Clearlight – Forever Blowing Bubbles | VG++/VG+ | $20
Virgin – V 2039 | Original UK Pressing Vinyl is a very clean and bordering on EX, with only a few hairlines and a sleeve scuff or two / Sleeve in very nice condition with just a few blemishes with a bit of cracking on the bottom of the spine and a corner bump at the lower right. A few faint creases and faint disc impression. Catalogue number sticker on the back covering the original, looks like it was exported to another country. The second outstanding effort of cosmic prog featuring an all-star cast of members of Gong, Lard Free, Zao, Axis, and other French luminaries.
Epidermis – Genius of Original Force | VG+/VG+ | $70
Kerston Records – 65063 | Original German Pressing, No Insert Vinyl is nice and glossy with some sleeve scuffs, some hairlines and other small marks. One larger mark on side two that doesn’t affect play much. Some surface noise here and there, but still excellent playback / Sleeve has some general wear, light abrasions as to be expected on a laminated sleeve, some small creases. There is wear to the corners causing some peeling of the black, most notable as a larger tear on the lower right. Want to hear the German Gentle Giant play a concept album depicting conception to birth? This is your jam.
Andre Fertier – Clivage | VG/VG+ | $22
Gratte-Ciel – Ciel 2003 | Original French Pressing Vinyl is EX with a few hairlines, except for a little 1/4″ scratch at the beginning of side A. It plays with some clicks through the first few minutes but is smooth sailing after that / There is some residue from a sticker on the B side label / Sleeve has some wear at the corners, minor lamination creases. There is a bend/larger crease at the opening near the top from some careless handling, but it’s not that noticeable given the cover art. A true fusion album combining the east meets west vibe of Indian ragas and jazz, with undercurrents of guitar and keyboards by Fertier himself, adding a bit of a cosmic vibe. Violin, sax and upright bass provide a great contrasting texture to the trippy percussion.
Jethro Tull – Songs from the Wood | VG/VG | $2
Chrysalis Records – PV 41132 | Later 1977 US Pressing
Vinyl has a number of sleeve scuffs across most of the surface, hairlines, and a few larger marks. Plays with a bit of noise, but still enjoyable / Sleeve has wear to edges and corners, some creases along the edges, some chipping at the spine. Light disc impressions, and price sticker on front.
The Muffins – Manna / Mirage | VG/VG+ | $27
Random Radar Records – RRR 003 | Original US Pressing Vinyl has mostly some sleeve scuffs, a few hairlines, but one or two larger marks (the one near the end of side two will make some noise, but nothing terrible) / A side label has name written in blue ink / Sleeve has the requisite amount of wear for American cardboard (abrasions, slight ringwear). Some wear at the corners and edges. A few scratches near the opening on the right of the cover. Name in blue ink on back. I’m of the opinion that this is the greatest single American prog album. If you like Canterbury bands such as Hatfield and the North, National Health, or Gilgamesh, this is for you.
Popol Vuh – Aguirre | VG++/VG+ | $40
Kosmische Musik – KK 20 21275-8 | 1982 Pop Import German Pressing
Vinyl super glossy, just a few sleeve scuffs and a hairline or two, really closer to EX / Sleeve would be EX but for a larger crease/bend at the bottom right.
Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno – Per….Un Mondo Di Cristallo | VG+/VG+ | $60
King Records – K25P 426 | 1984 Japanese Pressing | With Insert, No OBI Vinyl is basically NM – there’s a large mark near the beginning of the A side that doesn’t make a sound for me during playback. A beautiful copy otherwise / Sleeve is quite clean, has two corner bumps at the top. The only real blemish is a crease/bend at the top left corner. Amazing sounding wax, the best possible way to get this album aside from shelling out $500 plus for an original. A really eclectic Italian classic.
