WHEN THIS DOUBLE LP WAS FINISHED IN THE STUDIO AND
EVERYONE WAS HAPPY WITH THE MIX, THIS DOUBLE LP WAS PREPARED IN THE NORMAL WAY
FOR RELEASE. THE FIRST BATCH OF RECORDS WERE MADE FOR APPROVAL (AROUND 50
COPIES) WITH THE NORMAL 1/2/3/4 RUNNING ORDER, AND THE COVER HAD BEEN FINISHED
AND WAS IN PRODUCTION. AND IMPORTANTLY – JUST LIKE ALL PREVIOUS JIMI
HENDRIX TRACK LPs (‘ARE YOU EXPERIENCED’ & ‘AXIS BOLD AS LOVE’) THE LABELS
WERE AS EXPECTED LABELLED ‘SIDE 1’ ‘SIDE 2’ ‘SIDE 3’ & ‘SIDE
4’!!!! HOWEVER - AT THE LAST MOMENT, THE DECISION WAS TAKEN TO CHANGE
THE ORDER OF THE SIDES TO SUIT THE NEW (AT THE TIME) 'AUTO CHANGER' RECORD
MACHINES. AND AT THE SAME TIME, THE DECISION WAS ALSO TAKEN TO CHANGE THE
LABELS FROM THE PREVIOUS ‘SIDE 1’ ‘SIDE 2’ ‘SIDE 3’ & ‘SIDE 4’ NUMBERING SYSTEM – TO
THE 'NEW' ‘A/B/C/D’ LETTERING SYSTEM OF LABELING SIDES, TO AVOID CONFUSION!!!! AND SO
AFTER THE NUMBER SYSTEM WAS DROPPED, THE NEW ‘AUTO CHANGER’ SIDE ORDER WAS A
& D ON 1 RECORD, AND B & C ON THE OTHER RECORD. THIS MEANT, THAT THE
'AUTO CHANGER' MACHINES WOULD DROP THE LP DOWN IN ORDER TO PLAY THE CORRECT
SIDES IN ORDER, AND 'TRACK' WOULD AVOID ANY COMPLAINTS AS TO WHY THE ‘SIDES’ WERE
ON DIFFERENT RECORDS!!!! AND AT THIS POINT ALL 50 COPIES OF THIS DOUBLE
LP WITH THE ‘OLD’ LABELS (‘SIDE 1’ ‘SIDE 2’ ‘SIDE 3’ & ‘SIDE 4’) WERE
ORDERED TO BE DESTROYED FOREVER – WITH THIS ONE BEING RESCUED BY THE PREVIOUS
HOWEVER – THERE WAS STILL 1 MORE PROBLEM TO BE
ADDRESSED!!!! AND THIS WAS OF COURSE, THE MATRIX'S & RUNNING ORDER!!!! WITH THE
‘OLD’ COPIES HAVING THE NORMAL 1/2/3/4 RUNNING ORDER – THE MOTHERS TO PRESS THE
RECORDS ALL HAD TO BE CHANGED!!!! SO RATHER THAN MAKING MORE MOTHERS FROM
SCRATCH - THE MATRIXES ON THE RECORDS WERE COMPLETELY ‘RE WRITTEN’ (ACTUALLY
'OVERLAID' ON TOP OF THE EXISTING 'STAMPED' MATRIXES), AND THE RECORDS
COMPLETELY RE-CUT ONCE AGAIN FOR THE NEW RELEASE IN THE 'AUTO CHANGER' ORDER!!!!
AND IN FACT, DEPENDING ON YOUR POINT OF VIEW - THIS DOUBLE LP ACTUALLY MAKES ALL
LATER 'RELEASED' COPIES OF THIS DOUBLE LP (WITH LOADS OF CORRECTIONS TO THE MATRIX'S!) ACTUALLY ALL 2ND PRESSINGS, AS THE PRESSING MACHINES WERE ACTUALLY
STOPPED, AND EACH RECORD RE-CUT WITH COMPLETELY DIFFERENT MATRIX'S WITH MANY
CORRECTIONS!!!! SO IN REALITY - THIS DOUBLE LP IS ONE OF THE ONLY 'TRUE' 1ST
PRESSINGS LEFT IN EXISTENCE - WITH ALL
LATER ONES (INCLUDING ALL THE STANDARD 'RELEASED' BLUE COVER COPIES) ACTUALLY
BEING LATER PRESSINGS!!!!
