Sunday, November 8, 2009

Top Selling Vinyl Records at eBay - October 2009

The results have been compiled and we have the top selling vinyl records sold at eBay during the month of October of 2009, sorted by week. There are some interesting sales for the month including the top money sale going to the Beatles LP "Please Please Me" (Stereo Parlophone Gold UK First Press) coming in at a little over $7,300, this is familiar because last month’s top seller was the same LP, which came in at just below $8,700. Next on the money list is a silk-screened test pressing LP “Out Of Step,” from the American hardcore punk band Minor Threat, which sold for $5,900; they also had another copy of the same record that sold for just under $3,000 two weeks later.

Classical music also scored some big returns with the LP Johanna Martzy "Bach: The unaccompanied Violin Sonatas" (Columbia Box set UK), selling for $5,625, a LP by Leonid Kogan called "Beethoven Violin Concerto" (Columbia SAX 2386 UK Pressing) which sold for $4,610, a Georges Enesco LP, Bach Sonatas Continental , which sold for $3,300 and the LP by Devy Erlih "Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo Violin" (ADES France) clocking in at just under $3,300. 45 rpm record s also sold well in the month with several records selling for around $3,000 and one, a 45 rpm by William Powell "Heartache Souvenirs" / "The Chicken Shack" (Power-House), that sold for a cool $5,000.

Here are the weekly results:

Week Ending 10/10/2009

1. LP - The Beatles "Please Please Me" Stereo Parlophone Gold UK First Press - $7,328.72

2. LP - Johanna Martzy "Bach: The unaccompanied Violin Sonatas" Columbia Box set UK - $5,625.00

3. 45 rpm - William Powell "Heartache Souvenirs" / "The Chicken Shack" Power-House - $5,000.00

4. LP - Jackie McLean "New Tradition" Ad-Lib - $4,036.00

5. LP - Hank Mobley self titled Blue Note 1568 - $3805.00

Week Ending 10/17/2009

1. LP - Minor Threat "Out Of Step" test pressing silkscreened - $5,899.99

2. LP - Leonid Kogan "Beethoven Violin Concerto" Columbia SAX 2386 UK Pressing - $4,610.00

3. LP - David Bowie "Ziggy Stardust" Acetate - $4,001.00

4. LP - Georges Enesco Bach Sonatas Continental - $3,300.00

5. LP - Devy Erlih "Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo Violin" ADES France - $3,281.56

Week Ending 10/24/2009

1. 45 rpm - Peacheroos "Be Bop Baby" / "Every Day My Love Is True" Excello - $3,000.00

2. 45 rpm- Ellipsis "People" / "Gregory Moore" Briarmeade - $2,927.00

3. LP - Slayer "25 Years Of Not Showing Mercy" Test Press Fan Club Release - $2,716.00

4. LP - Militia "The Sybling" - $2,550.00

5. LP - The Beatles "White Album" UK Mono #0007192 - $2,532.62

Week Ending 10/31/2009

1. 45 rpm - Soul Brothers Inc "Tear Drops" / "Don't Wait Too Long" Salem - $3,500.00

2. 45 rpm - Frankie Beverly & The Butlers "Because Of My Heart" / "I Want To Feel I'm Wanted" Fairmount - $3,200.00

3. LP - Minor Threat "Out Of Step" test pressing silkscreened - $3,050.00

4. LP - Sonny Clark "Cool Struttin'" Blue Note Mono original - $3,002.00

5. LP - The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone UK Gold Black label 1st Stereo - $2,571.43

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THE BEATLES-Box Set Review

Written By Donald Kay

Earlier this year, Beatles fans and music lovers alike were greeted with news of, not ONE, but TWO box sets from the Fab Four. Both sets would have added extras, such as sound bytes of the Fabs in the studio as they were making each album, plus visual clips which are added to each disc in the form of a CD rom component.

