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Withdrawn hard to find LP, solid cover
March 1965, Very rare second Canadian LP w/ hard to get tracks - nice starter copy
VG, playes well with some surface noise, small woc, seam split bottom
Very rare mono Canadian press 1965, EverReady cover, RCA press, name on cover, some cover wear
Light cover wear, black label mono
Polydor Canada with photo credits cover
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Original Cream Label
You will be happy to know we updated our list of records for sale, just in time for the holidays! From Beatles records to the Zombies, Them and The Who, take a few seconds to browse our quicklist on the left hand side of this page, or our complet list featured on our Records Available page. You might just find what you have always been looking for!
Amid all the hoopla around the new "On Air - Live at the BBC Vol. 2" release, it may have gone unnoticed to the casual fan that along with this new album comes a revamped version of the original 1994 release of "Live at the BBC Vol. 1".
The first volume, like "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" before it, was no doubt issued to create a proper legitimate collection of these recordings that had been available to hard core collectors on the bootleg market for years. The recordings were cleaned up, edited and put out as a double CD set or vinyl LP, bearing the familiar Apple label. Collectors gobbled it all up: LP, CD, and both CD and vinyl EP's, along with all the various promo items that accompanied the release. Two years later Apple would take the same approach with the massive Anthology campaign, also, no doubt, aimed at rendering all previous bootleg versions of the material obsolete. Fast forward to 2014; 20 years on from the original BBC vol. 1 release, we have the new, improved, remastered version, available on it's own, or in a double slipcase pack along with the new Vol. 2 album. Is it any different? Here are some of the differences as I have observed.
The first and obvious thing one notices before even playing the album is the new packaging that conforms to all the new releases since 09-09-09, rather than the fat double jewel case that housed the original. NO plastic. That's a thumbs up, for me. It's slimmer, the booklet is of better quality and has a slightly different layout, but the liner notes and photos are essentially still the same.
The second thing one notices before listening, is the change from sepia tone to straight black and white on the monochrome images. I prefer it, but this is purely a matter of personal preference. To me, sepia tone is reminiscent of the Old West, not London in the swinging '60's.
Sonically. the sound on the new version has more "presence" than the original. The mids and highs are definitely more prominent, bringing the vocals, guitars, and Ringo's cymbals more to the fore. The downside of this is the audible presence of tape hiss on the new version. The original was much quieter, but sounded at times like it was recorded in a closet; very "dry".
With these recordings being in mono, these differences are subtle, and only noticeable when doing a back and forth simultaneous comparison, as I did. One would be hard pressed to hear any difference listening to one after the other in it's entirety. So you have to ask yourself, "do I need this?" (probably not, if you have the existing version); "do I want this?" (of course you do! It’s new Beatles product).
So now, since 09-09-09, we have had repackaged versions of the entire core catalogue, both red and blue compilation collections, the Beatles 1 collection, Yellow Submarine Songtrack, and now Live At The BBC. That leaves the three Anthology volumes, "Let It Be - Naked", and both versions of "Love" that have yet to receive the CD repackaging treatment, so start saving, collectors.
Today, Monday, November 25th, 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the album "Beatlemania ! With The Beatles" in Canada. On this day 50 years ago, the Beatles' very first North American LP was issued by Capitol Records of Canada. The album's title actually pre-dated the arrival of Beatlemania in North America by almost 3 months.
Here are the Top 10 things you need to know about this iconic Canadian Beatles LP on its 50th. birthday.
1. The Capitol T-6051 album was in fact the very first Beatles album to be issued in North America.
2. It was in reality the second Beatles album recorded for EMI, and featured all new material. The album was a huge advance over its British predecessor, Please Please Me (Parlophone UK, March 22nd, 1963).
3. The Beatlemania! With The Beatles album was identical in track listing to the British release "With The Beatles", which had been issued in England on Friday, November 22nd, just three days before.
4. Paul White and his team at Capitol had gone to exceptional effort to rush release the LP for Canada.
5. The LP was manufactured in Smiths Falls, Ontario by RCA Victor, under contract to Capitol. The album jackets used front slicks manufactured by Parrs on Yonge Street in Toronto. Some initial pressings from November 1963 used a very heavy gauge vinyl and feature a "deep groove" pressing that is noticeably louder. These early pressings are "loud cut" versions.
6. The album was only ever issued for the Canadian market in monophonic, and a stereophonic version was never issued during the 1960s.
7. The album would become the second most popular Canadian Beatles album during the life of the Beatles. It was only outsold in the 1960s by its successor album "Twist And Shout" (Capitol T-6054) which oddly contained earlier material.
8. The cover was modified with the addition of tabloid-style quotes, but otherwise the liner notes and packaging were the same as the British Parlophone "With The Beatles" LP.
9. Capitol created their own single from the LP, "Roll Over Beethoven / Please Mister Postman" (Capitol 72133) and thousands of copies were shipped to the USA in the wake of their appearances on Ed Sullivan.
10. When The Beatles appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on Monday, September 7th, 1964, Paul White and three other Capitol executives (Geoffrey Racine, Taylor Campbell, Edward Leetham) presented the Beatles with a special award for outstanding Canadian sales of the 1963 Beatlemania ! With The Beatles album.
So then, a very Happy 50th. Birthday to the Beatles very first North American album !
The forthcoming (fully illustrated) book by Beatles Canadian Discography author Piers Hemmingsen titled "The Beatles In Canada - The Origins Of Beatlemania", is scheduled for release in early 2014.
