Never before on the open market, we have original sales awards from the former head of MCA Records. Keep checking back whilst we sort and add these to our site. Awards by notable artists so far in the collection: Holly Johnson, Nirvana, Counting Crows...
In recent years, there has been a huge resurgence in 90's influenced Emo. Classic bands such as Mineral, Texas Is The Reason, American Football and others reuniting to play shows for the first time in years. There has also been swarms of new bands celebrating the genre, with a sound that harks back to the glory days such as Moose Blood, Into It Over It, and Joie De Vivre. At 991.com we have recently picked up a collection of some of the lesser known bands who have a sound similar to all of the above from Europe, The US, and The UK. Here are just a few of the highlights.
JOSHUA Baggage EP - 2003 UK limited edition 5-track BLUE VINYL 10" single by the US EMO indie band featuring A Better Place, Repetition Forever, Perfect Man, What Love Requires [Acoustic] and Make It Mine [Acoustic], picture/tracklisting wraparound insert
SOUTHERLY Youth - 2014 UK limited edition 12-track LP pressed on SILVER/WHITE vinyl, housed in a picture sleeve - limited to 200 copies
HER ONLY PRESENCE/L'HEREU ESCAMPA Split - 2012 UK 5-track vinyl 10" EP, with picture sleeve, pressed on Purple Vinyl. A fantastic split from these two Spanish Emo bands, in the vein of Mineral and The Appleseed Cast. This copy is in unplayed, Mint condition
DEAD RED SEA Gone - 2001 UK 2-track vinyl 7", with wraparound picture sleeve. Also includes Brightside. 2 great tracks of US Emo/Hardcore, licensed in the UK from the highly influential Emo label Deep Elm Records
TRANSVISION VAMP Velveteen (Official 1989 UK in-house MCA PLATINUM LP presentation award disc for UK sales in excess of 300,000 copies. Measuring approximately 16" x 20" this framed, matted & glazed award is presented to the former MD of MCARecords and formed part of his impressive archive - it has impeccable provenance. Never previously been offered for sale and still wrapped in its original PVC bag along with the outer packaging carton)
HOLLY JOHNSON Blast (Official 1989 UK B.P.I. Certified PLATINUM LP presentation award disc for UK sales in excess of 300,000 copies. Measuring approximately 20" x 16" this framed, matted & glazed award is presented to the producer & arrangerof the album. Never previously been offered for sale and still wrapped in its original PVC bag along with the outer packaging carton)
NIRVANA Incesticide (Official 1993 UK in-house Geffen GOLD CD presentation award disc for UK sales in excess of 100,000 copies. Measuring approximately 16" x 16" this framed, matted & glazed award is presented to the former MD of MCA Records and formed part of his impressive archive - it has impeccable provenance. In addition, it has never previously been offered for sale or displayed and still has the PVC wrapping and outer protective carton
Vintage, rare and original 1978 poster designed by Dennis Loren and illustrated by Niagara, the lead vocalist. Printed on thick smooth paper, this measures just 17.5" x 22". Few of these posters have survivedfrom this era and were printed in tiny numbers to promote the 'Bored' single. This example carries the IDBI Records stamp to the right side. There are minor creases to the edges and some lightly visible across the black section, pin holes toeach corner, but this is of a size perfectly suited to archival framing for a band that earned international recognition and at the time, included Michael Davis of MC5 and Ron Asheton of the Three Stooges
THE BEATLES A Hard Day's Night (2009 US Stereo issue exclusive limited edition 13-track enhanced CD album digitally remastered by a dedicated engineering team at the world famous Abbey Road studios, originally released in 1964 and now releasedas a stereo version on CD for the VERY FIRST TIME! Including a bonus 'Making Of' video using exclusive original footage from the Beatles' own archive plus other rare footage and the voice-over is entirely spoken by the Beatles themselves andGeorge Martin! The CD comes in a triple panel card package using conservation grade FSC paper complete with a set of historical notes to accompany recording notes on the actual process of making the album at the time; and housed in a sealed 5½" x 7½ x 2" presentation box complete with a T-Shirt [Size: X Large] featuring the original 'A Hard Day's Night' artwork)
THE GROUNDHOGS Split (1971 UK first pressing 8-track stereo LP on the black Liberty label, housed in a superb fully laminated gatefold picture sleeve with great live band shot inside. Both sleeve and vinyl are in excellent condition with onlyafew storage marks on the sleeve, and the vinyl has just a few surface marks - a top copy of this essential album! LBG83401)
RAZORLIGHT Razorlight (2007 French exclusive limited 'Edition Speciale' 2-disc set comprised of a 13-track CD album including the Bonus Recordings 'In The Morning' [Acoustic Version], 'Teenage Kicks' [a cover of The Undertones' classic] and 'Somewhere Else' plus BONUS 50 minute PAL DVD featuring 3 full length music videos and 2 performances from the Canal+ TV show 'Album De La Semaine', sealed & stickered!)
