October 19, 2014
Capitol Convention Centre
6435 Dixie Drive, Mississauga
Note: minimum order: 20$, buyer pays postage
Compo first press
Parrot PA 61005
Rare black label
Cover Ex, Disc VG
Rare gold label 1968 edition
EX clean labels
Original Canadian press 1968
EX Clean Labels
Original Cream Label
Capitol Starline 45-6066
Green Swirl. Initials on B-side
Regular Capitol 6000 web site visitor Rich (aka The Token Hippie !) has unearthed a very cool copy of the Beach Boys Surfin Safari from 1966 or 1967. Rich was looking at the article that I had written some time ago regarding the Parrs front cover slicks manufactured in Toronto. His email appears at the end of this article.
There were two versions of the Duphonic album issued in Canada between 1963 and 1967.
The first version was manufactured in early 1963 (probably March 1963). The front slick has no Parrs logo and the cover construction has a rounded inner seam. The disc carries the DT prefix and has no brackets around the word Canada on the label.
The second version was manufactured sometime after the summer of 1966 and before the beginning of 1967. The front slick carries a Parrs logo at the bottom left and the cover construction carries a straight inner seam. The disc carries the DT prefix and there are brackets around the word Canada on the label.
From a photo supplied by the Token Hippie (seen here) you can see that the front slicks used for VERSION 2 cover were trimmed down colour slicks that featured the FULL DIMENSIONAL STSREO BANNER COVER. I checked my VERSION 2 jacket and it also shows a small amount of the trimmed banner. A bit less of the banner than the one that Rich has sent an image for, but still clearly visible.
HI PIERS AFTER SEEING THE DUOPHONIC SECTION OF THE BEACH BOYS, I HAD TO SEND YOU THIS.
THIS SURFIN SAFARI LP IS CANADIAN AND YOU'LL NOTE THE CAPITOL FULL DIMENSIONAL STEREO IN BLUE PARTIALLY EXPOSED UNDERNEATH THE DUOPHONIC. SO TO SAY IT WAS NEVER USED OR RELEASED IN CANADA WOULD NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE. AND WHO KNOWS THERE MAY BE A FEW THAT EXPOSE BOTH EQUALLY OR HALF AND HALF.
I HOPE YOU GET THE PHOTO FROM THIS OLD SYSTEM OF GMAIL. I'M USING. RICH (TOKEN HIPPIE)
So the Rich the Token Hippie is correct, the Parrs stereo slicks were manufactured here in Canada sometime after the summer of 1966 and before early 1967. Now we need to track down a copy with the banner intact (un-trimmed).
Thanks Rich !!!
Universal Music posted a video today, of Pete Nash (from The Beatles Fan Club Magazine) unboxing an advance copy of the new Beatles Mono Vinyl LP Box Set. For those who want to wait for the surprise of discovering the box set themselves, do not click play, but for the others who, like me, are curious to see the new set, please immerse yourself in this 30 minute video of Pete unpacking the box, album by album, from Please Please Me until the Mono Masters triple disc album. I for one am quite excited to receive my copy next month!
Simply click the image below to watch the YouTube video.
This summer, a true Beatles fan created this 50th. anniversary tribute on their property in Bath, New Brunswick. There are many Beatles fans across Canada! This is a pretty unique and wonderful way to pay tribute. Happy 50th anniversary to the Beatles from a great Canadian fan in New Brunswick!
For all those who attended the Beatles 50th event at the Revue Cinema last Thursday in Toronto, many thanks for attending - it was a sold out show and it was a terrific evening. It was great to see Fred, Serge, Yvan and many other Beatles fans - all who had come from so far. Some great Beatles prizes were awarded for winners in the trivia quiz. Special thanks to event organizer Ellen Moorhouse at the Revue.