Stern Combo Meissen – Weisses Gold | VG++/VG++ | $30
TELDEC – K22P-475 | 1984 Japanese Pressing | With Insert, No OBI Vinyl nice and glossy, a few hairlines here and there, some scuffs/light scratches on the A side run-in. An occasional bit of noise / Sleeve would be an incredibly tight NM but has some foxing (discoloration). This is a pressing of excellent quality, with fat analogue sound. I haven’t heard an East German original, but given the quality of Iron Curtain wax, this may be the best bet. Classic, keyboard driven prog.
Terpandre – Terpandre | VG++/VG++ | $20
Musea – FGBG 2018 | 1988 French Pressing Vinyl has some sleeve scuffs and hairlines, one or two on the larger side, but in nice condition / Sleeve shows some general wear, small corner bump bottom right, some discoloration. Classic symphonic prog full of mellotron and synths, this also veers into fusion territory when the violin takes the lead, and a bit new agey on the more atmospheric tracks. Not entirely unlike Happy the Man’s long lost French cousin.
Yes – Close to the Edge | VG+/G+ | $15
Atlantic P-10116A | 1976 Japanese Pressing | With Insert and OBI Vinyl pretty much EX, aside from a larger mark on each side that doesn’t affect play for me / Labels have price stickers on each side (boycott the record store that did that!) / Sleeve has visible water damage with some tearing, but otherwise normal light wear. I gave it my Odor Abatement treatment, so it doesn’t smell of mildew. Price sticker on front. Has all inserts including printed innersleeve.
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Agusa – Två | SEALED | $20
Kommun 2 – KOMMUN2-33 | Original Swedish Pressing | Black wax limited to 200 copies
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Arco Iris – Los Elementales | G+/VG | $50
Cabal – LPL 9013 | Original Argentinian Pressing | No original printed inner sleeve
NOTE: Vinyl is in decent condition overall, but has a real issue with what seems to be adhesive residue stuck to a few places on the run-ins, and in the first track on the A side. I’ve given this multiple cleanings, and it is as good as it will ever get. The major problem is really only with the first few minutes. There are some larger marks on each side, but none that are as drastic as the first track. No skips, just pops and clicks. I gave it another play last night to refresh my memory, and after those first few minutes (which are fairly percussion heavy and hide the pops pretty well), the rest of the album plays really, really well for me.
Sleeve has discoloration in the white areas as expected with age, some wear to the edges, with light lamination cracking. Lower left corner has a decent size bend. Disc impression on the back.
Given the rarity of this album, this copy might be appealing to anyone willing to give it a chance, or forgo playing the first few minutes in order to enjoy the rest.
Babylon – Babylon | SEALED | $25
Mehum Music – 4641 | RE? |
This was passed on to me as being deadstock of the 1978 second pressing, but this appears to be an exact modern reproduction of that edition. I haven’t opened it, so it’s impossible to tell. The shrink isn’t as tight as something nearly 40 years old should be, so there likely won’t be any issue with warping as you might worry about in a sealed vintage record.
Caravan – Waterloo Lily | VG/G+ | $30
Deram – SDL 8 | Original UK Pressing with Brown/White Labels
Vinyl has numerous light hairlines throughout, but no large scratches. Will play with some noise / Labels have spindle marks / Sleeve has price sticker in UR, writing in both sharpie and ballpoint on UL, some heavy creasing and indentations on the front. Spine has about 4″ split.
Egg – The Civil Surface | VG++/VG | $45
Caroline Records – C 1510 | Original UK Pressing | EJD on Back Cover
Vinyl has a number of faint hairlines, bright and shiny gloss, no large marks. (I’ve had a few copies of this, and it isn’t the best pressing – even flawless NM records will play with some surface noise in the quiet parts, in my experience) / Sleeve has some ringwear, edgewear, some light creasing and a few indentations. Slight discoloration at the top and bottom edges of the back.
The Ghoulies – Dogged By Dogma | SEALED/EX | $40
Lounging Records – LA01 | Original UK Pressing
Shrink is not tight, so I think there’s little risk of any warping / Sleeve has faint disc impression.
For those not in the know, this is a great Canterbury-inspired album in a pop/rock/jazz vein featuring Dave Stewart and Pip Pyle. It’s not The Rotter’s Club, but it’s damn good for what it is.
