Details about THE WHO Live at Leeds RARE ORIG BLACK COVER & N/M LPSee original listing
31 Jul, 2012 19:33:47 BST
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Halstead, Essex, United Kingdom
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Postage: UK £4.25. Europe £12. Rest of World £16. ALL signed for. – NOTE: I now apply the Ebay ‘4-day’ rule for non-payment. I try to keep my P&P as low as possible after the very significant Royal Mail price increases.
Artist or Band: THE WHO
Album Title: The Who Live at Leeds.
Side 1: Young Man; Substitute; Summertime Blues; Shakin’ All Over.
Side 2: My Generation; Magic Bus.
Label/Format: Track – Genuine first issue with heavyweight vinyl, deeper inner ring ridge and most importantly, the darker blue text. Only slightly later pressings had much paler blue ink on the labels. (please see my label scan).
Label Conditions: Both very clean, fresh and attractive, clearly little handled and looking immaculate. Light spindle marks on side one and very light indeed on side two. Never easy to find this record with such little usage and looking so nice.
Cat Number: 2406 001.
Mode / Speed: Stereo / 33.3 rpm.
Warps: Assume all records I offer have no warping of any significance and all tracking is easy and effortless and should play on all turntables and even ‘budget’ decks.
Weight of this Record: 141 grams. A very impressive weight for this first issue. Again later copies were a fair degree lighter and thinner. This is a very solid and thick record (as it should be).
Country of Manufacture: England.
Rarity & What’s Included: The earliest pressed copies of this album are significantly rarer than later ones. This album was issued with three distinctively different colour sleeves. Black, blue and red – the black originals being the most difficult to find. This has the black text inside as well (please see this in close-up). The early versions are said to be hand stamped probably at the MacNeill printing company, and this likely to be the case as the front text varies considerably. The degree of ink coverage of the text is never the same and the same goes for the actual position on the cover itself. A cover made to resemble a bootleg, hence very basic indeed. I have seen very few original black covers, hence I have no qualms in offering one that has aged a little with some wear to the fragile and somewhat weak spine. This is a cover that does not wear well and few very early examples will avoid often major wear or damage. Also, and importantly, the inserts, of which there are 12. These differ also, which I will explain in my section ‘THE INSERTS’ further down. ALL the contents came from this original black cover bar the poster that was missing. So I have included one from an very early blue cover copy I had spare in superb condition (as are the rest). A tiny few included a tracing paper wallet, alas this is not included and is beyond rare. The ultimate star of this set is the record itself: heavy pressed with the earliest matrixes you could wish to see. Most seen are 3 / 3. A1 / B1 are mandatory on a first issue along with weight and darker label ink. This copy looks and plays superbly – the best I have heard for simply ages. As the labels state, any crackle is correct and simply on the mastertape. Lastly, this includes it’s original inner sleeve which is date-coded 0670, that within a mere month of issue emphasising still further the time of issue of this copy. So a very fine and considerably rarer black original that totally blew me away for sound.
Original Year of Release: May 1970
Matrix Nos: 2406001 A // 1 1 1 1 & 2406001 B // 1 1 1 1 1 (the third ‘1’ on side one appears struck through). Try finding a copy with more ‘1’s than this and nothing higher. Matrixes do not lie, this is one of the earliest copies you will ever find – and in superb condition.
