Peter Howell & John Ferdinando Fly Away - 1st UK vinyl LP album (LP record) (694001)
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AGINCOURT Fly Away (Monster rare & highly sought after limited edition 1970 UK-only private press 13-track vinyl LP on the Merlin imprint, an original first press with rough textured blue label & 'ridge', complete with die-cut poly patent plain inner sleeve, homemade wraparound picture sleeve and paper lyric insert. Please see 'more info' for this stupendous British rarity... HF3).

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Peter Howell & John Ferdinando Fly Away - 1st vinyl LP album (LP record) UK QG4LPFL694001
Peter Howell & John Ferdinando Fly Away - 1st vinyl LP album (LP record) UK QG4LPFL694001
Peter Howell & John Ferdinando Fly Away - 1st vinyl LP album (LP record) UK QG4LPFL694001
Peter Howell & John Ferdinando Fly Away - 1st vinyl LP album (LP record) UK QG4LPFL694001

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Peter Howell & John Ferdinando Fly Away - 1st UK vinyl LP album (LP record)
Tracklisting / Additional Info: Unlike many privately pressed discoveries made in recent years, this super cult vinyl LP lives up to the hype, blending hazy, pastoral folk vibes and femme-vox [with a hint of psychedelia for good measure!]. Written and produced by two amateur musicians, John Ferdinando and Peter Howell [BBC Radiophonic Workshop], Howell's budding musical/engineering prowess is put to good use here, putting the pairs newly acquired Revox Tape Machine through its paces resulting in a surprisingly accomplished recording, in fact a much higher standard than usual with privately pressed LPs. Incredibly, Howell and Ferdinando would go on to mastermind five legendary privately pressed albums, all under assumed names: Tomorrow Come Someday, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Ithaca and Friends - jeez!! All of their recordings were pressed in tiny double-digit quantities [pressing any more than 99 copies made you liable for a tax bill] and were given out to friends and family. It is difficult to know exactly how many of this LP were pressed but it would appear to be around fifty copies only, how many have survived, even less - yikes!


The sleeve:
The thin paper stock of the hand-made sleeve has resulted in a 2-inch tear in the top left-hand corner, otherwise the sleeve [VG] has withstood the ravages of time amazingly well, with only minor wear visible, complete with the lyric insert.

These are the original blue 'rough' textured variety with the 'ridge' both sides, confirming first issue. The matrices in the run-outs are machine stamped, reading: HF3 6532A/6532B

The vinyl:
All four Ferdinando and Howell privately pressed LPs [Friends only got to acetate stage] sell for around the 1500 upwards mark on the extremely rare occasions they surface for sale. The heavyweight vinyl has been professionally cleaned on a top of the line Matrix machine.

The vinyl on this copy displays noticeable scratches & marks both sides, some raised & some faint, and is graded FAIR to GOOD with no jumps or skips upon playtesting. The first three tracks play to a FAIR standard as a result. The rest of the LP plays with some pops and clicks but nothing too excessive and is graded GOOD. It's worth bearing in mind that these records were pressed by a tiny independent company so never had the fidelity of an album that was recorded & mastered at Abbey Road, say. Just to own this one would win you many points in collector's circles.

This is the first copy in 30 years that has graced the turntable at By no means mint, this is one of few surviving copies that simply never appear on the market. We are pleased to be able to offer this top UK underground vinyl rarity.

A1 When I Awoke
A2 Though I May Be Dreaming
A3 Get Together
A4 Joy In The Finding
A5 Going Home
A6 All My Life
A7 Mirabella
B1 Take Me There
B2 Lisa
B3 Dawn
B4 Barn Owl Blues
B5 Kind Sir
B6 Through The Eyes Of A Lifetime (Parts I-III)
Condition : This item is in Excellent condition or better (unless it says otherwise in the above description). We buy items as close to Mint condition as possible and many will be unplayed and as close to new as you could hope to find. Irrespective of the source, all of our collectables meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed. Click here for more info.
Availability: Sold Out - 'Request Next' to get an email if it comes back into stock.
Year of Release: 1970 - 49 years old
Artist: Peter Howell & John Ferdinando (click here for complete listing)
Title: Fly Away - 1st (click here for more of the same title)
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Format: vinyl LP album (LP record)
Record Label: Merlin
Catalogue No: HF3
Country of Origin: UK  
Language: Regardless of country of origin all tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
Additional info: Deleted
EIL.COM Ref No QG4LPFL694001 (quote this reference in any e-mails, letters, faxes or phone calls to help identify this item)
Genres: Folk
Related Artists: Agincourt, Ithaca
Complete Stock List: Peter Howell & John Ferdinando
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