NICK DRAKE Five Leaves Left LP Island 1969 UK 1st Press
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I've collected 50's, 60's, and early 70's records of almost every genre - Psych, Prog, Psychedelic Funk, Soul, Rhythm 'n' Blues, Pop, Folk, Garage, Acid, Freakbeat, Rock, Jazz e.t.c and everything in between for all my life!!! Obviously, 90%+ of the LP's i've ever gotten hold of are completely trashed from the hard living ways and the rock 'n' roll, drug and booze fuelled debauchery of all the wild parties of the times, but the golden 10%? Reluctantly, i've decided to offer them to all of you serious record collectors out there!!! I'm currently trying to set up a record label so unfortunately personal sacrifices have to be made when it comes to my collection, resulting in GREAT benefits for all you shrewd bidders and serious connosieurs of TRUE solid gold music history out there!!! Make no mistake, i'll try my best to consistently offer some of the VERY BEST records available on ebay, many which have taken me YEARS to find!!!
I aim to put a weekly batch up (time permitting) every wednesday, all timed to end 10 days later on saturday night. I'll only ever offer THE BEST, MOST AMAZING, MOST IMPORTANT, VERY RAREST UK 1ST PRESS ORIGINAL RELEASE RECORDS i've got!!! I won't insult you with later 2nd pressings unless they are of exceptional quality and rarity. I'm sure you love good music as much as me, especially when it's a 1st Press LP, direct from the master tape, as the musicians intended it to be heard (none of this "digitally remastered", weak reissued, remixed rubbish from hired hands with one eye on the mixing desk and the other on the clock! If these session men really knew how genius should sound, surely they would've been geniuses themselves?! There will only ever be one Hendrix, and that's just a tiny example).
I try to be one of the best sellers on ebay and would like to thank all of you potential bidders for your support and taste in music!!! I strictly grade all LP's I list, visually and sonically using the UK RRPG standards as customer satisfaction is highly important to me, and i'll always do my very best not to let you down. Be sure to add me to your favourite sellers list and check my auctions frequently as i'll be listing some gems that you just WON'T want to miss out on!!!
I think that's everything, so let the auction commence!!!Title : Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
Label & year : Original Island ILPS 9105 LP , IMPOSSIBLY RARE Stereo 1969 UK 1st Press!!!
Matrix's : Side A : ILPS 9105 A//2 1 1 , Side B : ILPS 9105 B//2 1 1 (EARLIEST EVER!!!)
ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE, PHENOMENALLY RARE LP AND A STUNNING ALBUM!!! THIS IS HIS VERY RAREST AND BEST BY AN ABSOLUTE MILE!!! AND ONLY THAT, IT'S BARELY BEEN PLAYED WITH UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE NEAR MINT SOUND!!!
NICK'S LP'S ARE VERY WELL KNOWN FOR SELLING NO MORE THAN A FEW HUNDRED COPIES MAX AT THE TIME (TERRIBLE PUBLICITY FROM ISLAND AND NICK'S REFUSAL TO TOUR NO DOUBT BEING KEY FACTORS), SO WHO KNOWS JUST HOW FEW EVEN REMAIN IN EXISTENCE - ESPECIALLY IN A CONDITION AS UTTERLY PHENOMENAL AS THIS!!!
HIS DEBUT IN PARTICULAR ON THE PINK LABEL IS KNOWN AS ONE OF THE VERY RAREST AND VERY GREATEST FOLK LP'S IN EXISTENCE, AND NO DOUBT, IT TRULY IS AN UTTERLY, UTTERLY ASTONISHING ALBUM - THERE'S GENUINELY NOT ONE BAD TRACK, IT JUST OOZES MAGIC!!!
THIS HAS BARELY BEEN PLAYED AND SOUNDS ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS!!! THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAR THIS CLASSIC!!! Be sure not to miss out on this once in a lifetime oppertunity to own such a scarcely played example of this Folk legend - bid now!!!About : Ultra Rare Original 1969 UK 1st Press!!! This MASSIVELY RARE LP initially sold barely anything (LP's were also really expensive to most people back then!!!) and therefore had a very small run, and is INCREDIBLY HARD TO FIND, especially in this condition!!! AN absolute classic LP from this incredible songwriter!!! An astonishing album that really DESERVES to be in EVERY serious 60's / 70's record collection!!! Don't miss out on this MEGA RARE LP!!! If you like good music, bid now!!!
The LP :
Classic UK 1st Press pink eye Island labels!!! Both sides are FANTASTIC with NO signs of age, and NO writing, NO stickers, and NO tears whatsoever!!! Just has a MINISCULE amount of ultra light spindle marks which suggests that you could count the number of plays this has ever had on just the one hand!!! INCREDIBLE for a 43 year old record!!! Both must grade overall at least as Excellent++!!!
