CAPITOL RECORDS
RECORD CLUB ISSUES



WHEN THE CAPITOL RECORD CLUB BEGAN OPERATIONS IN 1958, IT ENTERED A MAIL-ORDER MARKET DOMINATED BY TWO CLUBS OWNED BY OTHER LABELS - COLUMBIA AND RCA. THE CAPITOL RECORDS RECORD CLUB ENTICED PEOPLE TO JOIN BY OFFERING HALF-DOZEN OR SO "FREE" RECORDS IN EXCHANGE FOR THE NEW MEMBER BUYING ONE RECORD AND AGREEING TO CLUB MEMBERSHIP RULES. CAPITOL'S ONLY HOPE OF CATCHING THE COMPETITION WAS TO EXPLOIT THE STRENGTH OF ITS TALENT ROSTER.

THEN IN DECEMBER 1968, CAPITOL HAD AGREED TO SELL ITS DIRECT MARKETING CORPORATION, WHICH INCLUDED THE CAPITOL RECORD CLUB TO THE LONGINES (LONGINES-WITTNAUER) COMPANY. PRIOR TO LONGINES' PURCHASE OF THE RECORD CLUB, THE BEATLES ALBUMS ISSUED TO CLUB MEMBERS WERE THE SAME AS THE RECORDS SHIPPED BY CAPITOL TO DISTRIBUTORS AND STORES.

AFTER LONGINES TOOK OVER THE CLUB IN 1969, CAPITOL QUIT SUPPLYING ALBUMS TO THE CLUB, INSTEAD LONGINES ARRANGED FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF CAPITOL ALBUMS USING COVER ARTWORK AND LABEL BACKDROPS SUPPLIED BY CAPITOL. THE LP BACK COVERS HAVE THREE ANGLED BLACK BARS IN THE UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER WHICH WRAP AROUND TO THE FRONT COVER IN THE UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER, AND DO NOT HAVE THE "FILE UNDER" INFORMATION.

LONGINES ALSO ALTERED THE RECORD NUMBER OF THE LPS BY ADDING THE NUMBER "8" TO THE PREFIX. BY THE TIME LONGINES BEGAN PRESSING CAPITOL BEATLES ALBUMS IN 1968, MONO DISCS HAVE BEEN PHASED OUT. THUS, THERE ARE NO MONO LONGINES PRESSINGS OF BEATLES ALBUMS. THESE LONGINES BEATLES ALBUMS ARE LESS COMMON THAN THE STANDARD CAPITOL ALBUMS, WHICH SOLD IN THE MILLIONS.

THE FIRST RECORDS PRESSED FOR LONGINES HAVE THE CAPITOL RAINBOW LABEL BACKDROPS, WHILE LATER ISSUES HAVE EITHER GREEN OR ORANGE CAPITOL LABELS.

 

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  A SURPRISE GIFT FROM THE BEATLES,
THE BEACH BOYS & THE KINGSTON TRIO
TRI-FOLD SOUNDCARD FLEXI-RECORD
CAPITOL RECORDS RECORD CLUB, JULY 1964
Capitol / Evatone Records 8464

STUNNING NEAR MINT "AS NEW" UNUSED AND RETAINS THE CENTER KNOCK OUT SPINDLE HOLE PIECE INTACT. ONE OF THE BEST WE HAVE EVER OFFERED FOR THIS TITLE.

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TO ATTRACT NEW MEMBERS, IN JULY 1964 THE CAPITOL RECORD CLUB BEGAN AN AGGRESSIVE PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN AIMED AT TEENAGERS THAT FEATURED A FLEXI-DISC TRI-FOLDER BROCHURE CONTAINING MUSIC BY THREE OF THE LABEL'S MOST POPULAR ARTISTS: THE BEATLES, THE BEACH BOYS, AND THE KINGSTON TRIO. IT Contains '"Roll Over BeethoveN" by the Beatles, "Little Deuce Coupe" by the Beach Boys, and "The Saints" by the Kingston Trio.

THIS RARE COLORFUL THREE-PANEL BROCHURE DESCRIBED AS A RECORD FOLDER, MEASURES SLIGHTLY UNDER 7" X 7" WHEN FOLDED SHUT. THE INSIDE OF THE BROCHURE DEPICTS MINIATURE COVERS OF SELECTED ALBUMS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE RECORD CLUB INCLUDING "MEET THE BEATLES!" AND "THE BEATLES' SECOND ALBUM", WHICH IS ONE OF FOUR ENLARGED COVERS. THE RIGHT HALF OF THE INSIDE RIGHT PANEL SERVES AS A DETACHABLE CARD TO BE FILLED IN BY NEW MEMBERS AND MAILED TO THE CAPITOL RECORD CLUB IN SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA.

THIS BRILLIANT NEAR MINT "AS NEW" UNUSED EXAMPLE STILL RETAINS THE CENTER KNOCK OUT SPINDLE HOLE PIECE INTACT. IT IS STUNNING CORNER TO CORNER, AND WHEN ATTEMPTING TO OPEN THE TRI-FOLD BROCHURE HAS A STIFF "LIKE NEW" FEEL TO IT.

CONDITION: NM "AS NEW" UNUSED
ITEM#: RC710
PRICE: $2,000

 

 
   
 

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  A SURPRISE GIFT FROM THE BEATLES,
THE BEACH BOYS & THE KINGSTON TRIO
FLEXI-RECORD
CAPITOL RECORDS RECORD CLUB, JULY 1964
Capitol / Evatone Records 8464

MUCH RARER 5" VARIATION AND PRODUCED IN FAR LESS NUMBERS THAN THE 'TRI-FOLD' SOUNDCARD ISSUE

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TO ATTRACT NEW MEMBERS, IN JULY 1964 THE CAPITOL RECORD CLUB BEGAN AN AGGRESSIVE PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN AIMED AT TEENAGERS THAT FEATURED A FLEXI-DISC CONTAINING MUSIC BY THREE OF THE LABEL'S MOST POPULAR ARTISTS: THE BEATLES, THE BEACH BOYS, AND THE KINGSTON TRIO. IT Contains '"Roll Over BeethoveN" by the Beatles, "Little Deuce Coupe" by the Beach Boys, and "The Saints" by the Kingston Trio.

THIS SHIMMERING NEAR MINT "AS NEW" UNUSED EXAMPLE IS THE VERY FIRST WE'VE OFFERED OF THIS MUCH RARER RECORD CLUB VARIATION.

ACCOMPANIED BY A LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY FROM PERRY COX, BEATLES U.S. RECORDS EXPERT AND AUTHOR OF "THE BEATLES RECORD PRICE GUIDE" SERIES OF BOOKS.

CONDITION: NM "AS NEW" UNUSED
ITEM#: RC715
PRICE: -------

 
   

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  MEET THE BEATLES!
CAPITOL (LONGINES) ST-8-2047, STEREO
CAPITOL RECORD CLUB ISSUE, 1969

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2ND PRESSING: GREEN LABEL

CONDITION: NM- / NM
ITEM#: RC001
PRICE: $225


 
   

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  SOMETHING NEW
CAPITOL (LONGINES) ST-8-2108, STEREO
CAPITOL RECORD CLUB ISSUE, 1969

FIRST PRESSING: BLACK & COLORBAND LABEL

CONDITION: VG++ / NM
ITEM#: RC002
PRICE: $550


 

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