Web Page No 2270
10th June 2016
Top Picture: John Lennon and the Quarrymen
Second Picture: Toby Tyler
Third Picture: Billy Nichols
Rare and Valuable Records
What are vinyl records worth, my information is a couple of years old but I am sure the value of some records, in good condition, will surprise you.
Among the many John Lennon recordings the following may not be the familiar: "Yeah, I'd like to say hi to all of you … The message is, you know – if you like it sell it, if you don't, try and sell it anyway cos we're all in the same business." This was his pep talk that can be heard on a recorded for EMI salesmen in 1974 to encourage them to push his new album. But as there were only a handful of copies pressed to get your hands on one will cost you over £2,000.
So what other records are worth a fortune? Here is a count down of the top twelve from the 1960s.
12 John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band You Know My Name Look Up The Number/What's The New Mary Jane? (1969,)£3,000
The A-side was a Beatles track, but after completing his version John Lennon planned to issue it as a solo 7in. The other Beatles prevailed upon him and a Beatles version was coupled with Let It Be. The B-side featured John, George and Yoko who were said to be out of their heads on the floor at EMI" – a wonderful psychedelic musical experiment.
11 John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band Unfinished Music No 1: Two Virgins (1968 ) £3,000
Following "The White Album" Paul McCartney and John Lennon began to explore tape loops. John found Yoko Ono and this album emerged out of an all-night session. EMI were especially reticent when John Lennon submitted the naked photo he wanted to use for the cover. Most of these mono copies were destroyed when he demanded that the record be remixed in stereo.
10 Tinkerbells Fairydust Tinkerbells Fairydust (1969) £3,000
This East End band cut their teeth on the pub circuit and had two flop singles for Decca. Their working of Spanky and Our Gang's Lazy Day tapped into the psychedelic vibe, so the producer suggested a new name and it was released as by Tinkerbells Fairydust. Lazy Day and a follow-up was not a hit and album sessions were halted after eight songs. The band was dropped by Decca. Test pressings were made of this 13-track LP, as well as a small number of albums with labels in finished sleeves. There are four known copies of the finished LP with labels.
9 Toby Tyler The Road I'm On (Gloria)/Blowin' In The Wind (1964,) £3,000
The name "Marc Feld" is crossed out on the label and "Toby Tyler" has been hand-written in. Toby Tyler became Marc Bolan. Both tracks were recorded in December 1964.
8 Billy Nicholls Would You Believe (1968)£4,000
On the Immediate label which collapsed in 1968 and the only survivors were these 100 finished promo copies of this album. It was packed with psych-tinged pop, with guest appearances from the Small Faces, Nicky Hopkins and an orchestra. A copy sold on eBay for £7,312 in 2009 and a VG+ copy went for £3,212 in 2007.
7 John's Children Midsummer Night's Scene /Sara Crazy Child(1967,) £4,000
Marc Bolan was briefly in John's Children. Midsummer Night's Scene was intended as their fourth single, but was withdrawn: stock copies are impossible to find.
6 The Beatles Please Please Me (1963) £4,500
This is for the first pressing with the right Northern Song publishing credits.
5 The Beatles Love Me Do/PS I Love You (1962,) £5,000
Demo copies of the first Beatles single have soared from £3,000 to £5,000 cementing its position as the most sought-after single by the group. Only 250 copies were pressed in 1962 to secure airplay and reviews for Parlophone's latest signing. Paul's name was spelt "McArtney". A copy sold for £12,000 in 2012.
4 The Beatles Please Please Me (1963,) £5,000
Parlophone had used the black/gold label for all album releases from 1957. The release of the Beatles' debut coincided with a decision to redesign the label with a yellow/black design from March 1963. By that time, the first two pressings of Please Please Me had been manufactured on black/gold labels. EMI made a small pressing of each batch in stereo, and this first pressing has Dick James Music credits.
3 The Beatles The Beatles (1968,) £7,000
This two-LP set holds the distinction of topping the charts upon release and being the rarest LP in the UK. What makes it so collectable is the decision by sleeve designer Richard Hamilton – in conjunction with Paul McCartney – to brand each copy with a unique number, thus every edition of "The White Album" – mono or stereo – was limited. Beatles collectors lust for low numbers and, back in November 2009, a mono 0000005 sold for £19,201, sleeve in very good condition.
2 The Quarry Men That'll Be The Day/In Spite of All the Danger (1981, 7in 45rpm and 10in 78rpm replicas of 1958 die-cut Parlophone sleeve) £10,000
In 1981, John Duff Lowe sold Paul McCartney the Quarry Men record for an undisclosed sum. Paul McCartney took it to Abbey Road for restoration before making a private pressing of 20 to 25 copies on 10in and 30 to 50 on 45rpm 7in. The labels reproduced the original with no mention of the Quarry Men. At Christmas, George, Ringo and others received copies. It has never materialised on eBay.
1 The Quarry Men That'll Be The Day/In Spite of All the Danger (1958,) £200,000
On 12th July 1958, a young Paul McCartney visited a recording studio for the first time with the Quarry Men. The five-piece – John Lennon (guitar/vocals), George Harrison (guitar), John "Duff" Lowe (piano) and Colin Hanlon (drums). For the studio time Paul paid either 11/6d or 17/6 the actual cost is unclear. The pressing was passed around when the Quarry Men split and ended up with John Duff Lowe.
So folks it is up into the loft and dig out those old records, you may, or may not, be sitting on a fortune!
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News and Views:
On this day 10th June 1960-1965
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Palladium (ATV) and the box office smash was Psycho. A pound of today's money was
worth £13.68 and London Burnley
were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 10/06/1961 the number one single was Surrender - Elvis Presley and the number one album was GI Blues - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was
No Hiding Place (AR) and the box office smash was One Hundred and One Dalmations. A pound of today's money was worth £13.25 and Tottenham Hotspur were on the way to becoming the Season's
Division 1 champions.
On 10/06/1962 the number one single was Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley and the number one album was Blue
- Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Lawrence of Arabia. A
pound of today's money was worth £12.89
and Hawaii were on the way to becoming
the Season's Division 1 champions. The big news story of the day was Ipswich Town England lose World Cup Quarter Final 3-1 to . Brazil
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United were on the way to becoming
the Season's Division 1 champions.The big news story of the day was 750th anniversary of Magna Carta. Manchester