I would like to wish all my customers, regulars and newcomers, a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR
Over the Holiday Period, I am offering some interesting Christmas ‘Crackers’ – lovely albums – some rare – ENJOY!
Postage: UK £4.75 (£1 per extra record). Europe (including Russia) £12.50 (£2 per extra record). Rest of World (including ALL parts of the USA) £16.50 (£2 per extra record). All boxes sent FIRST-CLASS & TRACKED in quality, safe packaging – I NEVER use mailing envelopes that offer virtually no protection. Here, you get what you pay for – SAFE PACKING in BOXES using 7mm DOUBLE-WALL STIFFENERS with extra 7mm side protection and bubblewrap.
Posting to Russia: Yes, I do post to Russia. But delivery can take up to 4 to 6 weeks from the UK. So please be patient. I will submit a tracking number to the winning bidder, and when the packet arrives there it can be followed online using the Russian post website.
ALSO: I now apply the Ebay ‘2-day’ rule for non-payment to keep things moving – cash-flow is important for any small business. I will always keep my P&P prices as low as possible, and even after yet another Royal Mail price hike from April this year, I have NOT raised my prices and will never compromise on solid, safe packing that is invariably heavier than most you will get. My P&P offers probably the best value-for-money for vinyl records available, and I even will pay for full insurance on any record that sells for over £100 at NO extra cost – that is UK and abroad. Also I aim to post the very same day after payment is received. You WILL see the difference when my packet arrives.
FINALLY: Late payers, non-payers and ‘0’ bidders will now be blocked or cancelled at my discretion. As will any bidder who cancels a bid. I do not like this practice as it is most often used to phish out the price to beat. Ebay does not approve and neither do I – so only bid on my items if you want them.
Artist or Band: THE ROLLING STONES
Album Title: Their Satanic Majesties Request
Producer(s): Rolling Stones
Side 1: Frontside: Sing This All Together; Citadel; In Another Land; 2000 Man; Sing This All Together (see what happens).
Side 2: Backside: She’s a Rainbow; The Lantern; Gomper; 2000 Light Years From Home; On With the Show.
Label/Format: Decca – unboxed mono format with matt surfaces that have a gentle hint of texturing. This has the deep cut ring ridge.
Label Conditions: Both very clean, fresh and attractive with only very fine and faint spindle marks. This a very clean copy that plays beautifully throughout.
Catalogue Number: TXL 103
Mode / Speed: Mono / 33.3 rpm.
Warps: Assume all records I offer have no warping of any significance and all tracking is easy and effortless and should play on all turntables and even ‘budget’ decks.
Weight of this Record: 150 grams. A typically heavy pressed, top-quality Decca record.
Country of Manufacture: England
Rarity: Another popular Rolling Stones album, but less easy to find in better conditions. Massively complex sound is often ruined on earlier copies by basic record players it was often played on. The original 3D cover often with serious issues, and that super-thin paper used for the ‘flame’ inner often torn, badly creased and even ring worn. All elements of this set are in impressive, fresh condition, and most importantly of all – it plays superbly.
Original Year of Release: 1967
Matrix Nos: ARL-8126-T2-3K / ARL-8127-T2-3K
Stamper Codes: 1 B / 1 B [first ‘B’ stampers are rarely seen on this, or any Decca record]
Brief Artist & Album Info: This Rolling Stones album will forever be compared to The Beatles Sgt Pepper – their 1967 psych album, many of the major acts of this time were producing albums in this style. Satanic Majesties rarely receives the full recognition I believe it really deserves. For sure, a massive change of direction from the previous albums and it all may have been too much for many of their fans. Often described as a ‘flawed classic’, but I have heard few flaws myself. A brave and compelling album, a little weird (by their standards), but many moments and songs of true genius – ‘She’s a Rainbow’ and ‘2000 light years from Home’ always sound so much better on this ‘proper’ album rather than compilations, and both songs remain personal favourites within their singles catalogue. This album is a barrage of sound with brass, psychedelia and effects, and for The Rolling Stones, a real one-off. For me it’s one of those albums that’s totally essential in both mono and stereo as they sound very different. The mono version offers a more punchy sound with greater bass depth and warmth. The stereo version (also on offer) has wonderful imagery and presence – and of course separation which is so essential for psychedelic music. Take the brass blasting out of the speakers at the very start of side one – it hits you full in the face, and the album just does not let up – this is a very intense experience. Play this album loud and you will be left spinning.
Cover Condition and Details: EXCELLENT(++): a gatefold format with the front and back laminated, the front includes the 3D holographic picture. The inside is matt and smooth. The back is solid with no peep-hole, those came along in 1969, so obviously this copy pre-dates that. Printed in England by Robert Stace, includes the graphic ‘flame’ inner sleeve.
