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Led Zeppelin 4 - The Most Rare Copy

Led Zeppelin 4 - The Most Rare Copy

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Led Zeppelin 4 - The Most Rare Copy One of rock music's perennial classics, it has sold in many, many millions and will doubtless continue to do so, simply because it is brilliant. But have you got a rare copy? Here's your checklist Red/plum Atlantic label with Peter Grant credit on it and Led Zeppelin [...]
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Led Zeppelin 3 - The Valuable First Pressing

Led Zeppelin 3 - The Valuable First Pressing

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Led Zeppelin 3 is many people's favourite Zeppelin album, featuring one of my fave Zep tracks 'Since I've Been Loving You' (complete with squeaky bass drum pedal) it is also one of the most brilliantly packaged records. Despite it being a multi-million seller, a first pressing is still worth a lot of money in mint [...]
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Record Collecting Confessions

Record Collecting Confessions

Authored By Johnny Blogger
My name is John and I collect records. Don't laugh. Like all nerds and people obsessed by things, record collectors attract a lot of sneering from people who perhaps like to think of themselves as more cool. But to me, there's nothing cool about not having a love of something. Our passions are what make [...]
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Led Zeppelin 2 - The Rare Version

Led Zeppelin 2 - The Rare Version

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Led Zeppelin 2 has sold in many, many millions and it helped define what we came to know as rock music. However, the fact there are millions of copies out there doesn't mean it's not potentially a very rare record. Have you got a UK first pressing? If you have it could be worth up [...]
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Polydor Flashback Series

Polydor Flashback Series

Authored By Johnny Blogger
I love a list. Lists help make sense of what is essentially a chaotic world. To those of us whose minds are troubled by this and constantly fear an entire collapse of our sanity, a list brings shape and sense to life. So when it comes to record collecting, any series of albums that can [...]
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Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign

Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Born Under a Bad Sign was the first album that Albert King made for Stax Records and his second album overall. His back band for it was the Stax house band Booker T. and the MGs, featuring the Memphis Horns. Four of the album's songs became modern blues classics: Born Under a Bad Sign, Oh [...]
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Led Zeppelin - The Rare Version

Led Zeppelin - The Rare Version

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Led Zeppelin's debut album has sold in the many millions. It transformed and revolutionised rock music and it's a super groovy toe-tapper, baby. Recorded in about 30 hours for a cost of just £1,782 it went on to gross over £3.5 million, mostly back when a million was a lot of wedge. And it keeps [...]
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Jethro Tull - Living in the Past

Jethro Tull - Living in the Past

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Jethro Tull - Living in the Past 7 single was first released in 1969 with 'Driving Song' on the 'b'-side. This is a very clean copy and is probably worth £10-15. Of note is the Island label design. It's not the usual pink label, but an alternative that, as far as I can tell, was [...]
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Canned Heat - Going Up The Country

Canned Heat - Going Up The Country

Authored By Johnny Blogger
I love to get European releases of records from the 60s and 70s because, so often, they produced them with picture sleeves. This is a good example of that. I bought this Danish copy from a guy in Copenhagen. My UK copy is in a plain sleeve and this is so much nicer. It's not [...]
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John Martyn - London Conversation

John Martyn - London Conversation

Authored By Johnny Blogger
This is one of the most rare records I own. It's John Martyn's 1968 debut album. A lovely acoustic folk record and also a very rare one. I've featured it before but I didn't show you the label and it's important to its value. Obviously, it's on the pink Island label but if you notice [...]
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Incredible String Band - Incredible String Band

Incredible String Band - Incredible String Band

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Incredible String Band's debut album was released in 1966. It was recorded in one day - May 22nd - and is the only one they did as a trio, with Clive Palmer. It's the least psychedelic, most straightforward folk album they did in the 60s and a first pressing is very rare. As you [...]
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The Mothers of Invention - Freak Out

The Mothers of Invention - Freak Out

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Mothers debut album from 1966 is one of the very few to be a double record, except it wasn't in the UK. The first pressings were single discs but the 1971 repress in UK was a double. It was always a double in American however where it made 130 on the Billboard charts, an [...]
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Pink Floyd - Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Pink Floyd - Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Pink Floyd's legendary debut record is one of the quintessential British psychedelicrecords. A shimmering thing of great beauty. All things Floyd are always collectible, of course. You've got a UK copy of this, right? So are you rich? If you can answer yes to these - then you're on your way. Is it on Columbia? [...]
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The Yardbirds - Five Live Yardbirds

The Yardbirds - Five Live Yardbirds

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Yardbirds are one of a small select few whose first album release was a live record. This came out in 1964 and is a raucous and loud affair with Eric Clapton playing the blues at the highest amplification possible at the time. This was really the start of what we came to know as [...]
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Jimi Hendrix - Axis Bold As Love

Jimi Hendrix - Axis Bold As Love

Authored By Johnny Blogger
A legendary album with few peers in the history of rock, Axis Bold As Love is also a veryrare record in it's original UK monopressing. I'll let its entry in Discogs do the work here. The original UK Track issue [Dec 1967] is a gatefold. Cover image is oriented 90-degrees right to spine and is [...]
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