Please, allow me to introduce myself : I’ve not only been a dedicated follower of collecting but a co-owner of second hand record shops, an A&R executive at record companies, a chief editor in music magazines, a radio dj, etc for the last 35 years in Greece! So, a hell of a lot of rare and collectable items such as out-of-print original records, first pressings, special editions, promo samples, white labels, test pressings, magazines, posters, catalogues, memorabilia and other fetish objects of desire in 5, 7, 10 and 12 inches not only from Greece but from all over the world are going to be exhibited through these pages … Turn on and stay tuned!
So, up for auction is the Ultra Rare original Greek vinyl pressing of the Girls’ one and only 45 rpm 7-inch single that was released in 1966 with the white, black, red and green Music - Box label, Cat No MB 638 and Matrix Nos 7MBG 960 [A side] and 7MBG 961 [B side, both machine - stamped]. Housed in an original yellow, red, black and white Music - Box company sleeve, it featured the following songs:
A side Rocket For Girls 3:58
B side Hello, Beethoven 2:00
The Girls were the only, of the very few anyway, all - girl groups that succeeded to record, even one and only single, in Greece during the 60s. From the capital city of Athens, its four members Bessie Exarchou [guitar], Ephi Pania [organ], Marie Anne Kalapotharakou [bass, vocals] and sister Julie Kalapotharakou [drums, vocals] had an average age of 16 years old [!!!] and vanished from the scene due to … parental advisory - those were the days in Greece…
Made known to the garage fans worldwide due to their inclusion in the classic compilation of the genre Girls In The Garage Vol. 5 [1985, Romulan Records], their two tracks “Rocket For Girls" and "Hello, Beethoven” have been firmly compiled in many Greek compilations too, like Oldies But Goodies No 7 [1982, Pan - Vox] and Greek Garage Bands Of 60’s [1991, Music Box International]!
This copy for sale is the original Greek first - and last - press issue, with original labels and original identification numbers. This, unavailable for half a century and RARELY SEEN on eBay in ANY condition, excellent record has become highly-prized by collectors and a must have item for every devoted fan of the 60s Garage. So, do not miss …
PS 1 To my knowledge, ONLY ONE copy until now has been sold on eBay - a VG+ or better, according to the seller - for US $304.00 before ... 9 years [!!!!] on December of 2008...
PS 2 Sorry for the quality, but when you get something so rare, you take what you can get!
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Grading: I use the GOLDMINE standards for grading STRICTLY & CONSERVATIVELY the condition of the items listed.The grading is mostly visual, though, when in doubt, I d? “spot check” each of the songs play-graded on a Technics SL-1200MK2 with a, weight of 1.5 gram, Stanton 681 EEE MK III! As for the covers, please, look at the photos to evaluate yourself - with grading being a subjective matter, pictures are an objective way to evaluate for yourself!
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Postage & Packing Charges: As I live in Greece the international postage costs in my country are NOT $ 4.00, but the following:
(a) to European Union [Registered Air Mail Only]
14.00 U.S Dollars for the first 12-inch record and 3.00 U.S Dollars each one thereafter.
12.00 U.S Dollars for the first 10-inch or 7-inch or 5-inch record or Compact Disc or Cassette and 2.50 U.S. Dollars each one thereafter.
10.00 U.S. Dollars for the first magazine or poster and 2.00 U.S. Dollars each one thereafter.
(b) to USA and the rest of the world [Registered Air Mail Only]
12.00 U.S. Dollars for the first 10-inch or 7-inch or 5-inch record or Compact Disc or Cassette and 3.50 U.S. Dollars each one thereafter.
11.00 U.S. Dollars for the first magazine or poster and 3.00 U.S. Dollars each one thereafter.
I personally write all of my own descriptions, take all of my own photos, and package all items for mailing myself. Items pictured in any of my listings are always the actual items that buyers will receive from me. Strict packing policies applied : each order is carefully packaged by removing the lp from the jacket to avoid seam splits, use of plastic cover sleeves over each lp and jacket, cardboard pad inserts, and placed in sturdy record mailers for safe delivery. Please see my excellent feedback especially in terms of packaging! Records Shipped WORLDWIDE! Additional Records Are Always Combined, so IF YOU BUY MORE THAN ONE ITEM FROM ME, PLEASE WAIT FOR AN INVOICE, SO I CAN COMBINE THEM INTO ONE SHIPMENT TO SAVE YOU MONEY ON THE SHIPPING CHARGE. Please note that Shipping and Packaging Costs are always charged at COST PRICE ONLY - I do not seek to make a profit from shipping! Shipment of items by HELLENIC POST, i.e. the POST OFFICE of GREECE and REGISTERED AIR MAIL ONLY within 2 business days of cleared payment. Payment is required within seven days.
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