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A bunch of 'white label' pressings of albums from David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Foals and more are set to be auctioned

The sale is set to be held as part of a week-long build-up to this year's National Album Day.
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Published: 10:52 am, September 18, 2019 Photos: Sarah Louise Bennett.
A bunch of 'white label' pressings of albums from David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Foals and more are set to be auctioned

A 'White Label' auction is set to be held as part of a week-long build-up to this year's National Album Day.

With the celebration itself taking place on 12th October, the auction will take place the weekend prior on Saturday, 5th October at 11am.

'White label' test pressings of a whole load of important British albums - with as few as 5 or 10 produced of each - will be solid to fans and collectors. Some of those available include records from David Bowie, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Bastille, Biffy Clyro, Manic Street Preachers, Royal Blood and loads more.

The auction will raise funds for music industry charity The BRIT Trust, which promotes education and wellbeing through music.

The final list is still being added to, and can be viewed on https://www.omegaauctions.co.uk/. Among the white label discs that fans will be able to bid for are various recordings released or reissued mostly since 2014, including around 20 that are artist-signed:

Arctic Monkeys (Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino), Richard Ashcroft (Natural Rebel), Rick Astley (Beautiful Life), Bastille (Doom Days and others), Biffy Clyro (Balance Not Symmetry), David Bowie (Early Decca recordings), Buzzcocks (Another Music in a Different Kitchen and others), Anna Calvi (Hunter), Eric Clapton (Slowhand and others), Clean Bandit (What Is Love?), Coldplay (The Butterfly Package – signed), Cream (Disraeli Gears and others), Nick Drake (Family Tree and others), The Fall (New Facts Emerge), Foals (Everything Lost Will Not Be Saved Part 1), Franz Ferdinand (Always Ascending and others), Free (Alright Now), Liam Gallagher (As You Were and others), Rory Gallagher (Rory Gallagher and others), Genesis (Selling England by the Pound and others), Hot Chip (A Bath Full of Ecstasy), The Human League (Reproduction – signed and others), The Jam (Live At The Music Machine), James (Living in Extraordinary Times – signed), Lenny Kravitz (Raise Vibration), Lianne La Havas (Blood), Manic Street Preachers (Resistance is Futile), John Martyn (Solid Air and others), Kylie Minogue (Step Back in Time), Sinead O’Connor (I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got), Primal Scream (Maximum Rock’n’Roll Volumes 1 & 2), Public Image Ltd (incl. 4-LP Album), Mark Ronson (Late Night Feelings), Roxy Music (Avalon and others), Royal Blood (Royal Blood), Jack Savoretti (Singing to Strangers), Sex Pistols (Never Mind The Bollocks and others), Ed Sheeran (No.6 Collaborations – signed), Simple Minds (New Gold Dream and others), Snow Patrol (When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clean Up This Mess), The Specials (The Specials – signed and others), The Streets (Remixe4s & B Sides Too – signed), Dusty Springfield (Dusty in Memphis), Thin Lizzy (Live and Dangerous – signed and others), T-Rex (Electric Warrior), KT Tunstall (Wax and others), Ultravox (Ha! Ha! Ha! And others), The Verve (Urban Hymns and others), Paul Weller (Stanley Road), Whitesnake (Slip of the Tongue – signed and others), The Who (My Generation and others) and many more.

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