Sound Advice: Lenny Bruce poster could be an original

 By  Stephen Braitman & Jack Wolak
This is an actual promotional poster for a Fillmore show, though it may not be an original printing.
This is an actual promotional poster for a Fillmore show, though it may not be an original printing.
Goldmine columnist and veteran appraiser Stephen Braitman tackles more reader questions in this issue’s installment of Sound Advice:

Question: I need some help trying to place an old poster I picked up at an estate sale. To my knowledge, the Fillmore never issued any boxing-style posters for any of their shows. The original Fillmore poster instead shows Lenny Bruce as the headliner and lists “The Mothers” instead of “Mothers Of Invention” as the opening act.

I understand there was considerable unauthorized poster manufacturing throughout the ’70s and ’80s. However, this poster looks like it could have been an original promotional from Verve. My understanding is Zappa never liked the name Mothers Of Invention and only tolerated it to do the deal with Verve/MGM. He continued to use the original name “The Mothers” right up to the release of Freak Out, which came out a couple of weeks after this particular Fillmore date.

— D.V. Clark

Answer: The boxing posters are indeed phonies. The orange Lenny Bruce is an actual Fillmore poster, though I can’t tell from the photo if it’s an original or a reproduction. The original has a union printing logo (#72) in the lower-left corner of the image, to the left of “Ticket Outlets.” If it has “13” scratched faintly below “Santa Rosa,” it is a second printing. No union logo and no number means it’s a third printing.

Question: Roy Milton recorded “Early In The Morning” and “Bless Your Heart” on Warwick 549 in 1960. At a local flea market, I found a copy, both sides the same, on “Lou-Wa” #1002 out of Los Angeles. I cannot find any reference to this label in any price guides or Roy Milton Web sites/links. As there is an old zone number after Los Angeles instead of a zip code after California, I believe this may be the original label. I’d appreciate any input about this record.

— Charles Berger

Answer: Given that there are several copies to be had for about $10 on the Web, I suspect this is a bootleg.

Question: I was just given a large number of vinyl albums and have been in the process of sorting through them and deciding which to sell and which to keep. During this process I came across an album with a white cover and what appears to be a piece of yellow paper under the plastic which says, “John Lennon Plop Plop … Fizz Fizz.” When flipped over it appears this “label” was handwritten and then copied. It says:

Side One of this great album is from the other one-to-one concert and is not the same material that appears on the Wizardo LP. Unlike some of our competitors, we would never rip you off by copying another label’s releases and then re-titling them. We don’t need the money that bad.

Elsie Joonyer

A Side:
1. Mother *
2. Imagine *
3. Come Together *
4. Give Peace A Chance *

B Side:
1. Cold Turkey (Complete Version) **
2. Hound Dog **
3. Slippin’ ’N’ Sliddin’ [sic] §
4. Imagine §
5. Whatever Gets You Through The Night (w/Elton John) †
6. Move Over Ms. L ‡

* 1972 one-to-one Afternoon
** 1972 one-to-one Evening
§ 1975 ABC Salute to Lew Grade
† 1974 New York
‡ Hard to find 45”

It then goes on to give thanks to a bunch of people, including John Lennon. Then it says the album was produced by Elsie Joonyer for a slew of people.

“By Seanmark Records + Tapes”

“A division of Hoffman Avenue Industries, Ltd.”

My question is, do you have any idea what this album is worth? I don’t know if I should sell it for $10 or $1,000. Seriously, I could use some help!

Answer: This is a bootleg. Prices of original bootleg LPs have risen in the last few years, partly due to eBay cracking down on listing them. Still, I’d say somewhere in the $10 to $25 range.

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Jack Wolak’s Rare Necessities has been providing collectors with new and used vinyl and other music collectibles since 1975, specializing in 45s with picture sleeves, as well as a large inventory of picture discs. Wolak provided more answers for this issue’s Sound Advice column:

Question: I have an old Bob Dylan album on Columbia, The Times They Are A-Changin’. He looks about 12 years old on the cover! The number is PC 8905 red label — is this a reissue? Worth anything?

Answer: This is an ’80s reissue; in like-new condition it’s worth $6 to $8. The PC prefix indicates a Columbia ’80s pressing. Not much value here, I’m afraid.

Any help here would be appreciated. What were the releases on the Decca label for The Beatles? I can’t find a guide that lists anything for them; earliest releases seem to be on London. I know the release of “My Bonny” on 45, but was there anything else released on Decca for the Fab Four?

Answer: “My Bonnie” / “The Saints” is the only U.S. Decca Beatles release.

Question: Could you provide me with any information regarding two albums that I have in my collection? The first is The Doors’ album Morrison Hotel, EKS75007. From all indications, the album appears to be a U.S. pressing; however, unlike the supposed first pressing with the large “E” red label, my copy has an Elektra brown label. Most price guides don’t even acknowledge that a brown label exists.

The second album is Cream’s Live Cream on the RSO label. I’ve seen regular copies of the album before, however the copy I have is a white-label promo, with a round gold sticker not found on the normal copies, with the working “Collector’s Edition” around the perimeter of the label, and the “RSO” symbol in the middle of it.

Answer: Actually, the brown-label Morrison Hotel is the original on this LP. In like-new condition it’s worth $50 to $60 if you’ve got a buyer.

The regular RSO issue of Cream Live sells for $8 to $10, but a white-label promo in like-new condition would fetch $30 to $40 from an Eric Clapton fan.

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