Rolling Stones LP Let It Bleed 1st ever UK unboxed Decca pressing in MONO - rare vinyl collector item

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Rolling Stones LP - Let It Bleed -1st ever UK unboxed Decca pressing in MONO !!!

Rolling Stones LP  Let It Bleed 1st ever UK unboxed Decca pressing in MONO
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Rollings Stones – Let it Bleed - 1969 UK 1st pressing on the unboxed MONO red Decca label - LK 5025 with ultra rare 1A /1A matrices to both sides. Comes complete with poster and original 1st issue stickered sleeve and the uncensored ‘London Bach Choir’red inner sleeve.
This copy is one of the earliest Let It Bleed copies ever pressed and certainly pressed ahead of the December 5th 1969 release date.
This is the Stones at the height of their musical powers; on release it went straight to number one, displacing Abbey Road by The Beatles. It would be the last Stones album to be released in mono.
A superb example which hasreceivedvery few plays in its history.
By 1969 mono had all but been phased out and as such only a small amount of mono copies were ever pressed. EMI and the Beatles by this time had abandoned mono altogether. 1st pressing mono copies of this album are therefore extremely rare.
However what makes this copy particularly rare is that it carries the very early 1A/1A matrices to both sides, these early first pressings were pressed in tiny numbers before they were changed to the crossover 1A/2A matrix and then onto the 2A/2A matrix. It also has first mother stampers to both sides. A true first pressing.
Matrix numbers: XARL 9363 P-1A / XARL 9364 P-1A

Stamper codes: 1/UI & 1/A
Please check out the pictures and read on for further details:-



Visual: Side one MINT- Side two EXCELLENT-

A superb looking disc of this the earliest and most rare 1A/1A matrix pressing which retains its high gloss rainbow sheen. Side one appears unmarked in strong daylight; under a halogen desklight nothing much more is revealed other than near invisible micro marks and whispy sleeve removal marks; side one grades at nr MINT. Side two grades at excellent minus. There is cross shaped stylus mark (8mm) between tracks two and three which is visible in normal light and is just about feelable under my fingertips. There are some general light surface markings to side two when the record is inspected closely. The vinyl lies 100% flat on the turntable.


A stunning set of factoryfresh red Decca labels with virtually no evidence of play or wear.

There is some surface noise audible in some gaps and on the quieter passages but generally this is masked by the music. Side one grades at or around excellent+. The surface noise is more noticeable on side two. There are some light ticks on the intro to ‘Monkey Man’. Side two grades at excellent minus. There is however no groovewear, playwear or distortion to any of the music signals. The analogue sound is rich and powerful, consistent with such an early pressing. The record does not jump or stick.


An original 1st issue stickered cover in immaculate condition. A stunning example of a cover which was prone to damage. There is virtually no signs of wear. The front panel retains its original high gloss sheen and is completely unworn. The back panel is also in remarkable condition. One of the finest examples I have seen and virtually impossible to upgrade.



Fresh looking poster.

Inner-sleeve EXC+ to MINT-

Ultra rare original red uncensored Bach Choir inner with some light storage creases.

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This record has been strictly and conservativelygraded to ‘UK RECORD COLLECTOR' standards.
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