Market Watch: Northern soul 45, rare ‘Let It Be’ LP top $10k

By Robin Platts

$10,223 J.D. Bryant — “I Won’t Be Coming Back” b/w “Walk On In”
We start off with a northern-soul rarity on the Washington, D.C.-based Shrine Records label. This mid-’60s gem by J.D. Bryant is in VG+ condition. A near-mint copy showed up on eBay just over a year ago and sold for $10,230.

$10,099 The Beatles —
Let It Be
Here we have a truly rare Beatles item — a sealed copy of the original U.K. pressing of the Let It Be LP, the coveted boxed version with the gorgeous (although poorly bound) “Get Back” book. Not 100 percent mint — slight wear to the box corners, with the shrinkwrap 95 percent intact, according to the seller.

$5,300 John Heartsman And Circles —
Music of My Heart
This 1976 rarity is a privately pressed double LP from Bay Area soul/funk guitarist Johnny Heartsman, in VG+ condition. Heartsman was an in-demand session player in the ’50s and ’60s and scored a national R&B hit in 1957 with the instrumental “Johnny’s House Party.”

$4,950 Mixed Feelings — “Sha-La-La” b/w “Love Will Find A Way”

More soul — this time a near-mint 1976 promo single from the South Carolina group Mixed Feelings on the Irda label. This one features singer Arthur Donaldson, previously of The Royals.

$4,938 Magnetics — “Count The Days” b/w “When I’m With My Baby”

Yet another northern-soul rarity. There were a few different soul groups in the ’60s calling themselves the Magnetics. This one came from Chicago and is represented here with a rare VG+ promo single on the Sable label.

$4,899.66 The Beatles — The Beatles
Back to The Beatles with a near-mint U.K. mono first pressing of the group’s 1968 double LP, better known as the White Album. This is number 0006864 and comes with the original top-loading wallet-style sleeve, black inner sleeves, poster and photos.

$4,049 Two Plus Two — “I’m Sure” b/w “Look Around”
More ’60s soul, with a VG- rarity from Detroit on the Velo label. This one doesn’t show up very often, but a G- copy was offered on eBay about three years ago and changed hands for $4,406.

$3,249 Bob Dylan — John Wesley Harding
Next is a very rare Dylan LP, a red-vinyl pressing of John Wesley Harding. Not in mint condition (“light to medium scratches and scuffs,” says the seller) but apparently one of only two known copies, this was presumably run off by a pressing-plant employee.

$3,617 Ricardo Marrero and the Group — A Taste
We finish up this time with a very rare Latin jazz/funk LP from 1976 on the TSG label, in VG++ shape.     

$3,200 Frankie Beverly And The Butlers — “Because Of My Heart” b/w “I Want To Feel I’m Wanted”

Last up, we have a VG+++ northern-soul rarity on the Fairmount label. Beverly is better known for his work with Maze, but the ultra-rare “Because of My Heart” dates from his mid-’60s stint with The Butlers.

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