Brief Info: Regarded by many as the perfect and best live album ever. Loud and raw, no fancy production, overdubs or cover – this was all intentional – this set looks like a bootleg and was supposed to sound like one too – even the tape imperfections and crackle is left in – but it does have WAY better sound than most boots. The labels clearly state, it has ‘crackling noises’, which is all intentional just to make this even less ‘dressed up’. What you do get is The Who doing what they do best – entertain – and this classic live set is just pure energy and excitement. This record is in super condition, and how often will you find one encased in a first all-black cover and including all the proper inserts as guaranteed first printings? So many are seen with a mish-mash of swaps and substitutions as so many originals become lost, torn, badly creased or stained. That’s why below I state what the main differences are between first printings of the inserts compared to later versions. This absolutely confirmed in comparison to a 1972 red cover pressing I also have in stock – the inserts really DO vary considerably. This I feel is important and the differences are easy spot and explain and it really is not problem for me to describe. Even if there is or were minor imperfections to them, I will NOT swap or substitute any of them from later copies which are generally very easy to find but simply look different. This is one of the very earliest pressed as all the facts confirm. The inserts are in great condition overall and I have tried my best to explain (simply) the differences in early and later versions and their conditions individually to help any interested collector or fan. To save anyone emailing me, no I do not have the ultra rare tracing paper wallet, so far, one of these has eluded me.
The Poster: MINT: Unmounted, untorn or split, clean, uncreased (bar the original two manufactured folds of course), all edges sharp and foldlines unstressed as new. The most elusive of the inserts as this was often mounted on walls, this is one of best original posters I have ever seen. Even the back is as new, untoned or marked.
Differences: This is less white than later made examples, it has a slightly more ‘aged’ look which is more than obvious when put aside a later version where the white is very white indeed.
Delivery Note: EXCELLENT(++): an odd tiny, super faint tone trace seen more when held against direct light. One minute tip crease going beyond critical. Crisp and uncreased apart.
Differences: This had dark print and less white paper. Later versions had paler text, again very apparent when put side by side.
Notice: EXCELLENT(++): ultra clean and fresh, one very small corner tip crease on top left (look very hard). This one has the punched holes on left, some have them, some don’t.
Differences: Originals are generally darker.
Photo of the Band: Mint, nothing to add.
Differences: Originals on much thicker paper than later versions. Also a lighter overall grey with more detail, the ultimate test being Townsend’s (right) eyeball being visible on his left eye as he faces. Later, darker versions made this detail fill-in and disappear as did other fine details. On this one, this detail is clearly visible.
‘My Generation’ Lyrics: Mint: simply as made.
Differences: Darker off-white, quite thin paper.
Jee Club Wardour Street: MINT: with no creasing and this one is solid, some have punched holes.
Differences: Original has thinner paper and deep blue writing. Later ones were all black and whiter paper.
High Numbers Earnings Sheet: EXCELLENT(++): one of the most delicate inserts in this set. It has a single fold which is so sharp it was possibly made in manufacture. A couple of tiny tip creases but nothing else and as clean as when made.
Differences: Only originals are on yellow and ultra thin tracing type paper. Later examples were on much thicker paper which was also white. This is a deep yellow even though my camera flash may have lightened it up on my picture(s).
Premier Talent Sheet: MINT(-) again, like the earnings sheet, made on yellow ultra thin tracing type paper. Almost perfect bar a couple of super-faint crease traces near the left corners, this again being hyper-critical. Given just frail this is, it’s in remarkable condition. Crisp, fresh and sharp.
Differences: The same as the Earnings Sheet, also the reddish-brown text and logo are a deeper colour.
King’s Agency: MINT: again in stunning condition with nothing to fault, this is a solid version with no punch holes.
Differences: Originals on thinner paper and the Barry Perkins signature is a deep grey blue (as here), these look more like a real signature. Later ones have a bright blue or black signature and look more ‘printed’. Here the sig looks more written in real pen.
EMI Records Sheet: MINT(-): almost as new, the odd merest faint ruffle trace, again going beyond critical.
Differences: Originals are printed on off-white paper (as this one), later examples are pure white.
New Action Ltd: EXCELLENT(++): One manufacturer fold which is quite normal. Very light traces of toning on left hand edge, it shows little.
Differences: New Acton logo in lighter blue. Later ones much darker.
Overhead Guitar Picture: PRACTICALLY MINT: nothing to fault, one manufactured central fold.
