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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

David Essex - Imperial Wizard (1979)

From The Lost Record Covers Club

This was the follow-up single after Essex's success with the song "Oh What A Circus" from the original Evita! album.  Phonogram spent money on this with the initial release being in blue vinyl with a special label featuring the artwork of said wizard.

From The Lost Record Covers Club

As you can see the separations of the artwork (how they used to separate the colours for the four colour printing process before digital) was done incorrectly.  Look at the Wizard's outstretched arm and see how it disappears before his hand is shown holding the staff.  We notified the label when these were noticed in the production stage but the timetable for the release was rolling and the decision was taken to carry on.

An album of the same name was released with identical artwork with the first few thousand copies in blue vinyl also.

Mercury - 6007 202 (7" Single - Blue Vinyl)


  1. is the lost record cover worth anything if it is autographed as well ?

  2. As far as I know the artwork was never corrected so all those pressed would have had labels like this and the first run, i guess 10,000 at most had these picture sleeves again with teh mistake.

    I'm sure that the value would increase for a signed copy but as always it's only worth what someone is willing to pay - the secret is finding that Essex fan who is dying for that copy. - sorry there's no easy rule book