Market Watch: Box sets, picture discs, colored vinyl — it’s all here

By Susan Sliwicki
$3,275 — Pearl Jam, Backspacer LP.
$3,275 — Pearl Jam, Backspacer LP.
It’s everything including the kitchen sink in this week’s online sales roundup.

1. $8,000 — More than 60 Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs Remastered LPs in sealed condition. Kicking off this week’s countdown is a collection of jazz and classic rock 200-gram half-speed LPs that covers an eclectic range of artists including Bob Marley, U2, Queen, ELP, Pink Floyd, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, R.E.M., Nirvana and Blood, Sweat and Tears. According to the seller, most of these albums were limited to a production of 5,000 each or less, and all still bear factory seals.

2. $6,421.84 — Beethoven Violin Concert LP. This classical performance of Leonid Kogan and Orchestra de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoir issued by Columbia bears a turquoise and silver label. According to the seller, the sleeve is in Excellent-Plus condition, the record is in Near-Mint condition, although it does have faint surface noise in a few spots.

3. $5,500 — John Heartsman and Circles, Music of My Heart LP. This 1976 private-label pressing of a rare funk, jazz and R&B fusion double-LP rates VG+. It bears the VC-4508 number, which indicates it is the original pressing, not the new Jazzman reissue, the seller states. Other than a few ticks on Side 4, the album plays through nicely. The gatefold cover is another story, with a crease, the beginnings of a spine split and a sticker stain. Some song listings on the back cover also were marked.

4. $5,500 — Magnetics, “Lady in Green” b/w/ “Heart You’re Made of Stone.” This Northern Soul 45 on the Bonnie Records label rates a strong VG. It has a few light scuffs that aren’t heard, and offers super playback, the seller says. A little ring wear is evident on the label.

5.$4,200 — Pink Floyd, Ummagumma LP. This “mega-rare” red vinyl promo album LP on the Odeon Records label comes from Japan. The record is in Near Mint condition, the sleeve is rated VG+, and the white and navy obi strip and lyric insert are graded Excellent-, according to the seller. It is rumored that only 50 copies of the red vinyl promo albums were pressed.

6. $3,999.99 — The Beatles, MFSL sealed box set. Audiophiles, take notice. The super-virgin vinyl used to press the albums in this Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs box set is so pure, you can see through it if it’s held up to the light. Well, that’s what the seller says, but since this particular box was sealed, there’s no way of knowing for sure. This half-speed Japanese vinyl pressing from the Victor Company boasts copies of Please Please Me, With The Beatles, Hard Day’s Night, Beatles For Sale, Help, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, The White Album, “Yellow Submarine” original soundtrack, Magical Mystery Tour, Abbey Road and Let It Be. This box set’s packaging is top shelf, too, with special static-free, dust-free inner sleeves and heavy-duty protective packaging.

7. $3,551 — Ryvon DJ, “I’m Gonna Dance (Take Me Tonight)” 12-inch maxi single. Here’s an entry from a genre we don’t see that often in Goldmine’s Market Watch — dance/DJ/electronica. The buyer lists this record, issued on the Poker Records label, in Near Mint condition, with a picture sleeve in Excellent++ condition and the record in Near Mint condition. 

8. $3,388 — George Lemon, “Fascinating Girl” b/w “Fascinating Girl” 45. This Northern Soul 45 on the Gold Soul label has a great gloss to it and rates a solid VG, according to the seller. It features George Lemon on the A-side and The Lemon Brothers Orchestra on the B-side.

9. $3,275 — Pearl Jam, Backspacer LP. This white vinyl version of Pearl Jam’s latest release drew more than 60 bids before it ultimately sold. Beyond that — no real details from the seller.

10. $2,850 — “A Trip to Slumberland” picture disc. This 12-inch rare children’s Vogue picture record is in very good condition with a few scratches, but no cracks or chips.

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