Differences: Originals have both sides matt and printed on very finely textured paper. Later examples are more glossy. All these differences are fact using my own eyes from two very different copies, one very early, as this one on offer and a later example from around 1972.
This Cover’s Potential for Wear: Very High: Flimsy, delicate, easily damaged and torn. [Unlaminated covers are always the most vulnerable for rubbing, fading, sticker tears and ringwear, gatefolds are more prone still and the darker they are, the more this type of wear occurs and shows. Some sleeves have a textured finish or die-cut shaped edges or ‘windows’. These are even more delicate and the hardest to find in top condition. Fully laminated covers are more resistent to wear but often the laminate ages with dulling, creases and blistering. Many 60s covers have outer flipback construction, these are very vulnerable to damage]. (US covers are the most fragile of all, very rarely laminated and made with thick brittle card that rubs and ringwears badly. Seams and edges split easily). Please see format below to access this cover’s potential for wear and damage.
A BONUS: I include with the set a 1975 Who concert ticket from the New Bingley Hall gig at the County Showground, Staffod. Here they appeared on 4th October with the Steve Gibbons Band. This sticket stubb in superb condition and a nice extra for any Who fan.
Cover Grade and Format: VERY GOOD: and very basic. A very flimsy gatefold with inside single stapled (on each face) for the retaining ‘pouch’. Unlaminated with the considerably rarer original black ink on the front that looks hand-stamped. These also vary immensely with some being more filled in and clearer. Even the position changes from cover to cover. This was supposed to look ‘hand-stamped’ and probably was, the ultimate bootleg lookalike. Made with very wear-prone soft matt brown card that always wears very badly. It was printed and made by MacNeill Press. This has the much rarer black ink inside as well. This cover was deliberately made ‘basic looking’ to resemble a home-made bootleg any ageing or marks almost improves this cover giving the format more character and making the spoof more complete.
Cover Front: Some discolour and mildish grubbiness to make it appear more aged. Some edge scuffing and burring but minimal creasing. The left side and top corner have discolour more. A staple is seen on the right edge, this solid and untarnished. The important black stamp looks superb with some quite areas for that real effect.
Cover Back: Not the most exciting of backs but quite deliberate of course, simply made to represent a plain piece of brown card and folded in a home-made kind of way. More consistently and lightly darkened or aged. The right edge toned but overall neat with only modest grubbiness and hardly any rim impression which is somewhat unusual. Again the second staple is solid and clean.
Cover Inner Gatefold: The inside is solid and neat, but the spine fold has a central split but still quite solid overall. All the text and logo are printed in intense black ink and pristine as seen in close-up. Discolouration inside is very modest and it remains quite clean overall with just a couple of minor creases near the fold at the bottom. Both storage pouches are solid and neat.
Top Edges: Single thickness only with soft card means some mild burring and equally mild thickening. Both show far less wear than some I have seen and overall, quite neat in context.
Bottom Edges: These are both double thickness to retain the record and inserts. Both have rubbed with mild traces of ‘wooliness’ when viewed up against light, this is only very light in real terms, I have seen these literally rubbed right though, this is light years away from that and both edges look neat with no splits or repairs.
Right Edge(s), and Type: Four edges here, two full height and two just under half height. Reasonably neat with a little burring but minimal thickening. All edges are guaranteed untrimmed.
Spine and Text: This never had text printed on it. This is the area with most real wear with a some central area splits and rubbing. Edge rubbing on such a cover is of less visual issue as there is no ink or graphic. It is still quite solid overall but less neat than other areas of this fragile sleeve. I have reduced the grading a whole level for the spine alone.
Corners: Some tip creasing and rubbing but all quite neat overall.
Cover Summary: A unique and very fragile, even basic cover, all deliterate of course. Black ink inside and outside, these are difficult to find and there is no faking the matrixes on the record and date code on the inner sleeve which all emphasises the early manufacture of this cover. It is not for the perfectionist, but a cover that can withstand ageing and wear better than most simply because it is so basic. A genuine ‘black’ is rather more special in my view and far less produced than the blues and reds. And even with wear (mostly on the spine), this is a historic piece and still quite attractive.
