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a Freak Out labelography and price guide

THIS IS A LABELOGRAPHY and price guide for the ini­tial press­ings of the Mothers of In­ven­tion’s 1966 two-record album FREAK OUT! It is in­tended as a com­ple­men­tary piece to the ar­ticle “What Was the First Rock Double-Album of the ’60s?” Whereas that piece was for a gen­eral read­er­ship, this ar­ticle is in­tended for col­lec­tors (al­though many of those gen­eral readers can enjoy the photos and some of the history). [Continue reading]

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a blonde on blonde labelography and price guide

THIS IS A LABELOGRAPHY and price guide for the ’60s press­ings of Bob Dy­lan’s album BLONDE ON BLONDE. It is in­tended as a com­ple­men­tary piece to my ar­ticle “What Was the First Rock Double-Album of the ’60s?” Whereas that piece was for a gen­eral read­er­ship, this ar­ticle is in­tended for Dylan afi­cionados and record col­lec­tors. [Continue reading]

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about collectables and their alleged collectability and value

BUYERS AND SELLERS of collectables—whether records or mem­o­ra­bilia or Beanie Babies—often fail to achieve their goals of fi­nan­cial suc­cess be­cause they do not un­der­stand a few basic concepts on determining col­lec­tability and value of the “seldom found.” Be­cause this a record col­lec­tors web­site, I will gen­er­ally refer to records below, but you can sub­sti­tute al­most any other col­lec­table and the com­ments re­main vir­tu­ally un­changed. [Continue reading]

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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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my first record show as a dealer (rock of ages part 1)

WE HAD BEEN TOGETHER for a year when we fi­nally de­cided to make the move from the sultry sum­mers of the East Coast to the more mod­erate West Coast. It was 1978 and the dreams of ‘the six­ties’ didn’t seem so far off. Working two jobs each, we had saved the equiv­a­lent of $10,000 in to­day’s dol­lars. [Continue reading]

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thelonious monk columbia album discography & price guide

THELONIOUS MONK was per­haps the most styl­is­ti­cally and ar­tis­ti­cally idio­syn­cratic (and vi­sionary?) pi­anist and com­poser of his era. By the end of the ’50s, Monk was al­ready a legend among jazz mu­si­cians and afi­cionados. He had also had it with dealing with tiny River­side Records. As was and is common with mu­si­cians and their record com­pa­nies, there were dis­agree­ments over money. [Continue reading]

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antoine “fats” domino has left new orleans for the last time

I NEVER THOUGHT of An­toine “Fats” Domino as a rock & roll artist. I thought he was a rhythm & blues-based artist, maybe a boogie-woogie artist, def­i­nitely a New Or­leans artist. For some reason, white teenagers in the ’50s glommed onto him and the rest is rock & roll history.

I mean, yeah, when I was a kid in­her­iting my Aunt Judy’s 45 col­lec­tion, I thought every­thing in it was rock & roll, from great stuff like Fats and the Plat­ters to Fabian and silly jive like Who put the bomp in the bomp-bah-bomp-bah-bomp, who put the ram in the rama-lama-ding-dong? [Continue reading]

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the avid collectors’ guide to wild in the streets part 4

THIS IS PART 4 of the Avid Record Col­lec­tor’s Price Guide to Wild In The Streets. It ad­dresses in de­tail the four al­bums as­so­ci­ated with that movie and its music. The first three parts have been pub­lished, and with this part I fi­nally get around the a la­be­l­og­raphy and price guide for the records. [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]