Salon Du Disque de Montréal
April 26, 2014
5035 rue St-Dominique
Record Expo 2014
May 24, 2014
Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown
1005 Main Street
506 854 6340
October 19, 2014
Capitol Convention Centre
6435 Dixie Drive, Mississauga
Note: minimum order: 20$, buyer pays postage
Very rare mono Canadian press 1965, EverReady cover, RCA press,
name on cover, some cover wear
Polydor Canada with photo credits cover
Original Cream Label
We received some great feedback to the recent article about the first Beatles discography. The following additional sources were also excellent initial forays into the genre circa 1975-1976.
Mitch McGeary produced a self-published discography in January 1975 that included a Canadian Beatles LP listing on page 16 (including the Polydor LP Very Together), but no listing of the Canadian Beatles 45s. It was one-sided on yellow paper. McGeary's books evolved very quickly with 8 revisions within 12 months.
In 1976, Britons Roy Carr and Tony Tyler produced a great book called The Beatles, An Illustrated Record that showed that there was a market for a well written and well illustrated book about the Beatles records. Although it dealt with the British Parlophone releases and the original release dates, it included bootleg recordings, releases by other artists who covered Beatles songs that the Beatles did not release themselves, and some unique releases by artists related to the Beatles (Louise Harrison, Pete Best etc.). There were no Canadian releases mentioned in the book but it was a good place to figure out how the British releases differed from the North American releases.
Arno Guzek was a Beatles fan from Denmark and his book from January 1976 was more or less a very detailed database dump of every song recorded by the Beatles (with recording date, musicians, record number, bootleg etc.) along with any Beatles song recorded by anybody else. No Canadian records were included. Well worth looking for this. It was a work of art on its own. Arno listed his book sources on the final page and one of them was titled "A Beatles Discography" by Bill Kingston, but I have no further information on this. Any information would be appreciated.
In 1979, Mitch McGeary teamed up with William McCoy to produce a booklet "Every Little Thing" that documented "all known differences between the British and other worldwide pressings of Beatles and solo Beatle recordings and between all mono, stereo and quadraphonic pressings." It was 12 pages with a staple holding it together and was published by Ticket To Ryde Ltd. It was also sold at record shows.
When the 1980s came along, the entire Beatles discography idiom was completely altered by the arrival of two amazing (MUST HAVE) books by Mark Lewisohn.
The Beatles Live! - 1986
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years - 1987
And then one great (MUST HAVE) book by the late (great) Gareth L. Pawlowski:
How They Became The Beatles - 1989
In the mid 1990s the Internet came along to change the way we shared information about Beatles discographies around the world and we were now able to share information that was previously deemed "obscure".
This week we are taking a look at the beginnings of the term "Beatles discography". This web site has served as a portal for discographies on selected Canadian record labels as well as Canadian Beatles releases altogether. But way back in 1975-6, there were only a few places where you get could discography information about records already pressed for a given artist, in a given country. The earliest sources included:
These were fairly much only sent to stores who disposed of them as they received new ones. Unless you knew someone who worked at a record store, these were inaccessible.
- RPM Music Weekly (Canada, started in 1964)
- Billboard (USA) Cashbox (USA)
- New Music Express (England)
- Melody Maker (England)
- Disc and Music Echo (England)
- The Gramophone - Popular Record Catalogue (England)
Well you had to make friends who also collected records. We also developed a trading system with Pen Pals from other countries.
- Beat Instrumental (England)
- Zig Zag (England)
- The Rock Marketplace (Alan Betrock, USA)
- Who Put The Bomp (USA)
- Trans-Oceanic Trouser Press (USA)
- Goldmine (USA)
- Bam-Balam (Scotland)
- Comstock-Lode (England)
- Rock And Beat Tranquilizer (Pontus Von Tell, Sweden) * one of the very best!
- LARM (Sweden) Chatter Box (Germany)
- FORMAT (John Wagstaff, Germany)
- Record Collector (England)
In the 1970s, my brother and I subscribed to Bam-Balam and corresponded with its creator and publisher Brian Hogg. We also bought early copies of some of the magazines listed above. I corresponded with a few Swedish record collectors, including Pontus Von Tell. Some of these great publications allowed you to publish your wants lists and also records for sale.
- Beatles fan club (England and USA)
- Rolling Stones fan club (England)
- Monkees fan club (England and USA)
- Kinks fan club (England and USA)
The very first Beatles discography was published by Bob Maledon of Lake Orion, Michigan, USA in 1975. Bob included all of the Canadian albums and singles that were unique to Canada at that time. His level of detail was ground-breaking. The booklet was 23 pages and of good quality. Thank you Bob!
These booklets were printed in a very small number and are near impossible to find nowadays.
The following colour picture of Bob Maledon circa 1970-1971 was taken from a web site called Psychedelic Baby and was included in an article about a group called BOA who were based in Rochester, Michigan, USA. According to this blog post, Bob Maledon played the bass guitar in BOA.
Mark Lewisohn writes on April 3 2014:
"For me, it was Harry Castleman and Wally Podrazik’s All Together Now, and a privately published book by Dane(?) Arno Guzek. I also used the Beatles discography section at the back of Richard diLello's book The Longest Cocktail Party."
Note 1 - "The Longest Cocktail Party" was published in 1972 and included a great discography for UK and US Beatles discs. The discography did not include other countries. It is a terrific book written by an Apple insider.
Note 2 - "All Together Now" was first published in hard cover by the Pierian Press in 1976. It did include some early Canadian discs but not in a separate Canadian section. It was the best in class for many years.
Note 3 - "Beatles Discography" was privately published in 1976 by Arno Guzek. (Denmark, First Edition. Wraps., 1976. 8vo. Printed illustrated wraps. pp 72 (unpaginated). A thorough discography of the entire Beatles works.)
When I was studying at university in the early 1970s, one of my hobbies was to read the Rock And Roll press, and one of my favourite magazines back then was Crawdaddy. My brother had turned me on to that cool magazine in the late 1960s. It was a great way to find out what was really going on.
