Artie Shaw – Any Old Time 7″ EP

I have a soft spot for EP’s and singles. It’s neat little format, almost like a CD but still leaves room for some cool artwork and has somewhat of the same feel as an LP. There are some, not a lot, but some EP’s with Warhol covers. Richard Forrest has put together a great list here. Unfortunately most of these are quite rare. And some, like Waltzes by Johann Strauss Jr and maybe also Latin Rhythms by The Boston Pops are more like crazy rare. And of couse, also crazy expensive. I’ve seen a few copies of the Both Feet in the Groove and I’m Still Swinging EP’s here and there, some even at a Swedish internet shop but these were in pretty bad shape so i decided to leave them be.

So, apart from the Ratfab single and the different William Tell records i think this is my first Warhol EP. That’s not mentioning some of the mock-ups i got from Richard Forrest though.

Artie Shaw – Any Old Time (RCA Victor – EPA-5013)

This has been on the shelf for quite some time. I think i got it sometime last summer or autumn but i’m not really sure. And i also can’t remember what i payed for it but i think it was somewhere around $20-25. I hadn’t really been looking for it at the time and just happened to stumble upon it pretty much by accident. I haven’t been following this record since then either but there is one copy on ebay right now for a BIN price of $30, so it would seem i neither made a great deal nor got ripped off.

Once again though i am puzzled to see that, as with the William Tell record, apparently there are (at least) three different variations of this record also. There is of course the LP and then this EP with the catalogue number EPA-5013, but looking at Frank Edwards blog i was surprised to see his 7″ had a completely different catalogue number – RPX 1308. Would love to hear my fellow WCCC members thoughts on this. It would seem though that i still have one more of these to find.

The condition is very good, close to great i would say. One thing that i noticed though was that the quality of the actual photo on the front cover is noticeable worse on the EP than on the LP. The coloring of the “Artie Shaw” on the front is also a little bit different, red on the LP and pink on the EP. The front cover isn’t that interesting though, it’s what on the back the counts. The design on the back is bascically the same. The only difference is that on the LP the chain of clocks runs in a straight line along the right hand side, and on the EP the chain is chopped of in the middle and positioned more in the center. They also switched the order slightly, on the EP the bottom three clocks from the LP is on the top and vice versa.

Thought i had posted the LP already but turns out i hadn’t, but i’ll save that for a later post…

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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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