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Roy Harper - Stormcock - Original 1971 UK Harvest label 4-track LP

€ 75
ArtistRoy Harper
TitleStormcock - Original 1971 UK Harvest label 4-track LP
Price € 75
GenreFolk & Rock
Record labelHarvest
Catalogue noSHVL 789
Year of release1973
GradingVG+ (Vinyl and Labels)/VG+ (Cover)
Stock listRoy Harper
Additional infoRare original 1971 UK Harvest promotional issue 4-track LP - the fifth album by English folk-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist - an epic and progressive acoustic based masterpiece guested by Jimmy Page and with orchestral arrangements by David Bedford on the album's final track.

The album remains rare as the lengthy tracks on 'Stormcock' did not make it suitable for airplay - and without singles it did not get any promotion by Harvest - ignored at the time, it sold badly only to be recognized much later. Joanna Newsom cited Stormcock as an influence upon her 2006 release Ys and in 2011, Robin Pecknold of Seattle, Washington-based folk band Fleet Foxes stated that he took inspiration from Stormcock when recording Fleet Foxes second album Helplessness Blues.

Vinyl has the generic dark and lime green company labels with 'The Gramophone Co. Ltd....' rimprint - omitting the boxed EMI logo. Side 2 label has a promotional sticker and vinyl has machine stamped matrix information

Matrix numbers are:
Side 1: SHVL 789 A-4U, mother/stamper 1 G
Side 2: SHVL 789 B-4U, mother/stamper 1 M

In his book on the Harvest label Yuri Grishin suggests the 4rth master as the 1st pressing - which fits very well with the promotional issue notice on the label. Side 1 and 2 are as such manufactured from the very first mothers - Side 1 is manufactured from the very first stamper, Side 2 from a very early one - amongst the very first copies pressed.

Vinyl is held in an era specific generic polylined company add inner sleeve - ultimately in a very slightly textured gatefold picture cover

Condition: VG+ (Vinyl and Labels)/VG+ (Cover):
Vinyl is bright and lustrous - Side 1 has a couple of light and inaudible surface marks paired with fine and very light sleeve inflicted wear - Side 2 has only a light degree of fine sleeve wear.

Labels are nice - has a couple of handfuls spindlewear tops - indeterminable and very close to center hole on Side 1 label - very slightly scattered on Side 2 label.
Labels are near mint and vinyl is at least VG+ bordering to close to near mint/excellent.

Front and back cover centers are very nice - faint ringwear combined with a very few wrinkles from edges and a single top-back crease.

Seams are straight and without splits or pressure point - very light discontinued wear to lower seam - hardly any to top seam and the otherwise easily readable spine. Opening edges have only very light rubbing - corners likewise a little rubbing, but no denting - overall very decent and far above average cover - graded at VG+ - bordering to close to near mint/excellent.


Side 1:
1. Hors d'ouvres 8:37
2. The Same Old Rock 12:24

Side 2:
1. One Man Rock and Roll Band 7:23
2. Me and My Woman 13:01

All tracks are written and composed by Roy Harper

Recorded between 1th July and 20th December 1970 at EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Manufactured by The Gramophone Co. Ltd., Hayes, Middlesex, UK

Roy Harper - six and twelve strings guitars, vocals, piano
S. Flavius Mercurius (Jimmy Page) - guitar
David Bedford - Hammond organ and orchestral arrangements

Technical Credits:
Peter Jenner - production
John Barrett, Peter Bown , John Leckie, Phil McDonald, Alan Parsons, Nick Webb - sound engineer

Richard Imrie - Front cover photography
Roy Harper - front cover photography