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Here’s a roundup of the places I use, or have used in the past, to sell my vinyl online.
First up is the 800 pound gorilla in the room – eBay. For the rare items where it’s hard to set a price – obscure local Northern Soul 45′s, deep groove original pressing Blue Note lps – eBay is the place to set the price, since the buyers determine the final selling price. If you have popular, in demand titles, this, along with Amazon, is still the place. For obscure items waiting for the right buyer, this is also a good place to list it. Unfortunately, eBay’s fees keep getting higher and higher. If you have a store with 5000 items, this will cost you $50 for the storefront and $250.00 just for listing every month. And that’s before you sell anything. Tack on another 15% – 20% to cover selling commissions – and don’t forget eBay takes their cut out of your lowest shipping price too! I still use it for the rare items, but for obscure stuff that needs to wait for the right buyer, I’m sticking more on my own website. I still keep some up on eBay just to let people know that I stock blues, jazz, and Northern Soul.
Number 2 on the list and closing fast is Amazon. Listing is lots faster, especially for barcoded cds and lps. If you have more than a few hundred, it’s worth becoming a pro merchant for $40/month – you won’t pay the extra closing fee. They charge a 15% commission, a closing fee of $1.35 per item, and a 99c fee if you’re not a pro merchant. I wouldn’t list obscure stuff on there – it’d get lost, nor would I list auction quality items there. For classic rock and r&b, I’d sell it there rather than eBay. If you have mainly cds – look into their FBA program – saves you lots of work. Amazon handles all the shipping – the added dollars you can add to the selling price since your item now qualifies for free shipping more than covers their fee. I haven’t tried this with lps yet. I’ll give a report on listing lps on FBA next year.
GEMM – no listing fees, takes a 15% cut. They’ve upgraded their search, but problems still dog it. People don’t list consistently so it’s hard to compare – The Beatles vs. Beatles vs Beatles, The all show up differently. For more obscure titles, it’s not a problem as there are only 1 or 2 listings. But for more popular titles – say you’re trying to locate a particular pressing of “The Wall” by Pink Floyd, it becomes more problematic. Sales also seem to be lacking over there – I’ve only had one sale in the last 3 months. You upload your bulk listings in an Excel format, so if you’re already inventorying your records or uploading to another site in that format, you might as well list them here too.
Discogs – this is the newest site I’ve tried. See my early review last week. Easy to list – as easy as Amazon. Search still leaves something to be desired – the more obscure stuff is not in their catalog and prices don’t seem to be best. No listing fee, only a final value fee of 6% to 8%, and you handle all the payment issues with the customer. Sales also seem to be slim – some Neil Young vinyl I listed hasn’t had a sale in months.
Craigslist – If you just want to get rid of a bunch of stuff cheap, this is the way to do it. I wouldn’t fool with trying to list stuff individually for $5 or $10 – you’ll end up sitting around at home twiddling your thumbs waiting on no-shows. But for getting rid of 50 or 100 at a time, this is a great way of doing it. I usually get 25 cents to 50 cents a record on classic rock, a quarter a piece on r&b and other rock outside of classic, and up to $1 or $2 apiece on jazz. List some titles in your ad so people get a feel for what you have.
There’s some other sites that do vinyl as a sideline – Etsy and Alibris come to mind. And there’s tons of other auction sites out there – but I think the number of sites outnumbers the bidders on them. A lot of them just seem to be a bunch of friends trading amongst themselves. I wouldn’t waste time listing there.
My friends at Omega Music told me about this site. I went ahead and listed about 100 items on there this week – here’s my review and early thoughts on using it.
Registration is free, as is listing. You pay a 6% to 8% final value fee. You set up your own payment terms, postage costs, and related items. Once you set those parameters, you’re ready to list.
It can’t get much easier to list items than on Discogs. All you do is type in the artist’s name and title (if it’s a band like the Beatles that has tons of records – you just need to type in the artist’s name if they only have 1 or 2 lps). On the right hand side, Discogs pops up its choices for your search. Click on the one that has the correct label and catalog number. All the info regarding personnel, track listing, year released, etc. has already been entered for you. Just check off the menu for vinyl condition and sleeve condition (they use Goldmine grading standards), add a note in the comments box – I use this to expand upon condition, noting why that lp is vg, or whatever – and your price. Click ok and you’re done, off to the next one!
