Asylum - 1st

CRESSIDA Asylum (Monster Rare 1971 UK first press 8-track vinyl LP, on a large 'swirl' Vertigo label. This cult Art Rock classic offers a blend of McCartney-esque vocals & Symphonic Progressive Rock filled with adventurous instrumental sections, & comes housed in a stunning Keef designed gatefold sleeve complete with the poly-lined swirl inner)
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Release Year 1971 - 48 years ago
Condition Unless stated otherwise in the description above, all items are in at least excellent condition - so please read our descriptions carefully. We try to sell items as close to Mint condition as possible, and many will indeed be close to brand new and/or unplayed. Others may be 'used' - and all will meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed.
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Format vinyl LP album (LP record)
Record Label Vertigo
Complete Stock List Go to Cressida
Product Catalogue No 6360025
Music Genre 70s Artists, 70s Rock, 60s Rock, Progressive
Country Comes from UK Comes from 'UK'
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Tracklisting & More Information

Cressida's Asylum is a fantastic example of early British symphonic Progressive Rock. It marries catchy Paul McCartney-esque vocals with adventurous instrumental sections. Superb vocal melodies regarded as some of the best from the Prog era coupled with charmingly naive lyrics

The instrumental sections have its origins in the style typical of early seventies Prog Rock with the music driven by a dirty & mellow Hammond organ with classic piano, bass, guitar & drums. At times this sound was augmented with a small orchestra with violins, cellos, trumpets & timpani.
The first side of the album has a theme based on its title with the second side featuring a couple of short filler tracks ending with a triumphant epic.
Widely regarded as the best album to come out of that school of early British symphonic Prog. This is beautiful, melancholic and mostly mellow & atmospheric. There is quite simply a British charm that blends its morose charm with lovely orchestral Mellotron sounds that appear throughout the album.
If three words could describe this album then they would graceful, sublime & classic.

1. Asylum
2. Munich
3. Goodbye Post Office Tower Goodbye
4. Survivor
5. Reprieved
6. Lisa
7. Summer Weekend Of A Lifetime
8. Let Them Come When They Will
Condition :-

This record does not get any easier to find & is one we constantly search for but barely ever see. Due to its matt finish, the gatefold sleeve has picked up some edge wear scuffing through the years but nothing that upsets the main print. There are a some minor cosmetic blemishes in a few areas. On the inside, there is a small & thin line tear that does not upset the print. There is some faint ring wear to the back panel & no writing. Some sticker residue has left its mark on the front in the top right corner. The swirl inner is present & correct with no writing. Overall we would grade the cover VG due to the conditions highlighted, but it remains a very presentable & a VERY hard to obtain example.

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These are the first & most desirable large 'swirl' labels with machine stamped 1Y1/2Y1 matrices in the run-offs. There is just a tiny spot of spindle wear to indicate play.

Vinyl : -

The quality of the vinyl is outstanding. Upon play testing, there is no distortion or any interference. The vinyl is very clean & impressive looking, with no hairlines or scratches. We would grade the vinyl an extremely pleasing "Excellent". This LP now fetches a four figure sum when mint [good luck finding one of them!]... This is a beautiful, if not mint, example that comes highly recommended.

Recording Artist Cressida
Product Title Asylum - 1st
Product Information Cressida Asylum - 1st UK vinyl LP album (LP record).
Language All tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
Additional info Deleted - A deleted or out-of-print item is one that is no longer manufactured. However, we stock thousands of out-of-print formats and we specialise in tracking down out-of-print, deleted and hard-to-find releases.
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