The Inner Sleeve: NEAR EXCELLENT: the original record inner sleeve is also included and this in it’s own way important as it has the 0670 (June 1970) date code on the bottom right (as seen in close-up). This has modest discolouration and one moderate corner crease. But the lining is solidly intact and ultra clear with minimal crinkle as seen through two pristine window circles. No edges splits or repairs, quite impressive really.
Vinyl Condition/Visual Grading: MINT(-): and the best, genuine first pressing I have ever seen. This is a record that often got heavily played and few of the early pressings are seen this clean and little used. Beautiful dark blue text labels and little short of immaculate playing surfaces, this on a copy with a host of ‘1’s on the matrixes and nothing discernibly higher. A superb visual copy that is very clean, shiny, intense black and heavily pressed – again later copies were much thinner and lighter. All that raw power is superbly preserved in totally unworn grooves and typical of the collection it came from. Okay, the cover has faired less well, but the record is exceptional and will prove the ultimate upgrade for anyone needing such an early example. I have never seen such an early pressed copy looking like this before, there is barely a mark or blemish worthy of note and this could almost pass for new. Visually a super record and possibly the best you will ever see for this title, this will please most-all collectors I feel sure.
Album Played For Grading: Yes. [I play ALL records I offer before submitting to Ebay, also the record is played in its entirety unless clearly stated otherwise. I do NOT play snippets or joining grooves to check for sound quality and quietness – I play from the beginning to end via clinically revealing B&W speakers that include the legendary tweeter from their awesome Nautilus range that reveals every blemish or miniscule sound present on any record.]
Sound Quality and Audio Grading: This superb record plays up to it’s high visual grading with nothing to fault. Strong, powerful sound, all frequencies are sharp and clear - sound quality is raw and exciting with a dynamic sound and punchy sonic delivery. Any real surface sounds barely even registered, but as the labels state (my label picture will confirm) some mastertape crackling is present and was decided to let it stay. Many consider this to be the greatest live album ever and for this listener, it is certainly a contender. I detected no pops or clicks and this is a top -drawer clean pressing as you hope for being so early produced. This is not hi-fi masterpiece, it was never meant to be, but the sound and production was designed to be basic, like the cover, to give that bootleg effect and the sense of actually being there. Few copies will even match, let lone outperform this impressive copy I feel sure. Both channels are clean and sharp, I feel very sure this record has been played very lightly and carefully handled. Nothing spoilt my pleasure when play-grading this awesome live set – with a sound just so perfect for it’s aims and the legendary status as one of the best live albums ever is even more justified. This actual record and contents (the cover less so) could prove near impossible to find significantly better and merits my highest recommendation. Remember the black cover is way harder to find than the others and even being aged with some wear, gives that more satisfying pleasure.
Now one of the most established sellers on Ebay and still offering the finest and most accurately described and graded records I can find. I pride myself on offering a variety of genres to keep my site as interesting as possible. I will rarely offer any record that falls below a true Excellent grading, unless its of a certain rarity which will justify offering a lesser grade. I try, to the best of my ability to describe as accurately and as honesty as I can all items I offer for sale with all the relevant information I can think of to help any potential bidder and collector. You may notice I only submit records sparingly on Ebay - on average ONEADAY, a couple more at weekends if time permits, hence the name - time rarely allows for more as I Play-Grade virtually every record I offer in their entirety, not just bits to guess a grade - visuals alone do not always tell a true or full story. I will mention any defects or flaws no matter how small that I notice to be fair as possible to any interested collector – I am very fussy and my buyers have the right to be too. Every record I offer, whether it be a common or rare item deserves the same respect as far as I am concerned and will be treated the same - just because an item is rare does not always mean its good. I get just as much pleasure offering a relatively common record in stunning near mint condition as the real rare items. All the pictures I use for your guidance are taken with a digital camera or scanned - they are NOT improved, cleaned-up or made better looking than they are with camera trickery or enhancing with digital programmes. What you see is what you get and scanned labels will give a more accurate representation of the genuine colour than flash photography where light is variable. I cannot guarantee total accuracy for colours however but most will be very close. If any picture I take looks more flattering than the actual item for any reason, I will clearly state the fact in the advert and vice-versa. I hope the item below is to your liking - any questions can be emailed and I will do my very best to answer you. I am enthusiastic, and have a fair degree of knowledge about many genres and I promise quality items - bid with confidence - excellence comes as standard and so does Near Mint regularly. Please assume all records I offer have NO jumps, sticks, warps or writing on covers or labels unless clearly stated to the contrary. Thanks for your interest and Good luck – MIKE.
