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Auction: JIMI HENDRIX Hey Joe 45 1st UK PRESS '66 STUNNING MINT-

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Title JIMI HENDRIX Hey Joe 45 1st UK PRESS '66 STUNNING MINT-
Subtitle POLYDOR DEBUT~VERY FIRST PRESS ~ A-1/B-1 w/"Stone Free"
Updated Fri, 27 Apr 12
End time Fri, 20 Apr 12
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Price USD 140.83
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Hey Joe, where you going with that gun in your hand? Hey Joe, I said where you going with that gun in your hand? Alright. I'm goin down to shoot my old lady, You know I caught her messing aound with another man. Yeah, I'm goin' down to shoot my old lady, You know I caught her messing around with another man. Huh, and that ain't too cool. Hey Joe, I heard you shot your woman down, You shot her down now. Hey Joe, I heard you shot your lady down, You shot her down to the ground. Yeah! Yes, I did, I shot her, You know I caught her messing 'round, Messing 'round town. Yes I did, I shot her, You know I caught my old lady messing 'round town. And I gave her the gun.... I shot her! Hey Joe, I said now, Where you gonna run to now, where you gonna run to? Hey Joe, I said, where you going to run to now, Where you....where you gonna go? Well, dig, I'm going way down south, Way down south to Mexico way! Alright. I'm going way down south, Way down, where I can be free! Ain't no one gonna find me. Ain't no hangman gonna, He ain't gonna put a rope around me! You better believe it right now! I gotta go now! Hey, hey, hey Joe, You better run on down! Goodbye everybody....

JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: "Hey Joe" / "Stone Free" 45 RPM, FIRST UK PRESSING,16th DECEMBER 1966. POLYDOR LABEL: 56139 MAITRIX:  *P* 56139  A  // 1    1  / 56139  B //  1   1  (The Very 1st Pressing Made.) ORIGINAL 1966 POLYDOR SLEEVE, IN 1966 POLYDOR SLEEVES STILL HAD STRAIGHT TOP OPENINGS, IN 1967 AND FOR THE REST OF THE 60's DECADE, THEY WERE RE-DESIGNED WITH WAVY TOP OPENINGS. A SUPERB ORIGINAL, UNSPLIT, UNAGED AND UNFADED WITH JUST A FEW RECORD SHAPE RELATED REALLY  GENTLE CREASES, IN NEAR MINT CONDITION. THE IMMACULATE LABELS HAVE THE FAINTEST TRACE OF ONLY TWO / FOUR PLAYS PER SIDE, MADE WITH SUCH  CARE, THE DEEPLY GLOSSY RECORD IS TOTALLY UNMARKED, LOOKING JUST PRESSED AND IN MINT- CONDITION. Last year I finally located two first pressings of the Jimi Hendrix single I had been waiting ten years to list on ebay, it had proven to be the most elusive of them all, no problem finding a first UK pressing, "Hey Joe" sold exceptionally well and made   No.6 on the last day of 1966, but the average condition is a minimum  of 'Very Good' to 'Poor' and basically scratched to the  core.  For me this was the most important debut record recorded since 1962, so I was determined to wait until a top condition   first pressing became available.  I never do 'rest on my laurels' and have been hunting since September, 2011, success, I am    just as thrilled to have another fantastic condition first pressing to offer on ebay, in my previous description I was eager to    detail how Jimi Hendrix first came to record "Hey Joe"/"Stone Free" and why it was released on the Polydor label and not on     the 'Track Records' label, even though Jimi was signed with Track when "Hey Joe" was released.  Like most legendary artists,    the facts are not always known and this involved going from obscurity to fame in a matter of only three months after arrving in    England, in September 1966.   The reality was two major British record companies refused to sign the greatest talent ever known,    they turned down Jimi Hendrix!  Before I enjoy re-telling the story, in the last description I included there was one variation,    as usual, a printer error, a few of the first pressings mistakenly credited only 'Jimi Hendrix', not 'The Jimi Hendric Experience.'    Once again dedicated websites have correctly documented that, but as ever, jumped to incorrect conclusions by stating that was    alone was the 'first pressings' and any labels had to be 'second pressings.' Record production did not happen like that, printers    made the labels and sent them to the pressing plants, if mistakes were made on a few, that did not mean they were all wrong!  The same vinyl was used for all of the pre-release December,1966 first pressings, the labels were applied at random.  