April 15, 2018
Start Date: April 10, 2018
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We are listing for sale an ULTRA RARE MISPRINT of the ORIGINAL UK FIRST PRESS of the classic David Bowie The Man Who Sold The World from 1971.
Label: – SR 6338041 Format: , LP, Album
The record plays and looks Excellent (EX) and the jacket is Very Good+ (VG+) with only light corner creasing and light abrasions on the top and bottom edges. No ringwear. Spine is in excellent condition. The inner sleeve is original and in excellent condition with typical discoloration due to age. The vinyl has very light small scuffs from slight handling that do not affect playback at all, cannot be felt and are not audible. No spindle marks.
This record is a fine example of the ultra rare drag cover and a very early first pressing as it is one of the very small number of misprints that were released with production credit Tony Vinconti's name on the label spelled "Tonny". nly the EARLIEST first pressings feature these misprints. The corrected version is very rare in its own right, but not nearly so much as the misprint.Only the EARLIEST first pressings feature these misprints. While the corrected version is very rare in its own right, it is not nearly so much as the misprint. Drummer Mick Woodmansey's name is also misspelled as "Woodmansley" on the back of the album cover. long with the credits on the back of the jacket incorrectly spelling drummer Mick Woodmansey's name incorrectly as "Woodmansley". long with the credits on the back of the jacket incorrectly spelling drummer Mick Woodmansey's name incorrectly as "Woodmansley".long with the credits on the back of the jacket incorrectly spelling drummer Mick Woodmansey's name incorrectly as "Woodmansley".
Barcode and Other Identifiers Matrix / Runout (Side 1 - Stamped): 6338041 1Y//1∇420 Matrix / Runout (Side 2 - Stamped): 6338041 2Y//1∇420 You should be able to see from the pictures that the correct machine stamped matrix on either side. As a heavily counterfeited album, this is of important note. The sleeve is properly textured and the label is the correct color unlike counterfeit examples. The dame's boot is fully visible and not cropped as with the counterfeits.
The album has been counterfeited three times. There is an Italian issue from the early 1980s (there is contradictory information concerning the exact year). The Italian issue is easy to identify: the manufacturers didn't even try to imitate Mercury labels, but used light yellow labels without the word "Mercury" on them. The cover is different, too: the picture is cropped, so that Bowie's feet touch the right-hand margin of the cover, which is not the case with the original. The wear on the cover is printed and the cover isn't textured.
There is also a Japanese counterfeit from the 1970s. This release has got black labels like the original, but a silver rim around the labels, "R 1971" instead of "P 1971" on at least one side, and an inappropriate space in the copyright text that runs around the label. On the label next to the date 1971, there is a circled R. The genuine label has a circled P. The cover is textured, but in a different way than that of the original, and the picture on the front is cropped, so that Bowie's feet touch the margin.
Finally, there's a 2014 counterfeit (probably from Europe). Arguably, this is the best one: the cover picture is not cropped, so that the old rule of thumb that only original issues have the complete picture doesn't work anymore. Furthermore, the cover is (slightly) textured, albeit in a diffent way than the original. There are numerous other differences to the original (the label moulding, for instance), but, as so often, the easiest way to identify the counterfeit are the matrix numbers: whereas the original has machine-stamped matrix numbers, the 2014 re-issue doesn't have any matrix numbers at all.
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