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.
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Below are some hand-picked highlights from our constantly rotating stock, and you can see all our premium rarities over at eil.com.
RAW MATERIAL Raw Material (Incredibly Rare 1970 UK first press 7-track stereo vinyl LP on a rough textured Evolution label, the debut album from the little known long-haired Londoners, a proto-prog grail with collectors worldwide now looking to own a copy. Comes housed in a stunning front laminated flipback picture sleeve. See ‘more info’ for condition details… Z1006).
THE JELLIES Jive Baby On A Saturday Night (Autographed 1981 UK-only private press 7″ single, also featuring ‘The Conversation’. If you collect obscure DIY recordings & unexpected indie-dance songs from the era, how’s about this highly treasured & sought after post-punk/mutant disco oddity from the UK! Sounding like a lo-fi version of Tom Tom Club but hailing from Cambridge, England [recorded at the legendary Spaceward Studios], it’s also an EXTREMELY rare 7″, selling as low as just30 copies. Apparently Richard Lewis of The Jellies brought thirty copies down to the Rough Trade shop in Notting Hill on the day of release & that was it. The Jellies were never seen or heard again. The few sold copies that did make their way to the States decades later all came from that original source, allowing the likes of Thurston Moore & WFMU to discover its lo-fi charms. Several clued-in British DJs over the years such as Optimo & Jonny Trunk started to add it to their record box [only John Peel spun it back in the day!] & it was eventually re-released by Trunk Records. That doesn’t leave many ORIGINAL copies left in circulation… If you start digging deep on the net, don’t be fooled by the tiny amount of auction results that might appear for this painfully rare record [we noticed they mostly all seem to be the 90s bootleg version!], this one is the real deal. Obtained from a private collection of punk 45 rarities, all bought from the years 1980-81, the record is replete with solid centre & a unique die-cut title sleeve which is SIGNED on the back by two band members including Richard Lewis in black biro. It’s 100% first press. As a collector, you can tell this is a vintage 1981 release by the feel of the original paper stock & more easily by the original ‘flipbacks’ on the rear which are missing from the 90s re-release. What’s more, both the sleeve & vinyl appear Near Mint with few signs of wear & play. Just when you thought you’d seen them all, along come The Jellies! JELI1).
DEEP PURPLE Machine Head (1972 first UK issue 7-track vinyl LP, front laminated gatefold picture sleeve complete with original fold-out lyric insert. This is a one previous owner copy, the sleeve is in really nice shape with hardly any signs of wear to show for its age, just has a little blemish at the bottom of the spine which could have happend during manufacture. The label has a few spindle marks to show it has been played whilst the vinyl remains very clean. A really nice example with no need to upgrade TPSA7504).
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