Vintage Vinyl and LP Covers

Sadly, and perhaps like a lot of people born prior to the last quarter of the twentieth century, I sold most of my record collection in the 1990s, not long after the compact disc became the standard currency of recorded music. Happily, I had enough good sense to hold onto a select few treasures; some because they hadn't yet made it onto the new digital format at the time, some merely because I'd grown too attached to them to part ways. Nevertheless, my lovingly maintained, mostly mint collection was depleted by some seventy-five to eighty percent before the turn of the millennium. 

A decade or so later, in part because of a wistful yearning for the look and feel of an album cover in my hands while its companion 12-inch vinyl disc rotated on a nearby turntable in the comfort of my home, I began re-buying a few lost gems now and then at flea markets, secondhand shops, used record stores, and online auction sites. Along the way I also picked up some classics -- as well as a few quirk-satisfying oddities -- that I hadn't gotten around to acquiring the first time around. Additionally, when we moved my mother to an assisted living community in 2009, I adopted her and my late father's modest but diverse (and long dormant) record collection (there was no room for their circa 1968 hi-fi console in her new apartment -- I now wish I'd adopted that, too), which included artists ranging from Glen Campbell to Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass to the Lemon Pipers. Mom did her best to stay hip, well into her thirties.

On display below* is a cross-section of my collection as it exists today. There are no new 180 gram LPs, the kind associated with the hipster-generated vinyl quasi-renaissance of the 2010s. In fact, nothing you see here was released post-1990. All are first or early pressings in their original incarnations (rare exceptions are noted) and, no less importantly, with their original covers. No longer a mere sampling of past glory, the collection is again robust and thriving -- enough to evoke memories of how much of a pain these things can be to store.

*And here.


New Juke Box Hits
Chuck Berry
Chess 1961




Little Richard
Little Richard
Specialty 1958




Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins
Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins
Impulse! 1963



Brilliant Corners
Thelonious Monk
Riverside 1957



Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan
CBS (France) 1965
With gatefold sleeve.
Below: US first pressing, mono




Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles
Above:
Parlophone (UK) 1967; 1973 pressing, stereo
With insert.
Below:
Capitol (US) 1967; early pressing, mono
With insert and inner sleeve.
Cover and insert designed by Peter Blake; inner sleeve designed by The Fool.




Newport 1958
Mahalia Jackson (recorded live)
Columbia 1958



 The Louis Armstrong Story, Volume II
Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven
Columbia 1951




Saint Dominic's Preview
Van Morrison
Warner Bros. 1972
With insert.



 Easy Living
Sonny Rollins
Milestone 1977




True Stories
Talking Heads
Sire 1986
In original shrink wrap with hype stickers.



Rimsky-Korsakoff: Scheherazade
Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
RCA Victor 1960



Brahms: Symphony No. 4
Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra
RCA Victor 1952



The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert
Benny Goodman
Columbia 1950



Distinctive Rhythm Instrumentals
The Dave Brubeck Trio
Fantasy 1951
10" LP




Sinatra and Swingin' Brass
Frank Sinatra with Neal Hefti
Reprise 1962
Cover art by Jim Jonson.



Loving You
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor 1957
1st pressing mono.



Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley
Chess 1958




This Is Fats
Fats Domino
Imperial 1957



The Buddy Holly Story
Buddy Holly and the Crickets
Coral 1959
With original inner sleeve.




Please Please Please
James Brown and His Famous Flames
King 1964
This was a reissue (with a different cover) of Brown's 1958 debut LP.



Call on Me / That's the Way Love Is
Bobby "Blue" Bland
Duke 1963



1999
Prince
Warner Bros. 1982



Quadrophenia
The Who
MCA 1973



Coltrane
The John Coltrane Quartette
Impulse! 1962 (1968 pressing)




The Shape of Jazz to Come
Ornette Coleman
Atlantic 1959
First issue, on Atlantic "bullseye" label, "pinwheel" logo on cover.



Oscar Peterson Trio + One
Oscar Peterson Trio, featuring Clark Terry
Mercury 1964



If You Go
Peggy Lee
Capitol 1961



If I Ruled the World: Songs for the Jet Set
Tony Bennett
Columbia 1965
Sealed in original shrink wrap.
On sticker: Promotional Album / Columbia Special Products



Quincy Jones Plays Hip Hits
Quincy Jones
Mercury 1963



Darkness on the Edge of Town
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 1978
With lyric sheet and inner sleeve.



Manifesto
Roxy Music
E.G./Polydor/Atco 1979



Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book
Ella Fitzgerald
Verve 1956
Two-LP set w/ laminated gatefold sleeve.
Another set w/ orange label variation (below).




Leonard Feather Presents Maxine Sullivan, Vol. II
Maxine Sullivan
Period 1956



Chet Baker Sings
Chet Baker
Vogue (UK) 1956



Explorations
Bill Evans Trio
Riverside 1961 (1966-67 pressing)



The Stranger
Billy Joel
Columbia 1977



Complete and Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
Otis Redding
Volt 1966



Soul Men
Sam & Dave
Stax 1967



Moods of Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
Tamla 1966



 Let It Bleed
The Rolling Stones
London 1969
With inner sleeve and poster insert.




Are You Experienced?
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Reprise 1967 (1968 pressing)



The Beach Boys
Capitol 1966
1st mono pressing, Scranton, PA plant.



Recording Together for the First Time
Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
Roulette 1961



Hi De Hi De Ho
Cab Calloway and His Orchestra
RCA Victor 1960
In original shrink wrap.



