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
On November 28, Record Store Day is celebrating Black Friday by issuing many exclusive releases, including the Beatles Long Tall Sally EP. This release will be in Mono, and will "complements the recent release of The Beatles in Mono vinyl box and individual vinyl reissues" according to the Beatles' official website. In the words of the Record Store Day website, The “Long Tall Sally” 7” vinyl EP is being specially rereleased for Record Store Day’s Black Friday in a very limited quantity.
We took a little while to post this review of the mono box set because it is fairly a large chunk of music to listen to, analyse and compare. We wanted to do it thoroughly and do it right, and not just push a quick review that will say like every other review, that it is truly the best sounding ever made Beatles product ever.
Well, to be fair, it a pretty impressive box set that Apple prepared there!
In two short points, to me, the best quality of this new set is the fact that, compared to the previous stereo LP set, this was not made from the 2009 digitized remasters. Granted, the stereo LP set was made from a higher quality digital source than its CD counterpart, and was not boosted to fit the new iPod players, but it came from a digital source nonetheless. This mono set was made directly from master tapes, so no digital conversion at any point.
Don’t get me wrong, digital is not bad at all, but in the context of the reasons that motivated the preparation of this set, the all analog process is just a well appreciated cherry on the sundae for collectors - in respect to the original format. (this also justifies Apple’s slogan that claims this set is how the Beatles intended us to hear them).
On the other hand, the most disappointing element of this product is that the mastering seems a bit uneven… But more on this later.
First off, To have a new set of MONO pressings was amazing news - as we all know, much more effort was put into preparing mono mixes until 1968. The Beatles were involved in the mixing process, engineers spent more hours on them, while preparing the stereo mixes more quickly because they had to… often even a few weeks later without any input from the Beatles. Engineers did a pretty good job with the stereo mixes, but the bottom line remains: mono was the standard back then, so to have a great set of these standard mixes today is pretty impressive!
I for one, prefer the mono mixes of Revolver and Pepper because I always perceived the general feeling as different, the albums sound more “rock” with heavier drums and a different bass presence, while stereo mixes seem more “processed for commercial release” and a little further from what the Beatles probably were as a band. This set was therefore a big treat!
And what a treat it was! Simply starting with the construction of this box set: amazing! The box set resembles the stereo box set, but white, and features all the albums plus a beautiful book, similar to the impressive book from the stereo LP set. Difference is though, that every album replicates the original LPs to the smallest details: the artwork, the back flap covers, the laminated from cover with its rougher matte back cover, printer credits, labels… everything is as it was in the 60s!
Well, almost everything, the legal information in the perimeter print of the labels is different to reflect today’s copyrights. Also, a detail that got every collector wondering: why did they not include the original EMITEX inner sleeves? Apple went into so much trouble to replicate everything, why they omit this important detail?
In terms of sound (this is the reason why we all bought this after all!), I must admit that the whole sound spectrum is richer and opened up, sounds are clearer and well defined, and the relative position of the different sounds in the mix are really well defined. This “new” view on old sound has got me to go back and forth and compare with my set of original UK LPs, and the new masters definitely revealed stuff that was either buried in the mix, or that we had never really noticed before! Sometimes nice surprises, sometimes awkwardness that was probably better left burried..
Guitars on With The Beatles for example are clear and full, rich and deep, it definitely gave the feeling that this is what the band would have hoped us to hear in the first place. Sometimes, on the other hand, it seems the mastering was pushed a little too far on some tracks, revealing a little more than it should.. Michelle, on Rubber Soul, is a good example because the track is pushed so far that it is extremely saturated and sometimes causes an undesirable distortion in the overall sound…
At first I thought it was a crude mistake, so I went back to my original copies and to my surprise, a fair amount of saturation was present in the original mix too - the track was pushed to its limit in 1965, but then, the saturation was smoothly buried into the mix. Revealing it with the new mixes makes it just a little too noticeable and a bit annoying… I have noticed this through a couple of tracks across the set, namely on Rubber Soul and Please Please Me. So it gives the impression of an uneven mastering job. But in reality were the original mixes faulty, or is it the new masters that reveal a little too much? We have to give it to the engineers: they stayed true to the original mixes!
So I compared back and forth with my original UK copies, but I was also curious to compare to our favorite unique Canadian pressings too! Well, there was no surprise that I came to the same conclusion - our first few albums originating from UK master tapes source identical to those used to press the first UK albums… But it confirmed to me that our original records were pretty darn good pressings that still sound amazing even today! Maybe I am biased, but Canadian pressings are amongst my favorite worldwide, alongside the UK, and German pressings!
