Jimmy Fraser Columbia 4-43407 Of Hopes and Dreams and Tombstones Northern Soul
May 28, 2018
June 04, 2018
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Powered by eCommercePlayer.com I am not sure if Jimmy Fraser wrote this song in response to a Public Service request related to a mid-60's "Stay in School" campaign, or whether he had recorded the song first and the campaign came and found him. In any event, it is a Northern Soul monster, highly coveted as either a single released under Fraser's name, or as a single released by the "Youth Opportunity Program" (Back to School) public service campaign. This copy is the latter - it is a Columbia white label promo release (although "Columbia" does not appear on the label), with the vocal version of "Of Hopes and Dreams and Tombstones" on the A-side and an instrumental version of the same song on the B-side. Nice copy! Vinyl grades VG++: there is a smattering of superfine hairlines but nothing that can be felt; excellent gloss; excellent player. Take a listen! White promo labels grade VG+++: only the slightest of rubbing marks on the B-side; bright white; graphics are clean. Includes the rare original sleeve that came with this single - it is printed on one side with a message, from Vice President Hubert Humphrey, to program directors and DJ's about the campaign to stay in school, requesting their assistance by playing the record as often as possible. Sleeve is VG+: 1" split at the top opening on one side; yellowing from age; light ring wear; a couple of tiny tears on opening edge; no other splits; graphics are clear and bright. Super Northern Soul piece!
If a sample is included above, it is from the actual record. Both sides are sampled from the beginning, about 45 seconds of each.
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Record Grading (always see photos!): Near Mint (NM): Vinyl shows very little evidence of use, retains nearly all of its original gloss, minimal markings, no warping or dishing; Labels are clean and crisp with no writing or sticker residue, no ring wear or rubbing wear, no significant spindle marking; Original sleeves (if applicable) are clean and square, no writing, no splits, no ring wear.
Very Good + (VG+): Vinyl shows use but has been well cared for, surface may have light scuffs or hairline scratches (nothing feelable) that do not significantly affect playback, still has a substantial amount of gloss, may have slight dishing or small edge warp that tracks without significant tonearm bobbing, will provide a solid enjoyable listen; Labels are clean with only minor ring or rubbing wear, writing or sticker residue is discrete/minor, limited soiling and no significant stains, drill hole is OK if label is otherwise clean, graphics and logos are clear and bright; Original sleeves (if applicable) are clean with no more than light ring wear, corners are square with no more than minor dings, writing or sticker residue is discrete/minor, one small seam split would be tolerated only if rest of sleeve was very clean, light creasing, drill hole would be tolerated only if rest of sleeve was very clean. Grading is all-encompassing, so multiple flaws of the type described will drop the grade.
Very Good (VG): This is a common grade for older 45's - they have often been stored outside of any protective sleeve which has lead to multiple light surface hairline scratches and label rubbing, and often have writing or stickers on the label. For listening enjoyment, these can offer excellent value, since the condition disqualifies them for hard-core collectors but hairlines scratches have not caused significant damage to the vinyl grooves and playback is often VG+ or better. Vinyl will show significant use with scuffing or hairline scratches but plays through without skipping, any feelable scratches are noted including the effect on playback, may have light noise particularly at the beginning (due to sloppy cueing) or in softer passages, may have slight dishing or edge warp but it will play through, may have diminished or irregular gloss, record will provide an enjoyable listen; Labels may have significant ring or rubbing wear, lifting damage, more prominent writing or sticker residue, a drill hole, some soiling or staining; Original sleeves (if applicable) may have splits, ring wear or rubbing wear, writing, corner dings, creasing, soiling, or drill holes.
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