NICK DRAKE Five Leaves Left LP Island '69 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
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 FEW EVEN REMAIN IN EXISTENCE - ESPECIALLY IN A CONDITION AS AWESOME 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 MAGNIFICENT ALBUM - THERE'S GENUINELY NOT ONE BAD TRACK, IT JUST OOZES MAGIC!!! THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAR THIS CLASSIC...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 real signs of age, NO stickers, and NO tears whatsoever!!! Just has tiny initials on one side and just a small amount of ultra light spindle marks which suggests that this hasn't had too much play over the years at all!!! AWESOME for a 42 year old record!!! Both must grade overall at least as Very Good!!!
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 vicious scuffs OR scratches, NO fingerprints, and NO groovewear whatsoever!!! The only blemishes off perfection are just a few ultra light, wispy sleeve traces/cleaning lines (only just about 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!!! 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 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 seperation and clarity!!! In fact, the only thing stopping me from grading this higher are just some light ticks for the first 20 seconds of Time Has Told Me, but other than that, it really sounds incredible with NO hisses, hops, distortion, pops, OR sticks!!! Only like pretty much ALL records has the very RAREST quiet tick here and there, and possibly just the MEREST TOUCH of low level static in the rarest few and far between places such as on the run in grooves and between some tracks, but that's truly about it!!! The vast, vast, majority of the music is TRULY crystal clear - It really does mostly play with a CD-like near black silence, but with that depth, bass, warmth and clarity you can only get from UK 1st Press vinyl!!! EVEN most of the quiet sections!!! Absolutely ESSENTIAL!!! ASTONISHING for a record of this age and rarity!!! Must grade overall audiably at the least as Excellent minus!!! (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 due to age and the lifestyles of the buyers of this particular LP!!! This one is NOT, and looks FANTASTIC, especially considering the nature of these fragile sleeves!!! NO ringwear, next to ZERO ink rubbing (PHENOMENAL for this sleeve!!!), NO splits, and still ULTRA strong and solid after all these years!!! Only has a few light signs of ageing such as a miniscule amount of ultra light creases and indents, some tape remains along the back opening and a name and address punched in by the previous owner (it's the only thing which stops me grading this MUCH higher) and just two tiny tears at the centre of the opening, a tiny name at the bottom and a very vague record shop stamp, a touch of denting 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 possibly find, but this is a BRILLIANT 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, and unsplit, and even the spine remains ultra strong, solid, unsplit and 100% 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 PHENOMENALLY RARE classic Stereo 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!
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