The Doors – Unreleased album cover & test press for 13
A completely unreleased US album cover for the Doors "13" album, along with a test pressing for the LP. By far the rarest Doors item I've had in 30+ years of collecting and dealing, this came from the estate of an Elektra Records executive. It is a fully fabricated cover which as you can see from the photo is unique. Evidently the band hated this, and it was quickly replaced by the reversed version. While there are two known proofs of this artwork, this is an actual machine fabricated cover ! It doesn't have song titles on the back as they weren't finalized when this was made. But there is a catalog number on the front as well as a completely printed spine. It has a metallic gold "5th color" which would have added significantly to the printing bill. No dealer or Doors expert that I've consulted has ever seen or heard of another one of these. It dates from 1970, and was released before the final Doors album (and Jim Morrison's death.) The cover is in Excellent condition, with a bit of light wear and a bit of extra gold ink on the left side of the back cover. US Elektra test pressing disc is in Excellent condition too. A possibly unique Doors collectible.
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