BEATLES White Album 1968 UK MONO No. 0152235 TOP OPENING complete, lovely audio

Sold Date: July 10, 2018
Start Date: July 3, 2018
Final Price: £219.50 (GBP)
Bid Count: 17
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THE BEATLES - DOUBLE WHITE ALBUM

A rare and sought after copy of this 1968 UK MONO 1st pressing on the UK APPLE label, MONO, PMC 7067/8

The dead wax matrix numbers are :

Side 1  XEX 709 - 1 with stampers "5" and "H L" at 10.30 o'clock and 4.30 o'clock respectively

Side 2  XEX 710 - 1 with stampers "3" and "G D G" at 5 o'clock and 10 o'clock respectively

Side 3  XEX 711 - 1 with inverted stampers "3" and "H H" at 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock respectively

Side 4  XEX 712 - 1 with stampers "2" and "L R" at 8.30 o'clock and 9.30 o'clock respectively

The appearance of each of the vinyls is excellent. Each vinyl is flat and each side of each vinyl has retained it's original beautiful glossy sheen. In normal daylight there are just a few very light pencil thin scuffs which are visible; under a bright halogen light there are a few more scuffs that come into evidence along with a few wispy hairlines. There is no blemish at all, whether it be scuff or wispy hairline, that is "feelable" and there are no scratches or even hairlines that are obviously beneath the surface. The brilliant quality of the audio, with no clicks and barely any background interference, bears out the excellent condition of the vinyls.

The labels are excellent+. In normal daylight each label comes across as pristinet. It's only under a bright light and with close inspection that just a few very light spindle trails can be identified adjacent to the centre hole on each label. Note the absence of any reference to "E.M.I." on the label text, which is indicative of very first pressings of this wonderful album - later pressings contained the text "An E.M.I. Recording". 

The laminated Garrod & Lofthouse laminated outer sleeve is in very good+ condition.  All edges remain firm with barely any scuffing, and that includes the rigid spine where all writing remains perfectly legible. The spine itself remains impressively rigid though there is some sporadic laminate flaking. Similarly all corners are excellent, retaining their right angle definitions with just the hint of a little rubbing on the non-spine corners. There is barely any laminate flaking on either the front or reverse sides but there are two noticeable laminate/surface creases in the top right quadrant on the front side. There is also a small "nick" towards the front side bottom right hand corner and a 1cm scuff/nick on the right edge of the reverse side. The inside of the gatefold is very impressive with all text perfectly intact and the Beatles photos in as nice a condition as when this record was first bought. Beautifully shiny too. When held in a bright light and at the right angle some very faint ringwear comes into view (only towards the top of each side) but this really is minor. Overall I would say that the appearance and condition of this still beautifully glossy gatefold, with the low number of "0152235" clear to see on the front side, is a solid very good+.

The four photos are in excellent+ condition - no marks, no scuffing or unwanted writing, no blue tac or glue residue and no pin prick holes - lovely!

The folded and obviously well looked after lyric/photo poster is in excellent- condition with no tears or splits, no unwanted writing, and just some occasional, light discolouration "spots" but nothing nasty at all. Still impressive even after all these years with all of the lyrics of all of the tracks perfectly legible.  

Finally, the quality of the audio is mostly VG+ but at times is excellent or better. There is some occasional, light background crackle which is most obvious at the beginning of each side (certainly on side 3 just before the opening bars of "Birthday" commence) and during some of the quieter moments and interludes. But no clicks, no skips, no obviously intrusive interference/crackle, and overall lovely MONO tone throughout even on the higher frequencies and at higher volume. Each track makes for a great listen...this is such a wonderful album!

The tracks are :

Side 1 :

1. BACK IN THE U.S.S.R.

2. DEAR PRUDENCE

3. OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA

4. WILD HONEY PIE

5. THE CONTINUING STORY OF BUNGALOW BILL

6. WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS

7. HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN

Side 2 :

1. MARTHA MY DEAR

2. I'M SO TIRED

3. BLACKBIRD

4. PIGGIES

5. ROCKY RACCOON

6. DON'T PASS ME BY

7. WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD

8. I WILL

9. JULIA

Side 3 :

1. BIRTHDAY

2. YER BLUES

3. MOTHER NATURE'S SON

4. EVERYBODY'S GOT SOMETHING TO HIDE EXCEPT ME AND MY MONKEY

5. SEXY SADIE

6. HELTER SKELTER

7. LONG LONG LONG

Side 4 :

1. REVOLUTION 1

2. HONEY PIE

3. SAVOY TRUFFLE

4. CRY BABY CRY

5. REVOLUTION 9

6. GOOD NIGHT

Comes complete with original one-sided die-cut black inners which do suffer from some creasing, some fraying on the top edges, and two small tears on the circumference of the die-cut on one of the inners; but no side or bottom splits and still functional. Note that I always post the record(s) in a new plain white inner sleeve(s) in order to protect the original(s).

In summary a solid VERY GOOD+ copy of this increasingly rare and highly sought after low numbered 1968 UK 1st MONO pressing Beatles classic - a worthy addition to any serious Beatles vinyl collection and only continuing to gain in value.

 If you require any further information, including photos, then let me know and I'll do my best to oblige. 

If this record interests you then take a look at my other 60's & 70's classic vinyl listings.

bit about myself : I have been collecting vinyl for more than 48 years and have amassed a huge collection covering a varied genre, but mostly of 1960's and 70's origin. Most of my records were originally bought by myself for my own collection, but during the past 30 years I have embellished my collection by buying records from a variety of sources : friends/acquaintances, car boot sales, auctions, and even through putting up a "vinyl wanted" notice in my wife's shop! I am now retired and take great delight in being able to spend more time scouring the country and attending boot sales and auctions in the hope of unearthing more vinyl gems...I am 63 years of age now and am still discovering bands and music of the 60's and 70's that I have never come across before. Wonderful! Richard

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On the subject of postage, I take great care in the packaging of all items, using a proper vinyl cardboard mailer along with at least two cardboard stiffeners. I take great care in separating the record from the outer sleeve in order to help prevent sleeve damage in transit and I always insert the vinyl, outer sleeve and inner into a clear plastic sleeve, thus adding further protection. 

For this item postage & packaging will be Royal Mail 1st class signed for  : UK £5.00; 

and Royal Mail 1st class tracked and signed for continental Europe £12, and Rest of the World £16. 

 I do discount post & packaging costs for multiple purchases. I do NOT profit from postage.

Good luck with your bidding! Richard


NOTE : My vinyl descriptions comply with the official Record Collector vinyl grading guidelines :

Mint

The records 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 are torn, stained and/or defaced

Poor

The record will not play properly due to scratches, bad surface noise, etc. The cover and contents are badly damaged or partly missing.

Bad

The record is unplayable or might even be broken, and is only of use as a collection-filler


On 04-Jul-18 at 12:42:02 BST, seller added the following information:

Upon play grading this entire album again I have to report that at the beginning of the very last track on side 4 ("Good Night") there were eleven very mild, background clicks. not especially intrusive at all but because this is such a quiet track they are audible. I can also confirm that the entire album is a great listen!