Faces – A Nod is As Good as a Wink rare sealed Melody Recordings U.S. LP

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Free U.S. shipping!  A rare still sealed U.S. pirate pressing of A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse by Faces on the Melody Recordings label.

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Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. pirate pressing of A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse by Faces on the Melody Recordings label.

About this copy: The copy of A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. pressing on the Melody Recordings label.

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

Tracks are the same as the U.S. Warner Brothers release.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.

A virtually perfect copy of a very rare Faces/Rod Stewart LP and the only copy we’ve ever seen.

Background: In the 1970s, American copyright law had a few loopholes in it and numerous companies took advantage of that to release unauthorized, or “pirate” copies of albums that had been legitimately released by major record labels.

Most of these pirate pressings were 8 track tapes, as companies who were interested in making a quick buck found duplicating tapes to be a lot easier to do than making records. Still, a few did go to the trouble of manufacturing records, most of which were sold in discount stores.

Perhaps the largest label to engage in the manufacture of pirate pressings was a company called Melody Recordings, which claimed to be based in West Caldwell, New Jersey. In the early 1970s, the label released 15 or so titles by artists including Charlie Pride, Led Zeppelin, Carole King, Santana, Paul Simon and others.

The music on these releases was lifted straight from the versions of the album released by the legitimate labels, but all but one of the Melody Recordings LP featured the same cover – a color photo of two crowns and two scepters.

The back cover claims that all royalties have been paid to the artist, but somehow, we doubt that, as this album disappeared from the shelves not long after it came out.

They’re all quite hard to find today, especially in good condition, as the covers were quite prone to wear.

Released in 1971, A Nod Is As Good As a Wink… to a Blind Horse was the third album by Faces.

The album reached #2 on the UK charts and #6 on the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave A Nod Is As Good As a Wink… to a Blind Horse a 5 star review:

The Faces’ third album, A Nod Is as Good as a Wink…to a Blind Horse, finally gave the group their long-awaited hit single in “Stay with Me,” helping send the album into the Billboard Top Ten, which is certainly a testament to both the song and the album, but it’s hard to separate its success from that of Rod Stewart’s sudden solo stardom. In the mere months that separated Long Player and A Nod, Rod had a phenomenal hit with “Maggie May” and Every Picture Tells a Story, his third solo album, something that would soon irreparably damage the band, but at the time it was mere good fortune, helping bring them some collateral success that they deserved. …There are few records that feel like a never-ending party like A Nod — the slow moments are for slow dancing, and as soon as it’s over, it’s hard not to want to do it all over again. It’s another classic — and when you consider that the band also had Long Player to their credit and had their hands all over Every Picture in 1971, it’s hard to imagine another band or singer having a year more extraordinary as this.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Melody Recordings
Catalog Number:
SS-6012
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Stereo
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Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in