When someone buys your lp, you get a message from Discogs. From there, you send an invoice to the buyer with the proper postage for foreign or combined lp purchase. and then they pay you. There seems to be a fair number of non paying buyers – a little annoying – my first sale was cancelled due to a npb.
I’ll list a few hundred more this weekend and see how it rolls. The advantages are no listing fees, no store fees, and only a 6% fvf. Disadvantages seem to be slower sales. For the casual seller, this site is probably great – list a couple crates of records, then sit back and let the sales roll in. For me, an internet only seller, it’s a good way to get rid of lower priced (under $25) stock that is too good, or too obscure, just to do dump in a wholesale lot or at a yard sale.
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Just published my new e-book “Sell Vinyl: A Profitable Sideline” . From the sales blurb …
“Want to know which one of those 25 cent records are worth $50? Should you pass on the lot of 500 classical music 78s? Are those Blue Note jazz lps worth anything? This book, written by Mike Chlanda, online vinyl seller, blogger on the vinyl lp marketplace, former owner of a brick and mortar (b&m) record store, and with over 25 years of selling vinyl fulltime, is the definitive guide to picking vinyl as a sideline. It lists the top selling lps in the major genres, including rock, jazz, r&b, rap, blues, and country. This guide also includes the high priced sellers in 45s and 78s. Also included are essential reference books, instruction for packing 78′s, 45′s, and lps for safe shipping, where to get cheap packing supplies, and even a section on how to purchase United States postage for up to 25% off face value!
This nearly 50 page guide comes with a 30 day no questions asked refund policy.
Get this book and hit the next yard sale to make some money!”
As you can see it comes with a 30 day money back guarantee, and if you use the promo code “iknowmikey”, you’ll get a 50% from the $17 cover price.
Tired of paying $5 for a little two ounce bottle of cleaning fluid? Well, here’s an easy way to make your own and save some bucks at the same time.
Supplies – you’ll need lab grade isopropyl alcohol, distilled water, and a surfactant to break the surface tension on the lp. If you really want to be picky, use steam distilled, triple de-ionized water. The isopropyl and the water should be available from a local chemical supply house. I use Ivory dish soap – just a couple drops per 2 oz. bottle should be fine. Others recommend Trton X-114 from Rohm-Hass and Monolan 2000 from Diamond Shamrock. Whatever you use, don’t use the Kodaflow from Kodak – it leaves behind a nasty residue on the record. Bad for the vinyl, bad for the stylus. Even Kodak warned against this use.
Here’s the “secret brew” recipe. One part isopropyl alcohol to four parts water, plus 2 drops of surfactant per 2 ounces of brew. That’s it!
Use a good nylon brush from Discwasher or Bags Unlimited to get the gunk out with the homebrew cleaner. Let the record absolutely dry before putting away in storage – otherwise you’ll have some nasty mildew on that Barry Manilow record next time you play it. Oh wait, that was already there, engrained in the grooves.
If you have a b&m record store, or do a lot of shows, bottle up some of this, stick on some cool labels, and sell your own magic elixir! Record collectors are notorious for looking for the next new cleaning fix – you might as well make some money off their addiction.
Here’s last week’s top 100 blues albums from last week – not many high priced sales, but plenty of relatively common stuff, but still sealed, going for good prices $30 and up. A lot of younger folks have grown up with the clean sound of the cd and want the same sound from the vinyl, driving the price of the audiophile reissues and sealed copies of the original lp up. Me – I’ll take the extra dollars and “invest” it in still more vinyl!
1) Sonny Boy Williamson “Down and Out Blues” Checker LP-1437 $360
2) Sonny Boy Williamson “Down and Out Blues” Checker LP-1437 $355
Two copies this week within $5 of each other – great album, tough to find, as reflected in the price.
3)Robert Johnson “King of the Delta Blues Singers” 1961 Columbia CL-239 mono lp 6 eyes logo $239
4) John Lee Hooker “The Healer” Original Master Lacquers from Chameleon on Classic Records. Unique sealed, RTH 1591-45, 45 rpm lp $228
One of a kind original master lacquers cut from the original master tapes and used by Classic Records to produce stampers that pressed their vinyl reissue editions.
