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The little tire-store LP that we never "tire" of.
Over on Discogs, there are 11 different variations/pressings of ¡SOMETHING FESTIVE!. I thought it might be interesting to see which ones we all have.
1. My original 1968 copy that actually came from a BF Goodrich store in Ardmore, PA is still around. It has this style of label with the title all on one line, and all song titles below the center hole:
The '68 copy has a bit of ringwear on the sleeve and some rubbings from storage, but otherwise I'd call it Very Good. The vinyl was played at least once a year, but still comes in at a VG+. It currently has a plain white innersleeve. Don't know where the original company innersleeve went, but it ain't here.
2. I also have a second copy of this pressing, one that came from an eBay seller and it was still-sealed. I've opened it and dubbed it to digital, so it's only been played once and is still in its shrink wrapping. This one has a company innersleeve. Definite Near Mint all around.
3. Sometime in the late '90s, in my search for the ultimate copy, I found a really nice copy in a used record store (Plastic Fantastic). This one has a bit of a different label style where the title is split onto two lines in a larger font, and all song titles are below the center hole.
This nice copy gets a VG+ all around and has the company innersleeve. Only a small amount of storage-wear on the bottom edge.
4. The comes the foreign pressings. The first is from Germany with the alternate cover and title, MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM HERB ALPERT AND HIS FRIENDS:
This is a Deutsche Grammophon pressing. The back cover retains the piñata artwork, but puts the titles in the correct record order. I'd hoped to get a really nice clean pressing out of this one, but it's not quite as clean as others I have. Still gets a VG+ rating.
5. Finally, there's one from the UK that I have that's really not this same record, but a later version from the 70s, called MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING. This one was a 2-record set and features MOST of ¡SOMETHING FESTIVE! interspersed with other holiday tunes that A&M had issued in the interim.
It included eight of the ten Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass tracks from the CHRISTMAS ALBUM and added Carpenters "Merry Christmas Darling", the London Stereo Orchestra doing "Song Of Joy", Simpatico doing "Arranjuez Con Tu Amor", Gallagher & Lyle with "Desiderata" and Shawn Phillips' "A Christmas Song". Missing is Burt Bacharach's "Bell That Couldn't Jingle" as Herb's version is included instead.