The Beatles manage a Market Watch countdown hat trick

By Susan Sliwicki

The edition’s countdown is packed with plenty of big names — The Beatles, The Doors and Pink Floyd — but there’s still plenty of room for other tastes, including a pair of classical LPs, a duo of Northern Soul 45s and an über-rare entry from eclectic darlings Delaney & Bonnie.

10. $3,428.82 — The Beatles, “The Beatles (aka The White Album), double LP. This U.K. Parlophone export pressed in 1968 (P-PCS 7068) bears EX-condition black and yellow labels. It comes complete with black inner sleeves, four photos — one of each band member — and a poster. While the album sleeve is in VG condition due to a minor edge split, the vinyl earns a grade of EX. “This album is possibly rarer than the ‘Please Please Me’ black and gold label LP, or at least appears less often,” the seller wrote. “A true rarity amongst collectible Beatles vinyl.”

9. $3,429.64 — Delaney & Bonnie, “The Original Delaney And Bonnie,” LP. The seller touted this stereo copy of SAPCOR 7 as “the rarest U.K. Apple album known to exist.” In early 1969, Delaney & Bonnie signed to Elektra Records to record their second album, “Accept No Substitutes,” which was then recorded at Elektra’s studio. When George Harrison heard pre-release tapes of the album, he offered the duo a contract with Apple Records, which Delaney & Bonnie accepted even though they already were contracted to Elektra. “Apple’s plan was to release Delaney & Bonnie’s second album ‘Accept No Substitutes,’ but under the title of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends,” the seller wrote. “According to Elektra Records co-founder Jac Holzman, Apple got as far as starting production of the album, using some of, if not all, the original Elektra recordings before Elektra declared Apple’s contract void and the pressing subsequently was stopped.” The copies created by Apple never were made available for sale. Twenty-six bids were exchanged before a winner was declared.

8. $3,500 — The De-Lites, “Lover” / “Tell Me Why” 10-inch acetate. As if a super-scarce copy of this Northern Soul pairing on the Cuppy label (C-101) wasn’t enough, this acetate features an unissued alternate take of “Lover.” Recorded at A.M.S. Sound Recording Studios in Philadelphia, this acetate belonged to its producer, Sonny Casella, the seller wrote. “Some of these acetate singles up for auction were released, but many I’ve found were most likely never issued,” the seller wrote. “It is highly doubtful you will ever see one of these again!” Twenty-four bids were exchanged before a winner was declared.

7. $3,650 — The Doors, one-sided, six-song acetate. What would The Doors be like without Robby Krieger? Turns out this is your opportunity to find out. Believed to have been recorded in September 1965, this early Doors one-sided acetate made by EMC records featured six tracks — “Moonlight Drive,” “Hello I Love You,” “Summer’s Almost Gone,” “My Eyes Have Seen You,” “End of the Night” and “Insane (A Little Game)” — but no Krieger. Pat Sullivan, Jim Manzarek and Rick Manzarek are listed as personnel on bass guitar, harmonica and guitar, respectively, according to the seller. “The demo was released in its entirety on The Doors’ box set in 1997. The tracks on the box were mastered from what was originally Rick Manzarek’s acetate — now in the possession of Ray Manzarek — which was one of only five made,” the seller wrote. Forty-one bids were exchanged before a winner was declared.

6. $4,943.88 — Leonid Kogan, “Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major,” LP. Making the first of two appearances on this countdown is Leonid Kogan. The seller had little to say about this U.K. first-pressing copy of SAX 2386, other than to say the cover, labels and vinyl all were in NM condition,

Les Beatles Police Sandwich EP cover5. $4,999.99 — Pink Floyd, Soundtrack from the movie “More,” LP. “Mega rare U.K. original Pink Floyd soundtrack from the film ‘More,’ released on Odeon in 1969,” the seller wrote. “Top Pink Floyd rarity for serious collector only.” The vinyl and cover each earned a grade of EX, while both labels were deemed in VG++ shape

4. $5,250 — Leonid Kogan, “Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto,” LP. This copy of SAX 2323 is a top-shelf, first-edition stereo pressing from the early 1960s and part of a larger grouping of records from a picky collector. “They all belonged to one owner, who treated them with most care,” the seller wrote. “All look very shiny and seldomly or never played.” The sleeve and record both earned grades of NM.

3. $7,199— Emeralds, “Catch Me I’m Falling” / “Beware,” 45. This 45 has remained largely undocumented and unknown to most of the modern collector world until now,” the seller wrote. “Nothing shows up on Google. Even some of the biggest Northern Soul collectors, DJs and dealers have never heard of it.” This VG+ copy of Vick 302 attracted seven bids.

2. $11,367,40 — Les Beatles, “From Me To You,” EP. This VG-condition, French-pressed EP (SOE 3739) on the Odeon label features the Fab 4 in a “police/sandwich” cover — admittedly more appetizing than the Butcher cover image. “This is one of the truly rare covers. Only a few were made and then withdrawn,” the seller wrote.

1. $12,932.23 — The Beatles, “Please Please Me,” LP. The Fab Four manage an impressive Market Watch hat trick — three entries selling for more than $27,000 total! This first-pressing copy of PCS 3042 with the Dick James credits features a NM- sleeve. “Incredible, ‘got to have this in my collection’ condition!” the seller wrote. Buyers must’ve agreed; 24 bids were swapped before a winner was declared.

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