Hatfield and the North – Hatfield and the North | SEALED | $30
Virgin – OVED 131 | 1980s UK Pressing
Shrink is not tight at all. Red/Green Virgin labels from the early 80s.
Phil Manzanera – K-Scope | EX/VG+ | $4
Polydor, EG PD-1-6178 | 1978 US Pressing
Vinyl would be NM aside from a pressing defect bubble on the A side and a faint sleeve scuff on the B side, very bright and shiny gloss / Sleeve has light wear, mostly at the corners. A small dent at the opening.
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Airlord – Clockwork Revenge | NM/EX | $30
Nexus International K25P-411 | 1983 Japanese RE | Has insert, No OBI
Vinyl is a beautiful NM, looks barely played / Sleeve has very faint wear at the corners. There seems to be a bit of rubbing wear, but it actually looks to be from the copy they photographed for the reissue, and not actually this sleeve.
Camel – Mirage | VG++/VG++ | $30
Deram K19P-9050 | 1980 Japanese Pressing | Includes OBI, but no insert
Vinyl has some hairlines and light marks, mostly on side two / Sleeve shows light wear, but a fairly large crease in the lower left (this shows through on both sides, was bent when vinyl was out of sleeve).
Corte dei Miracoli – Corte dei Miracoli | EX/VG+ | MAKE AN OFFER
Grog Records GRL 04 | Original Italian Pressing
Ok, this one is truly special. I purchased this album SEALED and after much deliberation, I have broken the shrink and opened it to be able to give it the most accurate listing possible. It has never been played by me. As you may know, most European albums in the 70s were not sold sealed, and this was likely sealed when it arrived at a US distributor.
I have taken an unboxing video of me opening it and pictures of it sealed are at the end of the listed photos. You can view the video here.
This item will require insured Priority mail shipping, both domestic and international, or single carrier service such as FedEx/UPS. Please be aware before bidding.
I am calling this EX simply because it is a rare and expensive album and I would rather undergrade. Most others would call this NM. There is a hairline or two, and some sleeve scuffs from the paper sleeve. I put it on my turntable to confirm that there is only a mild warp that should not affect play / The sleeve I am calling VG+ as it has become wavy on front and back from being sealed. There is slight wear to some of the corners, and a scrape on the spine (not a cut-out). The inside gatefold and labels are pristine. I have placed the record in a new poly innersleeve.
As mentioned above, I understand this item to be an unplayed archive copy, as I purchased it sealed. The condition is to be expected from being sealed for 39 years. This is a one-of-a-kind item in 2016!
Riccardo Cocciante – Mu | VG/VG | $10
RCA Italiana PL 31352 | 1978 Italian RE
Vinyl has a number of hairlines and faint scratches (nothing raised) and a few larger scuffs / Sleeve shows edgewear, some creasing, especially a large bend in the lower left, disc impression and faint ringwear.
Conventum – À L’Affût D’Un Complot | VG+/VG+ | $12
Le Tamanoir TAM-27011 | Original Canadian Pressing
Vinyl has some hairlines and paper scuffs, plays with some crackle / Sleeve has some rubbing with pigment loss, a decent amount of edgewear, some creasing.
Conventum – Le Bureau Central Des Utopies | VG++/VG | $35
Les Disques Cadence CAD-1005 | Original Canadian Pressing
Vinyl has some faint hairlines and a few paper scuffs / Sleeve has 3 of 4 corners cut (about ½-1 inch from edges), some staining to top edges, edgewear, small pen mark.
Egg – The Civil Surface | VG++/VG++ | $50
Caroline C 1510 | Original UK Pressing (with EJD credit on back cover)
Vinyl has a few light hairlines with one more noticeable mark, plays with surface noise in the quieter parts and a few pops on the second side. (Caroline pressings are notoriously noisy, unfortunately) / Sleeve has some light wear overall, creasing in lower right corner, small bit of an abrasion at upper center.
