UK 1ST PRESS VERTIGO SWIRL RECORD IN VG+ CONDITION!
Up for sale is this very nice copy of the ULTRA RARE monster prog albumDr. Z -"Three Parts to my Soul" (also known as "Spiritus, Manes et Umbra"), released in 1971 on the VERTIGO SWIRL label with catalog number 6360 048. According to the "Vertigo Swirl Label Record Collector Guide" LESS THAN 100 UK COPIES ARE KNOWN TO EXIST. This copy is in VERY DECENT CONDITION and plays very well through without any major issues. This album is a genuine UK 1ST PRESS, as indicated by the labels, as well as the matrix numbers: 6360048 1Y//11 1 (mirrored) 3 and6360048 2Y//11 1 (mirrored) 2. This 1st press version of this monster prog record is IMPOSSIBLY HARD TO OBTAIN IN ANY CONDITION!(CURRENTLY, THIS IS THE ONLY UK COPY OF THIS ALBUM FOR SALE!!!)However, THE RECORD OF THIS COPY IS IN VERY NICE CONDITION WHICH IS EVEN HARDER TO FIND! It's a pity that the sleeve of this copy has seen better days, however the record is just fine and this is likely to be YOUR CHANCE to obtain this monster prog album at a bargain price with a starting price as little as 1 GBP!!!! NO RESERVE!!! HAPPY BIDDING!!! :)
Artist: Dr. Z
Title: "Three Parts to my Soul" (also known as "Spiritus, Manes et Umbra")
Catalog number: 6360 048
COMMENT BY "THE VERTIGO SWIRL LABEL RECORD COLLECTOR GUIDE":
"Reputedly, there were less than 100 copies sold of this keyboard-dominated prog LP. The record is clearly built upon a concept: the thesis that inner human life is divided into three parts which are in continuous discord with one another. This philosophical point of view dominates the whole album, and brands the music strongly. Where the subject is the dark side of the soul, the music is pervaded with a gloomy, menacing atmosphere of aggression and despair. Furthermore, it is very soberly arranged. The lack of guitars is compensated for by the intelligent use of different keyboard timbres. Drums are treated like a percussion group, to fill in the inevitable spaces - although there is one completely useless drum solo. Nevertheless, Keyes writes good material, and the overall musical impression is undoubtedly better than the meagre sales would suggest. Near Mint value: 3000 - 4000 EUR"
CONDITION:(Please note I use the Record Collector's grading guide standards - see below!)
The record is overall in strong VERY GOOD PLUS condition and looks actually more like if it were excellent! The record has kept most of its original black glossy shine and has some tiny hairlines from sleeve removal, which are only visible under a strong light! The record plays great without any major issues and still has very nice, rich sound with some slight background noise in the quiter parts of the record... The background noise seems to be a slight bit more prominent than one would expect when grading the record visually, but some research learnt that this seems to be a regular problem with almost all copies of this album! However, while I mention the previous as a matter of completeness, the record is still VERY ENJOYABLE to listen to and the background noise doesn't distract much from the rich keyboard sounds!
The record only has some minor hairline scratches from sleeve removal as mentioned before, however there is ONE SLIGHTLY DEEPER SCRATCH ON THE FIRST TRACK OF SIDE B (SEE PICTURES!!). This scratch causes some minor clicks THAT ARE BARELY AUDIBLE on track B1 and the beginning (first rotations) of track B2. It is worth mentioning that the clicks caused by this scratch are not as prominent as one would expect by inspecting the scratch visually!
CONCLUSION: Overall this record visually looks almost in excellent condition, with only some minor hairline scratches from sleeve removal and only one slightly deeper scratch which causes almost inaudible clicks. Apart from this single issue the record has some minor background noise in the quieter parts. Therefor the record is graded conservatively as VERY GOOD PLUS. Absolutely a VERY DECENT COPY of this ULTRA RARE ALBUM that has well stood the test of time and that PLAYS VERY NICELY.
The ALL-ORIGINAL GIMMICK SLEEVE is in POOR condition. THE COVER HAS SOME MAJOR ISSUES and has clearly seen better days: As can be seen on the pictures, the outer sleeve is missing the two fold-out parts on either side of the main sleeve. Also the spine has been cut off the main sleeve and is not present on either side. The front cover of the main sleeve has a lot of wear and has a tear in the upper left corner and inside the red heart. There has been some red coloring of the tears inside the red heart with red marker (SEE PICTURES!!). There is also written a number in the upper right corner of the sleeve and there are sticky residues all over the left and right edges of the sleeve. The back of the sleeve is in better condition and has only some small tears on the left side and in the upper right corner. Also, the song titles are encircled with ink and there are sticky residues along the left and right edges of the sleeve. Some could argue that the outer sleeve looks still in fair condition, but since it clearly has A LOT OF ISSUES AND IS MISSING SOME PARTS, I only grade it as a conservative POOR condition. PLEASE CAREFULLY EXAMINE PICTURES FOR A GOOD IDEA OF THE CONDITION!!
The ORIGINAL swirl inner sleeve is present and is in VERY GOOD PLUS condition, with some small creases and one side starting to show a seem split. The date code on the inner sleeve shows 0671, meaning the sleeve was printed in the sixth month of 1971, which corresponds to the date of release of this album and indicates THIS IS THE ORIGINAL SWIRL INNER SLEEVE, WHICH IS VERY RARE!!!
Also included with this copy is A REPLICA of the original letter which came with some (not all!) copies of this album when it was released. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REPLICA OF THIS LETTER AND IT IS NOT ORIGINAL! (SEE LAST PICTURE!!)