The Rolling Stones – Emotional Tattoo (Reissue)

This is the first of about four things that i decided to get for myself for christmas. I was going through some old posts and if you exclude The Joke / Chase The Dragon that i didn’t really find per se i haven’t gotten a record for almost six months, so it was about time. However, this particular record isn’t something to get all super excited about. As i’ve been forced to a couple of times in the past i’ve once again had to settle for something other than the original. But anyways, what better way to start the year than with some Rolling Stones…

This is hardly news to anyone that’s even slightly into all this but this is a later reissue of the very rare and highly sought after original bootleg on orange or black vinyl from 1983. To the best of my knowledge this hit the scene at the beginning of 2014. At the time the members of the WCCC seemed a bit perplexed not knowing what to make of it really, who, where, when and why? My first thoughts and feelings were those of, in lack of a better word, a scam of sorts or at least the work of a shyster. And those initial thoughts are still there, but obviously i gave in to temptation and caved in… As said the original has always made the boys with deep pockets come out to play and sometimes selling for more than $1000. When this reissue first appeared it was selling for upwards of $250 which given my thoughts about it naturally made me look the other way. As copies then stopped appearing on ebay i basically forgot about it until just a couple of months ago when Richard Forrest’s post about his copies made it come up for a bit of discussion in the WCCC and i was informed by Guy Minnebach that copies were now available for $40 or so, and there are still a number of copies in that region on discogs.

I know little about it other than the fact that it’s a german reissue and that it’s a limited and numbered edition of 350 copies. It’s available on green or black vinyl and i’ve put some time into trying to figure out if there are 350 copies of each color or if that number is for the total edition. This basically means contacting different sellers and asking if they know, which of course they don’t. My copy is number 217 and i decided to go with the colored green vinyl and it’s also still sealed. However, the seller has opened it a little bit to have a peak inside. This is most likely to see what color vinyl is inside which is strange because it also has an ugly green sticker on the plastic which to any non-genious would indicate this is a green version. Whatever the case it doesn’t lead me any closer to a guess about the total number of these, i’m leaning towards 350 copies in total but i don’t know… and it doesn’t really matter anyways. There are also a few small differences between this one and the original issue. I’ve never had my hands on the original so i can’t say anything about the general quality but Frank Edwards notes in his post that the cardboard is of much lesser quality, and i’ll take his word for it. But that aside, let start with the front. The cover image is much brighter, crisper and packs more of a punch than the original and it also has Warhol’s signature below the portrait. On to the back where there’s really only one big change – everyones favourite alien E.T has sadly been replaced by all ten of the portraits in the Mick Jagger series of screen prints.

And while on the topic of these prints, i think this series was done in 1975(?). I don’t know if this is true or not but on this page at The National Gallery of Australia it basically says that Warhol felt he wasn’t payed enough for his work on the cover to the highly successful Sticky Fingers album and thus decided to find other ways to cash in on his celebrity friendship with Mick Jagger. But from the funny letter sent by Jagger to Warhol discussing that cover i was under the impression that Warhol basically set his own salary for that work, so i don’t know… I quite like these portraits though and now and then you’ll see a set of all ten promotional cards made to advertise the upcoming portfolio of the silk screens, there’s one of these at Swedish auction site Bukowskis now for example as well as two seperate cards on Auctionet, here and here. Unfortunately prices for the full set are usually out of my comfort zone though…

It seems that Warhol + Jagger is somewhat of a favourite combination for covers to bootleg recordings of The Rolling Stones. Apart from what is now two editions of this album there’s also the very rare Mick Jagger in Japan that Frank Edwards dug up from god knows where a little over a year ago. This record has a different portrait on the cover and though not really a Rolling Stones bootleg i’ll still put them in the same pile for this. But that’s not all, just recently yet another record with a Mick Jagger portrait cover turned up on ebay. This one is called Lonely at the Top and uses the same portrait as the one for Emotional Tattoo. I think this one is also from Germany, on a label or whatever called CAT Records and limited and numbered to 55 copies. It’s been on ebay lately with outrageous starting bids but looking at popsike it seems it should be possible to find a copy for a lot less with a bit of patience.

So, that’s that. Even though the original release from 1983 in my opinion has more of a genuine or legit feel to it this will do nicely and i feel no shame in putting this down as the first addition to my collection of record covers of the year. Perhaps not a thrilling addition but i still quite like it. More things to come!

