November 24, 2021
Start Date: November 17, 2021
Final Price: £205.01 (GBP)
Bid Count: 13
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TONTON MACOUTE - TONTON MACOUTE (self titled)
Increasingly rare original UK 1971 12" LP, with gleaming and 1st press 1E / 2E matrix vinyl on the highly collectable RCA NEON label, STEREO NE4
Matrix Numbers : Side 1 AGBS 0510 - 1E A1N ; Side 2 AGBS 0520 - 2E A1B
A very collectable, overall impressive and highly presentable condition copy of this rare and sought after 1st press prog rock gem, the highlight being the truly excellent audio quality
Both sides of the flat vinyl gleam with the original jet black lacquered sheen. The vinyl is totally flat and appears to be in excellent condition in normal daylight; it is only with closer inspection under a bright light that some small hairlines and light surface-only scuff marks come into view (with only a few just detectable in normal daylight when the vinyl is held at the correct angle in a good light). These minor glitches appear to have absolutely minimum impact upon playback (just x5 very light background clicks on side 1 and just the hint of some extremely mild and intermittent background interference on side 2, see below for further details - nothing intrusive). EXCELLENT MINUS (EX-)
The condition of the labels is EXCELLENT PLUS (EX+). Beautiful, with the colours remaining rich, vibrant, and perfectly defined, and all label text in original perfect condition. If you look very closely under a bright light you may just be able to detect a single small and extremely faint spindle trail adjacent to the centre hole...otherwise perfect!
The iconic non-laminated gatefold sleeve is a solid VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+). All of the edges and corners remain firm and well defined, as is the spine, with no creasing or tears, and all of the colours have retained their rich vibrancy. There is mild rubbing on each of the corners, mild continuous scuffing on the bottom edges (though remains rigid and with no splits), some intermittent mild scuffing on the top edges, and just the hint of some mild ringwear towards the top edge on each of the front and reverse sides. The inside of the gatefold is hard to fault, with no marks or unwanted writing/doodles. Impressive and remaining highly presentable.
The audio quality is a definite EXCELLENT (EX). All of these RCA NEON label LP's seem to play beautifully and this one is no exception. Great tone and clarity, and lovely "depth" (the "depth" is the difference between an LP and a CD, in my opinion) even at higher volume and frequency. There are x4 light background clicks about a quarter of the way through the first track on side 1, x2 very light clicks towards the beginning of track 2 on the same side, and the merest hint of some very trivial background crackle during the side 2, track 1 and track 3 run-ins, the side 2 intermissions, and the track 3, side 2 intro - all trivial, non intrusive, and nothing here to interfere with a great listen...what a brilliant and totally underrated album this is - completely under the radar when first released in 1971. No obviously intrusive background crackle or other interference, no skips, repeats, pops, nasty clicks, or jumps and every track makes for a great listen. Prog, rock, jazz - there's a fair share of each on this LP with great musicianship. Enjoy.
The track listing is :
1. JUST LIKE STONE
2. SON'T MAKE ME CRY
3. FLYING SOUTH IN WINTER
Side 2 :
2. YOU MAKE MY JELLY ROLL
3. NATURAL HIGH Part I
4. NATURAL HIGH Part II
Comes complete with the original poly-lined black inner sleeve, with correct "British Patent" and MADE IN ENGLAND" text and with barely any creasing, no seam splits, no tears, no discolouration and remaining fully functional. Excellent plus (EX+).
A highly collectable copy of this increasingly rare and hard to find UK 1st press prog rock gem - a welcome addition to any serious vinyl collection.
POSTAGE COSTS : For the UK, £5 using Royal Mail 1st class signed for;
for continental Europe £14 using Royal Mail 1st class tracked and signed for,
and for the rest of the world £19 using Royal Mail 1st class tracked and signed for. I make no profit from postage.
Note that I always insert the vinyl(s) into a new plain white poly-lined inner sleeve in order to protect the original during postage, and separate this from the sleeve itself to prevent seam splits. I use thick cardboard stiffeners and take great care in my packaging to ensure as far as possible that these precious records reach their destination in exactly the same condition as when they leave me.
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Descriptions of any records I sell comply with the Rare Record Price Guide grading guidelines :
Mint The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. The cover and any extra items such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition. Records advertised as Sealed or Unplayed should be Mint.
Excellent The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality. The cover and packaging might have slight wear and/or creasing.
Very Good The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable surface marks and the occasional light scratch. Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items, without any major defects, is acceptable.
Good The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some distortion and mild scratches. The cover and contents suffer from folding, scuffing of edges, spine splits, discoloration, etc.
Fair The record is still just playable but has not been cared for properly and displays considerable surface noise; it may even jump. The cover and contents will be torn, stained and/or defaced.
Poor The record will not play properly due to scratches, bad surface noise, etc. The cover and contents will be badly damaged or partly missing
Bad The record is unplayable or might even be broken, and is only of use as a collection-filler.