For auction here is one of the rarest records ever pressed in the history of UK pop.
CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS: Summer Holiday (2LP 1963 Elstree Extra Label) For Cast & Crew Only. One Of Only 80 Ever Made.
Recently featured in Record Collector's Rarest Records Of All Time feature, here is a truly unique opportunity to bid on this genuine land mark in pop culture. Valued at over £700!
This version comprises a very extended, never released version of the movie soundtrack, with dialogue, that was exclusively given as a "thank-you" to cast and crew at the end of production of Summer Holiday in 1962. It was a personal gift to those involved at the time and never meant to be heard by the public.
It is completely different from any commercially released edition.
Summer Holiday - both on film and musically - was just about the last hurrah of how pop was performed before the Beatles changed everything. Whatever subsequently became of Cliff Richard's reputation, he and the Shadows were captured here in brilliant form with a terrific set list including "Summer Holiday" "Bachelor Boy" "Dancing Shoes" and the magnificent "Next Time". The shadows weigh in with, among others, "Foot Tapper" and "Round & Round"
The records are housed in a white, plainly worded Elstree Studios utility sleeve: "Special Presentation Album Of The Original Soundtrack Summer Holiday" but it is discs' labels that tell the fuller story.
"Elstree Extra Range. Recorded At APBC Studios Borehamwood Hertfordshire Special Recording Limited To 80 Copies. NOT FOR SALE"
There is also a space to write To and From like a greetings card.
This really is a remarkable find. It is highly unlikely other copies of this will be in general collector's hands.
The discs themselves are flat and in Good++ condition. Although there are quite a few light marks/scuffs and some light scratches this copy plays well as it is a high quality pressing. In truth it is unlikely this cast and crew gift-set was played very much at all.
The sleeve is lightly laminated, with splits on the top and bottom edges, a few light marks and some creasing of the corners. The labels are unfaded and clear as bright as the day they were put on.
Those who follow UK record collecting will know what an extraordinary and exciting piece this is. The word "rare" - and let's not forget "mega-rare" and "impossibly-rare" - is bandied about very freely on eBay.
But this is the real deal. An insiders snapshot of innocent pop culture just before the coming deluge.
CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS: Summer Holiday (1963 Elstree Extra Range) 2 Disc Set For Cast & Crew Only. One Of Only 80 Ever Made.
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