Akim Boldireff and Aaron Keele, known as The Record Guys, uncovered a singular stash of Beatles LPs earlier this year. “I knew right away when I saw these that they were special,” says Boldireff.
These items were obtained from a former Capitol Records record-pressing plant employee who worked for the company from the late 1970s until the mid-’80s. He had access to the music, the machines and the brilliantly colored vinyl discs. When his shift was over, he’d sometimes experiment, testing techniques of mixing color and creating patterns. His favorite band was The Beatles, and he took the opportunity to create pressings unique in the world of Beatles collectibles.
Among these items is an electric-blue vinyl disc with The Beatles’ Revolver side A pressed on one side and John Lennon’s solo debut album Plastic Ono Band side B on the flipside. Another gem is a pressing of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band done on blue marble-patterned vinyl. “And,” Boldireff adds, “there are no other copies anywhere in the world. These are the only known copies.”
Boldireff and Keele are also the organizers of the Toronto Downtown Record Show held at the Estonian House Banquet Hall Nov. 8. The pair plan to put the LPs up for auction on eBay starting Nov. 10. To view the collection and read more about it, visit Boldireff and Keele’s Web site, www.therecordguys.com.