Here’s how it works: In real time, the master tape was running along with the cutting lathe cutting the groove modulations in the master lacquer. The master lacquer was then electroplated and produced a Master plate used ultimately to make stampers that press vinyl records. Once the master lacquer has made its metal master it can still be played like an LP and represents the CLOSEST transfer to the original master tape used to cut it! The sound of lacquer is as close to the sound of the master tape as you can ever get – with the least amount of information lost in the transfer and the highest fidelity. The master lacquer of a Classic Records title offers the ultimate collectible given there is only one set per title*. For these special “one of a kind editions” the master lacquers have been delicately trimmed down from 14″ to 12″ in diameter so that they can be played back on any modern turntable. Each disc is single sided and perfectly flat for playback sound that is nothing short of breathtaking. Each set is packaged in its own custom box and sealed and numbered to preserve their collectibility.
5) Robert Johnson “King of the Delta Blues Singers” Columbia CL 239 1961 mono lp 6 eyes logo $222
6) The Best of Little Walter Original pressing on the Chess label # LP 1428 $213
7) Muddy Waters “Muddy Waters – The Chess Box” Japan 11 lp box set $213
8) Lightnin’ Sam Hopkins “Lightnin’s in Town” Folk Art FLP 5003 $171
9) Howlin’ Wolf “Moanin’ in the Moonlight” Chess LP-1434 $160
10) V/A “Walkin’ By Myself” Chess LP-1446 $132
11) John Lee Hooker “The Healer” RTH-2018-45 4 lp set Classic Records 200 Gram SV-PH $131
12) Terry Evans “Puttin’ It Down” Audioquest AQ-LP1038 1995 lp $135
13) Lightnin’ Hopkins “Lightnin’ – The Blues of Lightnin’ Hopkins” Prestige Bluesville BVLP-1019 $121
14) Mighty Sam McClain “Give It Up To Love” Audioquest 1995 lp AQ-LP-1015 $115
15) Lightnin’ Hopkins “Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins” Folkways Records FS 3822 $113
16) B.B. King “Lucille” MSFL 1235 1994 lp $111
17 Denny King “Evil Wind is Blowing” Specialty 1972 $102
18) Robert Johnson “The Complete Recordings” Columbia C3 46222 $102
19) Muddy Waters “Best of” Chess LP-1427 1957 $102
20) T- Bone Walker “T-Bone Blues” Atlantic LP 8020 1959 $102
21) Jimmy Davis “Maxwell Street” Elektra mono lp $100
22) Bobby Bland “The Soul Of The Man” Duke DLP 79 mono $100
23) T-Bone Walker ‘T-Bone Blues” mono wlp Atlantic $100
24) Lonnie Johnson “Blues By Lonnie Johnson” Bluesville $89
25) Son House “Negro Blues and Hollers From the Archives of Folk Song Edited by Marshall W. Stearns” Library of Congress (AFS-L59) 1974. With booklet $80
26) Albert King “King Of The Blues Guitar” Stax lp 1969 $75
27) Muddy Waters “Folk Singer” 200 gram, 45 rpm sealed lp set reissue $80
28) B.B. King “Lucille” MFSL 1-235 $70
29) Lightnin’ Hopkins “Greatest” Prestige Bluesville BV 108 $67
30) Lightnin’ Hopkins “On Stage” Imperial LP-9180A $67
31) Muddy Waters “The Muddy Waters Chess Box” Chess MCA 1990 6 lp box set CH6-80002 promo sticker on back $61
32) Lightnin’ Hopkins “Texas Blues Man” Arhoolie F 1034 $60
33) Chicken Shark “100 Ton Chicken” Blue Horizon 1969 BH-7706 UK lp $57
