Uriah Heep Firefly Cat No. ILPS-9483 Near Mint Archive Copy


Uriah Heep Firefly Cat No. ILPS-9483 Near Mint Archive Copy

Firefly is the 10th album released by British rock band Uriah Heep. It was first album without David Byron, lead vocalist and a founding member of the band, and the first of three albums with John Lawton. Bassist Trevor Bolder made his Uriah Heep debut on this album. Barring a break of about 18 months in the early 1980s, he remained with the group until his death in 2013. The first single from the album was “Wise Man”. “Sympathy” also became a hit. “Who Needs Me” was written by drummer Lee Kerslake and is about his unhappiness of manager and label boss Gerry Bron’s rejection of most material not written by Ken Hensley. This is ultimately somewhat ironic, given the song’s acceptance for recording. Kerslake was credited as Lee “The Bear” Kerslake on this album only, due to his strong physical build and then newly acquired beard growth.

The original vinyl album was a gatefold sleeve, with a cardboard lyric-liner.


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The Vinyl:
This is the original vinyl. On visual inspection I can’t see any needle scratches or indeed any marks that would cause any clicks or pops. Any marks that could possibly be seen anglerd in strong light would be light whyspy sleeve removal type only. The playing surface is lovely looks barely ever played in my opinion.

The Audio Quality:
I have played this vinyl at very loud volume prior to this listing on a top system.  The audio is cristal clear and vibrant through out no distortion or any signs of groove wear at all. I heard no clicks or pops during the play of this vinyl. Lovely sounding copy. Audio graded at near mint in my opinion.

The Matrix Endings:
Side 1″A#1″
Side 2″B-1″

The Labels:
These are the original  BRONZE Labels: Any spidering can barely be seen angled to the light and there is little if no spindle wear the hole is perfectly round. This has obviously only had very minimal play in my opinion looks barely ever played at all.

The Record Sleeve:
This is the original EMI  record sleeve light creasing,becoming fragile with age only.

The Cover:
This is the original issue Unlaminated cover. There are just minor small creases on the front to mention this is nice and straight as it should be. no edge splits or tares.The rear is also lovely with just minor creases only. I would grade this at least excellent in my opinion.

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