See, I told you it wouldn’t be seven weeks. So, I have this Searchers record. Which, normally, isn’t the biggest deal in the world. Or, barely, a deal. But this particular copy of the band’s 1965 release is in stereo. And while stereo wasn’t exactly revelatory in 1965, finding a copy of “Take Me For What I’m Worth” in stereo in 1965 was indeed a find. Very few copies were made available in stereo, and Goldmine doesn’t even reference a listing for anything but mono. A copy recently closed on eBay for just north of $200 (based on the description, in admittedly better condition than my copy), and a Canadian copy in VG+ condition closed for $125 late last year on eBay (probably not as nice as my copy and, with all due respect, not a lot of folks clamoring for Canadian pressings).
This US copy is in really nice shape, considering it’s in it’s mid-to-late 40’s. The jacket is completely intact, with no splits or, really, anything in the way of a deal-breaker. There is a faint stain on the bottom left front corner that is barely there on the corresponding back corner. And there is some foxing down the left hand side of the paste-on portion of the back jacket. There is a small bottom right corner dent and accompanying rubbing on that same corner tip and some very light bottom seam wear.
The vinyl is VG++. A truly strong VG+, super clean with only slight visible signs of play (and that’s under a very bright light). No scratches or other issues that will interrupt your listening experience; both sides play-graded. And all of my sales are guaranteed. If this copy is not up to snuff, I have a 14-day return window on any sale. And if you want/need any additional scans of this item, please let me know and I will be more than happy to forward. Oh, there is a small tear at the top of the Kapp label inner. So there is that.
This is an eBay no-reserve auction-style sale, which I rarely engage in. I’m more of a buy-it-now kinda guy. This one is up for grabs, for, well, whatever it closes at (and yes, I know I shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition, but that’s how I lazily roll).