Dean Martin, Everybody Loves Somebody, Reprise R-6130, 1964
Sometimes,you just get lucky. At a church run thrift store, I found TWO copies of this classic Dean Martin album, both still in their original shrink wrap. At $1 each, it was worthy to get both, but which one would be the best one to keep and which one would I re-gift?
The one on the left is a stereo copy, which would normally be the simple, easy answer. Stereo copies are usually more rare and since they were more expensive, they were played fewer times by their more affluent original owners. There are some color variations in the sleeves, but Reprise, like a most independent labels, used different manufacturing plants. Finding the same album made in different places has slight variants.
But there are some other things to look for though.
The back covers are both very clean, but original owner Les Goff made sure his John Hancock was plainly visible. Again, that would tend to make me favor the album on the left.
The inner sleeves are also in excellent shape, but the left hand one is just a plain white sleeve, while the right is a 1964 era Reprise sleeve featuring the adult music stars that made up the bulk of their roster then. Score one for the right hand side record!
The final decision, though comes down to the actual records. The one on the left is the Reprise label from the late 60s, while the one on the right has the three colored 1964 label. The record on the left is not the first pressing, and you always want to add an original record over a re-issue. Even if that reissue is a clean, 48 year old stereo copy
Cost: $1, $970 Remaing