In the March 1974 issue of Crawdaddy, there was a terrific interview with John Lennon (recommended reading!). In several of the pictures, John appeared in a Los Angeles garden wearing a button that carried the slogan "Back To MONO". This was at a time when young adults were listening to their stereo albums on headphones, and Pink Floyd had just produced their magnum opus "Dark Side Of The Moon".
As it turns out, that little button carried a statement that resonated with me and I admired it. I was used to hearing singles, EPs and albums in both mono and stereo formats. So I looked for one of those little red buttons, and that took me ages, but I finally found one. It was the symbol of a small trend that was cool.
Record buyers like myself started wondering about mono versus stereo records in our collections, and it was around this same time that we began to look backwards at the evolution of Rock And Roll. Nuggets was a very cool "garage rock" package in 1973 that was a mono-fiesta. Even in the early to mid 1970s, British groups like Dr. Feelgood were issuing their albums in mono to capture a better, rawer sound. Punk groups that emerged in the 1970s cared little for stereo effects. But before that, there was a mono "Instant Karma" in 1970 with Phil Spector producing. MONO was directly associated with Phil Spector and his Wall Of Sound.
MONO recordings died a commercial death in early 1968 in North America. Death occurred a little later in England, as there were mono White Albums issued in November 1968, and mono copies of the Yellow Submarine album shortly after that. There were also mono editions of Let It Bleed by the Rolling Stones on Decca.
But in early 1968, the large North American record companies must have been pushing to stop pressing mono albums as it was simply more expensive to create two versions (eg mono and stereo) of each new album that was released. This was getting more expensive at a time when teens had finally migrated to the LP format in 1967, and were buying more albums than they ever had before. The Top 50!
Here are more than 50 LPs that were issued in Canada in MONO that will be of interest for record collectors as they are different mixes from their stereo counterparts.
The Beach Boys - Per Sounds, Smiley Smile, Wild Honey
The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour, Meet The Beatles, Second Album
The Pink Floyd - Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Manfred Mann - Soul Of Mann, Mann Made Hits
Paul Jones - Privilege
Peter And Gordon - Knight In Rusty Armour, In London For Tea
Dave Clark Five - You've Got What It Takes, Everybody Knows
The Yardbirds - Little Games
The Who - Sell Out
The Doors - first album, Strange Days (mono Canada LP not confirmed)
Reprise (Compo and Warner Brothers)
Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?, Axis Bold As Love
London / Deram
The Rolling Stones - Flowers, Their Satanic Majesties Request
John Mayall - Bluesbreakers, A Hard Road, Blues Crusade
Procol Harum - first self-title album on Deram
Cat Stevens - Matthew And Son, New Masters
Moody Blues - Knights In White Satin (Canada mono LP not confirmed)
Fontana / Mercury
Manfred Mann - As Is (mono)
Troggs - Love Is All Around (Canada mono LP not confirmed)
The Kinks - Something Else By The Kinks (very rare in mono)
The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday, Notorious Byrd Brothers (Canada mono LP not confirmed)
Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding (Canada mono LP not confirmed)
Simon And Garfunkel -Parsley,Sage,Rosemary & Thyme, Bookends (mono LP not confirmed)
Miles Davis - ESP, Miles Smiles
The Hollies - Evolution, King Midas In Reverse
Donovan - Sunshine Superman, Mellow Yellow
MGM / Quality
The Animals - Winds Of Change, The Twain Shall Meet (Canada LP not confirmed)
Soundtrack - Blow Up (with Herbie Hancock)
Monkees - Birds, Bees and The Monkees
Jefferson Airplane - Take Off, Surrealistic Pillow
Paupers - Magic People
The Velvet Underground - And Nico, White Light, White Heat (self titled, mono cover exists but has gold foil stereophonic sticker and stereo disc inside - mega rare)
Warner Brothers (Compo and Warner Bros.)
Grateful Dead - first album
Kensington Market - Avenue Road
Cream - Fresh Cream (Musimart edition)
Gord Lightfoot- Did She Mention My Name?
Easybeats - Falling Off The Edge Of The World (mono LP not confirmed)
Traffic - Reaping
Any help to confirm the TBD mono releases (Byrds, Dylan etc.) listed above would be appreciated.
While we lamented the loss of the dual audio formats in 1968, it has created a niche for record collectors, and some of the very last issue mono LPs from 1968 are well worth hunting down.
This past weekend I was delighted to find out something new that I did not already know. Hooray!
And this happened TWICE!
Well, we are getting close to St. Patrick's Day (March 17th !), so I thought we would do something "green" for this month. And Randy Bachman always says on the closing of his great weekly CBC radio show, the Vinyl Tap, to "do something green". So right Randy, here we go!
Last week, I was rummaging through some records at an antiques market and found a nice copy of the 1967 album by The Shadows called "Shadows '67". An album well worth looking for.
The seller wanted a reasonable $10 for it. While I already had the album in my own collection (it was issued in both mono and stereo in September 1967), I took the extra time to examine the disc inside and to my surprise it was a green target label issue from late 1969 or possibly early 1970. This Compo press was made around the same time as the green target re-issue pressings of Pink Floyd's "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" and "A Saucerful of Secrets", and the Beatles' "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".
"Shadows '67" was an odd choice for a green target label reissue, as it was not a big seller for Capitol the first time around in the fall of 1967. I guess somebody at Capitol wanted it re-issued. The other Compo "re-issues" from the same time included "The Hits Of The Yardbirds" , "The Hits Of The Dave Clark Five", and "Hits Of The Hollies". There were also RCA pressed green target label re-issues around this time including Ron Goodwin's "Elizabethan Serenade". All of the green target reissues were stereo only, as the mono format had been phased out in 1968.
For hard core label-ologists, you can clearly see from the above two label images that there were two entirely different sets of labels used by Compo. Some are "olive green" and some were "lime green". Why do these label differences show up on many Capitol LPs from the period ? And to confuse things even further, they show up on both Compo and RCA pressings. Another area for collectors to explore!
I know of some collectors who take digital pictures of the labels, and others who carry a magnifying glass to get a closer look at label specifics. These are great tools for the hard core label hunters!
