October 2, 2016 Some Of The Best

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The Everly Brothers, Best, Cadence CLP-3025, 1959

Without a doubt, The Everly Brothers were a hot act.  From 1957-1959, they had three Number Ones and several more Top Ten hits for the independent Cadence Records.  So, when they signed with the massive Warner Brothers Records, Cadence did what any self respecting independent label would do, rush release a greatest hits package.  A “Best Of” record usually came out after a group’s hey day, unless of course they were moving on to bigger and better things.  For Cadence, it was one more way to bring water from the Everly well.

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It looks like it came out so fast that they didn’t bother with any kind of write up about the duo, or reminiscing about the music.  The back cover does feature all of the other exciting albums the group had available for purchase from Cadence Records, however.

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I never really recommend buying these kinds of records.  For me, having the actual releases is always preferred.  But this is the legendary Everly Brothers at the very beginning of their amazing career, with not only their first few hits, but also a few B-Sides and minor releases.  It would be very hard to find any of their original records at an affordable price, and this is the original Cadence label, meaning its an original record.  It even predates their last few releases for the company.  So I added to my pile at my usual $2 shop, and was really happy to see it’s a highly valued record in with this label.  It’s only in VG condition, but its still (some of) The Everly Brother’s Best on the label that made them famous.

Today’s Summary:

Cost $2, $732 Remaining

June 19, 2016 Everybody Loves Choosing

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $1, $970 Remaing