Equipment Used for Play-Grading: I now play-grade ALL the records I offer (unless clearly stated to the contrary) on the following equipment:
Deck: Linn LP12/Hercules/Cirkus with Ittok Mk II arm and Ortofon Rondo Red moving coil cartridge (tracks at 2 grams). Amps: Naim Nait 5i with Project USB phono stage and Chord interconnects. Speakers: B&W 704 Floorstanding 3-way Monitors (bi-wired with Terrarium Black terminated cable). All records I offer on Ebay are cleaned on a professional VPI-17 vacuum machine before play-grading for the cleanest and best possible sound and will include a brand new lined inner and protective cover too. Pictures taken with a Nikon D5000 SLR Digital Camera.
PACKING - THIS IS WHAT YOU GET.
What You Get: To confirm to the strict Ebay rules on shipping, I must now send ALL my packets ‘Signed-For’ with NO exceptions. Both buyers and sellers want their packets to have a safer journey and this is not a bad thing.
I now offer the fastest possible posting, often the very next day after payment is received or within two to three days maximum (unless on holiday). I only use FIRST-CLASS Mail. The record’s cover will be placed within a BRAND NEW soft protective sleeve and the actual record will be professionally cleaned on my new VPI-17 Pro vacuum system to give ultimate clean grooves and playing surfaces and the best possible looks and ultimate sound quality. You will NOT get tired, dull looking, dust infested records inside worn and foggy covers with tatty inners from this seller and that’s a promise and guarantee. All records are posted in professional boxes (NOT Mailers, these do not offer any real protection). The record(s) are REMOVED from their main cover to avoid edge splits and placed within a brand new polylined inner. The record’s original inner will be included if available. The boxes are then reinforced with at least TWO, ULTRA THICK stiffeners for maximum extra protection – these are FOUR TIMES thicker than commercial stiffeners and are custom-made for oneadayrecords. Really rare and expensive albums will even be Double Boxed if deemed necessary and possible. When larger boxes are used, the thick record and stiffener ‘sandwich’ is then thickly embedded into bubble-wrap to bulk out the record inside the box to centre the item inside to reduce the risk of damage still further. Printed address labels are used for clarity as well as a sender label. Customers requests or special needs for P&P will be respected if at all possible but ‘Signed-For’ posting is NOT an option anymore. I do not profit on posting and the cost of this lavish packing is NOT even charged for, I offer probably the best-value and safest shipping possible for ultimate confidence. The boxes and ultra thick double-wall stiffeners and bubble wrap make a near impregnable fortress for safe shipping and this is used inland and overseas for ALL my records, not just the rare and expensive. I will invoice any winning bidder as soon as possible after the auction ends. My ‘loss’ or ‘damage rate’ is less than one in two thousand+ based on over 8,000+ items sold in over 10 years of Ebay trading and I consider that pretty exceptional. The only damage rate acceptable for this seller is ZERO and I think my packets will offer just that. It would take a vicious postman or postal service to damage these for sure. Even one of these stiffeners cannot be bent by hand, so what chance 2 inside a box? Oneadayrecords is a MAILER-FREE ZONE. I discount of course for multiple purchases with a maximum of FIVE records per box (one double can sometimes be included subject to total weight). All postage costs are below and at the top of the listing.