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The Madhouse in Washington Square – David Alexander (Lippincott, 1958)

It seems my previous “fear” about the details and shipping of this book was uncalled for. It arrived last week and everything was more than OK. I don’t know exactly what it was that made the seed of doubt or skepticism start to grow but i guess it was basically the fact that i had a hard time getting into contact with the seller.

As usual when i find something like this i immediately get paranoid and start to think that someone is going to snatch it from me. In this case i found it, emailed the seller and when he didn’t reply in 15-20 minutes i just had to place an order. I then emailed him again saying i only wanted it if it was the book displayed in his image and that if not he should go ahead and cancel the order but nothing happened. And then the payment seemed to bounce back or something, so more emails followed and finally after a filed claim with Amazon he promptly replied… I might have some “stalking” issues i need to work on, that and my mental dilutions that people are going to steal recently found bargains from me in an instant.

Anyways, back to the book itself. The only other time and place i’ve seen this book since i started my collection was on this listing on ebay a year or so ago. It has annoyed me more than once that it didn’t sell and of course that it ended just around the time that i started my book collection. I have stalked that seller also and after a couple of emails it turned out it is now sold…

About the condition i think it’s one of my better ones. The only real issues that were not visible in the sellers image or noted in the description are the remains of an old price tag in the top right corner and a small ~2cm tear on the top left corner, besides from those little things it’s generally in great condition. Most of the books i’ve found so far have been protected by some plastic mylar thing but this one isn’t. I don’t know what effect (if any) this has on the value, but considering that on some of the books the actual paper is pretty frail i think i’m going to try and find some protection for this one also. I was looking at the first couple of pages to find the year it was published and when i closed the book i thought i made the tear to the top left so i cussed myself out for not being careful but i see now in the pictures that i took before i started fooling around with it that the tear is present so it seems it was already there…

What’s behind the cover seems to be a standard murder mystery story. The Madhouse in Washington Square appears to be the name of a pub/tavern frequented by some social misfits. And when one of them finds a failed writer beaten to death i guess it’s all set for a classic whodunit novel, i found a short review here. This also explains parts of the drawing – the restaurant, bar and café signs and whatnot… I wonder what it is that he’s holding in his hand though, perhaps it’s the murder weapon? Anyways, it sounds pretty good, i started reading The Immortal but it didn’t really caught my interest so i might give this one a go instead. After all, summertime is the time for reading thirteen to the dozen murder mysteries.

Considering i’ve never seen this listed anywhere before i was very happy when i found it and even more so when it arrived and it turned out to be the correct edition. It seems my memory is short but i think i payed about $25-30 for it, and even though the previous auction on ebay found no buyers at about the same listing price i’m still very happy with this and i think i made a very good deal.

I also have another book that i haven’t posted yet that i got a couple of months ago and i’m also currently waiting on a copy of The Adventures of Maud Noakes that the seller claims has the Warhol dust jacket, but that was also a real bargain so once again we’ll see what shows up. I wish i could keep adding record covers to my collection at the same pace as dust jackets. It’s been a while since i found something exciting but who knows what tomorrow night will bring…
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Who Cooked Mother Goose? – Dick Ashbaugh (Doubleday, 1953)

I guess you might call this an anniversary gift… I keep a wish list on Amazon for some of the books that i’m still searching for, kind of like the ebay saved searches kind of thing. But on Amazon you don’t get a message when something new on your lists are made available, or maybe you can but i haven’t been able to figure that out. So i usually check my list a couple of times a week and most of the time there is no new activity at all. There has been one copy of this, without the dust jacket, on Amazon for as long as i can remember but then a couple of weeks ago i noticed that there were now two copies available. Expecations were low since it does happen that something new is listed but then it’s usually for a totally crazy asking price. Luckily this was not the case this time as the seller was asking a quite healthy $40-50 for it.

The only other time i’ve seen this book before is on an old listing on Etsy. But on that site you can’t see what the price was once it’s sold so i have no idea if i made a good deal or not. But my gut feeling is that this is somewhat rare and also that i made a pretty good deal, at least i certainly don’t feel i got ripped off.

This arrived just a few days ago and with easter and birthdays and whatnot i’ve been busy with other things so i actually haven’t had time to check it out that much so i don’t really know what the book is about. But i think it’s something like a collection of humorous observations and stories of the authors day to day life with his wife and three daughters. I found a short review here but i’ll have to check it out more myself later…

I didn’t get to see any images of the dust jacket before i got it but the seller said it was “acceptable” but i have to say that by my standards it’s more than OK. I would assume that finding perfect copies of many of these books would be almost impossible. With the record covers i guess there are people here and there that have treated these with great care and seen them as collectors items from day one but with books… i don’t know, i just don’t think that enough people viewed them in the same way. It’s a bit beaten up here and there but nothing really major and it also has a protective plastic cover which is nice.