A fellow collector from British Columbia recently came across a nice mono copy of "Stay With The Hollies" that was still in the original tight shrink wrap. He told me that when he checked the near mint disc inside, he discovered that it was a "brackets copy", with brackets around the word Canada on the label perimeter, indicating that this was a later mono pressing by RCA Victor, possibly from 1967. I for one, was not aware of this later pressing. Images of the label will follow soon.
If you encounter "something new about something old (and cool)", please let us know by emailing us at "email@example.com".
"Interesting! The article prompted me to pull out my green targets and have a look. Here's the results:
Meet The Beatles - RCA / olive
Second Album - RCA / olive
Something New - RCA / olive
Early Beatles - RCA / olive
Beatles '65 - RCA / lime
Beatles VI - RCA / lime
Help - Compo / lime
Rubber Soul - Compo / lime
Yesterday & Today - Compo / lime
Yesterday & Today - Keel / lime
Revolver - Compo / lime
Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Compo / olive (has odd cover with both cat. #'s on back)
Magical Mystery Tour - Compo / lime
I hadn't noticed the difference before, but when you lay the two side by side, it's quite obvious."
Early Beatles - olive RCA
Something New - olive RCA
Beatles 65 - olive RCA
Something New - Lime
Beatle VI - Lime
Beatles VI (gold stamp) - Lime
Help! - Lime
Rubber Soul - Lime
Yesterday and Today Compo - Lime
Yesterday And Today Keel - Lime
Pepper - Lime
Magical Mystery Tour - Lime
2nd Album - Lime
Early Beatles - Lime (maybe very slightly darker…)
Here is the cool interview with Paul White that was featured by the CBC to commemorate the Beatles 50th anniversary of Beatlemania in Canada. The Interview was conducted by CBC National producer Perlita Stroh in January 2014 via arrangement with Piers Hemmingsen. Used here with permission. The clip was aired at the same time as the special CBS exclusive Beatles TV show "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" on February 9, 2014. So for those who missed the interview because they were watching the historical reunion of Paul and Ringo on television, here, for your viewing pleasure, is the 5 minute clip in its entirety.
The music industry really gave its all for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles in the USA, issuing a brand "new" box set, preparing a 2 and a half hour TV special after the Grammys (a show that will now soon be aired all around the world), and lately, Apple (computers) have issued a remastered 15 minute film clip of the band's historical first Ed Sullivan Show performance from February 1964. The temporarily available film is accessible for free on iTunes, and more interestingly, through Apple TV devices, so rush up to your computer, access the iTunes Store and take a few minutes to enjoy a great show that was seen by a record audience 50 years ago!
Fifty years ago tonight I sat with my family in the cold basement of our home in Petawawa, Ontario and watched The Beatles "blast off" on the Ed Sullivan Show. The show was broadcast across Canada by the CBC television network in black and white on that winter evening.
Our family had moved there from England in the summer of 1963, and we had seen the Beatles on British television earlier that same year when they had topped the British charts with their second British Parlophone single Please Please Me. We were a unique family in Canada I suppose because we had heard and seen the music of the Beatles pretty much right from the start.
Fast forward 50 years and their music is still fresh and vital today. And Canada certainly still loves the Beatles. So much so in fact that over the past few weeks, there have been some great articles in the Canadian Press celebrating Canada's very own Beatles history. A history that pre-dates the Sullivan shows of February 1964 by many months.
Some recent Canadian newspaper articles we can recommend include the following.
Bruce Ward wrote a great couple of articles for the Ottawa Citizen (January 20, 2014).
Robert Everett-Green wrote a great piece in yesterday's Globe And Mail (February 8, 2014).
Stephanie Maclellan wrote a fan-based piece for the Toronto Star yesterday (February 8, 2014).
John Einarson wrote a nice fan piece in the Winnipeg Free Press today (February 9, 2014).
Tonight is very special for all Canadian Beatles fans too because the CBC will air an exclusive interview with Capitol's very own Paul White on the nightly news program The National at 10 pm. The interview was recorded in Toronto a couple of weeks ago.
The Paul White interview this evening is not to be missed.
Sunday February 9 2014
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles playing the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. For the occasion, CBS will be airing a 2-hour special show commemorating the event at 8:00 pm (EST), the very hour at which the original show was aired in 1964. Many artists will be honouring the Beatles tonight, notably Stevie Wonder, Eurythmics (reunited), and Maroon 5. Of course, the highlight will be the reunion of the remaining two Beatles on stage: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who will perform a few Beatles songs for the delight of all Beatles fans around the world!
In The Grammy's organization's own words: "The two-hour show was taped on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, the day after the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound". Don't miss this historical event, If you don't already have the CBS channel in your cable plan, it will be well worth adding it for this month!
For more details, please visit both CBS and the grammy's websites: http://www.cbs.com/shows/the-night-that-changed-america/ http://www.grammy.com/news/grammy-beatles-special-to-air-feb-9-2014
In the midst of craziness surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' venue in the USA, Beatles records sales are still reaching sky high summits that would make many contemporary artists jealous... From the new iTunes exclusive compilations and "new" box sets that feature very little new material, to online sales of original 60s pressings, the Beatles clearly still hold a top spot in music fan's collections. Here are some of the interesting items that sold in early 2014:
First, retro rainbows were very popular this last month: a hard to find retro rainbow pressing of Meet The Beatles sold for 31$, A library copy of the HELP! album on the retro rainbow label sold for 64$, while a test pressing of the red album by the same collector sold for 61$ with a generic hand written white sleeve, and finally, a pressing of the UK format Rubber Soul (CLJ series) sold for 22.50$.
Special items also marked the beginning of 2014: a Gold Box series of the Abbey Road reel tape sold for an impressive 185$, while a special pressing of the 1978 marbled Sgt Pepper with different colours (probably a test made at the pressing plant) sold for 600$! But the most impressive item this week was actually an "almost-sale"... A sealed copy of the Canadian Let It Be box set was put up for auction, and reached a mind blowing 2050$, but unfortunately, the owner had put a higher reserve price and the record hasn't found a new owner yet.