34) Eddie “The Blues Man” Kirkland “It’s The Blues Man” Prestige 15010 mono dark blue label
35) B.B. King “Singin’ The Blues” Crown $60
36) Bobby Bland “Two Steps From the Blues” Duke 617 1961 lp $60
37) Skip James “Devil Got My Woman” Vanguard VSD 79273 $60
38) Albert King “Born Under A Bad Sign” Stax 1967 $52
39) Joe Willie and His King Biscuit Boys “Memphis Blues Caravan Volume 1″ Adamo ADS 9507 $52
40) T-Bone Walker “Sings the Blues” Imperial $52
41 ) Buddy Guy “The Blues Giant” Isabel Records, French LP 900.500 1973 $53
42) John Lee Hooker “It Serves You Right to Suffer” gatefold lp $51
43) Muddy Waters “The Real Folk Blues” mono lp $52
44) B.B. King “Lucille” Bluesway 6016 lp sealed $51
45) B.B. King “Live at the Regal” Ace sealed lp $50
46) Ma Rainey “Ma Rainey & the Classic Blues Singers” CBS M-52798 UK 1970 $5047) Steve Cropper & Albert King “Jammed Together” Stax DJ lp $50
48) Mildred Anderson Person to Person, Prestige Bluesville BVLP1004 $50
49) John Lee Hooker “It Serves You Right to Suffer” Impulse A-9103 mono lp gatefold $49
50) Albert King “Born Under A Bad Sign” Stax lp $52
51) Robert Johnson “The Complete Recordings” Columbia 3 lp set $47
51) Jesse Graves -self-titled lp Gazebo G-B 1000 $47
52) Muddy Waters. “Folk Singer” Classic 200g, 2001 $47
53) John Lee Hooker “Endless Boogie” ABC double lp $45
54) William Clarke “Can’t You Hear Me Talking” 1983 LP Watch Dog (Torrance, CA) $45
55) Big Mama Thornton “Stronger Than Dirt” Mercury SR 61225 $45
56) Howlin’ Wolf “The Howlin’ Wolf Album” aka “This is Howlin’ Wolf’s New Album…” 1969 Cadet Concept LPS-319
57) Howlin Wolf: Evil. Chess LP-1540 $45
58) Lonesome Sundown “1956-58 LONESOME WHISTLER” Flyright UK lp $45
59) v/a “Memphis Harp and Piano Jam” Japan lp P-Vine Sun PLP-350 with lyrics insert $47
60) Taj Mahal “Giant Step – Old Folks” Sealed 2 lp set 1969 $42
61) Dave Allen Color Blind Blues LP WLP Promo $42
62) Muddy Waters “Muddy Waters Live” Chess 55001 $42
63) Urban Holiness Service Elder Charles D. Beck Folkways Records FR 8901 with booklet $40
64) Doctor Ross “Memphis Breakdown” P-Vine Japan PLP-352 $40
65)Muddy Waters “Muddy Waters’ Woodstock Album” Chess gatefold lp $41
66) Brownie McGhee Sonny Terry “At the 2nd Fret” Bluesville 1058 mono with RVG on deadwax 1962 $40
67) Brownie Mcghee Sonny Terry “Back Country Blues” Savoy MG 14019 mono RVG on deadwax 1958 $40
68) Otis Rush “I Can’t Quit You Baby” Japan Vivid Cobra with Obi VS-6001 $40
69) Muddy Waters “Muddy “Mississippi” Waters Live” Columbia 35712 sealed lp $41
70) Howlin’ Wolf “Back Door Wolf” Chess 50045 sealed lp $41
71) Tampa Red “Don’t Tampa With the Blues” Prestige Bluesvile BVLP-1030 blue with silver lettering labels. 1961 $41
72) Mighty Joe Young “Bluesy Josephine” sealed lp $40
73)Buddy Guy “I Was Walking Through The Woods” 180 gram audiophile sealed lp $40
74) Blind Lemon Jefferson “The Folk Blues of” 10″ lp Riverside Jazz Archive 1014 mono lp. This very rare eight-song 1953 10-inch album of music recorded in Chicago in the late 1920s by the legendary blues singer, which is not available on CD $40