It won't be long ! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah ...
The brand new issue of the British Beatles Fan Club Magazine (issue No. 49, November 2013) has a 4-page article detailing the only known production Canadian Mono Butcher Album from June 1966. The article was written in conjunction with the owner of the album and tells the story about how this album escaped the clutches of the order to destroy all of the banned covers that had been manufactured in Canada. The article expands on the incredible 1966 story that was originally documented in the Beatles Canadian Discography books and also in the new Variations 1 book. This is probably Canada's rarest Beatles album, and it has been in the hands of its original owner since June 1966.
The November 2013 issue of the magazine can be ordered individually from the web site:
This article was written earlier this year and has been published as an exclusive for BBFC magazine subscribers. Some of you may know that I have been an occasional contributor to the British Beatles Fan Club magazine over the last few years, and some of those articles have also ended up on the Capitol 6000 web site. And yes, people still do buy Beatles magazines and this one is one of the very best we can recommend as it has some great Canadian content !
On November 11, 2013, Canadian fans were treated with a bunch of "new" BBC-material items. Indeed, the new BBC album volume 2 was released on the CD format in all good Canadian retail stores. New albums are usually in on tuesdays here, but the new Beatles albums were made available on monday, to follow the November 11 release date. LPs of the album seem to have been made available only the next day in many of the stores. A remastered vinyl pressing of BBC volume 1 is also announced, but has the hypothetical date of November 25 tagged to it in the record store computers in Québec City. This still needs to be confirmed. Furthermore, even though the title on the CD cover remains the same, the Beatles website seems to have renamed the LP album to "On Air, The Beatles Live At The BBC vol 1"; will the cover be different for LPs? Probably not, and the name might simply be a mistake or a new way of cataloging it at Apple.
The same website announced a few weeks ago, that early clients who ordered their copy from them would receive a promo EP with their brand new album. As it seems, some HMV stores around England and Canada also gave out these EPs to their first few lucky clients. London UK's Oxford store reportedly gave out 300, while HMV stores visited here seemed to have more in the lines of 10-15 copies each. It is our (subjective) estimation that maybe around 500 copies were made available in Canada, but this also would need to be confirmed. The 5 song EP was made in both the 7 inch vinyl record and the CD-EP formats, although it seems the giveaways were only vinyl. A 14-track CD sampler also exists for those hardcore collectors out there.
The new album was also accompanied by the remastered version of the first BBC album from 19 years ago (yikes!). The cover is black and white instead of the classy brown coloured cover from 1994. As mentioned previously, this will also be available on vinyl in a few days. Capitol/Universal offers the CD albums in either separate volumes, or a cool box set with a slip case featuring both the covers side by side.
The promo EP as well as the LPs were imported from Europe (pressed in the EU) as Canada does not press vinyl for the Capitol catalog anymore.
CDs on the other hand feature a US cover with Canadian pressed discs, just like the previously released albums form the remastered series.
It is not known yet if the CD EP and the 14-track promo sampler was also pressed in Canada, or if these were only available as imports. While the CD EP could possibly be pressed domestically, it is more likely that the sampler was imported from either the USA or the EU.
From time to time, we like to focus on the packaging, especially when it is unique and pioneering in nature. Packaging has had a lot to do with the marketability of records over the years.
The 1960s were just underway and some record companies like Capitol were looking way beyond the modern age of the mid-century. A group of marketing folks, along with a special group of "boffins" (engineers!), were huddled together and they were working on an entirely new packaging concept for the higher end stereo albums produced by the large American record companies. The concept was simple, what new album packaging could be made from space age materials ? Moulded plastic was the answer. It was already being used in spacecraft, new cars, TV sets, radios, record players, and toys.
Above all, it was intended to be a packaging innovation. The moulded plastic case was designed to hold a vinyl album securely and there was a hinged plastic outer cover to protect the vinyl inside. The hinges were on the right hand side. The case had a small plastic spindle to hold the record and the Capitol dome logo was moulded into the plastic backing at the bottom right hand corner. The US patent numbers listed on the booklet inside are 2,848,106 and 2,785,797.
It is not known who actually created the plastic cases, but it is probable that they were proposed by an American supplier and not by Capitol's in-house personnel. Capitol may have come up with the design, but that background is not known at this time. In any event, the design was cool and was well suited to the contemporary designs found in the listening lounge of any North American Atomic ranch bungalow!
The designers came up with a novel plastic case and it was presented to management for approval. The green light for the new plastic packaging was duly given by the bosses at the Capitol tower in Los Angeles, and in the late fall of 1961, Capitol USA and Capitol of Canada introduced a series of specially recorded stereophonic albums for the growing market of "stereo buffs" who could afford high-end stereo equipment, and who wanted a thrilling "wide stereo" sound from their Hi-Fi investment. These new albums would be shipped in the new moulded plastic cases.
Four albums of specially recorded music were prepared for the series and one additional album was compiled from the series itself.
Capitol STAC-1635 - Van Alexander And His Orchestra - Swing! Staged For Stereo!
Capitol STAC-1636 - Henri Rose And Bobby Stevenson - Steinways! Staged For Stereo!
Capitol STAC-1637 - The Mallet Men - Percussion! Staged For Stereo!
Capitol STAC-1638 - Various Artists - Highlights! Staged For Stereo!