England – Garden Shed | EX/VG++ | $50
Arista ERS-28024 | 1989 Japanese RE | with Insert, No OBI
Vinyl has a few faint hairlines, almost NM / Textured sleeve shows some light wear, a few light creases, a few indentations, faint disc impression. This is a needle-drop, as it plays with some surface noise in parts, but not because of the condition of this record. I’ve heard a few Edison from this period, and they all seem to be needle-drops.
Fairfield Parlour – From Home to Home | VG++/VG | $40
Get Back GET 584 | 2001 Italian RE
Vinyl has sleeve scuffs and a few faint hairlines / Sleeve has wear to edges and corners, small 1/2″ tear at opening on right edge, small bit of sticker residue.
Family – Music in a Doll’s House | VG+/VG | $8
Midi MID 24 018 | 1974 German RE
Vinyl has some light scuff marks and hairlines / Sleeve shows wear, torn price sticker, light ringwear, nick on bottom edge, decent amount of edgewear.
Family – Anyway | EX/VG++ | $5
See For Miles Records SEE 245 | 1988 French RE
Vinyl only has some paper scuffs / Sleeve shows light wear, faint residue of price sticker on cover, and faint disc impressions.
Fireballet – Night on Bald Mountain | VG+/VG | $4
Passport Records PPSD-98010 | Original US Quadraphonic Pressing
Vinyl has numerous sleeve scuffs and one large hairline / Sleeve shows wear at edges, some ringwear and loss of pigment from scuffing. Small cut corner at lower right.
Fruupp – Modern Masquerades | VG++/VG+ | $65
Dawn DNLS 3070 | Original UK Pressing | Burgundy wax, missing insert
Vinyl has some light hairlines and sleeve scuffs / Sleeve has remnants of price sticker and small tear in upper left of cover, some creasing and indentations, initials on inside of sleeve.
Gnidrolog – Lady Lake | Sealed/NM | $55
Si-Wan Records SRML 1022 | 1995 Korean RE
Sleeve shows a faint bit of shelf wear. Deadstock from the famous Si-Wan Records of South Korea who reissued a great deal of prog albums in the 1990s. Fidelity and pressing quality is vastly superior to the cheap 4 Men with Beards RE.
Gong – Live Floating Anarchy 1977 | VG++/VG | $13
LTM 1002 | Original French Pressing Vinyl has only a few hairlines / Sleeve shows light wear, small crease at upper right corner, 2 in split in top seam, 1 in split in bottom seam.
Gryphon – Midnight Mushrumps | VG/VG+ | $12
Transatlantic Records TRA 282 | 1974 UK Repress
Vinyl has a number of hairlines and some sleeve scuffs, still bright and glossy (Porky cut), plays with some noise / Labels have some abrasions / Sleeve has some edge wear and scuffing, light ringwear, and some faint bubbling of the laminate at the bottom cover.
Gualberto – Vericuetos | EX/VG+ | $15
DRO EastWest 5046703211 | 2004 US RE
NEW but unsealed vinyl is NM aside from a sleeve scuff / Sleeve has a few large indentations on cover and some light creases near edges. Killer flamenco influenced prog from Spain.
Guru Guru – UFO | EX/EX | $23
Wah Wah Records LPS041 | 2007 RE
Vinyl has just a few light marks / Sleeve has faintest of wear, sticker residue in upper right visible only in a raking light.
Haikara – Haikara | NM/NM | $35
Mayfair Music MFM 008 | 2010 German RE limited to 500
Purchased new and played a few times. Might as well still be sealed.
Holy River Family Band – Welcome To Riverhouse… An Abbreviated Journey | Sealed/NM | $13
Gates Of Dawn – GOD 004 | Original US Pressing
Sleeve has the faintest of shelf wear that I can see through plastic.
Los Jaivas – Aconcagua | VG/VG+ | $35
Sazam Records 50-14.632-0 | Argentinian Original Pressing
Vinyl shows many hairlines and scuffs, but no deep scratches / Sleeve shows wear, light creasing at the edges, larger crease and dent in upper right corner.
