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Blind Faith – Ultra-Rare UK True 1st Pressing “Blind Faith” LP, With Single-Weight Front Cover and Textured Labels

An exceptionally rare 1969 true UK first pressing of Blind Faith, the sole album by the Eric Clapton/Ginger Baker/Steve Winwood/Rick Gretch supergroup on Polydor.

On only the very earliest UK pressings of Blind Faith, the front of the gatefold cover (the left side when opened) is printed on both sides of a single sheet of thick paper, while the back cover (the right side when opened) is made up of two sheets glued together, with an opening on the right edge so the disc can be inserted.  Additional, the disc here has textured labels, as only on the earliest pressings.  Very soon after the album’s release, it was repressed with a double weight cover on both sides and smooth glossy labels.  True first pressings are exceedingly rare.

The cover is in Excellent condition, with some light wear to the spine (all text is fully readable), light toning to the inner gatefold, and a barely noticeable small area of rubbing to the left of the lyrics in the gatefold (the controversial cover for Blind Faith is regarded as one of the greatest album covers of all time, and is certainly the first on a rock album to have no writing on the front or back.)  The NM/VG++ disc looks as if it’s been played only a few times, and plays perfectly, but has ”bag rash” on the B-Side, so we have reduced the grade (“Bag rash” is the white lines and mottling sometimes found on UK albums originally packaged in poly lined innersleeves, as was Blind Faith.  The poly innersleeve lining sometimes reacted with the surface of the disc over many years of storage.)  Again, this disc plays mint on both sides; the bag rash is only a visual issue on the B-Side ( the A-Side looks mint.)

A scarce and sought after album (and a superb one as well.)

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