Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Put The Record on Replay

Vinyl makes a comeback thanks to boutique, big label wax releases.

by Todd Gilchrist

October 7, 2008 - On September 2, 2008, Capitol Records released the first in a series of vinyl reissues of albums from some of their biggest artists, featuring classic releases from the Beach Boys (Pet Sounds) and Steve Miller (Greatest Hits 1974-78) alongside more recent blockbusters from Coldplay (Parachutes) and Radiohead (OK Computer). Subsequently, Capitol followed up these 13 launch titles with the September 30 release of Jimi Hendrix' 1970 Band of Gypsies and John Lennon's seminal Imagine, and on October 28, the iconic label will release albums from The Band, Megadeth, Roxy Music, and Paul McCartney & Wings.

All of these records were previously out of print and have been pressed on 180-gram "audiophile quality" vinyl, complete with artwork and packaging that replicates the original LP release. And all of them herald an important trend that has developed in recent years across the music industry: the return of vinyl as a viable release format.

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Vinyl Collection For Sale

I will be making lots of posts in the upcoming weeks. I have a friend who is selling a very special vinyl collection and there are many, many quality records to be had! I will also be adding these to a page at collectingvinylrecords.com and I will post where when I have them up....stay tuned!

Here is the link on my website, stay tuned as there will be much more ahead!


From the estate of Bruce Gary (The Knack). He was an avid and renowned collector who cherished and took excellent care of his collection.

This comes straight from his extensive private collection, was NEVER played, and was treated with the utmost care.

DONOVAN - "Sunshine Superman" $20.00

Epic Records # BN26217 (LN 24217) Stereo. Released 1966 - Original release.

"Complimentary Copy"

Sunshine Superman is the third album from Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan. It was released in the United States in September of 1966 but was not released in the UK because of a contractual dispute. In June 1967, a compilation of the Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow albums was released as Sunshine Superman in the UK. Sunshine Superman was named after Donovan's hit single released the previous July.

Beautiful vinyl LP, housed in a beautiful picture sleeve.

The jacket is still in the original factory shrink wrap, but the shrink has opened - probably because it was torn (at the factory) on the upper left corner of the reverse of the jacket in order to affix a sticker that says "Complimentary Copy Not For Sale." This LP has never been out of the jacket, and has never been played.

Sticker on front of shrink says, "Electronically re-recorded to simulate stereo. Playable on mono & stereo equipment" - a really beautiful copy of this original classic!

Jacket has no shelf wear, no ring wear, no splits. There is a very very slight bit of scuffing on the lower right corner of the opening of the jacket where the shrink has receded.

Track listing

1. Sunshine Superman
2. Legend Of A Girl Child Linda
3. Three Kingfishers
4. Ferris Wheel
5. Bert's Blues
6. Season Of The Witch
7. The Trip
8. Guinevere
9. The Fat Angel
10. Celeste

To buy this LP or for further info contact Felice: fcatena@socal.rr.com. If you have any questions, please ask! Thanks!



Capitol Records # DMAS 2398. Released 1965. "DUOPHONIC FOR STEREO PHONOGRAPHS." Produced by Brian Wilson.

Gatefold jacket is in lovely condition. There is no disc bleed, but there is some light shelf wear at bottom corners, and some very light scuffing/shelf wear on front in black space and on back.

Includes intact 15-photo perforated one-sheet of Beach Boys' party photos in MINT condition.

Capitol Rainbow Label disc (feels heavier than most vinyl discs) in Near Mint Condition. No scuffs, scratches or fingerprints. May have been played once.

Original Capitol inner sleeve with advertising for Capitol artists: Beatles, Kingston Trio, Bobby Rydell, Cannonball Adderley, etc.

Track List:

Side One: Hully Gully; I Should Have Known Better; Tell Me Why; Papa Oom-Mow-Mow; Mountain of Love; You've Got To Hide Your Love Away; Devoted To You.

Side Two: Alley Oop; There's No Other (Like My Baby); Medley: I Get Around, Little Deuce Coup; The Times They Are A-Changin'; Barbara Ann.

Postage & Handling = Postage is the exact amount that the USPS charges to send to your address, either Priority Mail or Media Mail - your choice, plus a $6 handling fee which covers new shipping materials and pays for your insurance. If you wish to purchase this LP, I will send you an exact invoice after you send your address.

To buy this LP or for further info contact Felice: fcatena@socal.rr.com. If you have any questions, please ask! Thanks!

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Collector's Report - October 5, 2008

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 28 to October 4, 2008.


1) Wil Malone - Wil Malone - Fontana STL5541 - $3,814.10
2) Yellow Submarine - Beatles - Odeon PPCS 7070 - $3,636.70
3) Please Please Me - Beatles - Parlophone PCS 3042 - Black & Gold Stereo - $3,200.30
4) Johnny Burnette & the Rock 'n Roll Trio - Johnny Burnette - Coral CRL 57080 - Mono - $2,830.00
5) White Album - Beatles - Parlophone PCS 7067/8 - Yellow & Black Parlophone Label - $2,025.00


1) Do Do De Bop/Can You Explain It - Devotions - Nation 61658 - $2,225.00
2) Starman/Suffragette City - David Bowie - Angolan pressing - RCA Victor 30.026 - $1,911.61
3) Changes/Andy Warhol - David Bowie - Japanese pressing - RCA SS-2184 - $1,850.00
4) Red Hot Mama/Tell Me What To Do - Wayne Williams & the Sure Shots - Sure 1001 - $1,580.00
5) Mr. Machine (Parts 1 & 2) - The Chef's - $1,525.00