Kyrie Eleison – The Fountain Beyond The Sunrise | VG++/VG+ | $75
Merlin Records MEKE001277 | 1980s Second Pressing
Vinyl in great condition aside from some sleeve scuffs and a few hairlines / Sleeve has light edgewear, and a good deal of creasing, especially at the upper right.
Latte E Miele – Passio Secundum Mattheum | VG+/VG | $125
Polydor 2448 011 A | Original Italian Pressing
Vinyl has a few sleeve scuffs, and a few marks and hairlines. The first track has a few pops, but plays incredibly well after that point for me / Textured sleeve shows a decent amount of edge wear, and ~2 in split at top of rear gatefold. A few creases and some light ringwear, mostly on the reverse. Some abrasions and loss of paper at the lower edge of the cover. A super price for a really nice play copy!
Madden & Harris – Fool’s Paradise | VG/VG++ | $15
Akarma AK 315 | 2005 Italian RE
Vinyl has a number of scuff marks and hairlines, and a few small scratches, but none raised, plays with light surface noise / Textured sleeve closer to EX with minor indentations at front bottom
Magma – Kobaia | VG++/VG++ | $23
Mercury 531 661-9 | 2009 French RE
Vinyl has some paper sleeve scuffs and a hairline or two, bought new and played a few times / Sleeve has a corner bump on top of spine, light crease on back cover flap, light disc impression near spine on cover
Magma – 1001 Degrees Centigrade | VG++/EX | $23
Mercury 531 662-2 | 2009 French RE
Vinyl has sleeve scuffs and a few light hairlines, bought new and played a few times / Sleeve still in shrink, faint fold on upper right corner
Magma – Kohntarkosz | VG++/VG+ | $25
A&M Records SP-3650 | Original US Pressing | Promo
Vinyl has a few faint sleeve scuffs and light marks, plays with some minor surface noise in parts / Sleeve has punch hole in upper right, small promo sticker in lower right, light disc impression and a few small creases.
Mahjun – Happy French Band | Sealed/VG | $20
Gratte-Ciel ZL 37049 | Original French Pressing
Sleeve is tight in shrink with a good deal of waving to the cover, likely from some temperature issues.
McLuhan – Anomaly | VG+/VG | $30
Brunswick BL 754177 | Original US Pressing | White Label Promo
Vinyl still has nice luster, some sleeve scuffs and a few larger marks and hairlines. Plays with a bit of crackle and some ticks in parts. Radio station call letters in ink on both label sides / Sleeve has moderate wear, most notably a ~5 inch seam split on the top of the rear gatefold. White label in top left of cover, small tear in center, and some blue ballpoint pen with radio station call letters in a few spots.
Myrbein – Myrornas Krig | VG++/VG++ | $70
LFM 001 | Original Private Pressing (including insert)
Vinyl has some light hairlines and marks, some paper scuffs. Side one has a larger mark that DNAP for me. Occasional surface noise in quiet parts / Sleeve has some edge wear, discoloration, light ringwear, sticker residue.
Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells | VG/VG+ | $12
Virgin VS 2001 | 2007 Classic Records 200g RE
Side one VG with a few scratches at the beginning from the run in through the first few minutes, this section plays with noise (no skips), but the rest of the side, and all of side two are EX or better / Sleeve has some light indentations and edge wear, a few dings, and beginning of a split on top edge.
Mike Oldfield – Hergest Ridge | VG++/VG+ | $7
Virgin 840 044 | Original French Pressing
Vinyl has some light scuffs and hairlines, still a nice glossy copy / Sleeve has some light lamination creases, a few dents at opening, and tiny price sticker at upper left.
Ovary Lodge – Ovary Lodge | VG++/VG++ | $32
Ogun OG 600 | Original UK Pressing
Vinyl in very nice condition with just a few hairlines and light sleeve scuffs / Sleeve shows only the faintest bit of discoloration on white cover, some minor lamination creases, light disc impression.