Written by Dick Ashbaugh (who i’ve had a little trouble finding good information on, so i assume he didn’t write any classic master pieces) and as with The Saint in Europe, The Red and the Black and The Grand Mademoiselle this was published by Doubleday in 1953. Up until now i’ve considered Borderline Ballads by William Plomer to be the rarest cover in my collection but until i learn otherwise i think this one will move in as a new number one.

To sum it up i was very, very happy to find this at a price i could afford and it’s probably the most exciting find of the year for me so far!

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Arturo Toscanini & The NBC Symphony Orchestra – William Tell Overture / Semiramide Overture 7″ EP

So the first catch of 2014 has finally arrived! Initially i thought there where two verions of this release, one 10″ and one double 7″ EP. The 10″ was a pretty early addition to my collection and then i found the EP sometime last autumn. For some reason i then looked it up on Warholcovers and noticed that the back of Franks cover was different than the one i had just received. So it became quite obvious that instead of there being two versions there were actually three out there. And so the chase started again…

Arturo Toscanini & The NBC Symphony Orchestra – William Tell Overture / Semiramide Overture (RCA Victor – ERB-7054)

As i’ve written before at first i actually thought that these were somewhat rare, but i know better now. However, it’s funny how something can become “rare” as soon as you start looking for it. I’ve seen plenty of these covers on ebay but never thought about giving them a closer look since i thought i had them all. And since i’ve been on the chase for the second version of the EP i have hardly seen any of them on ebay at all…

But then a few weeks ago i finally noticed a familiar back design on ebay. One neat thing about the WCCC is that on the rare occasion that something new and/or interesting pops up on ebay someone will throw an email out there asking if anyone is planning on bidding on this or that item, just to make sure we don’t go up bidding again each other. This rarely concerns me though as most of these items are generally out of my price range. But this time i popped the question and Richard Forrest, who initially thought about bidding on it very gracefully left it to me. Thank you very much for this Richard! At the end it seemed no one else on ebay was interested in it so i ended up getting it for the listing price of just $10 which surprised me a bit, but i ain’t complaining.

Condition wise i’d say it’s probably the worst of the three that i have now but still in good condition with no major flaws. One thing that i’ve noticed both on this copy and on Frank Edwards as well (i guess this might be a coincidence or that i’m just seeing things) is that the cardboard appears quite darker than on the other releases. And then there’s the thing with the two EP’s having the same catalogue number – ERB-7054. I’m certainly no expert on these things, maybe it not that unusual to have a slightly different design on the cover to the same release?

Anyways, as said this is nothing spectacular but it’s fun to finally have a complete set of something. Apart from the fantastic set of Giant Size $1,57 Each and Progressive Piano (that i’ve yet to post) that i got from Richard Forrest this is probably the only set i’ll ever get. I’m not really looking forward to finding about 10 different verions of the covers to Alexander Nevsky, A Program of Mexican Music and Both Feet in the Groove. And offcourse spend thousand of dollars to do so…

And thanks once again to Richard for not going into a bidding war with me over it.

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Artie Shaw – Both Feet in the Groove

When i started my collection some of my initial favourites were the covers that featured hands and instruments like Trombone by Three, Kenny Burrell Vol. 2 and of course Both Feet in the Groove. Unfortunately most of these are very rare and sell for very high prices at ebay and will probably always be out my reach. The one that is fairly obtainable though is this one, i’ve been biding on it many times but for various reasons i was never the lucky winner. Either i was changing diapers and forgot about the auction or the price just got to high in relation to the condition. But thanks to the WCCC i got a late christmas gift a few weeks ago.

Artie Shaw – Both Feet in the Groove (RCA Victor – LPM-1201)

Released in 1956 and as far as i know this is one of two releases with Artie Shaw that features Warhols work, the other one being Any Old Time released a few years later. Other than this LP release there are also several different EP’s with the same front design. I’m not entirely sure but i think there are three different EP releases. At least that’s what Richard Forrest has listed in his “walkthrough” of Warhol 7″s in this excellent post, and that’s where i usually go to find good information.