As you may or may not know, Morrissey has just returned to the public eye with his 10th solo album 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'. Entering the UK Top 40 at Number 2 this weekend, 'World Peace..' is one of of this finest albums since 'Vauxhall and I', and will be a strong contender for many Album of the Year lists come November.
Almost in perfect timing, last week saw the arrival of a number of Rare and Collectable items by both The Smiths, and from Morrissey's solo career. Below are just a few of the highlights we have.
You Are The Quarry - Rare Official 2004 UK BPI GOLD sales award issued to commemorate sales in excess of 100,000 copies of the Attack Records album. Features a copy of the CD and sleeve artwork, mounted above a gold engraved dedication plaque with mini Union Jack flag in the top left corner. Measures 16" x 16" framed and glazed - a truly stunning item!
Family Line - 1994 French-only promotional 8- track compilation CD album featuring Suedehead, Everyday Is Like Sunday & The National Front Disco, unique custom card wallet picture sleeve
The More You Ignore Me - 1994 UK Parlophone 2-track radio promotional 2-track vinyl 7", also includes Used To Be A Sweet Boy, with mock original Parlophone orange label, in custom picture sleeve! The sleeve shows just some slight edgwear along the opening edge and the vinyl looks unplayed
These are the tip of the iceberg of some of the Morrissey and related items that have arrived recently, including more awards, promotional CD's, and even the rare 'Exit Smiling' book featuring early printed works of Morrissey. Keep your eye on 991.com for more items as they arrive
MORRISSEY Exit Smiling (Rare out-of-print limited edition paperback book limited to only 1000 copies written by Morrissey, issued by Babylon Books complete with unique numbered certificate of authenticity signed by the Babylon publisher John Muir. An absorbing 72 pages delve into his heroes of the cinema screen, written in typewriter text complete with corrections by Morrissey. Glossy picture cover. This book will not be issued again so this is your only chance to obtain a copy!
IRON MAIDEN Framed Signed Letter (Rare official A4 sized letter printed on Iron Maiden Holdings Ltd headed paper, this was sent to an EMI sales representative and dated 9th December 1988, thanking them for their hard work at retail during theentire year. This would have been for the release of the Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son album and the singles. This has been fully signed by the fully 1988 line-up of the band, Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith and Nicko McBrainwith his usual 'Ta', all in black felt pen. This has been professionally framed with a black surround and in a red metal frame which goes nicely with the colour of the band logo on the headed paper)
ARTHUR BAKER Vs NEW ORDER Confusion (2002 UK 3-track white label promotional vinyl 12" for the single release featuring Koma & Bones Dub, Koma & Bones Vocal & Acapella, plain die cut sleeve. This copy also comes with a press release sheet WACKT002A/B)
MORRISSEY Exit Smiling Rare out-of-print limited edition paperback book limited to only 1000 copies written by Morrissey, issued by Babylon Books complete with unique numbered certificate of authenticity signed by the Babylon publisher John Muir. An absorbing 72 pages delve into his heroes of the cinema screen, written in typewriter text complete with corrections by Morrissey. Glossy picture cover. This book will not be issued again so this is your only chance to obtain a copy
FOO FIGHTERS In Your Honor 2005 UK 20-track 4-LP vinyl album set showcasing the 2 very different sides of the band - 10 'Loud' tracks & 10 'not so loud', includes the singles 'Best Of You', 'DOA' and 'Resolve' and features a track written and sung by Taylor with Dave on drums plus contributions from John Paul Jones and guest appearance from Norah Jones, presented in embossed picture box
NEW ORDER 1981-1985 Special DJ Copy Very rare 1985 Japanese promotional only 8-track LP retrospective, manufactured by Nippon Columbia, housed in a unique title sleeve with images on the reverse for each Japanese single & album release plus dates for their 'From A Live - Alive' '85 tour in Tokyo & Osaka. The sleeve shows only light signs of edge wear & the vinyl looks barely played TD-3072
The World Cup Final. Half time. The globe is gripped and so am I. But what notion is nibbling away in the basement of my brain? Maybe this is the time to log on to eBay; nobody can be looking at it, apart from non-Latino Americans; surely there will be bargains to be had. No wonder Alan Hansenhas decided to retire; instead of paying attention to his analysis, and I genuinely do think he gets right down to the real nitty gritty, I was scrolling down a page of rubbish reggae records. I apologise, Mr Hansen. It’s not like I profited at all from this distraction. Most sellers are waaaay too wise to post listings that end in the middle of Argentina vs Germany. And there’s a seasonal lull: the sun’s out, folk are on holiday, they can’t be boddered wid da Bay. It shows how out of touch I am with the zeitgeist that I reckoned I could grab a gem at such a time. That’s no surprise, however: I thought Fifty Shades Of Grey was a non-fiction book about British teeth.