Chicago/Austin High School Jazz in Hi-Fi
Bud Freeman
RCA Victor 1958



Down Home Blues
Lightnin' Hopkins
Prestige 1965



At Folsom Prison
Johnny Cash
Columbia 1968



The NEW Favorites of George Jones
George Jones
United Artists 1962



Hollywood--My Way
Nancy Wilson
Capitol 1963



Goodbye Jumbo
World Party
Chrysalis/Ensign 1990



Al Green Explores Your Mind
Al Green
Hi 1974
In original shrink wrap.



Ray Charles at Newport
Ray Charles
Atlantic 1958 (1959 pressing)
Below: original label.




Solo Monk
Thelonious Monk
Columbia 1965
Cover art by Paul Davis.



Mingus Dynasty
Charles Mingus and His Jazz Groups
Columbia 1960



LLLLLOCO-MOTION
Little Eva
Dimension 1962



My Boyfriend's Back
The Angels
Smash 1963



Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica
The Ronettes
Philles 1964




Good Evening
Marshall Crenshaw
Warner Brothers 1989
Sealed in original shrink wrap.



Bring the Family
John Hiatt
A&M 1987



Greatest Hits
Steely Dan
ABC 1978



Silk Degrees
Boz Scaggs
Columbia 1976



Venus and Mars
Paul McCartney and Wings
Capitol 1975
With inserts.



Tupelo Honey
Van Morrison
Warner Bros. 1971
With poster insert.




Green River
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Fantasy 1969



Day by Night
Doris Day, with Paul Weston
Columbia 1957



 My Kind of Music
Mel Torme
Verve 1961



Nat "King" Cole Sings Ballads of the Day
Nat "King" Cole
Capitol 1956
Accentuate the Positive
Johnny Mercer
Capitol 1957
Cover art by Simon Vanderlaan.





Wives and Lovers
Jack Jones
Kapp 1963



Sing to Me Mr. C.
Perry Como
RCA Victor 1961



The Voice
Frank Sinatra
Columbia 1955



Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits
Alice Cooper
Warner Brothers 1974
Cover art by Drew Struzan and Bill Garland; Ernie Cefalu, creative director.



Armed Forces
Elvis Costello & the Attractions
Radar (UK) 1979
With bonus EP and inserts.




Repeat When Necessary
Dave Edmunds
Swan Song 1979



That's the Way of the World
Earth, Wind & Fire
Columbia 1975



Watchout!
Martha & the Vandellas
Gordy 1966



The Supremes A' Go-Go
The Supremes
Motown 1966
In shrink wrap, with original inner sleeve.



The Never Ending Impressions
The Impressions
ABC-Paramount 1964




Lover Please!
Clyde McPhatter
Mercury 1962



The Young Rascals
Atlantic 1966



Having a Rave Up with the Yardbirds
Epic 1965



Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
John Mayall & the Blues Breakers
London 1966



Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin
Swan Song 1975



Time Out (stereo)
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Columbia 1959
Cover art by S. Neil Fujita.


Time Out (mono)



Kind of Blue
Miles Davis
Columbia 1959




Decoy
Miles Davis
Columbia 1984
Promotional copy.




Tomorrow Is the Question! The New Music of Ornette Coleman!
Contemporary 1959 (Canadian pressing)



Conversations with Myself
Bill Evans
Verve 1963
A Simple Matter of Conviction
Bill Evans, Shelly Mann, Eddie Gomez
Verve 1967




Little Girl Blue /
Jazz as Played in an Exclusive Side Street Club
Nina Simone
Bethlehem 1958




Politely!
Keely Smith
Capitol 1958
Cover art by Jim Jonson.
More Than the Most
Dakota Staton
Capitol 1959
Cover art by Jim Jonson.




Dinah, yes indeed!
Dinah Shore
Capitol 1959



Abbey Lincoln's Affair ...a Story of a Girl in Love
Abbey Lincoln
Liberty 1957



Torch Time
Gogi Grant
RCA Victor 1958



All Alone by the Telephone
Polly Bergen
Columbia 1959



Your Number Please...
Julie London
Mercury 1959



Breakfast in America
Supertramp
A&M 1979



Morrison Hotel
The Doors
Elektra 1970



But Not for Me: Ahmad Jamal Trio at the Pershing
Ahmad Jamal Trio
Argo 1958



Genius of Modern Music: Volume One
Thelonious Monk
Blue Note 1956
Expanded 12" 12-song reissue of original 10" 8-song 1951 compilation LP.



The Jazz Odyssey of James Rushing Esq.
Jimmy Rushing with Buck Clayton and His Orchestra
Columbia 1957
Cover art by Thomas B. Allen.



Black, Brown, and Beige
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, Featuring Mahalia Jackson
Columbia 1958 (promotional copy)



 Paris Impressions
Erroll Garner
Columbia 1958
Two-LP set.




Joe in Chicago, 1978
Joe Venuti
Flying Fish 1979
Sealed in original shrink wrap.



Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians in Hi-Fi
Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians
Capitol 1957



Breezin' Along
The Four Lads
Columbia 1958



Hits from Hollywood
The Four Aces
Decca 1958



Voices in Modern
The Four Freshmen
Capitol 1955



Greatest Hits
The Brothers Four
Columbia 1962 (later '60s pressing)



Golden Piano Hits
Ferrante & Teicher
United Artists 1961



Marches in Hi-Fi
Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops
RCA Victor 1958
From the estate of P. J. Casella (president, CEO of RCA Victor, 1956-60).



The Music of Franz Liszt
Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops
RCA Victor 1960



Levant Plays Gershwin
Oscar Levant
Columbia 1955



Haydn Symphonies No. 94 and 101
Monteux and the Vienna Philharmonic
RCA Victor 1960



Callas Portrays Verdi Heroines
Maria Callas with Nicola Rescigno and the Philharmonia Orchestra
Angel 1959
With booklet insert.