75) Lightnin’ Hopkins with Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee “Blues Hoot” 180 gram Pure Virgin Vinyl Analogue Pressing on DCC Compact Classics, Limited Edition No. 2371, LPZ-2007 $40
76) Artie White “Dark End of the Street” WLP Ichiban 1117 1990 $40
77) Willie Dixon “Catalyst” QBQD 1433 Ovation Quadraphonic, stock white sleeve $40
78) B.B. King “The Electric B.B. King” Bluesway sealed lp $40
79) Muddy Waters “Folk Singer” MFSL 1-201 lp $40
80) Albert Collins “Cold Snap” MFSL LP $40
81) Slim Harpo “Tip On In” Excello 8008 $40
82) Robert Johnson “King of the Delta Bluesmen” 180 gram audiophile Vols. 1 & 2 $40
83) Bukka White “Mississippi Blues Vol. 1″ Takoma B1001 $40
84) Lightnin’ Hopkins “Talkin’ Some Sense” Jewel 5001 LPS $40
85) Reverend Gary Davis “Pure Religion” Prestige Folklore FL 14028 mono lp 1965 $40
86) Pete Kaufman “The Legendary Pete Kaufman Plays the Back Alley Blues” Herwin Records (H-302-A/B) Mono lp 1977 $40
87) Josh White “Josh White’s Blues” Mercury MG 20203 lp $40
88) Little Milton “Alone and Blue” P-Vine Sun 1953-54 Recordings PLP-31 with obi $40
89) Memphis Slim “Real Boogie-Woogie” 1960 Folkways LP $40
90) B.B. King “B.B. King Wails” LP Red Vinyl Crown Records CST 147 $40
91) Reverend Gary Davis “A Little More Faith” Prestige Bluesville mono BV-1032 1961 lp $38
92) Lightnin’ Hopkins & Big Mama Thornton “Ball and Chain” Arhoolie 1039 $38
93) Harmonica Slim “The Return of Harmonica Slim” Flying Dutchman Bluestime BTS-9005 $38
94) Sonny Boy Williamson “Bummer Road” Chess CH-1536 stereo 1969 lp $36
95) B.B. King & Bobby Bland “Together for the First Time…Live” ABC Dunhill DSY-50190/2 $36
96) Chicken Shack “Accept” 1970 Blue Horizon LP BH-4809 $36
97) Son House “Real Delta Blues” Blue Goose LP 2016 $36
98) John Lee Hooker “How Long Blues” 1963 mono Impulse $36
99) V/A “Harmonica Blues” R. CRUMB cover art Yazoo 1053 lp $36
100) Muddy Waters “Folk Singer” Chess 1483 Orange/blue label $36
101) Tampa Red “Don’t Tampa With The Blues” LP Bluesville $36
102) Snooky Pryor “Snooky Pryor and the County Blues” Today 1012 $32
103) John Lee Hooker “Serves You Right To Suffer” Impulse mono lp $36
104) V/A Son House Skip James etc. “Living Legends” Verve Folkways FT-3010 wlp $35
105) John Brim “Little Hudson” Flyright 568 UK lp $35
106) Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon “At the Village Gate” Folkways FA 2386 $35
107) Fred McDowell “My Home is in the Delta” Testament T 2208 $35
108) Lightnin’ Hopkins “Something Blue” Verve Folkways $35
109) Dirty Blues Band self-titled Bluesway $35
100) Blind Gary Davis “Live At Allegheny College, PA 1964 – Afternoon Workshop” Document DLP-527 mono 1988 Austria import $30
The MFSL lps from the 70′s and 80′s have seen their prices spiral downward. The only copies still fetching premium prices are sealed ones and test pressings. Oh, don’t get me wrong, they’re still a nice find at yard sales for a buck each and I’ll still pick them up, but the run of the mill MFSL’s are going online for $15 – $25.
People who collect these are really looking for quality discs – I guess they’ve burned too often by the “stone cold mint – absolutely never played” bs you see all too often.
Anyways, here’s a list of the top ten from last week
1)UHQR pressing of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Serial number 2875 out of 5,000 total. $371
2) UHQR Cat Stevens Tea For the Tillerman MFSL sealed lp $329.99
3) MSFL Crosby Stills Nash Young Deja Vu $300
4) Allman Brothers Band Eat a Peach 2 LP Set – MFSL, Mobile Fidelity, MOFI, Japanese Press – Half Speed Master, Virgin Vinyl – Demonstration Copy $250
5) Supertramp “Breakfast in America” MFSL sealed lp $256.02
6) Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon MFSL sealed lp $224.72
7) Bob Marley Catch a Fire sealed MFSL mint rare low number 186/7500 $199.99
Rare MFSL 1-236 Anadisc 200 gram audiophile pressing, limited edition 186/7500
8) MFSL Pink Floyd Meddle LP vinyl Original Master 4424 sealed $197.91
9) Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon MFSL 1-017 $199.99
10) Blood, Sweat & Tears MFSL 1-251 LP Test Pressing $190.00 no jacket, lp only
11) Chicago Transit Authority MFSL Audiophile 2 LP Sealed $189.99
12) The Beatles A Hard Days Night MFSL Sealed lp $189.99
13) Crosby Stills Nash & Young Deju Vu LP MFSL $185.00
14) Queen The Game MFSL 1-211 nm lp $179.99
15) Jean Michel Jarre Oxgene MFSL sealed lp #0153 $175.00
16) David Bowie Ziggy Stardust MFSL sealed lp $147.77
17) Genesis A Trick of the Tail MFSL sealed lp $147.77
18) The Band Music From Big Pink MFSL sealed lp $140.00
19) Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother MFSL sealed lp $140.02
20) Led Zeppelin II MFSL nm lp $129.98
21) Nirvana Nevermind Mobile Fidelity LP MOFI MFSL nm $129.97
22) Los Lobos Good Morning Aztlán MFSL sealed lp $129.99
23) Beatles Rubber Soul MFSL sealed lp $124.99
24) Beatles Revolver MFSL nm LP $119.50
24) David Bowie Ziggy Stardust MFSL nm lp $105.47
25) Supertramp Paris DCC MFSL $105.27
26) David Bowie Ziggy Stardust MFSL lp nm $104.00
27) Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road MSFL sealed lp $103.50
28) Nirvana Nevermind MFSL nm lp #2059 $103.00
29) Mike Bloomfield Al Kooper Stephen Stills MSFL sealed lp $103
30) Modern Jazz Quartet Live at Lighthouse MFSL nm lp $100
31) The Moody Blues On The Threshold MFSL sealed lp #4001 $100
32) Supertramp Crime of the Century MFSL Sealed LP $100
33) Toto IV MFSL LP near mint $100
34) Blind Faith self-titled MFSL LP near mint $100
35) Donald Fagen Nightfly MFSL Demo Pressing nm lp $99
36) Supertramp Breakfast in America demo pressing lp $99
37) Alice Cooper Welcome MFSL lp demo pressing nm $99
38) Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road MFSL LP Low #0050 $99
39) Crosby Stills Nash & Young Deja Vu MFSL near mint LP $96
For the Real Audiophile – Order of Pressings
These definitions apply to all records, not just MSFL, but I thought I’d stick it in here since so many pricey MSFL’s are the demo/promo or test pressing variety.
1) Test Press – These are the actual 1st press – These do exists from MFSL in plain white cover with Test Press Labels. These would be the absolute cleanest copy but are Very Rare and not many copies are even made.
2) Demonstration Copy – These are the 2nd press – These are printed prior to the very first copy of the record is pressed for the consumer to purchase. These are inspected to make sure they are perfect so they can be used as a Demo Disc.
3) Standard Numbered or Limited Press – These are the 3rd press – These are the stock copies you bought in the record store.
Keep an eye out for the CBS half speed masters – Pink Floyd had one on there. Those can be pricey too.
Here’s the Labor Day blues wrapup – not many high priced blues lps this week – Sim Harpo was the only one to crack $500 this week. Some solid catalog from the ’60s and ’70s are fetching $25 and up – check the blues racks at your local vinyl shops – I know you can pick up some of this stuff for $10 – $15 and resell for $50 or so. Look for Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy. Labels to look for – Chess, Checker, Vanguard. Hell, 3 of the Hooker ‘n Heat lps went for around $60 sealed – you should get $25 for an open copy!
