JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE Are You Experienced RARE EARLY UK 1967 MONO EX LP - rare vinyl collector item

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09 Nov 2014
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Halstead, Essex

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ONEADAYRECORDS – Simply Delivering Quality Music to the World in Quality, Safe Packing.

Postage: UK £4.75 (£1 per extra record). Europe (including Russia) £12.50 (£2 per extra record). Rest of World (including ALL parts of the USA) £16.50 (£3 per extra record). All boxes signed for in quality, safe packaging – I NEVER use mailing envelopes that offer virtually no protection at all – in fact I think these things should be banned as records WILL arrived damaged in them at some time. More details on my packing nearer the end of the listing.

Posting to Russia: Yes, I do post to Russia. But delivery can take up to 4 to 6 weeks from the UK. So please be patient. I will submit a tracking number to the winning bidder, and when the packet arrives there it can be followed online using the Russian post website.

ALSO: I now apply the Ebay ‘4-day’ rule for non-payment to keep things moving – cash-flow is important to any small business. I will always keep my P&P prices as low as possible, and even after yet another Royal Mail price hike from April this year, I have NOT raised my prices and will never compromise on solid, safe packing that is invariably heavier than most you will get. My P&P offers probably the best value-for-money for vinyl records available, and I even will pay for full insurance on any record that sells for over £100 at NO extra cost – that is UK and abroad. Also I aim to post the very same day after payment is received. You WILL see the difference when my packet arrives.

FINALLY: Late payers will now be blocked at my discretion. As will any bidder who cancels a bid. I do not like this practice as it is most often used to phish out the price to beat. Ebay does not approve and neither do I – so only bid on my items if you want them.


Album Title: Are You Experienced.

Producer(s): Chas Chandler.


Side 1: Foxy Lady; Manic Depression; Red House; Can You See Me; Love or Confusion; I Don’t Live Today.

Side 2: May This Be Love; Fire; Third Stone from the Sun; Remember; Are You Experienced?

Label/Format: Track – deep intense black surfaces with matt finish. There are two ring ridges near the hole, the innermost one is keep and wider. The surfaces appear to have a very gentle and fine surface texturing and look gorgeous. But they feel quite smooth to the fingertip.

Label Conditions & Overview: In terms of condition, this pair will prove near unbeatable – as will the audio quality of this sublime mono record. Both very clean with a freshness that reminds of new, hugely attractive with just a couple of light, fine and faint spindle marks and no wear around the hole area whatsoever. Just look closely at this pair using the Ebay magnifier, have you ever seen these classic labels look better on this masterpiece that many regard as the greatest and most important debut album in the history of rock music? Owned from new by one person, barely even played, and in vinyl terms, barely even run-in. When a record like this is placed in your hands, it truly sends a shiver down the spine. All collectors will know the state most of these early records are seen in, mono copies rarely survive more than a few plays without losing that amazing original sound, especially when now played on clinical and ruthlessly revealing high-end turntables so many collectors (justiably) use. Gleaming, ultra clean playing surfaces with even ultra fine surface traces, even finer than hairlines being minuscule and barely any. Finding any mono copy devoid of penetrating ‘needle’ scratches is hard enough, let alone one with barely any marks at all. This is a sensational record and plays with the audio quality purists and discerning collectors crave – they seldom surface like this. All that stored within a 057 (May 1967) Polydor inner sleeve – and yes, the main cover is not half bad either.

Cat Number: 612001.

Mode / Speed: Mono / 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: 145 grams. A typical solid weight for this early record.

Country of Manufacture: England.

