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· BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK. NJ. - INSANELY RARE FIRST PRESSING WITH THE KC- PREFIX - ORIGINAL 1973 COLUMBIA RECORDS STEREO LP KC-31903 (AS IDENTIFIED BY THE CORRESPONDING MATRIX STAMP IN THE TRAIL-OFF VINYL)
· ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
· INSANELY RARE TEST PRESSING
· THE WORLD'S ONLY KNOWN COPY OF THE BOSS'S GROUNDBREAKING FIRST ALBUM, HIS MAJOR LABEL DEBUT AND A VERITABLE ROCK MASTERPIECE: NO OTHER COPIES HAVE EVER BEEN FOUND, DOCUMENTED, TRACKED DOWN OR SOLD -- EVER!
· PLAIN, WHITE, COLUMBIA RECORDS, PITMAN, NJ GENERIC TEST PRESSING LABEL WITHOUT ANY IDENTIFICATION MARKS WHATSOEVER EXCEPT FOR THE TECHNICAL AND LEGAL DISCLOSURE, YEAR OF RELEASE AND HANDWRITTEN SIDE DESIGNATION (SIDE 1/2)
· THE TEST PRESSING COMES IN ORIGINAL COLUMBIA MAILER ENVELOPE (WITHOUT ANY MEANINGFUL DETAILS ON IT EXCEPT FOR A SMALL HANDRWRITTEN NOTE DESCRIBING THE CONTENT AS COLUMBIA TEST PRESSING).
· THIS TEST PRESSING COMES IN ITS GENERIC, PLAIN, WHITE COVER WITH TYPEWRITTEN DATA SHEET AFFIXED TO THE FRONT PANEL
THIS ITEM COMES FROM THE ESTATE OF THE LEGENDARY JAZZ SAXOPHONIST AND A LIFELONG COLUMBIA PRODUCER ►TEO MACERO (THE MAN WHO PRODUCED PRACTICALY EVERYTHING MILES DAVIS, DAVE BRUBECK AND CHARLES MINGUS RECORDED ON THE LABEL, AND A JAZZ ARTIST IN HIS OWN RITE; THE ALBUM COMES FROM A SMALL LOT OF HIS ITEMS ACQUIRED DIRECTLY FROM THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY WHEN THE NYPL LIQUIDATED THEIR RECORD COLLECTION
· THE ALBUM COMES WITH A LARGE PRESS KIT, WHICH IS IN FACT A NEATLY TYPEWRITTEN 10-PAGE PACKAGE CONTAINING ALL ORIGINAL SONG LYRICS ON THIS ALBUM
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· CLEAN, WEAR-FREE LABELS
· MACHINE-STAMPED MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) OF THE RECORD
· MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) ENDS WITH '-1D/-2C'. ON SOME LABELS, SUFFIX '–1' DENOTES THE VERY FIRST, ORIGINAL PRESSING)
· FAIRLY THICK VINYL PRESSING On the scale from 1 to 10 (1 being the least, and 10 being the most severe), we assess the thickness of the vinyl as 6.
· PLEASE NOTE: THE MATRIX NUMBER IN THE TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) OF THE RECORD IS CONSISTENT WITH THE ORIGINAL, FIRST, 1973 PRESSING OF THIS ALBUM; THIS IS NOT, REPEAT: NOT A TEST PRESSING OF ONE OF THE SUBSEQUENT REISSUES OR REMASTERS.
(►PLEASE SEE THE IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
(Note: this is a REAL image of the ACTUAL item you are bidding on. This is NOT a "recycled" image from our previous auction. What you see is what you’ll get. GUARANTEED!)
Amazing !!! An unbelievable piece: What we have here is an unheard-of TEST PRESSING of The Boss's MAJOR-LEAGUE debut and one of the finest albums of the 1970s (and my personal Bruce Springsteen favorite)!. While many test pressings often have alternate or demo- versions of known, later released songs, and while it is possible that this particular test pressing contains demo or alternate versions of some of the tracks, please don’t take our word that it does:
PLEASE NOTE: THIS TEST PRESSING APPARENTLY NEVER HAD A CUSTOM COVER; THE ALBUM WILL BE SHIPPED IN A PLAIN, GENERIC [WHITE] CARDBOARD COVER. TEST PRESSINGS ARE RARELY – IF EVER – FOUND IN CUSTOM (STOCK) COVERS.
Bruce Springsteen's debut album found him squarely in the tradition of Bob Dylan: folk-based tunes arranged for an electric band featuring piano and organ (plus, in Springsteen's case, 1950s-style rock & roll tenor saxophone breaks), topped by acoustic guitar and a husky voice singing lyrics full of elaborate, even exaggerated imagery. But where Dylan had taken a world-weary, cynical tone, Springsteen was exuberant. His street scenes could be haunted and tragic, as they were in "Lost in the Flood," but they were still imbued with romanticism and a youthful energy. Asbury Park painted a portrait of teenagers cocksure of themselves, yet bowled over by their discovery of the world. It was saved from pretentiousness (if not preciousness) by its sense of humor and by the careful eye for detail that kept even the most high-flown language rooted. Like the lyrics, the arrangements were busy, but the melodies were well developed and the rhythms, pushed by drummer Vincent Lopez, were breakneck.
(EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY WILLIAM RUHLMANN, ALL MUSIC GUIDE /ALLMUSIC.COM/)
For its extraordinary contribution to the modern music, superb production, craftsmanship, fine musicianship, revolutionary significance and influence it exerted on numerous generations of musicians, writers and general public, or for some other innate quality, this album was voted one of top-200 albums of all time in one of the largest poll of critics, music reviewers, professionals and producers ever organized: the poll, which was conducted by Paul Gambaccini, legendary BBC Radio A&R man, surveyed more than 50 top music professionals (including Roy Carr, Jonathan Cott, Robert Christgau, Cameron Crowe, Chet Flippo, Ben Fong-Torres, Charlie Gillett, Greil Marcus, Murray the K., Lenny Kaye, Bruce Morrow (a/k/a "Cousin Brucie"), Tim Rice (of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Evita" fame), Lisa Robinson, Robert Shelton (who wrote liner notes for Bob Dylan's first album), Ed Ward, Joel Whitburn, Pete Wingfield, etc.). For more details, see: "Critics Choice: Top-200 albums" compiled by Paul Gambaccini, Omnibus Press, Library of Congress Catalog No.7855565 (or ►click here for the complete album listing).
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(IMPORTANT NOTE: unless otherwise noted, ALL records are graded visually, and NOT play-graded!; we grade records under the strong, diffuse room light or discrete sunlight)
(a) WE GRADE THE VINYL AS STRONG VERY GOOD++ . CAUTION: The vinyl is NOT MINT or NEAR MINT, but is nevertheless in a very nice and clean condition. There are some surface marks and abrasions, mostly light and superficial, although some may be longer than 1.1/4 inches (1 inch = 2.5 centimeters) . Minor loss of surface sheen/lustre noted
(b) The record is pressed on a RELATIVELY thick, inflexible vinyl. This is NOT a thin, flimsy ('dynaflex' type),