Nick Drake Five Leaves Left, 1st Pressing, Earliest Example, Factory Sample, NM
NICK DRAKE Five Leaves Left
Rare 1969 UK first press 'factory sample' 10-track stereo vinyl LP on the pink 'block' label. It has a unique matrix with A and B followed by what looks like a reversed 'C'. The very first press on the pink Island label is a contract pressing from the UK Polydor factory, and as such is a unique cut. The labels are textured with the raised rim, characteristic of the early polydor pressings. It has the 'Made in England' text in the bottom right quadrant of the label.
Housed in the original matt gatefold picture sleeve with the lyrics for Three Hours [here titled 'Sundown'], Saturday Sun and River Man printed inside, with the Island logo and Basing Street address along the bottom edge on the rear of the sleeve - only first issue sleeves had these details. There is an original factory sample sticker to the rear.
Despite its age the vinyl is just stunning - it looks unplayed, retaining a glorious 'just pressed' lustre. There are no marks at all - no storage marks, handling marks or any flaws. It is perfect.
The matrix numbers are machine stamped into the 'dead wax' areas:
ILPS 9105 A- reversed 'C'
ILPS 9105 B- reversed 'C'
The labels as previously stated are the black block 'eye' logo design. They are clean and bright with no spindle wear whatsoever.
A simply superb copy of this extremely hard to find first issue which originated from the library of Basing St Studios!
1 Time Has Told Me 3:56
2 River Man 4:28
3 Three Hours 6:01
4 Day Is Done 2:22
5 Way To Blue 3:05
6 Cello Song 3:58
7 The Thoughts Of Mary Jane 3:12
8 Man In A Shed 3:49
9 Fruit Tree 4:42
10. Saturday Sun 4:00