Market Watch: Low-numbered Beatles LP hits five fab figures

By  Robin Platts

The Beatles. Associated Press photo.

The Beatles. Associated Press photo.
1. $28,448.20 The Beatles — The Beatles (White Album) LP: Almost exactly 40 years after the release of the Beatles’ self-titled double album, usually known as The White Album, an eBay auction closed, and one of the rarest copies of the album changed hands.

Most significant is the fact that this U.K. mono copy is #5 in the original numbered pressing. The first four went to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr and never have made their way into the market, so the appearance of the fifth copy is very big news.  Naturally, it resulted in a significant winning bid. According to the item’s seller, this copy entered the market when it was sold by an unnamed musician who had been given the album by Lennon during a visit to his apartment in 1968.

2. $5,999.99 Lester Tipton — “This Won’t Change” b/w “Go On”:
This 1966 northern soul rarity by Lester Tipton on the Detroit-based LaBeat label is in VG++ shape. This auction is one of an increasing number to feature a sound clip of the actual record — one way in which technology has enabled buyers to bid with more confidence.

3. $3,601.75 Benny Cliff — “Crazy Mama” b/w “Born, Lived, and Died”:
  A VG++ condition rockabilly 45 dating from 1958, on the Horseshoe label, from Portland, Ore.’s Benny Cliff. This is one of two Cliff singles from that year, the other being “Shake Um Up Rock” on the Drift label. The two singles have appeared on various compilation CDs over the years, with “Crazy Mama” having been included on the 1994 comp Wild Rockin’.

4. $3,420 Leaf Hound — Growers of Mushroom LP: This 1971 LP rarity from British hard-rockers Leaf Hound, on the Decca label, is in excellent shape. This band started life as Black Cat Bones, who released one album on Decca (Barbed Wire Sandwich – very Spinal Tap-esque title). Several members of Black Cat Bones departed before the band changed its name, with some ending up in Free and Foghat. Leaf Hound regrouped in 2004, which no doubt boosted this album’s profile. For more info, visit

5. $3,116 Tommy & The Derby’s “Handy Andy” b/w “Don’t Play The Role”: Another obscure northern soul disc, this one is a 1966 release on the Swing label in VG+ condition. This group was fronted by legendary Mississippi soul singer Tommy Tate, who also recorded with Tim Whitsett and The Imperial Show Band, as well as under his own name as a solo artist.

6. $2,810 Tamala Lewis — “You Won’t Say Nothing” b/w “If You Can Stand Me”: This VG/VG+ northern soul rarity is on the Marton Records label. This rare 1965 release was produced by George Clinton, who was apparently dating Lewis at the time.

7. $2,560 The Galaxys — “A Lover’s Prayer” b/w “Jelly Bean”:
We take a brief break from northern soul to feature a doo-wop rarity on the Monarch label, in VG++ condition.

8. $2,060 Jimmy Delphs — “Dancing A Hole In The World” b/w “Dancing A Hole In The World” (Instrumental): Here we have a DJ copy of this 1968 northern soul rarity, in near mint condition. This was the second of two Jimmy Delphs singles on the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Carla label, the first being 1967’s “I’ve Been Fooled Before.”

9. $2,025 Don Drummond — “Bellevue Special” b/w “No More”: This mid-1960s ska rarity from Don Drummond, trombonist and Skatalites member, in excellent-minus condition, is on the Caribou label. Both sides of this single appeared on the 2004 Trojan CD comp Gaz Mayall Top Ska Tunes!

10. $1,999.99 Brooks Bros. “Lookin’ For A Woman” b/w “Two Great Lovers”:
Wrapping things up for this installment is yet another northern soul single, this one a VG++/NM- 45 on the Tay label.

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