Here is a opportunity to acquire one of the finest surviving 1st UK mono pressings of the Beatles' debut album, released 53 years ago this week.
Of all the hundreds of thousands of copies sold of this album, only ones purchased during the first few weeks of release would have had gold/black labels. This 'old-style' design was replaced just after release by the iconic black & yellow design which would be employed until 1969.
The majority of these early copies were quickly played to death on crude 1960's players and consequently very few survive in this condition.
This pristine 1st mono pressing is the finest we have ever offered and bears those initial gold & black Parlophone labels: PMC 1202
Both labels are 1st variant-type i.e. with 'Dick James Mus.' publishing credits for tracks; 1, 2, 6 & 7 on side 1 and 4 & 6 on side 2.
An early 'ZMT' purchase tax code is visible in the centre of the side 1 label.
Matrix numbers: XEX 421-1N & XEX 422-1N
Early 1st 'Mother' stamper codes: 1/A & 1/M
Vinyl weight: 157g
Housed in a correct/earliest-type 'Ernest J Day' printed mono cover with the 'Angus McBean' credit in the extreme lower right corner beginning beneath the final 's' of the word 'Songs'.
The disc itself is contained within its original, correct type poly-lined inner-sleeve.
A truly flawless set.
All of the delicate gold print on both labels is bright & totally unworn, with no spindle marks or wear present around either centre hole.
You will not find better looking exmaples of these iconic labels.
Visual: NEAR MINT
Immaculate deep-gloss playing surfaces which are 'as new' in strong daylight. There is no clouding, groove whitening or hazing, let alone any scuffs or scratches on either side. Even directly beneath strong halogen light only a couple of faint wispy marks from the one or twice this disc has been removed from its inner-sleeve are visible together with a sparkling rainbow shine.
Both sides of this outstanding disc lie 100% flat on the turntable when playing and would not require upgrading.
Sound Quality: MINT
There is certainly no visual evidence that this copy has ever been played and our single careful play-check at volume confirms the sound quality to be flawless and wonderful throughout. Every track plays with a power and presence missing from any other pressing of this album. The grooves are clean & totally unworn producing no trace of any groove/playwear distortion - even on the easily worn innermost tracks on each side. There are certainly no clicks pops, jumps, repeats or any other audible distractions. In fact, aside from a touch of low-level vinyl background on the run-ins there is nothing to distract from this heavenly listening experience.
Cover: EXCELLENT +
Very few of these early covers survive in anything approaching this condition and this certainly example is the best we have handled.
Carefully & correctly stored these past 53 years in a clean, non-smoking environment, it is a worthy companion to the pristine disc inside.
The front panel retains all of its factory high-gloss shine with a remarkable unscratched, unworn laminate free from any 'thumbnail' wrinkles or even a single spine bend.
There is a wrinkle on the lower edge towards the left corner but it really is hard to fault this one.
There is very slight shelfwear to the lower corner tips and and minor bruising to the upper two, but no splits to any edge.
Both front & rear opening edges are super clean and unworn with no tears or feathering either side.
The easily blemished rear panel is super clean and bright white with no writing or missing paper.
There are a couple of faint age-spots visible chiefly beneath the side 2 track listing to the left of the catalogue number in the upper right corner, but as you can see from the images, they are tough to find.
There is a little scratching onthe large 'BEATLES' wording from storage but no other trace of wear elsewhere.
Unusually for these fragile covers, all of the delicate flipbacks are in-place and intact. None have been repaired or re-glued.
Both the upper & lower seams are smooth and unstressed with no flaking or missing laminate.
The spine is in perfect condition with fully lamination and wording.
Inner-sleeve: EXCELLENT +
Clean & unyellowed with some gentle storage wrinkles but no clouding to the central window or any writing, tears or seams splits.
If you have been searching for that final upgrade for your collection, this is THE one.
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This item is located in and will be shipped (customs-free within the EU) from AUSTRIA via insured trackable airmail
Buyers located outside the EU are responsible for customs fees/charges levied by their own country of residence
We grade strictly & conservatively in strong daylight & directly beneath a halogen light to UK 'RECORD COLLECTOR' standards
We listen to every record we sell in its entirety on an EMT 950 transcription turntable fitted with a TSD 15 SFL cartridge
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___________________________________________________________________________________________________On 31-Mar-16 at 11:46:13 BST, seller added the following information:
Bidders please note:
If you are bidding from outside the European Union, please be aware that customs duties will apply at your local rate.We must declare the full value of this item for shipping and will not under-declare the value to avoid customs charges.Austria is in the European Union and therefore customs duties do not apply if this is shipped within the European Union.Hand delivery within the European mainland can be arranged with the winning bidder after the sale.
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