I WILL NOW DESCRIBE ALL THE DIFFERENCES TO THE MATRIXES, RECORDS & LABELS BELOW - PROVING WITHOUT DOUBT THAT THIS DOUBLE LP ON SALE HERE, IS THE 'EARLIEST' & RAREST 1ST PRESSING EVER MADE!!!!
FIRSTLY THE MATRIX DIFFERENCES:- (NORMAL 'RELEASED' PRESSING LISTED FIRST & THE RAREST & EARLIEST 'UNCORRECTED' 1ST PRESSING LISTED SECOND):-
THE NORMAL 'RELEASED' FIRST PRESSINGS HAVE THESE MATRIX'S BELOW (IN THE A/D B/C 'AUTO CHANGE' ORDER ON THE RECORDS MADE AFTER THE
DECISION TO CHANGE THE SIDE ORDER):-
SIDE A – ‘613008 (THE ‘8’ IS CROSSED THROUGH, THEN HAND CORRECTED WRONGLY AND CROSSED THROUGH AGAIN, AND FINALLY CORRECTED PROPERLY WITH A ‘HAND ETCHED’ 8) A//1
SIDE D – ‘’613009 (THE ‘9’ IS CROSSED THOUGH, AND THEN CORRECTED WITH A ‘HAND ETCHED’ 8) B//1
SIDE B – ‘613008 (THE ‘8’ IS CROSSED THOUGH, AND THEN CORRECTED WITH A ‘HAND ETCHED’ 9) A//1 – WITH THE ‘A’ ORIGINALLY BEING STAMPED ‘B’ – BUT CORRECTED WITH A ‘HAND ETCHED’ ‘A’
SIDE C – ORIGINALLY THIS SIDE WAS STAMPED ‘613009 (THE
‘9’ IS CROSSED THOUGH, AND THEN CORRECTED WITH A ‘HAND ETCHED’ 8) A//1 – HOWEVER
THERE WERE SO MANY ERRORS HERE THAT THE WHOLE OF THIS ORIGINAL MATRIX WAS
CROSSED THROUGH USING ‘XXXXX’s AND EVENTUALLY COMPLETELY ‘HAND ETCHED’ 613009 B’
(LEAVING THE ORIGINAL STAMPED ‘1’ AS THE 1 IN THE B//1 MATRIX).
IN SHORT ALL STANDARD 'RELEASED' COPIES HAVE MATRIXES
THAT ARE A COMPLETE MESS!!!! HOWEVER
– THIS ‘EARLIEST EVER’ 1ST PRESSING (MADE BEFORE THE ABOVE CORRECTIONS & AND
IN THE ORIGINAL 1/2/3/4 RUNNING ORDER!) READS:-
SIDE 1 - ‘613008 (THE ‘9’ IS CROSSED THROUGH, THEN HAND CORRECTED WITH A ‘HAND ETCHED’ 8) A//1
SIDE 2 - ‘613008 (THE ‘9’ IS CROSSED THOUGH, AND THEN
CORRECTED WITH A ‘HAND ETCHED’ 8) B//1
SIDE 3 - ’613009 (THE ‘8’ IS CROSSED THROUGH, AND THEN CORRECTED WITH A ‘HAND ETCHED’ 9) A//1
SIDE 4 - ’613009 (THE ‘8’ IS CROSSED THROUGH, AND THEN CORRECTED WITH A ‘HAND ETCHED’ 9) B//1
AND AS YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE – THIS ‘EARLIEST’ 1ST
PRESSING WAS MADE, BEFORE THE DECISION WAS MADE TO CHANGE THIS DOUBLE LP’s SIDES
TO MATCH AUTO CHANGERS!!!! AND THE 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESS MATRIX'S ON THE ABOVE RECORDS ARE COMPLETELY
UNCORRECTED (APART FROM 1 SINGLE NUMBER ON EACH SIDE!) AND WERE MADE BEFORE THE
HORRIBLE MESSY OVERLAID HAND MADE CORRECTIONS WHICH ALL LATER 'RELEASED' COPIES HAD!!!! THEY ALSO OBVIOUSLY LOOK MUCH NEATER AND NICER THAN THE LATER
MESSY CORRECTIONS THAT APPEAR ON THE 'RELEASED' VERSIONS!!!! THIS WAS THE
ORIGINAL & ‘EARLIEST’ 1ST PRESSING EVER MADE, AND MIXED IN THE CORRECT 1/2/3/4 ORDER
- BEFORE ANY LATER CORRECTIONS FOR THE FINAL RELEASED VERSION WERE EVER
SECONDLY THE RECORD GROOVE DIFFERENCES:-
IT IS ALSO WELL WORTH NOTING THAT RECORD 1’s GROOVES LOOK VERY DIFFERENT UNDER LIGHT WHEN COMPARED TO THE LATER 'RELEASED' VERSIONS, AND THERE IS NO DOUBT AT ALL THAT AT LEAST ONE OF THESE RECORDS WAS COMPLETELY ‘RE-CUT’ BEFORE THE EVENTUAL FINAL RELEASED VERSION WAS EVER MADE!!!!
PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THIS SET
IS THE ULTRA RARE WITHDRAWN 'MISPRINTED' NUMBERED LABELS!!!! SO HERE ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN
THESE ‘EARLIEST’ 1ST PRESS ‘WITHDRAWN’ LABELS & THE LATER RELEASED
1) THE ‘EARLIEST’ 1ST PRESS ‘WITHDRAWN’ LABELS
ARE NUMBERED ‘SIDE 1’ ‘SIDE 2’ ‘SIDE 3’ & ‘SIDE 4’ (RELEASED LABELS WERE
2) THE ‘EARLIEST’ 1ST PRESS ‘WITHDRAWN’ LABELS WERE LABELED IN THE CORRECT ORDER ON EACH RECORD (1/2 & 3/4) (LATER RELEASED VERSIONS PLAY IN THE
‘AUTO CHANGER’ ORDER ‘A/D’ ‘B/C’ INSTEAD!)
3) THE TRACK ‘VOODOO CHILE (Slight Return)’ IS
WRONGLY CREDITED AS ‘VOODOO CHILE’ ONLY - ON THESE ‘EARLIEST’
1ST PRESS ‘WITHDRAWN’ LABELS (LATER RELEASED VERSIONS HAVE THIS CORRECTED TO
‘VOODOO CHILE (Slight Return)’ INSTEAD!)
4) THE TRACK ‘VOODOO CHILE’ IS WRONGLY CREDITED AS ‘VOODOO CHILD (Slight Return)’ ON THESE ‘EARLIEST’ 1ST PRESS ‘WITHDRAWN’ LABELS (LATER RELEASED VERSIONS HAVE THIS CORRECTED TO ‘VOODOO CHILE’ INSTEAD!)
5) ALTHOUGH THE MATRIXES ARE 100% CORRECT TO THE
LABELS – THE TRACKS DON'T ALL MATCH (CORRECTED ON THE RELEASED
6) JUST LIKE ALL PREVIOUS JIMI HENDRIX LPs - THE
‘EARLIEST’ 1ST PRESS ‘WITHDRAWN’ LABELS IMPORTANTLY HAVE NO
‘UPSIDE DOWN’ MATRIXES ON THE LABELS AS THEY USED THE ‘NUMBER’ (1/2/3/4) SYSTEM
(THE LATER RELEASED VERSIONS HAD THESE INTRODUCED TO MATCH THE NEW ‘A/B/C/D’
‘LETTER’ SYSTEM!). *PLEASE NOTE – DO NOT CONFUSE THIS WITH THE MUCH LATER
1969 RE-PRESSINGS (WITH NO UPSIDE MATRIXES) – AS THEY HAD A ‘SET NUMBER’ AND
MUCH LATER MATRIXES!!!! THESE ‘EARLIEST’ 1ST PRESS ‘WITHDRAWN’ LABELS
DEFINITELY CAME BEFORE THE ‘UPSIDE DOWN’ MATRIX RELEASED VERSIONS – AND ARE 100%
DEFINITELY THE ‘EARLIEST’ LABELS EVER MADE!!!! IN ANY CASE, I THINK THE 'UNCORRECTED MATRIXES' ON THE RECORDS (WHICH OBVIOUSLY CAME BEFORE THE OVERLAID MESSY 'CORRECTED' MATRIXES ON THE RELEASED VERSION!), AND THE 'EARLIEST POSSIBLE' STAMPERS, SHOULD MAKE THAT OBVIOUS ANYWAY - BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE CLEAR!!!!
7) THE ‘EARLIEST’ 1ST PRESS ‘WITHDRAWN’ LABELS HAVE ‘PART
1’ (FOR RECORD 1) AND ‘PART 2’ FOR RECORD 2 (LATER RELEASED VERSIONS DELETED
THIS - AND IT WAS NEVER PUT ON THIS DOUBLE LP EVER AGAIN!).
