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· DAVID BOWIE – THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD – INSANELY RARE ORIGINAL BRITISH PRESSING WITH A MONSTROUSLY RARE WITHDRAWN “DRAG” COVER (BOWIE IS RECLINING ON A COUCH, CLAD IN A VERY FEMININE GOWN, COMPLETE WITH A REVEALING CLEAVAGE…THE DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY, ALRIGHT! ) 1970 MERCURY RECORDS STEREO LP 6338 041
· GENUINE, AUTHENTIC, ORIGINAL U.K. PRESSING
· ORIGINAL BLACK MERCURY (UK) LABEL WITH SILVER PRINT
· RARE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THE LABEL WITH TONY VISCONTY'S NAME CORRECTLY SPELLED (AS 'TONY VISCONTY') NOT MUCH MORE COMMON MISPRINTED LABELS WHICH MISSPELL HIS NAME AS "TONNY VISCONTI".
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.K. PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· ORIGINAL, THIN CARDBOARD COVER (EUROPEAN STYLE)
· ORIGINAL "TEXTURED" (NIBBED) COVER.
· CLEAN, WEAR-FREE LABELS (SOME SPINDLE MARKS NOTED)
· THICK, HEAVY VINYL PRESSING
· MACHINE-STAMPED MATRIX NUMBER IN THE TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) OF THE RECORD. Matrix numbers are: SIDE A: 6338041 1Y//1 420 1 1 4, SIDE B: 6338041 2Y//1 420 1 1 1
(►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!)
This is an INCREDIBLY RARE David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World 1st PRESSING (1971) UK LP (Mercury 6338 041) with ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC "DRAG" Cover. This is guaranteed authentic. It is extremely rare as only a very small production of these jackets were made before being reissued with a different (less controversial) jacket. Apparently, the jacket depicting a reclining Bowie looking very androgynous (thus the "drag" nickname for the jacket), did not go over well upon the release of this LP in 1971 so was subsequently replaced with a less controversial jacket. These LP's have been counterfeited and later an authorized reissue was manufactured.
This jacket and LP being offered is 100% original. It is NOT a reproduction and is NOT a reissue. A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY WILL BE FURNISHED UPON REQUEST.
Even though it contained no hits, The Man Who Sold the World, for most intents and purposes, is the beginning of David Bowie's classic period. Working with guitarist Mick Ronson and producer Tony Visconti for the first time, Bowie developed a tight, twisted heavy guitar rock that appears simple on the surface but sounds more gnarled upon each listen. The mix is off-center, with the fuzz-bass dominating the compressed, razor-thin guitars and Bowie's strangled, affected voice. The sound of The Man Who Sold the World is odd, but the music is bizarre itself, with Bowie's paranoid futuristic tales melded to Ronson's riffing and the band's relentless attack. Musically, there isn't much innovation on The Man Who Sold the World -- it is almost all hard blues-rock or psychedelic folk-rock -- but there's an unsettling edge to the band's performance, which makes the record one of Bowie's best albums.
(EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY STEPHEN THOMAS ERLEWINE, ALL MUSIC GUIDE /ALLMUSIC.COM/)
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· THE RECORD
(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 VG++. A few light abrasions ARE VISIBLE, but they appear fairly insignificant relative to the overall condition of the vinyl, and are only moderately visually distracting. For most part, the vinyl looks impeccable, without any MAJOR visual flaws or imperfections. Much of the original luster is intact, and the vinyl shines and sparkles almost like new.
(b) The record is pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually, the sound on such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even dramatic. Do not expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital recording!
(c) The record comes in the original poly-lined “Made in England” stock inner sleeve with blue print.
(d) Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior, digital recording!!!
· THE COVER (THIS, OF COURSE, IS THE INCREDIBLY RARE , WITHDRAWN, “DRAG” COVER)
THE COVER IS NICE --- ABOUT EXCELLENT OR VERY GOOD+++.
The following flaws or imperfections are noted on the cover:
- Cover has a minor (3 mm wide on each side) tape residue along the opening side (yellowish discoloration from the removed piece of old and aged scotch tape); barely visible on front side; only slightly more visible on the back side