Your Weekly Best Of Premium Collectables including Gracious, Van Halen, Yardbirds, Madonna & More

…..movers and shakers this week include the super rare ‘This is….Gracious’ LP on the always collectable Vertigo imprint, an official Van Halen promo ‘monkey’ statue (yes really), we’ve also got some tasty original issue Japanese LPs including the Five Live Yardbirds on RED vinyl, Madonna tour items, Police fan-club rarities and much, much more….Here’s a fe w to whet the whistle, see them all here

GRACIOUS! This Is… Gracious!! (Archive Quality 1971 UK 5-track LP, the second & last album by the British Progressive Rock band, packed with Mellotron action & the bleak dystopian narrative of ‘Blood Red Sun’… these guys were originally called ‘Satan’s Disciples’ in the sixties! Most copies that surface for this title have a black label. This is the dark blue label version that was released in parallel, with the same adverts on the back cover & machine stamped 1Y/1 – 2Y/1 matrices & ‘420’ British country code in the run-outs. Both the fully laminated picture sleeve & the vinyl are stunning near mint. The vinyl appears near ‘as new’. Recommended. More info here
VAN HALEN OU812 Promotional Statue (Official 1988 US Warner Brothers promotional statue, entitled Darwin Ape and based on Rheinhold’s ‘Philosophizing Monkey’. This wonderful sculpture was created by Spanish artist, Francisco Ramo, and faithfully recreated by Austin Sculpture on behalf of Warner Brothers. Weighing in at 12lb/6kg, and measuring 9½” in height and 5″ at the base, this amazing piece was issued to promote the release of Van Halen’s eighth studio album, OU812, the logo of which is featured on the base, alongside that of the Warner Brothers label. This example has been handled with the utmost care & stored away by its one & only label exec owner for the past 29 years. A fantastic example of this rarity with no blemishes, chips or cracks. Only the second example we have bought and quite simply the best on the market in such outstanding condition. This will not hang around, unlike its subject matter! As cool as it gets. More info here
THE YARDBIRDS Five Live Yardbirds (Very Rare 1965 Japanese stock copy 10-track stereo LP on a black & silver Odeon label, recorded live at the Marquee Club in London & pressed on Wine Red Vinyl by Toshiba, unique textured picture sleeve complete with the fold-out Japanese/lyric insert & obi-strip. The cover is Excellent with minimal wear & just a spot of faint creasing to the obi. The vinyl appears Near Mint with very few signs of play. A beautiful complete example, more info here

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  1. Re, THE YARDBIRDS Five Live Yardbirds Japan LP – you take one look at that cover and you can tell this could never be a 1965 issue, as it depicts how Clapton looked years later. This is a later reissue.

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