Don't forget, our buyers will be at Sohost tomorrow to appraise and buy your unwanted mint Vinyl Records, CDs and items of pop Memorabilia.
We'll be there from 9:30am, see you there!
Don't forget, our buyers will be at Sohost tomorrow to appraise and buy your unwanted mint Vinyl Records, CDs and items of pop Memorabilia.
We'll be there from 9:30am, see you there!
991.com brings you excerpts from this week's R.C. Weekly Newsletter.
Despite what you may have read in this very newsletter last week, it’s been a dry time for record buying on my part. I picked up just one single during my week off. Hence, I was excited to return to work to find a mustard-coloured cotton bag on my desk which bore the legend “Mega Record & CD Fair Utrecht”. Ah, RRPG editor Ian Shirley may have taken the mickey out of me last week for buying too much reggae (and I’m still waiting for him to bring in those acetates he promised me more than a year ago, I note), but clearly he’d thought of me while he was at the Utrecht fair and found me some great vinyl. Er… dream on. All those records and he couldn’t find just one for little me. The bag was empty, the record-lover’s equivalent of those shirts that say: “My dad went to New York and all he bought me was this lousy T-shirt.” Never mind. It’s a nice bag. For an empty one.
Do you buy or sell on eBay? It seems to me that prices have gone up a bit as we approach Christmas. The few things I’ve bid on have been a bit rubbish really, more gap fillers than gems, but I’ve fallen a long way short of the winning bids. Record Collector’s listings have been more sensible, with one seller offering a £2.50 sale with some great stuff on it, and a great selection of 60s titles kicking off the section. I prefer a set sale to an auction – I know a lot of people get a kick out of watching the price change and enjoy the uncertainty about what the record’s finally going to go for, but I’d rather know what I was paying and just pay it if I can afford it. It seems that a lot of records don’t have a price – they’re just worth what you can get for them. This clearly works for a lot of sellers, who might get more in an auction than they’d have asked for a set sale, but it’s equally likely that the final price will fall short of a record’s true worth. It’s a lottery – but at least you don’t have to listen to a ropey Gilbert O’Sullivan song on an advert for it, as you do on the ad for the UK’s Lotto game…
Wish I hadn’t mentioned that Gilbert tune-that-shall-remain-nameless. I think I owe you an antidote; hope that works.
Lots of stuff in the new issue of the magazine, in the shops from 5 December: expanded editions of The Collector, Single Cream, Not Forgotten and Live; a rare vinyl calendar; interviews with Roger Taylor and Ringo Starr; we hear from Ray Davies and Graham Nash about their new memoirs, we analyse the rise of the machines in the 80s, and speak to Harold Budd. Plus all the usual mad bits around the edges, and the chance to grab our latest Rare Vinyl Offer, a great album by Aubrey Small. RC: serious about music, in a fun kinda way.
Hope you have a great week, and remember, an album’s not just for Christmas, it’s for life.
Until next week,
Ian McCann, Editor
Incredibly rare [in this condition] 1971 AUSTRALIAN first issue 8-track vinyl LP on the 'swirl' Vertigo label complete with fold out full colour poster, unique front laminated embossed picture sleeve with lyrics on the back. The front of the sleeve takes its design from the first UK boxed issue but comes in a single pocket sleeve with an identical poster to the UK release. There is no 'swirl' inner as it never came with one. I feel like I should tell you so much more about this copy & describe its defects in minute & tedious detail, but I'm afraid I can't. It hasn't got any defects. This copy is as near to a 1971 shop bought copy as makes no difference. As far as we can tell, it looks like we were the first people to ever unfold the MINT poster. The whites on the sleeve are still white, with no edge scuffing at all & no wear. The vinyl is immaculate & if played, has been done so very carefully on top quality equipment & not very often. I don't often use this word in a description as it's used all too often to describe 'not bad' copies, but for this LP I will. MINT. There is no better copy in the Galaxy than this one!
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Never write off any technology, even when it seems to have been buried
The biggest surprise about the rise in vinyl record sales is the age of the buyers. A poll by the BPI, the UK music industry body, found that more than a third of the record enthusiasts were under 35 years old.
How do they even know what vinyl is? Surely their parents had converted to cassette tapes, if not CDs, by the time they came along?