Rarity & Info: Rare: with the record in this condition, very rare indeed. Most copies of this masterpiece that still survive in this hardly played condition are locked away in valuable collections and will rarely be made available for sale. Issued in the mono era and most who bought records did so to play them – with less television and entertainment choices at this time, recorded music was one of the most popular forms of entertainment, hence records got heavily used (and unfortunately, often abused). Records have always been a relatively expensive purchase, and people were choosy on what they bought and few such records were left on the shelf and hardly even leaving the cover. But in this case, the near unthinkable actually happened with this one. A mono record was bought from new by just the one owner, played probably a couple of times and stored away. So this record does come as close to reminding of new as they are likely to. The cover has a few mainly light issues as these things will ‘travel’ over many years, but the disc inside had probably not seen light-of-day for decades. Play-grading on my Linn LP12, for which such records were not really designed, was a revelation, it almost felt like playing a ‘virgin’ record. I was not disappointed either, even on such revealing front-end system. This album is not too loudly recorded compared to some of the era, hence volume has to be used to bring out the incredible detail and sound. All easily withstood, this sounds terrific, the pure fact-of-the-matter, more amplification means all unwanted wounds will be emphasised still further, but this has so little unwanted it simply defies it’s great age, mode and era of what it was most likely to be subjected to. Now that stated, it has to be mentioned, this album was only available on the mono format when first issued, hence some copies were never subjected to harsh mono record player treatment. Although the majority of buyers at the time did not own stereo equipment, some certainly did. And I am sure as I can be this record has never been subjected to any old piledriver thick, heavy-tracking mono ‘needles’. Any marks subjected by them were damaging and often severe enough to write-off such records. Any blemishes on this record are minuscule, and that I do mean that using the word correctly. Both sides retain the lustre and brilliant shine of a record that has barely been handled, let alone played. This record could, and likely would prove the ultimate upgrade for many collectors. The word ‘rare’ hardly covers such a record as this.

Original Year of Release: 1967

Matrix Nos: 612001 A 1 5 1 3 & 612001 B 1 1 1 2 1 (side two ‘B’ is error corrected, an ‘A’ is crossed out)

Musicians: Jimi Hendrix – vocals, guitars; Noel Redding – bass; backing vocals; Mitch Mitchell – drums; backing vocals.

Brief Info: ‘Are you Experienced’ heralded the arrival for real of this most charismatic and gifted musician. It was ahead of it’s time in terms of content, sound and his incredible talent is immediately apparent. I am not on this occasion going to tap-out vast amounts of words and spaces about this record, because anyone interested will surely know what this album is all-about anyway. But worthy of mention is the fact the tracking listing (as seen further up) is considerably different to the American version and will of particular interest to vinyl collectors there. I will concentrate on the conditions of what is here on offer instead.

Cover Grade and Format: EXCELLENT: a single format with front laminate. This is all tucked inside with no endings on the fully matt unprotected back at all. Printed and made in England by Ernest J. Day with the ‘Patent Pending’ text as seen in close-up. This record had been placed inside a replacement soft lining inner sleeve. Inside the cover was the original Polydor style polylined inner that carries the date-code of 057 (May 1967) again seen in close-up. Finding another one of these is nigh-on nil and was assured this was the inner sleeve that came with this record.

Cover Cosmetic Improvements: This is tricky: the right corner area of the top edge has either a small manufacture flaw (missing approx 1 inch of laminate) or has rubbed and been carefully enhanced. On purchase of this record, I did not even notice this, but always prior to my listings, I scrutinise all elements and areas very carefully. I think I was totally encaptured by the brilliance of the actual record, and the cover itself looked impressive as well. This small area only shows when viewed end-on anyway and is minor and neat. That is my honest appraisal of it – I am uncertain – but I am as sure I can be, there is nothing else.

Lamination & Front: The laminate retains fine shine, freshness and clarity with no lifting. A little gentle dulling is seen under angled light. One small crease on the bottom right corner tip and three half moons just above the shoulder and right of the red shirt arm. A few very fine edge hairlines are near impossible to avoid. Any rim impression is very gentle and light indeed and little detracts from this well-preserved vintage cover front.

Cover Back: The back is very impressive indeed and on it’s own I would grade this still higher. This has hardly aged at all and remains clean and fresh. The lack of grubbiness, rubbing or ringwear or any note makes this almost exceptional. Any marks of handling traces are tiny, very few and faint, the same goes for creasing of which this side has very little. The odd ultra tiny edge scuff trace, but this is being very critical indeed, it will take an exceptional back to better this significantly.

Top Edge: All is little short of perfect up to the final inch on the right as already mentioned above. Here the laminate stops, either peeled and the surface enhanced, or simply a small manufacture issue – possibly the former, but not easy to say with total conviction. If pushed, I suspect a vintage record case lid – but purely speculative. As stated again, this is only seen viewed end-on, and there are far more interesting parts to this cover than this one small area.

Bottom Edge: Almost as made with just a small tip rub to the right corner tip. The laminate totally smooth and unpeeled or scuffed.

Right Edge(s), and Type: Clean, mostly very sharp with barely any wear. Any thickening or burring minimal and light as seen viewed end-on. Record enters on this edge that is guaranteed untrimmed or enhanced in any way.

