Alice Cooper Love It To Death Rare Orig Uk 1971 Straight Ex Lp, Impressive Sound

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Artist or Band: ALICE COOPER Album Title: Love it to Death Producer s : Jack Richardson and Bob Ezrin TRACK LIST: Side 1: Caught in a Dream I m Eighteen Long Way to Go Black Juju.
Side 2: Is It My Body Hallowed Be My Name Second Coming Ballad of Dwight Fry Sun Arise.
Label/Format: Straight matt, smooth surfaces.
Label Conditions: Both very clean, fresh and attractive with only a small few spindle marks, most of which are fine and light.
Cat Number: STS 1065.
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: 115 grams.
Quite light, but this one very well pressed with sound to match.
Unfortunately not all are.
Country of Manufacture: England Rarity: Rare as a genuine first UK pressing.
This album was originally issued on Frank Zappa s Straight label as this and is very difficult to find as such.
Few had even heard of Alice Cooper at this time and most copies are found on the green Warner Bros label.
Also very difficult to find with a decent cover and well-pressed, little played record.
All UK copies as far as I am aware never included the uncensored finger cover.
Original Year of Release: 1971 Matrix Nos: STS 1065 A1 / STS 1065 B1 Musicians: Alice Cooper - Vocals Glen Buxton - Lead Guitar Michael Bruce - Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards Dennis Dunaway - Bass Guitar Neal Smith - Drums.
Guest: Toronto Bob - organ.
Brief Info: Vincent Damon Furnier, better known to the world as Alice Cooper, a name initially given to just the band, but adopted quickly for their vocalist leader.
Initially known as The Earwigs and then The Spiders and changed again briefly to The Nazz, a name also used by Todd Rundgren s band so another name was chosen Alice Cooper a name chosen as a gimmic for their often outrageous stage shows and dress.
The early band were really going nowhere, often gigs were short as audiences walked out.
This negative reaction was spotted by Shep Gordon, a music manager who introduced the act to Frank Zappa.
By this time, Zappa had formed his own label, Straight Records, and he was looking for suitable acts to promote it.
Zappa and Straight specialised in acts there were somewhat different .
Bands and artists that had little commercial potential and were far too out there for most listener s tastes.
Specialisting in the strange and bizarre with infamous acts like The GTO s Girls Together Outrageously , Tim Buckley, Rosebud, Jeff Simmons, Junier Mintz, Tim Dawe and Lord Buckley.
Only a tiny few on this label ever went on to any commercial success, including cult acts like Captain Beefheart and, eventually Alice Cooper themselves.
Zappa himself chose the acts that were to appear on Straight.
It was interesting listening to Cooper himself on Planet Rock s breakfast show awhile ago talking about the early days and his indebtness to Zappa for signing his band.
No-one else would touch us he said.
It was great to hear him acknowledge his success to the chance and faith Zappa gave him.
Clearly Frank saw something no-one else could and the rest is history.
Both the first two Straight albums were a commercial flops, just scraping into the US charts briefly and selling a mere handful in the UK, where few were even made and quickly deleted.
This third and final Straight album is equally as rare as the first two, possibly even more so.
Pressed in tiny numbers before being repressed on the green Warner format.
Only when the band became popular did sales rise, but by then, it had been repressed on Warner, Straight copies almost lost in the mist of time.
Love it to Death marked a change in direction and is a brilliant album, it eventually got them noticed, but long after the Straight label had gone.
This is a real dark set and eerie.
Less pyschy than the first two albums, this was the start of the classic Cooper sound that eventually made him popular.
This is a genuinely spooky and macabre album that must have been a huge shock to those few who actually owned it from issue day.
Including the classic anthem I m Eighteen his first single success, this album was not for the faint hearted, even the cover s inner artwork must have caused a flutter when first opened.
What gives this title it s special sound and sinister edge is Toronto Bob s eerie organ sounds, they were unique to this set.
Two incredible tracks stand out: the lengthy Black Juju that concludes side one.
A very dark, graveyard type track that starts with muted percussion that gradually builds up with the spooky organ slowly accompanying.
Here, playing very quietly which is never to be taken for granted.
The Ballad of Dwight Fry is pure scary with one of the most chilling beginnings I have ever heard to any song.
The story of a madman in a sanitarium - his four-year-old infant daughter s voice is heard at the start saying, Mommy, where s daddy? He s been gone for so long, Do you think he ll ever some home? Then Cooper sings of his self-destruction in confinement until his head and sanity explodes with a massive bomb-blast and then he escapes, scary stuff.
