Goldmine's Price Guide to Collectible Record Albums (5th edition)

 

 

Goldmine's Price Guide to Col­lectible Record Al­bums
Krause Pub­li­ca­tion, 1996 (fifth edi­tion)

 

MY FINAL BOOK FOR KRAUSE was the fifth edi­tion of Goldmine's Price Guide To Col­lectible Record Al­bums, pub­lished in 1996. A lot had changed: the first four edi­tions had hipped peo­ple to just how rare and valu­able some records were, and they had in­creased in­ter­est in find­ing those records — some­times at what­ever cost it took.

The book had also changed: this new edi­tion was 814 pages, more than twice the length of the first edi­tion! This al­lowed me to add thou­sands of list­ings to the main discogra­phies, plus I was able to add a two new sec­tions: one listed for sound­track al­bums that fea­tured rock mu­sic, and an­other for var­i­ous artists al­bums.

I had rewrit­ten a new sys­tem for grad­ing records that is still the ba­sis for all the Gold­mine books by all the Gold­mine au­thors that have fol­lowed. There was a sec­tion that ad­dressed la­bel de­scrip­tions for 150 record com­pa­nies. Plus I was able to write few ar­ti­cles on things that in­ter­ested me, like a piece on the his­tory of PET SOUNDS. 1

Christo­pher Chat­man ex­panded his ar­ti­cle on col­lect­ing RIAA Gold Record Awards and added one on col­lect­ing ac­etates.

It was a good book . . .

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I was also given con­trol of the cover de­sign: against a black back­ground were four al­bum cov­ers. Each one rep­re­sented an al­bum that could be found in that jacket worth a few dol­lars — or a few thou­sand dol­lars. You had to know how to look and that was what this book promised! 2

Most valuable albums (1996)

The most valu­able al­bums list in the fifth edi­tion was pared down from one-hundred to fifty. I did this to keep the list more fo­cused; a hun­dred was too big to make sense. Hell, fifty may have been too many. The changes in seven years were as­ton­ish­ing: six of the records that were in the Top 10 in 1989 were dis­placed by 1996!

The #10 al­bum in the first edi­tion was val­ued at $1,200; in this fifth edi­tion, it was $10,000. The time they were a-changin' — al­though not every­one ap­pre­ci­ated or en­joyed those changes.

$25,000

Bob Dy­lan
The Free­wheelin’ Bob Dy­lan (Co­lum­bia CS-8786)
Stereo. Orig­i­nal press­ing with deleted tracks
First edi­tion value: This al­bum was not known to ex­ist in 1989

Bea­t­les
In­tro­duc­ing The Bea­t­les (Vee Jay LPS-1062)
Stereo. Rain­bow la­bel with Love Me Do and the back cover has the song ti­tles in two columns
First edi­tion value: This al­bum was not known to ex­ist in 1989
3

$20,000

Billy Ward & The Domi­noes
Billy Ward & The Domi­noes (Fed­eral 295-94)
Mono. Ten-inch al­bum
First edi­tion value:
$1,200

$15,000

Bob Dy­lan
The Free­wheelin’ Bob Dy­lan (Co­lum­bia CL-1986)
Mono. Orig­i­nal press­ing with deleted tracks
First edi­tion value:
$4,000

Mid­nighters
Their Great­est Hits (Fed­eral 295-90)
Mono. Ten-inch al­bum
First edi­tion value: This al­bum was not known to ex­ist in 1989

$13,000

Ike & Tina Turner
River Deep, Moun­tain High (Philles PHLP-4011)
Mono. Amer­i­can press­ing with­drawn shortly af­ter re­lease
First edi­tion value:
$2,000

$12,500

Bea­t­les
In­tro­duc­ing The Bea­t­les (Vee Jay LPS-1062)
Stereo. Rain­bow la­bel with Love Me Do and ad-back cover
First edi­tion value:
$2,500 ~