La Traviata Highlights
Renata Tebaldi
London 1958



 Constance Towers Sings to The Horse Soldiers
Constance Towers
United Artists 1959




Ambassador Satch
Louis Armstrong
Columbia 1956
Satchmo In Style
Louis Armstrong with Gordon Jenkins
Decca 1959



Louis and the Angels
Louis Armstrong
Decca 1957



Bing: A Musical Autobiography
Bing Crosby
Decca 1954



Bing & Satchmo
Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong, with Billy May
MGM 1960
Above: Mono LP and promotional DJ single of "Dardanella"/"Muskrat Ramble"
Below: Stereo version of LP




New Orleans Suite
Duke Ellington
Atlantic 1970



Thelonious Alone in San Francisco
Thelonious Monk
Riverside 1959
First pressing.



Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.
Simon & Garfunkel
Columbia 1964



Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!)
The Beach Boys
Capitol 1965



Tonight
David Bowie
EMI America 1984



Lifes Rich Pageant
R.E.M.
I.R.S. 1986



Innervisions
Stevie Wonder
Tamla 1973



There Goes Rhymin' Simon
Paul Simon
Columbia 1973



Living in the Material World
George Harrison
Apple 1973
With insert.



Goats Head Soup
The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stone Records 1973
(This is a 1977 reissue.)
Cover photography by David Bailey.
With insert.



On the Beach
Neil Young
Reprise 1974



 Tonight's the Night
Neil Young
Reprise 1975
Early pressing, black label, with insert.




The Basement Tapes
Bob Dylan and the Band
Columbia 1975
Two-LP set.




The River
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 1980
Two-LP set, with original insert and inner sleeves.



Best of Leon
Leon Russell
Shelter 1976
With insert.



Rumours
Fleetwood Mac
Warner Brothers 1977
With insert.



The Best of Spinners
The Spinners
Atlantic 1978
Cover art by David Willardson.



"Mr. Personality" Sings the Blues
Lloyd Price
ABC-Paramount 1960



Body and Soul
Jackie Wilson
Brunswick 1962



Music Ala Carte
The Crewcuts
Mercury 1956



Teenage Party
The McGuire Sisters
Coral 1957



The Platters
The Platters
Mercury 1956



Ricky
Ricky Nelson
Imperial 1957



The Young Frankie Avalon
Chancellor 1959



Pat's Great Hits
Pat Boone
Dot 1957



Give 'Em Enough Rope
The Clash
Epic 1978



Green Onions
Booker T. & the M.G.s
Stax 1962



Cold Sweat
James Brown
King 1967



I Wish I Knew
Solomon Burke
Atlantic 1968



Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul
Ray Charles
ABC-Paramount 1963



The Ramsey Lewis Trio in Chicago
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
Argo 1960

The Ramsey Lewis Trio in Chicago: cover of mono version.



Sarah Vaughan at Mister Kelly's
Sarah Vaughan and Her Trio (live)
Mercury 1957



All American in Jazz
Duke Ellington
Columbia 1962



Porgy and Bess
Miles Davis
Columbia 1959



Sketches of Spain
Miles Davis
Columbia 1960



Baxter's Best
Les Baxter
Capitol 1960
Cover art by Jim Jonson.



Deep Purple
Nino Tempo & April Stevens
Atco 1963



Exile on Main St.
The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones 1972
With inserts.



Live! The World of Ike & Tina
Ike & Tina Turner
United Artists 1973
Cover art by Doug Johnson.




From Elvis in Memphis
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor 1969



After the Gold Rush
Neil Young
Reprise 1970



Going to a Go-Go
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Tamla 1965




Make It Happen
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Tamla 1967
(Reissued as The Tears of a Clown in 1970)



Psychedelic Shack
The Temptations
Gordy 1970



Beauty and the Beard
Al Hirt and Ann-Margret
RCA Victor 1964



Nice 'n' Easy
Frank Sinatra
Capitol 1960




Mr. Entertainment
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Decca 1961



Everybody Loves Somebody
Dean Martin
Reprise 1964
Cover art by Jim Jonson.




The Beatles ("The White Album")
The Beatles
Apple 1968
With inserts.



Straight, No Chaser
Thelonious Monk
Columbia 1967
Cover art by Lazio Kubinyi.




Live at the Village Vanguard Again!
John Coltrane
Impulse! 1966



Wailin' at the Trianon
Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra
Columbia 1956
Cover art by James Axelrod.




The Exciting Gene Krupa
Gene Krupa
Clef 1953



I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Tony Bennett
Columbia 1962



Calypso
Harry Belafonte
RCA Victor 1956
Belafonte
Harry Belafonte
RCA Victor 1956



A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry
Joe Williams
Roulette--Birdland Series 1958



"Prez"
Perez Prado
RCA Victor 1957



Manhattan Time
The Art Van Damme Quintet
Columbia 1956



The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
I Musica, Pina Carmirelli
Philips (Netherlands) 1982



Tales of Hoffmann
The Sadler's Wells Chorus and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham
London 1951
Box set with booklet.



Santo & Johnny
Santo & Johnny
Canadian-American 1959




Jump for Joy (promotional copy)
Peggy Lee with Nelson Riddle
Capitol 1958



The Swingin's Mutual!
The George Shearing Quintet with Nancy Wilson
Capitol 1961



MORE Johnny's Greatest Hits
Johnny Mathis
Columbia 1959



Ballad of the Blues
Jo Stafford, with the Starliters and Paul Weston
Columbia 1959



Ramblin' Rose
Nat "King" Cole
Capitol 1962



Rag Doll
The Four Seasons
Philips 1964



Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 1975
This is a mid-'80s pressing, which actually sounds 
brighter and less muddy than most earlier pressings.