*AGAIN – PLEASE DONT CONFUSE THIS WITH THE LATER SEPARATELY RELEASED ‘PART 1’ & ‘PART 2’ RE-ISSUE LPs – AS THEY OF COURSE HAD LATER & DIFFERENT CAT NUMBERS ON THE LABELS, COMPLETELY DIFFERENT MATRIXES, AND NEVER HAD THE ‘VOODOO CHILD’ MISPRINT!!!! SO THEY WERE CLEARLY MADE MUCH LATER ON - AND OBVIOUSLY NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS LP AT ALL!!!! IN ANY CASE, I THINK THE 'UNCORRECTED MATRIXES' ON THE RECORDS (WHICH OBVIOUSLY CAME BEFORE THE OVERLAID MESSY 'CORRECTED' MATRIXES ON THE RELEASED VERSION!), AND THE 'EARLIEST POSSIBLE' STAMPERS, SHOULD MAKE THAT OBVIOUS ANYWAY - BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE CLEAR!!!!
THESE ARE DEFINITIVELY THE
‘EARLIEST’ 1ST PRESS ‘WITHDRAWN’ MISPRINTED 'NUMBERED' LABELS EVER MADE – AND EXACTLY HOW THIS DOUBLE
LP WAS SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE WHEN ORIGINALLY DESIGNED (BEFORE EVERYTHING WAS
CHANGED TO FIT THE ‘AUTOCHANGERS’!)!!!! IT IS ONLY THE THIRD TIME I HAVE EVER SEEN OR HEARD OF THESE LABELS EVEN EXISTING!!!! AND WHILST YOU CANNOT DISCOUNT ANOTHER ONE OF THE ORIGINAL 50 COPIES BEING RESCUED FROM DESTRUCTION LIKE THIS ONE WAS - IT IS EXTREMELY UNLIKELY TO SAY THE LEAST!!!! AND SO THESE 'WITHDRAWN' MISPRINTED 'NUMBERED' LABELS ARE A TRUE 'PIECE OF HISTORY' AND THE CHANCES OF ANOTHER ONE EVER TURNING UP FOR SALE AGAIN IS VIRTUALLY ZERO!!!!
SO THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT AT ALL - THAT THIS IS THE
ALL TIME 'EARLIEST' & RAREST 1ST PRESSING EVER MADE, WITH 'UNCORRECTED
MATRIXES' & ‘WITHDRAWN’ MISPRINTED 'NUMBERED' LABELS - AND NONE OF THE NASTY LOOKING
CORRECTIONS THAT ALL 'RELEASED' COPIES ENDED UP WITH!!!! AND EVEN THOUGH THIS
IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE ONLY ONES LEFT IN EXISTENCE, THIS IS ACTUALLY STRANGELY THE ONLY ONE THAT
CAN REALLY BE CALLED A 'TRUE' 1ST PRESSING, AS IT WAS MADE BEFORE THE PRESSING
MACHINES WERE STOPPED AND EVERYTHING WAS COMPLETELY CHANGED FOR THE FINAL
'RELEASED' VERSION!!!! AND IT IS AN AMAZING INSIGHT AS TO HOW THIS INCREDIBLE DOUBLE LP WAS SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE – BEFORE ALL THE CHANGES WERE MADE TO FIT THE
‘AUTO CHANGERS’!!!! THIS IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE ALL TIME RAREST JIMI HENDRIX LP
ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD TODAY (WITH UNCORRECTED MATRIX ENDINGS & ‘WITHDRAWN’
MISPRINTED 'NUMBERED' LABELS!) - AND IT WILL SURELY BE A VERY VERY LONG TIME (IF EVER!)
BEFORE YOU GET THE CHANCE TO EVER OWN ANOTHER ONE!!!! SO DONT MISS
OUT ON THIS INCREDIBLE
NOT ONLY THAT BUT THIS DOUBLE LP IS IN GREAT CONDITION - AND CLEARLY HASN'T BEEN PLAYED MUCH AT ALL!!!! JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE PICTURES!!!! THIS IS THE ORIGINAL 1968 UK 'EARLIEST POSSIBLE' 1ST PRESSING ON THE 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESS 'WITHDRAWN' NUMBERED 'MISPRINTED' TRACK LABELS, 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESS '1/2/3/4' SIDE NUMBERS ON THE LABELS, 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESS 'UNCORRECTED' 1/1/1/1 MATRIXES, 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESS PLAYING ORDER, 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESS 'MATCHING' 'DIE-CUT' INNER SLEEVES, AND ULTRA RARE 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESS 'E.J.DAY' FULLY LAMINATED 'BLUE TEXT' GATEFOLD COVER (WITH 'LARGER PICTURES' & 'BLUE TEXT' ON THE INSIDE OF THE COVER!)!!!! THIS DOUBLE LP IS SERIOUSLY RARE AND VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND LIKE THIS - SO DONT MISS OUT ON THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY!!!! This is the ORIGINAL Track UK 'Earliest' 1st Pressing from 1968 and is in GREAT condition!!!! The records are pressed on THICK quality vinyl. The Cat. No is 613 008/9 on the ORIGINAL 1st Press 'Matt' Track Labels (see picture) and is a Stereo 1st pressing (there were NO Monos)!!!!