As an avid collector, I was looking forward to explore the little details that make Beatles collecting unique. I was, like many others, hoping to find the XEX 606-1 mix of Revolver, but it seems that they chose the more common (and officially deemed standard) 606-2 mix… I am not surprised, but it would have been a nice perk…
Also, many fans underlined that the choice of using the US configuration of magical Mystery Tour as the now official format for this album is inaccurate. While I understand Apple’s choice, I too would have been more excited about seeing the double EP set instead - From a historical and collectable point of view, the US album among all these UK configurations has always felt a little bit odd to me.
Another interesting detail about this LP set is that the triple MONO MASTERS album feature the real mono mixes of the Yellow Submarine tracks (and not the fold down mixes found on the original UK pressing). These are the tracks that were supposed to end up on the UK Yellow Submarine EP that was cancelled before even being issued!
The question of the numbers on the White Album cover has also stirred up some interesting conversations on the internet. First off, all albums are numbered starting at 9 000 000. I ordered my set from Amazon and got a fairly low number (9 013 854), but otherwise, it is not know yet how numbers were distributed around the world. That being said, all copies seen in Montreal and Quebec City were around the 9 045 000 /9 050 000 range. Maybe specific ranges of numers were sent in different countries, or on the other hand, maybe they were spread around randomly, no one knws for sure. It is not known either how many copies were made in total. 9 050 000 sound pretty low if two million copies were pressed, but is fairly high if on the other hand, only around 100 000 were pressed...
To sum it up, I think this mono box set is an amazing package, well crafted, where great efforts have been made to achieve the best possible sound, as well as to please picky collectors like us who will scrutinize every millimetre of the item… If the stereo box set would have been crafted with the same level of details, and pressed in a good pressing plant in Germany as well, these would have been seen as the official LP reference for the Beatles catalog for many years to come.
Personally, the albums that impressed me the most were the white album, with its amazing sound, and cool top loader and black inner sleeves (the only album along with Pepper to have the original inner sleeves reproduced), Sgt Pepper’s and With The Beatles. They look good, they sound amazing, and those are probably the three albums I will buy separate extra copies of to listen to all the time. (and individual albums each come with a cool sticker on the shrink wrap!).
The albums that disappointed me the most, were Rubber Soul, one of my favorite albums that I was looking forward to hear… and Please Please Me that was good.. but to my ears, just not “up there” with the others yet. Although, the pressings and cover construction are flawless - the problems are possibly just what the new mixes revealed (or how they revealed what was on the tracks..)
So if you are ready to invest in the glorious mono catalog, this box set it well worth it, no hesitation. I give it a well-deserved rating of 9 out of 10!
Otherwise, I strongly recommend you buy individuals pressings of your favorite albums, and who knows, you might like them so much that you’ll keep adding other pieces of the catalog from time to time and end up completing the set before you even know it!
The Scaffold was a Liverpool beat / pop humour group (trio) who released records on Parlophone between the first half 1966 and into the 1970s. Their personnel included Mike McGear (aka Mike McCartney), Roger McGough and John Gorman. The flirted with Fame in Canada in 1968.
The Scaffold issued two great (their very best !) singles on the Capitol label in Canada. In the USA, the group was signed by Bell Records who also had The Box Tops, Paul Jones (later releases) , The Troggs (later releases), etc.
Bell issued one Scaffold album in the USA in the spring of 1968 (Bell 6018 stereo).
If a Bell album by The Scaffold had been issued in Canada, it would have been pressed and distributed by Quality Records. But it wasn't. And Capitol chose not to release a Scaffold album. And what a shame as it surely would have appeared on the Capitol 6000 series. The songs on the 1968 USA Bell album were:
Long Strong Black Pudding, Goodbat Nightman, 2 Days Monday, 3 Blind Jellyfish, Thank U Very Much, I'de B The First (6 songs)
Do You Remember, Knees Up Mother Brown, 123, Today, Please Sorry, Jelly Covered Cloud (6 songs)
If the album had been issued in Canada in 1968, we would have been able to hear these other wonderful songs as they were meant to be heard. Scaffold Airplay In Canada!
Thank U Very Much was their first hit in England and the song was composed by Mike McGear. We can only speculate today whether the line "Thank U Very Much .. for our Gracious Tea", sounding just like God Save The Queen, may have inspired older brother Paul to pen the ditty Her Majesty.
The group was very popular in Sweden and in other European countries but their brand of clever pop never really did catch on in North America. The Bonzo Dog Band would fill this North American gap later with their albums. And then of course Monty Python. But for me, Scaffold was first.
The two great Scaffold singles that were issued here in Canada on the Capitol 72000 Series did get quite a bit of airplay and I do remember hearing Thank You Very Much quite a few times on the Ottawa radio stations including CFRA. I bought the Capitol record in Ottawa "as a delete" a while after it was released and I always enjoyed the humour of the B side.
