Rarity Scale – Mega Rare
Here we have a more than beautiful copy of the third studio album by the Scottish Progressive Rock outfit “Beggars Opera” called “Pathfinder”. It was released in 1972 on the legendary “Vertigo Swirl” label.
The disc is in lovely EX+ to NM condition. It plays stunning with only some minor crackle at the very beginning and run-out of both sides. The vinyl surface looks amazingly almost shop fresh. Both labels are super clean with only one or two spindle traces.
The sleeve of this album is always the problem. But this copy must be one of the best examples I’ve ever seen! The six panel fold-out cover was never constructed to survive 50 years. The unlaminated 6-panel fold-out cover shows us a beautiful piece of artwork full of dark colours. The combination of dark colours and poor construction makes this sleeve extremely fragile. This copy survived really good.
All the colours are still very nice! It is fully intact and only shows some minor wear near the edges and corners.
Near the top right corner is a minor crease. The spine is still lovely. Overall we grade the sleeve a beautiful EX+.
This copy comes with the correct (indeed this copy was never relased with a UK Swirl inner, but just a plain UK inner) inner sleeve with correct date code.
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Most collectors of UK Progressive Rock from the Golden Era know “Beggars Opera”. The legendary five headed Progressive Rock outfit was formed in 1969 in Glasgow (Scotland).
The group released 8 albums during their life. Four of the albums were released on the legendary “Vertigo Swirl” label during the early 70’s. “Pathfinder” is one of them.
The music on the album is UK Progressive Rock. The musicianship is fantastic from start to finish. With hammers like “Hobo” and a beautiful cover of “MacArthur Parc” there can’t go much wrong with this album.
For collectors of UK Progressive Rock and the Vertigo Swirl label, this is a not to be missed piece!