Uriah Heep Wonderworld 1st UK Press Near Mint Audio Archive


Uriah Heep Wonderworld 1st UK Press Near Mint Audio Archive

Uriah Heep ‘Wonderworld’
1st UK Press Cat No ILPS 9280 Bronze Labels!
A-3 B-2 Matrix Endings Earliest “1”to “1” Mother Stampers!
Near Mint Audio! Stunning original 1st Issue Robor cover Complete with Original Lyric Record Sleeve!

Another from my personal collection of over 50,000 Uk albums that I have accumulated over a period of more than 45 years! Here is the 1st UK pressing Of Uriah Heep “Wonderworld” Probably one of the most under rated of Uriah Heeps albums and certainly one of my favorites. I know how hard it is to find a great playable copy of this album so I have decided to list this for sale. The album is totally complete with the 1st issue Robor Ltd. Cover and original lyric record sleeve both in extraordinary condition! The vinyl is one of the earliest pressings that I have seen featuring earliest -A2 -B3 Matrix Endings and the earliest “1” to “1” Mother stampers both sides! (from my experience the earliest stampers make all the difference for the best audio quality on vinyl) The audio is very clean clear and bright this plays through without distortion and no loud clicks or pops. Static/ticks are usual on these mid seventies pressings but this copy is truly exceptional throughout and static is very minimal indeed! I would grade the audio at least excellent plus to Near Mint in my opinion. Hear the complete album in the player below. (Actual recording from the vinyl)

Wonderworld is the seventh album released by British rock band Uriah Heep. It was released in 1974.
The original vinyl release was a single sleeve, with the lyrics reproduced on the inner-liner.
The album was the last to feature bass player Gary Thain, who was fired from the band in 1975, and subsequently died from a heroin overdose.
Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 and are regarded as one of the seminal hard rock acts of the early 1970s, and they heralded the progressive rock movement of the decade.
Uriah Heep’s progressive/art rock/heavy metal fusion’s distinctive features have always included a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal harmonies and (in the early years) David Byron’s quasi-operatic vocals.
Twelve of the band’s albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975)[5] while of the fifteen Billboard 200 Uriah Heep albums Demons and Wizards was the most successful (#23, 1972).
In the late 1970s the band had massive success in Germany, where the “Lady in Black” single was a big hit. Along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Uriah Heep had become one of the top bands in the early 1970s – one of “The Big 4” of hard rock.
Uriah Heep’s audience declined by the 1980s, to the point where they became essentially a cult band in the United Kingdom and United States. The band maintains a significant following and performs at arena-sized venues in the Balkans, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia and Scandinavia. They have sold over 40 million albums worldwide with over 4 million sales in the U.S.

Side 1 “Wonderworld” (Ken Hensley) – 4:29 “Suicidal Man” (Mick Box, David Byron, Hensley, Lee Kerslake, Gary Thain) – 3:38
The Shadows and the Wind” (Hensley) – 4:27
So Tired” (Box, Byron, Hensley, Kerslake, Thain) – 3:39
The Easy Road” (Hensley) – 2:43

Side 2 “Something or Nothing” (Box, Hensley, Thain) – 2:56
I Won’t Mind” (Box, Byron, Hensley, Kerslake, Thain) – 5:59
We Got We” (Box, Byron, Hensley, Kerslake, Thain) – 3:39
Dreams” (Box, Byron, Hensley) – 6:10

The Matrix

Side 1 “ILPS 9280 A-3
Side2 “ILPS 9280 B-2

The Mother Stampers
Side1 “1” “GD” (Look Earliest “1”to”1″ Mother Stampers)
Side2 “1” “AA” (Look Earliest “1”to”1″ Mother Stampers)

The Vinyl
This is the original thicker /heavier type of vinyl only found like this on the earliest 1st pressings. The vinyl is free of any warping and lays perfectly flat on the turntable! On initial inspection the vinyl looks barely ever played and I find it hard to even see a blemish at all on the playing surface. In strong light any marks that could possibly be seen would be very tiny surface scuffs only but importantly nothing that would cause any loud constant clicks or pops during the audio.

The Audio Quality!
I have played this vinyl at very loud volume on a top system prior to this listing and recorded the complete album for you to hear for your self in the player above! The audio is crystal clear and very vibrant throughout! No distortion No Loud Clicks or pops! Stunning separation through out and a real bassey feel only found like this on the earliest pressings! Please note! Any minor interference that may be heard during quieter places are minimal in the form of isolated static tics but nothing that spoilt the overall enjoyment in my opinion! I would grade the audio at least excellent plus to very near mint for the most part! You can hear the complete album for yourself in the player above!

The Labels
These are the original 1st issue Bronze Labels! Just minimal spidering can be seen angled to the light only indicating that this has barely been played in my opinion. There is no wear around the spindle hole it is perfectly round!

The Record Sleeve
This is the original card type picture lyric sleeve! The bottom edge is beginning to split. The sleeve is very clean and straight without creases. Please note the vinyl is now always stored separately from the sleeve!

The Cover
This is the original 1st issue Robor Printed un laminated cover! There are no main nasty creases to mention at all! Any minor lines are at the spine edge only! Any rubbing wear is minor in my opinion seen on the front and rear and really only noticed if looked for in my opinion. The spine is square and all text is readable. This cover is graded at least better than excellent in my opinion.


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