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Unicorn - Uphill All The Way - Original 1971 UK 10-track LP

€ 65
ArtistUnicorn
TitleUphill All The Way - Original 1971 UK 10-track LP
Price € 65
GenreFolk & Rock
FormatLP
Record labelTransatlantic Records
Catalogue noTRA 238
CountryUK
Year of release1971
GradingVG++ (Vinyls and Labels)/VG+(+) (Cover)
Stock listUnicorn
Additional infoRare original 1971 Transatlantic label 10-track LP - the last album by progressive British rock combo - featuring the second keyboardist, Nick Graham, of The End, Atomic Rooster and Tucky Buzzard.

Vinyl has the generic full colour company labels on one side and the wide and black printed data and tracklisting labels on the other

Machine stamped matrix information:
Side 1: TRA 238 A-2U, mother/stamper 1 R
Side 2: TRA 238 B-2U, mother/stamper 1 A

Vinyl is housed in a clear plastic wallet attache to the inner spread in an outer laminated fold out cover

Condition: VG++ (Vinyl and Labels)/VG+(+) (Cover):
Vinyl is superlustrous and has an extremely little and light degree of sleeve wear - perfect labels - vinyl does not display any signs of discolouration from the styrofoam stripe closing the internal PVC pocket.
Cover has an almost perfect front - only a lower right back wrinkle hints of use - otherwise only light edge rubbing, a tiny mm lower rip from bottom front cover and light corner dents - all very marginal flaws.
Inner spread is displays the tiny rip but is otherwise perfect - the plastic wallet has intact styrofoam strip against opening - the attachment to the cover has turned brownish - which is to expect and has no effect on the grading - pocket has the usual - but in this case, little - mid-lower split - cover is overal a delightful close to near perfect/excellent.

Tracklisting:

Side 1:
1 P.F. Sloan
2 115 Bar Joy
3 I've Loved Her So Long
4 Don't Ever Give Up Trying
5 Country Road

Side 2:
1 Something To Say
2 Ain't Got A Lot Of Future
3 Never Going Back
4 You, You, Hate Me
5 Please Sing A Song For Us

Credits:
Pat Martin - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Peter Perrier - Drums, Congas, Percussion [Various], Vocals
Ken Baker - Electric Guitar [6 String], Acoustic Guitar [6 And 12 String], Organ, Piano, Harmonium, Electric Piano, Vocals
Trevor Mee - Lead Guitar, Electric Guitar [6 & 12 String], Acoustic Guitar [6 And 12 String], Flute, Vocals
Hugh Murphy - Tambourine

Technical credits:
Hugh Murphy ? Production
John Martin-Holmes - Cover Illustration
David Saphier - Liner Notes
Paul Leeves - Sleeve Design
Richard Braine - Photography

'It's easy to dismiss Unicorn's debut LP as little more than a Crosby, Stills & Nash ripoff, but listen closely -- what Uphill All the Way lacks in originality it makes up for in craftsmanship, with a beauty and grace that render arguments about innovation moot. Harmonies this natural simply can't be taught, let alone copied, and Ken Baker's original compositions -- though products of rainswept London -- effortlessly evoke the beaches and canyons of a southern California that only exists in dreams anyway. And while the counterculture ethos that inspired CSN resulted in songs that now seem quaint and even a bit silly, Uphill All the Way -- for years essentially lost to all but the most avid British folk-rock aficionados -- remains fresh and timeless by comparison. Highly recommended.' Jason Ankeny, Allmusic