Yet here they are, enthusing about the richness of a record’s sound, the delight of hearing a needle drop on to an LP and the beauty of cover art.
The BPI is forecasting that 700,000 vinyl records will be sold in the UK by the end of the year, the highest level since 2001 and double last year’s figure.
The same is happening around the world. More vinyl records were sold in 2012 than in any year since 1997, according to the IFPI, the international music trade body.
Any music you want is available at the tap on a screen. Pay a small monthly subscription to Spotify and you can listen to songs you haven’t heard for years, as well as whatever is new. And yet here are people buying old-fashioned records.
The lesson is that we should never write off any technology, even when it seems to have been buried by whatever came next. Cinema should have killed off theatre, video and DVD should have destroyed cinema, and downloads and streaming should have seen off the lot.
Yet almost 14m people attended London’s theatres in 2012, in spite of the attraction of the Olympics, says the Society of London Theatre. In 1986, the figure was a little over 10m.
More than two-thirds of Americans and Canadians went to the cinema last year, according to the Motion Picture Association of America, and, again, young people who have grown up with online movies and huge wall-mounted home television screens were particularly enthusiastic. The peak US age for going to the cinema is 25 to 39. The next biggest cohort of film-goers is made up of 18 to 24-year-olds.
What does it take for an older technology to survive, and thrive, in spite of the arrival of a new one? A sense of occasion seems to be a key.
Just as vinyl lovers enjoy the business of slipping a record out of its cover and placing it on the turntable, so there is the sense of anticipation as the theatre curtain goes up and you get your first glimpse of the set, waiting for the actors who are about to populate it.
The knowledge that those actors have to get it right every time, the communication they build with the audience as the play progresses and their palpable gratitude and relief as they take their bows are not rewards an audience can get from a film.
The cinema’s virtues are less tangible, but there is the same set of familiar accompaniments – the advertisements and the trailers, the large screen and, increasingly, 3D.
There are activities and technologies I imagine we will never want back. Does anyone have any nostalgia for music cassettes, with their mean little plastic boxes and their tapes with their tendency to stretch and break? Or for video films, whose only merit was that they kept their place, so that you could carry on watching where you last left off? It is hard to imagine, but who knows? If vinyl can return perhaps people will one day renew whatever love they had for tapes that take ages to rewind.
What other apparently doomed technologies will make a comeback when a young generation discovers their virtues? My tip: newspapers.
I would say that, you may think. But while the Financial Times remains committed to print, its declared future is “digital first” and we seem to be making a go of it. My future doesn’t depend on print newspapers surviving.
But newspapers have distinct advantages. I have written before of how I won a student audience around by laying out the virtues of print: it doesn’t need recharging, it is always “on”, it cannot be hacked.
Newspapers have advantages of their own. They are lightweight, disposable and resistant to the vagaries of life.
Recently, on the London Underground, the woman standing next to me apologised profusely. I looked down to see her coffee streaked across my FT. I wiped if off and carried on reading. There was none of the panic that accompanies contact between liquid and anything electronic.
There is something delicious about spreading a paper over a breakfast table and a serendipitous alighting on articles you might not have come across online. Young vinyl lovers, give papers a whirl.
Read the full article at the FT http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e579549e-5384-11e3-9250-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2mK2kHfFO
THE BEATLES The Beatles Christmas Album (Super-rare original 1970 US Apple label fan-club only 7-track LP featuring all the tracks from the Christmas flexi discs collated onto one album. This genuine pressing has hand scratched matices SBC-/-100A & SBC-/-100B, with the correct 'sf' & 'rifle' --<| symbol, along with the 'Bell Sound' script logo. There was just one original pressing manufactured at Capitol's Winchester, Virginia factory, housed in a unique pasted picture sleeve whichretains its original shrink. This copy was sealed when we bought it and has only been opened along the right hand edge to confirm it is a 100% authentic pressing. The record has never been played. Awesome!)