Havin' a Party With Southside Johnny
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
Epic 1979



Call Me
Al Green
Hi 1973
33 1/3 rpm "little album" (made for jukeboxes), with title strips.



Call Me
Al Green
Hi 1973
LP



Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)
The Rolling Stones
London 1969



December's Children
The Rolling Stones
London 1965
With hype sticker advertising their hit single "Get Off of My Cloud."



Count Basie & His Orchestra
Count Basie
RCA Victor 1955
Cover art by Andy Warhol.



Side by Side
Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges
Verve 1959



Ella and Louis
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Verve 1956




Earl "Fatha" Hines
Earl Hines and His Orchestra
Grand Prix 1962



Quiet Nights
Miles Davis
Columbia 1963



On the Corner
Miles Davis
Columbia 1972



Sandinista!
The Clash
Epic 1980



Trust
Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Columbia 1981
In original shrink wrap.



How Sweet It Is - for Lovers
Jackie Gleason
Capitol 1966



Songs I Sing on the Jackie Gleason Show
Frank Fontaine
ABC-Paramount 1963



Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass
Sonny Rollins
MetroJazz 1958



Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
Reprise 1967



Grand Master of the Soprano Saxophone and Clarinet
Sidney Bechet
Columbia 1956



Monk's Dream
The Thelonious Monk Quartet
Columbia 1963



Van Morrison
Warner Brothers 1974



Time Fades Away
Neil Young
Reprise 1973
With lyric sheet/poster insert.



The Beatles
Parlophone (UK) 1966 (mono, 2nd pressing, 1966-69)
Cover art by Klaus Voormann.




Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles
Capitol (U.S.) 1967
Capitol green label pressing, 1969.



Roll Out the Red Carpet for Buck Owens and His Buckaroos
Buck Owens and His Buckaroos
Capitol 1966



Roy Clark Sings Lonesome Love Ballads
Roy Clark
Capitol 1966



Another Place Another Time
Jerry Lee Lewis
Smash 1968



Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie
Jay & the Techniques
Smash 1967



Living a Lie
Al Martino
Capitol 1964



The Fabulous Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
Columbia 1958



Heartbreak U.S.A.
Kitty Wells
Decca 1961



Club Durant
Jimmy Durante
Decca circa 1950
September Song
Jimmy Durante
Warner Brothers 1963




Imagine
John Lennon
Apple 1971



Staircase
Keith Jarrett
ECM 1977



After Hours at the London House
Sarah Vaughan
Mercury 1959



Honky Château
Elton John
Uni 1972




Damn the Torpedoes
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Backstreet 1979



Black and Blue
The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones 1976



Chuck Berry in London
Chuck Berry
Chess 1965
Fresh Berry's
Chuck Berry
Chess 1965




Give the Lady What She Wants
Lena Horne
RCA Victor 1958



Latin ala Lee!
Peggy Lee
Capitol 1960



How Glad I Am
Nancy Wilson
Capitol 1964



Soul '69
Aretha Franklin
Atlantic 1969



Turn Back the Hands of Time
Tyrone Davis
Dakar 1970



 Greatest Hits
Bob Dylan
Columbia 1967
With poster by Milton Glaser.




Beggars Banquet
The Rolling Stones
London 1968
Early pressing, with "All songs written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards" printed on label.



Green Tambourine
The Lemon Pipers
Buddah 1968



Wonderful Day
Doris Day
Columbia Special Products 1961
Part of a promotional campaign for Imperial Margarine and Doris' then-current motion picture release, Lover Come Back.



September of My Years
Frank Sinatra
Reprise 1965
Cover art by George Bartell. 



The Night I Fell in Love
Luther Vandross
Epic 1985



I Won't Be Home No More
(Volume 8 of the Definitive Hank Williams Series)
Hank Williams
Polydor 1987
Two-LP set.



No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
Van Morrison
Mercury 1986
In shrink wrap, with original inner sleeve.



Poetic Champions Compose
Van Morrison
Mercury 1987
With original inner sleeve.



Twistin' Round the World
Chubby Checker
Parkway 1962



Greatest Hits!
The Kinks
Reprise 1966



Well Respected Kinks
The Kinks
Marble Arch 1966 (UK)




The Drifters' Greatest Hits
The Drifters
Atlantic 1960
1962 pressing.




The Very Best of the Drifters: Up on the Roof
The Drifters
Atlantic 1963



The Drifters' Golden Hits
The Drifters
Atlantic 1968 (1974 pressing)



Cooke's Tour
Sam Cooke
RCA Victor 1960




On Tour
Pete Fountain
Coral 1961



Bill Evans at Town Hall - Volume One
Bill Evans Trio
Verve 1966



Dave Brubeck and Jay & Kai at Newport
Dave Brubeck Quartet, J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding
Columbia 1956



Midnight Special
The Incredible Jimmy Smith
Blue Note 1961



In Dreams
Roy Orbison
Monument 1963
The Very Best of Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison
Monument 1966
Cover signed on reverse by Roy Orbison.




Mystery Girl
Roy Orbison
Virgin 1989



Nebraska
Bruce Springsteen
Columbia 1982
With inner sleeve.



Songs of the North and South
Frank Luther and Zora Layman
Decca 1954



Melodies in Gold
Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra
Dot 1957



Jump Up Calypso
Harry Belafonte
RCA Victor 1961



Boy
U2
Island (UK) 1980



Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin
Atlantic 1969
This is an early re-pressing of LZII; the re-pressings were ordered by Atlantic Records founder and president Ahmet Ertegun, because he believed the original mix to be faulty. According to legendary mastering engineer Robert Ludwig, Ertegun did this because his daughter's copy of a first pressing--mastered by Ludwig--caused the needle to skip on her "really cheap" turntable, due to the loud bass signal in Ludwig's "hot mix" (though I can find no evidence that Ertegun had any children). At any rate, the copy pictured above is a re-pressed version with the bass signal reduced. Below is a Ludwig "hot mix," with his initials etched in the runout dead wax.