Cover Lamination & Hologram: The laminate both sides is superb, retaining deep shine, freshness and clarity without lifting, which is unusual. Just one natural crinkle of the laminate near the top right corner of the hologram. The lack of creasing is almost remarkable, any traces near the edges and are tiny, very fine and faint, hardly any at all. No fading of the fantastic artwork and barely even a trace of dulling, even viewed under light. This cover has been beautifully preserved and looked-after, totally age-defying and beautiful. The crucial 3D hologram gimmick picture is also very impressive. Any surface blemishes or traces to its surface few and ultra fine and faint, even finer than hairlines seen under light. No heavy scuffs or dents, this fragile piece has also survived the years impressively. There will always be a little adhesive darkening visible near the edges, this one has been beautifully and squarely stuck on, sometimes not the case. Over time, these can warp as the adhesive and laminate react to temperature and humidity, this has simply not happened on this one. In fact both front and back are ultra flat and unbowed, again quite unusual. Both front and back look terrific, the back especially reminds of new, the front not far behind either.
Cover Inner Gatefold: Absolutely stunning, I can find nothing of any note to fault.
Top Edges: Straight, flat and hardly worn with barely even a trace of thickening, remember, the front is only single thickness card.
Bottom Edges: Any trace of thickening minuscule. For fragile storage edges, these have fared well, just the card ends have darkened a little which is absolute proof all are natural and untrimmed or enhanced.
Right Edge(s), and Type: Any traces of thickening to the front edge, seen viewed end-on, are very light and little. The back edges are still very sharp and neat. No trimming or enhancements guaranteed.
Spine and Text: This spine is in truly immaculate condition, it simply looks as-made. Solid and very straight with barely any hint of compression. No damage, chipping or wear, all text is pristine unworn under the solid, unpeeled or cracked laminate, also beautifully centred as-seen. This has the mono text, each album at the time had its own individual mono or stereo cover. Also the graphic surface has no fading, scuffs or marks, the same for the folds. This perilous area is simply amazing.
Corners: The spine pair are practically perfect. Any rubbing to the right ones is very small and light. All neat with no knocks.
Cover Summary: One of the 1960s most famous covers, this beauty does it fantastic justice. This is one to hold and admire, a truly fantastic example that could prove a massive ‘mono’ upgrade for many collectors. This should please most collectors and arguably is under-graded even at Excellent(++).
The Inner Sleeve: EXCELLENT(+): made with incredibly thin paper and rarely survives without edge splits, severe creasing, tearing or even ring wear. Often referred to as the ‘flame’ inner, these intensely coloured surfaces are rarely seen this nice, this has hardly aged in terms of wear. Just some crinkle and no hard creases as such. All edges are FULLY INTACT, with NO repairs, this is very unusual. The one previous owner kept the record inside a replacement soft-lined inner, so this ultimate fragile inner remains fully intact with no weakening of that delicate thin paper. The graphic deeply coloured with no fading, rubbing or ring wear, this is very attractive as-seen.
Vinyl Condition/Visual Grading: EXCELLENT(+): a very impressive record with any surface marks very fine, mostly wispy and faint as seen under bright light. No penetrating stylus scratches, viewed in average room light, hardly anything registers. This top-quality mono record that plays very impressively with hardly anything unwanted. Quite heavily pressed on top-quality vinyl, with excellent shine and manufactured to the usual highest standard by Decca. Few available early copies, especially in mono, will better this for looks or sound. With many originals trashed and unlistenable, this should please many, if not most collectors.
Album Played For Grading: Yes. [I play ALL records I offer before submitting to Ebay, also the record is played in its entirety unless clearly stated otherwise. I do NOT play snippets or joining grooves to check for sound quality and quietness – I play from the beginning to end via clinically revealing B&W speakers that include the legendary tweeter from their awesome Nautilus range that reveals every blemish or minuscule sound present on any record.]
Sound Quality and Audio Grading: This magnifice0nt psych classic plays even above it’s high visual grading with hardly anything to fault. Offering strong, distortion-free sound, all frequencies are sharp and clear – sound quality is very high with a wide dynamic range and very detailed sound. This is superbly recorded with immense dynamics and information, some only the best systems will actually pick up. Any surface sounds are minimal, barely anything of note heard, so rarely avoided on albums of this age and complexity, also this was a popular album that tended to get played a lot. This a high-quality clean pressing with no tracking issues*, being Decca, few would expect less. Few available unboxed mono copies will outperform this I feel sure. Both channels are clean and sharp when played on a stereo system, for which it not really designed, but when this clean, these classic mono records are simply unbeatable. Offering a different insight into the music and presentation, the mono mix is legendary. I am certain this record has been played only lightly with no penetrating stylus scratches and the cover and inner gorgeous as detailed above. Nothing spoilt my pleasure when play-grading this wonderful record. It will prove very difficult to find better and merits my highest possible recommendation. This was a pure joy to play-grade and like the cover, could prove a significant upgrade.
