Offered for sale is a rare original Japanese pressing of the only album by Buckingham Nicks, released in 1973 by Polydor Records, complete with the original obi.
About this copy: This copy of Buckingham Nicks is a rare original 1974 Japanese release, complete with original obi and lyric insert. Unlike the original U.S. issue, the Japanese release did not have a gatefold cover.
The cover is VG++, with traces of wear at the corners. The obi is M-, aside from a very small tear at the bottom.
The record is M- and looks as though it might have been played only once or twice.
A nice copy of a record that’s getting harder to find all the time. It’s the only copy we’ve ever seen with the original obi.
Background: While the American copies of the album aren’t terribly rare, the Japanese issue is very hard to find, as the pressing was limited to a few hundred copies and the album was never reissued there after Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks became famous.
Before joining Fleetwood Mac in 1975, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had tried several times, without success, to make it in the music business. They were initially in a band called Fritz that released just one single, and as luck would have it, that single was released with the name of the wrong artist on the label. After that, they tried to make it as a duo, and they released a couple of singles and one album for Polydor Records in 1973, titled Buckingham Nicks.
The album sold poorly and was quickly deleted. To this day, the Buckingham Nicks LP has never been released on compact disc, though the project has reportedly been “in the works” for a number of years now.
While it will be hard to find, this lone album cut by a young and ambitious (and still romantically attached) Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham a short two years before joining Fleetwood Mac is well worth digging out for your turntable. …Considering what the duo was to later accomplish, Buckingham Nicks is an engaging listen and served as a proving ground of sorts for both artists’ songwriting chops and for Buckingham’s skills as an emerging studio craftsman.
You can listen to “Crying in the Night” here: