Gallery of Music Records

Their love of sun and surf was still strong, but this was no ‘Surfin.’ Brian Wilson was now bringing us closer to what would become his best Beach Boys work.

Capitol records was not interested in distributing Beatles tunes in the U.S.A. so EMI sold rights to VeeJay [4 Seasons, Jerry Butler, etc.] After Capitol took over operations in early 1964 however, it didn’t stop VeeJay from continuing to press - what were now illegal - copies of LPs.

Several labels such as Atco, Decca, MGM, Tollie, VeeJay and Swan had rights to some Beatles tracks from 1963-65. As Presley did with ‘Wooden Heart’, the Fab Four made their legions of German fans happy by recording ‘Sie Liebt Dich’ and (on Capitol) ‘Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand.’

In the 1950's and '60s, many hit singles were re-issued on various labels as their popularity rose. 'Over The Mountain' was a #3 R&B hit (Billboard #8 Hot 100) for Johnnie and Joe and as a result, would be released on several labels including Chess, J&S, and the rare Lana edition.

Sam Cooke's first three years on wax were with Keen. From 1957 to early 1958, the Keen label was black; shown above was the first multi-colored variation.

The Hollies is one of the most underappreciated British bands to come out of the "Invasion." Though it may or may not have been an homage to Marianne Faithfull, 'Carrie-Anne' was their first Epic single in 1967 and one of six (6) U.S. top-ten hits they had from 1966-1974.

Any attempt to completely cover Elvis' discography would certainly meet with confusion. Often, 3 or more variations of a disc label or even picture sleeve will exist. Above you see the RCA "line label", but there is also a non-line variation and another which fails to mention (though it is obvious) the motion picture from where the a-side originated.

'Burning Love' was Elvis' last U.S. top-ten [1972 Billboard Hot 100 #2] in his lifetime.

Country music historians note the significance of the Essgee label, though many are still unaware of their existence or value. Otherwise difficult to find, artists such as Roy Scott, Kathy Dee, and Slim Clarke-inspired yodeler Kenny Roberts found a home in the early 1960's thanks to Essgee.

You wouldn't know it by looking at the picture sleeve, but Bob Dylan's 'Hurricane' was a powerful message that needed to be pressed on wax for all to hear. It is no surprise that this track was used heavily in the major motion picture starring Denzel Washington.

It’s easy for many to forget that The Crickets were a band of talented musicians as Buddy Holly took center stage even before his death on the 3rd of February, 1959. On many of their classics they would simply be known as The Crickets, though uneducated collectors would not know to look for this.

The Sun label was home to many of Rockabilly and Country music's most legendary artists such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, but not strong enough to hold on to them for long.

The Rolling Stones first appeared on wax in the U.S. through London Records, the sister to U.K.'s Decca label. Though most are familiar with the blue 'swirl' label pressed by London from 1964-70, the first U.S. labels were purple and white.

For any hit artist or band, you are not likely to find a unique (other than alternate versions) track which has not been re-issued in some form. This is not the case however with the Stones 'Exile on Main Street Blues', a little ditty with Mick Jagger on piano running through the 1972 double-album's track listing in song which was released as a promo within an NME magazine.

The Japanese often issued the most attractive and unique picture sleeves and jackets available. Above is a Japanese-only 7"EP release known as '2.'

Fantasy records often pressed color-vinyl versions of singles and LPs, though they weren't always the rarer variations. Lenny Bruce's Fantasy-label LPs were originally pressed on red vinyl; the rarer variation was the black vinyl. Not so the case with singles however, much like the Cal Tjader EP above (left.)

Collectors must be careful not to confuse Canadian (above/center) London-label Stones 45s with the rare U.S. promo editions.

Little Richard's rarest 45 is a mis-numbered '624' b-side for True Fine Mama which should have been '633' as the a-side 'Ooh! My Soul' shows.

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