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is “street fighting man” the most valuable picture sleeve in the world?

IN LATE AUGUST 1968, the Rolling Stones re­leased “Street Fighting Man” as the lead single for the un­re­leased BEGGARS BANQUET album. It was the group’s follow-up to Jumpin’ Jack Flash, which had been a world­wide smash. While it topped the Cash Box Top 100, for some in­ex­plic­able reason it stalled at #3 on the Bill­board Hot 100

As Street Fighting Man was of a quality sim­ilar if not quite equal to Jumpin’ Jack Flash, I as­sume now that everyone as­sumed then that an­other top-tenner was on the way. [Continue reading]

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the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 3

THE AVID COLLECTOR’S GUIDE to Wild In The Streets Part 3 ad­dresses records made that are as­so­ci­ated with this movie—both sin­gles and al­bums. All were re­leased in the wake of the very suc­cessful movie in 1968, but few were hits. Be­fore com­mencing, I rec­om­mend that you first readOn Wild In The Streets As Polit­ical And Social Satire” and then the first part of this four-part se­ries of ar­ti­cles about the movie and its music. [Continue reading]

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the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 2

THE AVID COLLECTOR’S GUIDE to Wild In The Streets Part 2 ad­dresses records made that are as­so­ci­ated with this movie—both sin­gles and al­bums. All were re­leased in the wake of the very suc­cessful movie in 1968, but few were hits. Be­fore com­mencing, I rec­om­mend that you first readOn Wild In The Streets As Polit­ical And Social Satire” and then the first part of this four-part se­ries of ar­ti­cles about the movie and its music. [Continue reading]

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the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 1

IN 1968, AIP’S NEW MOVIE was not about bikers, babes, and devils. While “Wild In The Streets” was an­other Amer­ican In­ter­na­tional Pic­tures ex­ploita­tion B-movie, it was also a clever com­bi­na­tion of black humor, so­ciopo­lit­ical satire, and some gen­uinely good rock & roll. The Avid Col­lec­tor’s Guide to Wild In The Streets Part 1 ad­dresses the records as­so­ci­ated with that movie and its music. [Continue reading]

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the kinks’ arthur album and related singles 1969

THE KINKS’ ARTHUR album of 1969 was a smashing suc­cess with the critics and the few fans that the once pop­ular group still had at the time. It sold better than any Kinks album had in re­cent memory, but barely graced the best-selling charts. ARTHUR has grown in pres­tige through the years and now both orig­inal press­ings and even reis­sues are sought after by collectors. [Continue reading]