NIRVANA Local Anaesthetic (Rare 1971 Japanese 'swirl' label stereo vinyl LP, complete with Japanese/lyric insert, housed in an entrancing Keef designed gatefold picture sleeve. This was the fourth album to be issued under the Nirvana name andthe first post-Island outing. Heavily jazz-influenced, this release was essentially the work of a solo Patrick Campbell-Lyons. The heavyweight sleeve on this copy shows little in the way of shelfwear with just a little light scuffing at the corners &the vinyl is flawless with little sign of play at all - A wonderful copy! SFX-7381)
PINK FLOYD Pink Floyd - 20 Years 1967-1987 (Extremely rare 1987 Greek only limited edition FIVE LP box set, including More, Atom Heart Mother, The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here and Animals, with a fold out insert detailing the Floyd's history from 1967 in Hellenic script, all housed in a unique glossy white clamshell box. The sleeves all carry the relevant local catalogue number on the reverse and are with lyric inners on Animals and Wish You Were Here. The box shows minimal shelfwear & the contents remain near 'as new' - A superb copy!)
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Over 35? Then check out this list as you should know them all. It made us 80's popsters feel quite good about our own 'graceful' aging!
Blondie (looking good!)
Pete Burns (Dead Or Alive)
and so on...
LIVERPOOL FC The Kop Choir (1972 UK LP featuring recordings of The Kop terraces during matches against Chelsea and Bayern Munich, issued exclusively in conjunction with Watney's Brewers for the Watney's Cup sponsored competition, superb internal pocket gatefold picture sleeve with the classic 1972 team inside & Tommy Smith picture on reverse. There is a nice space underneath the team photograph for Autographs, which is where this LP REALLY begins to get interesting! WSR965)
BOB DYLAN Dylan (2007 UK limited edition triple CD box set, featuring a total of fifty one tracks from one of the few living legends still working in the field of music today, an original talent and songwriter with the voice of a generation. The CDs chronicle five decades of groundbreaking studio recordings and serve as both a comprehensive introduction for new fans and an expansive overview for long-time devotees. Each disc comes in its own mini LP-style card picture sleeve with die cut inner, complete with an extensive forty page booklet and ten 3½" x 4½" postcard prints, all housed in a magnetic clasp deluxe red felt lined cloth covered title box with tracklisting sticker on the reverse. This unique copy has had the front of the booklet clearlyAUTOGRAPHED by Bob 'To Susan, Best Wishes, Bob Dylan 2008' and, nicest of all, he's written the lyrics from the Chorus of 'Like A Rolling Stone' on the back in a little drawn cloud, which he has also AUTOGRAPHED & dated Oct 19 2008. A wonderful & unique thing of great beauty!)
LOU REED Magic & Loss (Scarce 1992 US Metal Memorial Edition 14-track promotional picture CD album including The Power & The Glory and Dreamin'. Housed in a custom hinged metal digipak case - still sealed in title stickered shrinkwrap)
It's 1983: Margaret Thatcher is re-elected as Prime Minister, Aberdeen beat Real Madrid to win the Cup Winners' Cup and seatbelts become mandatory in the UK.
But more significant than all of that is the launch of a global phenomenon - one which would weave itself into the very fabric of popular culture for the next three decades.
On November 28, 1983, the first Now That's What I Call Music is released.
Since then, a further 85 installments of the hit-collecting, chart-raiding compilation have been offered up to a perpetually loyal audience.
But what happened to those pioneering superstars who were lucky enough to feature on the first edition? A look through the tracklist reveals more drama than an EastEnders Christmas special.
Read the full version of the article here at the Telegraph.
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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'. This wonderous collection is housed in a 12¾" x 12¾" x 3" mail-order only card picture box,whichwas only available by sending the ten vouchers from the singles.
AC/DC Stiff Upper Lip (Official 2000 German in-house Platinum award, issued to acknowledge sales in excess of 300,000 in Germany of the album on CD, which reached No. 1 on the Media Control Charts, presented to Uschi Reckmeier, the Press Promotion Manager at EastWest. This award measures 23" square & features a copy of the CD mounted along with the artist logo, album title & album artwork engraved in metal with silver finish & black wooden frame. Very cool!)
KISS The Originals I & II (Hard to find 1977-78 Japanese 2 x 3-LP vinyl set, featuring 59-tracks in total, repackaging the albums Kiss, Hotter Than Hell, Dressed To Kill, Destroyer, Rock & Roll Over & Love Gun, with both parts housed in their respective gatefold sleeves with unique designs plus artwork inners, lyric inserts, photo booklets, a sheet of six fact filecards, a Kiss Army sticker, four masks... everything except the obi-strips.
