BEATLES PLEASE PLEASE ME Rarest Ever MINT BLACK GOLD STEREO 1G/1R Northern Songs

Sold Date: May 13, 2022
Start Date: May 3, 2022
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   THE BEATLES - PLEASE PLEASE ME

Original UK STEREO PRESSING - PCS 3042. A genuine 'Holy Grail' of vinyl collecting, this is the Extremely Rare version of the rarest of Beatles albums, with the NORTHERN SONGS credit, a Near Mint vinyl, MINT Audio and a 1st pressing Gold cover that would be hard to ever better. 

The vinyl sounds UNPLAYED! 


1st ever Matrix - YEX 94  YEX 95 and 1st ever stampers - 1 G & 1 R.


This is without doubt one of the rarest, most sought after records in the world. With only extremely small amounts of the STEREO GOLD Please Please Me pressed, reportedly between 300 and 900, it is no surprise that serious collectors and Beatles fans all over the world want this great record in their collection. 

This pressings, with the Northern Songs credit, is even rarer, with a tiny percentage being produced, compared to the already small amounts of the Dick James pressings. Only five of these Northern Songs GOLD STEREO pressings have come up for sale online in the last ten years, and none have been in great condition. 
This ultimate rarity is stunning and plays with flawless, MINT audio throughout! It is hard to believe that any original Beatles vinyl could have audio as faultless as this.


  A Great Playing Record with a Great Cover. An Original UK PRESSING on the GOLD Parlophone Labels







CAT NO:.... 

Stereo - PCS 3042  


LABEL PRESS DETAILS: 

This is an original Stereo 1963 GOLD label issue of the Holy Grail of record collecting , in great condition, with "The Parlophone Co. Ltd." printed on the rim print and NO Tax credits.  No "Recording first published 1963" statement and Credited: Northern Songs. With No "Sold in the U.K." statement, and gold tint cover These points confirm it is an original 1963 pressing of the yellow and black label.  Also the  33 1/3 text next to the Catalogue number. 

1st EVER GOLD STEREO  1  1  Matrix version, with 1st EVER stampers. MADE IN GT BRITAIN.



MATRIX NOs. ON RUN-OUT GROOVE 

Side 1: YEX 94 - 1    Side 2: YEX 95 - 1        

 


















MOTHER STAMPERS: 

Side 1. ''  1 G '' 

Side 2. ''  1 R  ''

      

TRACK LISTING… 

Side 1;  I SAW HER STANDING THERE, MISERY, ANNA, CHAINS, BOYS, ASK ME WHY, PLEASE PLEASE ME. 

Side 2;  LOVE ME DO, PS I LOVE YOU, BABY IT'S YOU, DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET, A TASTE OF HONEY, THERE'S A PLACE, TWIST AND SHOUT.    

Original 1963 ULTRA RARE STEREO GOLD pressing of one of The Beatles most sought after LP's. An exceptional pressing of this rarest of Vinyl albums, in stunning condition, that plays great from start to finish.   







Please Please Me is the debut album by The Beatles. Parlophone rush-released the album on 22 March 1963 in the United Kingdom to capitalise on the success of singles "Please Please Me", which went to number one on most lists. Of the album's fourteen songs, eight were written by Lennon/McCartney, early evidence of what Rolling Stone later called "[their invention of] the idea of the self-contained rock band, writing their own hits and playing their own instruments." 

On Monday, 11 February 1963, The Beatles and George Martin started recording what was essentially their live act in 1963, and finished 585 minutes later (9 hours and 45 minutes). In three sessions that day (each lasting approximately three hours) they produced an authentic representation of the band's Cavern Club-era sound, with very few overdubs and edits. Optimistically, only two sessions were originally booked by Martin, with the evening session added later. George Martin initially contemplated recording the album live at the Cavern in front of the group's home audience and visited the Liverpool club on 9 December 1962 to consider the technicalities. When time constraints intervened, he decided to book them at EMI Studios in Abbey Road instead and record them virtually live. Martin said, "It was a straightforward performance of their stage repertoire — a broadcast, more or less."

The day ended with a cover of "Twist and Shout", which had to be recorded last because John Lennon had a particularly bad cold and Martin feared the throat-shredding vocal would ruin Lennon's voice for the day. This performance, captured first take, and generally regarded as a classic, prompted Martin to say: "I don't know how they do it. We've been recording all day but the longer we go on the better they get."

The song "Hold Me Tight" was recorded during these sessions, but was "surplus to requirements" and not included on the album. "Hold Me Tight" was recorded again on 12 September 1963 for With The Beatles. The whole day's session cost around £400. George Martin said: "There wasn't a lot of money at Parlophone. I was working to an annual budget of £55,000." This budget had to cover all of the artists on Martin's roster. Individually, under a contract with the Musicians' Union, each Beatle collected a seven pounds and ten shillings (£7.50) session fee for each three hour session.