I think it was a few weeks or so before christmas that a guy listed a lot of rare covers on ebay. I can’t remember them all but among others were The Nation’s Nightmare, Cool Gabriels, Trombone by Three and Ultra Violet and he also listed a very nice copy of Both Feet in the Groove. A few times before when someone has listed similar items there has been some emailing within the WCCC, both to tip each other off and also to make sure that we don’t go up biding against each other. I mentioned that i was probably going to bid on the Artie Shaw album since i’ve been looking for it for a long time and that’s it’s a cover that i really like.

Fellow collector Kevin Kinney then advised me not to bid on it and told me he had at least five copies i believe which he picked up during the years at various record shops. I’m pretty jealous of him and sad that the number of actual (and good) shops close to where i live is basically zero, but that’s another story. Then, as icing on the cake, he offered to send me copy! I’ve said it before but the generosity, kindness and sense of team work within the WCCC is just unbelievable.

Kevin informed me that the cover wouldn’t be in top condition but that it would be presentable and that was a pretty accurate description. The cover has some issues like general discoloration, some broken seams and a bit of tape at the bottom but all in all it’s not to bad.

Thank so much for this Kevin, i really appreciate it!

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The Red and the Black – Stendhal (Doubleday, 1960)

This was another find from the amazon bargain bin, although it took some digging to find it. First of all this was one that i had no idea about until i was tipped off by Guy Minnebach. As with The Grand Mademoiselle the fact that it was published by Doubleday might have caught my attention but just looking at the drawing i would never have guessed it was by Warhol.

Maybe it’s because i’m still a bit of a novice at browsing amazon but there are so many editions of this book (and a few others as well) and finding the right one can be quite difficult sometimes, it’s a bit of a guessing game. This one was listed as [unknown binding] or something like that and after to many emails back and forth with a couple of different sellers i finally got to see some images showing that i was on the right track. I actually found two, i first ordered this one at a whopping $5. Shortly after i placed the order i got a reply with images from another seller showing the same cover in what looked like slightly better condition and with a fair price of $20. That cover still had some issues though so i decided to stick with the one i had already ordered. It’s not in the best condition though, but it’s good enough. It’s a little beaten up all over and there’s some writing in the top left corner, but all in all i’d say that it’s an OK copy. At least the area with the actual drawing is mostly undamaged.

As opposed to the records where i’ve listened to everything that i have in my collection i haven’t read any of the books so far. Apparently this is a novel in two volumes written by Marie-Henri Beyle who used the pseudonym or pen name “Stendhal” and it was first published in 1830. Maybe i’ll get around to start reading the books but a few titles seem a bit “heavy” and on some the condition of the binding is also a little weak and i don’t want to cause more damage than necessary, so we’ll see…

Thanks again for the tip Guy!

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An interesting swedish site…

I came across an interesting swedish site called The Sweedeedee Archives a few days ago. I haven’t really figured out if the guy is documenting his own personal collection or if it’s just basically a list of albums and covers that he likes.

However, a quick search for “warhol” gives some interesting results. Many of the gems are there, Ratfab, Trombone by Three, The Congregation, Monk and Moondog. I’ve tried to get in contact with him to get his asking price for the Ratfab and Trombone by Three records but so far no reply. He seems to have been active on ebay also so i doubt that i would get a bargain on these anyway. But it would be interesing to hear where he found them.

Arturo Toscanini & The NBC Symphony Orchestra – William Tell Overture / Semiramide Overture 7″ EP

This is the double 7″ gatefold EP of Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell Overture / Semiramide Overture and it has the same front cover as the the 10″ version that i already have. The design on the back cover is a bit different though. Initially i thought that with this one the set would now be complete. But i looked it up on Frank Edwards blog and also on Richard Forrests list on rateyourmusic and discovered that there is another 7″ version with the same catalogue number as this EP that i now need to try and find.

Arturo Toscanini & The NBC Symphony Orchestra – William Tell Overture / Semiramide Overture (RCA Victor – ERB-7054)

I picked this up from ebay about a month and a half ago and it arrived a few days ago. Shipping from the US is usually surprisingly quick so i was starting to think that this one had been lost somewhere. I’m happy it finally arrived though. At one point i thought these were quite rare but i know now that they aren’t THAT rare. Maybe a bit uncommon i guess… I haven’t seen to many copies of this particular EP lately though and i don’t know how to “rare rank” the three different variations of this recording. But seeing as i only payed $25 for it i would assume that this one is not highly sought after. There’s another copy on ebay right now in good condition listed at $55.

