This is the first of three pieces on the Rolling Stones' single We Love You / Dandelion from 1967. All three are published on my blog and ready to read. Just click on over to http://www.nealumphred.com/page/4/ and read! There are other record-collecting related articles on the blog.
As I write my first batch of auctions for eBay—my first auctions in eight years (and listed under a friend's name, nwenterpro)—I am playing The Rolling Stones Singles Collection – The London Years. The tracks that I am playing over and over—and, yes, I listen to CDs while I work, but vinyl for pleasure—are We Love You and Dandelion. These are two sides of one of the great, under-appreciated singles of 1967.
The year 1967 was full of great singles by established artists that should have been BIG hits but weren't—for example, Buffalo Springfield's Mr. Soul and the Byrds' Lady Friend.
Now, at the time of the release of We Love You / Dandelion, I was 15 years old. I did not buy the record when it came out, as I loathed the Stones then, especially Mick Jagger's voice.
During the Christmas season of 1967, I heard the Stones' new album, Their Satanic Majesties Request, at Susie Corgan's sixteenth birthday party. Both my best friend, Donnie Corby, and I had an epiphany upon hearing the very first track's opening line: “Why don't we sing this song altogether, open our heads let the pictures come. And if we close all our eyes together, then we will see where we all come from.”
From that moment on, I was converted! I bought the album the next day and then went after the earlier single, We Love You / Dandelion, which I found at the local McCrory's for 79¢—and it even included the great (and now rather rare) picture sleeve.
You Can Play the Dandelion Game
Today, a copy of the UK record of We Love You / Dandelion (Decca F-12654) or the US record (London 5N-905) in NM condition is worth approximately $15-20. But the US picture sleeve (also London 5N-905) is quite another story: it is one of the rarest of Stones sleeves. Determining a NM value is difficult: without thinking, I guessed $300.
A little research on Popsike shows an array of prices paid; below are four recent examples, listed chronologically:
- a sleeve graded VG+ fetched $460 in 2007;
a sleeve graded VG+ fetched $300 in 2008;
a sleeve graded M- but with “slight creases”—and the photo used in the auction
was NOT of the item for sale but lifted from another internet site!—
still fetched $273 in 2010; and
a sleeve graded NM fetched $335 in 2012.
The NM value is, perhaps, a little on the high end, given the lack of recent sales. But the very lack of documented sales on Popsike speaks clearly of the sleeve's rarity in premium condition.
Alas, do not hold your breath waiting for your local oldies radio show to play either We Love You or Dandelion. Most such stations have a playlist of 5-10 Stones records, and these two are NEVER among them. So . . .
If you don't have We Love You and/or Their Satanic Majesties Request (or Mr. Soul or Lady Friend), give them a listen and maybe add them to your collection. And that means buy the vinyl, not the digital crap found on so many CD reissues or downloads!!!