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"THE WIZARD" (Colin Allen / Maggie Bell / Les Les Harvey)
Bright light bleeding in my brain,
Someone left the door ajar,
All around my ... again,
On my way to the stars.
Private petal dressed in white,
Slowly burning bright,
If I find I've lost my way again,
I'll be there alright.
Turning each other on,
The wizard waves his wand.
Mr. Wizard is our saviour,
Mr. Wizard is our friend,
See he glows, because he knows,,
He is with us to the end, oh yeah....
When I go in to my dream,
In my reflection there is fear,
Like the time I serenade,
The madman in my mirror.
Oh, midnight conversations,
Turning each other on,
The wizard waves his wand.
Mr. Wizard is our saviour,
Mr. Wizard is our friend,
See he glows, because he knows,
He's with us to the end, oh yeah, yeah.
I can't see for my tears.
STONE THE CROWS: "Teenage Licks" LP, VERY FIRST UK PRESSING, RELEASED DECEMBER, 1971.
If ever a female blues / rock vocalist could be compared to the great Janis Joplin, Maggie Bell is up there with the very best,
so were all the musicians in Stone The Crows. They are still the most underrated band and as "Teenage Licks" was their finest
pure rock album, how did this album sell so few copies in 1971, "Teenage Licks" never made a UK chart entry. Until now I could
not find a Mint UK first pressing of the outstanding "Teenage Licks," unplayed was beyond my expectation... but here it is!
UK POLYDOR LABEL: 23425 071 SUPER
MAITRIX: 23425 071 A ▽ 1 420 (over-stamped with five ' ▽' symbols*) 1 1 / 23425 071 B ▽ 1 1 1
*I have never seen another Polydor record with the ' ▽' symbol used to cross out an error, it was not an error to stamp '420' so
it had to be a mistake on the'4' digit, then a decision to continue and cover over the next digits. Then Side 2, and to balance
it out with Side 1, the '420' was not stamped at all. The importance of such one-off errors, they create instant identification
of the very first pressings, not in this case because these very first pressings never required a second pressing in late 1971,
as explained above. The 'extra '1' I typed digits' after the main maitrix on Side 1, were spread too far away to include in the
pictures. They are too erratic and contradictory for anyone to draw any conclusions, especially as they often ary per side of
the same album, let alone records pressed closely together. Polydor's indexing in the 1970's was consistent enough to state
a record with ' A // 1 & B // 1,' was very first pressed, but and only accurate method.
THE RUN-OUT GROOVES ALSO HAVE THE UK FINEST EVER VINYL CUTTER'S LOGO "Porky," GEORGE PECKHAM
MASTERED THE FIRST PRESSINGS OF "Teenage Licks."
ORIGINAL 1971 POLYDOR INNER SLEEVE, UNSPLIT & UNUSED WITH A RECORD IMPRESSION AND VERY
LIGHT AGEING, EVEN THAT IS MOSTLY FROM WHEN THE POLY-LINING WAS GLUED ONTO THE ABSORBENT PAPER.
THE FRONT BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER DOES HAVE HAS A CODED DATE OF WHEN IT WAS PRINTED;
12-71 = December, 1971
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL INNER THE RECORD HAS BEEN INSIDE FOR THE LAST 47 YEARS, BY VIRTUE OF AN
UNPLAYED RECORD. THE INNER SLEEVE IS IN EXCELLENT+++ / NEAR MINT CONDITION.
1971 FIRST EDITION, 'MacNeill Press Ltd. London' PRINTED EMBOSSED, TEXTURED GATEFOLFD COVER, ON THE
OUTSIDE AND INSIDE BOTH PANELS.
Shoud this not be known, please see the truly stunning artwork, the colours are nothing less than sensational and yet hardly
anyone bought the album! This cover belongs in the then recent psychedelic era, every inch on the four panels is covered with
the most wonderful images, I really enjoyed taking pictures of this cover and there is hardly any wear beyond standing in storage
for 47 years.
