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I'm here to assist in answering any of your questions related to The Rolling Stones. My expertise is in official vinyl record albums, and this includes pressings from everywhere on earth in which Stones record albums were produced (including Chile, Iran, Zimbabwe, and Colombia to name a few) both officially and otherwise. However, I have expansive knowledge in all areas of collecting. Guided by a personal collection and database featuring recordings from every country and in all formats, tour books, tickets, handbills, posters, clippings, autographs, books, photos, and all forms of promotional material, I can offer comprehensive access to information about The Rolling Stones. With regard to my particular expertise of vinyl record albums, feel free to request information about any aspect from basic identification to thorough evaluation. Country of origin, date of release, approximate valuation, matrix information, stampers, mothers, codes, re-issues, alternate pressings, alternate takes, best press sources, alternate sources of particular songs, and whatever else for both covers and discs. Answers are honest, legitimate, and are most often based on information gathered from my own collection and direct experience. Though I specialize in LPs, please note that my knowledge extends to singles and EPs. Expect no plagiarism and no fabricated facts to cover-up lack of knowledge. If I don't have the answer for you, I'll give you another source to review or offer a quote with proper credit.

Experience in the area

Over 25 years collecting Rolling Stones items from around the world. I own many variations of album covers and discs, several of which are otherwise unidentified in all other sources. My public online articles, reviews, and overviews have been quoted and otherwise referenced in countless websites (including this one by other 'experts').


Rolling Stone (letter), Reader's Digest (quoted information), Exclaim! (quoted information), Boston Globe (quoted information), (website review in 2002).


The best record-collecting education you can get is by talking with people from all walks of life. Listening and sharing. I live for it.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

No matter how much one knows, there is plenty to learn and I am always eager. The learning and discovery never end, and only with communication can anyone achieve greater knowledge. I enjoy sharing what I know and learning what I do not.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Pressings matter. But first pressings, or that of a particular country, are not always the best. Remastering does not always reward listeners with welcomed results.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Records are often not as they are promoted by dealers and collectors. And this goes both ways. Records often promoted as scarce (rare, unique, grail) may not be, and others are far more scarce than people realize. Much information regarding particularly scarce Rolling Stones records is incorrect - perpetrated over the years by gossip.

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2015-07-27 album Now! blue lable mono USA:

It's a common misconception that the unedited back cover for this album is a first edition.  In fact, the first press did have the full text on back and was later amended, but the full text actually returned

2015-07-27 album Now! blue lable mono USA:

Thank you.  That's very interesting.  Can't say that I've ever seen that.  Looks like someone messed up.  Based on the position of the 'LL' (so close to the 'G'), it would appear to be an early 1970s mono

2015-07-27 album Now! blue lable mono USA:

Hello and thank you for your message.  A US boxed mono in blue?  That's very interesting.  Could you provide a photo?    Thank you.

2014-12-30 Exile on Main street The Stones:

Hello and thank you for your question.    With regard to U.S. pressings of Exile on Main Street, the easiest way to distinguish a first pressing from all subsequent non-contemporary pressings is to look

2014-12-23 sticky fingers 1980 spanish copy alt. cover:

Hey there, my friend, I trust your holiday was pleasant and I want to wish you a Happy New Year.    Yes, that website is a great resource.  And you got the No. 2 pasteover - nice.  How many made it to


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