George Martin, a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, thought that it might be good publicity for the zoo to have The Beatles pose outside the insect house for the cover photography of the album. However, the Zoological Society of London turned down Martin's offer, and instead, Angus McBean was asked to take the distinctive colour photograph of the group looking down over the stairwell inside EMI's London headquarters in Manchester Square. Martin was to write later: “We rang up the legendary theatre photographer Angus McBean, and bingo, he came round and did it there and then. It was done in an almighty rush, like the music. Thereafter, though, The Beatles' own creativity came bursting to the fore".

In 1969, The Beatles asked McBean to recreate this shot. Although the 1969 photograph was originally intended for the then-planned Get Back album, it was not used when that project saw eventual release in 1970 as Let It Be. Instead, the 1969 photograph, along with an unused photograph from the 1963 photo shoot, was used in 1973 for The Beatles' retrospective albums 1962–1966 and 1967–1970. Another unused photograph from the 1963 photo shoot was used for The Beatles (No. 1) (also released in 1963).

 Please Please Me hit the top of the UK album charts in May 1963 and remained there for thirty weeks before being replaced by With the Beatles. This was highly unusual as the UK album charts at the time tended to be dominated by film soundtracks and easy listening vocalists. The Beatles first album went on the become one of the highest selling and collectable LP’s of all time.

 






 

ALBUM PLAYED FOR GRADING: 

This rarest of vinyls plays with brilliant, flawless sound quality throughout. This vinyl is virtually un-played and sounds amazing from start to finish! It would be hard to ever better for audio clarity, it sounds UNPLAYED!

For one of the rarest records in existence it is possibly the hardest to find with great clear audio. There are so few of these left in the world, and the vast majority were heavily played on heavy equipment that ruined the profile of the vinyl grooves and left the pieces heavily distorted and plagued by loud pops and clicks. 

This amazing vinyl plays with absolutely no skips, no loud pops or distortion. There is barely any detectable surface sound at all, even between the tracks, the sound is clean and crisp and absolutely wonderful. This great record plays beyond the visual grading, it plays through with great power and clarity. The tones are beautifully defined in this first UK pressing, with a great depth of sound and each channel being clearly defined with a warm rich sound which is infinitely superior to the later pressings. 





A thick quality pressing with the wider, first pressed grooves, make the audio really pack a punch. Strong, undistorted sound, free of any loud pops or clicks, the channels are clean and unstressed. The record plays with staggering power, with a minimum of surface sound during the tracks.

Great audio with minimal interference to distract form the overly enjoyment of this great record, and hardly any surface or static noise between the tracks. I will give a detailed account below:








'I Saw Her Standing There' bursts in with superb, clear audio. Bright loud sound, there are no pops or clicks, and certainly not a hint of distortion. Super bright and super loud, this is an astonishing, clear audio performance. 'Misery' again plays with perfect separation and super clear sound. No pops or clicks and barely any detectable surface static at all, just some light static between tracks. Leading into the quieter 'Anna', this track is the first real test for Please Please Me, with multi layering but also a sparseness, it plays superbly. The vocal clarity is incredible. A single light tic between tracks and then into 'Chains' which sounds great, super clear with no obvious static, tics or pops. Superb. 

'Boys' opens with a very clean intro, amazingly clear and bright. Still no loud pops or clicks, this would be very hard to ever better. The audio separation and clarity is near perfect. Again barely any slight static between tracks, 'Ask Me Why' plays superbly. There is no light static in the very start or in the middle. No pops or even static tics, the sound is incredible. 

'Please Please Me', sounds great, again with no pops or clicks, just great music, all the sound effects that make up this track are sharp and clear, with some very light occasional static during parts of the track, but nothing intrusive, it rounds off side one and sounds wonderful with bright rockous audio. With absolutely no distortion what so ever, as this track is often prone to, it plays here with crystal clear audio, rounding off a brilliant side 1.








Side 2. begins with the classic upbeat 'Love Me Do'. It plays through brilliantly with very clean run ins, no pops or clicks, barely any detectable light occasional static or random tics in the middle. That massive harmonica solo is crystal clear.  'P.S. I Love You' plays beautifully, again with barely any detectable static, and no obvious sound interference's. There is no light static between the tracks. 'Baby Its You'  and 'Do You Want To Know A Secret' sound great, with some very light, occasional surface static, and no loud pops or other sound interruptions. The music really is crystal clear.

'A Taste of Honey' and the classic 'There's a Place' both sound superb, with bright, clear sound and NO pops or clicks at all. I would say that there is not a hint of background static on 'A Taste of Honey', if there is then it is very faint indeed, the kind you would find on any vinyl, even unplayed pieces. 'A Taste of Honey' often plays with some light background distortion, but not here, not a hint, all the original recording effects are perfect. 