The first edition gatefolfd cover was textured and matt, a recipe for horrendous wear, affecting even a rare unplayed record like
this. I could not locate a Mint record with a presentable cover during our long years selling records at record fairs, there simply
had to be some degree of ageing, but that is as minimal as I believe and know to be possible. Just saying the spine is has all the
printing 100% complete and clear, acts to verify an unused record and cover. Only the spine endings or tips have very light
rubbing, the same applies to the edges and corners, it was kept in a plastic outer sleeve and it prevented the usual heavy wear.
The colours are superb and not faded, just a record impression with a few tiny edge lines and a few ripples, ring wear is not an
issue and I will still grade it very strictly. The front has a few glue droplets from the 1971 factory assembling and without use,
the inside is immaculate, grading embossed, textured covers of this age is never easy, but my pictures say it all.
THE COVER IS IN A MINIMUM OF EXCELLENT+++ / NEAR MINT CONDITION.
THE LABELS ARE LITERALLY LIKE BRAND NEW WITHOUT ANY SPINDLE ALIGNMENT TRACES, SO IS THE VINYL.
THE RECORD IS IN UNPLAYED MINT CONDITION.
"Big Jim Salter" (Colin Allen / Maggie Bell / Les Les Harvey)
"Faces" (Stone The Crows)
"Mr. Wizard" (Colin Allen / Maggie Bell / Les Les Harvey)
"Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" (Bob Dylan)
"Keep On Rollin' " (Colin Allen / Maggie Bell / Les Les Harvey)
"Ailen Mochree" (traditional, arranged by Maggie Bell)
"One Five Eight" (McGinniss)
"I May Be Right, I May Be Wrong" (Stone The Crows)
"Seven Lakes" (Stone The Crows)
STONE THE CROWS (Late 1971)
Maggie Bell - vocals
Les Harvey - guitars & recorder
Ronnie Leahy - keyboards
Steve Thompson - bass
Colin Allen - drums
Produced By Mark London
Executive Producer - Peter Grant
Based in Scotland's Glasgow, the first step towards Stone The Crows was when guitarist Les Harvey being introduced to Maggie Bell
by his brother, Alex Harvey. This blues band was first named 'Kinning Park Ramblers,' then onto 'Power' and late in 1969, Peter
Grant, Led Zeppelin's manager, discovered their talent and along with Mark London, they managed the band and Peter Grant chose
Stone The Crows as their new name. As well as managing Led Zeppelin, Peter Grant had been involved with Cartoone, Les Harvey
was their guitarist. The connection between blues bands evolving into heavy rock was shared by Led Zeppelin and Peter Grant knew
the potential of Stone The Crows, they wrote their own material as well. Mark London and Peter Grant produced "Teenage Licks" and
of course with the unique vocals of Maggie Bell, that potential was massive because the early 1970's were the era of heavy rock
and there were few female vocalists with her range. How great was Maggie Bell? In the same 1971, "Teenage Licks" was recorded
and released, Rod Stewart invited Maggie to sing a duet on the title track of his "Every Picture Tells A Story. " Late last year I fully
described that album and how Rod and Maggie produced pure dynamite when they both improvised, creating the best track on the
album. Just before this line-up recorded "Teenage Licks," Steve Thompson replaced James Dewar on bass and vocals, James Dewar
joined with ex- Procul Harum guitarist, Robin Trower, for formidable albums. Leslie Harvey would tragedly die by electrocution in
in 1972, while performing live on stage in Swansea, leading to Jimmy McCulloch taking over on lead guitar. Then Jimmy McCulloch
became Paul McCartney's guitarist in Wings, I just wanted to establish the talent within Stone The Crows, without playing the record
does hinder a description because I tend to react to the music playing. I followed all this week by week, in the music press and the love
of records and concerts did the rest. There was so much happening in the 1960's and 1970's decades, it was a fantastic period to
live through, I hope I do give a personal view of it all. Sadly Stone The Crows broke up as early as 1973, but Peter Grant still managed
Maggie as she carved out a solo career, I must find a Mint copy of her "Queen Of The Night." I thoroughly recommend the few albums
Stone The Crows recorded, especially this incredible,"Teenage Licks." That's about as far as I can go without playing the record,
which I will not do with the rarity of this ultimate condition first pressing, it must be respected.
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