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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WITH A MONSTROUSLY RARE WITHDRAWN “DRAG” COVER (BOWIE IS RECLINING ON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
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
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)
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
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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(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
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.
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!
The record comes in the original poly-lined “Made in England” stock
inner sleeve with blue print.
Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior,
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