David Bowie Hunky Dory true 1st press vinyl laminate sleeve No Gem No MainMan
Here we have the Holy Grail of Hunky Dory pressings with this true 1st press copy – many of the copies advertised as 1st presses are actually 2nd pressings unlike this one.
Info taken from http://www.bowie-collection.de/70_74.htm
Collector's notes: The history of UK Hunky Dory pressings is quite complex. When the record was first published in December 1971, nobody wanted to buy it, so the first pressing (this one) is extremely rare.
The first pressing has a front-laminated cover (the major criterion to determine the very early pressings), no MainMan credits on the label, no "Gem production" text and logo in the top right corner of the cover back, a glossy label and the words "BOBIL" and "RASPUTIN" in the matrix.
The second pressing was issued following the success of Ziggy Stardust and has a laminated front cover, too, no MainMan credits on the label, "Gem production" plus the Gem logo in the top right corner of the cover back, a glossy label and the words "BOBIL" and "RASPUTIN" in the matrix.
Artist: David Bowie
Album: Hunky Dory – true 1st press
Cat Number: PMC 1202 mono
Matrix Nos: XEX 421-1N Bobil and XEX 422-1N Rasputin
Original Year of Release: 1971
Country of Manufacture: Gt Britain
Label/Format: RCA / orange
Sleeve Front: RCA front laminated sleeve is overall in very good condition with light storage wear and creasing around the edges, light ring wear and a couple of thumb creases
Sleeve Reverse: light ring wear and a little discoloration
Spine: The spine has a couple of small rubs but the writing is still clear and legible
Inner Sleeve: complete with lyric sheet insert and original RCA inner sleeve but stored in a Nagoka anti-static sleeve
Vinyl Overall : in very good condition, with visible marks that don’t affect the play and the music is bright and clear with just the occasional slightest hint of background crackle in a couple of the quieter tracks but not enough to mar the enjoyment of this stunning very 1st pressing of this album in its truest form