Given the past two days' posts on the DBR records, it seems only fitting to post about their smaller, much more common cousins, the Little Golden Records.
The Disney series of Little Golden Records was introduced very shortly before Alice was released, as can be seen in some of the S&S catalogs of the day, and by the relatively low product numbers on the Alice series of records (RD18-25).
As with most other Alice items from the original release, S&S went all out on this set, and produced eight records for the series, each with full color cover art!
Interestingly, the title song RD18 was also released in the Peter Puppet Playthings marionette theater set that I've previously posted about here.
Over the years it has become clear that some of these records are much scarcer than others. In my experience RD22 (All in a Golden Afternoon) is the hardest to find of the set,
followed closely by RD23 (Alice in Wonderland Meets the Caterpillar and the Cheshire Cat).
My assumption is that these titles just weren't as popular with kids and they got thrown out more frequently than the others.
Additionally, all of the titles are difficult to find with their paper sleeves in any kind of decent condition, these were kids records after all, and while the records themselves were designed to suffer a great deal of abuse, the sleeves are just paper.
Second in the series, and probably rarer still than Part 1, but who can say for sure? I've only ever seen two copies of each with their sleeves and maybe an additional 4 of part 1 without. Regardless, insanely rare doesn't even begin to cover it. I know the WDL-4015 is rare and valuable, but it is way more common than these.
Same additional titles on the back of both parts 1 and 2. I've seen Peter Pan DBRs too, and a Jiminy Cricket MMC title that escapes me at the moment, but Disney titles in this format are small in number.
What we have here ladies and gentlemen is possibly the rarest of all the Alice records. Big Golden Record DBR-1, Six Songs from Alice in Wonderland, Part 1. Together with Part 2, these comprise the rarest recordings (domestically) that I am aware of.
For years no one would believe me that these even existed, as I had no physical evidence, only a single reference in a single printed ad, but I was convinced they did indeed exist.
And lo and behold, about 7 years ago I was finally rewarded when I found both in a single lot of old children's records. Fantastic!
The recordings themselves are nothing special, just a rehash of the same titles on the Little Golden Records, but the format is different. The size of a standard 78 RPM record, with illustrated labels, and not too interesting sleeves, these must have been short lived indeed, for though there are literally 100s of LGRs, there is only a tiny number of titles in the BGR series.
I've heard it said that the DBR nomenclature on these titles stands for Disney Big Record, but have no confirmation of that. Part 2 tomorrow.
For the first time since 2008 the Lewis Carroll Society of North America (LCSNA) will be having its Spring meeting here in the DMV area, featuring pub night at the renovated Green Dragon (temporarily renamed The Jabberwock), and a visit to the Alice exhibition in Baltimore. All events Friday and Saturday are open to the public, check the Carroll website for full meeting details. See you there!