Record : Visual -Spectacular Original UK 1st Press Vinyl!!! Nice bright, clean and shiny as if it was just pressed!!! Fantastic jet black mirror like surfaces, it looks ASTONISHING with NO nasty marks, NO scuffs, NO scratches, NO fingerprints, and NO groovewear whatsoever!!! The only blemishes off TRUE perfection are only a TINY amount of ULTRA light, wispy sleeve traces (only visible in mega strong angled light) from where it has sat or been removed from it's cover over the years!!! Of course, none of these ULTRA light blemishes interfere with play AT ALL!!! Many probably wouldn't even mention them!!! UNBELIEVABLE for a record of this age and rarity!!! You'll be amazed by how clean and unworn it is!!! Must grade overall visually at the very least as Excellent+!!! (graded STRICTLY to the UK RRPG standards, not overgraded AT ALL!!! Customer satisfaction is of 100% importance to me) Record : Audio - Thankfully, it plays AMAZINGLY with fantastic stereo separation and clarity!!! It really sounds incredible with NO hops, pops, distortion, sticks, or clicks!!! Only like ALL records has the MEREST TOUCH of low level static in few and far between places such as on the run in grooves, but that's about it!!! It really is basically THE SOUND OF A MINT RECORD!!! A REVELATION FOR THIS LP!!! The music is TRULY crystal clear - It really does play with a CD-like near 100% black silence, but with that bass, clarity, depth and warmth you can only get from UK 1st Press vinyl!!! EVEN the quiet sections!!! Absolutely ESSENTIAL!!! UNHEARD OF for a record of this age and rarity!!! Must grade overall audibly at least as Near Mint!!! (graded STRICTLY to the UK RRPG standards, not trashed or overgraded AT ALL!!! Customer satisfaction is of 100% importance to me) Sleeve :
Original UK 1969 1st Press unlaminated "E.J Day" gatefold sleeve complete with original inner!!! IMPOSSIBLE to find this sleeve in anything approaching a good condition - most are spent, torn and worn with HEAVY wear and DRASTIC ink rubbing due to age and the lifestyles of the buyers of this particular LP!!! This one is NOT too bad at all, and looks really well, especially considering the nature of these fragile sleeves!!! NO graffiti OR writing, NO splits OR excessive wear, and still strong and solid after all these years!!! Only has a few signs of ageing such as literally one or two ultra light creases, just a very small sticker tear on the top right of the front and just a few signs of general very mild ink rubbing and ageing in places (INCREDIBLY common with this sleeve - truly minimal compared to most), a little mild whitening to parts of the seams from where it has sat on the shelf over the years (NO splits or anything drastic at all) and just some minor discolouration to the very lower right corner of the back, a touch of denting/rounding to the four corners which basically ALL vintage LP's have, and POSSIBLY (just to be sure!!!) one or two other minor signs of age here and there, though nothing that really stands out to note at all!!! And that's truly about it!!! I tend to bring it down by listing the most minor negatives I can find, but this is still a FANTASTIC sleeve, and it's a TRUE rarity to find one as strong, solid, vibrant and as together as this - most have been virtually destroyed, REALLY heavily worn, or are just about being held in one piece, but not this one!!! It remains ultra strong, solid, unsplit and unspoilt, and even the spine remains ultra strong, solid, unsplit and totally readable!!! Must grade overall at least as Very Good+!!! (graded STRICTLY to the UK RRPG standards, not trashed or overgraded AT ALL!!! Customer satisfaction is of 100% importance to me)
Summary : An absolutely ASTONISHING scarcely played example of this PHENOMENALLY RARE classic Stereo UK 1st Press LP!!! Hard to find in ANY condition, but SERIOUSLY RARE TO FIND ONE AS UTTERLY OUTRAGEOUS AS THIS!!! YOU MAY NEVER GET THE CHANCE AGAIN, so don't miss out on this scarce opportunity to own a true piece of 60's/70's music history!!! Bid now!!!Please take a look at all my other auctions for many other ultra rare classic LPs, and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Thanks again for looking, it's truly appreciated!! Cheers!!!
I've realized that most countries have their own unique grading system. I base mine strictly on the UK RRPG grading system (occasionally with a + or a - to indicate the higher and lower ends of the grade, though I only use these if i'm having real trouble deciding!), so please check their chart for further clarity if you are unsure of what my grades mean. As a general rule, a mint record will be 100% perfect, an excellent record will be in fantastic clean condition with the occasional mild mark and minor use from the years, and a very good record will have noticeable, yet light visual markings and obvious signs of age and use, but will still remain clean with relatively light wear and will play fantastically well with plenty of life remaining in it. I very rarely offer records below the very good region unless they are of an EXCEPTIONAL rarity and playing quality...I hope this helps!
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