Capitol 72524 The Scaffold Thank U Very Much / I'de B The First (February 1968) (this 45 was also issued in the USA on the Bell label as Bell 701)
This was their first hit in England and the song was composed by Mike McGear. I loved "Thank U Very Much" without knowing of any Beatles connection. It stood out among the other Pop records of the time.
NOTE - Bell in the USA also issued Do You Remember ? / Carry On Krow as Bell 724 (it was not issued in Canada)
Capitol 72562 The Scaffold Lily The Pink / Buttons Of Your Mind (this 45 was issued in the USA on the Bell label as Bell 747)
Lily the Pink did not get as much airplay as "Thank U Very Much" here, but it was also a unique sound with a nice climactic end.
None of the Scaffold 45s issued in Canada and the USA came with a picture sleeve which is too bad. The picture sleeves issued in Europe, like the one shown here from Sweden, are highly sought after.
The Scaffold were a quirky group and succeeded on their own unique talents without any endorsement from Mike's brother.
A few years later I found out that they had issued many other singles on Parlophone in England during the 1966 through 1971 period and these are recommended as well. Each single they made was good. I especially liked Do You Remember and Charity Bubbles. An album of their A and B sides is well worth looking for.
This has been just another brief detour on our journey through the Capitol of Canada 72000 series of singles !
In the autumn of 1959, The Dave Brubeck Quartet issued their classic track Take Five which had been written by their great alto sax player Paul Desmond. Brubeck was on piano, Joe Morello was the drummer, and Gene Wright played the bass. It is a staggering track that attracted the attention of many Pop fans. The song was played all over the radio and became a theme used for background music in many cool television programs.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five / Blue Rondo A La Turk - Columbia 4-41479 (September 1959)
The Canadian Columbia "4 Eye" single is of course a mono take and sounds much different from the stereo album track issued a couple of months later. The mono single version runs for 2 minutes 50 seconds while the album track is much longer running at 5 minutes and 24 seconds. Out went the terrific Joe Morello drum signature runs, which by the way sounded fabulous in stereo. For me, the mono single version still has its own appeal. Blue Rondo A La Turk was also trimmed from 6:44 to 2:59.
The Columbia "6 Eye" album "Time Out" that featured Take Five was the first jazz album to sell more than one million copies in the USA. It was also a huge seller in Canada soon after it was released for the Christmas LP market in December 1959. Many adults were buying stereo record players then and Columbia issued the album in a superb stereo recording (Columbia CS-8192 stereo) perfect for "Hi-Fi buffs". Brubeck had made the cover of Time Magazine in 1954 and he had built a large following during the mid to late 1950s.
In November 1961, Columbia issued another clever and great (and much shorter) single called "Unsquare Dance" and this time Columbia dropped "The" from the quartet's name and issued it more simply by "Dave Brubeck Quartet". Canadian copies this time featured the month and year of release on the label next to the running time. This was a radical move away from Take Five and featured another equally catchy time signature. Somehow, Brubeck had managed to cross from jazz into Pop without losing the jazz feel. Many years later, the song would be used in Canada as a great theme for a TV commercial for Ritz crackers. I thought that was an amazing commercial in its time.
Dave Brubeck Quartet - Unsquare Dance / It's A Raggy Waltz - Columbia 4-42258 (November 1961)
In between these two Brubeck single releases, Columbia issued another classic jazz single by Miles Davis called "All Blues" taken from his classic Kind Of Blue album (Columbia "6 Eye" CL-1355 mono). The "4 Eye" maroon and silver label single did not sell many copies in Canada and is now very much sought after. The flip side was taken from his earlier album Porgy And Bess (Columbia CL-1274 mono).
All Blues was not a track that had any sort of Pop appeal, even though it is a brilliant piece of jazz music. It was adventurous and a terrific jazz statement for its time. How on earth did Columbia settle on that lengthy track as a new single?
Miles Davis - All Blues / It Ain't Necessarily So - Columbia 4-42057 (July 1961)
Columbia "whittled' the All Blues album track down to a slim 3 minutes from an album track that was eleven and a half minutes. What would Miles Davis have thought of such a hatchet-job by his record company ? Business was business.
It was The Dave Brubeck Quartet who really popularized jazz in Canada in the 1959-1961 period and it was their two cleverly composed "cross over" singles that really helped to make this happen - they brought jazz into the mainstream. This would open the door for many other jazz acts like Herbie Mann and Eddie Harris to name two.
Columbia accomplished this by paring down lengthy jazz album tracks to meet radio requirements and this worked.
Many die hard jazz fans would have shied away from anything this commercial at this time and perhaps some long time Brubeck jazz fans thought they had sold out... but this was the dawn of the 1960s and many things would start to change and evolve.