Four Beatles films were shown. The highlight of course was Mark Lewisohn's presentation before the screening of the new super-sharp version of the film A Hard Day's Night on the big screen. We also enjoyed some rare 1964 footage of the Beatles in Toronto (with some audio!), a Beatles cartoon, a presentation by Beatles animator Peter Sander and a screening of the documentary John Lennon In Havana. Mark also signed many copies of Tune In.
To promote the Revue event, Mark did interviews for the Toronto Star and the CBC. Also one for "Critics At Large".
CBC has posted the short audio interview with Mark Lewisohn from last Thursday morning (July 31 2014 - CBC Metro Morning with David Common).
This was Mark's very first radio interview in Canada. It is approx. 5 minutes.
Mark you were awesome... and many thanks again for your terrific visit to Canada. You have many fans here and we hope that you will come back soon.
The Animals became one of the biggest selling British Invasion groups in Canada during the latter half of 1964 when their hit song House Of The Rising Sun (long version) topped the Canadian charts in September of that year. That song was played on every radio station in Canada. Their first three singles were issued on the Capitol 72000 series. Subsequent releases in Canada were on MGM, a US label which was distributed by Quality Records. They never had another number one after "House Of The Rising Sun", but they were frequently in the Top 10 across Canada. Their records were all excellent R&B. By the end of 1966, Eric Burdon had an all new lineup of Animals, and the group was re-named Eric Burdon And The Animals. Their second single under this new name was the excellent "Help Me Girl", which signalled a new album-oriented direction for the group.
On March 3rd, 1967 they arrived at the Coliseum in Ottawa for a sold-out concert, but they refused to play a single note until they were paid their advance by the local promoter. The excellent Ottawa group "The Eyes Of Dawn" (Sir John A. Records) played an opening set for the crowd, but after that the Animals were a "no show". The advance was never paid. The Animals left town in a hurry. The crowd of 3,000 (which included my brother !) rioted after being kept waiting for an extended period before being given the bad news, and much damage ($5,000) was done to the Coliseum by the angry teens. My brother made the front page of the local paper the next day !
The band evolved into one of the best psych bands of all after Monterey Pop (June 16-18, 1967). Eric Burdon became a very close friend of Jimi Hendrix and the influences went both ways. For a time the New Animals lineup including such great musicians as Zoot Money, Vic Briggs, John Weider (before he joined Family), and future Police guitarist Andy Summers (check out his amazing 4 minute guitar solo on the cover of Traffic's 1967 single Coloured Rain from the Love Is album issued in 1968). This article deals with their Canadian singles released in Canada during the 1960s.
Capitol 72171 - The House Of The Rising Sun (long version) / Talkin' 'Bout You (Sept 1964)
Capitol 72180 - Baby Let Me Take You Home / Gonna Send You Back To Walker (Oct 1964)
Capitol 72185 - I'm Crying / Take It Easy (Nov 1964)
Capitol T-6092 - The House Of The Rising Sun (September 1964, unique cover)
Quality / MGM 13298X - Boom Boom / Blue Feeling (Feb 1965)
Quality / MGM 13311X - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood / Club A Go Go (April 1965)
Quality / MGM 13339X - Bring It On Home/For Miss Caulker (June 1965)
Quality / MGM 13382X - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place / I Can't Believe It
Quality / MGM 13414X - It's My Life / I'm Going To Change The World (Jan 1966)
Quality / MGM 13468X - Inside Looking Out / Your'e On My Mind (April 1966)
Quality / MGM 13514X - Don't Bring Me Down / Cheating (July 1966)
Quality / MGM 13582X - See See Rider / She'll Return It (Oct 1966)
Quality / MGM 13636X - Help Me Girl/That Ain't Where It's At (black and yellow MGM labels) (Jan 1967)
Quality / MGM 13721X - When I Was Young / A Girl Named Sandoz (May 1967)
Quality / MGM 13769X - San Franciscan Nights / Good Times (Aug 1967)
Quality / MGM 13868X - Monterey / Ain't That So (* some with imported US picture sleeves) (Jan 1968)
Quality / MGM 13917X - Anything / It's All Meat (April 1968)
Quality / MGM 13939X - Sky Pilot (Part One) / Sky Pilot (Part Two) (June 1968)
Quality / MGM 14013X - River Deep Mountain High/White Houses - 14013X (Sept 1968)
Quality / MGM 14118X - Spill The Wine / Magic Mountain (August 1970)
*** Quality Records - Golden Treasury Series Reissue (1967)
Quality QGT069X House Of The Rising Sun / Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (some copies in special "Golden Treasury Series" title sleeve)
We are all familiar with the haphazard labelling of the Beatles album A Hard Day's Night from the summer of 1964. Supplies of red labels were exhausted and someone had the bright idea of using blue labels in their place.