Herbie Mann at the Village Gate
Atlantic 1961 (1966 pressing)



Herbie Mann Returns to the Village Gate
Atlantic 1963



The Greatest!!
Count Basie and Joe Williams
Verve 1956
Basie Plays Hefti
Count Basie and Neal Hefti
Roulette 1958




It Might as Well Be Swing
Frank Sinatra and Count Basie
Reprise 1964



Far East Suite
Duke Ellington
RCA Victor 1967



Today and Now
Coleman Hawkins Quartet
Impulse! 1963



Cookin' the Blues
James Moody
Argo 1964



The Modern Jazz Quartet
Atlantic 1957



Tapestry
Carole King
Ode 1971
Mid-1970s Epic/Ode pressing.



No Secrets
Carly Simon
Elektra 1972



Hits / Greatest & Others
Joan Baez
Vanguard 1973
In shrink wrap.



Hasten Down the Wind
Linda Ronstadt
Asylum 1976



Absolute Torch and Twang
k.d. lang
Sire 1989



Richard Rodgers Conducting the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York
Columbia 1955



Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Opus 43 / Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Artur Rubenstein
with
Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Enrique Jorda and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
RCA Victor 1962



Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1
Van Cliburn
RCA Victor 1958



Bob Dylan at Budokan
Bob Dylan
Columbia 1978
With poster insert.



Live Peace in Toronto
Plastic Ono Band
Apple 1969
In original shrink wrap.



Shaved Fish
John Lennon
Apple 1975
In original shrink wrap with hype sticker.



Wavelength
Van Morrison
Warner Bros. 1978
With original inner sleeve.



Into the Music
Van Morrison
Warner Bros. 1979
With original inner sleeve.



 Romantic Warrior
Return to Forever
Columbia 1976
Cover art by Wilson McLean




Concert in Paris
Dizzy Gillespie
Royal Roost 1957
In shrink wrap with price sticker.



Gene Norman Presents Gerry Mulligan and His Tentette, Shorty Rogers and His Giants: Modern Sounds
Capitol 1956
Compiled from 10" LPs by Mulligan and Rogers.



 The Lionel Hampton Quartet
Clef 1953 or '54
Cover art by David Stone Martin.




The Dean Martin TV Show
Dean Martin
Reprise 1966
Cover art by Bernie Fuchs.




Beatles for Sale
The Beatles
Parlophone (UK) 1964 (mono)



Harpo
Harpo Marx
Mercury 1957



Is That All There Is?
Peggy Lee
Capitol 1969



Jazz: Red Hot and Cool
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Columbia 1955




Charlie Parker Plays Cole Porter
Charlie Parker
Columbia, Clef Series (UK) 1957



Ellington Uptown
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
Columbia Masterworks 1952




Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
The Cure
Elektra 1987



The Unforgettable Fire
U2
Island 1984



Della
Della Reese
RCA Victor 1960



The Songs of Academy Award Winner James Van Heusen
Pearl Bailey
Roulette 1964



"Oh Yeah"
Billy Williams
Mercury 1957



Greatest Hits
Diana Ross and the Supremes
Motown 1967
With poster insert.
Artwork by Robert Taylor.




Stormsville
Johnny & the Hurricanes
Warwick 1960



Please Please Me
The Beatles
Parlophone 1963 (1969 "type 4" pressing)
Garrod & Lofthouse flipback cover, original sepia inner sleeve.



Let it Be
The Beatles
Apple/United Artists 1970
Original 1970 red apple label.



The Genius Hits the Road
Ray Charles
ABC Paramount 1961



Cuttin' Capers
Doris Day
Columbia 1959



Ring Around Rosie
Rosemary Clooney and the Hi-Lo's
Columbia 1957



A Swingin' Affair
Frank Sinatra
Capitol 1957



This is Sinatra!
Frank Sinatra
Capitol 1956



Sammy Davis, Jr. at Town Hall
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Decca 1959



Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops
RCA Victor 1960



Last Train from Overbrook
James Moody
Argo 1958



Sax & Flute Man
James Moody
Paula 1973



What's New?
Sonny Rollins
RCA Victor 1962
Cover art by Mike Ludlow.



The Ebullient Mr. Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Verve 1959



Gentle on My Mind
Glen Campbell
Capitol 1967



Georgy Girl
The Seekers
Capitol 1967
In original shrink wrap.



Sounds of Silence
Simon & Garfunkel
Columbia 1966
Early pressing (with "Tiger Beat" photo on back cover).




Aftermath
The Rolling Stones
Decca (UK) 1966
Early '70s pressing.



Between the Buttons
The Rolling Stones
London 1967



The Exciting Wilson Pickett
Wilson Pickett
Atlantic 1966



Mott
Mott the Hoople
Columbia 1973



You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic
Ian Hunter
Chrysalis 1979



The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
Columbia 1963
Early mono pressing of first issue, with "Guaranteed high fidelity" printed on label.