Jazz Had Moved Into Pop!
The time has come once again to underline interesting sales related to the Captiol6000 website content, that occured during that last month.
In all things target, a few Beatles singles sold on this rare 1969 label: two copies of All My Loving, one for 20$ and the other for 32$, as well as a Can't Buy Me Love, for 7$. That series is not the easiest to complete! Sie Liebt Dich, in its only incarnation (swirl) reached an impressive 220$, while another very interesting and uniquely Canadian item popped up online for sale in early September: the Kelly's vancouver press conference flexi sold for 160$. Finally, (for Beatles 45s), a mint copy of the 1967 reissue of Yesterday on the swirl with brackets label sold for 12$.
Apple label record also saw a few rarer specimens change hands. Apple 1810 Hare Krishna Mantra/Prayer To The Spiritual Masters by Radha Krishna Temple sold for 16.50$, and Joi Bangla & Oh Bhaugowan / Raga-Mishra & JhinJhoti, Apple 1838 for 15$. These are particularly hard to find in its Canadian format because not that many copies sold back in the days. The more common Billy Prestin's That's The Way Gd Planned It sold for a price of 8.50$.
In the LPs department, Pink Floyd's early albums are always a big seller. The Pipers album sold for 51$ in its fold-down mono incarnation (VG- condition), and their second album, A Saucerful Of Secrets sold for 15$. Finally, a rare mid 80s reissue of A Nice Pair on the retro rainbow sold for 10$. Billy J Kramer's Little Children appeared and sold for 5$ as well last month, while a nice copy of the withdrawn Animals LP House Of The Rising Sun sold for 25$. The Hollies don't show up as often as other bands from the 6000 series, but when they do they reach a premium, and this time is no different: a copy of their album I Can't Let Go fetched a nice 50$, while the rare Dave Clark Five's rare Instrumental Album reached a very cool 73$ and the Yardbird's duophonic pressin of Hits Of The Yardbirds reached 34$. A very hard to find Lee Gagnon album titled Je Jazze, still tight in its original shrink wrap sold for 52$ while finally, an original mint second pressing of Glenn Gould' Goldberg Variations (blue label) sold for 20$ with its thick cardboard liner notes inner sleeve.
In the Beatles department, some nice sealed albums sold last month. What seems to be a sealed red target pressing of The Beatles' Story sold for 54$, and a Meet The Beatles from the late 70s sold for 25$. An original pressing of the Beatles Again still in shrink, a rare 1974 flat Apple label reissue of Abbey Road (also in shrink), and a White album from the same era (but not in shrink) all sold for 20$. Otherwise, a very rare late sixites first pressing of The Beatles Second Album with the Parr's sleeve sold for 150$, and a rare Canadian pressing of the George Martin's A Hard Day's Night instrumentals sold for 48.50$.
Lorenz Peter has the two great initials "LP" and he has opened a cool new (and used) record store at a brand new location in Toronto, Ontario. His store is appropriately called "LPS" and it is located at the junction of Dundas Street West and Roncesvalles (at 2227 Dundas Street West). I have been by the shop a few times already to trade in some old records and pick up some great and obscure discs.
I found some nice titles on the Capitol 72000 series, some older Canadian 45s on the London label, and a few other items. I picked up a nice old copy of the Gene Pitney 45 "That Girl Belongs To Yesterday" (Canadian UA red label), an obscure Jagger/Richards composition the Rolling Stones never released. There are boxes of 45s that are priced at "3 for a dollar" and those boxes alone are worth a visit for hardcore 45 collectors. On the wall I saw a nice stereo copy of the 1967 Stone LP "Back Street Girl" by Jackie Edwards. That is a pretty hard LP to find.
LPS carries new and used vinyl as well as a nice selection of cassette tapes. A really cool selection of unusual recordings. I'll be back. Check it out when in Toronto !
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles only visit to Montreal in 1964, Barry Lorenzetti presents Montreal Beatles Day 2014, a Beatles events where a few bands will "recreate" the magic of the unique 1964 concert. There are still tickets available if you want to attend this concert; simply Bbuy tickets online via the Admission website or in person at the concert hall box office (and avoid service fees).
Here are the details:
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, 7141, Sherbrooke St. W.
Description: Montreal Beatles Day 2014 celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first and only visit to Montreal on September 8, 1964.
Headliners REPLAY will be joined by three other local acts:
The Hi-Fins, a charismatic British Invasion Tribute trio, Hayden & Friends, a talented 14 year-old singer-musician who is a big Beatles fan, Two Of Us, a new piano and vocal duo featuring a well-known local singer — a surprise only to be revealed the night of the show
Complete details on the Montreal Beatles Day website.
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.