In December 1966, Quality records must have run out of labels for their new single by Eric Burdon And The Animals. The single charted on CHUM in January 1967.
Most copies used the newer style black MGM label. Some oddball copies were pressed with the older style yellow label used for example on the February 1964 issue of My Bonnie.
We will continue our series soon with an overview of their Canadian albums that were issued on Quality / MGM.
Stay tuned to Capitol6000 !
A few sealed late 70s (purple label) Beatles album sold this past month, most of them for around 25-40$ price range, but albums unqiue to Canada always seem to reach a premium, indeed, the Beatlemania sealed album from the same period sold for 113$. The book from the Let It Be box set also reached a surprising 125$, while the whole box set in great condition sold for 182$ almost around the same time. A scarce retro rainbow Columbia pressing of Pink Floyd's A Saucerful Of Secretssold for 25$, and a truly sought after record, The New Insound from the Downliners Sect, sold for 61$. Also, David Frost's This Was The Week That Was sold for 12$ while Manfred Mann's Mann Made sold for 44$ and a sealed Love Song album reached 48$.
A very hard to find Canadian Beatles 45 was spotted this month: the Kelly's flexy disc of the Vancouver press conference was offered for 500$, but found no buyer ready to comit that amount of money. It had been spotted twice earlier this year, and had sold for around 150$. The mistake Canadian Come Together 45 always sell for a handsome price, and this time ws no different when it reached 95$. Another elusive record was spotted and sold for a reasonnable 12$. Indeed, Pink Floyd's Time is found far less often that its counterpart "Money". Another, rarer Pink Floyd 45 that sold for 127$ lately was the swirl single See Emily PLay from the 72000 series.
This month's theme for ou recent sales column is the Yardbirds. Not many obscure records have been traded online lately, but many of the band's Canadian classics have been spotted on online auctions. One of them is the ever so sought after Having A Raveup, that sold for 25$. Meanwhile, the band's very first Canadian album, Heart Full Of Soul reached 50$ for a pretty banged up copy, while a VG+ copy sold for 100$in Ottawa.
Issued in Canada on, or within a few days of, Monday, June 15, 1964. (A-side is credited to “DIE BEATLES” B-side is credited to The Beatles)
In the USA, Sie Liebt Dich / I’ll Get You (Swan 4182) had been issued more than three weeks earlier on May 21, 1964.
Capitol 72162 was the Beatles final single (er, Swan song!) on the original Capitol of Canada 72000 series. My first experience with the record was not until the early 1970s when I came across a copy in Ottawa (Arthurs Used Books And Records, Bank Street) that had a large X on the labels, drawn sloppily in magic marker. I instantly recognized the B side but I thought it was totally weird that they had issued a German version of She Loves You (which I found out later was recorded in France), in Canada!
Fred (Young) also remembers the single: "This 45 to be one of the most coveted of the 72000 series Beatles singles, and is definitely the most peculiar. Why it was even issued in this country is a mystery to me, but I do have distinct recollections of hearing it on radio. It, along with Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand were regarded more as novelties than proper Beatles songs. Personally, I'm happy they only recorded the two!"