Moving
Peter, Paul and Mary
Warner Brothers 1963



Goin' Places
The Kingston Trio
Capitol 1961



New Frontier
The Kingston Trio
Capitol 1962



Dobie!
Dwayne Hickman
Capitol 1960



77 Sunset Strip
Warren Barker
Warner Brothers 1959



It's Mashed Potato Time
Dee Dee Sharp
Cameo 1962



South Street
The Orlons
Cameo 1963



That's All
Bobby Darin
Atco 1959



Moon River & Other Great Movie Themes
Andy Williams
Columbia 1962
Jack Jones Sings
Jack Jones
Kapp 1966



Sincerely Yours…
Robert Goulet
Columbia 1962



Two of Us
Robert Goulet
Columbia 1962



Rubber Soul
The Beatles
Parlophone (UK) 1965 (mono, 2nd pressing, 1966-69)




Rubber Soul
The Beatles
Capitol 1965 (mono)




Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan
Columbia 1966
Cover photo by Jerry Schatzberg.
Original inside spread, with photos of Claudia Cardinale and an unknown person whispering into Dylan's ear (both were removed from later US pressings, beginning in 1968)


Below: UK (CBS) pressing, circa 1968-69
Gatefold with Claudia/whisperer photos + original inner sleeves.




How the West was Won
Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, various artists
RCA Victor 1960
With book insert.



Indigos
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
Columbia 1958
below: stereo version




Piano in the Background
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
Columbia 1960



Further Definitions
Benny Carter and His Orchestra
Impulse! 1962



Beauty and the Beat
Bob Scobey's Frisco Jazz Band
RCA Victor 1957



Bing with a Beat
Bing Crosby with Bob Scobey's Frisco Jazz Band
RCA Victor 1957



Harry's Choice!
Harry James and His Orchestra
Capitol 1958




Les Brown's in Town
Les Brown and His Band of Renown
Capitol circa 1953



Stretching Out
Ramsey Lewis Trio
Argo 1960



Nat King Cole Sings / George Shearing Plays
Nat "King" Cole and the George Shearing Quintet
Capitol 1962




Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music
Ray Charles
ABC-Paramount 1962



Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Volume Two
Ray Charles
ABC-Paramount 1962



Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast
Van Morrison
Mercury 1984



Mary Jean & 9 Others
Marshall Crenshaw
Warner Brothers 1987



Imperial Bedroom
Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Columbia 1982



Carolina Dreams
The Marshall Tucker Band
Capricorn 1977



Concert Encores
Mantovani and His Orchestra
London 1957



Operatic Arias
Mantovani and His Orchestra
London 1956



The Mancini Sound
Henry Mancini, His Orchestra and Chorus
RCA Victor 1968



Portrait of Johnny
Johnny Mathis
Columbia 1961
Cover art by Ralph Cowan.



Sing the Best of Irving Berlin
Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan
Mercury 1957



Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley
Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley
Capitol 1962



Mr. Blues
B.B. King
ABC-Paramount 1963
With original inner sleeve.
Capitol Record Club pressing.



HELP!
The Beatles
Parlophone 1965 (stereo, 4th pressing, 1969-70)




Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles
Capitol 1967 (first pressing)




Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With the Lions
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Zapple 1969
Wedding Album
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Apple 1969
With inserts.




All Things Must Pass
George Harrison
Apple 1970
3-record set, with poster.



Be Yourself Tonight
Eurythmics
RCA 1985



Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams
BoDeans
Slash 1986



Green
R.E.M.
Warner Brothers 1988



Blood on the Tracks
Bob Dylan
Columbia 1975



Point of No Return
Frank Sinatra
Capitol 1962



The President's Favorite Music
various artists
RCA Victor 1956



John Fitzgerald Kennedy: The Presidential Years - 1960-63
Pickwick 1963



Gallant Men: Stories of the American Adventure
Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen
Capitol 1966



The Life Album of Presidential Campaign Songs:
Sing Along with Millard Fillmore
Life magazine 1964




Everybody Cha Cha!
The Fred Astaire Dance Studio Orchestra
RCA Camden 1959
With booklet insert.



The Classic Della
Della Reese
RCA Victor 1962
Cover art by Mike Ludlow.



Yesterday and Today
The Beatles
Capitol 1966
Top: "Trunk Cover."
Peeled and semi-peeled "Butcher Covers."





Mr. "Personality"
Lloyd Price
ABC-Paramount 1959



 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong
Elvis' Gold Records -- Volume 2
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor 1959 (1964-67 mono pressing)




Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Itzhak Perlman, Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra
Angel 1981
Cover signed on reverse by Itzhak Perlman




Hail, Sousa!
University of Michigan Band
Vanguard 1968



Banjo on My Knee
John Cali
Mercury 1959



Um Um Um Um Um Um: The Best of Major Lance
Major Lance
Okeh 1964
Below: The Beatles return to London following their first visit to the U.S. in February 1964; one of the records Paul McCartney purchased while in the States was The Best of Major Lance, which he's holding in his right hand. 




More Greatest Hits
Connie Francis
MGM 1961



Sing Along with Connie Francis
Connie Francis
Mati-Mor Superecords 1961



Navy Blue
Diane Renay
20th Century Fox 1964



Green Eyes
Helen O'Connell
Vik 1957



Can't We Be Friends?
Jane Powell
Verve 1956



Some Girls
The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stone Records 1978
Discontinued outer and inner sleeves, designed by Peter Corriston.




Tattoo You
The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stone Records 1981



Let's Dance
David Bowie
EMI America 1983



St. Louis to Liverpool
Chuck Berry
Chess 1964



Here Stands Fats Domino
Fats Domino
Imperial 1957



Fats Domino Swings
Fats Domino
Imperial 1959



Gormé Sings Showstoppers
Eydie Gormé
ABC Paramount 1958
Two on the Aisle
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé
United Artists 1962
Cozy
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé
United Artists 1961



It's Us Again
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé
Mati-Mor Supercords 1964
Together On Broadway
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé
Columbia 1967



Blame It on the Bossa Nova
Eydie Gormé
Columbia 1963



Do You Wanna Dance?
Bobby Freeman
Jubilee 1958
This is a DJ (disc jockey) copy, 1962 pressing.




