A rare UK test pressing of the Rolling Stones 1974 album It's Only Rock 'n Roll from the collection of longtime Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman, with his handwritten notations on the front cover.
Bill Wyman is legendary both as a musician and as a collector of Rolling Stones memorabilia. This test pressing was sold by him at the Bill Wyman and his Rolling Stones Archive sale at Julien’s Auctions (if you haven’t already seen the Wyman documentary The Quiet One, we enthusiastically recommend it.)
The UK Rolling Stones Records test pressing is in Near Mint condition. On the original generic white cover Wyman has handwritten the catalog number and album title. Both sides have "Rolling Stones Records" etched into the matrix, and the stamped numbers COC 59103 A3 and COC 59103 B2. In addition "RAYS" is etched into the A side.
With a copy of the original auction house descriptive card, the original auction hang tag, and Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity, signed by Recordmecca’s Jeff Gold, who has consulted for Bill Wyman.
A rare opportunity to obtain a Rolling Stones test pressing owned by a Rolling Stone!
[This was sold at auction as a lot of two test pressings; one is included here. And if you haven’t already seen the Wyman documentary The Quiet One, we enthusiastically recommend it.]
Read Recordmecca owner Jeff Gold’s blog on collecting artist-owned records by searching "Why I collect beat up records owned by Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and members of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground and Grateful Dead".
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Recordmecca's Jeff Gold was named by Rolling Stone as one of 5 Top Collectors of High-End Music Memorabilia. He authenticated previously unknown Bob Dylan manuscripts for PBS's History Detectives, appeared as a featured appraiser on VH1's Rock Collectors, and has been profiled as a top dealer and collector in the books Vinyl Junkies and Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to it's Own Past.
Gold is author of the acclaimed books Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges/As Told By Iggy Pop; and 101 Essential Rock Records: The Golden Age of Vinyl a survey of seminal rock albums, featuring contributions from David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Johnny Marr and Graham Nash.
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