Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Rare John Lennon Acetate Test Pressing Offered To Collectors

The John Lennon collectibles market has always been popular and remains this way nearly thirty years after his death. On sale right now is a acetate test pressing of the LP "Wedding Album."

(PR July 8, 2009) -- Possibly one of the rarest Beatles related records:

A one-of-a-kind acetate test pressing of John Lennon's Wedding Album is now being offered for sale to Beatles memorabilia collectors. This item is on consignment from a major record collector who is retiring.

Numerous searches on the Internet fail to show another item like this being offered or sold. As a vinyl record appraiser, this is the coup-deville, the mother load, if you will. He are some specifics from the seller:

"Timing is the same as the album. Record does show some marks and a ding in the start of the cue lines but probably won't affect play. Please see photos for examples. None of the marks should skip the record but let’s be honest, "DON'T PLAY IT", it's an acetate. No gray grooves and probably only played once or twice by the original owner."

Let's explore the details of the album:

The Wedding Album is the final LP of three experimental albums by John Lennon and Yoko Ono and was released in 1969. The record consisted of two tracks, one on each side of the record. Side one, simply called, "John & Yoko," is a recording of Lennon and Ono calling to each other, through a range of emotions, over the sound of their heartbeats.

Side two, "Amsterdam," consists of a series of interviews, conversations and captured sounds during the couple's famous "Bed-In" honeymoon. After being married on March 20, 1969 and being experts at marketing, the couple used the event to publicly promote world peace by inviting the press into their hotel room (room #702 at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel in the Netherlands) for interviews and conversations about world peace. In fact, the next month, John and Yoko sent acorns to the heads of state in various countries around the world in hopes that they would plant them as a symbol of peace. However, the couple was not granted a single visit with any world leader.

The Wedding Album was initially released on Apple Records and reissued in 1997 through Rykodisc with three bonus cuts - all of them B-sides by The Plastic Ono Band composed by Ono.

As a vinyl record appraiser, I have never seen an item like this offered before and my online efforts to find a similar item being offered were fruitless; so the asking price of $25,000 is acceptable and within collectible market limits. For any fan of the Beatles (John was technically still with the group at the time), and specifically John Lennon, this rare acetate would make a compelling addition to any collection.


For more information:
1013 N. 12th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081
(920) 287-7190

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