The record labels to BOTH records are in VERY decent order indeed (see pictures) with NO writing, NO wear, and only a VERY few light spindle marks!!!! The labels are also perhaps a little 'duller' looking than I would normally like to see - though everything is still bright & clear!!!! There is also a TINY touch of wear at the VERY bottom of the Side 3 label (see picture) - though this really is very VERY minor indeed!!!! IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT THESE RECORDS HAVEN'T BEEN PLAYED MUCH AT ALL!!!! The vinyl is in BRILLIANT condition!!!! Most of these 60s Double LPs had been to a lot of wild parties and are usually found totally worn out, and almost unplayable. These records are NOT and BOTH records have NO nasty concentric marks AT ALL, only 2 or 3 VERY light hairlines, only 3 or 4 light scufflines (completely NON sounding!), and only VERY few of the lightest paper scuffs only visible under light!!!! Importantly there is NOTHING feelable and NO regular sounding marks AT ALL!!!! BOTH RECORDS STILL RETAIN THEIR ORIGINAL 'JUST PRESSED' LOOK AND SHINE LIKE NEW!!!! It is great to find that BOTH records play as STUNNINGLY as the visual with NO skips, barely ANY clicks, NO sticking, NO jumps, barely ANY crackle AT ALL, and only some VERY slight background sound on the run on grooves & gaps - NOT in the music AT ALL!!!! There is also NO groovewear and barely ANY distortion either!!!! These records must grade Very Good++ if not better!!!! A VERY NICE SET OF RECORDS INDEED!!!! Believe me these records are NOT overgraded in ANY way!!!! I use STRICT RC grading standards - it is not in my interest not to!!!! Brillant!!!! The records also come in their ORIGINAL 1st Press matching 'Die-Cut' inner sleeves which are both in BRILLIANT condition!!!! The ULTRA RARE 'Earliest' 1st Press 'E.J.Day' FULLY Laminated 'Blue Text' Gatefold Cover is in GREAT condition - and is still a very VERY decent cover indeed!!!! It has NO splits, NO edge wear (apart from some almost INVISIBLE 'touching in' traces!), NO rips, NO tears, some evidence of 'touching in' to the spine, NO spine splits, NO sticker tears, slight corner wear (NOT through the colour!), NO stickers, NO laminate loss, VERY shiny laminate (with only the very VERY mildest record impressions!), only a few VERY light creases (cover is VERY flat looking!), NO annotations, and NO writing!!!! The opening edges are still nice and straight with barely ANY feathering AT ALL!!!! Even the laminated inside of the cover has NO grubbyness, 2 small indentation marks, a few creases towards the edges, NO splits, NO yellowing, and NO writing!!!! The cover must VERY strictly grade Very Good(Minus) (PROPERLY graded, NOT trashed!) if not better - and is still a very VERY decent cover indeed!!!! THIS DOUBLE LP IS SERIOUSLY RARE AND VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND LIKE THIS (ESPECIALLY AS THE 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESSING EVER MADE WITH 'BLUE TEXT' COVER, 'UNCORRECTED' MATRIX ENDINGS, AND 'WITHDRAWN' MISPRINTED 'NUMBERED' LABELS!) - SO DONT MISS OUT ON THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY!!!!
HAVE A LOOK AT MY PICTURES - I DO MY BEST TO SHOW THE
RECORD FROM ALL ANGLES AND MAKE THE PICTURES AS CLEAR AS POSSIBLE - THERE IS
NOTHING TO HIDE!!!! It really is a GREAT looking LP and it is truly rare to
find any copies of this MEGA RARE DOUBLE LP!!!! THIS WILL BE YOUR ONLY CHANCE
TO BUY AN ORIGINAL 1968 UK 'EARLIEST EVER' 1ST PRESSING OF "ELECTRIC LADYLAND"
BY THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, IN GREAT CONDITION!!!! Dontforgetto take a look at allmy other items including many other TOP LPs and contact me with any queries you may have. Postal discounts for multiple buys are always available - and I guarantee to ALWAYS undercharge on postage! Paypal, Bank Transfers, Cheques, International Money Orders, and Postal Orders accepted. Thanks for looking! Cheers!!!!!
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