This is fun:
This is fun:
Sometimes you don’t go looking for Beatle records. Sometimes, Beatle records come looking for you. That was my experience about three weeks ago when an old friend asked me if I was still interested in collecting the Beatles because she had a couple of records and would I like them?
Well, yes of course I would! Always open to donations. She dropped them in a couple of days later, and you’d have to say it’s a mixed bag of goodies….
I think there are only two saving graces about this one. One is the daggy cover design featuring a (poorly) stylised version of the official Wings logo of the time. This is what the real thing looks like:
The other saving grace is that this copy is still sealed in protective plastic and is in mint condition. This is a US copy that came out on the Pickwick Records budget label back in 1977. It is so bad, it’s good! (P.K. and his group have also done a Disco Christmas LP, the Beach Boys Songbook, a Paul Williams Songbook, and the Bee Gees Songbook).
You’d have to say this is a copy that has had a good life. I’m not sure about you, but it has so much patina of age that I’m tempted to keep it just because it looks so pre-loved and lived-in. There was one other intriguing thing. When I took out the vinyl it’s the mono pressing, but not the Australian version. Here’s what I got:
Clearly the original Aussie pressing has been played to death and someone, over the course of the long history of this particular copy of the album, has sought out another to replace it – that being the UK mono we see above….
There was another Australia-only cover in the four records my friend donated. It’s the 1972 release The Essential Beatles on the Apple label. This is a “best of” compilation and as its catalogue number suggests (TVSS 8), it was associated with a TV advertising campaign by EMI in Australia:
This copy of The Essential Beatles has a well-used cover but the vinyl inside is actually in pretty good shape.
This is a gatefold album of twenty-one Beatles and Lennon songs. It is in what I would describe as good (G) to very good (VG) condition. The Internet Movie Database says of the film: This “biography” evolves around the nearly 240 hours of film and videotape fortuitously taken by Lennon of his life. The archive footage is transformed into a fascinating life story of one of the most complex and fascinating men of the modern music era….Includes some very personal and insightful footage, never before made available to the public.
The gatefold has some nice photos:
This is the Australian pressing, on the black and silver Parlophone label:
I have posted very rarely on Wings in this blog, but of course collecting records and CDs by (or related to) the Beatles and Paul McCartney means that the band is well-and-truly included. During a recent visit to Canberra (the capital of Australia) I came across a second-hand shop I’d not visited before in the city’s downtown area. They mostly specialise in CDs, DVDs and games, but on the floor there was a large amount of unsorted vinyl where I found a small but interesting addition to the collection.
I already have a German pressing of the Wings single “Good Night Tonight” (1979). It’s the 12″ full version (7 minutes 15 seconds) of the song, on a green EMI Electrola/Odeon label:
As you can see, the cover is not in great shape but the vinyl is in mint condition. Anyway, in the Canberra store I found the Australian release of this same disc. It came out here with an orange Parlophone label:
The two releases have pretty much identical exterior artwork throughout with the only real difference being the colour of the inner sleeves. The German inner sleeve is made from thin paper and is printed in black and white:
While the Australian inner sleeve is made of thicker cardboard and is more deep blue in colour:
I also have the 7″ 45rpm edited version (4 minutes 18 seconds) of “Good Night Tonight” on an Australian black and silver Parlophone label:
It’s nice to have the orange Parlophone version, and at the cost of just A$3.00, a small but worthwhile addition to the collection.
In the lead-up to the release of the newly remastered “Band on the Run” reissues, Paul McCartney is publishing via his official “Band on the Run” website a series of vodcasts.
The first episode is “Making Band on the Run”:
The second episode is “Wings in Lagos”:
The third episode is “Band on the Run Deluxe”:
Episode Four is “Wings The Band”:
Will post more as they become available. Thanks to TVpiotrek and pmc27 for putting these up on YouTube.
The garage sale advertisement in the local paper last Saturday said:
“Vinyl – 1000′s rare & collectable, cds, books, furniture, house contents, whitegoods etc.”
It was in a suburb about a 25 minute drive away – way outside my usual garage sale territory, and one I had to think twice about…..But I finally decided that, yes, it sounded like too good an opportunity for the collector in me to pass up. It was those words: “Vinyl – 1000′s rare & collectable”. That did it…..
When I finally got there (a bit later than is wise with these things) the sale was literally in an old, free-standing garage at a private house on a quiet street. There were already two or three guys there picking over literally shelves and shelves of vinyl – stacked floor to ceiling around the walls of the garage, and also in the centre of the floor space as well. The guy holding the sale was definitely in the business and looked like a) a real collector and b) like he owned (or used to own) a second-hand record store and this was both his excess stock and some of his private collection combined.
The question in situations like this is “Where to start?” The feeling of anticipation mixed with the sheer volume of LP’s to look through can be daunting. I asked the owner if there was any order to the way the albums were arranged. He said no, its all pretty random, which just added to the anxiety. No sections like “Female vocal” or “Popular”, “Classical”, “Jazz” and the like. So I just delved in. First shelves were classical – so I kind of bypassed that pretty quickly. There was actually very little popular music. Mostly Broadway shows, film soundtracks, and a lot of 50′s singers as far as I could see, with some decent jazz, blues and a little bit of pop scattered throughout. Kind of disappointing really.
The only Beatles-related item I could find in the 45 minutes I was there was this:
This is the rear cover:
He had LOTS of copies of this – probably 20 or 30 – and they were all US pressings on the United Artists label, all original and all still sealed. They were “cut-outs” or remaindered stock, each having a corner cut off by a machine at the warehouse to designate their clearance status. The one I grabbed had only a tiny cut-out on the top left-hand side (which you can see in the photos). This is a gate-fold cover, but as it is still sealed in its original shrink wrap from 1973, I’m probably going to keep it that way and not open it.
I already had an Australian pressing of “Live and Let Die”. It’s not a gate-fold, and as you can see from the images below, it has a slightly different front cover:
And a very different rear cover:
And here’s the label for the Australian pressing:
Trust me. That stamp on the label stating “Property of A.B.C. (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation)” is genuine. And I genuinely purchased this record from a second-hand store. I know the ABC sold off a lot of surplus LP’s a few years ago and I’m assuming that this is one of those legitimate items.
McCartney and Wings also released a single from the album. I have two copies of this (both Australian pressings) – one on the green Apple label:
And one on the red Capital label:
The “Live and Let Die” original soundtrack recording contained music from both Paul McCartney and George Martin, and was released in 1973. It’s on the United Artists label (US catalogue number: UA-LA 100G; Australian catalogue number: L34949). The flipside to the “Live and Let Die” single is Wings doing “I Lie Around”.