I did buy a few records last week; I like to play something new at the weekend. And every other day, come to that. None were found on eBay, but captured from friendly dealers, who are (mostly) men my neighbours hate. The neighbours don’t know how lucky they are that I choose to play Pere Ubu at work, or that the punk 45s are on the top shelf, which I have to get a ladder out to flick through properly. My punk listening is basically a case of arrested development; I got about as far as Eater and The Pop Group (not that they count as proper punk), but then my new wave hormones kicked out, probably because of a vitamin X deficiency, and I didn’t move much further on with it. But I saw them all: The Jam, The Damned, The Clash (kind of) anyone mentioned in Punky Reggae Party! It’s a reminder of a fantastic time when I could go out in my laddered stockings and bin bag and only get beaten up several times a night. At least, I remember being threatened by a muscular navvy in a pub toilet in Notting Hill, because I gawped at him. He had spiky hair and I was idly wondering, “Is that Gareth Sager?” Apparently it’s rude to stare at a man in a pub toilet; who knew? Unless it’s a different kind of pub, in which case, please do. Did Huge Grunt have that aggro in Notting Hill? I doubt it.
The punk spirit lives on, in that thousands of bands make DIY records and stick them online, and most of the world neither knows nor cares. But we do. About some of them, anyway. None of them can make a penny, poor souls. But they’ll be going some to match our evil chums at Fruits de Mer, who have kindly sent in a fabulous Astralasia album with such a fabulous silkscreened cover that they must be making a ludicrous loss on it. Either that or they have found a loophole in economics, in which case they ought to be running the country, not a rather natty psychedelique-nouveau record label.
New issue of RC is in the shops around about now. Ms Kate Bush on the cover. See below for details. Thank you for reading this newsletter, which has actual news in it (also below, don’t crick your neck), and for reading Record Collector. Have a great week.
IRON MAIDEN Framed Signed Letter Rare official A4 sized letter printed on Iron Maiden Holdings Ltd headed paper, this was sent to an EMI sales representative and dated 9th December 1988, thanking them for their hard work at retail during theentire year. This would have been for the release of the Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son album and the singles. This has been fully signed by the fully 1988 line-up of the band, Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith and Nicko McBrainwith his usual 'Ta', all in black felt pen. This has been professionally framed with a black surround and in a red metal frame which goes nicely with the colour of the band logo on the headed paper
STATUS QUO The Party Ain't Over Yet Scarce official 2005 UK BPI certified SILVER award to recognise sales in the UK of more than 60,000 copies of the Acklode/Sanctuary album. The award features a copy of the CD and album artwork mounted aboveacustom dedication plaque, with a 'Union Jack' flag in the top left corner. Measures approximately 19" x 16", framed and glazed - ready to hang on your wall
PET SHOP BOYS Special '96 Scarce 1996 Japanese 17-track promotional-only compilation CD album including 'Se A Vida E', 'Before', 'West End Girls', 'It's A Sin' and 'Heart' amongst others, housed in superb fold out blue & black card booklet with lyrics to 'Se A Vida E'. This Pet Shop Boys rarity is in stunning mint condition! PCD-0766
BLACK SABBATH The Best Of Black Sabbath Rare official 2000 UK BPI GOLD award issued to commemorate sales in excess of 100,000 copies of the Sanctuary Records Group double album. Features both the CDs and the album artwork, mounted above a gold engraved dedication plaque with mini Union Jack flag in the top left corner. Measures 21" x 16" framed and glazed - a truly stunning item
THE CRANBERRIES Uncertain Original debut 1991 UK Xeric label 4-track CD single which also includes Nothing Left At All, Them and Pathetic Senses, complete with original picture sleeve XERO14CD
WASP Animal [F**k Like A Beast] Super Rare 1984 UK Music For Nations label 2-track 12" vinyl Gold Coloured Vinyl, also includes Show No Mercy, clear PVC sleeve 12KUT109