Bea­t­les
The Bea­t­les And Frank Ifield On Stage (Vee Jay LPS-1085)
Stereo. Rain­bow la­bel with Love Me Do and ad-back cover
First edi­tion value:
$3,000 3

Bea­t­les
Hear The Bea­t­les Tell All (Vee Jay PRO-202)
Mono. White la­bel promo
First edi­tion value: This al­bum was not known to ex­ist in 1989

$10,000

Elvis Pres­ley
Elvis' Christ­mas Al­bum (RCA Vic­tor LOC-1035)
Mono. Red vinyl 4
First edi­tion value: This al­bum was not known to ex­ist in 1989

Bea­t­les
A Hard Day's Night (United Artists UAS-6366)
Stereo. Pink vinyl 4
First edi­tion value: This al­bum was not known to ex­ist in 1989

Where's Bowie and Elvis?

Sev­eral al­bums that had been in the Top 10 in the first edi­tion (1989) failed to make the Top 10 in the fifth edi­tion (1996). I have listed them be­low with the val­ues as­signed each in the two books:

Bea­t­les
Yes­ter­day And To­day (Capi­tol ST-2553)
Stereo. First state butcher cover 3
First edi­tion value:
$5,000
Fifth edi­tion value: $9,000

David Bowie
Di­a­mond Dogs (RCA APL1-0576)
Stereo. The Bowiedog's gen­i­tals are vis­i­ble on the cover 3
First edi­tion value:
$3,000
Fifth edi­tion value:
$3,000

Elvis Pres­ley
Aloha From Hawaii Via Satel­lite (RCA VPSX-6089
Quad. Chicken Of The Sea “Sneak Pre­view” sticker on jacket
First edi­tion value:
$2,000
Fifth edi­tion value:
$3,000

Bea­t­les
The Bea­t­les Vs. The Four Sea­sons (Vee Jay DXS-30)
Stereo. Double-album 3
First edi­tion value:
$1,500
Fifth edi­tion value:
$3,000

Bea­t­les
Yes­ter­day And To­day (Capi­tol T-2553)
Mono. First state butcher cover 3
First edi­tion value:
$1,500
Fifth edi­tion value:
$4,000

Bea­t­les
In­tro­duc­ing The Bea­t­les (Vee Jay LP-1062)
Mono. Rain­bow la­bel with Love Me Do and ad-back cover
First edi­tion value:
$1,200
Fifth edi­tion value:
$4,000

About my other books

There are eight ar­ti­cles on this site ex­plain­ing the var­i­ous books I pub­lished for record col­lec­tors. They are best read in the fol­low­ing or­der, which is roughly chrono­log­i­cal:

1. O’Sullivan Woodside’s Rock & Roll Record Al­bums Price Guide
2. O’Sullivan Woodside’s Elvis Pres­ley Record Price Guide
3. Goldmine’s Price Guide to Col­lectible Record Al­bums (1st edi­tion)
4. Goldmine’s Price Guide to Col­lectible Record Al­bums (5th edi­tion)
5. Goldmine’s Rock’n Roll 45RPM Record Price Guide
6. Goldmine’s Price Guide to Col­lectible Jazz Al­bums
7. A Touch Of Gold – Elvis Record & Mem­o­ra­bilia Price Guide
8. Blues and R&B 45s of the ’50s Price Guide

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FOOTNOTES:

1   Many, many things have been writ­ten about PET SOUNDS since, but I'll betcha a buck-three-eighty that you'd still en­joy mine.

2   The four al­bums were THE FREEWHEELIN' BOB DYLAN from 1963, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE TAKES OFF and the Bea­t­les' YESTERDAY AND TODAY from 1966, and David Bowie DIAMOND DOGS from 1974.

3   Factory-sealed copies of this al­bum were worth con­sid­er­ably more than the listed val­ues!

4   This record was man­u­fac­tured by a press­ing plant em­ployee and was not au­tho­rized by the record com­pany. There may only be one or two copies.

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