Capitol STAC-1639 - Norrie Paramor And His Orchestra - Strings! Staged For Stereo!
In the USA, monophonic versions of the albums were also produced and the album title wording was changed on each of these from "Staged For Stereo" to "Staged For Sound". They also used the T prefix instead of ST. Some promo copies were also produced with the PRO prefix and promo numbers. To date, no Canadian mono editions have surfaced but it is possible that some were pressed here in Canada by RCA. Not all stereo albums in the series in the USA used the plastic jewel cases. Perhaps Capitol was not fully committed to the project ?
The Canadian discs were pressed by RCA at Smiths Falls, Ontario in limited quantities. The specially prepared plastic cases were shipped up from the USA. The booklets were also printed in the USA. The booklets are very interesting because they have diagrams that show which instruments are used on each of the left and right channels. It is estimated that only 1000 of each album title were pressed in Canada. These deluxe LP packages would have been sold at the high end audio shops across Canada.
Starting in the late 1950s, Capitol USA was also selling their own line of high-end stereo record players. In 1961, the US retailers who were selling this equipment were probably also selling the “Staged For Stereo!” series of Capitol albums in their special grey plastic cases. These Capitol stereo record players were not available for sale in Canada.
The "jewel case" concept would be used again in the 1980s for Compact Discs. Now just imagine if Capitol had stayed the course with this type of packaging in 1961. The booklets were a great idea for sure, but perhaps the whole plastic case was just too heavy and bulky to be used for all Capitol album products. The case was much thicker and heavier than a regular LP jacket. Another drawback was that record buyers could not add written notes to the jacket, just the booklet.
These oddball plastic cases can be found in the usual second-hand, antique and junk shops that we all love to look in when we are searching for rare records. The fact that they carry the Capitol logo makes them interesting, and they can be used to display any 1960s Capitol LP by The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, The Beach Boys or even Al Martino ! But they were only ever originally issued for the Staged For Stereo series of LPs. So please don't be fooled if you see them offered for sale with other Capitol albums inside.
My personal favourite is the stereo LP by The Mallet Men. The stereo separation on this disc is awesome. The disc was pressed using Scranton metal parts and was packaged with the plastic case and booklet.
Above all, the effort taken with the graphics, sound and packaging make the albums in this cool series highly desirable artifacts indeed. So kudos to the unsung geniuses at Capitol USA who dreamed up the series way back in 1961. Any further information about the origins of these Capitol plastic LP cases would be very much appreciated. Just send us an email at "email@example.com".
A few days ago, we added to the left side of this homepage, a section listing Canadian record fairs to come. Yesterday, London held its London Record Show, and in early November, three records shows will take place across the country. Victoria and Toronto, as well as Québec City, where we will be present to feature our new Variations 1 book. We hope to see you there!
If you are aware of other shows to come, please let us know so we can add them to our list!
Meanwhile, we hope you will find many amazing gems at these fantastic events!
Singer, song writer and guitarist Charles Edward Anderson (Chuck) Berry is 87 today.
Best wishes to a true Rock And Roll pioneer on his birthday.
Mr. Berry was a towering influence on The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and many others.
Here's to many more Chuck !
You have guessed it, time for the overview of interesting sales that happened in the past few weeks!
What seems to be mint sealed copies of retro rainbow pressings of the first two Pink Floyd albums, Pipers at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets have sold for 58$ and 59$ respectively. Although they are reissues, they end up being almost harder to find than original pressings! Otherwise, the canceled Animals album House of the Rising Sun has sold for 40$, while both the Yardbirds' classic Over Under Sideways Down and the Manfred Mann Return sold for 50$. Other Yardbirds album always sell well, their first album Heart Full Of Soul sold for a whopping 425$! while Having A Raveup, sold for 70$.The Dave Clark Five also saw a few of their albums sell for a handsome price: three rare Instrumental album copies sold for 63$, 67$ and 29$, and At The Scene for 25$.
Another classic 6000 series band, the Hollies saw a few of their albums change hands. Indeed, Love n' Flowers for 34$, and Look Through Any Window for 54$. Otherwise, our uniquely Canadian bands The Esquires and The Staccatos sold for around 33$ each, while other albums like rare T-6004 Searchlight Tattoo, Canada Observed and Matt Monro's Great Songs From The Movies all sold for around 10$ each. Finally, The rarely seen National Band Of the Canadian Armed Forces sold for 25$.
In the Beatles department, the cool Big Hits From England And The USA sold for 25$, while the uniquely Canadian purple pressing of Meet The Beatles with the extra "don't" has sold for 28$. A Columbia pressing of Let It Be on the retro rainbow label sold for 10$, a previously unconfirmed 3rd generation orange Beatles Second Album sold for 12$, and another Let It Be box set sold for 230$. A mono second pressing of Rubber Soul in the shrink sold for 26$, and a cool Purple splash marble vinyl of Sgt Pepper's with the sticker sold for 48$. A rare first pressing of Twist And Shout with the promotional picture insert sold for around 250$, while a nice copy of Harrison's Wonderwall sold for 16$.
As for singles, an unplayed This Boy 45 sold for 29$, Mary Hopkin's Le Temps des Fleurs for 25$ while an empty white Beatles On Apple sleeve sold for 68$! George Martin's UA 750 A Hard Day's Night single sold for 30$ with a punch hole in it, and finally, a very rare series of radio station copies of early Beatles singles, including the Dick James pressing of Please Please Me, a first pressing of Love Me Do and an early pressing of She Loves You sold for 300$ and a few other 45s in exchange.
