A Legendary Classic Rock Collection Comes to Scott Daniel's Auction on April 23rd, 2022!

LEGENDARY +ICONIC + UNDISPUTABLE

In my past four-plus decades of being involved in this industry, I have had the opportunity to meet musicians, artists, actors, writers, and those involved in the entertainment industry.  The majority are buyers at my auction. 

When we present items associated with noted individuals, they are normally consigned by either family members or someone who had been given or purchased the piece. On very rare occasions does a celebrity-related item or collection come directly from the original owner, or it is through an attorney or representative of the individual.  If a piece, or collection, does come directly from the original noted owner, that individual almost always requires anonymity, of course, which we abide by. 

This week I have had the rare opportunity to meet face to face and talk with a legendary, indisputable, true icon in the music industry.   An individual who was in part responsible for creating some of the biggest classic rock gold and platinum records in history.  Many of these recordings are as popular today as they were 50 years ago.  

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The Ric Aliberte Collection

Familiar with these names?
Queen - Kiss - Rolling Stones - Tom Waits - Asia - The Doors - Journey - Aerosmith - Love

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Even before graduating from Harvard in 1971, Ric started with Elektra Records in 1970 and down a path that led him to be a force in the music industry responsible for helping to create, launch, and promote, some of the best known classic rock bands ever, and develop an  amazing catalog of  RIAA certified GOLD & PLATINUM records.

Elektra, Asylum, and Aucoin Management were Ric handled the day to day activities of musical artists including, KISS, Billy Idol, and more.  

Each item from his collection will come with a COA and Letter of Authenticity signed by Ric Aliberte.  
 

The 1973 recording that launched Queen in the U.S.

Elektra Records founder and president Jac Holzman received the 1973 Queen 'Keep Yourself Alive' demo from the bands' manager Norman Sheffield in the hope that he would sign them to his label for the US markets. Enthused about the band and their potential, Holzman went to see Queen perform at the infamous London Marquee and subsequently signed Queen to Elektra Records. This is when Holtzman issued his company wide memo "I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE OF POP MUSIC AND IT IS QUEEN" which everyone promptly threw into the trash except for the local promo man in Boston, Ric Aliberte.

The single ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ was released in October 1973. Aliberte right away took the 45 to WBCN-FM 's Maxanne Sartori.  Sartori wanted to broadcast it on her show but Program Director Norm Wiener insisted all new music be played using 15-IPS tape only, as he wanted the sound of WBCN-FM to be pristine. Aliberte requested the tape and the only copy available was Jac Holtzman's copy. As Holtzman had just sold Elektra Records and left the company, Ruth Manning, the New York Elektra office manager, gave Aliberte the ONLY copy she had; Holtzman's copy!
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Aliberte brought the tape to WBCN-FM and Sartori immediately played it three times a day on her show. Soon Queen was a station favorite and all the DJ's started to spin multiple tracks from the now released vinyl LP. Aliberte retrieved the tape from the station and has had it ever since. This recording has been carefully preserved by Aliberte for the past 46 years and he recently showed it to Brian May, who graciously signed the back of the box. “Brian couldn’t believe that I still had the tape, he recalled the story very well,” says Aliberte. 

The tape was evaluated at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles by former VP and studio head Michael Frondelli, a famous engineer and producer in his own right, to check the quality. It turns out to be in perfect condition with the original alignment tones for accurate playback at the top of the reel.

To quote Michael Frondelli "In my 40 years as a recording engineer and producer, 9 years at Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios and as the former VP for Capitol Records Studios for 11 years, I have never seen or even heard of an analog tape ever being sent to a label or radio station, let alone one with alignment tones with this ‘Master’ quality. This so-called demo was truly a master deal closer. I see this as historical evidence of a truly confident, brilliant artist strategy!"

 
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Gold and Platinum RIAA records from Queen, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Asia, and Kiss.

This is the first time the collection of these prestigious awards will be presented at auction and all come with a signed certification from Ric Aliberte. 

Gold & Platinum RIAA Awards