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Jeff Bender has been an avid collector of vinyl recordings for over 40 years. His interest started while employed as a manager for several retail record chains located in the state of Maryland. He further enhanced his knowledge while hosting a “Rock and Roll” show for WGTB-FM out of Washington, D.C. As a hobby, he is currently the Webmaster for several music related websites which includes the Vinyl Underground.

Styx – Don’t Let it End


Styx, Don't let it end picture disc
Artist: Styx
Album: Don’t Let It End
Release Date: 1983
Catalog number:A&M AMX 120


Styx, Don't let it end picture disc
The song “Don’t Let It End” is from the album “Kilroy Was Here”. The song on the flip side of this disc is “Rockin’ The Paradise” and is from “Paradise Theater”.
This “Mr. Roboto” disc was pressed in the U.S. and limited to about 10,000 copies.

Judas Priest – Love Bites


Judas Priest, Love Bites Picture Disc

Artist: Judas Priest
Album: Love Bites
Release Date: 1984
Catalog number:CBS AS99 1851

This 12in. single contains two different versions of “Love Bites”. The song appears on the album entitled “Defenders of the Faith” and has a noticeable bite taken out of the side of the disc.
This disc was pressed in the U.S. and was distributed as a “promotional” item.

Police – Zenyatta Mondatta


Police - Zenyatta Mondatta picture disc

Artist: The Police
Album: Zenyatta Mondatta
Release Date: 1981
Catalog number: A&M PR-4401
This third “Police Badge” contains the song “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” on the first side and “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” on side two.

Made in the USA and released commercially with a limited production.

Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock and Roll


Rolling Stones, It's Only Rock and Roll Picture Disc

Artist: Rolling Stones
Album: It’s Only Rock and Roll
Release Date: Unknown
Catalog number:Unknown


Rolling Stones, It's Only Rock and Roll Picture Disc

Details on this disc are rather scarce. This would usually indicate an unauthorized recording.
It does contain a number of great songs along with a photo of a goats head on the flip side.
Additionally, it states on the second side that this disc is limited to 300 copies.

Y&T – Mean Streak


Y&T Mean Streak Picture Disc
Artist: Y&T
Album: Mean Streak
Release Date: 1983
Catalog number: A&M AMP 135


Y&T Mean Streak Picture Disc
Formerly called “Yesterday and Today”, Y&T released this shaped disc in the United Kingdom with a pressing of around 5000 discs.

Toto – Africa


Toto Africa Picture Disc

Artist: Toto
Album: Africa
Release Date: 1982
Catalog number:CBS 169156


Toto Africa Picture Disc

The song “Africa” was Toto’s first number one hit on the U.S. charts. This disc also contains the song “Good for You” on the flip side.
There were about four different versions of the “Africa” shaped disc. Each had a different song on the second side.
This particular version was only released as a promotional item.

Kiss – Hotter than Hell


Kiss, Hotter than Hell Picture Disc

Artist: Kiss
Album: Hotter than Hell
Release Date: 1987
Catalog number: Phonogram PIC 6399064


Kiss, Hotter than Hell Picture Disc
“Hotter than Hell” was the second release from this band. Originally released on regular vinyl in November of 1974 by Casablanca Records. There were approximately 1500 copies of this picture disc released. Each were individually numbered.

Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London


Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London Picture Disc

Artist: Warren Zevon
Album: Werewolves of London
Release Date: 1978
Catalog number: Elektra/Asylum AS 11386


Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London Picture Disc

This is a 12 inch single from Zevon’s album entitled “Excitable Boy”.
Released as a “Promotional Copy” only, approximately 5,000 copies of this disc were produced.
Still considered to be a favorite among collectors and fans.


Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London Picture Disc

The image of the werewolf, appears on both sides of the disc.