Everyone has those expensive treats the like to enjoy from time to time, and as record collectors we tend to have more than most. Given they can’t just be found anywhere on any given day, there’s a lot of excitement in finding those holy grail and white whale items. We can help you find the records you’ve been desperately searching for with the high-end collectors’ items we come across.
Below are some hand-picked highlights from our constantly rotating stock, and you can see all our premium rarities over at eil.com.
NICK DRAKE Five Leaves Left (Rare 1969 UK first press 10-track stereo vinyl LP on the pink ‘block’ label with misprint showing track 4 as Way To Blue and track 5 as Day Is Done, original matt gatefold picture sleeve with the lyrics for Three Hours [here titled ‘Sundown’], Saturday Sun and River Man printed inside and correct tracklisting printed on the reverse ILPS9105)
ANNE BRIGGS The Time Has Come (Monster rare British Female Folk 1971 UK 13-track stereo LP, with sleeve notes provided by Anne herself, picture sleeve. For her second solo album Anne added some additional instrumentation [guitar and bouzouki],some original compositions [including one with Bert Jansch] alongside material from folk luminaries Lal Waterson, Steve Ashley, Stan Ellison and Henry McCulloch plus a handful of arrangements of traditional songs. The sleeve is graded VG+ with light foxing and a small scratch to the front, however it remains fully intact and free of any unsightly rips or tears. The vinyl grades as VG+/EX with just a small section of wear to the groove at the beginning of Side A resulting in distortion to the start of Sandman’s Song, otherwise the rest of the album plays to an Excellent standard with minimal noise, leaving a fantastic example of this haunting minimalist masterpiece from the English acid-folk glory daze).
WISHBONE ASH The Vintage Years 1970-1991 (2018 UK strictly limited edition 30-Disc Box set, includes all Sixteen studio albums released up to 1991 with bonus material, including rare album outtakes, B-sides and 12 previously unreleased studio tracks, each in mini-gatefold picture sleeves. As well as this studio material, this set includes Eight previously unreleased live albums across Eleven Discs, and a further three Dicss of previously released live albums. All remastered from the original multitrack and ¼” tapes, sourced from Martin Turner and Andy Powell’s personal collections, and from the Universal Music and Atlantic archives. Also comes with a 156-page hardback book written by Classic Rock’s Dave Ling, which includes personal photos, as well as images of rare posters, flyers and collector’s memorabilia. Along with four reproductions of original posters, a 36-page poster book, a facsimile MCA debut album promo press pack and a 7″ flexi disc for the Japanese single Blind Eye. But that is not all, also includes five individually signed photos of each band member, all housed within a 13 ” square 3″ deep picture box. Spectacular!).
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