On the 9/9/09 Beatlemania happened all over again, with both box sets being sold out in hours after going on sale. Many shops couldn’t fill their quota, resulting in disappointments everywhere. It’s taken some four years for the technical people at EMI /UK to find clean master tapes of the first four original mono albums and come up with a first time on CD, “stereo mix.” I have to say that after hearing the “new” versions and comparing them to the “original” vinyl versions, that, whilst they do sound great, only a diehard vinyl addict would spot the difference. Being as they are in the CD format, they’ve enhanced the music contained on each disc, by increasing the treble, and decreasing the bass, to make it crisp, and give it a “modern” sound. Onto the box set, which saw the light of day on the 9/9/09. The first album,”Please, Please Me” has two tracks that are still in MONO, “Love Me Do” and P.S. I Love You.” There is no known stereo mix of both tracks. I found this to be a little bit disappointing, from the point that, we were told that this is the “first” time in the world that the first four albums would be heard in true stereo. As for the packaging (digi packs), for me, I would rather the discs came in jewel cases, because each time the disc is taken out of the cover there’s no protection for the discs, subsequently they get scratched. The extra photos, plus the CD rom features are great, but for my money, I would’ve been quite happy with jewel cases, and drop the CD ROMs.

The stereo box set will set you back, roughly $300 (Australian). Pretty good value, considering you get 13 albums plus a DVD containing all the CD rom components, enabling you, the listener to watch it on your plasma, reliving the excitement from the fabs all over again. The MONO box set is slightly more expensive, somewhere in the region of $375 (Australian). Again it contains the first 10 albums, digitially remastered, with the final three albums appearing in stereo only, plus the past masters, appearing as a double album this time.

The sound quality overall is great, with more clarity given to all tracks, apart from “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You.” However, the original cover artwork has been retained, with extra photos, plus extra sleeve notes, which make for interesting reading. It’s great to hear the differences between the mono and stereo versions, such as the double tracked voice of John on “If I Fell.” (Fantastic). “Tell Me Why” sounds louder and brighter this time around, as do all tracks contained in the box set. For all diehard Beatle fans, who bought the first edition of the Beatles discs, do yourself a favour, and invest in a copy of the new Beatles Box Set. You won’t be sorry.

A bonus for all Beatle fans, who preordered copies of the Box Set and missed out. You’re in luck, as the record companies have come to the party and in late October are issuing another batch of both the Stereo and Mono box sets. Once again we can all go Yeah! , Yeah! Yeah! Enjoy.

This Date In Music History-November 8


Patti Page ("Alleghany Moon") is 82
Michael Johnson ("Bluer Than Blue") is 65
Gerald Alston - Manhattans (1942)
John Perez - Sir Douglas Quintet (1942)
Bonnie Bramlett - Delaney & Bonnie (1944)
Rodney Slater - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band (1944)
Donald Murray - Turtles (1945)
Roy Wood - Move and ELO (1946)
Alan Berger - Southside Johnny & The Ashbury Jukes (1949)
Bonnie Raitt (1949)
Rickie Lee Jones (1954)
Porl Thompson - Cure (1957)
Terry Lee Miall - Adam And The Ants (1958)
Seventies teen-idol Leif Garrett (1961)
Rat - Neds Atomic Dustbin (1970)
Corey Taylor - Slipknot (1976)
Tiffani Wood - Australian singer (1977)

They Are Missed:

Soul singer Ivory Joe Hunter died in 1974. Hunter was best known for his R&B hits, "Since I Lost You Baby," "I Almost Lost My Mind" and "I Need You So."

Born today in 1947, Minnie Riperton (the Stevie Wonder produced single "Loving You"). She died of cancer July 12, 1979.

Country Dick Montana, lead singer of the Beat Farmers, collapsed and died on stage in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada in 1995.


Buddy Holly's radio show made its debut on KDAV-AM in Lubbock, Texas in 1953.

Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" movie was released nationwide in 1957.