If you have bought or sold an interesting record lately, and you think it fits with the content of this column, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us. Who knows, it might just make it in our next Recent Sales entry!
This is Part 1 of a series of very detailed (perhaps too detailed) articles about Decca's Canadian releases of The Who in the 1960s. The Who's recordings in Canada have been long overlooked and this will attempt to remedy that situation. We have a remedy ! Like The Kinks and The Yardbirds, The Who were a great creative group and they deserve special treatment for their Canadian recorded legacy.
The Canadian Who releases differ substantially in label format from their American Decca cousins and we have tried to present them in chronological order based on my years of experience with collecting Canadian pressings.
Canadian teens probably first saw The Who on Television when they appeared on a special edition of CBC's "Take Thirty" filmed in London in late 1966 that featured a story on fashion and pop music in England. CBC interviewers Paul Soles and Adrienne Clarkson travelled to London in October 1966 and did great black and white interviews with Pete Townshend and Keith Moon of The Who, and Paul Jones of Manfred Mann. By the way, this interview was done just as Paul Jones was leaving Manfred Mann to embark on a solo career.
And around the same time, "Take Thirty" also introduced us to great British R&B groups like The Pretty Things and The Cream. I think it is possible that the same CBC show did a short piece on The Yardbirds when they played in Vancouver in 1967. A group profile or at least an interview with singer Keith Relf.
The Who would also appear on our TV screens later on Sunday, September 17th, 1967 when they were seen ... er miming .. in full auto-destruction glory on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour performing I Can See For Miles and My Generation. I was lucky enough to meet Tommy Smothers in Vancouver a few years ago and he is a true 1960s icon... both comically and musically ... he played "the other guitar" on John And Yoko's Give Peace A Chance in Montreal in 1969.
As a kid, I always thought that the first two Who albums that were issued in Canada on the Decca label were always late getting to the record shops in my area. So, for example, by the time the My Generation 45 was long gone from any chart I was aware of, it seemed like it took ages before I ever saw the corresponding album in the stores. and by the time I saw them, they were delete copies with a hole punched in the cover. Perhaps Decca in Canada was not too concerned with them as they had not charted in a major way. By the time of the release of their third album "The Who Sell Out", it was everywhere just a little while after I Can See For Miles was on the radio.
In the 1960s, some of us were Kinks fans before we were Who fans and we noticed that the two groups shared the same producer Shel Talmy. We also noticed early on that some of the songs bore a striking similarity. For example, I Can't Explain sounded too much like a hybrid of the You Really Got Me era Kinks. By the way, both groups recorded Shel Talmy's own song Bald Headed Woman. That song was actually a traditional Negro work song taken from the public domain without copyright. So it seems unethical today that Talmy the producer would make money like that on the backs of the young artists in The Kinks and The Who. Oh well, business is business. Dedicated Kinks fans, and die-hard Who fans, can argue about which group recorded the better version with the same producer.
Side 1 Matrix 115396-A machine stamped
Side 2 Matrix 115397-A machine stamped
Side 1 Matrix 116049-7 machine stamped
Side 2 Matrix 116047-7 machine stamped
Side 1 Matrix 45 116675 6 machine stamped
Side 2 Matrix 45 116042 6 machine stamped
Side 1 Matrix 42-1030-A - P hand written
Side 2 Matrix 42-1030-B- P.D. hand written
Side 1 Matrix 45 116699 5 machine stamped
Side 2 Matrix 45 116787 5 machine stamped
Side 1 Matrix 45 118110 5 machine stamped
Side 2 Matrix 45 118111 5 machine stamped
The first two of the singles above were released in 1965 and featured tracks that were not available on any of the Who albums issued in the 1960s.
My Generation was released in Canada in late 1965 and The Kids Are Alright was issued in the summer of 1966. Both of these third and fourth singles would feature tracks of their first Canadian album.
But in between these two 45s came the Who's very best single "Substitute". Oddly it wasn't played on the radio here in Canada. There was a legal dispute going on between The Who and Decca, and this Who 45 was issued in the USA on the Atco label (Atco 45-6409). Somehow, Substitute was issued in Canada on the Polydor label, which at that time was being distributed by a company called Musimart operating out of Montreal, Quebec. It was issued here in Canada in very small quantities in March 1966. Those initial 1966 pressings show the Musimart reference on the label. Later Polydor pressings are from 1968 and were probably pressed by RCA Victor. The earlier and later pressings have the same matrix runouts, but the later pressings omit the Musimart reference on the label. In any case, either version of the Canadian Polydor Who 45 is very hard to find nowadays. Collectors should note that the B-side of Substitute was called "Waltz For A Pig" and is actually a very good instrumental track by The Graham Bond Organization and features Graham Bond on organ with Dick Heckstall-Smith on sax, Jack Bruce on bass and Ginger Baker on drums. The track was written by Ginger Baker. Bruce and Baker would team up in 1966 with Eric Clapton to form the super-group called Cream.
The first five Who 45s on the black and silver Decca label were pressed in limited quantities and are very hard to find in Canada. Oddly, The Who were not an immediate success in Canada like they were in England. In fact, they really did not see any national chart action in Canada until 1967 with Happy Jack being their first single to chart here in any significant way. Winnipeg liked that 45 for sure. Much like the Kinks, the Who switched away from songs that relied on an early heavy riff-based sound to songs with more emphasis on the lyrics. These lyrics began to offer a higher form of social commentary.