Dance 'Til Quarter to Three with U.S. Bonds
Gary "U.S." Bonds
Legrand 1961




Introducing... the Beatles (mono)
The Beatles
Vee Jay 1964
Authentic 1964 Vee Jay pressing.



Something New
The Beatles
Odeon (Germany) (1977 pressing).
Below:
U.S. stereo version on Capitol "subsidiary" label, issued in 1968 or early '69.





The Concert for Bangladesh
George Harrison & Friends
Apple 1971



Some Time in New York City
John Lennon & Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band
Apple 1972



No One Cares
Frank Sinatra
Capitol 1959
Only the Lonely
Frank Sinatra
Capitol 1958
Cover art by Nick Volpe.




The Party's Over
Polly Bergen
Columbia 1957



Brass/Trio
Sonny Rollins
Verve 1959 (first stereo pressing)



Blues in Orbit
Duke Ellington
Columbia 1960



Altotude
Earl Bostic
King 1956



Monk's Music
Thelonious Monk Septet
Riverside 1957
1959-60 pressing.




 Oscar Peterson Plays Harry Warren
Oscar Peterson
Clef 1954
Cover art by David Stone Martin.



I'll Cry If I Want To
Lesley Gore
Mercury 1963



Mr. Blue
The Fleetwoods
Dolton 1959



Johnny Tillotson's Best
Johnny Tillotson
Cadence 1961
Promotional copy.



Ruby Baby
Dion
Columbia 1963



The Impressions
The Impressions
ABC-Paramount 1963



Hot Buttered Soul
Isaac Hayes
Enterprise 1969



Songs I Wish I Had Sung the First Time Around . . .
Decca 1956



Blooming Hits
Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra
Philips 1967
Whipped Cream & Other Delights
Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass
A&M 1965
South of the Border
Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass
A&M 1964




Reach Out
Burt Bacharach
A&M 1967



Abbey Road
The Beatles
Apple (UK) 1969 (c. 1976 pressing)



Abbey Road
The Beatles
Apple (US) 1969
"Cover #2" (printed on card stock with "Her Majesty" listed on the back cover). West coast pressing.



McLemore Avenue
Booker T. & the M.G.s
Stax 1970



Hey Jude (a.k.a. The Beatles Again)
The Beatles
Apple 1970



Harvest
Neil Young
Reprise 1972
American Stars 'n' Bars
Neil Young
Reprise 1977




Live at Leeds
The Who
Polydor (Germany) 1970
Early pressing with gatefold sleeve and 11 of 12 original inserts.



Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin
Atlantic 1970
Early pressing (1841 Broadway address on label).



In the Land of Hi-Fi
Dinah Washington
Mercury 1956



Swingin' Pretty
Keely Smith
Capitol 1959



 Lady in Satin
Billie Holiday
Columbia 1958




All American Boy
Rick Derringer
Blue Sky 1973



Walls and Bridges
John Lennon
Apple 1974
Rock 'n' Roll
John Lennon
Apple 1975




Thirty Three & 1/3
George Harrison
Dark Horse 1976



Ram
Paul and Linda McCartney
Apple 1971



Ringo
Ringo Starr
Apple 1973
With illustrated lyric book insert.



Mr. Easy
Jesse Belvin
RCA Victor 1960



Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Mel Carter
Imperial 1965



Double Time
Leon Redbone
Warner Brothers 1977



For Everyman
Jackson Browne
Asylum 1973



Into the Purple Valley
Ry Cooder
Reprise 1972




His Band and the Street Choir
Van Morrison
Warner Bros. 1970
Early pressing, mastered by Robert Ludwig.
With lyric sheet insert.



Songs by Burke and Van Heusen
Lena Horne
RCA Victor 1959



The Bickersons
Don Ameche and Frances Langford
Columbia 1962
The Bickersons Fight Back
Don Ameche and Frances Langford
Columbia 1965



Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Derek and the Dominos
Atco 1970



Flowers
The Rolling Stones
London 1967



Fire
Ohio Players
Mercury 1974



An Evening with Jayne
Kurt Jensen and His Orchestra
Hollywood 1958




Calendar Girl
Julie London
Liberty 1956




Dino Latino
Dean Martin
Reprise 1962
Cover art by Jim Jonson.



Swing Softly
Johnny Mathis
Columbia 1958



Burl Ives Sings . . . for Fun
Burl Ives
Decca 1956



A Treasure House of Best-Loved Children's Songs
Bob Keeshan
Golden Records 1958
A Musical Visit to Captain Kangaroo's Treasure House
Bob Keeshan
Peter Pan 1962



Surfer Girl
The Beach Boys
Capitol 1963



Dead Man's Curve / The New Girl in School
Jan & Dean
Liberty 1964



When the Whistle Blows Anything Goes
The Soul Survivors
Crimson 1967
Them Again
Them
Parrot 1966



It's Too Late to Stop Now
Van Morrison (live, 2 LPs)
Warner Brothers 1974 (1978 pressing)




Coming Home
Little Richard
Coral 1963



Bill Haley's Chicks
Bill Haley and His Comets
Decca 1959
This is an early '60s pressing.



The Amazing Timi Yuro
Timi Yuro
Mercury 1964



Concertos for You
Liberace and Paul Weston
Columbia 1954



Young Americans
David Bowie
RCA Victor 1975



Desire
Bob Dylan
Columbia 1976



The Late, Late Show
Dakota Staton
Capitol 1957
Crazy He Calls Me
Dakota Staton
Capitol 1959




Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings
Bing Crosby and Buddy Bregman
Verve 1956



Easy to Remember
The Norman Luboff Choir
Columbia 1955
But Beautiful
The Norman Luboff Choir
Columbia 1959




Get Happy!
Elvis Costello and the Attractions
F-Beat 1980



Eat to the Beat
Blondie
Chrysalis 1979
In original shrink wrap.



