THE BEATLES Please Please Me Mono UK 4th Pressing *BEST COPY* Record & Cover NM

Sold Date: March 19, 2017
Start Date: March 7, 2017
Final Price: £285.00 (GBP)
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THE BEATLES: PLEASE PLEASE ME. Rare, 1963 UK MONO, 4th Press.

Final Upgrade of this "ALL TIME CLASSIC" Vinyl Album.

1963 UK EMI PARLOPHONE (Matrix XEX 421-1N, XEX 422-1N)

COVER (Front-laminated, Flip-back, Ernest J. Day & Co): EXCELLENT+
VINYL: EXCELLENT+/NEAR MINT
INNER SLEEVE
(“Use EMITEX”, Die-cut, Poly-lined): EXCELLENT+

Legendary 1st BEATLES studio album, originally released on the 22nd of May 1963. The 1st & 2nd pressings were pressed only in the first 6 weeks, followed by the 3rd press, which had sold out within 3 months. This, the 4th run, pressed in the summer of '63 is still one of the finest presses on solid vinyl and practically impossible to find in this condition. In 1963 most people didn't have quality audio equipment, so most vinyl records were ruined by being played on dancette-type gramophones, with heavy playing arms that often damaged the vinyl.

A true BEATLES Classic! You would be hard-pressed to find a better copy of this rare 4th pressing, which looks hardly played and was released at a time when many records got scratched and ruined by heavyweight arms and metal needles. This is the SUPERIOR UK EARLY PRESS version, so hard to find in any playable condition. Nearly all copies that turn up nowadays have terribly worn covers, often with the owners name written on them.

In the interest of complete disclosure, I have included two close-up photo's of the only noticeable flaw; a tiny bend at the tip of lower, right-hand corner of cover.

I have personally never seen a copy, combining all three components (VINYL, COVER and INNER SLEEVE), in better condition than this. If you have been waiting for a truly great example of this hard-to-find, iconic classic, then I urge you to act now before you miss out - You will not find better.


4th pressing dates from Summer 1963 to Jan 1964 and is identified by second black & yellow label design, featuring “The Parlophone Company...” in perimeter text, but without “Sold In The UK” or small “33 1/3” label text. Also features first occurrence of “Recording first published 1963” text.

“KT” embossed Tax Code stamp on label (side 2).

Large block “mono” logo in top-right corner of front cover.

Sleeve is front-laminated, tri-flipback, with no tears or bends and no significant marks or creases (see photo's). Spine is stiff, with no sign of wear. An unmissable opportunity to own a Mega-Rare BEATLES classic in Excellent+ overall condition.


RECORD LABEL:

EMI PARLOPHONE Records

YEAR OF ORIGINAL RELEASE/ COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE:

1963 UK

MODE/SPEED:

Mono - 33RPM

CAT NUMBER:

PMC 1202

MATRIX #:

Side 1. XEX 421-1N
Side 2. XEX 422-1N

VINYL AUDIO:

Excellent + : Great LOUD playback. No jumps or pops. No distortion or crackle. Clear, bright sound.

VINYL VISUAL:

Excellent+/Near Mint : Record looks barely-used; clean, bright and shiny, with NO damage, warping or audible scratches. Just one, faint, hairline scratch on last track, Side 2 (“Twist & Shout”), which is only visible under close scrutiny and has no audible effect at all. Also two light surface marks on Side 1, as would be expected from occasional removal & replacement of disc from inner sleeve.

SLEEVE:

Excellent+ : Remarkable, considering it's over 53 years old! Ernest J. Day & Co. cover (higher quality jacket than the regular Garrod & Lofthouse version) Look at the photo's; a wonderfully clean, glossy, laminated front cover, with no bends, splits or tears and barely a mark or crease. This cover is prone to wear, due to the lack of lamination on the back, but NO writing, damage or discolouration on this one, which is rare in items from this period. Remember, this was a ground-breaking release; most copies were played to death. This sleeve is in amazing condition.

INNER SLEEVE

Excellent+. Original die-cut “Use EMITEX” poly-lined type. Being very fragile, the inner sleeve is a great indicator of the amount of use the album has had. Corners almost always suffer some folding or creasing over time, but I would say this inner is as good you could hope to find. Considering how fragile these are and the age of this item (over 53 years old), quite incredible, intact condition.

GRADING SYSTEM:
In order to assist everyone who buys and sells rare discs, Record Collector magazine has created a set of standards for the condition of second-hand records, I have added a (+) or (-) to my gradings where applicable.

MINT: The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. The cover and any extra items such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition. Records advertised as Sealed or Unplayed should be Mint.
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.
VERY GOOD: The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable surface marks and the occasional light scratch. Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items, without any major defects, is acceptable.
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, discolouration, etc.
FAIR: The record is still just playable but has not been cared for properly and displays considerable surface noise; it may even jump. The cover and contents will be torn, stained and/or defaced.
POOR: The record will not play properly due to scratches, bad surface noise, etc. The cover and contents will be badly damaged or partly missing.


PAYMENT:

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PACKAGING:

I take great care to ensure all items are well-packaged to reach you in perfect condition. I always take vinyl out of its inner sleeve and place on top of the cover. This is then packaged securely, with stiffeners, for full protection.

POSTAGE PRICES:

The prices below are based on one album, however if multiple albums are purchased, please add £1.30 per album.

All purchases are sent Royal Mail 1st class, signed for - £4.70  (2nd class signed for, available on request - £4.00)

Royal Mail, UK Special Delivery (for high-value items) - £7.50

All EU and Overseas purchases must be signed for on delivery.

EUROPE: Royal Mail International signed for - £12.00

ALL OVERSEAS (NON-EU): Parcelforce signed for - 17.00.

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