Hello! You are looking at a *MEGA RARE* Original Press RED vinyl copy of THE FIVE CROWNS - "Why Don't You Believe Me? / Keep It A Secret"
Rainbow Records, Record No. 45-202, 1953.
This is an extremely rare Doo-Wop single of one of the most legendary vocal groups, of which less than a handful have surfaced for online sale EVER! I will break down each side by identification marks and grading, as well as provide a multitude of photos for your review. Although the condition is definitely "used", there are no cracks, skips, or locked grooves whatsoever, and the music is always stronger than the surface noise. I've also recorded each side in its entirety so you can listen for yourself.
"Why Don't You Believe Me?"
ID markings - 45-R-4060 1y (etched),
Grading - G+ on this side. There are a 3 large scuffs, all present at the first half of the groove. The most noise and pop is present at this location. A 1/4" feeler also sounds and is present in the middle. Quality improves afterward.
"Keep It A Secret"
ID Markings - 45-R-4062 1y (etched)
Grading - G+ to VG- on this side. Multiple surface lines, including a few deep enough to be felt with a fingernail that pop at the beginning. The sound improves halfway thru.
The labels are quite clean with no writing, sticker residue, or separation from the vinyl. Just some very minor center hole and raised portion chipping. Also some very minor rub discoloration on the raised portion around the label. The record itself has a very minor storage warp that dnap, and the vinyl is not pressed off-center whatsoever. Please review the photos and feel free to let me know if you have any questions!
I accept PayPal only, payment required within 48 hours after auction end. Item will be shipped with tracking via USPS Priority with insurance. Item will be VERY securely packed, in a brand-new 45 mailer with inserts and corner protection, cushioned inside of a larger carton. Any international purchases must use the Global Shipping Program. I've shipped tapes, vinyl, and shellac across the world with no issues, so do not worry. Thanks for looking!
I use the Goldmine Grading Guide, not a made-up system where the grades are actually lower than the standard. I grade conservatively and have created more detailed explanations for enthusiasts in addition to the standard as mentioned below:
M / only sealed items will have this grading.
NM / an immaculate copy that has a known provenance or is an unplayed, opened copy.
EX / no easily identifiable marks on vinyl. High luster. A "top copy".
VG+ / very minor marks, absolutely no feelers. Well taken care of. A "keeper copy".
VG / visible wear or marks that may be audible. A feeler or two, tops. May have tics, but no pops. A "player copy".
VG- / has wear and multiple marks, including feelers. May have a few pops and some background noise, but no skips. A listing at this grade must be a scarce pressing.
G+ / must play through with no skip feelers or warps, or locked grooves. Will have pops and more prevalent background noise. A listing at this grade must be a rare pressing.