Ok - This should need no introduction - Quite simply The Holy Grail of all Led Zeppelin albums!!
Led Zeppelin I - ALL ORIGINAL FIRST (1ST) UK Press Vinyl LP - WITH ORIGINAL TURQUOISE SLEEVE!
On Atlantic, Plum Label, ref 588171
Matrices are 588171 A1 // 588171 B1 - UNCORRECTED AND ABSOLUTE EARLIEST THEY CAN BE!!
The Sleeve: EXCELLENT
Fully Laminated, Printed by MacNeill Press Ltd. Has the grey strip across the bottom of the front as you'd expect.
Laminate has some light creasing in places, including off the spine. NO Tears, No Writing, No Ringwear.
Bottom corners have each a small crease and some corner wear
Spine is clearly readable if a little rounded/dented in places.
Front has hardly faded at all with age, still nice and bright white except little slight yellowing very near the spine...and I mean a little.
Rear is the more sepia colour photo of the band you'd associate with the first press - later pressings get more and more orange
Top and Bottom spines have virtually no wear which is almost unheard of.
Inner Sleeve is a plain white Poly Lined 'Plastic Bags can be dangerous' type typical of Atlantic at the time - split to the middle of one side (If it matters) - I'll pop another plain sleeve in just for travelling in the mail.
I've test played this all the way through using decent stereo gear - it grades as follows:
Side 1: - A Solid VG+ , plays beautifully with no nasty big pops or jumps throughout but further detail below
Vinyl has some light surface marks but has retained its sheen nicely
Tiny amount of crackle on intro, quite quiet
Good Times Bad Times - light crackle which can only be heard in the quieter parts
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You ... This has some light crackle and some clicks in the middle section
You Shook Me - again light crackle and minimal light clicks which lessen as the track goes on - some random light clicks
Dazed and Confused, minimal interference, very very light crackle, even in the quieter parts difficult to spot
The Audio is absolutely stunning!
NOTE: Side 1 label has no writing though has had a sticker removed which has caused a couple of very small nicks in the label as pictured. some sticker residue still on the surface, will probably come off if you so do wish, very slight ripple where sticker has been - a little spindle wear when turned to the light
All writing etc clearly visible :-
"1969 Under Licence from Atlantic Recording Corpn. U.S.A'
"Made In Gt Britain"
Song credits are :
1,2,4, Superhype Music
3, Jewel Music
Side 2:- VG+
Again some light surface marks which cause a little background noise / crackle but nothing serious at all - more detail below:
Some crackle on the organ intro to Your Time is gonna come, much lessened once the song kicks in reduces as song goes on
Black Mountain Side has only minimal background crackle in some places
Communication Breakdown - again minimal crackle
I cant quit you babe....slight crackle, a couple of light clicks noticed in quieter parts but quite hard to notice
How Many More Times - slight crackle noticeable in the background of the quiet violin bow section only
Again - The audio is about as clear and loud as you're going to get.
Side 2 label is clean and clear other than some light spindle marks
1,2,3,5, Superhype Music
4 Jewel Music
PLEASE NOTE - Postage is based on UK Recorded and Insured, thats the only way this one is being posted.
PLEASE ASK for overseas postage before bidding as there are some countries I will not post to. Overseas Postage will also need to be Recorded and Insured.
I use the Record Collector Grading Criteria which is as follows:
The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. The cover and any extra items such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition. Records advertised as sealed or unplayed should be Mint.
The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality. The cover and packaging might have slight wear and / or creasing.
The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable surface marks and the occasional light scratch. Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items, without any major defects, is acceptable.
The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some distortion and mild scratches. The cover and contents suffer from folding, scuffing of edges, spine splits, discoloration, etc.
Any Questions please ask away....
Good Luck :)
On 23-Oct-15 at 21:50:52 BST, seller added the following information:
Hi guys, just added some better pictures in natural light as the previous ones of the sleeve dont do it justice due to lamp light
Note the back sleeve photo colour is less orange as it should be and the front nice and white :)