Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: In a recent episode of the History Channel's American Pickers, the buyers found someone with the album by the Beatles with the butcher shop scene on the cover.

The owner of the LP told the pickers that if it were in mint condition he would value it at $39,000.

But, because his copy showed noticeable wear, he ended up letting it go for $1,000.

Was he just blowing smoke, or is $39,000 a realistic price?
—Ken Norwood, Flagstaff, Ariz.

DEAR KEN: Missing from your question is every piece of information, other than the title, necessary to appraise that specific copy of "The Beatles … Yesterday and Today" (Capitol 2553).

Unless you recorded and saved that episode, you may have no way of knowing more about it, so I'd better cover all of the likely possibilities.

Every one of the Capitol's 1966 issues fits into one of three groups, commonly known as states:

FIRST STATE: Front cover pictures the Beatles wearing white smocks, commonly seen on butchers and doctors. Scattered on and around them are several chunks of raw meat and bones, plus a few pieces of broken toy dolls. Monaural first state copies (T-2553) are in the $5,000 to $7,500 range. Stereos (ST-2553) are at least twice as rare as monos, and twice as valuable: $10,000 to $15,000.

Regardless of which format the pickers found, unless it is both pristine and factory-sealed, $39,000 is far, far above current market prices.

SECOND STATE: Has two front covers. The one on top pictures John, George, and Ringo standing behind a trunk. Paul is sitting inside the open trunk. Underneath the trunk cover, and somewhat visible to the naked eye, is the original butcher cover. This concoction is often referred to as having the paste-over cover.

Monaural second state copies are in the $1,000 to $2,000 range. Stereos are $2,000 to $3,000.

THIRD STATE: Has only the trunk cover.

Both monaural and stereo third state copies are in the $200 to $400 range.

Chief among the variables that can drive prices well above or below these near-mint value ranges is condition.

Any of the three variations can sell for several times more if mint and still in the factory shrink-wrap, or for a fraction of the price if excessive wear and tear is evident.

According to sales results in our database, the highest prices paid for factory-sealed first state butcher covers is $85,000 for stereo and $47,500 for mono.

Unique to this album is the need for a separate price range for "peeled" copies. These are second state issues, but with the trunk cover peeled off to expose the butcher one underneath.

The damage sustained by the substrate butcher cover, by the peeling process, can be from none to extensive. Since the value will be directly proportional to the result, it is wise to have the peeling done by a professional.

Hopefully, before paying $1,000 for "The Beatles … Yesterday and Today," the American Pickers had access to enough of the above facts and figures to make an informed decision. I'm guessing they did.

DEAR JERRY: You are my last hope to put an end to the harassing I get on the car show circuit, during the golden oldies segment.

The dee jay usually takes requests, and for years I have asked them to play a car-related song I once heard. At least, I thought I did.

From the early '60s (1961-'63), the title is "Four on the Floor and a Fifth Under the Seat."

It may have been recorded by a California Highway Patrolman, but my memory is fuzzy on that.

I need to know if it really exists on record, or face another year on the circuit being chided by the guys.
—Neil Paton, Hubertus, Wisc.

DEAR NEIL: One of the most common reasons for being unable to locate a song is not knowing the correct title. In this case, you are so close to being accurate I'm surprised it didn't turn up in your search.

I know four ON the floor makes more sense, but this one is "Four in the Floor (And a "Fifth" Under the Seat)." (United Artists 844).

This "if you drink, don't drive" narrative, credited to Trooper Jim Foster, came out in 1965, a wee bit later than you thought.

Now that you have the correct title and artist, you can easily bring it up on YouTube.

IZ ZAT SO? We only know of two other records by Jim Foster, one on each side of "Four in the Floor," and they too are car related.

As Jim Foster and the Kountry Kut-Ups, he did "Rag Roof Roadster" (River 603) in 1964, in which he sings "I'm telling ya boys, I got four in the floor."

Then in 1967, still as Trooper Jim Foster, he released "Four Chrome Wheels" (Turret 109).