The cover is in very good condition with no big issues. The few flaws that it has are on the back cover – a little creasing and an old asking price written in red on the top right corner. Nothing major. I’m no expert on Warhols style but i would assume that he also did the small drawings on the back cover. I haven’t been able to find any information regarding this though so i don’t know for sure.

A very good looking cover, both front and back.

EDIT: I found the third and final version of this cover in the beginning of 2014. So now i finally have a complete set that can be seen here for anyone interested.

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Giant Size $1,57 Each

So… it’s finally time to post these. I’m not going to try and give you the backstory to these covers as part of it seems to be quite the mystery. I’ll tell you the two things i do know for certain though. The first thing is that instead of bying an original and signed copy of this album you could buy a fairly decent car. And the other thing is that the 75 copies which were produced in 1963 for an exhibition called “Popular Images” at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art were all black on white. I have never seen an original and signed copy but i have seen an unsigned black on white copy that had the album to go with it (which i guess is a clear indication that it was made in 1963) sell for almost $3500 at swedish site Auktionsverket. Also, Billy Klüver grew up in Sweden. Who knows if he took some covers back with him here when he came to visit later in life. Maybe there are boxes and boxes hidden away in a storage room here somewhere, or maybe not… If you want more on the backstory of this cover i’ll direct you to two excellent posts on Richard Forrests blog here and here.

I actually got a new car this weekend so that completely wiped out the budget for an original copy. I guess i could still try and get one but then i would probably have to start living in the car since my girlfriend would kick me out. And it’s a small car too…. So, once again i’m very happy and thankful that Richard Forrest is quite an artsy craftsman. He told me a few months ago that he was planning to attend a silk screening course and then try and recreate the cover to Giant Size $1,57 Each.

And as with the Night Beat box the result is just stunning! All five color variations are represented and they all look truly amazing! It’s a great and charming detail that the positioning of the “logo” is different on all five covers, evidence of truly individual silk screening. Very impressive and inspiring work, as always! My favourites are probably the white and the green one, i usually like those color combinations.

Thank you so much (again) for these Richard! They are an amazing addition to my collection and i am pretty sure that i’m currently one of the very few who have individually handmade and silk screened copies of all five color variations. They are even signed! And there is no doubt about when either. I actually missed this when i recieved the covers but after a little help and some further investigation i found it, a very cool and funny detail!

Unlike the other mock-ups i have and where i’ve found the audio elsewhere this one might prove to be a bit of a challenge. Luckliy this is already somewhat solved, more on that later tonight…

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Borderline Ballads – William Plomer (Noonday Press, 1955)

This is probably my favourite of the dust jackets that i’ve come across so far. When i first started collecting these i got the impression that this was one of rarest ones and that finding one would prove to be very difficult. So i almost fell out of my chair about 4-5 weeks ago when one day i saw it listed on ebay for a very humane $40. I was even able to do a little bit of haggling and eventually got it for $30. I’m not really sure how rare it is though, especially since noted collector Guy Minnebach has made me aware that there are plenty more Warhol dust jackets out there than i initially thought. Whatever the case, rare or not i still think that for $30 this was a real steal. There is one copy on ebay without the dust jacket listed at about $65 and there is also one at Etsy that has the jacket for $115.

The condition isn’t great though. A little bit of discoloration, a piece torn off on the front cover and a smudge here and there. But to me this isn’t to bad for a book that’s over 50 years old, i’m more than happy with it. And since this is a bit of a lifelong side project on a small budget i think it’s more fun to pick up whatever books i can that are in at least decent condition than to wait years and years for a nice copy to show up that also has to end up being affordable.

Under the dust jacket is a collection of poems by William Plomer, written over the course of almost 30 years though it apparently isn’t the first time that some of them are published. This collection was published in 1955 by Noonday Press and a cool thing is that Warhol didn’t only design the dust jacket. He also did the design for the title page as well as the calligraphy for the titles to all the poems.

I particularly like how the design extends across both the front and back cover. Pretty clever. I also like the coloring and the fact that the horse, donkey or whatever is talking is pretty funny.

EDIT: I’ve just learned from Guy Minnebach that Warhol in all probability won one of his Art Directors Club award for this design. His hall of fame page don’t mention the Borderline Ballads specifically but it does credit his work for Noonday Press for one of the awards, so most likely this was it. Thanks for the info Guy.

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