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Black Sabbath : Black Sabbath 1Y1 / 2Y1 2nd Vertigo Press
This very collectable second pressing on the Vertigo label plays to a fantastic standard with no interference. Not only is the vinyl visually stunning but it has also been so well preserved over the last 50 years which has helped it maintain its original sonic quality. The clarity, depth and power of the audio is so impressive and I cannot emphasise enough just how incredible the playback is It is without doubt a FINAL UPGRADE time warp classic - it just could not play with any greater definition.
The cover is also in superb condition with no obvious wear at all. It is so clean and for once the inside is immaculate As this is a second pressing the band member and credits are printed in lower case. This edition includes the composition and publishing credits. Ozzy is still misspelt as Ossie. The original Swirl inner is also in excellent condition with only very minimal wear.
This pressing still has the first press matrix 1Y1/2Y1 and the Side B label has the large Swirl logo above the spindle hole and VERTIGO below it.
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The audio on S1 is Mint -
The audio on S2 is Mint -
The gatefold is Near Mint-
This vinyl is in lovely condition with an immaculate jet-black glossy sheen and has no marks or scratches. All I can see under a strong light are some very faint sleeve removal hairlines that you will always see on a played record. There is no groove wear and the run out grooves are very clean. The Vertigo labels have no marking or writing and not too much spindle wear.
The thunderstorm / bell toll intro on Black Sabbath is as new with a clarity that is second to none and Iommi s first introduction is of the same standard. The following quieter section plays perfectly with only a couple of barely audible dust ticks and Osborne s opening vocal has no background at all. It continues to play exceptional quality through every section - the quieter passages are just unbelievably clean and the up tempo section is absolutely STUNNING It plays with phenomenal power and there is no distortion on the top end. This has to be graded as Mint it just could not play any better - what a start to this classic album
The harmonica intro on The Wizard plays perfectly and there is complete silence between every break. Once Ward and co joins in there is no let up in quality and this entire intro is Mint without a doubt. Osbourne s first vocal has no interference and from then on it plays with sublime precision and power. The percussion is so strong on this track and on such a clean vinyl this power is magnified - the sonic quality is superb. From start to finish this is Mint there are no negatives.
The intro on Behind The Wall Of Sleep plays with stunning clarity and power and the opening vocal is just as impressive. This standard is kept up as you progress - each note is so sharp and precise and it clear this vinyl has been so well looked after and only played on high end equipment. There is no background not even a single dust tick and the percussive end section is a case in point. Pure Mint audio throughout.
The bass intro on N.I.B. is so clean and again there are no ticks or worse, the clarity is amazing. Even as it gets quieter there is no interference and as Iommi comes in I heard just one mega light tick so quiet you could easily miss it The opening vocal is faultless and it continues to play with such impressive audio for a final track. There is no distortion - the vocals are so strong and clear and Iommi s work has never sounded better. You can turn it up to max, shut your eyes and transport yourself back to the halcyon days of doom metal when the phrase wasn t even invented This is Mint and provides a stunning finish to the side.
The intro on Evil Woman... plays with great clarity from the very first groove and the first vocal has no background either. From then on it plays as per S1 with no intrusion and such deep and powerful audio. There is literally nothing that interferes with the music and is a Mint start to the side.
The acoustic intro and Osbourne s first quiet vocal on Sleeping Village play to perfection and the following instrumental section is as good as anything I have heard before. The sonic quality is stunning it just could not play with any greater power or definition. This entire section is phenomenal and you cannot forget Ward and Butler s contribution to the overall sound here. I was noticing things I have never heard before that is a measure of the clarity we have here It plays with such precision and even Iommi s final extended note has only the bare minimum of light static that you can hardly hear if I m honest. This is worthy of a Mint grade in my humble opinion.
The heavy bass/guitar intro on Warning plays perfectly and the opening verses are of the same high end standard. It continues to play with sublime quality into the first instrumental section and the second vocal is just as impressive. The percussive section is as new and the brief silent section is exactly that, totally silent with no intrusion. From then on it plays with imperious quality and the clarity, depth and power of the audio is exactly why the Vertigo Swirl pressings are so collectable. Later pressings/reissues just do not do not do justice to this record and Iommi s stand alone solo play with a power and definition that is just outstanding. This entire instrumental is as new and that includes the other brief silent sections. The louder section that introduces the final section is faultless as is that one extended Iommi note and Osborne s final vocal ends this 10 minute classic in fine style with...no interference. It goes without saying that this classic grades as Mint you could not wish to find a more complete version.
In summary this second pressing plays with a clarity, power and precision that is STUNNING from the first note to the last. There is no interference whatsoever and of course there are actually a number of quiet sections. I think I detected only a couple of totally insignificant ticks and in no way does that qualify as interference This is without doubt one of the finest Vertigo pressings I have ever listened to and is a FINAL UPGRADE class for sure. There is no background static and together with a super clean cover this will impress any avid collector.
The Gatefold Swirl Inner Sleeve
If I have seen a better cover than this I cannot remember when It is in beautiful condition with no obvious wear and still has its original shape and structure resulting from it hardly being handled down the years. The edges unbelievably have no rubbing/marking and the wide spine is near perfect with just a minor hint of wear at each corner and of course remains 100 legible. The right hand corners are in superb shape with no real wear and the opening edge is also near perfect with only 3/4 tiny crimps . The iconic front cover is flawless with no marking or creasing and the back cover is also in lovely condition with only one very faint crease top left and some faint scratch lines that you only see when you hold the cover at a certain angle. The inside of the gatefold for once is immaculate with none of the fading/marking that you always see - this is a genuine rarity. This truly is an exceptional version of this iconic cover and Near Mint- is well and truly deserved.
The original poly-lined swirl inner is in great condition with no side splits or tears and only very minimal age related fading around the edges. There is one faint print type mark on one side and just minimal creasing.
Play tested on my Pro-Ject Essential III Turntable / BW 684 Speakers
This record has been cleaned on a Pro-Ject VC-S machine
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