FAMILY A Song For Me 1st UK Press MiNt ArChIvE Large Steamboat


FAMILY A Song For Me 1st UK Press MiNt ArChIvE Large Steamboat

Family ‘A Song For Me’ 
1st UK Pressing ((1970)) Original Stereo!
Cat No:RSLP 9001 Reprise (Large Steamboat) Labels! Complete With 1st Issue Un-Laminated MacNeil Press Gate Fold Cover.
Stunning Very Mint Vinyl! (Handful of plays Only! Very Rare!)
Earliest “1′ to “1” Mother Stampers!
Earliest A#2 B#2 Matrix endings! 
WOW! The Best Ever  Near As Mint Audio! (Louder Cut, Stunning Separation)

Note: The early Reprise vinyls I have found to be one of the most difficult pressings to get great audio quality on. This copy is truly exceptional. I can’t emphasise enough, that the audio separation and clarity is fantastic and with a real deep bass feel can not be found like this on any other format in my opinion.  This is the earliest possible 1st UK pressing with the original 1st issues ‘Un-laminated gate fold cover!’ and the 1st issue Reprise Large Steamboat labels are featured on the vinyl! Truly vibrant clear audio (louder cut) than later pressings! Very rare to find like this and complete!

A Song for Me is the third album by the British progressive rock band Family, released on 23 January 1970 on Reprise Records.
The album was recorded late 1969 in Olympic Studios in London.

It was their first album with new members John Weider on bass and Poli Palmer on keyboards, flute and vibraphone.

Side one
1. “Drowned in Wine” 4:08
2. “Some Poor Soul” 2:44
3. “Love Is a Sleeper” 4:00
4. “Stop for the Traffic – Through the Heart of Me” 2:09
5. “Wheels” (Whitney, Chapman, Ric Grech) 4:38

Side two
1. “Song for Sinking Lovers” 4:04
2. “Hey – Let It Rock” 1:02
3. “The Cat and the Rat” 2:30
4. “93’s O.K. J” (instrumental; Whitney, John Weider) 3:57
5. “A Song for Me” (Whitney, Chapman, Weider, Rob Townsend)

The Matrix (Earlist for this UK pressing)

Side 1 ”RSLP 9001 A-2”
Side 2 ”RSLP 9001 B-2”

The Mother Stampers

Side 1 ”G” ”1” (Mega early “1” to “1” Mother Stampers)
Side 2 ‘’R’’ ”1” (Mega early “1” to “1”  Mother Stampers)

The Vinyl

On visual inspection this vinyl looks absolutely superbe , almost like new in my opinion! The vinyl lays perfectly flat on the turntable! This is the original heavier thicker type of vinyl with deeper grooves only found on these original earliest pressings! They are also more robust than later pressings which were more flimsier! Initial inspection I can barely see a blemish at all on the playing surface!  Only in strong light only could possibly any very few light whispy surface marks be seen but to be honest I can’t see any, at least no audio sounding marks or scratches that I heard! Extremely rare to ever find like this after 47 years!

The Audio Quality

I have played this through track for track as usual on a top system at very loud volume! The audio is truly stunning throughout! One of the best sounding copies that I have ever heard! Very, very clear and vibrant throughout, without distortion at all! This plays with (no) signs of any distortion or that this has been overplayed WHAT SO EVER!!(No loud constant clicks or pops, and no skips or jumps!) In fact this has been stored in a case laying dormant for over 47 years. You will find it very hard to get a better sounding copy in my opinion. The best looking and sounding vinyl of this album that I have ever heard! Audio graded at Very Near as Mint in my opinion!

Hear the complete recording of this album in the player above!

Please note, I always add this disclaImer!
Please allow for the odd light static /tick perhaps heard during the odd quiet place or in between tracks but nothing consistent throughout the audio! Please remember that this is a genuine 47 year old vinyl (not a reissue) that would have originally been played on a 47 year old system! I would class myself as highly criticle! Please look at my completed listings of records that i have sold of this. and you will see that i normally get it right! Audio is graded at the top! You will find the audio quality on this vinyl very hard to surpass! Audio graded at least Near as Mint in my opinion! 

Please note! This has been stored in a case for at least 47 years! Any static crackle that might be heard during some quiet parts could be minimised by constant cleaning before each play in my experience!  A build up of dust and dirt that has accumelated over the years from the vinyl being stored laying dormant causes most of this problem so please allow for some light static  I would class myself as highly critical ! Please look at my completed listings of records that I have sold of this calabre and you will see that I normally get it right!

The Labels

These feature the 1st issue Reprise ‘Large Steamboat labels (only 1st press) in absolutely superb condition! Amazingly I find it hard to see any real nasty spidering even when a angled to the light, perhaps very , very feint tiny spider trail but you have to look very hard to notice any.  There is little if no spindle ware the hole is perfectly round!

The Record Sleeve

This is a plain white poly lined sleeve patented. No splits or tears light fading/browning with age only. This is the original!

The Cover

This is the original 1st issue un-laminated gate fold cover (only 1st press)  Being primarily black in color these are so hard to keep in good condition. There are (no) splits or tares! There is very minimal wear the cover worth to mention only, you would have to look for to really notice in my opinion! Any other marks/scuff/crease lines at the edges, again you have to look for to notice in my opinion.Light edge rubbing wear with age and very light ring wear/rubbing/fading and the rear. All text is readable.   47 years old original!  This cover must grade excellent in my opinion!

An Audio Archive Copy! 47 Years Old Like This! Final Upgrade!