Rare Finds: Vinyl Week

Records have been a part of our official name—Half Price Books, Records, & Magazines, Inc.—since our founding in 1972. We’ve always been in the record business, and we’re seeing better LPs than ever. Here’s a selection of vinyl recently acquired at HPB, a potpourri of styles for the collector or casual listener, all orderable online!

Roger the Engineer

by The Yardbirds


Columbia SCX 6063

The record and sleeve of this UK album are in Very Good condition. It features the hit “Over, Under, Sideways, Down,” “Jeff's Boogie” and other Yardbirds classics. Cover art is by band member Chris Dreja. $150

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Shades of the ‘40s

by Little Anthony & the Imperials


1960, End LP 311 (mono)

Little Anthony & the Imperials already had a couple of major hits (debut "Tears on My Pillow" and "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop") when they released their second album, which was a look back at the music of the generation that preceded them. Record and sleeve are in VG+ condition. $15

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Richard Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen


1974, Decca 6.3550

Georg Solti conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker in Wagner’s epic four-part Ring cycle. Fourteen Near Mint LPs in four boxes, contained in a slipcase with minor bumping. $85

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Eccentric Soul

The Dynamic Label


2012, Numero NUM043

This fabulous 2-disc collection of soul rarities and curiosities is in Mint condition. It features The Commands, The Tonettes and other under-sung groups of the 50s and 60s. $25

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The Nightfly

by Donald Fagen


1983, Warner Brothers/Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-120

Fagen’s first album after Steely Dan’s initial run contains some of his best work, displayed here in all its aural glory in this issue from MFSL’s Original Master Recording Series. Near Mint, $100

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by Cluster


1978, sky 005 reissue

This Eno-influenced electronic album by German band Cluster was originally released in 1976. It was their fourth album and the first recorded for Sky. This copy is in Near Mint condition. $50

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Jumpin’ Jack Flash / Child of the Moon

by The Rolling Stones


1968, London 45-LON-908

It’s one of the Stones’ biggest hits and reportedly the band’s most-performed song, and here it is in the playful color picture sleeve. It’s in VG- condition, with minor wear and a small red date stamp on the B side of the picture sleeve. $12.50

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Psychedelic Goes Latin

by The LeBron Brothers


2000, Cotique CS-1008 reissue

This is a Near Mint reissue of the innovative 1971 album which producer George Goldner called “the weirdest sounds ever cut in Latin dance music.” $17.50

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Do You Want to Know a Secret? / Thank You, Girl

by The Beatles

VJ-587 promo label

Here’s a promo copy with only very minor surface scratches to the vinyl and light ring wear on the label, with previous owner’s ink and pencil notations to the label. A real treasure! $300

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Les Miserables: Original Broadway Cast Recording

1987, Geffen GHS 24151

This Near Mint two-disc album is signed on the front cover by the original Broadway cast! It contains the lyric sheet insert. There’s a cut-out bin notch along the lower sleeve edge, and the corners are slightly bumped. $2,000

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Big Mama Thornton and the Chicago Blues Band


Arhoolie F 1032, 1975

Here’s a beautiful Near Mint reissue of the classic 1966 meetup of Big Mama Thornton and Muddy Waters. Otis Spann, James Cotton, and other great Muddy sidemen help the long-neglected Big Mama create some exciting blues music. $25

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All’a Your Love

by The Nighthawks


Hamilton, 1958

The Nighthawks were one of several rockabilly groups who were recording alongside Buddy Holly at Norman Petty’s Clovis, New Mexico, studio. This is a VG+ copy of a hard-to-find jewel. $40

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Rhythm Tote Record Carrier

Date Line


This classic item is functional—it will hold 14 of your fave 45s—and looks very groovy! There’s a handy record index in the front. $25

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