Queen The Works 1st UK Press EMI A-1 B-1 Matrix Mint ArChIvE
The Works is the eleventh studio album by the British rock band Queen. It was released on 27 February 1984 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and it is the band’s first studio album to be released by Capitol Records in the United States.
I have owned this lp from new and initially only ever played this to record to tape and then it was stored in a case with the vinyl removed from the cover for protection! This is how I have always stored my records! (I can not see any spider trails on the labels) Stunning earliest 1st issue featuring A1U and B1U matrix endings the earliest for the best possible audio quality on vinyl! Near as mint audio quality and barely ever played vinyl and complete with original 1st UK issue cover and original card picture and lyric record sleeve! A lovely and scarce to find in this condition!
Side 1 “EMC 2400141 A-1U-1-1-1” (STERLING Machine stamped. Master pressers signature)
Side 2 “EMC 2400141 B-1U-1-1-5” (STERLING Machine stamped. Master pressers signature)
This lays perfectly flat on the turntable and is free of any warping. Visually this looks barely ever played my opinion! On close scrutiny I see just light surface grazes caused from the original card sleeve but nothing that would cause clicks, ticks or pops at all. No nasty feelable or audio sounding scratches or marks at all that I can see. Any marks that could possibly be seen would be light sleeve removal type only,, Importantly no marks that would cause any loud annoying constant clicks or pops.
The original EMI Labels (ORIGINAL 1st UK issues) These are lovely and clean with no marks or tears. I find it hard to see any spider traces on each side around the spindle hole. This has barely ever been played at all in my opinion!
The Audio Quality
I have played the vinyl at very loud volume on a top system and fully recorded the record for you to hear for yourself in the player provided above! This audio is absolutely awesome throughout! Please note! One of the best sounding copies that I have heard of this album, super deep bassey feel and cristal clear and vibrant through out! No clicks or pops heard at all! You will find it hard to find a better sounding copy! Audio Near Mint through out looks in barely ever played condition! 38 years old like this!
Hear the complete album in the player above! (actual recording from the vinyl)
Please Note, I always add this disclaimer! Please allow for isolated static. This album is 37 years old and would have originally been played on a 37 years old system!
This album has been stored in a case, laying dormant, with the vinyl separated from the sleeve for protection for over 35 years! This is how I have always stored my records! A build up of dirt and dust in the groves from laying dormant causes static crackle/ticks. A constent cleaning before each play is highly recommended. This will enhance the audio quality and reduce any static interference!
The Record Sleeve
This is the original 1st issue stiff card picture/lyric record sleeve! No splits or tears at all. This is the original!
This is the original 1st issue un-laminated press cover! No splits or tears no real nasty creases to talk of generally lovely and clean throughout! No real ring wear or nasty rubbing that is so common on these covers, all text can be read on the spine! Very minor corner bumping to note at the top corners. The spine is lovely all text clear and legible, minor crushing only! Lovely cover clean and straight graded at least better than excellent in my opinion!
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