is the fire? And wouldn't the men on the sticks get toasted too?

1990's LIVE IT UP fully embraces the era's slick production ethos--right from the bombastic opening title track, the album is timely take on CSN's timeless sound. Graham Nash performs the big power rock epics, from the singalong "If Anybody ... . Full Description Had A Heart" to the tender ballad "House Of Broken Dreams." Stephen Stills indulges his Latin-tinged shuffle muse on "Tomboy" and slows things down for the gritty, acoustic 'Haven't We Lost Enough?" Crosby brings his sweet, melodic gift to bear on some of the album's lighter numbers--from the philosophic "Yours and Mine" to the chiming, synth-driven "Arrows." The album's powerful social statement, "After The Dolphin" unites all three, in a vocal blend which instantly harkens back to the group's early classic works, combining masterful musicianship with a stirring message. Producers: Joe Vitale, Stan Johnston, David Crosby, Steven Stills, Graham Nash. The boys also brought in a number of amjor players to help out including: Mike Landau, Roger McGuinn, Peter Frampton (guitar); Bruce Hornsby (accordion, piano); Branford Marsalis (soprano saxophone); Joe Vitale (keyboards, synthesizer, drums); Craig Doerge (keyboards); Leland Sklar, Bob Glaub (bass); Mike Fisher, Michito Sanchez (percussion); Tony Beard (programming); The Williams Family, J.D. Souther (backgound vocals). Too bad they didn't splurge for a top-notch album cover designer.



37. Motorhead: ‘Ace of Spades’ Ace of Spades is the fourth album by the British heavy metal band Motörhead. Released on November 8, 1980, it peaked at #4 on the UK album charts. It was preceded by the release of the title track "Ace of Spades" as a single on October 27, which peaked in the UK singles chart at #15 in early November.

The album was produced by Vic Maile at his Jackson's Studio in Rickmansworth. This is the first of what would be a series of projects with Maile, and members of the band commented at the time about finding the right producer. Whereas the band had previously had an input at the mixing stage, Maile took sole responsibility here, Clarke explaining that the result was that "you can finally hear everything that's going on". Of the performances, Lemmy claimed that "Vic got me singing instead of just shouting all the time", while Taylor added "and he got me playing more solid".

It was the first of the band's albums to feature a photograph of them on the cover, dressed as cowboys. The 'Arizona desert-style' pictures used on the album sleeve and tour programme were taken during a photosession at a sandpit in Barnet. They were not in a desert and there were no horses. Great cover anyway!

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Announces Nominees

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced their nine nominees for 2009 induction. Included in the list are first time nominees Metallica, who are in their second year of eligibility, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jeff Beck, Run-DMC, War and Bobby Womack.

Disco group Chic has been nominated for the fifth time and the Stooges for the seventh, but they're nowhere near the record. Solomon Burke was nominated eleven times before finally being elected.

The announcement of the five acts being inducted will be made in early December and the ceremony will be held April 4, 2009 in Cleveland.

The nominees and the number of times they've been nominated (five will be elected):

Jeff Beck (1)
Chic (5)
Wanda Jackson (2)
Little Anthony & the Imperials (1)
Metallica (1)
Run-DMC (1)
Stooges (7)
War (1)
Bobby Womack (1)

There are some glaring omissions (Neil Sedaka) from the Hall and I am not sure of exactly how they 'vote' but the process should be and needs to be fixed.

This Date In Music History- September 22


Debby Boone ("You Light Up My Life") is 52.

Joni James ("Why Don't You Believe Me") turns 78.

Vocalist David Coverdale was born in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England, in 1952.

Birthdays wishes to Joan Jett, born in 1960.


In 1956, Billboard Magazine printed an article which said, "with new experiences to their credit, such as calling in riot squads and with scars such as damaged seats, some arena and stadium officials have turned their thumbs down to Rock and Roll."

The untitled first album by Funkadelic, including the defining track "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic...?," was released in 1969.

In 1958, after receiving special permission from the US Army, Elvis Presley gives one last press conference at the Military Ocean Terminal in Brooklyn. He then joins the rest of the 3rd Armored Division on the USS General Randall for a voyage to the seaport town of Bremerhaven, Germany.

Ten years after parting ways, the Everly Brothers reunited onstage for two concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1983. The event is taped and released as Reunion Concert, an album and home video.

Joe Walsh announced his bid for the U.S. presidency in 1979 (he obviously doesn't win).

The first "Farm Aid" concert was held in 1985 (which raised $10 million for beleaguered farmers and becomes an annual event), in Champaign, Illinois with Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, John Fogerty and others.

Grace Slick made her singing debut with San Francisco's Great Society in North Beach, California in 1965.

John Lennon signed a new record deal with Geffen Records in 1980, as he prepared to release Double Fantasy, his first album of new material in six years. David Geffen promised to release the album without even hearing any of the songs.

In 1981, the great songwriter Irving Berlin died in New York at age of 101. His "White Christmas" became one of the most successful singles ever when Bing Crosby recorded it.

In 1999, Bono met the pope at the Vatican. The pope offers his support for Bono's Third World-debt-ending initiative Jubilee 2000. He also steals the U2 singer's sunglasses.

In 2004, the CBS broadcasting network was fined $550,000 by the FCC for airing Janet Jackson's bare nipple during the Super Bowl telecast. Oops.

"Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway in 1964. It was the beginning of a run of 3,242 performances.

"MTV Unplugged" renamed one episode "MTV Plugged," when Bruce Springsteen played an electric set on the show in 1992.

David Bowie began his first U.S. tour with the Spiders From Mars in Cleveland in 1972.

In 1966, the Lovin' Spoonful were awarded a gold record for their fifth US top ten single and first number one hit, "Summer in the City".

Cat Stevens, who now goes by the name of Yusuf Islam, was escorted from a diverted transatlantic flight and refused entry into America by FBI agent in 2004. His name showed up on a US watch list after United Airlines Flight 919 had taken off from London. The flight landed in Maine where Islam, who was traveling with his 21-year-old daughter, was detained and questioned.