Seconds of Pleasure
Rockpile
Columbia 1980



Die Beatles
The Beatles
Hörzu (Germany) 1964 (2nd pressing)



The Beatles Beat
The Beatles
Odeon (Germany) 1964 (1977 pressing)



Jeri Southern at the Crescendo
Jeri Southern (live)
Capitol 1960



Basin Street East Proudly Presents Miss Peggy Lee, 
Recorded at the Fabulous New York Club
Peggy Lee (live)
Capitol 1961



Newport 1958
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Columbia 1958



 Underground
Thelonious Monk
Columbia 1968




Sticky Fingers
The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stone 1971
Spanish (top) and US versions.



Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan
Columbia 1965 (1960s stereo pressing)



Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkel
Columbia 1970



The Best of Mancini
Henry Mancini
RCA Victor 1964
The Columbia Album of Irving Berlin
Frank DeVol and His Orchestra
Columbia 1958



Classics with a Chaser
Caterina Valente, Werner Müller
RCA Victor 1960
Cover art by Len Goldberg.



Duke Ellington, His Piano, and His Orchestra at the Bal Masque
Duke Ellington
Columbia 1958



Miles Ahead
Miles Davis
Columbia 1957



Vaughan and Violins
Sarah Vaughan
Mercury 1959




The Real Macaw
Graham Parker
Arista 1983
Another Grey Area
Graham Parker
Arista 1982



Groovin'
The Young Rascals
Atlantic 1967



Time Peace: The Rascals' Greatest Hits
The Rascals
Atlantic 1968



Double Dynamite
Sam & Dave
Stax 1966



With the Beatles
The Beatles
Parlophone (UK) 1963 (circa 1976 pressing)



Meet the Beatles!
The Beatles
Capitol 1964 (mono)
Below: stereo version.




Night and Day
Joe Jackson
A&M 1982



"Danny Boy" and Other Songs I Love to Sing
Andy Williams
Columbia 1962



The Beat of My Heart
Tony Bennett
Columbia 1957



Getz/Gilberto
Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim
Verve 1964



A flat, G flat, and C
Yusef Lateef
Impulse! 1966 (1972 stereo pressing)
Below: 1960s mono pressing.




Macanudo
Ahmad Jamal
Argo 1963



Come Fly with Me
Frank Sinatra
Capitol 1958
Cover art by Jim Jonson.



Sing it Again Rod
Rod Stewart
Mercury 1973



A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles
Parlophone 1964 (mono, 1st pressing)





December
George Winston
Windham Hill 1982



Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano
Pinchas Zukerman and Claude Bolling
Columbia Masterworks 1977
Cover art by Roger Huyssen.



Common One
Van Morrison
Warner Brothers 1980



Soldier of Love
Arthur Alexander
Ace 1987
A Shot of Rhythm and Soul
Arthur Alexander
Ace 1982



One by One
The Coasters
Atco 1960




Bernard Herrmann
Bernard Hermann
London 1976



Something Cool
June Christy
Capitol 1960 (reissue of 1955 LP)
Cover art by Jim Jonson



Bouquet of Blues
Dinah Shore
RCA Victor 1956



The End of the World
Julie London
Liberty 1963



EB 84
The Everly Brothers
Mercury 1984



Cloud Nine
George Harrison
Dark Horse 1987
In original shrink wrap.



A Drum Is a Woman
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
Columbia 1956



Back to Back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the Blues
Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges
Verve 1959




'Round About Midnight
Miles Davis
Columbia 1957



Kulu Sé Mama
John Coltrane
Impulse! 1967



Bitches Brew
Miles Davis
Columbia 1970



Sly & the Family Stone
Epic 1971



Rust Never Sleeps
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Reprise 1979



Their Satanic Majesties Request
The Rolling Stones
London 1967
Early pressing with original lenticular photo by Michael Cooper.




Disraeli Gears
Cream
Atco 1967



John Wesley Harding
Bob Dylan
Columbia 1968



Nashville Skyline
Bob Dylan
Columbia 1969
Half-Speed Mastered Audiophile Recording, released in 1981.
With original plastic outer sleeve.
Below:
Original 1969 "2-eye," "360 Sound" stereo pressing.




Peter, Paul and Mary
Peter, Paul and Mary
Warner Brothers 1962



First Meetin'
Lightin' Hopkins with Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Big Joe Williams
World-Pacific 1960
This is a 1963 stereo reissue on red vinyl.



The Holy Land
Johnny Cash
Columbia 1969
In shrink wrap, with original lenticular photo on cover.



The Sound of Wilson Pickett
Wilson Pickett
Atlantic 1967



Shearing on Stage!
The George Shearing Quintet
Capitol 1959



The Genius of Ray Charles
Atlantic 1959 (1962 pressing)



Big Band and Quartet in Concert
Thelonious Monk
Columbia 1964
Below: mono




The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album
Fantasy 1975
In original shrink wrap.



The Beatles' Second Album
The Beatles
Capitol 1964 (mono)
Early Scranton, PA pressing.



Stereo "subsidiary" label, pressed in 1968 or early '69.




Beatles '65
The Beatles
Capitol 1964 (mono)



Beatles VI
The Beatles
Capitol 1965 (mono)



Elvis is Back!
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor 1960



The Last Waltz
The Band
Warner Brothers 1978



Astral Weeks
Van Morrison
Warner Brothers 1968
Early ("W7") pressing (1968-69). "1-5-69" is handwritten on the back of the album cover--presumably the date the record was purchased by, or given to, the original owner. Astral Weeks was released in November of 1968.





All records are from the collection of Jon Oye.

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