This is possibly a first on eBay. You quite probably will never see an auction for these ever again.
This auction is for a set of what is known as the “Holy Grail” to Partridge Family, David Cassidy, and Shirley Jones fans and collectors worldwide. The “Screen Gems” record sets, as they are now known, were records produced by and for Screen Gems and used in the actual production of “The Partridge Family”. Never released commercially or even ever given away as Bell Record promos, they were used by the cast and crew for rehearsals, editing, writing, planning scenes, even shooting some scenes, and contain ALL Partridge Family music used on the show from beginning to end, in special Bob Kovach engineered mono mixes very different from even the Bell Records 45rpm single mixes. In some cases they contain special material that was planned for the show and never used. Just two examples are a young *Meredith Baxter's brilliant Joni Mitchell-esque vocal-guitar version of the “lost” song “It’s Time I Knew You Better” with we assume her playing guitar, which was cut out of the show. There’s also Shirley Jones singing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” with Mike Melvoin at solo piano, probably planned for one of the many “grandparents” episodes and never used nor developed further. Literally less than a handful of Partridge Family/Shirley Jones/David Cassidy fans and even experts have ever heard these versions of these songs. No one knows how many sets of these records were made, as most all have long since been discarded and/or destroyed, and to my knowledge, no one has a set as complete as this one and one has never been offered for sale.
Until now. Because “The Forever Family”, a rock band with two reality TV shows starring Shirley Jones in development from Las Vegas Nevada, needs to raise $1,000,000 to purchase a very special very destroyed and very infamous house to renovate and shoot another pilot, they are offering their greatest and most prized possession up for auction: Their priceless set of Screen Gem Records.
I can say without hesitation that this is one of the most complete set of these records in existence. They are absolutely authentic, NOT bootleg restamped LP’s, and were purchased at a famous LA Record Warehouse in the early 1980’s. The buyer who buys these will be owning a real piece of Partridge Family history, as well as COMPLETELY enabling “The Forever Family” to go on making the music and getting it out to the people via television. They’ve only been played less than a handful of times with the best of equipment and care to archive them digitally.
Here is a complete list of the records you will receive in this set, as well as a near as can be guess estimation of what records are missing. I have been told by other expert collectors that I’ve overestimated what is missing, mainly because it appears they didn’t use the records as much during the first season and that some songs never appeared on record. That would be primarily cuts 1-43.
[Partridge Family 1-A-B-C-D-E-F ? Missing?]
PARTRIDGE FAMILY 2-A
44I'll Meet You Halfway (Record)
45 I'll Meet You Halfway (TV)
46Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted (Record)
47Doesn't Somebody Want To be Wanted (TV #1)
48Doesn't Somebody Want To be Wanted (TV #2)
49Umbrella Man (Record)
50Umbrella Man (TV)
PARTRIDGE FAMILY 2-B
51I'm Here, You're Here (Record)
52I'm Here, You're Here (TV)
53You Are Always On My Mind (Record)
54You Are Always On My Mind (TV)
55Rider On The Road (Record)
56Rider On The Road (TV)
57There's No Doubt In My Mind (Record)
58There's No Doubt In My Mind (TV)
[Partridge Family 2-C? missing?]
PARTRIDGE FAMILY 3-A
64EchoValley 2-6809 (Record)
65Echo Valley 2-6809 (TV)
66I Woke Up In Love This Morning (Record)
67I Woke Up In Love This Morning (TV)
68I Would Have Loved You Anyway (Record)
69I Would Have Loved You Anyway (TV)
PARTRIDGE FAMILY 3-B
70I'm On My Way Back Home (Record)
71I'm On My Way Back Home (TV)
72It's Time I Knew You Better (Long)
73It's Time I Knew You Better (Short)
74It's Time I Knew You Better (Merdith Baxter Birney Version)
75Let Me Call You Sweetheart
[Partridge Family 4-A-B-C? Missing?]
PARTRIDGE FAMILY 5-A
100Hello Hello (TV 1 Medium)
101Hello Hello (TV 2 Short)
102Every Bit Of You (TV 1 Medium)
103Every Bit of You (TV 2 Short)
104Last Night (TV 1 Medium)
105Last Night (TV 2 Short)
106God Bless You Girl (Long)
107God Bless You Girl (Short)
108It's One Of Those Nights (Record)
PARTRIDGE FAMILY 5-B
109If You Ever Go (Record)
110If You Ever Go (TV)
111Come On Love (TV 1 Medium)
112Come On Love (TV 2 Short)
113Every Song Is You (TV 1 Medium)
114Every Song Is You (TV 2 Short)
115As Long As There's You (Record)
116As Long As There's You (TV)
117Not On Record?
