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  1. Amazing articles, Neal, especially your Beach Boys stuff! 

    1. I have one observation regarding the values of the “Surfin’ ” 45. I see you mention that “Surfin’ ” on the “X” label is the collectors standard. I would have to disagree. First of all Candix 331 is the rarest of the two. 

    2. Candix 331 has been sold multiple times for around $3,000. I have seen Perry Cox from Facebook sell a NM version and also Rockaway records around the same. 

    3. I think the confusion is its extremely difficult to find a really nice one. I see way more “X” records in really good shape. In almost every article I have read, the 331 version is more rare. 

    I have both versions in amazing condition so I am neutral.You can investigate this yourself.

    Keep up the amazing work!


    • I took the liberty of rearranging your comment into smaller paragraphs and numbered three of them. This makes it easier for me to respond coherently.

      First, for others reading this, Jim ‘s comments refer to the article “Mike Love’s Excitations and Good Vibrations” on this blog.

      Now, onto Jim’s comments:

      1. I did not call “X” 301 anything like “collectors standard.” I did assign it a higher suggested NM value than Candix 331.

      2. When I do these articles and assign values, I usually refer to eBay sales listed on Popsike. It’s easier and any reader can research my research by accessing that site. Both Perry and Gary at Rockaway have great reputations for grading and they often sell records for considerably more than some dude with an ad on eBay, Discogs, Etsy, etc.

      3. Using Popsike, I did a quick count of the number of copies sold on eBay since 2004:
      Candix 331: 60 copies
      “X” 301: 90 copies
      Candix 301 (all versions): 360 copies

      The highest prices paid for Candix 331 and “X” 301 in the $800-1,000 range for VG+ copies. Only a few copies were listed as NM. As Candix 331 was the first version released in 1961 and is the rarest version today, it should be—as you say—the most valuable of the two—far more valuable than the “X” record.

      Thanks for the comments and the compliments and keep on keepin’ on!

      PS1: The most complete infromation on these records can probably be found on Frank Daniels’ Friktech website: https://www.friktech.com/bb/CandixPressings.pdf

      PS2: An interesting conversation about these records can be found on The Endless Harmony website: https://endlessharmony.boards.net/thread/1449/candix-white-label-promo-surfers

  2. I have an RIAA gold record award for Johnny cash’s “I Walk the Line” with Columbia Records. It was presented to me during an event at the Museum in downtown Nashville. I’d like to sell it. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Derek Linn

  3. Hello.

    Tremendous website! I have spent a lot of time reading and re-reading. Your articles on record certification were very informative. 

    I have a query I hoped you may know more about than I do: Prior to the RIAA starting to certify albums for Platinum Record Awards in 1976, record companies had sometimes given out in-house platinum awards.

    Up until very recently, my knowledge of these wards consisted entirely of Atlantic giving Iron Butterfly’s In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida and Led Zeppelin III each a platinum award for sales of $2,000,000 each.

    Recently, I found out that other labels had done the same. Both Elvis Presley’s Loving You and Gladys Knight and the Pips’ Imagination had received in-house platinum awards for their respective sales of $2,000,000.

    So, my question is: Do you know how common a practice it was before the RIAA’s one million units Platinum Record Award began in 1976 for an album to get an in-house platinum award?

    Thank you


  4. Hey Neal,

    I have been having a personal Beach Boys revival because they’re my favorite group of all time (tied with Abba). What I’ve always wondered but can’t find anywhere, is that, with so many legit singers in the group, how did they decide on who did the lead on any particular track? 

    Did they try it out with different members and then choose or did Brian or Murray or whoever decide that a certain member would sing lead?

    I have only seen a few alternate lead vocals on YouTube for songs.

    • You can probably safely assume that from the beginning through 1967 (the Wild Honey album), Brian decided who sang lead. He certainly tried different members on some songs, but he seems to have known who should handle each new song’s lead.

      From 1968, other members of the group began writing songs (notably Dennis) with each writer singing lead on his songs.

      Hope this helps ...


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