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Live In Session / The Smiths A Test Pressing Of The Debut Single Hand In Glove/Handsome Devil, 1979,

Lot 133
The Smiths: A Test Pressing Of The Debut Single Hand In Glove/Handsome Devil,
1979,
Amended
14 June 2022, 13:00 BST
London, Knightsbridge

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The Smiths: A Test Pressing Of The Debut Single Hand In Glove/Handsome Devil,

1979,
Rough Trade RT 131, a double-sided 7inch disc, white labels with recording details in blue ink/black felt pen and catalogue number in red ballpoint, in plain die-cut sleeve with John Peel's handwritten track timing and band name in black felt-tip pen

Footnotes

"Those are the Smiths, and they've had one or two rather extravagant write-ups in the musical papers, and the people at Rough Trade see them as being the next big thing as well"
- John Peel, John Peel's Music On BFBS, 1 May 1983

John Peel first played 'Hand In Glove' on German radio, modestly describing the track as "perfectly adequate, that, as a debut single". After further plays on BFBS and on The John Peel Show, the single featured in the top ten of that year's Festive Fifty.

Saleroom notices

Please note that the date should read 1983, not as stated in the printed catalogue.

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