scarce records

welcome to 'scarce records,' a blog to showcase and discuss some of the most interesting vinyl releases ever pressed as well as the record collecting hobby itself. each post will feature a different record with information on the release, how i came across it, its supposed book value and anything else that might be relevant. new records are posted at least three times per week.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Imperials - We Are The Imperials Featuring Little Anthony (End LP-303)

It's the debut album by the group that would eventually be called Little Anthony and The Imperials. As you can tell by the photo, this one only set me back a dollar and it was at an actual record store (Criminal Records). I think we can safely say the value of this one is hurt significantly by its condition. The mustache and beard on Little Anthony was added by a former owner's pen, unfortunately. Still, the record plays fine and is a pretty significant release in the scheme of things. I love this type of record. Goldmine says it's $250 mint. I'll pay $1 for any $250+ record, no matter condition.
The cover on this one still has its gloss which is nice. I find this record pretty interesting in one way in particular. It is one of a few records that is considered semi-rare and valuable by artists who went on to be mass produced with few/no other valuable records. Another one is The Isley Brothers' Shout! record. And, to a lesser degree, the first few records by The Miracles (see: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles). It's pretty lame but that's all I've got today.

Gonna close this out with a list. Maybe someone out there can help me... here are my 25 most wanted records. From now on I'm going to have this list permanently located on the sidebar near the bottom. Thanks!
Big Bopper - Chantilly Lace
Bob B. Soxx - Zip A Dee Doo Dah
Jimmy Bowen - Jimmy Bowen
Cadillacs, The - The Fabulous Cadillacs
Clovers, The - The Clovers
Crickets, The - The Chirping Crickets
Bobby Day - Rockin With Robin
Del Vikings, The - Come Go With The Del Vikings
Drifters, The - Greatest Hits
Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan (6 Eye)
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited (Alt Take)
Flamingos, The - The Flamingos
Bill Haley - Shake, Rattle & Roll (10")
Screamin Jay Hawkins - At Home
Miracles, The - Hi We're The Miracles
Moonglows, The - Look Its The Moonglows
Penguins, The - The Cool Cool Penguins
Huey "Piano" Smith - Having A Good Time
Sonics, The - Here Are The Sonics!!!
Sonics, The - Boom
Teenagers, The - The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon
Joe Turner & Pete Johnson - Joe Turner & Pete Johnson
Gene Vincent - Bluejean Bop
Yardbirds, The - For Your Love
Zombies, The - Odessey & Oracle

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