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THE MIRACLES – COOKING WITH THE MIRACLES – ORIGINAL 1962 TAMLA RECORDS MONO LP TM-223
ORIGINAL WHITE TAMLA LABEL WITH BLACK AND PURPLE LOGO
DEEP GROOVE PRESSING
ORIGINAL, THICK CARDBOARD COVER (AMERICAN STYLE)
As far as we know,
this album is currently out of print and unavailable on Compact Disc, or in any
(►PLEASE SEE THE
IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
this is a REAL image of the ACTUAL item you are bidding on. This
is NOT a "recycled" image from our previous auction. What you see is what you’ll
Cookin’ with the
Miracles" is by far the hardest to find of all Miracles early albums (and
- sure enough - now it is also the hardest one to find on compact disc). The
album is interesting for more than one reason: first, it lacks charting hit
singles, so many people are unaware of the nature of the material, which is
nothing short of amazing! Secondly, the album sports some of the most intense
and raw R&B vocalizing Smokey & the Crew ever attempted: The result is
one smoldering R&B piece, which is a must for any early Motown collector.
And then, there is that classic, hilarious, to-the-point cover showing the six
Miracles with their pots and pans. For my money, this is the best R&B album
historical information on this album, including track listing ►click
THIS IS A
unless otherwise noted, ALL records are graded visually, and NOT play-graded!;
we grade records under the strong,
diffuse room light or discrete sunlight)
CAUTION: The vinyl is in barely FAIR condition and probably more interesting as a
conversation piece and historical artifact than as a viable recording suitable
for repeated, continued playing. Nevertheless, the record plays fine without
skipping or “sticking”, but with considerable, annoying and audible hiss,
surface noise and clicks and pops. This record WAS play-graded.
This album is presented here mostly for its historical value and as a
very rare item, which can be exceedingly difficult to find in any other
The record is pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which
was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually, the sound on
such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even dramatic. Do not
expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital recording!
Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior,
THE COVER IS ABOUT VERY GOOD- / very good minus / (VG-).
The following flaws or
imperfections are noted on the cover:
Cover has some visible ring wear; On the scale from 1 to 10
(1 being the least, and 10 being the
most severe), we assess the severity of ring wear as 5.
Cover has a few tiny wrinkles along the spine
Back cover has some light yellowish stains, probably from
exposure to humidity.
Back cover has circular tarnish (grayish, dust-covered
sections, which closely follow the contour of the record), probably caused by friction or by rubbing
against other covers during the storage. The tarnish is similar in appearance
to a common ring wear, but, UNLIKE ring wear, these grayish areas may be
possible to clean up with a minor effort and with a right cleansing solution.
Cover shows some light yellowing on back side, apparently
Cover has some writing on its back side (name of the
previous owner written in blue ballpoint pen, about ¼ x 3 inches in size)
Cover has some fraying/wear along the top and bottom seam
Cover has two corners slightly worn / frayed / bent (just a
beginning of the split seam)
NO OTHER IMPERFECTIONS
ON THE COVER:
No cut-out (drill) holes.
No cut-out corners
No saw-marks or indents
No peel-off marks
No mold or mildew spots
No stickers or labels
No water damage
No wax, glue, paint or liquid drops on the cover
No bar codes
No RIAA stamps or stickers.
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