Metallica are arguably one of, if not the, biggest Metal bands in the world. They have consistently had a die hard fan base spanning 3 decades. Next year they have been confirmed to invade Europe while taking a break from the studio where they are putting the finishing touches to 2009's Death Magnetic.
We recently picked up a colleciton with some fantastic Autographed Singles some, including a FULLY AUTOGRAPHED Japanese issue of One!
Below are just a few of the highlights!
METALLICA One - Super rare FULLY AUTOGRAPHED1989 Japanese CBS Sony orange label promotional-only large centred 7" featuring the Short Version, also including Breadfan, complete with the unique custom insert printed with tour dates on thefront and lyrics on the reverse. The insert and sleeve are both in excellent condition, but what makes this copy even more collectable is the fact it has been signed by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett & Jason Newsted across the front in a silver or black pen, these were obtained circa 1999 as Lars has also added the year to his signature and Jason left the band in 2001
METALLICA One - Rare AUTOGRAPHED 1988 UK promotional-only 7", featuring the Radio Edit and Album Version, custom printed blue tinted picture sleeve. The sleeve has only a few signs of storage wear whilst the vinyl is in superb condition.This copy has been boldly signed by James Hetfield in black and Jason Newsted in blue by their respective image on the front of the sleeve. Jason left the band in 2001
METALLICA Master Of Puppets - Ultra Rare AUTOGRAPHED 1986 French-only vinyl 7" single on the New Electric Way label, also including Welcome Home 'Sanitarium', original picture sleeve featuring the superb album artwork on the front and agreat group picture on the reverse. The sleeve has only a little light edgewear, but is otherwise superb whilst the vinyl is in beautiful 'near as new' condition. This copy has been boldly signed by James Hetfield on the front of the sleeve in a black marker pen, looks stunning
METALLICA Harvester Of Sorrow - Rare AUTOGRAPHED 1988 UK Vertigo injection moulded label promotional-only vinyl 7", which plays the same track on both sides, this was never commercially released as 7" single anywhere in the world; customblack & white picture sleeve. The sleeve has only a few light signs of storage wear whilst the vinyl is superb. This copy has been boldly signed by James Hetfield in black and Jason Newsted in blue by their respective image on the frontof the sleeve. Jason left the band in 2001
With some more fantastic Metallica items on their way in the next few weeks, make sure you keep your eyes peeled on 991.com for the latest arrivals!
Rare first issue original stereo Japanese vinyl LP manufactured by Nippon Grammophon Co. Ltd. in August 1968. Housed inside a unique picture sleeve that was only used for the Japanese release. The artwork is a complete departure from the familiar psychedelic imagery of the western releases. This copy also has the often missing one-sided continuation lyric sheet
ULTRAVOX One Small Day (1984 UK 3-track limited edition 12" vinyl single, featuring the 8:31 Special Remix Extra, 4:38 Version & Easterly, individually numbered picture sleeve. This copy has been clearly Autographed by Chris Cross, Billy Currie, Warren Cann & Midge Ure on the front of the sleeve in ballpoint pen VOXX2)
BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG Look For Love (This legendary US 1977 7" vinyl single is the earliest recording by the Green Day frontman, pressed by the Fiat label when Billie was just five years old. It is believed that less than fifty copies were pressed. This one comes with the original A4 fold out sheet music which has a picture of Billie on the front. Both the 7" and the sheet music are in immaculate mint condition - See 'More Info' for further details on this, the rarest Green Day item in existence!)
VELVET UNDERGROUND The Velvet Underground & Nico (Rare 1973 Japanese 11-track stereo LP issue of the astonishing 1967 debut, vastly influential and justifiably legendary, housed in the classic Andy Warhol designed pasted sleeve with glossy finish,unpeeled banana, Japanese/lyric insert and obi-strip. There are a couple of small hairline splits in the obi but otherwise the condition is excellent and the vinyl looks barely played MV2060)
South African records are scarce by nature, seldom seen and hard to come by. All the more tricky to procure are the kind of quite simply amazing finds we picked up recently from a fastidious collector of these unusual pressings who is now moving overseas and their prized possessions need the right new home.