Indexing    was not made at random, but strictly controlled to ensure the sound quality remained consistent, the stamped maitrixes were    made when the vinyl was molten, the labels were printed days, if not weeks before records even reached the molten state, so     the maitrixes are the only proof of dating available. I have written the same facts more times I can count on ebay, when trading record fairs prior to joining ten years agao, I verbally explained that to any of my customers unaware of the record production    procedure.  I am not someone who relies on text books or websites, why should I?  I bought "Hey Joe" on the day of release and   still have that treasured record, it does not have 'Jimi Hendrix' credited, but like this record,'The Jimi Hendrix Experience' was   credited.  That personally bought very first pressing has identical textured labels etc. but most importantly of all, it also has  the same ending maitrixes on both sides, the only one ever found on a Polydor very first pressing; ' A  // 1 / B // 1.'  Right, I can now proceed with something much more interesting than a printer making a silly mistake 46 years ago.      Today it is wrongly assumed Jimi Hendrix's arrival in England during late 1966, caused such a sensation he was beseiged by those paid to sign new talent, with lucrative record recording contracts being offered.  Guided by the very experienced ex-Animals bass guitarist, Chas Chandler was their manager, he put The Experience together with a song in mind for their debut single and he even taught Noel Redding basic bass guitar techniques, in theory there should have been a host of British record companies queueing up  to sign them.  That never happened, for all Jimi's extraordinary charisma, presence and unbelievable musicianship, this debut UK single and of course in 1967, his debut album were all the direct result of fate intervening.  American folk musician Tim Rose had recorded a slower arrangement of the traditional song "Hey Joe" in 1966.  Chas Chandler had seen Tim Rose performing it live at the 'Cafe Wha?' in New York and realised the potentional of a heavier rock version, he was looking for a new artist to manage and saw Jimi Hendrix live in the same venue.  Jimi favoured the Tim Rose version and it was custom made for a blues arrangement with his guitar genius expressing the mood intensive feel.  Once in England, on a real shoestring of a budget they recorded and mixed "Hey Joe", in De Lane Lea Studio, London, to save money Chas Chandler recorded the band live in the studio, 2nd November 1966. Some simple overdubbs were required, such as Jimi's vocal harmonies and his second guitar were recorded, mixed and completed    within one hour. Destined for "Are You Experienced," along with the B-side "Stone Free," Jimi Hendrix had also written his second   ever song,"Can You See Me", of which a rough demo was taped that day but the full concentration fell onto the two tracks aimed at   releasing as their debut single.  In the time honoured fashion, clutching the master tape of "Hey Joe" and "Stone Free", Chandler   set off to find a UK record company to press, release and distribute Jimi Hendrix Experience's debut single.      The first door slammed in his face figuratively speaking, was by EMI, only recently on their Columbia label in the same late 1966, Chas Chandler sold huge quantities of records with the Animals.  He was in fact still signed to Columbia as an 'Animal' but EMI's A&R Department refused to even listen to the master tape or even see Chas Chandler to discuss releasing the single. Unbelievable when you consider between 1964 and 1965 the Animals had six UK Top Ten singles, with three of them making No.1, No.2 & No.3. He next tried Decca, where at least he got to see Dick Rowe, yes, he was the same man who had turned down the Beatles in 1962.   Rowe heard "Hey Joe" exactly how it was mixed and would eventually be pressed and make No.6 in a matter of only a few weeks, but he not only turned it down flat, the visual facial reaction was described by Chas Chandler as; "Looking at me as if I was completely out of my mind." We are talking here about the man who recently played the bass guitar and sang on "House Of The Rising Sun" a& "It's My Life" and had three Top 15 singles in 1966 alone.....for Decca, the latest of them was in October 1966, only a few weeks earlier!    Fate lent a hand when Chas Chandler met one half of the Who's managent pair, Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, at a London club, the   'Scotch Of St. James,' Chas had brought Jimi Hendrix along to jam with The VIP's, who were friend of his.  Kit Lambert was in the   famous nightclub with a stage, after hearing Jimi jamming with his guitar, according to Chas Chandler;   "He nearly turned over tables to get across to me."     