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column. Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368 E-mail:   Visit his Web site:
All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition.
Copyright 2012 Osborne Enterprises- Reprinted By Exclusive Permission



Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

lots and lots of Record Store Day articles out there (too many to list here), check your local sites to see what goodies are in store for you this saturday!  meanwhile on to our vinyl record and music notes........

down under, vinyl doing well!

Vinyl spins back into fashion

Katherine Feeney

Baby boomers will remember record stores as a sexy fusion of hot music product and even hotter people watching.

Their children, Generation Xers and Ys, regarded record stores with Empire Records-esque nostalgia, even as they shopped for CDs at music megastores.

But despite the digital nativeness implied by the iGen tagging of today's teens, some music retailers reckon record stores are still beloved by the young.

Add to that enduring support of the not-so-young and older music lovers and the record store story is more revival than survival.

Brisbane is no exception. Several new independent record stores have opened in recent years, even as the category-killing might of major chains grows.



in baltimore, vinyl will be the show on saturday!

Catonsville Vinyl Shop, Trax On Wax, To Celebrate National Record Store Day


Tom Petty’s Stolen Guitars Found

Five guitars belonging to Tom Petty were recovered yesterday. The vintage guitars had been reported missing Friday, when they were taken from the Culver City, Calif. soundstage where the band was rehearsing for its upcoming tour.  The Los Angeles Times reported that Daryl Emmette Washington, 51, of Los Angeles has now been arrested in connection with the robbery. Washington had worked as a private security guard at the Culver Studios complex. Police Chief Don Pedersen said the break in the case came when the suspect pawned one of the guitars at a Hollywood pawnshop for $250.

“Mr. Petty would have joined us, but he’s preparing for a concert in Denver,” said Pedersen, who described the stolen guitars as collectively worth $100,000.

Petty took to his Facebook page Tuesday evening to say "I am extremely grateful to the Culver City Police Department for a job well done and touched by the outpouring of good wishes and concern from our fans and friends."


KISS: New Comic Covers Revealed

This June, IDW Publishing is bringing back the rock group KISS in comic form. Last year, Archie Comics released a story in which Archie Meets Kiss. This time IDW is giving them marquee status.
According to IDW, the series is rooted in KISS fandom, featuring KISS characters like "Wicked" Lester, the Destroyer, She, the Elder, and more, but it will be very accessible to all comic readers.

Read more at our friends at


Joey Ramone Solo Album To Be Released

BMG recently announced the release of a posthumous solo album from former Ramones frontman Joey Ramone, who died 11 years ago at age 49.

The 15-track album called '…Ya Know?' will begin with a Record Store Day limited-edition 7" vinyl for lead track "Rock 'N Roll Is the Answer."

'…Ya Know?' will be released in 20 countries worldwide, including the US on May 22, in Continental Europe on May 25 and in the UK on May 28. RED will distribute the album in North America and Rough Trade throughout Europe.


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 4/09 - 4/15, 2012

Vinyl Top 25:
1. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
2. M Ward - A Wasteland Companion
3. The Flaming Lips & Yoko Ono - Fear Litany 12"
4. Young Hines - Give Me My Change
5. Various - Live At Glenn Danzig's House 7"
6. Jack White - Sixteen Saltines 7"
7. Dr. Dog - Be The Void
8. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
9. Real Estate - Easy 7"
10. Trampled By Turtles - Stars & Satellites
11. Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel...
12. The Shins - Port Of Morrow
13. Neal Casal - Sweeten The Distance
14. Sparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life
15. Small Faces - First Steps
16. M83 - Hurry Up We're Dreaming
17. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
18. Gene Clark - No Other
19. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake It's Morning
20. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream
21. The Vespers - The Fourth Wall
22. Lamchop - Mr. M
23. Olivia Tremor Control - Dusk At Cubist Castle
24. Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself
25. Conan O'Brien - Live At Third Man 

