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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.

Rush – Power Windows



Artist: Rush
Album: Power Windows
Release Date: 1985
Catalog number: Vertigo VERHP 31



This particularly nice disc was printed and pressed in the United Kingdom. As far as picture discs are concerned, this album is extremely popular with Rush fans and collectors. It is also very difficult to obtain.

Rush, Power Windows Picture Disc

Accept-Accept



Artist: Accept
Album: Accept
Release Date: 1985
Catalog number: Metal Masters METALP 101


The image seen above is of the second side. This photo is called the “Chainsaw Lady”. It is a more interesting graphic than the front side, which just depicts the band in a stand up pose. This picture disc was pressed in the United Kingdom.

Accept, Accept Picture Disc

Joe Satriani – Surfing with the Aliens


Joe Satriani, Surfing with the Aliens Picture Disc

Artist: Joe Satriani
Album: Surfing with the Aliens
Release Date: 1987
Catalog #:Food for Thought GRUB 8P


Joe Satriani, Surfing with the Aliens Picture Disc

This was the first release for Satriani. It was viewed as one of, if not the finest rock instrumental album of the eighties. This album was pressed in the U.K. and is extremely hard to obtain.

Boston – Walk On


Boston, Walk On Picture Disc

Artist: Boston
Album: Walk On
Release Date: 1994
Catalog number:MCA 11099


Boston, Walk On Picture Disc

Boston’s forth and final album. By now Tom Scholz was the only member of the original lineup to appear with the band. The “Walk On” picture disc was pressed in Germany. As with “Don’t Look Back”, this LP is extremely difficult to locate.

Mississippi Fred Mcdowell – I Don’t Play No Rock N Roll


Mississippi Fred Mcdowell Picture Disc

Artist: Mississippi Fred Mcdowell
Album:I Don’t Play No RockN’Roll
Release Date: 1970
Catalog number: Capitol ST 409/403


Mississippi Fred Mcdowell Picture Disc

This disc contains selections from the 1969 release of McDowell’s “I Don’t Play No Rock N’ Roll”. The flip side contails four tracks from Guitar Junior’s “Broke an’ Hungry”. This disc was released as a “promo” only. It is EXTREMELY hard to locate.

  1. Baby Please don’t go – 4:48
  2. 61 Highway – 4:43
  3. Kokomo Me Baby – 3:00
  4. Everybody’s Down on Me – 9:12
  5. Broke an’ Hungry – 3:10
  6. Wee Wee Hours – 4:33
  7. Rooster Blues – 2:57
  8. Texan Flood – 3:48

Iced Earth – Alive in Athens


Iced Earth, Alive in Athens Picture Discs

Artist: Iced Earth
Album: Alive in Athens
Release Date: 1999
Catalog #:Century Media 77275-1AP


Iced Earth, Alive in Athens Picture Discs


Iced Earth, Alive in Athens Picture Discs


Iced Earth, Alive in Athens Picture Discs


Iced Earth, Alive in Athens Picture Discs


Iced Earth, Alive in Athens Picture Discs


Iced Earth, Alive in Athens Picture Discs


Iced Earth, Alive in Athens Picture Discs


Iced Earth, Alive in Athens Picture Discs


Iced Earth, Alive in Athens Picture Discs


Iced Earth, Alive in Athens Picture Discs


Iced Earth, Alive in Athens Picture Discs

These five pressings, were released to commemorate the live performance of Iced Earth on January 23rd and 24th 1999 in Athens,Greece. Contained within this “box set” of five discs are 31 songs which Iced Earth performed over two sold-out shows in front of 5,000 people. Also found, is a large color poster containing art work and images if the five album cover art. These discs were manufactured in Germany with a limited pressing of around 2000 copies.

Band Members

  • Jon Schaffer – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
  • Matthew Barlow – Lead Vocals
  • James Macdonough – Bass Guitar
  • Larry Tarnowski – Lead Guitar
  • Rick Risberg – Keyboards
  • Brent Smedley – Drums

Disc 1

  1. Burning Times – 4:07
  2. Vengeance is Mine – 4:43
  3. Pure Evil – 6:37
  4. My Own Savior – 3:42

Side B

  1. Melancholy (Holy Martyr) – 4:55
  2. Dante’s Inferno – 16:23

Disc 2

  1. The Hunter – 4:10
  2. Travel in Stygian – 9:02
  3. Slave to the Dark – 3:52

Side B

  1. Question – 8:17
  2. Dark Saga – 4:02
  3. Last Laugh – 4:39

Disc 3

  1. Last December – 3:37
  2. Watching over Me – 4:54
  3. Angel’s Holocaust – 4:31
  4. StormRider – 4:50

Side B

  1. Path I Choose – 5:44
  2. I Died for You – 4:45
  3. Prophecy – 6:11

Disc 4

  1. Birth of the Wicked – 5:43
  2. The Coming Curse – 8:56
  3. Iced Earth – 6:59

Side B

  1. Stand Alone – 3:31
  2. Cast in Stone – 6:02
  3. Desert Rain – 7:20

Disc 5

  1. Brainwashed – 5:13
  2. Deciples of the Lie – 4:12
  3. When the Night Falls – 7:48

Side B

  1. Diary – 5:52
  2. Blessed are You – 5:47
  3. Violate – 3:53

Psychedelic Underground – Off 2


Psychedelic Underground - Off - 2 - Picture Disc

Artist: Various Artists
Album:Psychedelic Underground, Off 2 – Hallucinations
Release Date:1969
Catalog number: Twen-Metronome KMLP 310


Psychedelic Underground - Off - 2 - Picture Disc

This disc was produced in 1969, and is considered to be the first, of the modern rock album to be pressed.
The images on both sides of this disc are identical, minus the names of the tracks on each side. The poster and album cover has also been displayed here.
This disc contains groups such as “MC5”, “The Doors”, “The Incredible String Band”, etc. There were several versions of covers printed. The “KMLP 310” contains a fold out poster with information and photos about each group on the disc. The other versions were single fold sleeves with no poster, with one version made for the “Deutscher Schallplattenclub” (H 895/5).

All of these discs were printed and pressed in Germany and were made for “promotional use only”. These Elektra/Metronome discs are fairly difficult to locate(especially with the poster intact).


Psychedelic Underground - Off - 2 - Picture Disc

Jimi Hendrix – Band of Gypsys


Jimi Hendrix, Band of Gypsies

Artist: Jimi Hendrix
Album: Band of Gypsys
Release Date:Unknown (1982?)
Catalog number: Polydor 2480 005


Jimi Hendrix, Band of Gypsies

Sometimes referred to as the “Puppet Album” this disc was recorded live at the Fillmore East, New York in 1970. From the lack of a copyright date, to the general appearance of the graphics (which contains a slight haze on side one). Taking these conditions in mind, this is probably an unauthorized pressing.

Supposedly, only 500 copies of the disc were ever produced.

Bang – Bang


Bang Picture Disc

Artist: Bang
Album: Bang
Release Date: 2002
Catalog number: Outlaw OLR-014


Bang Picture Disc

Originally recorded in 1971, this was Bang’s first release on Capitol Records. This authorized picture disc was manufactured in the Czech Republic and released by Outlaw Records of New York.

A quality disc which is individually numbered, only 112 copies of this record were pressed.


Bang Picture Disc

Judas Priest – Rocka Roola


Artist: Judas Priest
Album: Rocka Rolla
Release Date: 1983
Catalog number: S.P.I./Milan AP 201



This picture disc is a reissue of their (non-pic-disc) debut album which was released in September of 1974. The pic disc was manufactured in France by S.P.I./Milan under contract with Gull Records.