Pekka Pohjola – The Mathematician’s Air Display | VG++/VG++ | $12
Virgin V 2084 | Original UK Pressing
Vinyl has some light hairlines / Sleeve has light edgewear, some creasing near the edges, faint disc impression.
Public Foot the Roman – Public Foot the Roman | VG/VG | $6
Capitol ST-11215 | Original US Pressing
Vinyl has a decent amount of sleeve scuffs, hairlines and larger marks, but nothing raised. Still has some luster to it / Sleeve well worn with lots of edge wear, typical American sleeve rubbing and ring wear, some small tears near opening. Price sticker on front upper left, barcode sticker on reverse lower right.
Pulsar – Pollen | VG/VG | $20
Kingdom Records KY 28 031 | Original French Pressing Vinyl has a number of light hairlines and some faint scuffs (going with a more conservative grade) / Sleeve shows a decent amount of edge wear, a larger crease at the top left and light disc impression. ~3 in of clear tape on top edge at upper right.
Rascal Reporters – Happy Accidents | Sealed/NM | $30
Hebbardesque Records HR 005 | Original US Pressing
Sleeve has the faintest disc impression. Shrink is taught, but has not warped the sleeve.
Howard Roberts – Antelope Freeway | VG+/VG | $8
Impulse! AS-9207 | Original US Pressing
Vinyl shows some scuff marks and hairlines, still nice and clean / Sleeve is typical American cardboard stock with decent amount of wear to edges and rubbing away on both front and back. Promo sticker on reverse.
Runaway Totem – Trimegisto | VG++/VG++ | $30
Black Widow Records BWR 004 | Original Italian Pressing | no. 592/666
Vinyl has paper scuffs and a few light hairlines and marks / Sleeve has some edgewear, wear to the corners, and a few scratches/scuffs on the cover that can be seen in a raking light.
Saint Just – La Casa del Lago | VG++/EX | $15
Akarma AK 1046 | 2006 Italian RE
Vinyl has some paper scuffs and a hairline or two. One larger mark which DNAP for me / Sleeve almost NM but for a faint bump to the lower right corner.
Klaus Schulze – Moondawn | VG/VG+ | $6
Isadora ISA 9001 | Original French Pressing
Vinyl has some light hairlines and scuffs. Inner 2/3 of vinyl is duller, while opening is bright and shiny – possibly the pressing, as it is identical on both sides. Plays with some surface noise / Sleeve has light wear and minor disc indentation, sticker on reverse at upper right and name written in middle of reverse in sharpie.
Scorpions – Lonesome Crow | VG+/VG+ | $20
Mercury MIP-1-9320 | Canadian Pressing
Vinyl has a good deal of sleeve scuffs from the paper inner, a couple of hairlines, but generally clean / Sleeve has some stronger edgewear with a bit of cracking, rubbing away at the corners, and some loss of pigment from the beginnings of ringwear. Slight residue from price sticker removal.
Super Freego – Pourquoi Es-Tu Si Méchant? | VG/VG | $33
RCA Victor PL 37657 | Original French Pressing
Vinyl has numerous hairlines and some larger scuffs, but nothing raised. Plays with some noise, but overall the music is quite loud and is not overpowered by the condition / Sleeve has a good deal of edge wear, 3 inch split at top, ringwear. With printed inner.
Univers Zero – Ceux Du Dehors | EX/VG++ | $28
Recommended Records RR^ ten | Original UK Pressing
Vinyl in great condition with only a few faint hairlines / Sleeve has minor edgewear, creasing at the edges and at the spine.
Yes – The Yes Album | VG/EX | $3
Atlantic SD 19131 | 1977 US Repress
Vinyl in generally nice condition with some hairlines and faint marks, but side two has some larger scratches (not raised) / Textured sleeve has only some faint edge wear.
Zao – Kawana | Sealed/EX | $45
Peters International PLD 9019 | Original US Pressing
Sleeve has slight shelf wear, light wear to corners. Shrink is taught but has not warped cover.