James Brown – 1st Pressing “Live at The Apollo” Mono LP With Shrink Wrap

A beautiful Near Mint/Near Mint- mono first pressing of James Brown’s legendary 1963 album Live at The Apollo, on King Records.  This copy, with the large King logo on the labels, looks barely played–perhaps two or three times at most.  About 95% of the original shrink wrap is intact (there is a small bit missing to the top of the front cover.)  This is the cleanest copy we’ve ever offered.

From Wikipedia – In 2003, Live at The Apollo was ranked number 25 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2004, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

Live at the Apollo was recorded on the night of October 24, 1962 at Brown’s own expense…Brown’s record label, King Records, originally opposed releasing the album, believing that a live album featuring no new songs would not be profitable. The label finally relented under pressure from Brown and his manager Bud Hobgood.

To King’s surprise, Live at the Apollo was an amazingly rapid seller. It spent 66 weeks on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, peaking at #2. Many record stores, especially in the southeast US, found themselves unable to keep up with the demand for the product, eventually ordering several cases at a time. R&B disc jockeys often would play side 1 in its entirety, pausing (usually to insert commercials) only to return to play side 2 in full as well.

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