In the 45s department, hard to find target 45s were at the top of the sales last month: I don't Want To Spoil The Party sold for 36$, And I Love Her sold for little less at 22$ for a VG+ copy, and Twist And Shout sold for 35$. Otherwise, the always popular Canadian pressing of the Four By The Beatles EP with the Parr's sleeve (NM) sold for 587$
The Beatles are great, but other artists (sometimes unfortunately not as widely known, but still as interesting) also still sell well all these years later, and are worth noticing. Many of them were indeed featured on a 60s compilation from the 6000 series, called Sound's Great, and featured the Yardbirds, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Adam Faith and Billy J Kramer. This sought after record sold for 27$ last month, while Ian Withcomb's Mod, Mod, Music Hall sold for 20.50$. Tommy Steele's hard to find 6000 series album So This Is Broadway LP sold for 12$, and Jackie Lomax's rare Apple 45 New Day/Thumbin' A Ride sold for 40$.
A quick update to announce that the new Beatles CD Box Set of all the American albums will be released tomorrow, the 16th of January in the UK, and will be available in Canada next week. Will you be picking up a copy?
The Everly Brothers are a hugely essential part of the pack of pioneering Rock And Roll artists to emerge in the 1955-1956 period. They hit gold in 1957 with Bye Bye Love. Their vocal harmonies have often been imitated but never equalled. The sad news of the passing of Phil Everly yesterday brings an end to the joys of listening to their harmonies live in concert. It was always pure magic - nothing else could match their brotherly harmonies.
I saw the Everly Brothers sing in concert in Canada a few times over the years and their live vocals surpassed anything I had ever heard by them on record. They always brought along a good band of the very best musicians to perform behind them.
They headlined a tour of Canada in 1958 with Buddy Holly and the Crickets among others. Their music was issued in Canada on 78, 45, EP and LP, starting in 1957. They were one of the first Rock And Roll acts in Canada to issue an LP in stereo. The Fabulous Style Of The Everly Brothers (Compo/Cadence 1960) is a terrific album in stereo. The Everly Brothers invented "Country Rock" long before The Byrds took off with that in the late 1960s.
In the 1950s their initial discs on Cadence were issued in Canada by Apex (Compo). They would switch to Warner Brothers (also Compo) in the early 1960s and the two periods - Cadence and Warners - are classics. So many hits on both labels.
Their songs about dates, problems, and the insecurities of relationships took them to the top of the Canadian charts in the 1950s. But they evolved the Pop / Rock idiom after that. Check out their classic mid 1960s LP with the Hollies called "Two Yanks In England" for example. They took excellent Hollies material and made it even better, which would have been an impossible task to pull off. The Hollies had mined the Everly Brothers sound when they started out in Manchester.
Then the Everlys "walked right back" in 1967 with Bowling Green. A great song which they performed on Ed Sullivan.
In 1983 they performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London and that concert thankfully was filmed and can still be savoured. Watch that film if you have never seen it.
You can hear the influence of the Everly Brothers in just about any great vocal group from the 1960s, including the Beatles and Crosby Stills And Nash.
Paul McCartney was always a big fan and he wrote the great track On The Wings Of A Nightingale for them in the early 1980s. Listen to the lyrics "Phil And Don" in Sir Paul's song "Let Em In" from the 1976 LP Wings At The Speed of Sound ... "Phil and Don" follow Martin Luther.
Phil and Don were brothers and they had their own brotherly angst to deal with. This is no different from Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks, the Gallagher brothers (Noel and Liam) of Oasis, the Wilson brothers (Beach Boys) and perhaps The Smothers Brothers. Legal entanglements and periods of estrangement were part of the history of Don and Phil Everly. Nuff said.
But at the end if it all, the Everly Brothers are true giants / pioneers of Rock And Roll - on a par with Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and Elvis. Great singles and great albums they have left us.
Now they can perform no longer. Their perfectly matched vocal harmonies on a brand new album called "Foreverly" were recreated recently by Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones and this new album has introduced the harmonic brilliance of Phil and Don Everly to a whole new generation. So, a Long Time Gone ... here are ten songs to appreciate the sheer brilliance of The Everly Brothers:
1. Bye Bye Love (1957 single, Cadence)
2. Bowling Green / Love Of The Common People (1967 singles, Warner Brothers)
3. When Will I Be Loved (1960 single, Cadence)
4. On The Wings Of A Nightingale (1984 single, Mercury)
5. Brand New Heartache (1960 single, Cadence)
6. Let It Be Me (1960 single, Cadence)
7. Wake Up Little Susie (1957 single Cadence)
8. All I Have To Do Is Dream (1958 single, Cadence)
9. Somebody Help Me (1966 - Two Yanks In England LP )
10. Man With Money (1965 single, Warner Brothers, B-side of Love Is Strange)
And there are so many others (Cathy's Clown, Till I Kissed You, Walk Right Back etc. etc. etc.).
We have had a very busy year here at Capitol 6000, and we thought it would be nice to end the year 2013 on some high-notes with a little "Kool-Yule" music for the Holidays.
Now some of the tracks listed below are quite obscure and you may not have heard one or two of them before. All of them have been pulled from the discographies held on this web site. If anyone can help with a link for the Barry Allen track that would be nice. Can you spot the tracks that were not by Canadian artists ?
Hurry, Santa, Hurry ! by Barry Allen
(Capitol 72315, December 1965)
(listen at - ER ... WELL, MAYBE SOMEONE CAN DIG THEIR COPY OUT AND SEND US A LINK ? )
So put the fire on, get something nice to drink, cozy up with someone you really like, and fire up your iPad to hear these tracks all over again. And if you have any other suggestions for our list, please send your track suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Holidays from Capitol6000
This week, we have heard of a few new releases announced for Beatles material, some new, some not so new...
First, Apple announced the release of yet again a new box set, this time containing the US catalog on CD for the first time. In reality half the box set is a first time release, with albums like the Beatles Story, Yesterday and Today (regular and Butcher cover), and Hey Jude, but the other half is pretty much identical to the "capitol Albums vol 1 and 2" from a few years back. Will we buy it? most likely... Are we excited about it? Well, a new Beatles release is always exciting, but the material here is nothing we haven't heard before, especially since it does not seem to be a remastered box set. You can read all the details on the offical Beatles website.