From obscure collectables like Flibbertigibbet's 'Whistling Jigs To The Moon' (featuring members of cult folk-proggers Mellow Candle) and a never seen before double John Mayall LP to surprise finds like Camel's Mirage and the Yes epic Tales From Topographic Oceans, the offerings from this collection for such rarities is an astonishing haul all in one go. Other highlights include The Strawbs, ELP, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Bob Dylan plus some stunning examples of Pink Floyd's Meddle and Obscured By Clouds which feature bespoke cover stickers which are highly coveted themselves! For the label nuts out there, selections include gems issued or distributed on Interpak, Aritone and Gallo, snap them up!
Here are some of the full write-ups for these LPs that would not only finally fill in that long missing piece but elevate your collection to new levels!
FLIBBERTIGIBBET Whistling Jigs To The Moon (Mega rare original 1978 South African only 14-track Stanyan label LP pressed by 3rd Ear Music, the groups debut album featuring a contemporary take on traditional music, with Alison & Dave Williams from Mellow Candle. Issued in a picture sleeve with a pinched spine and comes with an illustrated lyric inner.
Apart from a small nick on the opening edge the sleeve has only a few minor storage marks mostly on the edges the same for the inner, both have no splits. The vinyl is in 'near as new' condition with only a couple of very light hairline marks and some light paper scuffs, the labels have no spindle marks. An outstanding copy of this rare hard to find pressing 3EE7002)
PINK FLOYD Obscured By Clouds (Rare 1972 South African issue 10-track LP with 'The Gramophone Ltd' label perimeter text and without any EMI logo, the soundtrack to Barbet Schroeder's French film, La Vallee. Matt finish flip back picture sleeve with the rare round orange 'La Vallee' sticker on the front, comes with a company advert paper inner. The sleeve has only a few signs of age with some minor general wear mostly on the edges and has a price sticker on the back, but has no splits of tears. The vinyl shows only light signs of having been played, but there is little lessening in sound quality and only has a couple of light spindle marks on the labels. A stunning copy of this seldom seen pressing and the first we have ever seen SHSPJ4020)
BOB DYLAN Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (1973 South African 10-track orange CBS label LP, featuring music from the soundtrack to the film including Knockin' On Heaven's Door, picture sleeve printed by Interpak with a sepia image taken from the film on the back. The sleeve has just a few minor signs of age with just some storage wear on the edges and a light sticker mark on the back, but with no splits or rips and no writing. The vinyl shows a few light signs of having been played with only a couple of noticeable surface marks, but there is very little lessening in sound quality. Overall an excellent copy and the first we have seen ASF1775)
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BARRY GIBB King Kathy (Rare 1970 UK solid centre 3-track fan club only 7" vinyl EP, playing at 33RPM & also including Summer Ends & I Can Bring Love, plain die cut paper sleeve.
QUEEN Hammer To Fall (Ultra rare 1984 UK 7" vinyl single, also including Tear It Up. This copy comes with the fantastic withdrawn 'live' picture sleeve! The vinyl and sleeve remain in fabulous mint condition QUEEN4)
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DAVID BOWIE David Bowie (Very rare & beautiful 1969 Australian original 9-track stereo vinyl LP, generally regarded as the first Bowie album proper but a commercial flop at the time [despite a stellar line-up & success of the Space Oddity single] hence its scarcity, housed in a single pocket front laminated sleeve depicting the original artwork based on Hungarian-born artist Victor Vasarely's piece 'CTA 25 Neg' [the 1972 re-release had a completely different sleeve] & here with a unique Australian-only design on the reverse. This is a stone MINT archive copy, impossible to repeat in this condition. Both the sleeve & vinyl remain near 'as new' - simply stunning! Investment grade PDS339)
If you've got gaps in your Iron Maiden collection, then look no further. 991.com has a haul of back catalogue material and rarities to help complete it.
You will have missed it, but you can still look at the uncut picture disc of The Trooper...
JIMI HENDRIX Axis: Bold As Love (Rare first issue original stereo Japanese vinyl LP manufactured by Nippon Grammophon Co. Ltd. in August 1968. Housed inside a unique picture sleeve that was only used for the Japanese release. The artwork is a complete departure from the familiar psychedelic imagery of the western releases. This copy also has the often missing one-sided continuation lyric sheet. Overall condition - sleeve: EX Plus / vinyl: MINT minus, see 'more info' for details...)