This was now the era of independent record companies forming and their owners like Chris Blackwell and Andrew Oldham were as into   the latest sounds as the musicians.  Not vested in previous antiquated conventions and just playing it safe, but fully tuned into the exciting psychedelia that began in 1965 and was now gathering an unstopable momentum.  Stamp and Lambert were completely   unconventional, well you had to be to manage The Who, Lambert immediately drew up a contract on the nearest thing he could write   it out on ... a beer mat, the great but unknown Jimi Hendrix was signed up to Stamp and Lambert's new 'Track Records' label with his signature written on a beermat!  Kit Lambert did not need to hear the tracks on the Master Tape, for now though "Hey Joe" was released on 'Track's' parent company, Polydor.   The man who turned down the Beatles and the Yardbirds with Eric Clapton, could  now look on as "Hey Joe" climbed up the UK charts and sat at No.6 on the 31st December, Jimi Hendrix had arrived and the rest of   the 60's decade was about to be devistated by his astonishing records and live performances. Incidently, had the Yardbirds signed  to Decca, they would have also had two other rather gifted guitarists recording for them, instead Decca lost out on an incredible list of lead guitarists; George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and now Jimi Hendrix!  Their only saving grace was to briefly have Eric Clapton in 1966 for one album and Peter Green in 1967, but only for one John Mayall Bluesbreakers LP each. Peter Green left to sign for Blue Horizon, who were pressed and distributed by CBS, so another guitar genius was allowed to leave Decca when he was still unknown... but brimmimg with unbelievable talent.   I have yet to play this sensational condition first pressing of "Hey Joe", looking like brand new, even the original Polydor sleeve replicates exactly the same "Hey Joe" single I bought in December 1966 and completely wore out!  Replaced with a matching first  first pressing but I held onto one of the most sensational debut singles I ever bought, I couldn't believe my ears first hearing  both sides as a kid.  I say 'a kid' but by late 1966 and aged only thirteen, I had seen Cream, The Who, Pink Floyd and a host of inovative artists and once they released their debut records, I was the first into a record shop to get my hands on a copy.  Even so, nothing could possibly prepare you for Jimi Hendrix, the intro alone to "Hey Joe" transported you away to another dimension. I will just play it through now while writing a few sentences only per side, a record has to be in amazing condition to remind me  how it felt returning home clutching my just bought first ever Jimi Hendrix record.  If anyone re-writes the grading terminoligy,  and it is in drastic need of a complete overhaul, then perhaps the most accurate grading method is here within this paragraph.    To say I love my job is something of an understatement, how exciting does it get?  A Mint- "Hey Joe" single!  The run-in grooves are near silent, only have miniscule static.  Wow, what incredible power as the intro begins, an intro that blew me away in 1966 because I bought it before hearing it on the radio and had no idea what to expect, but the music papers were raving about this record. That still sends shivers down my back, "Hey Joe" was like hearing Cream for the first time, it started a lifetime collecting every conceivable recording Jimi Hendrix ever made, I had better concentrate on the music.   That intro was perfectly clean and clear without any surface sound, the mono sound is overwhelming and crystal clear, with the same colossal power I first heard  on my original single, fourty six years later this is the exact sound that enthralled and capivated me as a very young teenager. Not even Cream fully prepared me for this record, Jimi Hendrix put so much emotion into singing the lyrics and talking in that improvisational manner, we would come to know so well over the next four years.  Those emotions were also generated by his staggering blues guitar playing, just as devistating. The audio clarity is incredible, the sheer power of the bass, drums and the guitar are  usually distorting terribly on an average condition original single.  This is the only way to hear "Hey Joe", loud and overpowering with every second of the track in immaculate sound.  Without any needle sound, all you hear is the amazing first   ever Jimi Hendrex Experience recording.  The 60's were about to be kick started (yet again!) into one of the most exciting and amazing periods music has ever known in rock music.   