1)Slim Harpo “Scratch My Back” 1965 Excello mono LP 8005 $605
2)Howlin’ Wolf “Moanin’ in the Moonlight” 1959 Chess mono lp 1434 $358
3)Big Bill Broonzy “Big Bill Broonzy Sings” 1955 Period Records mono 10″ lp SPL-1114 $318
Phoenix logo with silver print on label
4)· John Hooker “That’s My Story: John Lee Hooker Sings the Blues” 1960 Riverside mono LP RLP-12-321RLP-12-321 $280
5) · John Lee Hooker “Folk Lore” 1960 Vee Jay stereo lp SR-1033 $227
6) Doug MacLeod “Come To Find” 1994 Audioquest AQ-LP 1027 $215
7) J.B. Lenoir “Natural Man” 1967 Chess mono LP-410 $206
8) Sonny Terry with Brownie McGhee “Sonny Terry’s New Sound” 1961 Folkways mono lp FS-3821 $195
9) Buddy Guy with Otis Spann et al “A Man and the Blues” 1968 Vanguard stereo lp VSD-79272 $195
10)· Lightnin’ Hopkins “Free Form Patterns” 1968 International Artists stereo lp IALP #6 white label promo $179
11) Robert Johnson “The Complete Recordings” 1990 Columbia Records mono 3 lp box set C3-46222 promo stickers with stock labels $172
12) Freddie King “Freddie King Gives You A Bonanza of Instrumentals” 1964 King Records mono LP-928 $162
Original crownless black King mono label with silver print and 3″ wide King logo
13) Peg Leg Sam ” The Last Medicine Show ” Flyright Records LP 507-508 UK $160
14) John Lee Hooker “The Blues Man” 1960 Battle Records stereo LP BLP-6113 $158
Technically a reissue of the 1958 “My Story” lp on Riverside. That was issued in mono, making this the first stereo release of these trax.
15) Albert King with Booker T. and the MG’s “Born Under A Bad Sign” 1967 Stax stereo lp S-723 $154
From the description – there are two original Stax pressings of the lp – the original 1967 pressing made at Atlantic’s pressing plants and the 1968 pressing pressed at Columbia’s plants. There are subtle differences in label texture, matrix number and vinyl thickness. The Atlantic pressings have thicker vinyl, slightly lighter – more lemony – label, block font on the label, and crude hand-etched matrix stamp. The Columbia pressings, which were issued during a brief transition in 1968 between Stax’s termination of Atlantic’s distribution and their acquistion by Gulf + Western, have thinner vinyl, machine-stamped, yellow label, and slightly elongated (almost italic) font on the label. Mono copies pressed by Columbia are believed to be non-existent. This original Stax/Atlantic pressing should not be confused by the short-lived 1970 Atlantic reissue on the green and orange label.
16) · Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “The Portrait of a Man and His Woman” 1972 Hot Line Records stereo lp HL-10025 $150
This lp was released in Europe on cd in a vastly different version, with different artwork and different title – “Blues Shouter”. And no, he’s not really blues…but close enough for me.
17) Big Bill Broonzy “Big Bill’s Blues” 1958 Columbia “Adventures in Sound” label on mono lp WL-111 $146
18) Lightnin’ Hopkins “Strums the Blues” Score Japan lp GXF 36 $146
19) Sonny Terry “Harmonica and Vocal Solos” 1952 Folkways mono 10″ lp FA-2035 $125
20) Howlin’ Wolf self-titled aka “Rockin’ Chair” Chess stereo lp LPS-1469 $120
21) Peppermint Harris “The Folk Blues Series Vol. 5″ 1960 Time Records mono lp $120
22) Lightnin’ Hopkins “On Stage” Imperial label $118
23) Mississippi Fred McDowell “I Do Not Play No Rock ‘n’ Roll” 1969 Capitol stereo LP ST-409 $117
Wow – it’s amazing how many relatively common records from the late ’60s – early 70′s are now commanding good prices.
24) Howlin’ Wolf “Evil” Chess Records 1968 mono lp CH-1540 $116
25) Mighty Sam McClain “Give It Up to Love” Audioquest 1993 lp AQ-LP1015 $115
26) Roosevelt Sykes with Homesick James “The Hard Driving Blues of Roosevelt Sykes” 1966 Delmark Records mono lp DL-607 sealed $106
27) · Buddy Guy “I Left My Blues in San Francisco” 1968 Chess stereo lp LPS-1527 $105
28) Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” 1958 Fantasy mono lp 3296 $102
29) V/A Muddy Waters, B.B. King Big Mama Thornton “The Blues: A Real Summit Meeting” live at Newport 1980 MFSL 2-518 $102
30) Blind Willie McTell “Last Session” 1960 Bluesville mono lp BV-1040 $100
31) Graham Hine “Bottleneck Blues” Blue Goose stereo lp #2002 $100
32) Eddie Boyd with Peter Green self-titled Decca SKL-4872 sealed $100
33) Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley “The Super Super Blues Band” Checker 1967 lp mono 3010 $92
Only mono copy I’ve seen – stereo is not that rare. Believed to be the last Chess/Checker lp issued in mono.