'There's a Place' plays on this great vinyl superbly, with amazingly clear loud sound. No pops, clicks or even tics, just some light static between the two tracks.

Rounding off the album with 'Twist and Shout', the track sounds great, with no pops or clicks. As with 'A Taste of Honey' there is none of the light background distortion often found,  the sound is just crystal clear, bright and loud. 






This is a great pressing of the RAREST version of PLEASE PLEASE ME. It plays with no loud clicks or pops anywhere and certainly NO other interference's. A little light static between tracks, but really barely any during the music, and I am being very critical. Any static that is there is very occasional, very much in the background and very hard to hear. 

Great music with great clarity, and I would say virtually impossible to find with this type of sound. The music jumps out, with definition and clarity, particularly on the percussion instruments, and vocals which come through with tremendous power. As is the same with the bass guitar and drums, whilst the guitars come through crisp and clear. A superb all round example of this ultimate vinyl rarity. 

I would give this great record an audio grading of MINT. 








The Record

This is an exceptional Stereo Gold pressing of PLEASE PLEASE ME. A superb piece of glossy vinyl, and a really thick pressing that is virtually unmarked. The record still has great shine, with minimal  handling marks and minimal paper removal marks. In daylight there are a couple of faint handling marks and a few ultra light paper removal marks only. This is a great example, clear grooves that deliver absolutely amazing audio clarity. 

Graded at NEAR MINT.



VINYL TESTED FOR ANY SIGNS OF WARPING: 

Yes, NONE visible what so ever when tested be sight and on a moving turntable.          








THE LABELS 

A stunning set of deep coloured labels with no light spindle traces to be found on either side. Famous 1st GOLD labels are in great condition, with no scratches or writing, just a very small patch of light fading on label 2. Superb all round examples.    

Graded at EXCELLENT to NEAR MINT.









THE COVER 

Every collector knows how rare these cover are, and this one is just stunning! I'm not sure if there is another one existing with a whiter rear panel. This cover is the rarest 1st pressing version - printed and made by Ernest J. Day & Co. Ltd. London with Angus McBean credit to the extreme right hand corner on the front panel.          

The front is in superb condition, with a great sheen. It is flat and crisp with little wear to the corners and minimal laminate creasing. Flip backs are intact with some light creasing. The Spine and spine text is totally intact and the spine is undamaged, although there are a couple of light creases. The rear cover and flip backs are extremely clean and white, with barely a mark to be seen.

The opening edges are very square and totally un frayed. A great, solid example. All round, this is a really nice cover! 

Graded at EXCELLENT to EXCELLENT PLUS.










 

THE INNER

Comes with The Original First Press Inner Sleeve with Polythene Lining, intact and in great condition. States: "USE EMITEX..." & "IMPORTANT - TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR MICROGROOVE RECORDS ...", as well as a replacement inner sleeve for added protection. EXCELLENT PLUS condition, - NO tears around the die cut opening, NO seem splits and NO wear at the top. Just some light discolouration. A great example.      











RARITY

Without doubt one of the rarest records in the world, and the Holy Grail for Beatles Collectors. There are literally only a number of hundreds GOLD STEREO pressings left in the world. Most are in pretty poor condition, and the Northern Songs label is far rare than the Dick James. A pressing in this condition makes this an incredible, one off, the vinyl sounds UNPLAYED! 

An original and complete GOLD STEREO Parlophone pressing in great condition is virtually unheard of. The vinyl is so often played so much, heavily marked, scratched, with noisy, poor and distorted sound. The labels are nearly always heavily worn, with the gold seriously faded and the covers are usually trashed. Any GOLD STEREO examples with a record in this type of condition, that plays with super clear audio is unbelievably rare. 

The cover is almost impossible to find without serious wear, even modestly worn examples are scarce. A great cover like this, with a great piece of vinyl and stunning audio throughout, makes this a truly unique opportunity!



  A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A GENUINE HOLY GRAIL OF 20th CENTURY VINYL. 

AN ULTIMATE PIECE OF MUSICAL HISTORY. 










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GREAT ORIGINAL COVERS WITH NO SEAM SPLITS, TEARS, WRITING OR STICKERS!



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MINT: Virtually unplayed. The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. Cover is pristine.

EXCELLENT: The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality. The cover and packaging might have slight wear and/or creasing.

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V.G: The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable surface marks and occasional light scratch. Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items.

GOOD: The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some distortion and mild scratches. The cover and contents suffer from folding, scuffing of edges, spine splits, etc.

FAIR: Fair. It is noticeable that the record has been played so much that the sound quality has deteriorated very noticeably. The cover and contents are showing signs of folding, scuffing of edges etc.

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On 13-May-22 at 10:18:15 BST, seller added the following information: