Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic Rock

Music Emporium , Vinyl LP, 1969 ($3500-$4500)

April 11, 2019

Music Emporium was a Psychedelic Rock Pop band that in 1969 released their one and only album in their short career, which was self-titled and was undoubtedly one of the most essential American Psychedelic albums of all time.

The individuality of Music Emporium was that the rhythm section of the band (bass & drums) consisted of exceptional female musicians, which was very rare for that time. Music Emporium were formed in 1968 and they broke up in 1969. Within this short period of time, they released their homonymous album in 300 copies. Music Emporium is one of the most collectible vinyl records of Psych Rock/Pop and the highest selling price was $4638 in September 2014.

Musically, is an awesome album with male and female vocals, with the sound of the organ dominating. One could say that it is a version of Jefferson Airplane with an organ. All songs on the record are relatively small (two to four minutes) and they are all great. All four members are excellent musicians and the recording-production (that lasted 16 days at Sunset Sound Studio 2, Hollywood, California ) is of high quality and goes far beyond the DIY atmosphere of many Psychedelic records of the time.

In a nutshell, Music Emporium is undoubtedly one of the lost Psych Diamonds of the late 60s.

If someone searches for it in its original form, they will have to spend around $3500 to $4500.


In Hans Pokora’s book “Record Collectors Dream” the vinyl record “Music Emporium” has a Valuation of rarity 6/6

– Music Rating (“Rate Your Music” database)  3.71 / 5.0

– Highlights: Gentle Thursday, Winds have changed, Prelude

– Reissue on Vinyl:  Action Records 1996,  Sundazed Music 2001 & 2014,  OaK Records Inc. 2017

– Value (NM): $3500-$4500


TOP 5 HIGHEST SOLD PRICES  (ebay)

$4638 ( 25 bids- Start Price:$25)/ 2014-09-16 / ( Cover: EX | Media: EX / Seller from France )
$4500 (1 bid – Start Price: $4500) / 2014-10-25 / ( Cover: VG+ | Media: VG++ / Seller from USA)
€3300 ( 25 bids- Start Price: €3300)/ 2019-04-06/( Cover: VG | Media: EX/Seller from Switzerland)
$3555 (best offer- Start Price:$4999)/ 2015-09-27 / ( Cover: VG+ | Media: VG++ / Seller from USA)
$3107 (18 bids – Start Price: $500) / 2017-09-25 / ( Cover: EX | Media: EX / Seller from Germany)


 


Credits
Bass, Piano, Organ, Vocals, Acoustic Bass – Carolyn Lee
Drums, Percussion – Dora Wahl
Organ, Vocals – Casey Cosby
Vocals, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Dave Padwin
Producer, Engineer – Bill Lazerus

Tracklist
A1 Nam Myo Ho Renge Kyo
A2 Velvet Sunsets
A3 Prelude
A4 Catatonic Variations
A5 Times Like This
A6 Gentle Thursday
B1 Winds Have Changed
B2 Cage
B3 Sun Never Shines
B4 Day Of Wrath


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