Also, another more intriguing release has been announced on the underground blogs: an iTunes exclusive album called "The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963". Apparently, Apple releases this to gain rights over all these previously unauthorized releases, once and for all. According to the Examiner, European law states that "if the tracks are released by the end of 2013, before the 50-year-anniversary of their first publication, those copyright protections will be extended 20 years, otherwise they'll go into the public domain, which has already happened with "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You."
The album has been released mostly in Asian countries, while the UK and North America still awaits the release. Unverified rumours suggested it would be available only for a limited time, and it seems some countries already removed their iTunes link only a few days after the release; so if your local iTunes store finally offers it, don't waste too much time to get your copy!
According to the Examiner who did a quick A-B comparison test, this releases is a good upgrade to bootlegs we heard before, offering a much fuller, richer sound. The album contains a few alternate studio takes of early songs, and 44 BBC tracks not issued on either previoulsy released BBC albums. Another rumour claims a volume 2 might already be in line for the next few weeks... Which would seem to make sense if the copyright issues are indeed one of the motivators to release this album.
The album was released on December 17 in Canada, and was still available at the time of writing of this update. Some Asian countries offered the album for only a few hours, so fans wondered if the album would be released here at all! It is still uncertain if this is temporary or a permanent selection, but one thing for sure, neither Apple nor Universal announced this album: no press release, no preview, nothing, not even on the official Beatles website. It did not keep the album from topping the charts on the day of release, starting at #4 in the UK, and reaching #1 here and in the USA.
I have listened to the album myself, and without having compared it directly to the bootlegs we knew, the tracks do seem much brighter, fuller and suffered less compression. The material is nothing new, really, for those who heard of brilliant bootleg series like Unsurpassed Masters or Ultra Rare Tracks, but to hear it in such good quality does make a difference. A glimpse inside the studio is always interesting, especially when we can here the guys chat and try out ideas; fortunately, the first few tracks on the album show exactly that, running through the most important takes of the Beatles compositions from their first album. If one wanted to be picky, it would have been nice to hear takes further away from the quasi-final chosen master take we are used to, that are only missing a few overdubs - everyone is hoping to hear different takes on their known classics! Nevertheless, this part of the album is still very enjoyable and well worth the taking the time to listen to.
As for the BBC tracks, it goes both ways: some sound better, some unfortunately don't... yet, although we have had our share of redundant BBC tracks lately, the selection here is almost as interesting (if not more) than the newly released BBC volume 2 album, offering more of these non-traditional Beatles tracks, like "Some Other Guy", "Too Much Monkey Business" and " I Got To Find My Baby".
In the end, the album is interesting for collectors who wish to hear more Anthology-like material (that has in reality been released only to protect copyrights), but keep in mind that these 59 tracks will require you to invest 40$ of your hard earned money. Once in a while is fine, but if rumours are true, there could be more than one of those every year, and it seems Apple plans on staying quite unpredictable on the matter... So save up your dimes in a sock, because nobody knows when (or if) a similar "volume 2" will be available!
Here is the link to a CBC news segment on the release of the album:
Here is the lineup of this new album:
1. “There's A Place” - Takes 5, 6. 2:19
2. “There's A Place” - Take 8. 1:58
3. “There's A Place” - Take 9. 2:04
4. “Do You Want To Known A Secret” - Track 2, Take 7. 2:17
5. “A Taste Of Honey” - Track 2, Take 6. 2:12
6. “I Saw Her Standing There” - Take 2. 3:07
7. “Misery” - Take 1. 1:54
8. “Misery” - Take 7. 1:56
9. “From Me To You” - Take 1 & 2. 3:24
10. “From Me To You” - Take 5. 2:17
11. “Thank You Girl” - Take 1. 2:09
12. “Thank You Girl” - Take 5. 2:04
13. “One After 909” - Take 1 & 2. 4:29
14. “Hold Me Tight” - Take 21. 2:42
15. “Money (That's What I Want)” - RM 7 Undubbed 2:48
16. “Some Other Guy” - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 26th January, 1963. 2:02.
17. “Love Me Do” - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 26th January, 1963. 2:31
18. “Too Much Monkey Business” - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 16th March, 1963. 1:50
19. “I Saw Her Standing There” - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 16th March, 1963. 2:38.
20. “Do You Want To Know A Secret” - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 25th May, 1963 1:50
21. “From Me To You” - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 26th May, 1963. 1:54
22. “I Got To Find My Baby” - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 26th January, 1963 1:59.
23. “Roll Over Beethoven” - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 29th June, 1963 2:29
24. “A Taste Of Honey” - Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 23rd June, 1963 2:01
25. “Love Me Do” - Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 20th October, 1963 2:29
26. “Please Please Me” - Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 20th October, 1963 2:08
27. “She Loves You” - Live At BBC For "Easy Beat" / 20th October, 1963 2:29
28. “I Want To Hold Your Hand” - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 21st December, 1963 2:19
29. “Till There Was You” - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 21st December, 1963 2:16
30. “Roll Over Beethoveen” - Live At BBC For "Saturday Club" / 21st December, 1963 2:16
31. “You Really Got A Hold On Me” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 4th June, 1963 2:54
32. “The Hippy Hippy Shake” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 4th June, 1963 1:43
33. “Till There Was You” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" /11th June, 1963 2:14
34. “A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 18th June, 1963 2:06
35. “A Taste Of Honey” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 18th June, 1963 1:56
36. “Money (That's What I Want)” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 18th June, 1963 2:41
37. “Anna” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 25th June, 1963 3:02
38. “Love Me Do” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 10th September, 1963 2:29
39. “She Loves You” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 24th September, 1963 2:16
40. “I'll Get You” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 10th September, 1963 2:05
41. “A Taste Of Honey” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 10th September, 1963 2:00
42. “Boys” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 17th September, 1963 2:12
43. “Chains” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 17th September, 1963 2:22
44. “You Really Got A Hold On Me” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 17th September, 1963. 2:57
45. “I Saw Her Standing There” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 24th September, 1963 2:41
46. “She Loves You” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 10th September, 1963 2:15
47. “Twist And Shout” - Live At BBC For "Pop Go The Beatles" / 24th September, 1963 2:36
48. “Do You Want To Know A Secret” - Live At BBC For "Here We Go" / 12th March, 1963 1:55
49. “Please Please Me” - Live At BBC For "Here We Go" / 12th March, 1963 1:57
50. “Long Tall Sally” - Live At BBC For "Side By Side" / 13th May, 1963 1:49
51. “Chains” - Live At BBC For "Side By Side" / 13th May, 1963 2:23
52. “Boys” - Live At BBC For "Side By Side" / 13th May, 1963 1:53
53. “A Taste Of Honey” - Live At BBC For "Side By Side" / 13th May, 1963 2:04
54. “Roll Over Beethoven” - Live At BBC For "From Us To You" / 26th December, 1963 2:17
55. “All My Loving” - Live At BBC For "From Us To You" / 26th December, 1963 2:06
56. “She Loves You” - Live At BBC For "From Us To You" / 26th December, 1963 2:21
57. “Till There Was You” - Live At BBC For "From Us To You" / 26th December, 1963 2:12
58. “Bad To Me” - Demo 1:29
59. “I'm In Love” - Demo 1:32
It is time for the last Recent Sales column for 2013!
