by Susan Sliwicki
1. $9,700 — Billy Nichols, Would You Believe LP. This 1968 psych-pop album issued on The Immediate label was supposed to be the U.K.’s answer to The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds LP, but it was withdrawn before it ever hit the streets due to problems with the label. Only 100 promotional copies were believed to have been pressed on this record, which features Small Faces’ Steve Marriot, Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley and John Paul Jones, among others. The seller rated the cover in EX++ condition and listed the record in near-mint condition, although it bears faint sleeve markets and the label has visible signs of wear on the spindle hole.
2. $4,550 — A collection of more than 500 classic rock, blues and R&B LPs. With 78 bids placed, action was hot and heavy for this 300-pound collection, which came from one owner who had collected records since 1965. The accompanying list of featured artists showed acts that literally ranged from Aerosmith to ZZ Top, and most of the albums had been kept in their plastic sleeves (although no individual record grades were given.)
3. $4,200 — Black Flag, “Nervous Breakdown” 45. According to the description, this unopened copy is still sealed with the SST Records logo sticker and had been stored for years in an envelope in its owner’s desk. The seller, who says he is the original Black Flag bassist Chuck Dukowski, said an estimated 500 of the records were made after the song was recorded in late 1977 at Media Art Studios.
4. $3,938.88 — Ed Bell, “Frisco Whistle Blues” b/w “Mean Conductor Blues” 78. Not a lot of details on this Paramount 12546 record, other than it was graded in E+ condition by the seller and that it has a somewhat thin sound, which is typical of Paramount records of the period.
5. $3,700 — Black Out: New Sounds of ’70 double LP. If you love soul and funk, this compilation album is definitely up your alley. Graded at Mint-Minus, the cover is free of ring wear, bent corners, or writing, and the vinyl is free of marks and scratches. Featured artists on this Century Records compilation include Anatics, Soul Sonics, Carolyn Milas and Chante. 5.
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