Posted 7 years ago
I was at my local thrift store a few years ago looking for records like I often do when I came across this beautiful gem!
It's The Beatles Second Album on Odeon - ZTOX 5558. I recognized the front cover as the cover of the US pressing of Something New but the back is the usual Second Album back cover. Quite strange!
I was not too familiar with Odeon pressings and figured it couldn't be worth too much since I have never had good luck at thrift stores but I gladly paid the 25 cents. Recently I have gotten back into record collecting so I decided to look it up. Imagine my delight when I learned that not only are Odeon pressings highly collectible but this just happens to be the rarest of them all!! It is referred to as a "Holy Grail" record on one site that I found.
This is a German pressing that from what I can gather was only sold on American military bases in Germany and Switzerland in 1964. I'd love to know more information such as how many were pressed, etc.
The price guides I have found say that in NM condition this would be valued around $1,000! This copy is not in NM, however it is in remarkably good shape for a thrift store find! The jacket is probably VG+ to EX and the record is VG to VG+. Their are some creases where the laminate has "bubbled" slightly but the only other copies I have found online seem to look much worse. Overall in great shape with only one scratch that may affect playability and no writing or marks on the jacket and only one dinged corner.
If you have any info on this pressing please let me know! Also, never give up on thrift stores!