Come Together

Auctioned in 2004.


Item location: Paxton, MA
United States

Item - One-of-a-kind Beatles acetate
45rpm record
"Come Together" with a very unique label. (read on)

Description - I really hesitate to use the term "rare" in descriptions of most items, but in this case it is actually a gross understatement! This one-sided acetate 45 is, in all likelihood, a true one-of-a-kind Beatles item.

As you know, Beatles acetates are extremely few and far between, but consider this - this one is from one of their #1 hits - "Come Together." I have only played this once myself, and did not notice any significant difference between this recording and the one found on Abbey Road. I did not want to play it more than that though, as acetate records tend to wear down very fast. They weren't meant to be played over and over. Maybe you can hear a difference?? It was a couple years ago that I gave it a listen. If I remember correctly, I think it is mono, but please don't hold me to that.

Condition-wise, this does have a lot of clicks and pops, but it did play through without skipping when I did try it. There are some scratches and scuffs on it, but honestly, its draw is that it simply exists, not so much its condition.

Its label is also very unique. It does have "Apple Records" typed on the label, but this one was cut at Sound Trek disc cutting in Hollywood. Also, there is a stamp that says "Thank You Tony Richland" on it. Tony Richland was a record promoter back in the late 1960s/early 1970s - The same "Mr. Richland" from John Lennon's favorite Harry Nilsson song "Mr. Richland's Favorite Song" from 1967. Just a little bit of trivia for you, and a neat speaking point about this particular acetate.


Chazz note: Found this on the web...

From: "Erik"
Subject: Beatles Acetate help
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2003

I have a Beatles one-sided 45 acetate of Come Together that I am trying to research. Any help/insight would be greatly appreciated.

The label is from Sound Trek Disc Cutting, based out of Hollywood, CA.
However, I haven't found anything on the internet relating to that company
name. (Chances are they are long gone anyway.)

Also, there is a stamp on the label that reads "Thank You, Tony Richland." Now, I do know that Tony Richland was a record promoter back in the '60s, and was actually the Mr. Richland referred to in Harry Nilsson's recording of "Mr. Richland's Favorite Song", on his1967 "Aerial Ballet" album. This was actually noted as John Lennon's favorite Nilsson song.... So, this puts the timeframe of the Come Together acetate into perspective - late '60s.

Also, "Apple Records" is stamped onto the label, and there is a hand-written
"SS" there as well, probably noting the person who created the acetate.

So, I'm trying to figure out the history of this record, but cannot find any additional information about Tony Richland, who would be key to this effort. If you have any insight into the value of this disc, which I have only
listened to once (I know acetates are not supposed to be played more than a couple times), I'd like to hear your thoughts. From what I could hear (and remember), the recording is the same as on the single and Abbey Road. It is in VG condition, with a few minor scuffs.