118Not On Record?
119Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (TV)
120Winter Wonderland (TV)
[Partridge Family 6-A-B Missing]
PARTRIDGE FAMILY 6-C
132Love Must Be The Answer (TV 1 Long)
133Love Must Be The Answer (TV 2 Short)
134Me Loving You
135One Day At A Time (TV 1 Long)
136One Day At A Time (TV 2 Short)
PARTRIDGE FAMILY 6-D
137Something New Got Old (Record)
138Something New Got Old (TV)
139Something's Wrong (TV)
141Take Good Care Of Her (TV)
142There'll Come A Time (TV)
143Together We're Better (TV)
[Partridge Family 7-A-B ? Missing]
PARTRIDGE FAMILY 8 (One-Sided)
155I Wanna Be With You
156I Was Running The Opposite Way
157I Wouldn't Put Nothin' Over On You (TV)
158I'll Never Get Over You (TV)
159I'm Into Something Good
160I've Been Alone Too Long (TV)
161Money, Money (TV)
162Oh No Not My Baby (TV)
You can readily see from the numbers what is present and what is missing. Also coming with this collection, so you never ever have to play it unless you want, is a complete set of ONE-OF-A-KIND CDs that has, not only the entire collection in archival quality digital form, but also CD versions of the last missing record in the set, the one-sided record 9 that has the following songs:
PARTRIDGE FAMILY 9 (One-Sided)
155I'll Do My Cryin' In The Rain (TV)
156How Long Is Too Long TV)
157I Heard You Singin' Your Song (TV)
158Lookin' For A Good Time (TV)
159Like A Roller Coaster (TV)
160When Love Is Talked About (TV)
161Where Do We Go From Here (TV)
162Workin; On A Groovy Thing (TV)
How do these versions differ from the Bell Record versions? Many are the rhythm section and vocals only, with no strings/horns/flutes sweetening. Some are mere edits for time. Many others, particularly in the last sets, have actual endings instead of fade outs. Some have session singer Jackie Ward's voice pushed forward to represent Shirley Jones on her closeups. Some have different echo effects applied. All of course are different mono mixes from the commercially-released Bell Records stereo LP’s, with different instruments coming in and out of the mix. There’s an organ instead of the string and horn sweetning in “Every LIttle Bit O’ You” that never made it on the record. Entire backing vocal parts that were on the TV version but cut out of the record versions. As well as the 8-10 songs that never appeared on any Partridge Family LP. I could go on, but you have an idea by now why these records are revered by collectors and fans of the music, backed by the Wrecking Crew, the most prolific and talented bunch of studio musicians ever assembled and, for many, one of their last major studio projects before going on to other things.
Because of many monetary considerations and a need for profit, there is not likely to ever be a Partridge Family box set complete with everything ever recorded, much to our disappointment. One day when our TV shows are successful we will absolutely be acquiring the rights and putting out a box set at our expense for all the fans, at a time when we will not have to profit from the enterprise and can afford to take a loss. Until that time, this is going to be the only way to get recordings of these songs, as well as have a piece of history that will increase in value, as well as pride that you helped the next generation get to hear, not only this original music, but the continuation of it. As well as more great timeless pop songs recorded by Shirley Jones!
We accept all major credit cards via Authorize.net. Your records will be professionally and safely double-box packaged and insured for the maximum amount and shipped as soon as payment clears our bank, usually within 24 hours. Or if you wish you can pick them up personally.
For all the fans (many of them my personal friends) who can't even begin to afford this; please understand that we MUST raise money to get our TV shows on the air and the music out to the people. This is the only way left to us at this time. Please understand.
And please, everyone, download your “Forever Family” free CD
at our website, and also check out our youtube videos
when you have time. This is indeed a great sacrifice for us as lifelong Partridge Family fans and collectors, and only another fan and collector could understand. We are hopeful that there is one special person out there with the means to back our project and help the music continue. That’s why the price is so high; we wished to make it out of the range of all possible profit via bootlegging by the final buyer. We trust that you will keep these records to yourself and guard them as preciously as we have over the years. If, after three years, you’d like to return them for a full refund, we will be thrilled to get them back.
Thanks for looking at our auction, and please download your “Forever Family” free CD!
*Ms. Baxter, if you happen to see this, please contact us for a free CD of your version of “It’s Time I Knew You Better”. You SHOULD have it after all these years, and we knew of no other way to reach you. Please consider recording and performing music again. Thanks.