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).
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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 DEBUT LP AND A STUNNING ALBUM!!! THIS IS HIS VERY RAREST AND BEST BY AN ABSOLUTE MILE!!! NICK'S LP'S ARE VERY WELL KNOWN FOR SELLING NO MORE THAN A FEW HUNDRED COPIES AT THE TIME (TERRIBLE PUBLICITY FROM ISLAND AND NICK'S REFUSAL TO TOUR NO DOUBT BEING KEY FACTORS), SO WHO KNOWS JUST HOW LITTLE EVEN REMAIN IN EXISTENCE!!! ESPECIALLY IN A CONDITION AS AWESOME AS THIS!!!
HIS DEBUT IN PARTICULAR ON THE PINK EYE 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 MAGNIFICENT ALBUM - THERE'S GENUINELY NOT ONE BAD TRACK, IT JUST OOZES MAGIC!!! THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO EXPERIENCE THIS CLASSIC!!! UNFORTUNATELY NICK DIED IN OBSCURITY, BUT AS HISTORY HAS SINCE TOLD, HIS MUSIC WILL LIVE ON FOREVER - Don't miss out on this incredible piece of history, 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 band!!! 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 GREAT with minimal signs of age, NO writing, NO stickers, and NO tears whatsoever!!! Just has a few minor storage spots and only some light spindle marks from general light use over the years!!! BRILLIANT for a 49 year old record!!! Both must grade overall at least as Very Good!!!
Record : Visual -
Spectacular Original 1969 UK 1st Press Vinyl!!! Nice bright, clean and shiny as if it was just pressed!!! Fantastic jet black mirror like surfaces, it looks GREAT with NO really nasty scratches, groovewear, or nasty deep scuffs whatsoever!!! The only blemishes are just some light wispy sleeve traces, a few mild hairlines and age marks, and just a small amount of cosmetic non-sounding and unfeelable scuffs (only visible in direct angled light) mostly caused from where it has sat or been removed from it's cover over the years!!! Of course, none of these ULTRA light blemishes really interfere with play AT ALL thanks to the deeply pressed quality!!! BRILLIANT for a record of this age and rarity!!! Must grade overall at least as Very Good!!! (graded STRICTLY to the UK RRPG standards, not overgraded AT ALL!!! Customer satisfaction is of 100% importance to me)
Record : Audio -
Thankfully, it plays BRILLIANTLY with fantastic stereo separation and clarity!!! It really sounds great with NO hops, hisses, sticks OR skips!!! Only (like pretty much all records) has a touch of low level static in places such as on the run in grooves, a light touch of mild frequency crackle here and there and only a few light ticks here and there on rare occasions, and just a touch of mild "bluesman's fag" static crackle in few and far between places such as on some of the quieter sections and between tracks, but it really doesn't overshadow the music AT ALL!!! (it's much more soft and atmospheric rather than the sound of bacon frying!!!) I'd even argue it gives it added soul!!! I tend to bring it down by listing every single flaw I noticed, but this remains a hugely enjoyable and awesome sounding listen - The music is TRULY loud and clear with that bass, depth, warmth and clarity you can only get from UK 1st Press vinyl!!! AWESOME for a record of this age and rarity!!! Must grade overall audiably 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)
Original 1969 UK 1st Press “E.J Day” unlaminated gatefold sleeve complete with original unsplit inner!!! IMPOSSIBLE to find this sleeve in anything approaching a good condition - most are spent, torn and worn due to age and the lifestyles of the buyers of this particular LP!!! This one is NOT, and looks BRILLIANT, especially considering the nature of these fragile sleeves!!! NO really bad marks AT ALL, NO graffiti, NO writing, NO splits, and still ULTRA strong and solid after all these years!!! Only has a few light signs of usual ageing such as just a few ultra light edge creases and the merest hint of a record imprint, the rarest touch of light ink rubbing in few and far between places and a little rubbing to parts of the seams from where it has sat on the shelf over the years (minimal with absolutely NO splits whatsoever), 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 every negative I can possibly find, but this remains an OUTSTANDING sleeve, and a TRUE rarity to find one as awesome as this - most have been virtually destroyed or are just about being held together, 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 : A FANTASTIC example of this INCREDIBLY RARE classic original 1969 Island FOLK CLASSIC Stereo debut UK 1st Press LP!!! Hard to find in ANY condition, but SERIOUSLY RARE TO FIND ONE AS AWESOME 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!
Postage and packing (UK bidders) will be £4.99 signed for for the first item, £2.00 for every item after that. Europe buyers, postage is £13.99 signed for for the first item, £3.00 for every item after that. Rest of the world buyers, postage is £17.99 signed for for the first item, £3.00 for every item after that (orders over £30 need to be sent signed for). Contact is expected to be made within a day, and payment expected within 3 days of the auction ending, otherwise you may lose priority over the item and it may be offered second chance to the under bidder or relisted e.t.c. Contact is king! UK bidders, I accept paypal or postal orders. International bidders, I accept Paypal or Bank Transfer! Unfortunately, I can?t accept any other internet payment other than paypal. Please PLEASE get in touch via the ebay messaging system rather than opening a case if there’s any kind of problem, I will do my very best to sort it out.
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