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Introducing The Beatles – COLLECT ‘EM ALL

Sunday, 3 March 2013

I spotted an article about the resurgence of the popularity of vinyl records recently. The Missus and I were discussing dumping our collection of LP records (actually, only the Missus was) and I remembered that I had some albums that might be of value to someone. The first one that came to mind was this:

IntroducingtheBeatles

I knew a little bit about the history of Introducing The Beatles. It was their first release in the US. Capitol Records and others had turned them down, but VeeJay Records took the plunge and released it in 1964. Quite the collector’s item for an audiophile, but what might it’s value be?

Copies list on Ebay with a surprisingly large spread for such a well-known rarity: $25-$900. Certainly the condition of the disc and album cover affects the value, but it’s still an odd price range.

Ebay Introducing The Beatles

So I went to fetch my copy of “Introducing…” and I found TWO – one a bit worse for wear, and the other in good shape. There were noticeable differences. The Copy A songs on the disc don’t match the album cover list, but those on Copy B do, and there is an obvious disparity in printing quality of the cover faces. Both copies have the “stereophonic” banner.

Front Covers

That’s my Copy A on the left with my Copy B on the other left. It’s a single photo of the two copies, side-by-side, cropped for posting.

Back Covers

Here are the reverse sides of the covers. Copy A is matte finish and faded; Copy B is glossy.

Introducing The Beatles V2 V1 Comparison

Here’s a detail with the bottom of the banners aligned. Both images were scanned and cropped with the same software. Obvious differences are obvious, and they’re even more obvious when one looks closer:

Introducing The Beatles Details

Kinda suspicious, eh? By now I was curious, and I found an article entitled “Collector’s Corner – ‘Introducing The Beatles’ (the world’s most counterfeited album)” penned by a guy who calls himself Happy Nat. The guy knows his stuff, and described the history of the album. There were two basic versions printed due to a dispute between VeeJay Records and Capitol records over recording rights.  I determined that my Copy A was Version 2, while my Copy B was Version 1. I also noted that the stereo versions are the rarest, and a genuine copy may be worth thousands, depending on other minor variations.

I was convinced that my Copy A was a counterfeit, but what about Copy B? I was drooling, so I emailed both Happy Nat and Gary Hein. (more…)

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Saturday Matinee – Dylan-Suess, Schlüsselfiedel, Humming House, Beatles, Sam Kinison

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Dr. Suess’ “Oh The Thinks You Can Think” is a video adaptation with music from the banned “Dylan Hears A Who.”

My new keyed fiddle (“Schlüsselfiedel” in German, “nyckelharpa” in Swedish). This instrument was common throughout the German speaking areas until the 17th century – from then on, it was kept only in the area of Uppland in Sweden, where the art of the instrument was rediscovered in the 20th century.

Humming House’s “Gypsy Django” is kinda fun. Tip ‘o the tarboosh to Bunkarina.

Remastered from the famous rooftop recording, I dedicate The Beatles’ “I Me Mine” to the hypocrites participating in OccupyWhatever, who are making the same mistakes and pulling the same stunts of decades ago.

The late Sam Kinison’s “Wild Thing” is pure awesome. [h/t brick]

And on this day, Awesome happened.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Shortly after recording what was arguably their best album at Abbey Road Studios, the Fab Four crossed that now famous intersection and posed for this publicity shot. (L to R: Paul, George, John and Ringo.)

Some say the Beatles were too popular, but you’ve got to admit that without “the British Invasion” of the 1960s there’d likely be no Tacky Raccoons.

[Image found here, crossposted here.]

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Update: This is disturbing.

Saturday Matinee – Axe Cop, Roadtrip, Original Stairway to Heaven, Mumbles, YaYa and the Wall of Death

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Axe Cop is Awesome. PERIOD.

Whoever added the Boots Randolph sound track to this car chase gets our respect.

In 1964, The Beatles wrote “Stairway to Heaven.” [Found here.]

Clark Terry’s classic scat “Mumbles” [from M @ Blogmocracy].

Gotcha some Buckwheat Zydeco with a cover of Lee Dorsey’s “YaYa.”

Might have posted this before, but I like the song. Originally recorded by Richard and Linda Thompson, it still kicks. Have a great weekend, folks.

Saturday Matinee – The Beatles, The Rutles, The Troggs, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, The Ape Man

Saturday, 5 December 2009

The history of the Beatles.  [Found here.]

“With a Girl Like You.” The announcer mispronounces the group’s name as “The Rutles.” Heh.

Here’s the Troggs’ original version of “With A Girl Like You”  from 1967. The Troggs got their name from Troglodytes, aka, cavemen, which brings us to this:

“Troglodyte” was one of the worst yet most popular funk trainwrecks ever. Recorded in 1972, the Jimmy Castor Bunch introduced us to Bertha Butt of the Butt Sisters. Boom shakalaka.

And now for our Feature Presentation: “The Ape Man.”
[Note that this is the 1971 original uncut version. Not for the squeamish.]
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[Secret bonus hidden videos: cbullitt snuck a couple into the comments  section on this post. If any of you have links to your favorite classics, email me at bunkstrutts@verizon.net and I’ll put ’em in the lineup rather than leave them hidden in the comments. –Bunk]

The .Gif Friday Post No.108 – Eat it, Walk it, Pump it

Friday, 4 December 2009

[Found  herehere and  here.]

The Post after the Previous Post

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Recorded in Liverpool, or possibly Hamburg, ca. 1960.

Saturday Matinee – Uke Covers! Yay!

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Excellent version of  The Foundations’ “Build Me Up Buttercup.”  You know she’s singing to YOU…  wait for it. (Bunkessa found this one.)

Well, gabba gabba hey.

*Jake Shimabukuro’s Ukelele Gently Weeps.

*Led Zep on Uke with eggs and sausage and hot coffee.

*Minitallica!

Don’t forget the trainwreck previously posted here.

Videos marked with (*) were recobamended by saraH, who should have her own website by now but doesn’t.  She’s been lurking around for a long time, dropping rare occasional comments about batmobile babe magnets.

[Tip ‘o the tarboosh to saraH… your eco-friendly VatoMobile is in the works.]

Paul McCartney’s Head Retrieved From Bum

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

…or “Lucky Bum Gets Head From Beatle“… or “Tramp Admires Sir Paul’s Bust“… or “Abbey Road Execs Accept Hobo’s Offer For Head.” (Your choice of headlines.  Way too many puns and obnoxious innuendi for this True Story, and I admit that I’m completely shameless for jumping on this one with both feet. I promise you it might not happen again.)

“The Magical Mystery Tour is over – the missing bust of Paul McCartney has been found by a rough sleeper in Reading who mistook it for a Halloween mask. Tramp Anthony Silva discovered the wax head while sleeping by dustbins near Reading railway station last Friday.

“After Anthony found the auction lot – using it as a pillow for four nights – he jumped the trains to the Abbey Road music studios in London… The mask’s authenticity was then confirmed.”

[Image and story from Arbroath.]


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