* As played-graded on a high-end Linn LP12 Sondek turntable with Ittok Mk II arm and Ortofon Quintet Black moving coil cartridge tracking at 2.2 grams.
Now one of the most established sellers on Ebay and still offering the finest and most accurately described and graded records I can find. I pride myself on offering a variety of genres to keep my site as interesting as possible. I will rarely offer any record that falls below a true Excellent grading, unless its of a certain rarity which will justify offering a lesser grade. I try, to the best of my ability to describe as accurately and as honesty as I can all items I offer for sale with all the relevant information I can think of to help any potential bidder and collector. You may notice I only submit records sparingly on Ebay as I Play-Grade every record I offer in their entirety – also on higher-end equipment – not just bits to guess a grade - visuals alone do not always tell a true or full story. I will mention any defects or flaws no matter how small that I notice to be fair as possible to any interested collector – I am very fussy and my buyers have the right to be too. Every record I offer, whether it be a common or rare item deserves the same respect as far as I am concerned and will be treated the same - just because an item is rare does not always mean it’s good. I get just as much pleasure offering a relatively common record in stunning near mint condition as the real rare items. All the pictures I use for your guidance are taken with a digital camera or scanned - they are NOT improved, cleaned-up or made better looking than they are with camera trickery or enhancing with digital programs. Room light factors can make things vary sometimes, that is hard to control, especially in winter. If any picture I take looks more flattering than the actual item for any reason, I will clearly state the fact in the advert and vice-versa. I hope the item below is to your liking - any questions can be emailed and I will do my very best to answer you. I am enthusiastic, and have a fair degree of knowledge about many genres and I promise quality items - bid with confidence - excellence comes as standard and so does Near Mint regularly. Please assume all records I offer have NO jumps, sticks, warps or writing on covers or labels unless clearly stated to the contrary. Thanks for your interest and Good luck – MIKE.
Equipment Used for Play-Grading: I now play-grade ALL the records I offer (unless clearly stated to the contrary) on the following equipment:
Deck: Linn LP12/Hercules/Cirkus with Ittok Mk II arm and Ortofon Quintet Black moving coil cartridge (tracks at 2.2 grams). Amps: Naim Supernait 2 with Project USB phono stage and Tellerium Black interconnects. Speakers: B&W 704 Floorstanding 3-way Monitors (bi-wired with Tellurium Black terminated cable). All records I offer on Ebay are cleaned on a professional VPI-17 vacuum machine before play-grading for the cleanest and best possible sound and will include a brand new lined inner and protective cover too. Pictures taken with a Nikon D5000 SLR Digital Camera.
PACKING - THIS IS WHAT YOU GET.
What You Get: To confirm to the strict Ebay rules on shipping, I must now send ALL my packets ‘Signed-For’ with NO exceptions. Both buyers and sellers want their packets to have a safer journey and this is not a bad thing.
I now offer the fastest possible posting, often the very next day after payment is received or within two to three days maximum (unless on holiday). I only use FIRST-CLASS Mail. The record’s cover will be placed within a BRAND NEW soft protective sleeve and the actual record will be professionally cleaned on my new VPI-17 Pro vacuum system to give ultimate clean grooves and playing surfaces and the best possible looks and ultimate sound quality. You will NOT get tired, dull looking, dust infested records inside worn and foggy covers with tatty inners from this seller and that’s a promise and guarantee. All records are posted in professional boxes (NOT Mailers, these do not offer any real protection). The record(s) are REMOVED from their main cover to avoid edge splits and placed within a brand new polylined inner. The record’s original inner will be included if available. The boxes are then reinforced with at least TWO, ULTRA THICK stiffeners for maximum extra protection – these are FOUR TIMES thicker than commercial stiffeners and are custom-made for oneadayrecords. Really rare and expensive albums will even be Double Boxed if deemed necessary and possible. When larger boxes are used, the thick record and stiffener ‘sandwich’ is then thickly embedded into bubble-wrap to bulk out the record inside the box to centre the item inside to reduce the risk of damage still further. Printed address labels are used for clarity as well as a sender label. Customers requests or special needs for P&P will be respected if at all possible but ‘Signed-For’ posting is NOT an option anymore. I do not profit on posting, better quality packaging costs, I offer probably the best-value and safest shipping possible for ultimate confidence. The boxes and ultra thick double-wall stiffeners make a near impregnable fortress for safe shipping and this is used inland and overseas for ALL my records, not just the rare and expensive. I will invoice any winning bidder as soon as possible after the auction ends. My ‘loss’ or ‘damage rate’ is minuscule in over 14 years of Ebay trading and I consider that pretty exceptional. The only damage rate acceptable for this seller is ZERO and I think my packets will offer just that. It would take a vicious postman or postal service to damage these for sure. Oneadayrecords is a MAILER-FREE ZONE – they offer next-to-no-protection, and should be banned, no ‘professional’ should consider using them in my opinion. I discount of course for multiple purchases with a maximum of FIVE records per box (one double can sometimes be included subject to total weight). All postage costs are below and at the top of the listing.