The record was mastered in Canada by RCA Victor Studios in Toronto, and pressed by RCA Victor in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Only a single pressing run was made for the disc and all copies feature the same run-out information. An original estimate of 5000 copies pressed was listed in the Beatles Canadian Discography Part 1 book.
Amazingly, I had never even seen a copy in the 1960s. That record was not distributed widely across Canada. It remains one of the rarest Canadian Beatles singles. For example, I never heard the record played on radio in Canada during the 1960s.
Where did this odd 45 chart? Well, not too many places in Canada. Regina, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, Manitoba were a few of the rare places where it was listed on local radio station charts / surveys.
NOTE - Even though the record was listed on some charts at the time of release it is doubtful that the record got much airplay given it had already been in a hit in Canada.
This German song really ends the classic period of Canadian Beatles releases that began with the German record My Bonnie (Decca, Canada, 1962). In 1980 the track was reissued in Canada on the Rarities vinyl album (Capitol SHAL-12060), possibly on Capitol 8 track tape cartridge (8XA-12060 - * eegads, was this the last Beatles 8 track tape in Canada? I have only come across US 8 track tapes not Canadian ones), and on Capitol cassette tape (4XA-12060). However, it was not really a stereo release as stated.
By the way, the Rarities album on any original format is actually now a rarity today as it is getting on for 35 years ago since it was issued. Ouch.
Our occasional series of 50th. anniversary tributes began in 2012 with our tribute to the Canadian Decca My Bonnie 45. And we sure hope you have enjoyed them! We hope to be able to keep this series going as the calendar rolls forward.
In the mid to late 1980s (probably around 1987 when the Parlophone mono and stereo cassettes were issued), Capitol Records (EMI) in Mississauga quietly brought the Apple logo back to the humble cassette. The logo appears on the spines of at least six Canadian Beatles cassettes from that time, including one of the gold Parlophone reissue cassettes (Help). I have seen a number of cassettes from this period and not all of them carry this logo. The oddest release to date was probably the Rock And Roll Music Volume 1 cassette tape of which I have only verified one. Most cassette releases of that album from the time do not carry the Apple logo. What prompted the return of the Apple ? If anyone has any further examples of these Canadian cassette oddities, please drop us a line!
"I didn't buy a lot of Beatles cassettes by the time the CD's started coming out, but I did buy a few. Here's the ones I have with the Apple logo on them, including ROCK 'N' ROLL MUSIC - VOLUME 2. I also have BEATLES VI and RUBBER SOUL (with the North American track line-up) from the same era and the Apples are nowhere to be found. Weird. "
'Tis the seaon of record show again! For all the people in Moncton, don't forget today's Record Expo at the Crown Plaza downtown! I have found many awesome records in Moncton, and I am sure plenty of those rarities will find their way to the Expo again this year; don't miss it! There is also a record show in Toronto tomorrow on the 25th, and one in Hamilton in a few weeks. Gear up and check out these fantastic events!
This is a brief update to our recent article "Back To MONO". Quality Records in Toronto began to phase out product of mono albums towards the end of 1967. To do this, its pressing plant on Birchmount Road had to gear up to press more stereo albums than mono albums for a given release. As a result, for a given release there began to be more stereo copies available in stores than mono copies. Some terrific examples of this are the following two albums.
Mono Atco labels omit the SD prefix used on their stereo counterparts. The rear cover has the "BUY CANADIAN" logo at the bottom right.
The Velvet Underground were indeed an "underground" band and their albums were pressed in limited quantities in Canada by Quality Records. Mono labels are blue. Oddly, some initial stereo labels of White Light, White Heat from early 1968 are tourquoise not blue. The mono covers have the text "PRINTED IN CANADA" at the bottom left of the front cover. The rear cover has the "BUY CANADIAN" logo at the bottom right.
Canadian mono pressings of these two albums are very difficult to find in any condition.
Many thanks to our regular CAPITOL6000 visitors/contributors Frank Manley and Brian Schofield who have generously provided "label scans" and mono cover images of the two very rare mono albums show above.