In the non-Beatles portion of this column, Pink Floyd's Piper's album sold for 150$, the extremely rare Don't Make Me Over by the Swinging Bluejeans sold for 357$ in the shrink, and the almost equally rare Eternity's Children Timeless album sold for 406$. The withdrawn House of the Rising Sun sold for 25$ this time, while Harry Nilsson's Spotlight on Harry sold for 33.50$, and while Rolf Harris's It's A Rolf Harris World for 8$. The Wes Dakus album changed hands for 77$, and Sounds Incorporated sold for 23$ while Billy J Kramer's Twelve Hits found a new home for 10$.
The column would not be complete without our traditional Beatles sales section! First, Sie Liebt Dich sold for an impressive 410$, and Do You Want To Know A Secret sold for 305$, while other copies sold for around 55$ each. Another interesting item that sold was a batch of rare Canadian Reel Tapes (Meet The Beatles, Revolver, Sgt Peppers, The White Album, Hey Jude and Let It Be - most of them from the 70s Gold Box series) sold for 385$. The rare Twist And Shout 45 on the target label sold fro 25$, while All My Loving on the same label sold for 40$, and an early pressing of Beatlemania with the Capitol promo picture usually found with the Twist And Shout album sold for an impressive 333$. The Canadian Ain't She Sweet album sold for 50$, while the Canadian MGM album and its hard to find Why Single sold for 173$ and 21$ respectively, a pretty good deal for the single! Finally, the always popular Let It Be Box Set sold for 100$.
1. It was the fifth and final Beatles single to be issued by Capitol of Canada on its new 72000 series of 45 rpm discs during 1963.
1st was Capitol 72076 - Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You
2nd was Capitol 72090 - Please Please Me / Ask Me Why
3rd was Capitol 72101 - From Me To You / Thank You Girl
4th was Capitol 72125 - She Loves You / I'll Get You
and 5th was Capitol 72133 - Roll Over Beethoven / Please Mister Postman
As such it completed a perfect run of five great 1963 Beatles singles selected by Capitol`s Paul White for release in Canada, and this was amazingly before any Beatles single had been released by Capitol in the USA.
2. It was the very first Beatles single in North America to differ from a British Parlophone coupling. The second single to differ from its British pairing would be I Want To Hold Your Hand / I Saw Her Standing There which was issued by Capitol USA in January 1964.
3. Both sides of the single were pulled from the album Beatlemania! With The Beatles. The primary purpose of the new Beethoven single was to promote sales of the very first Beatles album in North America, ahead of the Christmas 1963 gift giving season.
4. All copies of the single were pressed for Capitol of Canada by RCA Victor at their Smiths Falls, Ontario pressing plant.
5. This was the first Beatles single that was NOT dubbed from a British Parlophone single. Both Roll Over Beethoven and Please Mister Postman were tracks that were mastered from the imported EMI tape reel containing the tracks for the album released in Canada on November 25th, 1963. As a result, the CC prefix was used on the label and is an acronym for Canadian Capitol. The four previous Beatles singles issued by Capitol during 1963 had been dubbed from a Parlophone record sent to Capitol in Toronto from England and had all used the EMI prefix 7XCE.
6. Oddly, neither side was penned by the Beatles, so sales of the disc in Canada probably did not add too much to Beatle bank accounts. But two American song writers, Mr. Berry and Mr. Holland, were not complaining.
7. Thousands of copies of the single were exported to the USA to meet Beatlemania demand in early 1964. American juke box strips like the one pictured above were prepared for the thousands of juke boxes all over the USA (NOTE - image of juke box strip appears by courtesy of Andrew Croft).
8. The Beatles played the song in their Vancouver set-list when they appeared there in concert on August 22nd, 1964. That was, of course, the very first concert they played in Canada.
9. Canada was the first country to issue a Beatles single that featured a George Harrison vocal on the A side.
10. The song opens side 2 of Beatlemania! With The Beatles. It makes a second appearance on the third Canadian Capitol album Long Tall Sally. It makes a third appearance on the only EP the Beatles issued in Canada.
HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY to Capitol 72133 Roll Over Beethoven / Please Mister Postman !
For our other articles on 50th anniversaries of Beatles records, please take a look in our archives section along with all the other articles that were previously posted on the homepage.
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Amid all the hoopla around the new "On Air - Live at the BBC Vol. 2" release, it may have gone unnoticed to the casual fan that along with this new album comes a revamped version of the original 1994 release of "Live at the BBC Vol. 1".
