If you've ever wished you could’ve been inside the studio with a creative pop-music genius, has Backstage Auctions got a deal for you. The auction house will be offering a lot of eight original 7-inch recording reels containing various Todd Rundgren and Utopia recordings at its Vintage Pop and Rock Auction, which closes June 23, 2013, at www.backstageauctions.com.
The reels are dated between 1975 and 1980 and contain rough and final mixes of songs that appeared on albums such as “Ra,” “Hermit of Mink Hollow,” “Faithful” and “Another Live.” The lot has an opening bid price of $300.
Those reels aren’t the only recordings to catch the eye of Backstage Auctions owner Jacques van Gool. There are stacks of vinyl, plus lots of rare Beatles and Rolling Stones CDs featured in the auction. Yes, CDs.
“The great aspect about these unofficial releases is that what they often lack in sound quality, they make up in for in obscurity. There are literally hundreds of websites and hundreds of books and fan magazines dedicated to cataloguing an artist or bands’ every minute spent in a recording studio or on stage. These CDs — especially the couple hundred Beatles ones — will have a high appeal to that loyal and dedicated group of collectors,” he said. “As far as the large collection of recording reels and acetates goes; that’s just straight-up history right there. A good chunk of these will contain slightly alternate versions and mixes, which by it very self is exciting. But to own an original acetate or a demo recording from your favorite album or favorite artist is a natural thrill for every collector.”
The auction, which will feature a VIP preview starting June 8, with bidding to begin June 15, features a variety of other treats for collectors.
• Hundreds of Elvis vinyl 7-inch records and LPs, compiled in multiple lots with opening bids as low as $50.
• The Jackson Five’s first single on Original Steel Town Records (45-618). This 7-inch single in NM condition carries an opening bid of $175 and features Big Boy” b/w “You’ve Changed.” It was distributed by ATCO Records and comes with the original sleeve.
Also up for bid: The Jackson Five’s second single, 1970’s “We Don’t Have To Be Over 21” b/w “Jam Session” (Original Steel Town Records 682), also in NM condition.
• Lot of nine vintage 1960s Beatles pins and buttons. Opening bid: $40.
• Hundreds of various U.K. Beatles fan magazines, including a lot featuring 74 issues of The Beatles Book from 1964-1999. Opening bid: $200.
• An EX condition poster for John Entwistle’s art exhibition hosted by the Walnut Street Gallery in Denver in 2000. Signed by The Who’s bassist. Opening bid: $200.
• An original, handmade drumhead for Neil Young and The Squires. The band, which was the first that Neil Young recorded and toured with, was formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1963. The drumhead was made by drummer Bob Clark, who later died. Each side shows a variation of The Squires’ logo. Opening bid: $250.
PHOTOS AND FILM
• Lot of 35 black and white L.A. concert negatives, with full rights, of Led Zeppelin taken by Chuck Boyd on Sept. 4, 1970, at the L.A. Forum. 1970. Opening bid: $1,500.
• Fleetwood Mac’s first-ever American publicity photo (right) and press kit issued by Epic Records in June 1968, in VG+ condition. Opening bid: $50.
• Rare live 8mm black and white film of The Beatles performing “Hey Jude” live on “The David Frost Show” in the U.K. in 1968 (below). The film was sold through mail-order services in the late 1970s. The box show some wear from storage but the film is in excellent condition.