34) Muddy Waters (with Buddy Guy and Willie Dixon) “Folk Singer” 1964 Chess Records mono LP-1483 $92
35) Roosevelt Sykes with King Curtis et al “Honeydripper” 1961 Bluesville mono LP BV 1014 $90
36) Memphis Slim self-titled Chess 1961 mono lp LP-1455 $90
37) Lonnie Johnson “Blues and Ballads” Bluesville $90
Rudy Van Gelder’s initials are in trail-off (look for RVG)
38) B.B. King “Live at the Regal’ ABC mono lp ABC-509 $90
Has black ABC-Paramount label with multi-colored sound spectrum curve logo· (¥ ). Rare mono version.
39) Big Bill Broonzy “Sings” Period Records 10″ lp $81
40) Freddy King “Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King” King Records mono LP-773 $80
41) Al Smith “Midnight Special” Prestige/Bluesville 1013 $80
42) Lightnin’ Hopkins “Blues in My Bottle” Bluesville OBC-506
43) Little Joe Blue “Just Like B” Japan P-Vine PJ-102 $80
44) Robert Johnson “Complete Recordings” Columbia C3 46222 box set – sealed $90
45) Skip James “The Complete 1931 Session” Yazoo 1072 sealed lp $78
46) James Cotton self-titled 1967 Verve Folkways mono lp FT-3023 wlp $78
47) Lightnin’ Sam Hopkins self-titled Arhoolie LP F-1011 in shrink $75
48) Mighty Sam McClain “Keep on Movin’” 1995 Audioquest lp AQ-LP1031 $75
49) V/A featuring King blues artists Bill Jennings Sonny Thompson Ace Harris et al “After Hours” 1957 King Records mono LP-528 $72
50) John Lee Hooker Plays and Sings the Blues” Chess mono LP-1454 $75
51) Shakey Jake “Good Times” Bluesville BVLP 1008 $65
52) Elmore James with John Brim “Whose Muddy Shoes” 1967 Chess mono LP-1537 $60
Has the original blue-fades-to-white Chess label with horse’s head logo.
53) Lonnie Johnson “Losing Game” 1963 Prestige stereo LP PRST-7724 $56
original stereo lp of the album – mono lp was Bluesville BV-1024
54)· Memphis Slim “Broken Soul Blues” 1961 United Artists stereo lp UAS-6137 $56
55) Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker “Hooker ‘n Heat” sealed $60 , $52 sealed, $56 nm
Someone must have come across a stash of these – 2 SS and a nm in one week, all within $8 of each other. This was the first blues record I ever bought.
56) Lightnin’ Hopkins On Stage” Imperial LP-9180 $52
57)· Roosevelt Sykes “The Return of Roosevelt Sykes” Bluesville Records mono lp BV-1006 $52
58) Albert Collins “Love Can Be Found Anywhere (Even the Guitar)” 1958 Imperial stereo LP-12428 $50
59) Billy Boy Arnold “More Blues on the South Side” Prestige 1963 lp PR 7389 $50
60) Howlin’ Wolf “Sings the Blues” Crown CLP 5240 $46
61) Various Artists “Bawdy Blues” Prestige Bluesville BVLP 1055 $45.
Mastered by Rudy Van Gelder (RVG). Features Tampa Red, Blind Willie, Pink Anderson, and more.
Hope you’re enjoying your Labor Day weekend wrap-up – here’s 2 pages of savings from Bags Unlimited.
Deal 1 is here 10% off.
Deal 2 is here 20% off.
not that much for us record guys, but you never know. I did see some DVD and CD products.
Enjoy the last few hours of Labor Day – back ‘atcha tomorrow with the blues lp sales from last week!