So now we can add two more rare Canadian MONO first pressing albums to our "records wanted" lists !
For this first spring edition of the Recent Sales column, we thought it would be fun to introduce a new themed category featuring a new artist or type of pressing each time (on top of the regular Beatles and 6000 series sales overview). We thought this month, it would be great to start with one of the most mythical bands of the 70s: Pink Floyd. So we have kept a close eye on Floyd sales since last time, and some awesome stuff has changed hands!
First off, a hard to find red target pressing of Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn sold for 25$, while its very hard to find Capitol pressing from 1983 on the retro rainbow label counterpart sold for 35$. The band's second opus, A Saucerful Of Secrets also saw one of its green target pressings sell for 20$ - these are probably even harder to find than original pressings. The original Canadian MGM pressing of the Zabriskie Point soundtrack sold for 5$, while Canadian pressings of their later Columbia albums The Final Cut and A Momentary Lapse Of Reason both sold for 6$. Pink Floyd has not released many singles in Canada, and those early swirls are very hard to come by, even on a global market like ebay, but their later more obscure singles do change hands from time to time. Indeed, Canadian pressings of On The Turning Away and Not Now John, both with picture sleeves sold for 10$ each.
It would seem that this year's Record Store Day reissue of the Yardbird's Little Games has not prevented collectors from investing in an original pressing because one lucky collector has found a stereo copy for 75$. At the other end of the 6000 series spectrum, the jazz album Ken Jones Plays Galt MacDermot sold for 12$ while Matt Monro's Great Songs From The Movies reached an impressive 74$! An awesome jazz album called Fela Ransome-Kuti And The Africa ‘70 With Ginger Baker sold for 12$, while Wild In The Streets sold for 6$ and the soundtrack to Born Losers sold for 20$. The Kinks album Kinks Kingdom reached 15$ and their Arthur album sold for 20$.
As for the Beatles, a hard to find Capitol pressing of Twist And Shout on the retro rainbow label, with the larger typeface (2.12.1) ** has been sold for 32$ in a 17 bid war, while another identical copy has sold for 28$ a few days later. Another interesting item that often goes unnoticed was the scarce Canadian label design Compo pressing of the White Album (24.3.1). Most Canadian copies bear a US design label; this one sold for 90$ and was housed in an imported US numbered sleeve in the A2000000s. The Let It Be box set usually sells for a few hundred dollars, but this week one copy has not reached the Ontarian seller's reserve price and saw bids top at 56$... Another seller from Montreal was a little more fortunate and saw his pristine sealed copy go for a whopping 1500$! (29.BX.1). The box set was an original copy without the sticker on the shrink wrap. More common records also always sell well even though they go for much more affordable prices, this is the case of the red target Second Album for example, a lucky collector got it for 10$ (20.5.2). Finally a cool sealed copy of Beatlemania from around 1974-1976 sold for 71$. The copy had a front slick construction with a tight shrink (1.7.2).
A later pressing of Please Please Me on the yellow swirl label has sold for 25$, while the cool 1980s reissue of All My Loving on the retro rainbow, with the unique Canadian sleeve has sold for 34$. Love Me Do original pressings with no dash & number always reaches a premium, and this time is no different: a VG+ copy sold for 282$. The buyer might just have found a rare original 1963 copy!. Another scarce 45 that sold this month was a Capitol pressing of Obladi Oblada from 1983 on the retro rainbow label, the lucky buyer got it for 15$. A target label pressing of Can't Buy Me Love also sold for 40$, while. Last but not least, a copy of the extremely sought after Canadian Compo pressing of the Decca My Bonnie 45 sold last week for 3049$ USD, which makes around 3350$ Canadian dollars when looking at today's exchange rate!
Once again, if you are aware of interesting sales like these ones happening in your area and would like to share them, please email me and we will include it in our next edition of the recent sales column.