The black and silver Decca labels used in Canada were an older style and these were still being used here until 1967 while the American Decca Who 45s had already migrated to the new multi-coloured label format starting with their very first single. All Canadian Decca 45 promo copies of the 1965-1966 period were just stock copies that were shipped in brown and black Decca bags with the words SAMPLE COPY NOT FOR SALE stamped on the sleeve in dark blue ink.
The title font used on the My Generation and The Kids Are Alright 45s is bolder and thicker and suggests that these two singles were pressed at the brand new Decca / Compo pressing plant in Cornwall, Ontario. The first two 45s were most probably pressed at the older Compo plant in Lachine, Quebec.
There are a number of pressing variations of the very first album by The Who in Canada and here is what I have documented so far: Decca DL 4664 - MONO - Compo press from January 1966 with silver print on a plain black label. The label format used was the same that had been used since the late 1950s for any number of Brenda Lee and Bert Kaempfert albums. But the run outs show that album was pressed in Cornwall, Ontario using metal parts sent from Decca in the USA. It appears that there is only one pressing of the mono version of this album in Canada and the vinyl is nice and thick. It is hard to find this LP in nice condition though as those kids who bought it new played the heck out of it.
Side 1 Matrix - MG 10404 T1 machine stamped
Side 2 Matrix - MG 10405 T1 machine stamped
The front cover of the mono jacket has the text "LITHOGRAPHED IN CANADA" printed vertically at the bottom right beside Keith Moon's head. The inner seams of the jacket are rounded at the top and bottom (Ever Reddy). Decca DL 74664 - STEREO (Simulated) - Compo press from January 1966 with silver print on a plain black label. The words DECCA STEREO are printed in a semi-circle at the top of the label.
Side 1 Matrix - 7 10404 1 machine stamped
Side 2 Matrix - 7 10405 1 machine stamped
The front cover of the stereo jacket has the text "LITHOGRAPHED IN CANADA" printed vertically at the bottom right beside Keith Moon's head. The inner seams of the jacket are straight at the top and bottom (Modern Album).
Given the different jacket construction between the mono and stereo copies pressed by Compo, it is probable that the stereo copies were pressed a few weeks or months after the mono copies.
Decca DL 74664 - STEREO (Simulated) - RCA press from late 1966 or early 1967 with silver print on a plain black label. The words DECCA STEREO are printed in a semi-circle at the top of the label.
Side 1 Matrix - 7-10404 TGZ handwritten
Side 2 Matrix - 7-10405 TGZ handwritten
The front cover of the stereo jacket has the text "Printed In Canada" printed vertically at the bottom right, along with the Ever Reddy printers logo, beside Keith Moon's head. The inner seams of the jacket are rounded at the top and bottom (Ever Reddy).
Decca DL 74664 - STEREO (Simulated) - Second Compo press from late 1967 or early 1968 with the newer multi-coloured Decca label that was used for The Who Sell Out album. The word STEREOPHONIC is printed in a semi-circle at the top of the label.
Side 1 Matrix - 7 10404 1 machine stamped
Side 2 Matrix - 7 10405 1 machine stamped
This uses the same pressing plate as the first Compo stereo pressing from 1966.
The front cover of the stereo jacket has the text "LITHOGRAPHED IN CANADA" printed vertically at the bottom right beside Keith Moon's head. The inner seams of the jacket are straight at the top and bottom (Modern Album). This is the same jacket that was used with the initial Compo stereo edition from 1966.
In the early 1970s, after the huge success of Tommy, large quantities of American Decca late 1960s re-pressings of this album were imported into Canada and could be found at most record retailers for a very low price. Now this was long after any deleted Canadian Decca copies could be found in the delete bins in Canada. Collectors should usually avoid anything that is "simulated" but in the case of The Who ?
The Who were by no means tearing up the charts in Canada during 1965 and 1966, but they had a great sound courtesy of producer Shel Talmy and they were developing a loyal fan base here. Arguably, they made some of their greatest 45s at this time. These 45s and their first album were produced here in limited quantities. The sound quality of the first MONO pressings makes them well worth looking for.
This concludes our look at the Who discs that were released in Canada during 1965 and 1966.
On the back of their top 30 chart hit "Happy Jack" in early 1967, the Who would tour the USA and Canada starting with the Monterey International Pop Festival in June of that year. The Who's first concert in Canada was in Vancouver (July 17). They returned to Canada in August to play Toronto (August 9), Edmonton (August 21), Winnipeg (August 22), and Fort William (August 26). Canada's Centennial Year 1967 would be a break-through year for the group in Canada. In that year they scored two top 30 hits. The first was Happy Jack, and the second was the Autumn 1967 psych-influenced "I Can See For Miles". At that time, "See For Miles" made me a bigger Who fan each time I heard it played on CFRA radio in Ottawa.
Our story will continue with the discs that The Who released in Canada during 1967 and 1968. We will also look at some weekly charts across Canada and some more Canadian Who concert dates. So please keep all fingers and eyes on Capitol6000.com for "The Who In Canada During The 1960s - Part 2".
