Monday, January 31, 2011

Mint Condition Factory-Sealed Beatles 'Butcher Cover' Mono LP Could Bring Record Price at Heritage Auctions

There are likely less than 25 sealed copies of this record in existence.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- A factory-sealed First State copy of The Beatles' famously banned "Butcher Cover" mono LP , Yesterday and Today, without a doubt the Holy Grail of vinyl, is expected to bring $30,000+ when it comes up as part of Heritage Auctions Feb. 18-19 Signature(r) Music & Entertainment Auction.

"There are likely less than 25 sealed copies of this record in existence," said Garry Shrum, Consignment Director for Music & Entertainment Auctions at Heritage, "and that's probably a generous estimate. More than that, we've never seen a copy in such great condition, and we sold a 'Livingston Copy' of the 'Butcher Cover' in 2006 for more than $38,000. That price is, to date, the highest amount ever realized for a piece of wide release, non-autographed vinyl. This may well exceed that."

Many serious collectors of Fab Four memorabilia have diligently searched for even a tattered copy of this rarity, which was pulled from record store shelves in the US almost immediately after its release in 1966, ordered to be destroyed and replaced by the more subdued "Trunk Cover" version. Millions bought the second version, but few managed a copy of the infamous original, let alone one that remained sealed.

"This 'Butcher Cover' is rare enough in and of itself in good condition," said Shrum, "but to have it sealed is mind-boggling. Who has ever bought a Beatles record and not opened it?"

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Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 01/29/2011

A first press of "Please Please Me" shot to the top of the list, this one with matrix numbers that indicate it was pressed with the first stampers. Two modern soul 45's make the list this week. The self-titled David Bowie test pressing at the #3 spot is an approval copy of the US release that was for producer Mike Vernon.

1. LP - The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone UK Gold Black label 1st Stereo - $8,238.88

2. 45 - The Darling Dears "And I Love You" / "I Don't Think I'll Ever Love Another" Flower city - $3,050.00

3. LP - David Bowie "self-titled" Deram Test Pressing - $2,894.70

4. 45 - The Mark IV "Take This Love" / "If You Can't Tell Me Something Good" Brite Lite - $2,620.00

5. LP - Art Pepper Quartet "Modern Art" Intro - $2,025.00

More on this week's top 5 on Vinyl Record Talk  Tuesday 8:00PM Eastern / 5:00PM Pacific on Radio Dentata.  

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Out of the dusty boxes this week we find an uncredited 45 titled "The Ta Ta Song". This must have been put there by the record gods just for Frankie, the goddess of Radio Dentata.

So at some point we'll spin that record, and the Teddy Mack northern 45 we have on auction, plus straight out of swinging 60's London, an amazing ska record about James Bond that will make you grip tight your Walther PPK.

And we cannot let go unnoticed or unmentioned the Northern Soul / Lesbian theme in Ep. 2 of Skins - just who is this "most dangerous show on television" really for?

Join Jane and Norm for all this and the Top 5 auction sales, and more efforts to preserve places at which one or more Beatle did just about any damn thing.

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Sixties Music Legends The Chocolate Watchband Releases New Greatest Hits Album

Much to the elation of fans and music critics, the Chocolate Watchband has recorded a new album of their greatest and most popular tunes.

 Los Angeles, CA – When discussing legendary psychedelic garage bands of the 1960s, the Chocolate Watchband is at the top of the list. Much to the elation of fans and music critics, this famed sixties group has recorded a new album of their greatest and most popular tunes. Recorded in 2010 at KVP Studio in Santa Clara, CA, the focus on this album was to faithfully reproduce the sound of the Chocolate Watchband in the 60's with the rawness and energy of the originals. Also added were bonus verses and extended track mixes of 13 personal and fan favorites. “The Chocolate Watchband is back on the scene and ready to rock!" says Tim Abbott, guitarist and producer of the album.

"This release is all new recordings from The Chocolate Watchband. I had the privilege of premiering some of these songs on the 2010 Bay Area Garage Band Marathon on KKUP Cupertino. This is an incredible set of vintage garage from one of the true legends of the sixties. With this album, there can no doubt the power of their music still speaks to a whole new generation," says Phil Dirt radio DJ

The goal was to re-create the sound and energy of the sessions with producer Ed Cobb, from the first three Watchband albums that were recorded for Tower Records in 1966, '67, and '68. Electronically reproducing the reverb of the old 'Echo Chamber' from American Recording studio in Studio City, CA, different percussion instruments were added including sleigh bells, tambourines, chimes, temple bells and more exotic instruments like sitars, harpsichords, theremin and bouzouki that gave the original recordings their distinctive sound.

"As the Chocolate Watchband's de facto historian and the producer behind most of their reissue packages, I can state with authority that the Greatest Hits package is as authentically Watchband as any of this singular group's vintage recordings." Alec Palao-Ace Records UK and Associate Producer

David Aguilar- Vocals, Harmonica, Percussion
Bill Flores- Bass
Gary Andrijasevich- Drums and Background Vocals
Tim Abbott- Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Sitar, Flute, Bazooki, Harmonica and Background Vocals.
Alby Cozzette- Electric, Acoustic, and 12 string Guitars, and Background Vocals.