The first volume, like "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" before it, was no doubt issued to create a proper legitimate collection of these recordings that had been available to hard core collectors on the bootleg market for years. The recordings were cleaned up, edited and put out as a double CD set or vinyl LP, bearing the familiar Apple label. Collectors gobbled it all up: LP, CD, and both CD and vinyl EP's, along with all the various promo items that accompanied the release. Two years later Apple would take the same approach with the massive Anthology campaign, also, no doubt, aimed at rendering all previous bootleg versions of the material obsolete. Fast forward to 2014; 20 years on from the original BBC vol. 1 release, we have the new, improved, remastered version, available on it's own, or in a double slipcase pack along with the new Vol. 2 album. Is it any different? Here are some of the differences as I have observed.
The first and obvious thing one notices before even playing the album is the new packaging that conforms to all the new releases since 09-09-09, rather than the fat double jewel case that housed the original. NO plastic. That's a thumbs up, for me. It's slimmer, the booklet is of better quality and has a slightly different layout, but the liner notes and photos are essentially still the same.
The second thing one notices before listening, is the change from sepia tone to straight black and white on the monochrome images. I prefer it, but this is purely a matter of personal preference. To me, sepia tone is reminiscent of the Old West, not London in the swinging '60's.
Sonically. the sound on the new version has more "presence" than the original. The mids and highs are definitely more prominent, bringing the vocals, guitars, and Ringo's cymbals more to the fore. The downside of this is the audible presence of tape hiss on the new version. The original was much quieter, but sounded at times like it was recorded in a closet; very "dry".
With these recordings being in mono, these differences are subtle, and only noticeable when doing a back and forth simultaneous comparison, as I did. One would be hard pressed to hear any difference listening to one after the other in it's entirety. So you have to ask yourself, "do I need this?" (probably not, if you have the existing version); "do I want this?" (of course you do! It’s new Beatles product).
So now, since 09-09-09, we have had repackaged versions of the entire core catalogue, both red and blue compilation collections, the Beatles 1 collection, Yellow Submarine Songtrack, and now Live At The BBC. That leaves the three Anthology volumes, "Let It Be - Naked", and both versions of "Love" that have yet to receive the CD repackaging treatment, so start saving, collectors.
Today, Monday, November 25th, 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the album "Beatlemania ! With The Beatles" in Canada. On this day 50 years ago, the Beatles' very first North American LP was issued by Capitol Records of Canada. The album's title actually pre-dated the arrival of Beatlemania in North America by almost 3 months.
Here are the Top 10 things you need to know about this iconic Canadian Beatles LP on its 50th. birthday.
1. The Capitol T-6051 album was in fact the very first Beatles album to be issued in North America.
2. It was in reality the second Beatles album recorded for EMI, and featured all new material. The album was a huge advance over its British predecessor, Please Please Me (Parlophone UK, March 22nd, 1963).
3. The Beatlemania! With The Beatles album was identical in track listing to the British release "With The Beatles", which had been issued in England on Friday, November 22nd, just three days before.
4. Paul White and his team at Capitol had gone to exceptional effort to rush release the LP for Canada.
5. The LP was manufactured in Smiths Falls, Ontario by RCA Victor, under contract to Capitol. The album jackets used front slicks manufactured by Parrs on Yonge Street in Toronto. Some initial pressings from November 1963 used a very heavy gauge vinyl and feature a "deep groove" pressing that is noticeably louder. These early pressings are "loud cut" versions.
6. The album was only ever issued for the Canadian market in monophonic, and a stereophonic version was never issued during the 1960s.
7. The album would become the second most popular Canadian Beatles album during the life of the Beatles. It was only outsold in the 1960s by its successor album "Twist And Shout" (Capitol T-6054) which oddly contained earlier material.
8. The cover was modified with the addition of tabloid-style quotes, but otherwise the liner notes and packaging were the same as the British Parlophone "With The Beatles" LP.
9. Capitol created their own single from the LP, "Roll Over Beethoven / Please Mister Postman" (Capitol 72133) and thousands of copies were shipped to the USA in the wake of their appearances on Ed Sullivan.
10. When The Beatles appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on Monday, September 7th, 1964, Paul White and three other Capitol executives (Geoffrey Racine, Taylor Campbell, Edward Leetham) presented the Beatles with a special award for outstanding Canadian sales of the 1963 Beatlemania ! With The Beatles album.
So then, a very Happy 50th. Birthday to the Beatles very first North American album !
The forthcoming (fully illustrated) book by Beatles Canadian Discography author Piers Hemmingsen titled "The Beatles In Canada - The Origins Of Beatlemania", is scheduled for release in early 2014.
It won't be long ! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah ...
The brand new issue of the British Beatles Fan Club Magazine (issue No. 49, November 2013) has a 4-page article detailing the only known production Canadian Mono Butcher Album from June 1966. The article was written in conjunction with the owner of the album and tells the story about how this album escaped the clutches of the order to destroy all of the banned covers that had been manufactured in Canada. The article expands on the incredible 1966 story that was originally documented in the Beatles Canadian Discography books and also in the new Variations 1 book. This is probably Canada's rarest Beatles album, and it has been in the hands of its original owner since June 1966.
The November 2013 issue of the magazine can be ordered individually from the web site:
This article was written earlier this year and has been published as an exclusive for BBFC magazine subscribers. Some of you may know that I have been an occasional contributor to the British Beatles Fan Club magazine over the last few years, and some of those articles have also ended up on the Capitol 6000 web site. And yes, people still do buy Beatles magazines and this one is one of the very best we can recommend as it has some great Canadian content !
On November 11, 2013, Canadian fans were treated with a bunch of "new" BBC-material items. Indeed, the new BBC album volume 2 was released on the CD format in all good Canadian retail stores. New albums are usually in on tuesdays here, but the new Beatles albums were made available on monday, to follow the November 11 release date. LPs of the album seem to have been made available only the next day in many of the stores. A remastered vinyl pressing of BBC volume 1 is also announced, but has the hypothetical date of November 25 tagged to it in the record store computers in Québec City. This still needs to be confirmed. Furthermore, even though the title on the CD cover remains the same, the Beatles website seems to have renamed the LP album to "On Air, The Beatles Live At The BBC vol 1"; will the cover be different for LPs? Probably not, and the name might simply be a mistake or a new way of cataloging it at Apple.