"The Who", Gary Herman, November Books, London, England, 1971
"The Who", George Tremlett, Futura, London, England, 1975
"The Who Maximum R&B", Richard Barnes, St. Martin's Press, New York, USA, 199
"The Who Concert File", Joe McMichael and Irish Jack Lyons, Omnibus Press, London, England, 1997
Today, we were saddened to hear that one of the best artists to have been represented on Apple Records in the 60s has passed away yesterday, September 15, 2013. Jackie Lomax was ill for quite some time, and his unfortunate passing happened at the family home surrounded by his family. The tragedy occured on his way to a family wedding that he was to attend. He was 69 years old.
Lomax has produced many great songs over the years, the most famous ones being of course Harrison's Sour Milk Sea, How the Web Was Woven and The Eagle Laughs At You. But Lomax was not a stranger to the Beatles before his venture at Apple, in fact, he was part of a Mersey side band called The Undertakers, which raise rave reviews in 1961, being in the top Mersey Side bands! Needless to say, Lomax therefore also played the many Liverpool bars and clubs, as well as visiting the Hamburg scene through the Top Ten Club and the Star Club.
The Undertakers toured North America after they moved to New York in 1965 and they performed dates in eastern Canada. In fact it is on record that they broke up after a gig in Ontario (That was probably around Christmas 1965). They are not to be confused with a group from London, Ontario who used the same name when they supported the Dave Clark Five when they played there on November 3, 1964.
Any further information on Canadian concert dates for The Undertakers would be appreciated.
Jackie Lomax's discography was readily available through Apple in the 60s, Warner Brothers and Capitol in the 70s. His Apple album Is This What You Want was remastered and reissued only a few years ago for the rare limited edition Apple CD Box Set. Listed below is his Canadian Apple discography.
Stupidity / Just A Little Bit
Jackie LomaxIs This What You Want?
Sour Milk Sea / The Eagles Laughs At You
New Day / Thumbin' a Ride
How The Web Was Woven / Fall Inside Your Eyes
Sour Milk Sea / Fall Inside Your Eyes
Today we are proud to announce that our new book "Variations 1, The Definitive Beatles Canadian LP Collector's Guide" is finally ready. We have received our first batch of copies today, and will be ready to officially launch the sale on Monday!
For those who haven't heard of the book yet, this is a thorough account of all Canadian Beatles LP pressings of the albums originally released during the band's active years, from Beatlemania! to Let It Be. The book does not just cover first pressings, but all the later reissues and variations of these 29 albums until their 1987 reissue pressing on the retro rainbow (over 400 different variations!). Packed with important pressing information and colour images through and through, this guide will surprise even the most hardcore collector.
For those who are new to the hobby, do not be afraid; the book has also been designed specifically for you! Indeed, a large section of the book covers everything that needs to be known about the technicalities of record collecting. From pressing rings, to manufacturing plants, label changes and cover construction; all the details needed to structure and make sense of your collection, and serve as a complete reference guide to the records you have, you don't have, and those you want to upgrade!
I have been working on this project for over a year and a half, regularly consulting with a reliable network of Canadian Beatles collectors, sharing valuable information over the years, and we, at Hemmingsen Publishing, are proud to finally be able to share this essential collector's reference tool with you.
Starting Monday, the book will be sold as a limited edition, signed and hand numbered first edition hard copy (soft cover) for 100$ (+ 5% tax & Shipping), and will feature a special cover only available on the first 50 copies. A digital copy will also be available for those who would like to have access to the material at all time on their mobile device, or simply on their computer, for the very competitive price of 40$ (+ 5% tax).
So stay tuned, you are only a few days away from putting your hands on your new book, both digital or hard copy. For a complete table of content and a glimpse of the book, visit our books page HERE
This week we are celebrating the 50th. anniversary of the release of She Loves You in Canada. This was the Beatles fourth single in Canada in 1963 and it was the first single to break the group nationally. Paul White's gamble finally paid off. She Loves You was a great track and I'll Get You was a great flip side too. The Beatles released a total of five singles on Capitol in Canada during 1963, and for many Canadian Beatles fans, She Loves You was the one record that started it all. Who In Canada knew in 1963 that this group would evolve all the way through to the finale of The Long And Winding Road in 1970 ?
Arguably, She Loves You was the most important Beatles single ever issued in Canada. But while the disc was originally released in mid-September 1963, it did nothing chart-wise for a staggering three months.
Here are the TOP 5 things you need to know about (* maybe the greatest Canadian Beatles single of them all !) ... She Loves You / I'll Get You:
The original 45 that was issued in Canada was actually "dubbed" from a black-label Parlophone "factory sample" 45 sent over by EMI in England to Paul White at Capitol Records Of Canada in Toronto. RCA Victor studios on Mutual Street in Toronto did the dubbing at Capitol's request and RCA created a unique Canadian master.
The initial batch of 1,000 copies were pressed in early to mid September 1963 at RCA Victor's pressing plant at Smiths Falls, Ontario. Approx. 200 of these records were sent as promotional copies to radio stations across Canada, with the idea that those targeted stations would play the 45 in order to generate local interest. According to Capitol's Paul White, there was very little interest in the 45 upon its initial release. The disc did not see much chart action until December 1963.
The Beatles' She Loves You 45 on Capitol did not chart in a major way until December 1963. After that, the disc was re-pressed to meet demand. For sleuths of the first batch of September 1963 pressings, these original "no dash" copies would have been shipped to stores in a black glossy stock Capitol sleeve. The later re-pressings of the disc (from December 1963 and onwards) would have been shipped to stores in a mat black stock Capitol sleeve. Both labels list Northern Songs Ltd. as the music publisher.