Blues Traveler Celebrates 25th Anniversary With New Album For 429 Records


Band Embarks On Major U.S. Tour With Barenaked Ladies, Cracker, Big Head Todd

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- John Popper, Chan Kinchla, Tad Kinchla, Ben Wilson and Brendan Hill, aka Blues Traveler, will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary with the release of SUZIE CRACKS THE WHIP—their 11th album and first for 429 Records.  The Grammy Award winning, platinum selling rock band have built up a considerable musical legacy based on their infectious, winning sound and their tireless love of touring resulting in a legion of loyal fans worldwide.  The band have mixed it up with their latest bringing in the powerhouse production team of Sam Hollander and Dave "Sluggo" Katz—aka S*A*M* and Sluggo (Katy Perry) and inviting a slew of special guests such as Ron Sexsmith, Spin Doctor's Chris Barron and Crystal Bowersox  who contributed both in the songwriting and performing and help take the Blues Traveler  trademark sound to a new level.  Always the intrepid road warriors, Blues Traveler will embark on an extensive nationwide tour with Barenaked Ladies, Cracker and Big Head Todd & The Monsters beginning in July.  SUZIE CRACKS THE WHIP will be available on 429 Records June 26th.

From their humble beginnings in the basement of Brendan Hill's parent's house 25 years ago, Blues Traveler has maintained a rock solid reputation enjoying incomparable musical milestones along the way.  Grammys, hit singles ("Run Around" remains the longest charting single in Billboard history) and platinum sales are only a small part of what keeps the band fresh and eager to keep performing.  Staying open to new ideas has resulted in a collaborative new project that's invigorated the band to a new high level.

Says John Popper: "I love these guys like my family but after writing the same way with the same people for 25 years, it was good to find a new outlet and take a different approach. Likewise, S*A*M and Sluggo helped remind us about what was cool about Blues Traveler in the first place. It's easy to forget what's cool about yourself after so many years of being you."

Track Listing:
1)      You Don't Have To Love Me
2)      Recognize My Friend
3)      Devil In The Details
4)      All Things Are Possible
5)      Things Are Looking Up
6)      Love Is Everything (That I Describe)
7)      Don't Wanna Go (feat. Crystal Bowersox)
8)      Nobody Fall In Love With Me
9)      Cover Me
10)    Saving Grace
11)    Big City Girls
12)    Cara Let The Moon

Confirmed Blues Traveler dates:

4/13 Uncasville, CT/ Mohegan Sun
4/15 Falls Church, VA/ State Theatre
5/18 Nashville, TN/Backstage @ Tin Roof
5/19 Columbia, SC/ Tin Roof
7/2   Aspen, CO/ Belly Up Aspen
7/4   Denver, CO/ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Confirmed tour dates with Barenaked Ladies, Cracker and Big Head Todd:

07/06 Toledo OH / Zoo
07/07 Canandaigua, NY / CMAC
07/08 Kettering, OH / Fraze Pavilion
07/09 Chicago, IL / Charter One Pavilion
07/12 Raleigh, NC / Raleigh Amphitheatre
07/13 Charlotte NC / Uptown Amphitheatre
07/14 Charleston, SC / FCM Stadium
07/16 Alpharetta, GA / Verizon Amphitheatre
07/17 Tampa FL / Ask Gary Amphitheatre
07/18 West Palm Beach, FL / Cruzan Amphitheatre
07/20 Houston TX / Cynthia Woods Amp
07/21 Austin, TX / ACL at Moody Theatre
07/22 Dallas, TX / Gexa Amphitheatre
07/24 Albuquerque, NM / Sandia Casino
07/25 Phoenix, AZ / Comerica Theatre
07/27 Los Angeles, CA / Gibson Amp
07/28 Las Vegas, NV / The Joint
07/29 Valley Center, CA / Harrah's Rincon
07/31 Saratoga, CA / Mountain Winery
08/02 Boise, ID / Botanical Gardens
08/03 Redmond, WA / Marymoor
08/07 Apple Valley, MN / Weesner Amphitheatre
08/09 Council Bluffs, IA / Harrah's
08/10 West Allis, WI / State Fair
08/11 Detroit, MI / DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/12 Indianapolis IN / The Lawn at White River
08/14 Wantagh, NY / Jones Beach Amp
08/15 Philadelphia, PA / Penn's Landing
08/17 Bethlehem, PA / Sands Bethlehem
08/18 Boston, MA / BOA Pavilion
08/19 Bangor, ME / Bangor Waterfront

For more information visit:

429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG).  SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan.  The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.

SOURCE 429 Records