Rare/Collectible SG Albums

Consider this somewhat related to my post about “Go Jonah”, but different enough that it warranted its own post. What are some of the rare/collectible albums in SG history? I would think that the Cats album that included “Go Jonah” certainly ranks as one, as is the version of Live In Atlanta that did not include “Movin’ Up To Gloryland”, which I happen to own. Also, I would include the Dove Brothers CD Flyin’ High with the original cover art would be included here. The Oak Ridge Boys released an album on Skylite called Singing The Gospel that appeared with two different covers, but is one of them fairly scarce, or are there plenty of copies of both covers? The Imperials Heed The Call album also had two different album covers, one is the typical brown with the gold “I” medallion, but the original cover was a pinkish color with a mountain range on the front. I have both covers, and was told several years ago that the pink cover is fairly rare.

What are some other rarities that you can come up with?

UPDATE:  I actually forgot one of the seemingly biggest rarities in my collection.  I have a copy of Gold City’s Lord Do It Again from the original table release.  The cover is the same except the album title is lettered in purple instead of the white or yellow (I can’t remember which) that is was changed to when Riversong picked up the album.  I’ve never even seen a copy of the table version on ebay, so while the album is readily available, this version seems to be extremely rare.

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10 Responses to Rare/Collectible SG Albums

  1. Dean Adkins says:

    As I see it, these rarities could be divided into 2 categories:
    1. Albums that are rare because of low numbers produced and/or available, e.g. The Plainsmen “red” album.
    There are a lot of others that would fall in this group.
    2. Albums rare because of variation in cover and/or song inclusion,e.g. Blackwood Brothers “Sunday Meeting Time” – most common shows family entering church from outside, rare cover – inside shot of the church. Another perhaps Cathedral “Beyond the Sunset” – Eternal common, issue on DoViNe (with group picture on back) harder to find.
    Another (sorry they just keep coming to mind) Rebels “When I Stand With God” – common has Hamill pictured, rare – David Ingles pictured.
    I’ll stop there.

  2. burkesbrainwork says:

    Interesting stuff, Dean. I believe my copy of the Rebels album has Hamill on it, but I’m going to check when I get home just to be sure.

  3. Kyle says:

    I have a printing of the Cathedrals’ “Radio Days” CD that didn’t have the song titles printed on the back. The picture was there, the copyright info, label logo, everything else was there, but no song titles!! I have no idea how many were printed that way, but I would assume not too many.

    Columbia issued an album in 1982 by the Oaks called “All Our Favorite Songs” that had two different covers. One had a bunch of repeating photos of the Oaks and huge lettering across the front (this is the one most commonly found); the other cover was solid white with a black & white photo of the Oaks in western attire (the same one found on their “Best Of” Columbia LP). I’ve seen that cover once on eBay, but never since.

  4. natesings says:

    I didn’t know about DBQ having a different cover for Flying High. I know they did for Sing The Quartet Way. It was re-released with a different cover and a song or 2 added. I have the original.

  5. Kyle says:

    The first pressings of Signature Sound’s first few CD’s were different compared to what’s being sold now. “Stand By Me” is now down to 10 songs (“He Is There” is no longer included) and has a different package. The first two “Quartet Songs” table projects have been repackaged to feature Ryan Seaton and Roy Webb on the covers, and “Great Love” was edited from “Signature Sound Quartet” to “Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.” I don’t know how many copies were originally pressed of each, but my guess is that the CD covers that have photos of Signature Sound with Garry Jones and Shane Dunlap will be considered rarities.

    Also, their first live video/DVD, “Live In Indiana,” is pretty rare now. No trace of it can be found anymore (not even on SSQ’s website). The video was around for a little longer, but the DVD was only for sale for a few months before Garry and Shane left.

  6. Good thoughts so far. A few I’d add to the discussion would be three Cathedrals projects–Land of the Bible (1966), Introducing the Cathedral Trio (1963), and When the Saints Go Marching In (1963), which was another Cathedral Trio title. The three are pretty hard to find unless you’re willing to pay a lot. I have the first, but not the two trio projects.

  7. John Crenshaw says:

    For a while, “Hits of the Decade” by the Statesmen Quartet on the HeartWarming label was a rareity, but it seems like now they are coming out of the woodwork. The reissue (with Jimmy Carter’s picture on the cover) is rather common.

    “The Three Nails” by Gospel Festival USA (Oak Ridge Boys, Stamps, Rambos) is another LP that’s rather rare.

    More recently, the Oak Ridge Boys did a two CD gospel set called “Revival” that was only sold for a limited time on the internet. Those are very difficult to find.

  8. Quaid says:

    I’ve heard on the radio both differing cuts of “Stand By Me” from the live recording in Indiana. First one was played on local radio very heavily for a few weeks, maybe as long as a month. Then the latter recording, after Jones and Dunlap left, were what was played.

  9. Kyle says:

    The Oaks’ “Revival” sets usually got for around $100 a piece. Another rarity is their 1977 “Live” album that was released as a table project. It is rare in that it was only available on LP for a short period before they hit big in country music, but it won the Oaks a Grammy for “Just A Little Talk With Jesus.”

    I asked Harold Timmons about “The Three Nails” record once, and he said he had one copy, and it sold for over $100. Another collector said he had a copy of it and would not part with it.

  10. Quaid says:

    I have a CD copy of Glen Payne’s “Forever I Will Sing” in which there is the following typo:
    “Were he able, I now my husband would want to thank his family.”
    Did Cathedral Records catch that, and re-issue the linear notes to say “know”?

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