Thursday, August 1, 2019

GENE VINCENT "BE-BOP-A-LULA" 78


As a kid growing up in the 70's, I would love to spend my time splaying my parents records.  Nothing like watching them spin around and make a sound.

One of the cooler ones was Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps' "Be-Bop-A-Lula" from 1956.  One of the best example of early rockabilly.   I don't quite remember doing this, but my mom mentioned I wore it out and also tried to rip the label off the B side.

A few months ago, I stumbled across a Mint copy of this song on a British 78.  Usually they are quite worn out pieces, especially the 78 shellac version, and they still go for $25 or more.  This mint one was on sale (at a famous on line action site...) for $10.  I could not pass it up.  Was it a counterfeit?



Once receiving it, I combed over the details with a fine tooth comb.  The run out matrix was perfect.  The label was perfect.  It was in PERFECT condition.  It was real.   Who in their right mint would fake a shellac 78 anyway?  The effort in doing so would be more costly than getting a vintage copy.

And I love the paper cover it comes in!

I really dig the B-Side "Woman Love"  Here's a clip


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