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Ultra rare copy of The Velvet Underground & Nico very early 1st Mono East Coast, MGM Record Manufacturing Division, Bloomfield, New Jersey pressing, with an unpeeled classic Andy Warhol's banana sticker and 1st state uncensored gatefold cover. This is a so-called "Torso" cover with an image of a dancer and actor Eric Emerson, who starred in Andy Warhol's movies and was a protagonist of some multimedia films projected behind the band during one of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (EPI) events, organized by Andy Warhol between 1966 and 1967. After the album was released, Emerson, dissatisfied with the fact that his image was used on the album's back cover without his permission, threatened to file a lawsuit against the record label, if his image wasn't removed from the cover. As a result of the compromise, the album was suddenly withdrawn between March and April 1967 and was then redistributed with the image of Emerson being covered with a large black sticker on the copies that contained the image, and was then airbrushed on all of the subsequent pressings. This copy is the earliest 1st Mono pressing and one among a few uncensored copies with a fully visible Emerson's image on the back cover without the black sticker. Andy Warhol's banana sticker remains unpeeled and has been preserved beautifully, only having some very light damage at the top. The East Coast Mono V-5008 labels contain a 1.25’ pressing ring. Very early 1st print East Coast labels with Side 2, containing 1 misprint of the timing for
-“I’ll Be Your Mirror," indicating 2:01 as oppose to the correct one 2:10
The full matrix numbers are as follows: Side 1 - V5008 SIDE I MG558REV Block-looking S / Side 2 -V5008 SIDE 2 MG559. The block-looking S symbol identifies the pressing as the very first 1st East Coast, MGM Record Manufacturing Division, Bloomfield, New Jersey pressing. The album comes with an original Verve Records paper inner sleeve with the photos of Verve’s Jazz musicians in Near Mint condition without any splits.
VINYL - VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) The vinyl contains some light surface hairlines, marks and scuffs from the inner sleeve with Side 2 having a light long scuff at 4 o’clock, which can’t be felt with a finger nail and doesn’t affect the sound, just like the other marks.
LABELS - EXCELLENT MINUS (EX-) (The labels are very clean, having some very light spindle marks, the majority of which are seen only under a strong light source.)