January 24, 2023
Start Date: January 14, 2023
Final Price: £561.00 (GBP)
Bid Count: 31
Seller Feedback: 1437
Buyer Feedback: 19
For sale is a complete and original STEREO UK 1st pressing of The Beatles 2nd studio album, With the Beatles.
This copy comes with the original front side laminated Garrod & Lofthouse flip-back sleeve with mid-size 'STEREO' text to the front side and 'You Really Gotta Hold on Me' misprint to the rear. The mid-size stereo sleeve was only available for a very short period at the start on 1964 as part of EMI's experiments in sleeve design. It is one of the rarest Beatles sleeves.
The vinyl has the extremely rare 1st variant black and yellow Parlophone labels with two misprints.These are: 'Jobete' mis-credit for 'Money' and the song title: 'You Really Got A Hold on Me' misprinted as: 'You Really Gotta Hold on Me'.
The album is complete with the extremely rare EMI advertising leaflet that was only sent with early mail order items.
The album is complete with the original polythene lined die-cut Emitex 'protect your records' inner sleeve.
Serial number: PCS 3045
Matrix number: YEX 110 - 1 / YEX 110 - 1
Stamper codes: 2 AO / 2 AP
Tax Codes: KT
Vinyl Weight: 170g
Vinyl: EXCELLENT +
Labels: EXCELLENT +
The labels are bright, clean and without writing. Only a handful of light spindle marks can be seen on either side.
Immaculate 'factory-fresh' deep-gloss playing surfaces which only show a couple of subtle 'inner sleeve paper scuffs' in bright daylight. Underneath a halogen desk lamp a few barely visible wispy hairlines can be seen alongside a sparkling rainbow shine.
Sound Quality: EXCELLENT +
The heavy-weight vinyl sounds superb. The record has clearly only ever been played on good quality equipment. The lead-ins are quiet and there is minimal static in between tracks. The record plays with the distinction one might expect from such an early pressing throughout. The bass is punchy, the vocals are crisp and clear and the instrumentation is well defined. It's great.
Sleeve: EXCELLENT +
The extremely rare sleeve looks fantastic. The front laminate retains the original lustre and the cover art maintains vibrant, deep colours. The rear is very clean with only subtle signs of handling discolouration. All four corners are crisp and sharp.The top, bottom and opening edges along with the spine are without any wear. Truly a final upgrade.
Inner Sleeve: EXCELLENT
The original inner sleeve is in great condition. It is very clean, without any staining and with minimal creasing. It is slightly discoloured. 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. Non-EU international bidders please get in touch for an accurate postage cost if you do not want to ship with the GSP.
Please see my other listings. I am selling some rarities from my personal collection.
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