In 1961, Brian Epstein phoned the Liverpool Cavern in an effort to get a ticket to the next Beatles show. He would become the band's manager shortly after seeing them.

The first album on Stax Records – 'Green Onions,' by Booker T. & the MG’s – was released in 1962.

Dick Clark's traveling Caravan of Stars opened its fall 1963 tour in Teaneck, New Jersey. The bill featured Bobby Vee, Brian Hyland, the Ronettes, LIttle Eva and the Dovells among others.

In 1965, the Beatles worked on a new George Harrison song "Think For Yourself" at Abbey Road for their forthcoming Rubber Soul album. After rehearsing the song, they recorded the basic instrumental track in one take.

The Dave Clark Five performed for Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Variety Show in London in 1965.

The film "How I Won the War," starring John Lennon, premiered in the US in 1967.

Cynthia Powell Lennon was granted a divorce from her husband of six years, John Lennon, in a London court in 1968. John was absent from court. He was attending to Yoko Ono who was in a hospital, where it was feared she might suffer a miscarriage (she miscarried on November 21).

In 1968, it was announced that Jean Terrell would replace Diana Ross in the Supremes. Ross left to start a solo career.

On the second date of their US tour in 1969, the Rolling Stones broke the Los Angeles concert gross record that was held by the Beatles since 1966. They also added an extra date to their L.A. Forum stand and a fourth date to their upcoming gig at New York's Madison Square Garden.

"Something," the first Beatles A-side composed by George Harrison, entered the UK singles chart in 1969. It peaked at #4 in the UK and went on to be a #1 on the US chart.

Today in 1969, the song "Wedding Bell Blues" by 5th Dimension topped the charts and stayed there for 3 weeks.

The Allman Brothers Band's epic self-titled debut was released on Capricorn Records in 1969.

Doors’ singer Jim Morrison recorded his poetry in 1970. In '78, the surviving Doors composed music to go with the poetry and released the ill-advised “An American Prayer.”

In 1971, David Bowie began recording what will become “Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars” in London.

In 1971, Sly & the Family Stone had huge hits with "Family Affair" and "There's a Riot Goin' On". The album's title could well describe some of Sly's concerts during this time. Much to his fans' dismay, he's a frequent no-show. Of eighty concerts booked in 1970, he canceled 26 and had ducked out of 12 of forty shows in '71.

Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV, commonly referred to as Zoso, was released in 1971. The album includes the rock epic "Stairway to Heaven."

David Bowie made his US TV debut in 1975, performing "Fame" on the Cher CBS-TV show.

Suzi Quatro began her role as Leather Tuscadero on ABC-TV's "Happy Days" in 1977.

The Grateful Dead's "Shakedown Street" LP was released in 1979.

Bruce Springsteen started a four week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1980 with "The River," his first US #1 album.

Sonny Bono, running as a Republican, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, representing the Palm Springs area of California.

'Hell Freezes Over', the first album of new recordings by the Eagles since 1980, was released in 1994. It includes four new studio compositions, including the hit single "Get Over It."

Michael Jackson and Sony Corp. of America combined forces in 1995 and created the world's third-largest music publishing company with more than 100,000 titles.

Johnny Paycheck officially joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1997. He was the 72nd member of the radio show's cast.

The original "Guitar Hero" game was released in North America in 2005.

The Beastie Boys celebrate their 24th anniversary in 2005 with the release of "Solid Gold Hits." The 15 track compilation includes material from '86 to '04.

The Whisky-A-Go-Go club, the legendary L.A. venue that was the launching pad for the Doors, was designated a landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2006 as part of the festivities launching a yearlong celebration of the band's 40th anniversary. All three surviving Doors members take part in the festivities, which include signing copies of their autobiography, The Doors by the Doors. Drummer John Densmore even hosts a reading of Jim Morrison's poetry.

In 2008, AC/DC started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Black Ice’ the band's fifteenth studio album and the second-best selling album of 2008.