Neil Young The Squires 45 Record Sultan Aurora V - 109
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(Neil Young) The Squires 45 Record The Sultan - Aurora V - 109
V Records 1963
The Squires The Sultan - Aurora (Neil Young's first 45 at the age of 17). Many consider this to be the rarest 45 in the world. Fewer than 300 were ever pressed and these were sold only at shows in Winnipeg in 1963. Only 8-10 copies are known to exist today and this is one of them. This 45 is so rare that Neil Young doesn't even own a copy. This 45 almost never comes up for auction so this will be the chance of a lifetime for any record collector. (To put it's worth into perspective The Rolling Stones Street Fighting Man is thought to be the rarest 45 picture sleeve in the world -15 known copies- and 2 of those sold in 2005 for $12,000 and $15,000.) It is difficult to put an exact value on The Squires V 109 45 record today because the last one to sell at public auction in this condition went for $3000 . . . and that was seven years ago.
Here is a history of the Squires surf and garage rock sound and their only recording. Also mentioned is a different copy of this 45 and what it sold for seven years ago.
In 1963, Neil Young attended <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Kelvin High School in Winnipeg, Canada. There, he formed the group "The Squires", heavily influenced by guitarist Hank Marvin of The Shadows. In fact, during their shows in the local club circuit they covered many Shadows instrumentals. Local fan and CKRC DJ Harry Taylor offered the band studio time in the radio station's two-track facility to cut a single. This July 23, 1963 recording session of two songs written by Neil Young was released on Canada's V Records when Neil was only 17 years old. Both were instrumentals featuring Neil's primitive Duane Eddy-like guitar. Neil says of this session "It was my first recording session and I was just glad to be there for the experience, but I was still searching for the right sound". There were later recording sessions at CKRC but no other records were ever issued. This 45 will eventually be included on the much-delayed "Archives" box set and, in fact, this particular copy was originally considered as the actual source for the song's inclusion in that set. However, since then a better condition acetate source has been found. But as the set's archivist Joel Bernstein noted a few years ago, this is the best condition of the 8 to 10 vinyl copies that are known to exist. Because of its rarity, copies of this 45 are rarely offered for sale. This other copy was sold seven years ago for $3,000. The "A" label had "50¢" written on the label, but the vinyl was in very nice condition and played beautifully. VG+.
Again, the above describes a 45 that sold seven years ago. The 45 that is up for auction today has had only one owner. Purchased from the band at a 1963 show in Winnipeg, Canada the original owner played the 45 approximately 5 times. After Neil Young became famous (Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Woodstock) the owner carefully stored the 45 for the next nearly 4 decades. It has only been played two more time recently to record. This 45 plays without skips or pops (just the usual record noise). The vinyl is very glossy with a few light surface scratches. The labels are in very nice complete condition. The B Side had a sticker numbered "39" placed on it in 1963 by the original owner (it was the 39th record he had ever purchased). This 45 also comes in the original plain white sleeve. Overall, I would say that this rarest of 45s is in VG+ condition (much like the other copy mentioned above).
The 45 will be very securely packaged and insurance is required. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I am offering this once in a lifetime record with a no reserve auction. Bid with confidence as most of my 100% feedback has come from vinyl record sales.
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On Jan-05-06 at 06:23:33 PST, seller added the following information:I would like to thank everyone who is watching (422 watchers with 3 1/2 days to go) for the overwhelming response to this 45. If you are interested in hearing the songs from this 45 please contact me after the auction for more details. Thank you again and good luck to all of you. PS "Yes" I have heard UNCONFIRMED RUMORS that Neil Young has been made aware of this auction but "No" he has not contacted me.On Jan-06-06 at 07:13:17 PST, seller added the following information:I have been asked to give updates on the number of watchers on this item. With 2 1/2 days to go there are 545 watchers. Because of the number of watchers I will not accept any offers (no matter how tempting) to end the auction early. For most people this will be the only opportunity ever to own this 45 so I want to be fair to all bidders. Thank you all again for your many comments and overall interest in this record.On Jan-07-06 at 07:49:10 PST, seller added the following information:Update - 647 watchers with 1 1/2 days to go.On Jan-08-06 at 06:38:46 PST, seller added the following information:Last update. 765 watchers with 12 hours to go. Thank you all again and good luck bidders.