1) Lord, I Just Can't Keep From Crying/Keep Your Lamp Trimmed & Burning - Blind 2) Willie Johnson - Columbia 14425 - $802.00
2) If I Fell/And I Love Her - Beatles - Indian pressing - Parlophone - $709.60
3) The Weary Way Blues/Cootie Stomp - State Street Ramblers - Gennett 6232 - $711.00
4) Jailhouse Rock/Treat Me Nice - Elvis Presley - Phillipines pressing - Keynote - $501.03
5) Just Keep Loving Her/That's Alright - Little Walter J. - Chance U-2109 - $489.00

SOURCE: http://winkscollectibles.blogspot.com

Album Cover Art

We're all the way down to #22 on Gigwise.com's list of the most controversial, weirdest, best and worst album cover art as put together by their staff.


22. The Five Keys: ‘On Stage!’ After this album was released in 1957, Capitol Records reportedly received a bit of heat over the Virginia-based doo-wop stars' cover photograph. The angry complainants imagined that the forefinger of lead balladeer, Rudy West, was a penis - and thus a decision was made to airbrush the offending digits out for subsequent issue.

The Five Keys is an American rhythm and blues vocal group that was instrumental in shaping this genre in the 1950s. It was formed with the original name of Sentimental Four in Newport News, Virginia, U.S., in the late 1940s, and initially consisted of two sets of brothers - Rudy West (born 25 July 1932, Newport News, Virginia) and Bernie West (born 4 February 1930, Newport News), and Ripley Ingram (born 1930 - died 23 March 1995, Newport News) and Raphael Ingram. Ingram left in 1949 and Maryland Pierce (born 1933) and Dickie Smith became members in his place. At this juncture the name of the group was changed to The Five Keys.

They were signed to Aladdin Records in 1951, and in 1952 Rudy West left to join the United States Army, and he was replaced by Ulysses K. Hicks. In 1954 Dickie Smith left and was replaced with Ramon Loper.

At this point the Five Keys was signed to Capitol Records, and their popularity increased, although more instrumentation was used.

The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.



22. Naked City: 'Grand Guignol' Just a rotting skull, not too weird for this album cover lover. But it makes the Gigwise list.

Naked City was an avant-garde music group led by saxophonist and composer John Zorn. Active primarily in New York City from 1988 to 1993, Naked City was initiated by Zorn as a "composition workshop" to test the limits of composition (and improvisation) in a traditional rock band lineup. Its music incorporated recognizable elements of jazz, grindcore, surf, classical, heavy metal, country music, punk rock and other genres.

Grand Guignol is the second full-length studio album released by John Zorn's band Naked City in 1992 on the Japanese Avant label. The album followed Torture Garden which was a compilation of "hardcore miniatures" from Naked City and Grand Guignol. The album notable for the inclusion of cover versions of pieces written by classical composers, the guest vocal of Bob Dorough, and also features a selection of "hardcore miniatures" (tracks 9-41) which are intense, fast, brief compositions, complete with the wailing of Zorn's alto sax, and the sometimes tortured, sometimes hilarious screams of Yamatsuka Eye.

The album was also released as part of Naked City: The Complete Studio Recordings on Tzadik Records in 2005.



22. Mick Ronson – ‘Play Don’t Worry’ he is famous for being David Bowie's lead guitarist and not so famous for this sorry effort of an album cover. Surprisingly, the music is great, although not many people heard it.

Mick Ronson (26 May 1946 – 29 April 1993) was an English guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer. He is most well known for his work with David Bowie from 1970 to 1973, Bowie's glam rock period, including being part of Ziggy Stardust's Spiders from Mars band. Ronson had a short-lived stint with Mott the Hoople. He then became a long-time collaborator with former Mott leader Ian Hunter, commencing with the album Ian Hunter and featuring the UK singles chart hit "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", including a spell touring as the Hunter Ronson Band.

His last, high profile, live performance was his famed appearance at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992. Poignantly, he played on "All The Young Dudes" with David Bowie and Ian Hunter, and "Heroes" with Bowie.



22. Manic Street Preachers: ‘The Holy Bible’ Just what I wanted to see make the 'best of' list, a painting of a fat lady...in fact three wonderful views of this model.

The cover is a painting by artist Jenny Saville entitled ‘Strategy (South Face/Front Face/North Face)’ and since her debut in 1992, Saville's focus has remained on the female body. Her published sketches and documents include surgical photographs of liposuction, trauma victims, deformity correction, disease states and transgender patients.

The Holy Bible was the third studio album by the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released on August 30, 1994 by Epic Records, a subsidiary of Sony Records, unlike their two previous albums which had been released on the Columbia Records imprint. It peaked at number 6 on the UK Albums Chart. In August 2005 it topped Newsnight Review's 'Quintessential Newsnight Viewer' top 5 favourite albums poll, pushing Radiohead's OK Computer (a much bigger seller) into second place. It is listed on the list of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2001 Q magazine named it as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time. The album displayed yet another musical and aesthetic change for the band, the casual rock look was out and was replaced by army/navy uniforms, a look which began at the end of their last UK tour, but now took on a new meaning. Musically, the band were veering into a gothic take on traditional metal forms, with highly irregular melodies and ice-cold guitar riffs taking centre stage.