This NEAR MINT UK 1st STEREO pressing dates from initial June 1967 release on the black & yellow Parlophone label: PCS 7027
Both labels include the 'Sold in U.K...' text with a 'KT' purchase tax code in the cente of the side 1 label.
Matrix numbers: YEX 637-1 & YEX 638-1
Stamper codes: 2/R & 2/M
Vinyl weight: 144g
Housed within an earliest-type, fully laminated 'Garrod & Lofthouse' printed gatefold stereo cover with a 9mm wide-spine.
This example is 100% complete with original red & white designer inner-sleeve & unused cut-out sheet.
Labels: NEAR MINT
A superb pair with the only trace of wear being two faint single spindle trails around the side 1 centre hole.
Visual: NEAR MINT
Immaculate factory-fresh playing surfaces which retain all of their deep-gloss shine and are unmarked in strong daylight. Closer examination beneath my powerful halogen desk lamp reveals just a few barely visible wispy paper hairlines from the inner-sleeve and a sparkling rainbow shine. This is your final upgrade of this masterpiece.
Sound Quality: NEAR MINT
This wonderful sounding copy plays cleanly and clearly and has certainly been barely played. All tracks play clean & clearly with all of the warmth and clarity you would expect of such an early copy. Our careful play-check detected only two soft pops during 'She's Leaving Home' but no groove/playwear distortion or crackle here or elsewhere on this exquisite example.
Cover: NEAR MINT
Much harder to find than their mono counterparts, this earliest 'wide-spine' example is in truly exceptional condition. The iconic front panel is clean & unworn and retains a totally unscratched high-gloss laminate, free from any 'thumbnail' wrinkles. There is a small bump to the lower left corner but all others are in fine shape. All opening edges are sharp and clean with just a couple of tiny 'pushes' to the edges of the rear pocket. Both panels inside the gatefold are flawless with no damage or wear to the upper flip-over edges. The rear panel is just as glossy with again, no 'thumbnails' or even ringwear and all corners from this angle are 100% in-shape and unworn. All seams are smooth, unstressed and unsplit with no flaking or worn laminate. The spine is clean, square & uncrushed along its entire length and retains its full lamination.
Clean and white where is should be with some soft storage wrinkles to the corners. It is downgraded due to a number written in one of the upper corners and a 3cm lower seam split.
Cut-out sheet: MINT
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