NOTE: First Time Bidders: Please ask me first.
PLEASE NOTE: I now exercise my right to open a dispute after the Ebay rule of TWO days if no payment is received. I will then cancel the dispute to end the bid, again after the mandatory FOUR days and then offer the item to the runner-up or relist. The non-payer will also be blocked from my Ebay site as will any suspicious bids or bid withdrawals. Small businesses need prompt payment to trade and these strict rules WILL be applied.
SHIPPING COSTS & CONDITIONS – THESE comply with EBAY’S RULES - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
Posting & Packing: UK & CHANNEL ISLANDS all now sent via Recorded Delivery:
1 LP (FIRST-CLASS Recorded Delivery with Standard Royal Mail Insurance) [Signed For] = £4.75
1 LP (Special Delivery with Standard £500 Maximum Insurance) [Signed For, Next Day] = £7.50. (this includes insurance of £500). Add £1 per extra LP.
Posting & Packing: EUROPE & SCANDINAVIA. (Airmail Only):
1 LP (Small Packet ‘Signed For’ with Standard Royal Mail Insurance [£50 maximum]) = £12.50 (enhanced Royal Mail insurance is an optional extra £3). Add £2 per extra LP.
Posting & Packing: ALL OVERSEAS (non-European) e.g. USA (ANY PART OF); South America; New Zealand; Australia; Canada; Japan and other Far East; (Airmail Only: I NEVER use Surface Mail):
1 LP (Small Packet ‘Signed For’ with Standard Royal Mail Insurance [£50 maximum]) = £16.50 (£17.50 for double sets). Add £3 per extra LP. (enhanced Royal Mail insurance is an optional extra £3)
I prefer PayPal or cheque from UK winning bidders. I can accept PayPal from overseas bidders or direct payment into my bank account.
Potential Bidders: I will cancel any bids I feel are time-wasters. A maximum 3 days for communication and 7 days for payment to arrive - if not I will relist the item or offer to the runner-up. Fast deals get great feedback from me. Any questions - please ask and thanks for looking.
My Guarantee: If any winning bidder is not satisfied with their purchase I will offer a complete refund. I will not refund if any defect detail is clearly stated on the advert and missed by the buyer, so read the item description carefully. If any overseas collector does not understand anything in my listing, please email and ask me to help. Thank You.
SOME GENERAL GUIDES TO WEAR AND CONDITIONS TO HELP YOU DECIDE
My Use of Description Terminology: Surface Marks = Superficial, usually light marks, hairlines or light scuffs that rarely sound. Scratch = a needle mark that goes below the record’s surface, some will sound, some will not, my play-grade will inform. Original = a record that has been pressed with the first label design which does NOT necessarily mean a very first pressed record. First Pressing = A record that I believe or know to be a genuine very first pressed record. I do not claim to always know for sure, and that’s why I state the stamper and matrix numbers if at all possible, for those who claim to know what they all mean, the information is there for the collector to decide. I prefer to use terms like ‘Early Copy’ rather than ‘First Pressing’ if I am not totally sure. Surface Sound = Mild, light sound, usually light crackle or similar. Distortion = Break up of the actual sound caused by groove wear or damage from a chipped stylus – the most undesirable form of unwanted sound, vintage mono records were the most prone to this happening but not exclusively so. The symptoms of distortion are high frequency clipping, moderate constant crackle or an echo type sound quality. Violin, piano and vocals are most prone to groove-wear distortion. Feathering = Fraying or softening of the entry edge of a cover. Covers with feathered entrance edges are more likely to have had the actual record inserted and removed more than a non-feathered, sharp-edged cover which are always far more attractive. Set Off, actually a printer’s term for dark ink leaving mild residue on pale or white ink when rested upon. e.g. when a gatefold cover has black ink closed against white, this can leave some black residue on the pale area – this is mostly unavoidable or course.
The Argument for Vinyl Original sound and mix (mono mixes are rarely available on CD), high quality sound on clean copies (played on a hi-end dedicated analogue system – breathtaking sound!), beautiful, large format covers, artwork, inserts and even full size posters etc; huge investment potential, and the pleasure of owning ‘the real thing’.