Most importantly, Capitol USA decided not to issue this Beatles 45 but it was issued by Swan Records out of Philadelphia. Capitol USA did not release any Beatles 45s until I Want To Hold Your Hand.
Capitol 72125 was the first Beatles disc to hit the number one spot in Canada. It was this 45 that broke the Beatles in Canada. It went "Top 5" on Toronto's CHUM chart for December 23rd, 1963, and this was more than a month before they appeared for the first time on Ed Sullivan. The chart below shows that the Beatlemania Lp and the new Roll Over Beethoven 45 were also on the CHUM chart by this time.
As it would seem, according to many websites like Rolling Stones Magazine and The Guardian, information has leaked from the MCA offices in the Philippines (yes, for those who missed the news last year, EMI is now owned by Universal, who operates as MCA in the Philippines) that a new BBC Beatles live album might be on the way.
The 1994 compilation was thought to sum up all of the interesting BBC live releases, but Beatles enthusiasts know that still many more recordings remain unissued to this day, only available through bootleg albums like the Beatles At The Beeb series. Nonetheless, fans are always hungry for new material, and the idea for this second volume would have came after last year's "Beatles Live! Project", a crowd sourcing effort to find worldwide home recorded archives of the Beatles since the BBC had not done much archiving of its material prior to 1970.
MCA Philippines apparently announced the new album on their Facebook page on August 8 (the entry seems to have been retracted as of today), and claimed that the title would be "On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2". The new compilation would apparently be released in November 2013 and the cover is thought to be a nice colourized version of the classic Dezo Hoffman photograph we all know, pictured here.
As of now, the rumours have yet to be confirmed, but they are certainly getting everyone excited; these live shows were very well rehearsed and amazingly executed. They remain the rare archives of an embryonic period for one of the most popular bands in history!
Also of interest, the BBC is planning a book titled "The Beatles: The BBC Archives:1962-1970" written by Kevin Howlett, and is said to be available on October 29. Howlett had written a first book on the Beatles in 1982, called "The Beatles At The Beeb", a book which saw an updated edition in 1996. This 2013 book is not simply another update, but "draws on previously unpublished transcripts of interviews, as well as personal reminiscences from presenters, producers, and studio staff to reveal the creative and personal evolution of the band". The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.
For a detailed analysis of the possible picture that will be featured on the album cover, visit the other Wog Blog link here:
Universal Music and the Beatles website officially announced the release of the BBC Volume 2 album today, due November 11. While they claim there is no overlap with the official BBC album, fans will be delighted to hear a few new songs like "talkin' about you", as well as previously unreleased studio banter. While the 2CD set will not all be new songs, the 2 LP/CD set will also feature other BBC recordings of well known Beatles songs as well other versions of titles featured on the 1994 album. See below the picture for the complete track listing.
1. And Here We Are Again (Speech)
2. WORDS OF LOVE
3. How About It, Gorgeous? (Speech)
4. DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET
6. Hey, Paul… (Speech)
7. ANNA (GO TO HIM)
8. Hello! (Speech)
9. PLEASE PLEASE ME
11. I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU
12. A Real Treat (Speech)
14. Absolutely Fab (Speech)
16. ASK ME WHY
17. TILL THERE WAS YOU
18. LEND ME YOUR COMB
19. Lower 5E (Speech)
20. THE HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE
21. ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN
22. THERE’S A PLACE
23. Bumper Bundle (Speech)
24. P.S. I LOVE YOU
25. PLEASE MISTER POSTMAN
26. BEAUTIFUL DREAMER
27. DEVIL IN HER HEART
28. The 49 Weeks (Speech)
29. SURE TO FALL (IN LOVE WITH YOU)
30. Never Mind, Eh? (Speech)
31. TWIST AND SHOUT
32. Bye, Bye (speech)
33. John - Pop Profile (Speech)
34. George - Pop Profile (Speech)
1. I SAW HER STANDING THERE
2. GLAD ALL OVER
3. Lift Lid Again (Speech)
4. I’LL GET YOU
5. SHE LOVES YOU
6. MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR SATURDAY CLUB
8. Now Hush, Hush (Speech)
9. FROM ME TO YOU
10. MONEY (THAT’S WHAT I WANT)
11. I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND
12. Brian Bathtubes (Speech)
13. THIS BOY
14. If I Wasn’t In America (Speech)
15. I GOT A WOMAN
16. LONG TALL SALLY
17. IF I FELL
18. A Hard Job Writing Them (Speech)
19. AND I LOVE HER
20. Oh, Can’t We? Yes We Can (Speech)
21. YOU CAN’T DO THAT
22. HONEY DON’T
23. I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN
24. Green With Black Shutters (Speech)
25. KANSAS CITY/HEY-HEY-HEY-HEY!
26. That’s What We’re Here For (Speech)
27. I FEEL FINE (STUDIO OUTTAKE)
28. Paul - Pop Profile (Speech)
29. Ringo - Pop Profile (Speech)
This post is in response to a recent query and then a few before that. And this is also for the hard-core collectors of Canadian first pressings of Beatles vinyl.
To date we have documented a small number of June 1963 copies of Capitol 72101 with the Northern Songs Ltd. credit on the B side and the Ambassador Music Ltd. credit on the A side. We have also documented just one no-dash copy so far with Northern Songs Ltd. on both sides and this copy is currently on display at the Beatles In Montreal exhibit (THE EXHIBIT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!).
