DOBIE GRAY DRIFT AWAY RARE SEALED ORIG '73 DECCA PROMO LP w/PROMO-ONLY INSERT
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· DOBIE GRAY - DRIFT AWAY - ORIGINAL 1973 DECCA STEREO LP DL-75397
· ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
*** STILL SEALED GUARANTEED ORIGINAL FIRST PRESSING ***
· *** PROMOTIONAL COPY; THE RECORD (PROBABLY) HAS STOCK LABELS; HOWEVER, THE PROMOTIONAL STICKER ON THE COVER AND THE PROMO-ONLY INSERT NEATLY TUCKED IN UNDER THE SHRINK WRAP CLEARLY IDENTIFY THE ITEM AS PROMOTIONAL ***
· GUARANTEED ORIGINAL BLACK DECCA LABEL WITH COLOR SPECTRUM BAND ACROSS THE LABEL
· THE THICKNESS OF THE VINYL, THE APPEARANCE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE COVER, LABEL’S LOGO AND OTHER PERIPHERAL ELEMENTS OF THE COVER, ARE ALL PERFECTLY CONSISTENT WITH THE ORIGINAL, FIRST PRESSING OF THIS TITLE.
· FOUR “BREATHE” (AIR) HOLES NOTED ON THE SHRINK WRAP
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· ORIGINAL, THICK CARDBOARD COVER (AMERICAN STYLE)
· FAIRLY THICK VINYL PRESSING On the scale from 1 to 10 (1 being the least thick, and 10 being the thickest), we assess the thickness of the vinyl as 7.
· As far as we know, this album is currently out of print and unavailable on Compact Disc, or in any other format.
(►PLEASE SEE THE IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
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Some six years before Dobie Gray laid down his debut long-player Drift Away, the vocalist had established himself as a seeming 'one-hit wonder' with "The 'In' Crowd," scoring additional attention with "See You at the 'Go-Go'" and "Out on the Floor." While the latter pair barely made an impact on the charts Stateside, both were considered classics throughout Europe -- especially among fans within the U.K.'s Northern Soul community. Gray additionally tried his hand at acting, resulting in participation in the Los Angeles cast of Hair and as becoming a member of a jazz-rock outfit called Pollution. A fortuitous collaborative partnership with Mentor Williams -- brother of noted composer/musician/actor Paul Williams -- led to a deal with Decca/MCA and ultimately to a Mentor Williams' tune that would become Gray's signature, "Drift Away," which also soared into the Top Five of the Pop survey in March of 1973, giving Decca their final Gold single prior to the label's collapse into their MCA Records parent company. The entire effort reflects the same insouciant vibe of the familiar title track with Gray's Nashville-based backing band featuring Williams (guitar), Mike Leech (bass), Reggie Young (guitar), Troy Seals (guitar), David Briggs (keyboards) and Kenny Malone (drums) with Weldon Myrick (pedal steel guitar) and Buddy Spicher (fiddle) augmenting the lineup. Williams, Seals and Jennings provide a wide array of material, ranging from the driving "The Time I Loved You the Most," "Rockin' Chair" and the swampified funk-blues of "Lay Back" to the stunningly poignant acoustic ballad "We Had It All." "Sweet Lovin' Woman" is another refined love song with a slightly countrified lilt that is perfectly matched to Gray's sensual expressiveness, clearly pointing in the direction that Gray's subsequent endeavors would take.
(EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY LINDSAY PLANER, ALL MUSIC GUIDE /ALLMUSIC.COM/)
The PROMOTIONAL, RADIO STATION-, AUDITION OR DEMONSTRATION COPIES AND RELEASES (such as the one we have here) were often distributed among the radio stations before the record was released to the public, sometimes as much as four months ahead. These records are generally considered to be the "first among equals", which is to say the VERY FIRST generation and the VERY FIRST pressings of the particular title; a PROTOTYPE and the earliest known official pressing of the record.
· THE RECORD
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(a) THE ALBUM IS STILL FACTORY SEALED AND IS BELIEVED TO BE PERFECTLY MINT. Please note: sealed items are assumed to be mint and are sold as-is, as we have no way of inspecting them. For our policy on still sealed records ►click here (PLEASE READ BEFORE PLACING A BID).
(b) The record is believed to come in its original stock inner sleeve.
(c) The album comes with the original PROMO-ONLY insert.
(d) The record is apparently pressed on a RELATIVELY thick, inflexible vinyl. This is NOT a thin, flimsy ('dynaflex' type), vinyl, but not the thickest, most rigid vinyl either.
(e) Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior, digital recording!!!
· THE COVER
COVER IS (WEAK) NEAR MINT, STILL SEALED AND COVERED IN ITS ORIGINAL ►SHRINK WRAP
The following flaws or imperfections are noted on the cover:
- Cover has a cutout corner.
- Cover has a few tiny wrinkles along the top seam
- Cover has a few tiny wrinkles along the spine
- Cover has a light "wrinkle" (crease) in one of the corners.
- Cover has one corner slightly dinged (nothing significant)
- Cover has a MINOR wrinkle (crease) in the cardboard base on the back panel (a minor cover construction flaw)
NO OTHER VISIBLE FLAWS OR IMPERFECTIONS ON THE COVER
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