Beatles LP Help Original 1965 UK 1st Pressing first mother in STEREO - rare vinyl collector item

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Beatles LP - Help! - Original 1965 UK 1st Pressing (first mother) in STEREO !!!

Beatles LP  Help  Original 1965 UK 1st Pressing first mother in STEREO
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The Beatles –Help!– Genuine 1965 UK 1st STEREO pressing on the yellow & black Parlophone label with ‘Sold in UK…’ label text, catalogue number PCS 3071. An original and early STEREO pressing most likely pressed ahead of the original release date of 6th August 1965.
Stunning investment grade copy in nr MINT condition with MINT audio and 1st mother stamper - played only once!
Between March 1963 and mid 1965 there were numerous changes to the Parlophone label which helped identify the chronology of any given record. There was of course the label change from the Black Gold Parlophone label in early ’63 to the familiar Yellow & Black label. Then came the edition of ‘sold in UK’ label text and the removal of ‘Recording First Published’ to simply the letter (P), and then, in July/August 1965 came the removal of the ‘Parlophone’ rim text to ‘Gramophone’.
Help! therefore was the first Beatles album to feature the new ‘Gramophone’ rim text.Having made all these minor changes in the previous two years EMI would make no further label changes until mid 1969, a period of 4 years, when the wording ‘Sold in UK’ would be removed. This would be of no consequence except for the fact that in 68/69 EMI started pressing stereo records in larger and larger quantities as stereo became more and more popular; also by this time fans had began replacing their worn out mono copies with stereo ones.
The problem collectors therefore face is that the label on a 1969 stereo copy of Help! is identical to that from 4 years previously and as the matrix code on the record did not change in this time, 1969 stereo’s (which are clearly not 1st pressings or 1st issues) can be easily passed off as 1965 originals. Whilst ‘69 stereo’s are still rare in above excellent condition they are nowhere near as rare as their 1965 counterparts as the sales of stereo back in 1965 were still extremely small.
This copy, up for auction, positively dates to 1965 and more importantly is a 1st pressing almost certainly manufactured ahead of the 6th August 1965 release date, most likely dating to July 1965. This is confirmed by two separate factors; firstly the presence of early double digit stamper codes, (later copies had triple digit codes) and secondly the record has been pressed from the 1st and 2nd mother. 1965 stereo copies of Help! are of course extremely rare in any event but to find one in this astonishing condition is exceptionally difficult and becoming more difficult by the year. Certainly an investment grade copy which is set to appreciate in value.
Possibly the most underated Beatles albums that there is. An absolute classic with tracks such as, Help!, You’ve Got to Hide You’re Love Away, I’ve Just Seen a Face and many more!
Not to be missed.
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Matrix numbers: YEX 168-1 & YEX 169-1

Stamper codes: 1/GT (First Mother) & 2/RG
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Visual: MINT–
A stunning looking disc which appears to have been played only once in it’s entire 50 year history. The disc is flawless in strong daylight. Even under a strong halogen desklight nothing more is revealed and I am tempted to give the disc an all out MINT grade but have elected to err on the side of caution and grade at MINT minus, although essentially the vinyl is unmarked and appears to be in the same condition that it left the EMI Hayes pressing plant in 1965.

Labels: MINT -
The labels are fresh and clean. There is just one small faint spindle trail and faint mark to side one. Side two has a tiny faint spindle trail. There is no writing or personlisation to either label.

Audio: MINT

The finest stereo copy I have heard. Being more familiar with the mono version the stereo version is very different. Lots of echo on McCartney’s voice on The Night Before, Harrison’s double tracked vocals with echo on I Need You, also the bongos on ‘You’re Going to Lose That Girl’ which are very prominent in the mix. There are of course other differences and it is fascinating to hear how different the stereo version is from the mono one. This wonderful example of a vinyl disc has all the instruments coming alive and listening to this particular copy is like hearing the record for the first time. All gaps are silent with only the natural sound of vinyl. The easily damaged track Michelle is superb and free from surface noise. A true audiophile copy if ever there was one and one for the connoisseur.


An original 1st issue patents pending Garrod & Lofthouse cover dating to the original release date of August 6th 1965. The cover shows hardly any signs of discolouration or ageing. On close inspection the front panel has a mild disc impression. There is evidence of light handling to the front panel when the cover is angled towards the light. The rear panel is in exceptional condition and grades at MINT minus. All flipbacks are in pristine undamagedcondition. The spine is perfect and retains its original square shape. Ultra rare in this condition.

Inner-sleeve MINT-

Original and correct Emitex rice paper inner.

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This record has been strictly and conservativelygraded to ‘UK RECORD COLLECTOR' standards.
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