The music publishing credits printed on the label are an essential way of documenting the chronology of pressings of the early Canadian Beatles 45s on Capitol, between February 1963 and February 1964.
We have covered all of the detailed music publishing credits for Capitol 72101 From Me To You / Thank You Girl, including the simultaneous and more popular Del Shannon version on Quality over pages 161, 162 and 163 in the Beatles Canadian Discography Part 3 book which came out in 2011.
We are unable to reproduce all of those pages here, but we can summarize by saying that all 1963 first pressings show Northern Songs Ltd. as the B-side credit and that almost all of these verified 1963 copies have Ambassador Music Ltd. on the A-side.
Any copies that show Northern Songs Ltd. on both sides of a no-dash 72101 were either from the beginning of the initial run in 1963, or from the initial re-pressing from early 1964.
As stated above, only one copy like this has been documented so far and it has the number 25 written in pen ink on the bottom right hand corner of the A label.
So here we are now presenting two differing CASES to help explain this one very odd and highly collectable copy:
The case for 1963 would entail an error on the set up of the A side credit which was then quickly corrected. That would surely explain why there is just one copy documented with Northern Songs Ltd. on both the A side and B side.
The case for early 1964 is that Capitol 72125 She Loves You 45 from September 1963 also shows Northern Songs Ltd. on both sides and it is possible that the early 1964 first re-press of 72101 copied those credits for both sides, as both 72101 and 72125 discs were being re-pressed by RCA Victor at the very same time in early 1964.
There are good arguments for either case above, so we cannot rule one of them out just yet, and further information will be required to do that. And we don't yet have a time machine - but one is on order.
The bottom line for Canadian Beatles 45 collectors is that all Ambassador Music Ltd. / Northern Songs Ltd. no-dash copies are indeed 1963 copies from the initial run of 1,000 copies.
That was documented on page 13 of The Beatles Canadian Discography Part 1 book (45s) in 2004 and there is no reason yet to believe that is not still the case.
Well, file this article under great Canadian Rock And Roll posters from the 1960s !
The concert poster seen below left was recently brought to our attention by Yardbirds fan David of Owen Sound, Ontario. The poster was created in August 1967 to promote and advertise The Yardbirds' one-night only concert appearance at the Hidden Valley resort near Huntsville, Ontario. The group travelled from New York City by bus to play the evening concert at the skill hill resort. The Staccatos opened the show for them. Both artists were on the Capitol 6000 label in Canada at that time.
In his book titled "Sonic Boom: The Impact Of Led Zeppelin. - Break and Enter", author Frank Reddon interviewed two Canadian Yardbirds fans who attended the show and they both said that The Yardbirds did not get on the stage until well after 11 PM. They claimed that this late start was due to the group being held up en route at the USA / Canada border.
The original poster measures 8.5 inches wide by 9.5 inches high and was printed on thick, glossy paper in black and white. It is probable that the posters were printed by a printing company in Toronto and that they were posted throughout the downtown Toronto area as the show was also advertised in The Toronto Telegram. A limited number of the same posters would also have been posted in the Muskoka Lakes area of Ontario; on bulletin boards at local grocery stores and the like. The picture that was used on the poster was taken a whole year before in 1966 when Jeff Beck was still in the lineup, and you can see from the original picture on the right that Jeff Beck has been "chopped".
An original copy of the poster sold recently for over $500 and this poster with the cello tape marks is the only one we have ever seen. Thanks David !
Canadian Beatles fans from the 1960s will salute Mr. Bernstein for his efforts in late 1963 to convince Brian Epstein by trans-Atlantic telephone call to arrange to have The Beatles booked into the world famous Carnegie Hall in February 1964. Sid read about the Beatles in an English newspaper and then tracked down Brian Epstein at his home. He took a huge risk and was a hustler.
And then of course Sid was the first to book a Rock And Roll act into a sports stadium when he put the Beatles and some other great support acts into Shea Stadium in 1965 and 1966. The Beatles summer 1965 show, shot on beautiful colour film at Shea Stadium, is indeed a work of art to be admired today. Well done Sid !
Sid also presented to American audiences for the first time in the 1964 and 1965 period other great British Invasion groups including The Rolling Stones, The Animals, and The Kinks.
But late 1960s and 1970s Beatles fans in Canada will also remember Sid for his seemingly continual efforts to get The Beatles back together for a one-off concert. Like many others, I remember reading the hopeful stories in the newspapers many times in the 70s, and those "Beatles to re-form" stories were always headline news. Sid gave a lot of people hope, years after their split, that the Beatles would "get back" together for charitable purposes.
Alas that did not happen, but Sid was probably the only person on the planet, after Brian Epstein's death in 1967, who would have been able to pull that off.
This cool cardboard standee was sent out to record retailers across Canada in November 1971 and was created to promote the new Pink Floyd LP on Harvest in Canada. This one was unearthed by Gord Jones in Ontario and you can see that one owner actually stapled it to the wall at one time as there are a few staple holes/marks. The standee was probably manufactured using colour slicks made by Modern Graphics. These were usually placed in the front windows of record shops or placed on a wall inside the stores. One odd thing you may notice about this is that the name of the group Pink Floyd and their album title Meddle are hardly visible and that was part and parcel of being an "underground" band at the time. All of that underground status would change with their next album Dark Side Of The Moon. Many thanks again to Gord Jones for providing these images.