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SHIPPING COSTS & CONDITIONS – THESE comply with EBAY’S RULES - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
Posting & Packing: UK & CHANNEL ISLANDS all now sent via Recorded Delivery:
1 LP (FIRST-CLASS Recorded Delivery with Standard Royal Mail Insurance) [Signed For] = £4.25
1 LP (Special Delivery with Standard £500 Maximum Insurance) [Signed For, Next Day] = £8. (this includes insurance of £500). Add £2 per extra LP.
Posting & Packing: EUROPE & SCANDINAVIA. (Airmail Only):
1 LP (Small Packet ‘Signed For’ with Standard Royal Mail Insurance [£50 maximum]) = £12 (enhanced Royal Mail insurance is an optional extra £3). Add £3 per extra LP.
Posting & Packing: ALL OVERSEAS (non-European) e.g. USA (ANY PART OF); South America; New Zealand; Australia; Canada; Japan and other Far East; (Airmail Only: I NEVER use Surface Mail):
1 LP (Small Packet ‘Signed For’ with Standard Royal Mail Insurance [£50 maximum]) = £16 (£17 for double sets). Add £3 per extra LP. (enhanced Royal Mail insurance is an optional extra £3)
I prefer PayPal or cheque from UK winning bidders. I can accept PayPal from overseas bidders or direct payment into my bank account.
Potential Bidders: I will cancel any bids I feel are time-wasters. A maximum 3 days for communication and 7 days for payment to arrive - if not I will relist the item or offer to the runner-up. Fast deals get great feedback from me. Any questions - please ask and thanks for looking.
My Guarantee: If any winning bidder is not satisfied with their purchase I will offer a complete refund. I will not refund if any defect detail is clearly stated on the advert and missed by the buyer, so read the item description carefully. If any overseas collector does not understand anything in my listing, please email and ask me to help. Thank You.
SOME GENERAL GUIDES TO WEAR AND CONDITIONS TO HELP YOU DECIDE
My Use of Description Terminology: Surface Marks = Superficial, usually light marks, hairlines or light scuffs that rarely sound. Scratch = a needle mark that goes below the record’s surface, some will sound, some will not, my play-grade will inform. Original = a record that has been pressed with the first label design which does NOT necessarily mean a very first pressed record. First Pressing = A record that I believe or know to be a genuine very first pressed record. I do not claim to always know for sure, and that’s why I state the stamper and matrix numbers if at all possible, for those who claim to know what they all mean, the information is there for the collector to decide. I prefer to use terms like ‘Early Copy’ rather than ‘First Pressing’ if I am not totally sure. Surface Sound = Mild, light sound, usually light crackle or similar. Distortion = Break up of the actual sound caused by groove wear or damage from a chipped stylus – the most undesirable form of unwanted sound, vintage mono records were the most prone to this happening but not exclusively so. The symptoms of distortion are high frequency clipping, moderate constant crackle or an echo type sound quality. Violin, piano and vocals are most prone to groove-wear distortion. Feathering = Fraying or softening of the entry edge of a cover. Covers with feathered entrance edges are more likely to have had the actual record inserted and removed more than a non-feathered, sharp-edged cover which are always far more attractive. Set Off, actually a printer’s term for dark ink leaving mild residue on pale or white ink when rested upon. e.g. when a gatefold cover has black ink closed against white, this can leave some black residue on the pale area – this is mostly unavoidable or course.
The Argument for Vinyl Original sound and mix (mono mixes are rarely available on CD), high quality sound on clean copies (played on a hi-end dedicated analogue system – breathtaking sound!), beautiful, large format covers, artwork, inserts and even full size posters etc; huge investment potential, and the pleasure of owning ‘the real thing’.
Return policy details
Any returned item must be received back in the same condition as it was posted.