Sunday, 12 December 2010

NS569 Vala Regan & The Valarons [1966] - Fireman [Atco 45-6412]




b/w         Living In The Past
Format  45
Label     Atco / UK Atlantic
Cat No  45-6412 / 584009
Year       1966
Value     £150

This appears to be the only known 45 by Vala Reegan & The Valarons and their identity is a mystery.  This is a spectoresque outing from 1966.  

John Manship describes it as follows in his Dec 2010 Rare Soul Auctions page:
'Breathtaking! A near perfect example of Red Atlantic’s most-valued 45 and this one is a DEMO! Two awesome Bob Crewe projects delivered by the the mysterious Vala Reegan and her team, make this head-turning offering so very much more than just a vision of beauty. This is the very pinnacle of collecting rare BRITISH vinyl!'
The comment relates to 'collectability'.  This is not 'my cup of tea' and smacks of  mid 60s blue-eyed pop music.  A US Atco copy was listed for £150 and an Atco demo offered for sale at £180.

A recent auction of a red Atlantic UK copy made £822 and a current acution on eBay with 2 days left has a current bid of £400 ... watch this space.  Personally I wouldn't give £5 for it! ... but that's just my opinion.

The flip 'Living' In The Past' was also recorded in 1966 by Barbara Banks on Veep 1247 as the official A side to the classic 'River Of Tears' co-written with Gary Knight who also co-wrote 'Living In The Past'.

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