Spine and Text: Solid, straight with minimal compression, but this is made thin and is fully exposed as this never had any laminate protection. So avoid text rubbing is immensely difficult and this one has some. There is a clipping to the very top areas of the text but a high percentage is still present and mostly readable – some I have seen were threadbare with no text at all, so in context, this has faired pretty well.

Corners: A little tip rubbing on the bottom right, lesser to the opposite top. The spine pair have very little at all. Very fine to excellent shape largely retained.

Cover Summary: This is a thin and fragile cover and seldom seen even this strong and attractive. Yes a little very minor wear, and the small ‘flaw’ on the top right corner edge area, so NOT for the perfectionists. But this will still take some beating and unless ‘perfection’ is mandatory, this will please many, if not most collectors. Finding a ‘perfect’ vintage mono cover for a record of this popularity could prove a near impossible task – good luck with that.

The Inner Sleeve: EXCELLENT(++): in terms of real wear, this has barely any at all. Only marked down for natural darkening, it appears the record was not stored inside this for any length of time which is great news really, as the record has avoided any dulling (or inner bag rash) as seen on many Polydor pressed records. That can be a real curse for records that have not been played or removed for many years. This inner sleeve includes the 057 (May 1967) date code as seen in close-up. With two immaculate undamaged window circles and very clear unfogged polylining, no creasing and all edges solidly intact with no splits (or repairs), this important inner will take all the beating. Indeed the natural darkening I actually feel enhances this album giving a true sense of age and authenticity.

Vinyl Condition/Visual Grading: EXCELLENT(++): arguably better still. A superb visual copy that is very clean with equally fine shine and very solidly pressed. A copy hardly even played on all the evidence with any surface trace marks few, very light and faint as seen critically under bright angled light. A couple of three very fine hairlines and odd whispy surface traces. It retains the lustre and freshness of a record hardly handled or used. Two beautiful, hardly marked labels with two playing surfaces that defy age and mode with sound to match, this is a gorgeous piece that is of upgrade quality. Visually a super record that should please many, if not most collectors.

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 minuscule sound present on any record.]

Sound Quality and Audio Grading: This legendary album plays even above it’s high visual grading with barely anything to fault. Strong, distortion-free sound, all frequencies are sharp and clear - sound quality is very high with a wide dynamic range and very detailed sound. Not the loudest of records compared to some of the time, but that is why we have volume controls. But the crucial factor is the lack of unwanted sounds because more volume to bring out the inherent detail and wonderful sound will emphasise unwanted factors as well. So delighted to state there are incredibly few at all. The odd couple of three gentle ticks are near impossible to avoid and any surface sounds are minimal indeed and this is an exceptional clean pressing. Few copies will match, let alone outperform this very early pressing I feel sure. One that has avoided the perils of mono record players – remember, just one arm drop or jolt, and there is another copy ruined – we have all seen such issues and they are all too common. Both channels are clean and sharp with no single channel ‘mono’ noises when played on revealing stereo equipment, I am certain this record has been played very lightly indeed and has been carefully and little handled. Tracking effortless and no inherent pressing noises, just lovely clear, focused music from the masterpiece musician (and band). Nothing of any note spoilt my pleasure when play-grading this wonderful record – just think, this album was purchased when the great man was still very much with us, you cannot put a price on history like that when the record still comes pretty close to reminding of what is looked like on that day. It will prove immensely difficult to find significantly better and can be strongly recommended. ALSO PLEASE: see my equally impressive ‘Axis Bold as Love’ also on offer.

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.


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 10,000+ items sold in over 12 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.

NOTE: First Time Bidders: Please ask me first.

PLEASE NOTE: I now exercise my right to open a dispute after the Ebay rule of FOUR days if no payment is received. I will then cancel the dispute to end the, again after the mandatory FOUR days and then offer the item to the runner-up or relist. The non-payer will also be blocked from my Ebay site and they take the Ebay consequences (a strike or removal from the system). Small businesses need prompt payment to trade and these strict rules WILL be applied.


Posting & Packing: UK & CHANNEL ISLANDS all now sent via Recorded Delivery:

1 LP (FIRST-CLASS Recorded Delivery with Standard Royal Mail Insurance) [Signed For] = £4.75

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]) = £12.50 (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]) = £16.50 (£17.50 for double sets). Add £3 per extra LP. (enhanced Royal Mail insurance is an optional extra £3)

Payment Conditions:

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.


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’.