South African records are scarce by nature, seldom seen and hard to come by. All the more tricky to procure are the kind of quite simply amazing finds we picked up recently from a fastidious collector of these unusual pressings who is now moving overseas and their prized possessions need the right new home.
From obscure collectables like Flibbertigibbet's 'Whistling Jigs To The Moon' (featuring members of cult folk-proggers Mellow Candle) and a never seen before double John Mayall LP to surprise finds like Camel's Mirage and the Yes epic Tales From Topographic Oceans, the offerings from this collection for such rarities is an astonishing haul all in one go. Other highlights include The Strawbs, ELP, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Bob Dylan plus some stunning examples of Pink Floyd's Meddle and Obscured By Clouds which feature bespoke cover stickers which are highly coveted themselves! For the label nuts out there, selections include gems issued or distributed on Interpak, Aritone and Gallo, snap them up!
Here are some of the full write-ups for these LPs that would not only finally fill in that long missing piece but elevate your collection to new levels!
FLIBBERTIGIBBET Whistling Jigs To The Moon (Mega rare original 1978 South African only 14-track Stanyan label LP pressed by 3rd Ear Music, the groups debut album featuring a contemporary take on traditional music, with Alison & Dave Williams from Mellow Candle. Issued in a picture sleeve with a pinched spine and comes with an illustrated lyric inner.
Apart from a small nick on the opening edge the sleeve has only a few minor storage marks mostly on the edges the same for the inner, both have no splits. The vinyl is in 'near as new' condition with only a couple of very light hairline marks and some light paper scuffs, the labels have no spindle marks. An outstanding copy of this rare hard to find pressing 3EE7002)
PINK FLOYD Obscured By Clouds (Rare 1972 South African issue 10-track LP with 'The Gramophone Ltd' label perimeter text and without any EMI logo, the soundtrack to Barbet Schroeder's French film, La Vallee. Matt finish flip back picture sleeve with the rare round orange 'La Vallee' sticker on the front, comes with a company advert paper inner. The sleeve has only a few signs of age with some minor general wear mostly on the edges and has a price sticker on the back, but has no splits of tears. The vinyl shows only light signs of having been played, but there is little lessening in sound quality and only has a couple of light spindle marks on the labels. A stunning copy of this seldom seen pressing and the first we have ever seen SHSPJ4020)
BOB DYLAN Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (1973 South African 10-track orange CBS label LP, featuring music from the soundtrack to the film including Knockin' On Heaven's Door, picture sleeve printed by Interpak with a sepia image taken from the film on the back. The sleeve has just a few minor signs of age with just some storage wear on the edges and a light sticker mark on the back, but with no splits or rips and no writing. The vinyl shows a few light signs of having been played with only a couple of noticeable surface marks, but there is very little lessening in sound quality. Overall an excellent copy and the first we have seen ASF1775)