From the collection of Gary X Indiana. 45 Grave "Black Cross" b/w "Wax": Goldar Records. 7, 45 RPM, Single, White Label. 1981 RARE test pressing with original label art by the late. Also front cover AUTOGRAPHED by Don Bolles, Dinah Cancer, Paul Cutler, and Rob Graves (+ mystery autograph on the back) at the record release party in 1981!
Don Bolles recently told owner. " we did maybe 100 " of the test pressings.This record is even MORE rare because an early member of the band was PAT SMEAR, the guitarist in seminal L. Punk band THE GERMS who also went on to a stint with NIRVANA, and has achieved worldwide fame playing with the FOO FIGHTERS. Pat is the guitarist on "Wax"! Owner was a big fan of his post-Germs band TWISTED ROOTS, and shmoozed with him once outside the liquor store catty-corner from the Whiskey A Go Go. Please see the Discogs dot com listing (/release/9851697-45-Grave-Black-Cross) Plain white labels in picture sleeve. This is NOT one of the reproductions made in the late 80's. At Vinyl Fetish in Los Angeles! It's been well cared for and only lightly played ever since. Owner has been a huge fan of 45 Grave since circa mid-'81 so parting with this is tuff, man.
VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) or EXCELLENT (E). Slight scuff on the right side of the black circle on front. Small droplet mark next to right goat horn.
Reverse has slight crease on upper left, two slight creases on lower left. Very tiny damage on back of Moses' neck.Call the inner sleeve G+; one edge is darkened where it's been exposed, paper is slightly yellowed. Vinyl is VG+, looks immaculate, has no scratches. Slight surface noise at beginning of Wax. Label is VG+, slight marks from spindle, & some of the ink from Rob's art smeared a bit. NOTE: Getting the facts straight on this is seemingly an endless process!
RE the term "TEST PRESSING" above, here's where that came from. In that communication Don also referred to the plain white label version as test pressing. Please see this great discussion of the topic of test pressings.In the early decades of the record industry, test pressings were probably exactly that: 1 or 2 or a handful made for quality control. The need for that surely lessened as the technology was perfected. So in this case, one assumes, a master disk was made, then a minimal order of "test pressings" was made for the band. RUNOUT A: G-1401 + [also, circle partially under label].
RUNOUT B: G-1401 [1 in circle] WAX [also, circle partially under label]. The item "45 GRAVE Black Cross/Wax RARE AUTOGRAPHED TEST PRESSING G-1401 1981 + PAT SMEAR" is in sale since Friday, December 10, 2021.This item is in the category "Music\Vinyl Records". The seller is "polkapal" and is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan, Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.