"STRAWBERRIES OCEANS SHIPS FOREST"
Label : PARLOPHONE/EMI (UK)
Serial No.: FIRE 1
Year of first issue : 1994
Format : 12" - 2 LP - Stereo - 33 rpm
Extremely scarce (dare I say rare) promo numbered double LP (Limited Edition No. 00884).
The first album released under the pseudonym 'The Fireman' in 1993 - a collaboration between Paul McCartney and producer Youth, (best known as a member of Killing Joke and the Orb) - resulting in a techno tinged ambient trance sound, with samples from the 'Off The Ground' album, and clips from 'Reception' & 'The Broadcast' taken from 'Back To The Egg'.
Unlike the standard release the promo was issued in a white sleeve, and was stamped on the back with a limited edition number. The record labels also differ from those found on the standard release, in that the A side labels are white, with red printed details (FIRE 11 PCSD 1451A) and green printed details(FIRE 11 PCSD 1452A) respectively.
Record 1 - side A : Transpiritual Stomp, Trans Lunar Rising, side B : Transcrystaline Pure Trance Record 2 - side A : Arizona Light, Celtic Stomp, side B : Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest, 444, Sunrise Mix
Vinyl : excellent - a few light surface marks & a couple of light scratches - however the vinyl lies flat and true - the sound bright and clear and play grades as excellent on my Dual Deck;
Labels : near mint - as new;
Sleeve : excellent - apart from slight wear to the corners and edges - a surface crease across the top spine end corner (tangential to the spine and the top edge) and some smaller surface creases tangential to the front and back edges - a small area of wear to the back opening edge with a very small tear (to the surface only), and a small surface crease to the front top opening corner - while there is a small area of surface wear to the top spine end, 'FIRE 1' is still clearly visible in light green print - there is a crease all the way across the spine about a quarter of the way down - there is slight (unobtrusive) ring / pressure wear of the kind caused naturally by the carriage of 2 heavy vinyls within a single sleeve -otherwise the spine is sound and intact with all print clearly visible - the front and back are clean and bright with the limited edition number clearly visible on the back of the sleeve.
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