The Chocolate Watchband formed in San Jose in 1965. The band's music was described as “a blend of 1960s-style garage and psychedelic rock with a distinguishable ‘Rolling Stones’ San Francisco sound. Produced by Ed Cobb, the group's early music combined the influences of blues with a psychedelic edge that featured terse lyrics and instrumental experimentation. The Chocolate Watchband appeared in the 1967 film 'Riot On Sunset Strip' and the 1968 film 'The Love Ins'. The band released three highly acclaimed LPs from 1967 to 1969 before disbanding in 1970. In 1999, they reunited at the San Diego event 66/99 in San Diego, CA, organized by musician/journalist Mike Stax. They continue to play today at garage rock festivals in Europe as well as the States with Little Steven, The Yardbirds, Love, The Zombies, Bo Diddly, Iggy Pop, the Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Electric Prunes.

1. Expo 2000
2. Gone and Passes By
3. It's All Over Now Baby Blue
4. Are You Gonna' Be There (At The Love-in)
5. No Way Out
6. Misty Lane
7. I Ain't No Miracle Worker
8. Sitting There Standing
9. Sweet Young Thing
10. Don't Need Your Lovin'
11. I'm Not Like Everybody Else
12. Let's Talk About Girls
13. Inner Mystique

I checked their website, I don't think it is being offered on vinyl, which leads me to think, if they were trying to recreate some of the sounds, why not use analog?

 The Chocolate


FIGURE FOUR's 'Suffering The Loss' To Be Released On Vinyl

Blood & Ink Records has announced the vinyl pressing of FIGURE FOUR's seminal hardcore album, "Suffering The Loss" (2003). Details are still coming together, but the label plans to have the LP out in time for the band's planned reunion at Rain Fest 2011 in late May, if not earlier.


Vinyl record collectors causing change in some music sales


ILLDISPOSED: New Album Cover Artwork Unveiled

Danish metal vets ILLDISPOSED will release their new album, 'There Is Light (But It's Not For Me)' on March 25 on Massacre Records. The band recorded the CD at Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (MOONSPELL, DARK TRANQUILLITY, GOREFEST, SICK OF IT ALL).

The "There Is Light (But It's Not For Me)" artwork was created by Lasse Hoile, who previously worked with ILLDISPOSED on the "1-800 Vindication" and "Burn Me Wicked" releases.



Vinyl, alive and kicking

by Brian Tucker

My record player may die on me. It might just need a new motor. Coming home after buying used records from Yellow Dog Discs I sat down to work and spin my purchases – The Psychedelic Furs “Forever Now,” the 1978 “Superman” soundtrack, and Leon Russell’s “Leon Russell and the Shelter People.”

Upon lifting the arm the player wouldn’t spin. I tried again. Nothing. On the third try it spun and I was able to play Russell’s “Stranger in a Strange Land.” Looking back I see the fitting nature of the song title – the presence of vinyl records in the vast digital market today is indeed strange. Today you can find almost as much vinyl as CD’s in both Gravity Records and Yellow Dog Discs.

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Did You Know?

more stuff everybody should know...

The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card!

There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos!

More people use blue toothbrushes, than red ones.

The Beach Boys recorded "Surfin' U.S.A." and "Shutdown" on this day in 1963.

Who's that playing the piano on the "Mad About You" theme? It's Paul Reiser himself..

More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.

A snail can sleep for 3 years. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.


The law states that more than 3000 sheep cannot be herded down Hollywood Blvd. at any one time.  Really?  Who counts them?


In 1957, Decca Records announced that Bill Haley And His Comets' "Rock Around The Clock" had sold over a million copies in the UK, mostly on 10 inch 78's.

The Beach Boys recorded "Surfin' USA" in 1963, a song that climbed to number three in the US by mid-April. Although it was credited as being composed by Brian Wilson, the tune was a note-for-note cover of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen." Following a lawsuit, Berry was granted writing credit and royalties from the record.

In 1967, The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional video. The film was shot in colour, for the benefit of the US market, since UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white. Taking time out from filming John Lennon bought a 1843 poster from an antiques shop in Surrey which provided him with most the lyrics for The Beatles song ‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite’.

In New Orleans, LA in 1970, the Greatful Dead were busted for possession of LSD and barbituates. The event was alleged to be the inspiration for the song "Truckin."

Bigs news back in 1972 - Less than a day after an incident now known as "Bloody Sunday" in which British soldiers killed twelve Irish civil rights demonstrators, Paul McCartney writes and records "Give Ireland Back To The Irish". After some resistance from EMI, the song will finally be released on February 25th, but was immediately banned by the BBC, Radio Luxembourg and the Independent Television Authority. Despite the lack of air-play, the song would reach #1 on the singles charts in the Republic of Ireland and Spain, also climbing to #16 on the UK singles chart and #21 in the US.

The Ohio Players went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1976 with 'Love Rollercoaster.'

In 2009, Dewy Martin, drummer and backing vocalist for Buffalo Springfield on their 1967 hit "For What It's Worth", died from hardening of the arteries at the age of 68.

and in 2010 - Beyoncé set a Grammy record for females when she won six. The six awards were Song Of The Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best Contemporary R&B Album. Nobody else got any awards, seems they ran out!

Birthday Wishes:

Harry Wayne Casey (KC and the Sunshine Band) 1951
Justin Timberlake ('N Sync) 1981
Johnny Rotten (The Sex Pistols) 1956