Black Sabbath We Sold Our Soul for Rock ‘n’ Roll 1st UK Press
Earliest -A-1 -B-1 C-1 D-1 Matrix Endings Very Very rare in this condition!
Very Rare Near Mint Vinyl/Audio Archive Copy! ( Looks Barely Played!)
Complete With Original Fully attached Booklet!
Very Very Rare In This Condition!
Side 1 “NELD 101-A-1” (Hand Etched)
Side 2 “NELD 101-B-1” (Hand Etched)
Side 3 “NELD 101-C-1” (Hand Etched)
Side 4 “NELD 101-D-1” (Hand Etched)
The original NEMS labels are in awesome condition! (These looks superb in my opinion)! Amaizingly I can just see barely very feint spider marks/trails only, even when angled to the light and of coarse little if (no) spindle ware the hole is perfectly round. This has only ever been played a handful of times only from new when I initially purchased it and one time to play grade for this listing. Impossible to find like this! very very collectable in this condition!
The vinyls are absolutely superb! On initial visual inspection these looks like new and still retains their original sheen from new! (please note these vinyls have only ever been played a few times by me personally and I originally played this to record to tape! These have been stored in a case with the vinyl separated from the sleeves and cover to prevent ring ware and damage. This is how I have always stored my records, and of course I played this again to play grade at very loud volume on a top system! In fact even when I look at the playing surface angled to a strong light I find it hard notice any real surface marks or scratches. Any marks that could possible be seen when angled in strong light would be light whyspy surface sleeve removal type only. Please note: It is common on these late 70s vinyls to have minor imperfections due to the manufacturing process during this period. Please allow for this.
The Audio Quality
I have played all four sides through track for track prior to listing at very very loud volume on a top system! WOW! what a great sounding album!, the moment the needle hits the playing surface it is obvious these vinyls have barely ever been played at all! The audio quality is as you would expect when purchased new, superbe, TOP, TOP, TOP! cristal clear and extremely vibrant through out in fact this plays truly superb.This is without a dought the best copy that I have ever heard! This played through superb unbelievable audio seperation, that I haven’t heard like this before and stunning bassey feel throughout! One of the most vibrant sounding audio copies that I have heard and early pressing makes all the difference! Even in between tracks this was lovely and quiet. The vibrancy of the audio on this pressing in my opinion is as good as it gets! Points to note: isolated static ticks/pop are commonly heard on these late 70s pressings and allowances must be made for this. It is noted that I heard light static scuff noise at the intro to side one first track due to a tiny pressing imperfewction but nothing that spoilt the overall enjoyment in my opinion. isolated tick or ticks were heard but again very common. importantly there were no loud constant clicks or pops heard. I would class myself as highly critical and this is a truly exceptional sounding copy by this awesome rock band ”Black Sabbath” and so hard to find tlike this! Please check my completed listings of records that i have sold of this quality and you will see that i normally get it right! I would grade the audio near as mint!
Please note! That i always make this disclaimer! Allowances must be made for these late seventies pressings. Please allow for the odd isolated static/ /tick or minor pressing imperfections that may be heard in quiet places or in between tracks, certainly not consistent throughout the audio. This is a genuine 21 year old vinyl that would have originally been played on a 21 year old system! Genuinly only ever played a handful of times ever!
Points to note! This has been stored in a case laying dormant for at least 20 years! A build up of dirt and dust in the grooves from laying dormant causes static crackle\ticks! A constant clean before each play is recommended ! This would reduce any static and enhance the audio quality!
The Record Sleeves
These are the original plain white paper die cut record sleeves, clean and straight. No splits or tears, light creasing/fading with age only
The original 2nd issue laminated front Clout & Baker gatefold cover. (NO BARCODE) Super glossy in apearence. There are (no) edge splits or tears. Note: creases are noted on the front. (see photos) The spine is generally lovely and square A truly superbe example rarely seen like this.! No nasty rubbing or ring wear is minor in my opinion, just very light only as previously mentioned. The rear is exceptionally clean and being primarily black this is very common if not almost impossible to find better originals) Any imperfections/indents/rubbing edge creases, are not really noticed unless looked for in my opinion. Must be Excellent in my opinion.