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Culpepers Orchard - Culpeper's Orchard - Original 1971 Danish Polydor label 9-track LP

€ 1000
ArtistCulpepers Orchard
TitleCulpeper's Orchard - Original 1971 Danish Polydor label 9-track LP
Price € 1000
GenreROCK
FormatLP
Record labelPolydor Records
Catalogue no2380 006
CountryNorway
Year of release1971
GradingVG++ (Vinyl and Labels)/VG+ (Cover)
Stock listCulpepers Orchard
Additional infoVery rare original 1971 Danish Polydor label 9-track LP - the outstanding debut album by Copenhagen based progressive rock band - inspired by late 1960ies Westcoast bands such as The Byrds, and Crosby, Sills Nash & Young their music has been compared to Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin - a superb combination of heavy progressive and folk stylings

This album is regarded as one of the finest progressive rock albums from Scandinavia as a whole by Dag Erik Asbjørnsen in 'Scented Gardens Of The Mind' and has been labelled "possibly the best Danish underground album from Denmark recorded in 1971. We just love every second of this album..." by The Shadoks label as it was reissued in 2014.

Vinyl has the generic red company labels with top 'half album' logo - above thin, large lettering white company name and mid data-grid. All other text is in black printing.

Vinyl has machine stamped matrix information:
Side 1: 2380 006 A 2 P 71 F 710
Side 2: 2380 006 B 2 P 71 F 710
identifying this as an original pressing manufactured by the Polydors Oslo based Phonogram pressing plant.

Vinyl is housed in outer laminated picture sleeve pressed by the Norwegian Team Trykk pressing plant - cover has integral lyric sheet.

Condition: VG++ (Vinyl and Labels)/VG+ (Cover):

Vinyl: Close to Mint, VG++:
Vinyl is bright and shiny - has hardly any signs of play or handling - exceptionally clean - easily graded near mint.

Labels: Mint, M-:
Labels are completely without signs of play or handling - plain mint.

Cover: Very Good Plus, VG+:
Front and back covers are very nice - extremely faint and superficial laminate only wear and creasing - a little more pronounces on back than front.
Cover has a couple of mild bends in the top front spine and back opening areas, which are hardly visible - a few tiny to very small wrinkles from spine from mild handling as well. All very minor imperfections.

Inner spread is superb except for a handwritten name in the lower right corner - lyric page firmly attached and without wear.

Cover has intact back panel top seam - Lower back panel has is split ca 1/3" against opening and ca 2,5" o the middle - the latter affects the immediate back cover surrounding a little.
Spine is very nice - easily readable and with no shelling or wear - edges are otherwise with just a touch of rubbing or pressure here and there. Corners are extremely nice - only very marginally rubbed or dented. Except for the lower split a superb cover - and even with this hovering far above the usually seen copies... this cover is just extremely prone to wear.
Cover is graded straight VG+.

Playgrading: Near perfect, VG++:
Vinyl tracks and plays straight all the way without clicks or other major flaws. Vinyl plays with intact fidelity - fine volume and great dynamics.
Vinyl is without the usual light cracks and pops and plays wonderfully with only the very faintest discontinued noise in the quiet or soundless parts - seems to be inherit in this pressing - even when played at a higher volume.

Tracklisting:

Side 1:
1. Banjocul
2. Mountain music, part 1
3. Hey you people
4. Teaparty for an orchard
5. Ode to resistance

Side 2:
1. Your song & mine
2. Gideon's trap
3. Blue day's morning
4. Mountain music, part 2

Credits:

Culpepers Orchard:
Cy Nicklin - vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, percussion
Nils Henriksen - electric, acoustic, piano, vocals, harpsicord
Michael Friis - bass, organ, flute, piano, percussion
Rodger Barker - drums, percussion

Technical credits:
Casper Andresen - Production

Artwork:
Bernhard Boesen - Design, Layout
John Fowlie - Photography
Claus Rasmussen - Liner Notes

Julian Cope wrote: Replete with extremely catchy songs, fiery Dervish-like guitar solos, confidently self-referential lyrics from a Wino Weinrichian poet/guitarist, all the while the entire ensemble spewing euphoric vocal harmonies over intricate and furiously hard-edged arrangements, this Album of the Month owes its artistic success not to any great dream of originality, but to the wild spirits of each of its performers and especially that of its primary writer - one Cy Nicklin - and his clear desire to contribute highly accessible Hippie Dream music that sat well alongside such million-selling contemporary heroes as The Moody Blues, Crosby, Tween, Nash & Young, Led Zeppelin, Traffic and The Who.'

*Dag Erik Asbjørnsen - Scented Gardens Of The Mind, Borderline productins 2000