PRETTY THINGS S.F. Sorrow. Rare original 1968 UK 13-track stereo vinyl LP on the blue & black Columbia label, recorded at Abbey Road and one of Britain’s very first rock concept albums, telling the story of Sebastian F. Sorrow from cradle to grave. The gatefold picture sleeve is laminated on the outside with inner flipbacks and album lyrics across the inner spread.
DAVID BOWIE David Bowie. Rare 1969 UK black & silver label 9-track stereo vinyl LP, generally regarded as the first Bowie album proper, featuring Space Oddity & the early masterpiece Cygnet Committee, gatefold matte picture sleeve.
Wham! “Make It Big” released 35 years ago today, October 23rd, 1984. Wham!’s second album was a massive smash and I absolutely loved it (this is my original copy from ‘84) – it went to #1 all over the world, including in the US and the UK. Fantastically crafted 80′s pop in the spirit of 60′s Motown (see the girl-group, wall-of-sound inspired “Heartbeat” in particular), Make It Big spawned four hit singles including the infectious dance track “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (#1 UK and US), “Careless Whisper” (#1 UK and US) whose sad 80′s sax still brings up the ugly heartbreak of 13 year-old puppy love (long-story short, I got ditched at a junior high school dance and this song came on and it was ugly), “Freedom” (#1 UK, #3 US) which is notable for its video recorded while Wham! was on tour in China (1984/85 height of Cold War tensions), and “Everything She Wants” (#2 UK, #1 US), which Wham! released as a double-A side along with “Last Christmas” which, while not on Make It Big, can also count as a hit single, reaching #2 in the UK and #25 in the US (#5 on the US Holiday 100 chart, which I didn’t know existed until now).
TRAVELING WILBURYS Volume One. Mega rare original 1988 Japanese Warner Bros issue 10-track vinyl LP with picture A-side label, picture sleeve complete with glossy 4-page Japanese text biography/lyric insert and matching title obi-strip. Thid example is in an amazing jaw-dropping near as new condition, you will not find a better copy!
RED HOUSE PAINTERS Red House Painters. Very rare 1993 UK 14-track double vinyl LP, single pocket picture sleeve with picture inners. This self-titled release is also known as ‘Rollercoaster’ due to the sleeve image, it’s another batch of classic introspective songs subsequently dubbed as ‘slowcore’ by the critics. The sleeve and inners show very little sign of wear, with just a little creasing to the opening lip and the vinyl has just a few light hairlines / scuffs, which have little or no impact on sound quality – a great copy of an elusive gem.
COOKIE MONSTER & THE GIRLS / THE POINTER SISTERS C Is For Cookie / Pinball Number Count. Rare 2003 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single featuring the Special Disco mixes by Larry Levan and Roy Thode. Includes the Funky Version and Sweet Version of C IsFor Cookie plus the exclusive Pointer Sisters’ Pinball Number Count [DJ Food Re-Edit]. With picture labels and housed in a die-cut picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some minor storage wear and the vinyl shows few signs of play.
JIMMY PAGE & THE BLACK CROWES Live At The Greek. 2019 UK Limited 20th Anniversary Audiophile Edition 20-track remastered triple 180gram White Vinyl LP issue of the 2000 live album recorded on 18th & 19th October 1999 and saw Jimmy Pageteam up with the Black Crowes for a two-night performance of material from the Led Zeppelin catalogue as well as old blues & rock standards. All three discs are BRAND NEW & unplayed housed in the tri-fold picture sleeve which remains sealed within its custom-stickered shrinkwrap.
BLACK CAT BONES Barbed Wire Sandwich. Monster rare Prog Blues/Psych 1970 first UK issue 9-track stereo LP, by the band who were originally formed by Simon Kirke & Paul Kossoff, before they left to form Free & featuring an early incarnation ofLeaf Hound, issued on the light blue & silver Decca Nova series label & housed in a front laminated picture sleeve with stereo/mono hole indicator on the reverse & blue-for-stereo company inner.
PAUL & LINDA MCCARTNEY Ram. Archive quality 1971 UK first issue 12-track vinyl LP with ‘An EMI Recording’ Apple labels, fully laminated gatefold picture sleeve & plain Apple paper inner. This copy was purchased and stored whilst the owner wasabroad, leaving it unplayed for nearly fifty years… and it shows, looking as if it was just plucked from the shelf of the record shop in 1971, impossible to beat – Ram On Indeed.
BEE GEES Bee Gees’ 1st. Rare 1967 UK 14-track stereo LP on the red Polydor label with A1/B1 matrices, featuring the hit singles New York Mining Disaster 1941, Cucumber Castle & To Love Somebody, front laminated mono picture sleeve with shop sticker on the reverse showing the stereo catalogue number. This is a one previous owner copy with minimal wear to the sleeve, the vinyl is near ‘as new’.