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Auction: JIMI HENDRIX The Wind Cries Mary 45 1st UK PRESS MINT

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Title JIMI HENDRIX The Wind Cries Mary 45 1st UK PRESS MINT
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A broom is drearily sweeping up the broken pieces of yesterday's life, Somewhere a queen is weeping, somewhere a king has no wife, And the wind, it cries, "Mary." The traffic lights, they turn, blue tomorrow, And shine their emptiness down on my bed, The tiny island sags downstream, ’cause the life that lived is dead, And the wind screams, "Mary." Will the wind ever remember, the names it has blown in the past? And with this crutch, it's old age, and it's wisdom, It whispers, "No, this will be the last," And the wind cries,"Mary."

JIMI HENDRIX: "The Wind Cries Mary"/"Highway Chile" 45. UK VERY FIRST PRESSING, 13th APRIL 1967. ISSUED IN MONO ONLY, THIS HAS A PUSH-OUT CENTRE. TEXTURED MATT BLACK TRACK LABEL: 604004. MAITRIX: 604004  A // 1 / 604004   B //1  (The very first pressing made.) ORIGINAL 1967 TRACK WHITE SLEEVE, TOP OPENING WITH  A DIE-CUT CENTRE,  UNSPLIT AND UNUSED, JUST SOME REASONABLY LIGHT AGEING AND A FEW RECORD IMPRESSION REALTED LIGHT CREASES, IN OTHER WORDS AUTHENTIC TO THE SPRING OF 1967!  IN EXCELLENT+++ CONDITION.   THE HEAVILY TEXTURED LABELS IMACULATE LABELS DO NOT HAVE ANY SPINDLE ALIGNMENT TRACES, THE RECORD IS GLEAMING LIKE IT WAS JUST PRESSED, WITHOUT ANY SCRATCHES, MARKS OR EVEN ANY HANDLING TRACES, IN UNPLAYED, MINT CONDITION. From their debut single,"Hey Joe," the Jimi Hendrix Experience announced their intentions of being a band heavily into blues, but blues with an extra biting edge previously unheard.  Their follow up 45 in March 1967,"Purple Haze," became the first ever single  issued by the newly formed Track label.  It was also the most powerful single ever issued in any decade, blues now exploded into  muliti-coloured, acid influenced psychedelia. Jimi Hendrix's phenominal pile driving heavy guitar riff is still the greatest rock intro of all time, those like myself who bought those first two amazing singles now very eagerly waited to find out what would be  the next sensationally heavy sounds to follow "Purple Haze".  You do have to bear in mind that at this time of Jimi's 3rd single,  his debut album "Are You Experienced" would still not be released for over a month, in May 1967.  Singles in the 1960's decade   were extremely important to both the artists and record buyers alike, allowing two songs to have pride of place on the one record   and not just part of an album.  When an artist of Jimi Hendrix's genius was releasing his latest song, you paid full attention to   his latest 45!   Plus once I got my particular hook into someone releasing such amazing records, the follow up's became essential  to get hold of as soon as they arrived in my local record shop, by nagging the manager about delivery was all part of making it a  certainty to be on order, if not, it was off to London, luckily I lived near an Underground station and that was only a 20 minute  journey.   Seeing as I was writing about the exciting events in 1967 yet again,  I should be struggling for something new to say, far from it, the sheer excitement of buying Jimi's singles is almost like another chapter in a book, however great the records in that fantastic year for inovative music, but in reality, all the recordings made up to May 1967, originated at roughly the same time and place.  By early 1967 the UK music press had dubbed Jimi "the wildman of pop" and they had also anticipated his next record would  be excessively loud and ear spliting, mind blowing screaming guitars with a thunderous bass and crashing drums. Well, "The Wind Cries Mary" confounded us all, instead a truly beautiful slow ballad, performed with a gentleness and fragility that showed a completely different side to Jimi Hendrix, the song was recorded with the atmospheric depths of fantastic melody, we would of course come to know and love on his later 1967 tracks like "Little Wing".    "The Wind Cries Mary" was recorded in  Febuary, amazingly the same day Jimi cut the volatile "Fire" for "Are You Experienced."  He had just written "The Wind Cries Mary" directly after a huge row with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham, Jimi had twenty minutes  spare studio time after they finished "Fire" and manager Chas Chandler suggested making a demo of Jimi's latest cpomposition.   However Mitch and Noel had not even heard it yet, but without even having a rehearsal they just performed it straight away and   in just one take.  On playing the tape back, Jimi heard some spaces for his guitar to fill and he recorded guitar overdubs for that   one unrehearsed take and incredibly, within the allotted twenty minutes, "The Wind Cries Mary" was finished and exactly how you  hear it on the 1967 original UK mono single. So in fact, the gentle song was recorded even before "Purple Haze" was released, one   take was extraordinary, uncompleted just written songs made as demo's took many takes, but he was no ordinary musician and the  A-side was ready and waiting until an equally stunning B-side ,"Highway Chile", was recorded, "The Wind Cries Mary" was issued  one week before Jimi's debut, "Are You Experienced" album but not included on it.  The same applies to all four sides of his first  three singles, and by then he was well into recording tracks for his second LP, "Axis Bold As Love".  I am fully aware that ebay  sellers are expected to only give very basic info and those boring catalogue and maitrix numbers, I always do that as well to the  best of my ability, but how many people realise the true extent of Hendrix's genius in 1967?   