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David Bowie - Low - Original 1977 UK RCA Victor label 11-track LP - A-2/B-2 matrix Endings - Incl Insert & Booklet

€ 100
ArtistDavid Bowie
TitleLow - Original 1977 UK RCA Victor label 11-track LP - A-2/B-2 matrix Endings - Incl Insert & Booklet
Price € 100
GenreRock & Electronic
Record labelRCA Victor Records
Catalogue noPL 12030
Year of release1977
GradingVG+(+) (Vinyl and Labels)/VG++ (Insert)/M- (Booklet)/VG+(+) (Cover)
Stock listDavid Bowie
Additional infoRare original 1977 UK pressed RCA Victor label 11-track LP - the 1st album in the 'Berlin' trilogy recorded at Le Château d'Hérouville and
Hansa Tonstudios in Berlin - by far Bowies most influential album combining angular shorter songs with atmospheric instrumentals - not without strong leanings towards the German electronic scene at the time.

Vinyl has the matt finish generic orange company labels with left side outline RCA logo and rightside horizontal solid Victor text.

Vinyl has handwritten/etched and machine stamped (ms) matrix information:
Side 1: PL 12030-A-2 APL1 2030 A RS1108A-1 STERLING (ms) W A3o
Side 2: PL 12030-B-2 APL1 2030-B RS1108-B-2 A4X STERLING (ms) W
- the APL and RS numberings are crossed out in both matrix'es.

Vinyl comes complete with small 'Official International Fan Club' booklet advertising the official David Bowie Fan Club and back catalogue - vinyl is also accompanied by the credits insert.

Vinyl is held in a generic plain white, die cut and '2-77' printed inner sleeve - everything held in a matt finish Garrodprint Ltd. picture cover with tracklisting sticker on back - dating on the inner sleeve, insert, and back cover sticker indicates that this is an original 1st issue - only initial copies had the booklet.

Condition: VG+(+) (Vinyl and Labels)/VG++ (Insert)/VG++ (Booklet)/VG+(+) (Cover):
Vinyl is supershiny - has a very few sleeve inflicted only marks - close to mint in itself.

Labels has less than a handful slightly scattered spindletraces - labels has some spots which is not immediately detectable... first seen when vinyl is held in the right angle under a light source... the are not stains, mold or age spots since cover, inner sleeve or insert are not affected... probably a very small manufacturing imperfection.

Vinyl is graded near mint, labels at least close to near mint.

Insert has allmost no signs of handling - cover a thin stripe of sticker glue residue in the upper right front corner - again not immediately visible - hardly any creasing, barely any wear along top and bottom vinyl outline. Front and back cover centers are close to mint.

Cover has a few tiny to small wrinkles from spine, a very thin stripe of sun-bleaching along back spine.

Seams are tight but with a touch of wear to lower seam - a very marginal mid-top pressure point - opening edge has a couple of back edge dent - spine is perfectly readable and very close to mint.

Spine corners are pointy and without rubbing - opening corners has just a mild dent and a very little rubbing... all in all a cover with has a series of very minor imperfections which has no effect on the viewing of the cover at all - graded close to near mint/excellent.


Side 1:
1. Speed of Life - 2:46
2. Breaking Glass (Bowie, Dennis Davis, George Murray) - 1:52
3. What in the World - 2:23
4. Sound and Vision - 3:03
5. Always Crashing in the Same Car - 3:28
6. Be My Wife - 2:56
7. A New Career in a New Town - 2:51

Side 2:
1. Warszawa (Bowie, Brian Eno) - 6:19
2. Art Decade - 3:45
3. Weeping Wall - 3:26
4. Subterraneans - 5:39

Recorded at Studio Hérouville
Recorded and mixed at Hansa Tonstudios, Berlin
Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York
Pressed by RCA Records Pressing Plant, Washington, UK

David Bowie - vocals, guitar, pump bass, saxophones, xylophones, vibraphones, harmonica, pre-arranged percussion, keyboards: ARP synthesiser, piano, Chamberlin (credited on the album sleeve notes as "tape strings", "tape-cello" and "tape-horns")
Brian Eno - vocals, splinter Minimoog, report ARP, guitar treatments, piano, keyboards, synthetics, Chamberlin, other synthesisers
Carlos Alomar - rhythm guitar
Dennis Davis - percussion
George Murray - bass
Ricky Gardiner - guitar
Roy Young - piano, Farfisa organ

Additional musicians:
Peter Himmelman - piano, ARP synthesiser
Mary Visconti - backing vocals
Iggy Pop - backing vocals on 'What in the World'
Eduard Meyer - cellos

Technical Credits:
David Bowie - Production, arrangements
Tony Visconti - Production, arrangements
Dave Richards - Mix

Front cover photography - From Nicolas Roegs 'The Man Who fell To Earth'