If any reader has not taken this man and his early band too seriously in the past, think again, this album, and all of them up to Welcome to My Nightmare are superb but for me, this and Killer are the very best.
This a copy that does it near maximum justice and UK Straight copies are getting increasingly hard to find.
Cover Grade and Format: EXCELLENT : an unlaminated gatefold, with the front made with single card and the record enters via the centrefold.
It was made in England by Shorewood and includes the Patents pending text and CBS CBS distribution credit.
This cover, like all the UK versions, is the censored version.
Some American uncensored versions exist but are fairly rare.
Cooper s right arm and offending digit was airbrushed off as this apparently was deemed offensive at the time.
I am as sure as I can be, no uncensored UK-made cover exists for this album where Cooper has his thumb sticking out of his pants.
Cover Front: Notoriously prone to rubbing and creasing due to the thinness of the card.
Any rubbing on this front is gentle and light, amongst the least I have seen anyway.
A few gentle edge creases few can hope to avoid and little else.
A cover often seen with sticker or general tears which this has avoided.
Cover Back: From black to predominately white, meaning grubbiness will often be a factor.
This has barely any of real note and it s freshness and lack of wear more than complements the super front.
A tiny few gentle tone spots near the bottom right.
Both front and back I consider near exceptional and neither will be easy to find better.
Cover Inner Gatefold: Both faces look magnificent with little to fault.
The record enters inside here via the spine fold which is solid and untorn or even weakened.
Unusually crisp and neat, so many of these split and crease badly, this remains in great shape with no repairs.
One of the creepiest classic inner gatefolds of its era.
Top Edges: No issues with the back fold which remains straight and neat.
The front has gently thickened in places, but overall, still neat with minimal creasing or burring.
Bottom Edges: Incredibly, both show barely any wear at all, being the storage edges, this is almost remarkable.
Right Edge s , and Type: The front edge is neat and crisp with barely any hint of thickening, it being naturally protected with a gentle tilt to left from the thin spine.
The closed back edge is shows little wear at all and still mainly clean being white with just a tiny tone spot.
Spine and Text: Mainly solid one hairline crease towards the bottom , straight and folded square so the edges meet up quite closely together.
All text is present and unworn.
Minimal crushing, but a little flattening near the top which is beyond difficult to avoid.
Single thickness spines are fragile and have to support the cover.
Given this format, this spine has survived generally well and still looks neat in terms of lack of real wear.
Corners: All corners are neat and mostly crisp with very fine shape retained.
So often the thin front corners soften and feather, this again has largely been avoided with no evidence of knocks.
Cover Summary: A really clean and impressive example of a very difficult cover.
I guarantee all is genuine as seen with NO trimming, NO tip-ins or ANY enhancements.
The owner looked after this one well and it take a fair degree of beating.
One to please many collectors.
The Inner Sleeve: EXCELLENT : the plain white inner is included in very impressive condition.
Little aged with only minor darkening of seam adhesive in places.
Two crisp undamaged window circles, minimal traces of creasing and all edges unsplit with no repairs.
Vinyl Condition/Visual Grading: EXCELLENT: this being quite critical.
A very fine visual copy that is very clean with excellent shine and fairly solidly pressed.
This Straight record was pressed by CBS in England.
A copy with minimal usage and no penetrating stylus scratches.
Under bright angled light, very gentle and fine surface marks, mostly wispy with the odd hairline or two.
Viewed in normal room light, this record looks magnificent, but I do not grade that way.
Visually a lovely record that should please many collectors seeking this now getting rare original.
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 original UK Straight record plays even above it s high visual grading with very little to fault at all.
Offering strong, distortion-free sound, all frequencies are sharp and clear - sound quality is very high with a wide dynamic range and very detailed sound.
Better pressed than some Straight or Warner examples I have heard, any surface sounds are minimal indeed with no inherent pressing noises or tracking issues .
Even that difficult intro to Black Juju plays well with hardly anything unwanted.
This is a crucial part of the album, look at my pictures and see those very compact and blacker area bands on this area of side one meaning very low volume.
The massive explosion on Dwight Fry is sharp, focused and very dynamic with no distortion or crackle which is never to be taken lightly.
Few copies are likely to outperform this significantly I feel sure.
Both channels are clean and sharp, I am certain this record has been played very lightly and has been clearly well stored and carefully handled.
Nothing of note spoilt my pleasure when play-grading this wonderful record, arguably Cooper s very best.
This copy will prove difficult to find better and merits strong recommendation.
As played-graded on a high-end Linn LP12 Sondek turntable with Ittok Mk II arm and Ortofon Quintet Black moving coil cartridge tracking at 2.2 grams.
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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.
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 .
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