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Mountain - Sittin' On A Rainbow b/w My Friend

Mountain - Sittin' On A Rainbow b/w My Friend

Authored By John Nicholson

This UK promo release on Bell dates to 1970. It's a UK-only release and really rare. Bell was an odd label for a heavy band, as they mostly handled pop or soul. There are only approx 7 or 8 UK Mountain singles as only Mississippi Queen sold any copies, getting hold of them is difficult. This is wroth around £25 as a result.

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Jimmy Page - She Just Satisfies b/w Keep Moving

Jimmy Page - She Just Satisfies b/w Keep Moving

Authored By John Nicholson

One of the collectable holy grails. Pagey's 1965 solo single is very rare. A few promo copies exist too and are worth £100 more than this which typically sells for £650 if it's in near mint condition. I think this only got a UK release.

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Queen - Mega-Rare copy of Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen - Mega-Rare copy of Bohemian Rhapsody

Authored By John Nicholson

200 were pressed in 1978 by EMI initially as as a corporate gift. These are all hand-numbered. There were subsequent other pressings which are un-numbered which are still rare but are not the big kahuna. These 200 came as part of this gift set. If you've got the whole package, you're looking at upwards of £10,000 value!!    

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What Was Your First Record?

What Was Your First Record?

Authored By Jim Witts
It's always something every vinyl addict likes to ask of another collector. If you think about it, this isn't something the current generation of music lovers will be able to do in the future with the same feeling. "What was your first download?" doesn't have an ounce of romance about it, does it? Now, there [...]
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The Joy of Single Sleeves

The Joy of Single Sleeves

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Record collecting isn't all about the actual records for me, I've had a lifelong fascination with the record company sleeves for 7" singles. Don't laugh, it's true. & I know this is supreme nerding, but they always fascinated me from an early age when my parents would bring home the new Beatles single. I loved [...]
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Alan Parsons Project Box Set

Alan Parsons Project Box Set

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The music of former Pink Floyd producer has never been hip or fashionable. He began putting out APP albums just as punk and new wave was breaking and there is nothing less punk or new wave than APP. They were criticized for their prog-lite, poppyness but regardless of this, the records kept on charting, often [...]
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Spirit - Mechanical World

Spirit - Mechanical World

Authored By Johnny Blogger
This is Spirit's first single, released in 1968 and culled from their debut album. Interestingly, although Spirit were quite a left-field, psychedelic band, they sold well enough to make the top 40 album charts. The first record peaked at #31 but stayed on the charts fo 8 months. It was, on reflection, a document of [...]
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Windfall Records

Windfall Records

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Windfall Records is an interesting label because it only ever released albums by Mountain. It existed from 1969 to 1974 and, perhaps even more oddly, was distributed by Bell, which more usually sold pop and soul music. In fact, in UK, you often find Mountain records on Bell, which makes me think that the Windfall [...]
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Canned Heat - Christmas Blues

Canned Heat - Christmas Blues

Authored By Johnny Blogger
What do you think are the chances of an out and out Chicago Blues band having a hit in America in 2015 with a Christmas song? The answer is none. But there was a time when America had great taste. This was a hit in Billboard's Christmas Singles chart in 1968. It was recorded at [...]
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Gentle Giant Compilation

Gentle Giant Compilation

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Picked this excellent compilation up yesterday for £5.00. It's an Italian record and comes with a glossy 12-page booklet. The tracks are drawn from the first 4 Gentle Giant records - which are expensive to buy - so it's a very useful all killer, no filler compilation from a band that doesn't have a lot [...]
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Davie Jones and The King Bees - Liza Jane b/w Louie Louie Go Home

Davie Jones and The King Bees - Liza Jane b/w Louie Louie Go Home

Authored By Johnny Blogger
In 1964, the man who was to become David Bowie laid down his first ever recording. David was a callow 17-year-old youth and the record is an inconsequential 2 minutes and 18 seconds of pop music. It didn't sell at all and was soon forgotten by everyone. So much so that when the fella who [...]
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Yes - Sweetness b/w Something's Coming

Yes - Sweetness b/w Something's Coming

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Yes's debut single emerged, blinking into the sunlight on Atlantic Records, and to general indifference, on 29th September 1969. You could not have guessed from this 3-minute outing that Yes would become famous for long excursions into the land of prog rock. It's got nice harmonies and is all very pleasant, but with none of [...]
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The Who - I Can't Explain b/w Bald-headed Woman

The Who - I Can't Explain b/w Bald-headed Woman

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Their first single remains a classic of mid-60s rock and a staple live classic ever since. For a record that sold well enough to put it in the top 10 back when you really had to sell a lot to achieve that, it is remarkably valued at £40 for a first pressing, mint copy. The [...]
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Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne

Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Pink Floyd's debut single is a gem. Worth £80 in mint condition, a black and white promotional film was made in late February 1967, directed by Derek Nice and featuring the band dressing up a mannequin before showing it around a beach in East Wittering, West Sussex. This promo, made for £2,000, was meant to [...]
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Track Records Backtrack Series

Track Records Backtrack Series

Authored By Johnny Blogger
You'll see these records at every record fair and in secondhand record stores. They have a distinctive and unnecessary picture of a small child, apparently smoking on them. Despite that unpleasant photo, they're lovely records and they sound great. This is the history of them, right? Alright, pour yourself and drink and I'll meet you [...]
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Genesis - The Silent Sun b/w That's Me

Genesis - The Silent Sun b/w That's Me

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Oh look it's 2nd February 1968 and prog rock hasn't even been invented yet but Tony Banks and Peter Gabriel have written a song to try and keep their manager and future jailbird Jonathan King interested in them (not in that way) It doesn't sound much like the future Genesis really and it hardly sells [...]
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The History of Manticore Records

The History of Manticore Records

Authored By Johnny Blogger
A manticore is a legendary beast with the body of a lion, the head of a man, the tail of a scorpion and a giant Hammond organ for a bottom. Okay, the last bit is made up. Well, the whole thing is made up; it's a mythical creature. It's also the name of the record [...]
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What's The Real Best Selling Live Album Ever?

What's The Real Best Selling Live Album Ever?

Authored By Jim Witts
Do you know what the best-selling live album of all time is? If you're around my age of 54, you'll probably think it is Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive. But you'd be wrong. That record is only certified as 6 x Platinum in USA, therefore commonly stated that it sold 6 million copies in America [...]
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Jethro Tull - Sunshine Day b/w Aeroplane

Jethro Tull - Sunshine Day b/w Aeroplane

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Tull's first single appeared in 1967 on the MGM label (always thought that was an odd choice for them) but miscredited it to Jethro Toe and that spelling error created a collectible record that remains one of the holy grails for all truly rare record collectors. As there were so few copies pressed, they now [...]
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Deep Purple - Hush

Deep Purple - Hush

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Deep Purple - Hush b/w One More Rainy Day. From the swell of the organ to the chunky riff,this was much more like later Purple than much of their first three MK1 albums. Still a bit poppy, but the Blackmore trademark Stratocaster riffola is all present and correct on their reworking of this Joe South [...]
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