The same smooth running opening grooves are there on the B-side  the run-in grooves are exceptionally quiet, then that really stinging guitar note, a moody, dark atmosphere is being created by awesome percussion and now Jimi sings the first verse with tremendous power. "Stone Free" is perhaps the finest ever Jimi Hendrix B-side, over the coming years he would write other songs  about the same subject like "Freedom," in 1966, this was the first ever record with a 'Jimi Hendrix' composing credit.  Like the   A-side, the sound here is breathtakingly perfect, both loud and clear, the really prominent percussion from Mitch leaps out the   speakers in superbly projected mono sound, you get pure impact from this incredible mix, Jimi's vocals are just stunning, the  lyrics say just as much about the man who wrote this, as the staggering sounds The Experience laid down on their first recording  session in London.  There are tracks that you play for pleasure, then there are tracks that simply blow you away.  That meant   both sides of the 1966 single, in "Hey Joe" & "Stone Free" are both beyond compare and a real pleasure with such perfect sound.  {Roy}

 

R & M RECORDS. My lifetime's love of music and records began at a very young age, the arrival of the Beatles and the 1960's decade  in general had a very profound effect. It was only natural to bring all my first hand experience of collecting vinyl  into becoming a professional record seller.  Over twenty years ago now we entered into the wonderful atmosphere of record fairs with the highest possible standards set. When the Internet became the world's new market place for  vinyl, in 2001 it was time to join ebay. Those standards were rigidly adhered to as they will always continue to be, the basics of honesty and integrity were very much part of the era the music I love originated in, so here is our friendly and very efficient service we are proud to provide; EVERY RECORD IS FULLY PLAYED AND COMES WITH A 'NO ARGUMENT' MONEY BACK GUARANTEE.   I USE GOOD OLD COMMON SENSE AS WELL AS A GLOBALLY ACCEPTED GRADING TERMINOLOGY  FROM THE U.K. "RECORD COLLECTOR PRICE GUIDE" BOOK. THERE IT CLEARLY STATES "Sound Quality" AFFECTS EVERY GRADING LEVEL AND THAT IS THE ONE AND ONLY POSSIBLE WAY TO ACCURATELY GRADE RECORDS. i.e. COMBINING A STRICT VISUAL INSPECTION WITH VERY CLOSELY LISTENING TO EVERY SECOND, UNLESS PERHAPS IN THE CASE OF GENUINELY UNPLAYED VINYL.  EVEN THEN WE STILL TAKE FULL RESPONSIBITY FOR A RECORD WHEN A CUSTOMER RECEIVES EITHER A SEALED OR AN UNPLAYED RECORD.  MY DESCRIPTIONS WILL ALWAYS BE 100% HONEST AND TOTALLY ACCURATE ON ALL GRADINGS FROM 'V.G.' ( VERY GOOD), TO THE ULTIMATE 'MINT' CONDITION. ANY QUESTIONS ON OUR ITEMS ARE WELCOMED AND WILL BE PROMPTLY REPLIED TO.  WE ARE FULLY EXPERIENCED AT SHIPPING WORLDWIDE AND NO EFFORT IS SPARED TO PROTECT RECORDS AND COVERS ETC.  WE WELCOME BIDDERS FROM ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. ALL RECORDS ARE REMOVED FROM THEIR SLEEVES AND PLACED INTO NEW PROTECTIVE CARD SLEEVES AND THEN PLACED INTO NEW, HEAVYWEIGHT PLASTIC OUTER SLEEVES. THE GREATEST ATTENTION IS PAID TO MAKING THE PACKAGING EXTREMELY STRONG & SECURE. EVERY POSSIBLE EFFORT IS MADE TO ENSURE A SAFE DELIVERY AND WE ONLY USE THE VERY BEST QUALITY PACKAGING MATERIALS, THE COST OF THE ITEM IS IMMATERIAL, EVERY RECORD IS TREATED  EXACTLY THE SAME. WE DO NOT TREAT POSTAGE AS A MONEY MAKING PROJECT, POSTAGE IS LESS THAN COST, USING ONLY PROFESSIONALLY PACKED BOXES WITH SUBSTANTIAL PROTECTIVE PACKAGING THAT DOES WEIGH A LITTLE EXTRA. UNDER PAYPAL & EBAY'S GUIDELINES, ALL RECORDS WILL BE SENT VIA A FULLY INSURED TRACKABLE SERVICE. IN THE UK RECORDS UP TO THE VALUE OF £41 WILL BE SENT RECORDED DELIVERY, OVER £41 WILL BE SENT SPECIAL DELIVERY.   FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD ALL RECORDS WILL BE SENT VIA 'INTERNATIONAL SIGNED FOR.'

POSTAGE  COST FOR LP's UK: UP TO VALUE OF £41, FIRST CLASS RECORDED DELIVERY  £5.00 UK: OVER VALUE OF £41, FULLY INSURED SPECIAL DELIVERY £8.00 EUROPE: FULLY INSURED VIA INTERNATIONAL SIGNED FOR  £12.00 USA,JAPAN & REST OF THE WORLD FULLY INSURED VIA INTERNATIONAL SIGNED FOR £18.00 POSTAGE COST FOR EP's & 7" UK: UP TO THE VALUE OF £41 FIRST CLASS RECORDED DELIVERY £2.50 UK: OVER THE VALUE OF £41 FULLY INSURED SPECIAL DELIVERY £5.50 EUROPE: AIR MAIL VIA INTERNATIONAL SIGNED FOR £8.00 USA, JAPAN ETC. AIRMAIL VIA INTERNATIONAL SIGNED FOR £9.00

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statistics for auctions of this release
Release Name Hey Joe
Catalogue 56139
Sold auctions 89
Running auctions 1
Maximum paid $140.83
Minimum paid $0.79
Average paid $13.57
Popularity 52% of all auctions for this release were sold.