Led Zeppelin Debut Superhype Silver Stripe UK 1st press 1969 A1 B1 Near EX Vault

Sold Date: November 22, 2023
Start Date: November 20, 2023
Final Price: £490.00 (GBP)
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This is from my own collection I am not a dealer, over the next few months I am selling of part of my collection all rarities and collectible no filler!

This is an affordable Near Excellent vinyl and Ex sleeve copy, a nice playing copy with great audio.

  Superhype credits on the label!


Side 2 , *Superyhpe* 1,2,3,5 and *Jewel* credit for track 4.

* a Genuine UK 1969* Led Zeppelin 1 debut album pressed in 1968 released 12th jan 1969, pressed in late 68 among the early pressings.

this copy is from that early run , the first 2000 were run off with a Turquoise Sleeve letters "superhype" credits on the Red Plum lables, these now sell for 1000 GBP or much higher in *near mint* there is enough on the internet to tell you more,,,

This copy is the 2nd cover and label with the Orange letters and `Superhype` and `Jewel` credits on the  Red Plum label.

This has the same RED PLUM Label as the legendary `Turquiose sleeve` copies and is the same vinyl as a matrix crossed out copy , it's 54 years old

The blistering debut from Led Zeppelin has incredible sound quality, some early classic Zeppelin tracks are here, Dazed and Confused, How many more Times, Communication Breakdown all recorded in Oct 68 at Olympic Studios London in only 36 hours, the reported cost was only 1700 GBP! Jimmy Page paid the studio time, the band had just honoured some Yardbirds dates in Scandnavia with tremendous reviews booked as The New Yardbirds!, Page had cut his teeth in the tough studio circuit in London and toured europe and USA with the Yardbirds, he was already forming a close bond with Peter Grant who rewrote the rock rulebook in the 70s, Peter Grant was an ex bouncer, wrestler and all round genius gentleman manager who took no excuses or prisoners the chemistry was right....

They were set to blow away all the opposition with a new heavy blues sound already sweeping Europe with the Jeff Beck group and others leading the way, the cover of Willie Dixons you shook me also appears on Becks Truth which led to a few harsh words considering Beck and Page were old band-mates. The all new Led Zeppelin headed out to USA and hit LA in early 69 to promote the new record and as already a legend was in the making.....it was the start and paved the way of the Rock Era of the 70s Supergoups and if you were lucky enough to see Zeppelin you would speed the word....as it was back in the day.

Robert Plant was on trial with Zeppelin and did not get any song credits till the 2nd album was released, he wanted to cement his place in band and laid it all on the line in this blues rock showcase for Pages ideas with the Bedrock of John Bonhams drums keeping the frame tight.

This the bands debut sold only 600,000 In UK which incudes the later Green and Orange labels compared to US sales of 8,000,000 gives you an idea of how super rare the UK Red Plum copies now are, its estimated that less than 80,000 were pressed for the first run after that in late 1970 all were Green and Orange.

So these early Red Plums in Ex are scarce!

How many remain now in anything like this order ? Probably easily less than 10,000!

Much is written about the sound on the Turquoise copies having owned several we found the later Red Plums with Warners credits to be equal and depending on the condition often sound better than the US versions which were produced in much higher volumes. The pressing quality is superb and way better than the mass produced USA presses where the record sold bucketfull the early ,70s as the the groups reputation grew , in New York and LA.

a genuine UK first press on the Red Plum label. The sound quality beats the new *super deluxe* copies hand down in our view.

sounds great on our Rega 3 and the light tracking Kenwood deck we use for grading. Has some static and light noise , nothing serious.

 very good sound quality see our 100% feedback , we will send secure to US by Royal Mail International only.

Over to the listener but here is a real find , great Ex original silver stripe cover and Nr EX


The Record 

A1 B1 matrix crossed with  8 # 

This is a super clean Red Plum label and `SUPERHYPE` credits.

In Near Excellent condition with some light lines, scuffs from sleeve removal over the years, bear in mind this is a 54 year old vinyl record! Nice fat pre oil crisis late 60s vinyl wow !

A few wispy surface lines on vinyl , no serious issues.

Plays fantastic with bright crisp sound may benefit from a professional clean (we don't do this as it's an individual thing) some light background static is noticeable in the quieter passages but nothing to disrupt playing no sticks or jumps on our Rega 3.

The Labels are EX with Zero pen writing SEE PHOTOS retain great bold colours with no fade we can notice under light.Great "Nr EX" vinyl a real keeper .

The SLEEVE EX Condition Despite having done it's job over the years, the sleeve has very  little ring wear (see photos)   and retain great bold colours with no fade we can notice under light.

Great vinyl a keeper .

The sleeve

Excellent Condition

In ex order having done it's job over the years, the sleeve has very little ring wear (see photos) slight laminate creasing , these can be dirty and trashed , this one is

ex, see pictures.

the sleeve is a 54 years old and has seen some use, its not Mint or Nr Mint,

Its fair to say that these early Debut copies are getting more collectable ....

Great early run 1969 Orange Letters with Silver Stripe on bottom, *Uptight and Out a sight* Atlantic appreciation society credit on rear, as it should be on a 1969 copy.

There are no seam splits , good sharp corners no heavy creasing to the laminate spine is in good shape fully readable, see photos .... colours are good the thick card has held up well, no serious damage, very light wear over the 54 years. No writing stickers or tape.

This is a keeper for someone looking for a wholly original 1968 press of this great album.

Mint copies are almost impossible now somsometimes £600+

This is a great affordable upgrade!

See photos.....

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