Anybody has the "Decca Christmas Party Special" version? The one with a colour picture instead of a black and white on the inside of the sleeve? This LP was handed out to people attending a Decca Christmas Party in the end of 1975. I know of two copies for the moment but I have never seen it live so to speak. I might get a few pictures of it if I ask kindly ;D
One is in a hugh Italian collection and the other one is in Sweden. My friend bought it for a few SEK in a second hand LP shop in the 80's
Here are several photos of this record from Luca Accialini collection.
...and his text on iorr about this record:
"1977 is the year the limited Rolled Gold was presented to employes of DECCA's London facility (near to Mortlake). If you want to expand the subject, I can underline that one of the rarest Rolled Gold (second to the one above) is the export copy to Italy (two label variations reported). It was tha last BNritish export, before 'Steel Wheels' for Hungary, but that's another story... Bye, Luca"
For anyone interested there is a UK double Rolled Gold Test pressing for sale #200665064251 seller is nicho12. I usually don't like doing this as a do not know or recommend the seller but these don't come up too often and the price is probably around the mark.
Thanks Rik for posting the image of the Colour gatefold Rolled Gold and Luca for showing. I am sure there will be more info coming on this particular item.
I can't resits to post HIS words about this record on iorr:
"As you can seen, the record/set is nothing special. It's extremely rare, nothing else, nothing more: 30 or 40 copies, in all. The inner sleeve is the same of 'Get Stoned' 2LP set, issued in 1977. In my very personal opinion, it's the rarest British album ever,but still it remains a poor effort,Just a Christmas present to a selected number of employes. Most probably, in 1977, the DECCA executives got much more. We collectors are very lucky: the most of the dealers are not aware of the rarity of this item and some of us can get it for a bunch of Euros/Pounds, like I did. My suggestion is: write to all sellers on eBay and ask 'Is the inner sleeve in colour or B'n'W?'. That's the way I got it, after circa 15 years of restless hunting. The first time I heard about this album was in 1990, circa, by a premium seller on Goldmine. He told the complete story of the album and asked for US $ 700,00. Before e-mails were in, my letter arrived to late to get it, many years after I got it for € 10,00. My question is: are we sure that its the Holy Grail in GB album hunting? What if the rarer unknown exist? Bye, Luca"
Thanks for sharing the story. I haven't heard about this item before, so it was interesting to read about it. I'm not sure what to think. Part of me thinks this is great, what a cool discovery, but part of me is skeptical. The inside sleeve is the same as "Get Stoned", and it could be easily faked by a dodgy seller (but Luca's story about hunting for 15 years is interesting!). It is a strange case... Why give pressings of a 1975 compilation to Decca employees in 1977? How do we know only 30 or 40 exist? It would be great if more info emerged, especially in the way of evidence (an insert? an interview with an employee? something?). I will watch this item in the future with interest!
Better grab my pitch fork and grow the horns again and play Rolling Stones collector’s Devil !!! I had passed this information on hoping some-one else would run with it !! Oh well. I think you can clearly see the point I am making with the attached images and creating the Rolled Gold colour gatefold version !!! It can be made in less than 5 minutes , by of course changing an Original Rolled Gold Cover with a Get Stoned colour gatefold inside sleeve . I needed to make this point and time to contact some fellow Stones collectors (who don’t post on forums) before commenting on this particular “collectible”.
As a huge fan of Rolled Gold , I clearly remember this item came up for sale a couple of times in dealer mailing lists and a couple of set sale adds in Record collector in approx the late 80’s / mid 90’s . When I queried what it was I was told by other collectors to stay clear , as a cunning UK dealer at the time did exactly what I have done and simply changed a Rolled Gold cover with a Get Stoned gatefold sleeve !! Back then it was simply called a limited promo sleeve copy !!! or something similar.
The first time I heard it called a Decca xmas party edition was when Jan mentioned in this thread . I was waiting eagerly to see what was going to turn up . When I saw it was this colour image I thought it was time to say something and start asking questions . Jan is still trying to confirm where the xmas Decca story came from but I suspect it is one of many as collectors unsuspectedly come across a copy and legend grows with the item.
Giving Decca employees a record for a xmas present !!! I checked with a couple of ex Decca employees I have contact with (ex and current sellers) one who worked on the factory floor and another in sales and both seemed to think it would highly unlikely that something like this would occur as records were always readily available to staff in one form or another. This item has come up before a couple of times in discussion forums over the years with collectors "in the know" telling the same story of it’s origin .
I am sure only a small number were changed by the dealer so very few are infact found hence the legend that seemed to have grown from it. This would explain why some collectors have stated it has taken 15 years to find one.
I simply wanted to pass on this info that I believed is true and put it on record before it gets out of hand. ie before sellers start flogging them on Ebay for big bucks.
You can just sense some of those famous “sellers” of ours like Mr fake HYSYML mono changing Rolled Gold and Get Stoned covers as we speak . I’ll give you the “TIP” . And before statements like “the most rarest collectible UK Stones item “ are passed around. I do not want to upset anyone and truely do hope it can be discussed more , and more evidence to come forward .
I do hope The coloured Rolled Gold LP can even be proven true , but until then I will stand by what information I remember at the time when this item was being originally sold. I do look forward to your thoughts. I guess No Sympathy for this Devil……………….. Best Peter
BTW The changed colour version does look great. If the albums where swapped over does that mean there are infact Get Stoned covers with black and white internal sleeves and would that make them the 2nd rarest UK cover !!!
Could do a similar thing with RSB 1 casette box like the one that is currently on Ebay. Different to yours Peter in the still sealed state. I actually thought of making one up when I get the casettes just for fun. Have you seen it.
Stonedkoala you are not carrying any pitchfork, I think you are being VERY generous with your knowledge (and I realise you are modest and hate reading this!). Thanks for an excellent post. Very clear, very informative, very reasonable, very helpful. We need discussions like this if we are to keep credibility in the Stones vinyl collecting scene... I am not wanting to hurt anybody's feelings either, but we need to share ideas and experiences, and realise things are not what they always seem. Too many items have inflated prices based on false information (for example, I would say the "Shelley" Hot Rocks is more common than legend says it is. Another example is the LIB booklet).
I wasn't trading with overseas sellers in the early 1990s, so I don't have the older experience you are sharing here. I didn't know the stories you are telling here about Record Collector "limited promo sleeve copy". Very interesting! An important piece of information when we are trying to understand what this item is.
Your demonstration on faking the Get Stoned/Rolled Gold item is very alarming! So easy to replicate. I bet Beatles collectors aren't afraid to discuss how easy it is to fake a Butcher Cover sleeve etc, they would be keen to investigate seller practices & to share knowledge. So you have no reason to think you are a devil by showing us your homemade Get Stoned/Rolled Gold item. It is helpful. Does anybody else reading this feel that it is better to investigate items, or just accept everything we hear??? I have several items I really love but understand they might be "unofficial" (eg: splash wax Globus pressings). Its the risk we take collecting vinyl.
I think the Decca Xmas story is weird, it doesn't add up. Like I said earlier, why give a 1975 compilation to employees in 1977? Like Peter says, why give it to Decca employees at all? If a few were sold in the late 1980s/early 1990s, that is a reasonable explanation for their appearance in the market today. We need much more evidence before we can claim something as the rarest UK Stones pressing ever! Until convincing evidence emerges, I don't believe the story.
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