Beatles Please Please Me * BLACK & GOLD * NM AUDIO! * DICK JAMES * UK 1st Press

Sold Date: September 21, 2022
Start Date: September 11, 2022
Final Price: £3,306.00 (GBP)
Bid Count: 46
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The Beatles - Please Please Me
This outstanding 'final-upgrade' copy of the Beatles' debut studio album is a UK first pressing on the highly sought after black and gold Parlophone label. 
The vinyl has the 1st variation labels which credit Dick James as the publisher for the titles A1, A2, A6, A7, B4 & B5. 
The mother stampers 1A / 1T indicate that this was one of the first few hundred copies produced. 
The vinyl is housed within the front-side laminated Ernest J. Day sleeve with Angus McBean photo credit position in the bottom right hand corner on the front of the sleeve and 'cut-out' flip-backs to the reverse.
Also included is the original heavy paper polythene lined EMItex die-cut inner sleeve that only came with very early pressings.

Serial number: PMC
Matrix number: XEX 421 - 1N / XEX 422 - 1N
Stamper codes: 1 A / 1 T
Tax Codes: ZMT
Vinyl Weight: 146g 

Condition:

Vinyl: EXCELLENT +
Labels: MINT -
The labels are bright, clean and without writing. No spindle marks can be seen on either sides. 
Visual: EXCELLENT
Immaculate 'factory-fresh' deep-gloss playing surfaces which only show a couple of subtle paper scuffs in strong daylight. It is difficult to upgrade from this.
Sound Quality: Mint -
The audio is fantastic. I never grade items MINT on principle but the audio on this record is as close as I have heard. The vinyl has clearly only been played a handful of times on high end equipment. There is no sign of groove/play wear. There are quiet lead-ins to both sides and minimal static in between tracks. You will not need to look for another copy of this fantastic record.
Sleeve: VERY GOOD +
This 1st class sleeve looks fantastic. The front retains a glossy finish with bright colours. The rear is very clean with only subtle signs of discolouration. All four corners have subtle softening. The top, bottom and opening edges along with the 'pinched' spine are without any wear.
Inner Sleeve: EXCELLENT +
The original inner sleeve is in great condition. It is very clean, without any staining and with minimal creasing. The vinyl is housed inside an audiophile quality, anti-static inner sleeve to help protect and preserve the record and inner sleeve. 

The record will be sent via an insured courier in a padded vinyl mailer.
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