The man was simply phenominal and  it must not be forgoten how most of the "Are You Experienced" recordings were like "Purple Haze," they required staggering new  recording techniques, this early on in 1967, he pre-dated the release of both "Sgt.Pepper" and "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn."  Due to the gentle nature of the A-Side, I rarely get opportuinties to offer "The Wind Cries Mary" because the condition literally  has to be as close to Mint as physically possible, in order to counteract terrible wear and tear in 1967, then all the decades. A stunning totally unmarked, gleaming like new, Mint very first pressing and in this condition, a genuine pleasure to see and to hear, I will take one ultra careful and undetectable play in a moment, I can't wait! The deeply textured matt Track labels of the first issue, are in pristine condition, there are no traces of spindle use or any marks etc. on the pristine vinyl.  This is the very first pressing's ultra heavyweight, deep grooved vinyl, with that totally undulled deeply glossy sheen, a really stunning looking record that can only be Mint.  That means a fantastic first pressing 1967 record will have incredibly sharp edged mono sound quality.  I will tell it how I hear it, but I have known these pressings for 45 years now and anticipate either side having any crackles and any natural static being too low level to be anymore than how this was first pressed by Polydor .  Even though this is the first play in 45 yeasrs, as expected, the first contact with my stylus finds only the faintest static and  "The Wind Cries Mary" has near enough silent run-in grooves, I am not given to exaggeration and there is literally nothing here  as surface sound or even more sensationally, during the quietly played intro.  1960's mastering and pressing in the UK was just  perfect, such clean sound was as incredible as the music in this era, exactly as it was pressed in 1967, superbly, as gently as this was performed, there is simply massive mono power, the volume levels easily match the first pressings of "Purple Haze".  Jimi's very tender and almost fragile vocals are projected with that full volume and the sheer clarity of his vocals are really  breathtaking to listen to. To think he just stepped up to the mike and sang so perfectly the first time, is all part of the Jimi  Hendrix legend.  Incidently the details about the recording of this in only twenty minutes is not a legend, but exactly as Chas  Chandler told it and from a book I have read from cover to cover, many, many times and cannot recommend it enough; "Jimi Hendrix Sessions - The Complete Studio recordings Sessions, 1963 -1970." Written by John McDermott with Billy Cox And Eddie Kramer. The details comes from the people who were actually there with Jimi in the studios and a quote on the dust cover  says it all;   "The best book I have ever read on Jimi Hendrix" - Chas Chandler, Jimi Hendrix's manager. Duriring the entire duration of the deeply beautiful track, "The Wind Cries Mary" is in stunning sound quality, you can actually   hear a faint natural echo of the studio in Jimi's vocals, his guitar rings with the most perfect audio definition.  It's not even   giving a hint of the true age of the record, 45 years of hearing and loving the record allows me to catagorically state, you will  not hear a more awesome record than this one, an unworn, unmarked first pressing is something very special, I'm proud to be   able to offer such an immaculate looking and sounding copy.  The drifting sense of the wind is actually there in his voice as he  sings those delightful lyrics above my headings. There is ultra sharp edged sound on the quietly played backing and the vocals   are as stunning, you can hear the slightest inflection in his voice, one example is the way he draws out the word 'Mary' on the  chorus.     The run-in grooves to "Highway Chile" are just as smooth running and lacking in the usual excessive surface sound, well, more  like volcanic like crackles and noise!  I have said more than enough on this subject!   This is an equally stunning 1967 Hendrix  composition and the faster tempo is more in keeping with an expected Jimi Hendrix composition, today people know his gentle  side, pre- "Are You Experienced" he was an unknown quantity, maybe elusive and unperdictable would be more accurate. To be  able to sum up this side, I think the best way to describe the non-album B-side, is this is a blues song with a difference and the   lyrics are Jimi's philosiphy about life, a loose living freedom to go and do whatever your instincts take you into.  Why there are  not more plaudits for this awesome track puzzles me, the blues guitar is up there with Jimi's most original and unique playing.   A senses tingling effect is  there in every second and his brilliant vocal inprovisations towards the end are every bit as much a  sheer genius at work, as the sounds his guitar produces. There's the same perfect definition on the vocals and instruments as on the A-side, here Mitch and Noel contribute far more and particularly Mitch who adds to the dramaic tension with his drumming   on the chorus to punctuate Jimi's inspired blues guitar.  How Hendrix kept writing unique blues riffs was exceptional because  he only used them the once and moved onto newer pastures. Even this side was not re-used on the "Are You Experienced" album   and everything recorded in this very inspired period stands out as being unique. Another loud, very powerful mastering and the  sharpness to every second here, is due to the stunning condition of this very first pressing record. {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.'

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statistics for auctions of this release
Release Name The Wind Cries Mary
Catalogue 604004
Sold auctions 74
Running auctions 8
Maximum paid $170.62
Minimum paid $1.33
Average paid $13.43
Popularity 42% of all auctions for this release were sold.