Legendary 1978 UK DJM label 7" single, also including Long Time No Woman, both written by and features <B>Adrian Smith</B> before he became a member of Iron Maiden. For a brief time Dave Murray was also part of the band and is rumoured to be part on the recording, though different sources argue this. Comes with the rare original picture sleeve, this was only issued as a promo and not with the commercial release. The sleeve is strictly graded EX, with some minor shelfwear on the edges and a small tear on the top opening edge at the back. The vinyl remains a beautiful EX-/EX with just a few light surface marks, we play tested this single and can confirm there is very little lessening in sound quality. A very respectable copy of this now very sought after release DJS10850
We've had our July shipment from our man in Japan including Meet The The Beatles Japanese version box sets, Ian Gillan white label LPs, Megadeth promo CDs, Michael Jackson promo CDRs, and the usual array of mint LPs with obi-strips, lyric inserts and more.
There's a large volume of promo sample CDs this month again with bonus tracks, obi-strips and lyric booklets.
Official 2008 US double album RIAA Certified TRIPLE PLATINUM Award issued to commemorate American album sales in excess of 3,000,000 copies, presented to a high ranking industry executive instrumental to the sales success of the albums. This nicely framed and glazed award measures 31½" x 19½" in size, and features a picture background with two cut-outs of Miley taken from each album cover, three Compact Discs at the top with album artwork miniature in the centre of two with the middle disc custom printed with both album names. At the bottom is the authentic custom engraved dedication plaque with the RIAA hologram, on the right is a 'Hannah Montana 2' logo cut-out with 14 small crystals attached. Presented in a black wooden frame with Perspex custom printed with the Disney logo, 'Meet Miley Cyrus' title logo plus One, Two & Three Million on the area under each disc - a superb and very elaborate display item!
THE BEATLES Meet The Beatles - Japan Box 2014 Japanese issue five CD box set, featuring the 2009 remasters. Following on from the The US Albums in January, this set commemorates the fiftieth Anniversary of the Beatles debut in Japan and contains Meet The Beatles!, Beatles No.2 and Beatles No.5 in Mono, with A Hard Day's Night & Help! in stereo, just as they were first issued in Japan. Each album comes in their own replica LP card picture sleeve, with original style replica ¾ sizedminiature obi-strips and accompanying posters, all housed in a high quality slipcase box with a 96-page booklet featuring lyrics and a full back obi-strip and still in the stickered resealable protective sleeve UICY-76429/33
COMUS First Utterance Monster Satanic Prog Folk 1971 UK 7-track LP, the cult debut by the British Wyrd Folk band conjuring a unique blend of folk-rock, magick, alchemy & the avant-garde. The gatefold picture sleeve features captivating artwork by Roger Wootton [lead singer & songwriter of the band] & comes complete with the original illustrated lyric insert. DNLS3019
IRON MAIDEN The First Ten Years 1980-1990 Rare 1990 UK limited edition box set, comprising the TEN double pack 12"s, a total of 63 tracks. Released between 24th February and 28th April 1990, in commemoration of the band's ten yearrecording anniversary, each double 12" contains two singles, complete with original B-sides and artwork, as well as an edition of 'Listen with Nicko'. Each part comes in its respective glossy gatefold picture sleeve. This wonderous collection is housed in a 12¾" x 12¾" x 3" mail-order only card picture box, which was only available by sending the ten vouchers from the singles. The box has some small nick/tears and some general scuffing mainly to the edges/corners from storage and is overall very good, otherwise retaining its shape and having served its purpose in protecting the all important contents. There is just a little sticker residue on five of the sleeves, which are otherwise all in excellent condition; the vinyl is in outstanding near 'as new' condition! - A very respectable copy of this increasingly hard-to-find set IRN1~10