David Bowie “Lodger“ ORIGINAL 1st UK press
Achive Copy Final Upgrade! 1977!
Very rare, sought after, collectable and original Archive Copy!
The best sounding copy that you could ever find!
Original 1st UK Pressing Cat No:PL 13254: BOW LP 1
1ST Pressing Orange RCA Victor Labels
A2 and B2 Matrix Endings “STERLING” STAMPED BOTH SIDES
“NO SENCE IS BETTER..” and “THAN NONE AT ALL” (Hand Etched only 1st press)
TOP Near Mint Vinyl Looks Barely Ever Played!
Near Mint Audio ARCHIVE!
Original 1st UK issue Laminated Front Gate fold Cover Near Mint A real Beauty!
Complete With Original Lyric and Picture Insert!
Side1 “BOW 1 (PL 13254) A-2” “NO SENSE IS BETTER” (Hand etched Only 1st press)
Side 2 “BOW 1 (PL 13254) B-2” “THAN NONE AT ALL” (Hand etched Only 1st press)
The original 1st UK issue Orange RCA Victor labels are in awesome condition! I struggle to see any real spider trails around the spindle hole. Little if (no) spindle ware, the hole is perfectly round. This has only ever been played barely a handful of times only. A rare album that is over 45 years old! Impossible to find like this on vinyl! very very collectable!
The vinyl is absolutely superbe! On initial visual inspection this looks superb Near Mint in my opinion! and still retains its sheen from new and is free of any warping and lays flat on the turntable. (please note this vinyl has only ever been played by me personally just a couple of times only! in the last 45 years this has been stored in a case with the vinyl separated from the sleeve and cover, this is how I have always stored my records In fact even when I look at the playing surface angled to a strong light there are just perhaes minor sleeve removal only. Importantly there are no audio sounding marks or blemishes that I can see at all! Any marks that could possibly be seen would be sleeve removal only!
The Audio Quality
I have played this through track for track prior to listing at very very loud volume on a top system! The moment the needle hits the playing surface it is obvious this vinyl has barely ever been played at all in my opinion! The audio quality is as you would expect from a vinyl that has barely been played, superbe, TOP, TOP, TOP! crystal clear and extremely vibrant through out in fact this plays as a new vinyl would sound in my opinion! Please note that this vinyl has been laying dormant in a case since I purchased it and will need a constant clean before each play to reduce any static or crackle. This played through as perfect as it gets unbelievable audio separation, that I haven’t heard like this before and stunning bassey feel throughout on my systems! This vinyl has been stored separately from the cover in a poly sleeve for all of its storage life! This is the way I always have stores my records! The audio on this pressing in my opinion is almost as good as it gets for a very early and the 1st pressing! Please allow for isolated static/ticks perhapes heard in between isolated tracks. I would class myself as highly critical and this is a truly exceptional sounding vinyl. Please check my completed listings of records that i have sold of this calaber and you will see that i normally get it right! I would grade the audio at least Excellent plus to Near as mint through out!
Please note! That i always make this disclaimer! That although I never heard any loud and constant clicks or pops during the play of this record please allow for the odd static/ tick or pop , certainly not consistent throughout the audio, but this is a genuine 45 year old vinyl that would have been played on a 45 year old system!
Points to note! This has been stored in a case laying dormant for at least 45 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! There was isolated light static tick heard which will be reduced if cleaned each time before play. The vinyl has only been ever played one time by me!
The Record Sleeve
This is the original plain paper die cut record sleeve becoming fragile with age. Light browning/creasing only. This has always been stored separately from the vinyl for protection!
This is the original and earliest 1st UK press laminated front only gate fold cover! These flimsy type 1st issue covers are very difficult to keep in good condition like this! Super glossy laminate almost like new! There are no splits or tears! Rare to find without ring wear No nasty creases on the front or rear any that there are, are feint and minor at the front only and you have to really look for angled to the light to notice in my opinion. Rare to find in this awesome condition super straight in general appearance (see photos) . All text is fully legible at the spine. Truly remarkable for 45 years old! I would grade the cover at least excellent plus to very near mint in my opinion!
This is complete with the original lyric pand picture inner. There are just light creasing with age only. All text i readable.
Rare to find like this.
Audio Archive copy vinyl looks barely ever played Collectors audio copy!