The same website announced a few weeks ago, that early clients who ordered their copy from them would receive a promo EP with their brand new album. As it seems, some HMV stores around England and Canada also gave out these EPs to their first few lucky clients. London UK's Oxford store reportedly gave out 300, while HMV stores visited here seemed to have more in the lines of 10-15 copies each. It is our (subjective) estimation that maybe around 500 copies were made available in Canada, but this also would need to be confirmed. The 5 song EP was made in both the 7 inch vinyl record and the CD-EP formats, although it seems the giveaways were only vinyl. A 14-track CD sampler also exists for those hardcore collectors out there.
The new album was also accompanied by the remastered version of the first BBC album from 19 years ago (yikes!). The cover is black and white instead of the classy brown coloured cover from 1994. As mentioned previously, this will also be available on vinyl in a few days. Capitol/Universal offers the CD albums in either separate volumes, or a cool box set with a slip case featuring both the covers side by side.
The promo EP as well as the LPs were imported from Europe (pressed in the EU) as Canada does not press vinyl for the Capitol catalog anymore.
CDs on the other hand feature a US cover with Canadian pressed discs, just like the previously released albums form the remastered series.
It is not known yet if the CD EP and the 14-track promo sampler was also pressed in Canada, or if these were only available as imports. While the CD EP could possibly be pressed domestically, it is more likely that the sampler was imported from either the USA or the EU.
From time to time, we like to focus on the packaging, especially when it is unique and pioneering in nature. Packaging has had a lot to do with the marketability of records over the years.
The 1960s were just underway and some record companies like Capitol were looking way beyond the modern age of the mid-century. A group of marketing folks, along with a special group of "boffins" (engineers!), were huddled together and they were working on an entirely new packaging concept for the higher end stereo albums produced by the large American record companies. The concept was simple, what new album packaging could be made from space age materials ? Moulded plastic was the answer. It was already being used in spacecraft, new cars, TV sets, radios, record players, and toys.
Above all, it was intended to be a packaging innovation. The moulded plastic case was designed to hold a vinyl album securely and there was a hinged plastic outer cover to protect the vinyl inside. The hinges were on the right hand side. The case had a small plastic spindle to hold the record and the Capitol dome logo was moulded into the plastic backing at the bottom right hand corner. The US patent numbers listed on the booklet inside are 2,848,106 and 2,785,797.
It is not known who actually created the plastic cases, but it is probable that they were proposed by an American supplier and not by Capitol's in-house personnel. Capitol may have come up with the design, but that background is not known at this time. In any event, the design was cool and was well suited to the contemporary designs found in the listening lounge of any North American Atomic ranch bungalow!
The designers came up with a novel plastic case and it was presented to management for approval. The green light for the new plastic packaging was duly given by the bosses at the Capitol tower in Los Angeles, and in the late fall of 1961, Capitol USA and Capitol of Canada introduced a series of specially recorded stereophonic albums for the growing market of "stereo buffs" who could afford high-end stereo equipment, and who wanted a thrilling "wide stereo" sound from their Hi-Fi investment. These new albums would be shipped in the new moulded plastic cases.
Four albums of specially recorded music were prepared for the series and one additional album was compiled from the series itself.
Capitol STAC-1635 - Van Alexander And His Orchestra - Swing! Staged For Stereo!
Capitol STAC-1636 - Henri Rose And Bobby Stevenson - Steinways! Staged For Stereo!
Capitol STAC-1637 - The Mallet Men - Percussion! Staged For Stereo!
Capitol STAC-1638 - Various Artists - Highlights! Staged For Stereo!
Capitol STAC-1639 - Norrie Paramor And His Orchestra - Strings! Staged For Stereo!
In the USA, monophonic versions of the albums were also produced and the album title wording was changed on each of these from "Staged For Stereo" to "Staged For Sound". They also used the T prefix instead of ST. Some promo copies were also produced with the PRO prefix and promo numbers. To date, no Canadian mono editions have surfaced but it is possible that some were pressed here in Canada by RCA. Not all stereo albums in the series in the USA used the plastic jewel cases. Perhaps Capitol was not fully committed to the project ?
The Canadian discs were pressed by RCA at Smiths Falls, Ontario in limited quantities. The specially prepared plastic cases were shipped up from the USA. The booklets were also printed in the USA. The booklets are very interesting because they have diagrams that show which instruments are used on each of the left and right channels. It is estimated that only 1000 of each album title were pressed in Canada. These deluxe LP packages would have been sold at the high end audio shops across Canada.
Starting in the late 1950s, Capitol USA was also selling their own line of high-end stereo record players. In 1961, the US retailers who were selling this equipment were probably also selling the “Staged For Stereo!” series of Capitol albums in their special grey plastic cases. These Capitol stereo record players were not available for sale in Canada.
The "jewel case" concept would be used again in the 1980s for Compact Discs. Now just imagine if Capitol had stayed the course with this type of packaging in 1961. The booklets were a great idea for sure, but perhaps the whole plastic case was just too heavy and bulky to be used for all Capitol album products. The case was much thicker and heavier than a regular LP jacket. Another drawback was that record buyers could not add written notes to the jacket, just the booklet.
These oddball plastic cases can be found in the usual second-hand, antique and junk shops that we all love to look in when we are searching for rare records. The fact that they carry the Capitol logo makes them interesting, and they can be used to display any 1960s Capitol LP by The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, The Beach Boys or even Al Martino ! But they were only ever originally issued for the Staged For Stereo series of LPs. So please don't be fooled if you see them offered for sale with other Capitol albums inside.
My personal favourite is the stereo LP by The Mallet Men. The stereo separation on this disc is awesome. The disc was pressed using Scranton metal parts and was packaged with the plastic case and booklet.
Above all, the effort taken with the graphics, sound and packaging make the albums in this cool series highly desirable artifacts indeed. So kudos to the unsung geniuses at Capitol USA who dreamed up the series way back in 1961. Any further information about the origins of these Capitol plastic LP cases would be very much appreciated. Just send us an email at "email@example.com".