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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.

Toto – Toto


Toto, Toto Picture Disc

Artist: Toto
Album: Toto
Release Date: 1979
Catalog number: Columbia Records PJC 35317

This Toto disc was released as a promotional item and contains the same image on both sides. It was printed and pressed in the United States.

Cheap Trick – One on One


Cheap Trick, One on One Picture Disc

Artist: Cheap Trick
Album: One on One
Release Date: 1982
Catalog number:Epic EPC 11 85740

This would be the first album to include bassist Jon Brant replacing co-founder Tom Petersson. The album was a major dissappointment and Petersson would return in 1988 on the album “Lap of Luxury”.
Printed and pressed in the United Kingdom.

Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet


Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet Picture Disc

Artist: Bon Jovi
Album: Slippery When Wet
Release Date: 1986
Catalog number: Polygram 830 822 1M1


Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet Picture Disc

This would be the third album release from the New Jersey based group.
“Slippery When Wet” was issued in several different versions. The Great Britain version was accompanied by a poster and released by Vertigo(VERHP 38). The United States copy had a different photograph on side two and pressed by Mercury(Polygram).

The Ramones – Road to Ruin


Ramones, Road to Ruin Picture Disc
Artist: Ramones
Album: Road To Ruin
Release Date: 2002
Catalog number: Pic-Ram 6063


Ramones, Road to Ruin Picture Disc

Originally released in 1978, this album contain the classic “I Wanna Be Sedated”. This picture disc version is unauthorized was rumored to be of Swedish origin (unsubstantiated).

Mike Rutherford – Mike and the Mechanics


Mike Rutherford, Mike and the Mechanics Picture Disc

Artist: Mike & the Mechanics
Album: All I Need Is A Miracle
Release Date: 1986
Catalog number: WEA U8765TP


Mike Rutherford, Mike and the Mechanics Picture Disc

This is a 12in. EP from Mike Rutherford(a.k.a. Mike & the Mechanics).The flip side contains the songs “You Are The One ” and “A Call To Arms”.
The illustration by Barrie Lee Thorpe adds a quasi Norman Rockwell look to this disc.

Styx – Pieces of Eight


Styx, Pieces of Eight Picture Disc

Artist: Styx
Album: Pieces of Eight
Release Date: 1978
Catalog number:A&M PR 4724


Styx, Pieces of Eight Picture Disc

Printed and pressed in the United States by A&M Records, “Pieces of Eight” was individually numbered(accompaning card) and exceeded 62,000 in quantity.

Loverboy – Get Lucky


Lover Boy, Get Lucky Picture Disc

Artist: Loverboy
Album/Song: Working for the Weekend
Release Date: 1981
Catalog number: CBS Records XSM-169961-1


Lover Boy, Get Lucky Picture Disc

This disc contains the hit song “Working for the Weekend”, and was pressed in Canada as a promotional item.

Billy Idol – Rebel Yell


Billy Idol, Rebel Yell Picture Disc

Artist: Billy Idol
Album/Song: Rebel Yell
Release Date: 1984
Catalog number: Chrysalis IDOL P 2-A


Billy Idol, Rebel Yell Picture Disc

This shaped disc was produced in the United Kingdom and contains two songs. There were around 3,000 copies of this disc pressed.