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1. JULIANA HATFIELD would be at the very top of my want list. Specifically, I’m looking for a clean copy of the (unauthorized) recording titled “GOD’S FOOT.” I’ve always loved Juliana’s music, and that’s one of her records that has been eluding me for quite some time now.
2. TALKING HEADS — “Talking Heads Live on Tour” (1979) Warner Bros. Music Show
3. TALKING HEADS — “Puzzlin’ Evidence” (1986 Promo Label)
4. BOB DYLAN — “Great White Wonder”
5. BEATLES — “Watching Rainbows”
— Gary Kahn, Michigan
JOHN LENNON original ( and not a re-release of John & Yoko’s green vinyl single) “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is on my Want List, as it was our Johnny’s 70th birthday last October and 30 years since we lost him.
— Paul, via e-mail
I’m very much into mono pressings of records made at the time mono was being phased out. My top 5 finds reflect this.
1. THE MONKEES — “The Birds, The Bees & the Monkees.”
2. THE DOORS — “Strange Days.” As I have the mono pressing of their first, I need this one to complement it.
3. JEFFERSON AIRPLANE — “After Bathing at Baxter’s.” OK, so I have the Sundazed re-pressing … I still need the RCA original.
4. THE BEATLES — “Magical Mystery Tour.” I bought the mono pressing when it came out in 1967. I lost it in 1975. I haven’t had it since.
5. THE MOODY BLUES — “Days of Future Passed” The album cover says it should exist, but I’ve never seen one. Being a Moodys fan, if it does exist, I want it.
— Frank, via e-mail
As a long-standing collector of THE MONKEES records and the Colgems label in general, the holy grail for me has been the original U.S. mono version of “The Birds, the Bees and the Monkees.” Although I currently have digital copies of this album, which were sent to me by other record-collecting enthusiasts, I have never physically even seen the U.S. mono version of this recording, even though I know it exists. Years ago, I bought the U.K. mono version of this LP, but, alas, it features mono tracks, but from the stereo source. I have looked far and wide for the U.S. mono, but I haven’t come up with it yet. And I don’t know if I ever will.
— Larry Lapka, longtime subscriber, via e-mail
1. BOB DYLAN — “Highway 61 Revisited” This is considered the best album Bob Dylan created. I found only one Dylan album “Bringing it All Back Home.” I have been searching for years, and there are not a lot of Dylan albums out there.
2. THE BEATLES — ”Yellow Submarine” Considered the weakest of The Beatles albums, but I have all the others and this would complete my collection. Because this wasn’t a big seller, I guess there were not a lot sold and therefore not a lot to find.
3. THE ROLLING STONES — “Their Satanic Majesties Request” Also considered the weakest of The Rolling Stones’ offerings. I have not been able to find a copy for one reason or another. This album was a real style-changer, and I would like to experience it!
4. JOHN LENNON — “Plastic Ono Band.” The debut single of John Lennon. Like Beatles albums, this is very collectible and hard to find a vinyl copy in good condition.
5. ROYAL GUARDSMEN — “Snoopy and his Friends” This album by the Royal Guardsmen is a guilty pleasure. The other albums are a more serious nature, and this is just for fun, what a record should be! Never found a copy of this album, period.
6. “A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records” This is an album of Christmas songs, produced by Phil Spector (just in case Santa is watching.) This album came out at the same time that John Kennedy was killed, and I don’t think too many people were in the Christmas mood, making it particularly hard to find.
— Dave Sherman, Georgia