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 TRULY 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 HEAR 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!!!
Classic UK 1st Press pink eye Island labels!!! Both sides are OUTSTANDING with NO real signs of age, NO graffiti, and NO writing OR tears whatsoever!!! Just has an absolutely TINY amount of ultra light spindle marks which suggests that this has barely been played at all!!! IMPOSSIBLE for a 48 year old record!!! Both must grade overall at least as Excellent+++!!!
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 INCREDIBLE with NO nasty scratches, groovewear, or nasty deep scuffs whatsoever!!! The only blemishes off perfection are just one or two BARELY VISIBLE totally non-sounding cosmetic scuffs, a few of the lightest, wispy sleeve traces/cleaning lines (only visible in strong angled light) and only one or two ULTRA light non sounding hairlines from where it has sat or been removed from it's cover over the years!!! Of course, none of these ULTRA light blemishes affect play much AT ALL!!! PHENOMENAL for a record of this age and rarity!!! You'll be amazed by how generally clean and unworn it is!!! Must grade overall at the 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 incredible with NO hisses, hops, distortion, sticks OR skips!!! Only like pretty much ALL records has just a mere touch of the lightest crackle here and there, only a few light ticks here and there on rare occasions, and a hint of low level ultra light "bluesman's fag" atmospheric static in few and far between places such as on some of the quieter sections like the run in grooves and between some tracks e.t.c, but it TRULY doesn't overshadow the music AT ALL!!! I'd even argue it gives it added soul!!! And that's truly about it!!! The vast, vast majority of the music is ultra clear and sounds ABSOLUTELY AWESOME with that bass, depth, warmth and clarity you can only get from 1st Press UK vinyl!!! A fantastic listen! Absolutely ESSENTIAL!! OUTSTANDING for a record of this age and rarity!!! Must grade overall audibly 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 “69” dated 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 grubbiness, and still ULTRA strong and solid after all these years!!! Only has a few light signs of ageing such as some minor creasing and a hint of a record imprint, a small sticker tear to the top right of the front, only the lightest touch of ink rubbing in few and far between places and a little whitening to parts of the seams from where it has sat on the shelf over the years (absolutely NO splits whatsoever), 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 every minor negative I can possibly find, but this remains an AWESOME sleeve, and a TRUE rarity to find one as truly brilliant 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 readable!!! Must grade overall at the 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 TRULY 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!!!
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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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