Market Watch: Doo-wop, The Damned and The Dolls all are in demand

By  Robin Platts

The New York Dolls. Photo by Roadrunner Records/John Scarpati

The New York Dolls. Photo by Roadrunner Records/John Scarpati
1. $4,155, Various Artists — Columbia April Demonstration Record: This April 1962 sampler album from Columbia Records includes excerpts from the label’s then-current crop of albums.

The selling point here is the inclusion of two-minute portions of three Bob Dylan tracks — “Talkin’ New York,” “Fixin’ To Die” and “Gospel Plow.”

Interestingly, although all three songs are from Dylan’s self-titled first album (released in March 1962), this comp lists them as coming from an album titled Freewheeling (Dylan’s second long-player, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, came out the following year). This compilation comes in a plain white sleeve and is in VG++ condition.

2. $4,040.40, Marvin Gaye — “Hangin’ On” (acetate): Here we have a one-sided Marvin Gaye acetate from 1964, featuring a rare track called “Hangin’ On.”

Although the seller lists the track as unreleased, it appears to be the same song featured on Motown’s 1999 collection of Gaye rarities, Love Starved Heart — although it’s possible this acetate may feature a different version than the CD.

3. $3,338.88, The Larks — “My Reverie” b/w “Let’s Say A Prayer”:
This one is a very-good condition doo-wop rarity on the New York-based Apollo label (Apollo 1184). This record, The Larks’ third single for Apollo (circa 1951), is on orange/red vinyl.

4. $3,051.51, U2 — U2-3 (12″ single):
This item’s seller describes this as a “holy grail of U2 collectibles,” and that seems to be about right.

It all started for the mighty U2 with the release of this 12″ single featuring three tracks — “Out of Control,” “Stories for Boys” and “Boy/Girl.”

This 12″ was released by CBS Ireland in 1979, and here we have one of 1,000 copies of this sought-after piece of vinyl, #569 (copies of this release all had hand-numbered stickers).

There were several subsequent pressings,  but the most coveted is the original, hand-numbered first pressing.

5. $2,819.99, Young Ladies — “He’s Gone To Another” b/w “I’m Tired Of Running Around”: A mint-minus soul rarity on the Stang label.

Like so many of the rare soul records that change hands for big money on eBay and elsewhere, there’s very little info available about this release, other than the fact that it dates from 1969 or ’70 and is in demand among soul buffs.

6. $2,650, The Damned — “Neat Neat Neat”  b/w “Stab Yor Back”: This near-mint copy of this in-demand Japanese 45 by The Damned comes complete with picture sleeve/lyric sheet.

7. $2,606.56, Kenny and The Cadets  — “Barbie” b/w “What Is A Young Girl Made Of”: Next up is a near-mint copy of a rare early release by The Beach Boys (billed as “Kenny and The Cadets”), recorded and issued in early 1962 on the Randy Records label, on red/yellow vinyl.

8. $2,370, Glen Glenn — “One Cup Of Coffee” b/w “I’m Glad My Baby’s Gone” (acetate): This one is a VG++ 1958 acetate by California rockabilly legend Glen Glenn. Autographed by the artist, this acetate features alternate takes of “One Cup Of Coffee” and “I’m Glad My Baby’s Gone.” Glenn missed his first shot at fame when he was drafted in the late ’50s (just after recording his first single) but was rediscovered in the ’80s and won a Rockabilly Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award a few years back.

9. $2,126.11, New York Dolls — “Trash” b/w “Personality Crisis”: I believe this is the first time the New York Dolls have appeared in Market Watch, and they make their debut with a Spanish picture sleeve copy of the “Trash” single.

No other info on this was offered by the seller (apart from a photo of the item), but that didn’t stop this auction piece from passing the $2,000 mark.

10. $2,024, The Rolling Stones — Songs Of The Rolling Stones: We finish up this time out with a mint-minus (in shrink wrap) copy of this very rare promo LP. This album contains portions of 30 vintage Stones tracks, put together in 1975 by Abkco to plug the band’s back catalog. There were two different pressings of this album, this copy being the earlier version, with a cover photo from Rock and Roll Circus.

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