November 23, 2022
Start Date: November 13, 2022
Final Price: £310.00 (GBP)
Bid Count: 19
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The Beatles – White Album – 1st PRESSING MONO –1st mother.
Original 1968 UK MONO 1st pressing with original top opening numbered sleeve and dark green Apple labels with ‘Sold in UK…’ label text. Pressed ahead of the original release date of 22nd November 1968.
Disc one is pressed from the 1st mother (1/RA & 1/RP– 1st Matrix). Stamping codes indicate that this MONO record was amongst one of the first 5,000 records pressed.
1968 was the year when everyone switched over to stereo consigning mono to the history books. Some fans which still had mono equipment still felt inclined to buy the stereo version and so the MONO version went largely unsold making it a real rarity and increasingly hard to find.
Overall a very different sounding album to the stereo version.
The copy being auctioned has a wonderful and dynamic analogue MONO sound.
XEX 709-1, XEX 710-1 & XEX 711-1, XEX 712-2
Stamper codes: 1/RA, 1/RP & 2/GG, 3/GMG
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Please check out the pictures and read on for further details:-
An original 1968 1st issue top opening numbered sleeve and in an excellent state of preservation. Of all Beatles albums the white album is one of the toughest covers to find in anything above VG condition. The front panel has some light fingernail creases and a light laminate bend. The cover has been stored in a smoke free environment and shows hardly any signs of discoloration and only minimal signs of wear. There is the usual laminate flaking to the spine. The sleeve retains its original high gloss laminate sheen throughout. The interior gatefold is in superb condition and grades between excellent+ to near mint. Overall a very impressive 1st issue MONO top opening gatefold sleeve and now very tough to find in this condition. The sleeve grades at excellent and probably just a whisker away from an EXC+ grading. Numbered 0116878
Disc one Side 1 VERY GOOD+ Side 2 EXCELLENT-
Side one retains much of its original high gloss sheen when viewed in strong daylight. Under a strong halogen desklight various superficial marks are revealed together with whispy sleeve removal marks. Severely graded at VG+. Side two appears near mint when viewed initially in strong daylight, on closer inspection under a bright halogen desklight various superficial marks are revealed – grades at excellent minus. It is clear that this rare 1st issue MONO copy has only received a modicum amount of play and much less than average.
Disc two Side 3 VERY GOOD+ Side 4 EXCELLENT-
Side three grades at VG+ with various non feelable superficial handling marks. Side four grades at excellent minus. The record still retains much of its original factory sheen. Now very tough to find a set of MONO discs in this condition. Both records lay 100% flat on the turntable.
Side 1 EXCELLENT+ Side 2
Side 3 EXCELLENT+ Side 4 EXCELLENT+
A superb set of labels to both discs. Vibrant and unworn with just faint spindle traces.
Disc one EXCELLENT+ to nr MINT
Overall disc one plays superbly with all the power and dynamism of a very early 1st pressing. Tracks such a Dear Prudence, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill play superbly without any evidence of groovewear. The easily damaged While My Guitar Gently Weeps play grades at Exc+ to Mint- as does Happiness is a Warm Gun. There is some occasional light surface noise most notably on the intro to Back in the USSR. I’m so Tired grades at exc+ to mint- as does Blackbird which is free from static and surface noise. Side two has a play grade at or around near mint. Piggies and Rocky Racoon play superbly. The very easily damaged and innermost track Julia also plays superbly and play grades at MINT-. The disc lies 100% flat on the turntable. The record does not jump or stick. Overall a great analogue listening experience of this ultra-rare and very early 1-RA / 1-RP MONO pressing.
Disc two EXCELLENT+
Side three plays superbly. There is some occasional light surface noise in some of the gaps and on some of the quieter passages but the disc is free from any groovewear or distortion. The audio on Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey and Sexy Sadie will not disappoint. I noticed two light ticks on the intro to Long Long Long but this innermost track plays otherwise superbly. Side four - Savoy Truffle play grades at MINT- and is one of the finest vinyl versions I have heard. Cry Baby Cry grades at MINT- with the deep rich analogue piano chords. The disc lies 100% flat on the turntable. The record does not jump or stick.
Inner sleeves: VERY GOOD+
Original 1968 black inners with just one very minor 2cm 'seam split' only visible on close inspection.
Poster: VERY GOOD
Original 1968 1st issue Garrod & Lofthouse ‘lipstick’ poster. There is the occasional seem split but the poster is fully intact. There are general light handling marks and also folding mark. There are no pinholes and the poster is clean and free from any writing or personalisation.
Please note that I can't verify these as original issue photos but they do have some natural ageing and discolouration.
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This record has been strictly and conservatively graded to ‘UK RECORD COLLECTOR' standards.
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