Abner Jay

Cleo / The Thresher

London : HLN 9791

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  • Artist: Abner Jay
  • A Side: Cleo
  • B Side: The Thresher
  • Label: London
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: M-
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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A hand-picked listing for the army of British London collectors who check out these pages on a weekly basis.. here's a RARE one, in beyond rare condition.

A 1963 British press that didn't sell a bean, recorded for the California label "Catch", that even as it's native USA press this is one very elusive 45,

A wailing forlorn "cowboy-Blues" ballad showcasing the impressively expressive vocal of "Abner". This guy can really sing, that's why he still enjoys an underground following. A wailing vocal like you've never heard before. So very impressively different you have to wonder why Abner didn't become a super-star of Folk Blues.

Perhaps the one thing I love most about my daily vinyl investigations, is I find a new voice to me, a new style and a record I've not encountered before; and even though this recording could not be further away from my preferred style of listening. I'm still excited about the extreme rarity, the brilliant condition and the fact Abner sings like nobody else, I've ever encountered before. A truly beautifully controlled vocal tat paints a picture of loneliness.

Do not overlook the flipside that has themes that Gordon Lightfoot so brilliantly projected with his tale of "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald". Abner Jay on the flipside of this 45 flawlessly sings a Blues-folk lamet of the 129 lives lost when the nuclear submarine "The Thresher" sank to the bottom of the sea.

Noting that Abner wrote both sides of this 45, my admiration for this Blues man has swelled yet again.

Super rare London, is super rare condition, delivering a captivatingly rare style of vocal, you just gotta take notice of.

Condition Report

Flawless vinyl, perfect label housed in spotless replica sleeve

A Side

  • Title: Cleo

    B Side

  • Title: The Thresher
  • Year: 1963
  • City: United Kingdom