NICK DRAKE BEAUTIFUL 1969 UK 1ST PRESS FIVE LEAVES LEFT
VERY RARE ORIGINAL UK 1st Press
Nick Drake - Stunning Heavyweight UK 1969 1st Press (A2//B2 Matrix) 'Five Leaves Left'. In Beautiful Vinyl Condition - With Correct Pink Textured Island Logo labels. One of The Best Copies Of This Rare Record We Have Ever Seen. Complete With Original 1st Press Gatefold Sleeve! A Beautiful UK Earliest 1st Pressing of Nick's Debut Album and one of the Most Beautiful Records Ever Comitted To Vinyl - Do Not Miss This One!
This may well be the best vinyl examples of this rare record you will ever see... You are bidding on the mega rare UK 1st press of Nick Drake's 1st Album (A2//B2 Matrix) (for more very rare records see our other auctions). This was Nick's 1st album, seen by many as his finest and most accessible. This is one of the best UK 1st pressing's of this record we have seen in a long while. This Vinyl is in absolutely pristine condition. It looks as if it has been played only a handful of times in its lifetime and is a truly beautiful vinyl pressing in every respect. See below for details.
Due to the value of this record we will only consider shipping it via insured mail. Please do not email asking for us to ship it uninsured.
Please see our other auctions for more very rare 1st Pressings...
ILPS - 9105
Side 1 - ILPS 9105 A//2
Side 2 - ILPS 9105 B//2
This record is in stunning condition!!! The Classic UK 1st Press Textured Pink Island Logo centre labels are in beautiful condition with NO Tears, NO Rubbing, NO Peeling, NO Scribbles and NO unwanted writing of any kind! There are only very light spindle lines on each side.
This vinyl is a real killer. It has NO Scratches, No dullness/ groove-wear, NO warping, No Factory Faults, NO Blemishes - nothing! Just the faintest hairlines may be seen when angling the record under bright sunlight which are totally invisible under normal light and are simply caused by removing the record from the inner sleeve and two of the tiniest light light lines, which again are almost invisible! It has the most beautiful glass-like shine to it, and looks like it could have been pressed last week! This thick quality 1st press chunky 1960's vinyl is pristine!!! It feels great in the hand! I would have to grade this vinyl as about as close to NR MINT as it is possible to get! I will however err on the side of caution and give this disc an Ex++++ grading! Most would grade this disc a straight Nr Mint. Please note we do not over-grade our records at all, if in any doubt we always under-grade.
Of course this rare 1st press would not be complete without its 1st press textured gatefold sleeve! Due to Islands Records policy of non-lamination around this time, these sleeves suffered absolutely terrible wear and always turn up totally worn out and really lame looking. In fact I strongly doubt that more than a handful exist in Mint- condition anymore. This one is in Very Good condition. It has the normal light to moderate wear you'd expect from this sleeve. There are NO Seam Splits, NO Tears, NO writing/doodles and NO tape or tape marks. All in all, a nice example of this very rare and fragile sleeve. Complete with original Ex++ inner sleeve.
Please check our other auctions as are we are currently listing, and will be listing many more very rare UK 1st Pressings now and in the very near future!!!
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DUE TO AN INCREASING AMOUNT OF TIMEWASTERS WE HAVE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING TERMS - (1) WE NOW WILL NOT ACCEPT BIDS FROM ZERO FEEDBACK BIDDERS - ITS REAL SAD WE HAVE HAD TO DO THIS, BUT CHASING FINAL VALUE FEES 'ROUND EBAY'S RUSTY INNARDS AINT OUR IDEA OF A FUN NIGHT! SO ZERO FEEDBACK=YOUR BID WILL BE CANCELLED (2) IF YOU DO NOT INTEND ON PAYING THEN DO NOT BID!!!! (3) IF YOU HAVE EXCESSIVE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK PLEASE EMAIL BEFORE YOU BID! THIS AUCTION IS FOR SERIOUS BIDDERS ONLY. (4) WINNER MUST MAKE CONTACT WITHIN 3 DAYS OTHERWISE ITEM WILL BE OFFERED TO NEXT HIGHEST BIDDER AND NEGATIVE FEEDBACK WILL BE LEFT. THEMS THE TERMS.Good Luck! The UK Record Collector Grading System NAME GRADE INFORMATION Mint M Vinyl has just left the vinyl pressing machine and does not have any manufacturing flaws. It has never been handled and never played. Unless you work at the record plant, there is no such thing as mint! Record sleeves just left the pressing machine that made the sleeve. It has never been handled and a record has not been placed inside it which would deform it. Unless you work at the record plant, there is no such thing as mint! Near Mint NM Vinyl is virtually perfect. At most, perhaps a light scuff appears on the record. It should play without any noise or skips of any kind whatsoever. Record sleeve should look close to perfect with only minor signs of wear. The artwork should have no marks of any kind and there should be no "ring wear" (that is, the outline of the record inside should not show through the sleeve). Excellent EX or VG++ Vinyl should play with no skips of any kind. It should sound better than it looks. Often "Excellent" or "VG++" is a conservative version of "Near Mint." Perhaps some very minor surface scuffs, but again no effect on sound quality. Record sleeve might have some minor "ring wear" but otherwise the artwork should be unaffected. There should be no "ink wear" to the artwork. That is areas where the ink has worn down to the paper underneath. Perhaps some minor creases in the corners but no splits in the seams. Very Good Plus VG+ Vinyl will show wear including surface scuffs and some light scratches. Often, minor scuffs will be caused by the inner sleeve rubbing against the vinyl. If held up to a bright light, you will often see many tiny lines on the vinyl. Perhaps a few minor clicks or pops can be heard, but no deep scratches. Record sleeve should be clean, but slightly more aged. Perhaps some very small writing on the sleeve. The corners may be slightly bent, but not broken. There may be wear to the seams but not tears or holes popping through. Very Good VG Vinyl doesn't necessarily look good, but still plays well. Surface noise will probably be present including pops and clicks. At good volume levels, the music should overpower any pops and clicks present. Flaws should only be heard between tracks or on low volume passages. Record sleeve will look warn and used. There may be seam splitting, but not complete separation of the sleeve panels from each other. There will be noticeable ring wear on the cover, but most of the cover should still be in good condition. Good VG-/G+/G Vinyl looks well played, dull, and possibly not well taken care of. However, the record should still play without skipping. It will have substantial surface noise, pops and clicks. Loss of various parts of the dynamic range will occur due to worn grooves. This grade depends a lot on the owner and the type of record. A rock record may still sound "good" at high volume whereas a slower styles of music will sound terrible. Record sleeve may have many problems including seam splits, writing, taped repairs. However some of the artwork will still be visible. There can't be large tears and gouges in the cover. Fair/Poor F/P Doesn't meet the lowest standards for "good". At this point, the vinyl is difficult to listen to. The only reason to keep it would be due to extreme rarity or to fill a good sleeve until a better copy of the vinyl comes along. Doesn't meet the lowest standards for "good". The sleeve is torn, bent, and shows a very high level of wear. Attempts to tape the sleeve have made it worse. The only reason to keep the sleeve would be due to extreme rarity or to protect a good copy of the vinyl until a better sleeve comes along.
On 25-Nov-05 at 13:44:11 GMT, seller added the following information: