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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
grade copy in nr MINT condition with MINT audio and 1st
mother stamper - played only once!
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
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.
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.
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.
bidding and good luck!
numbers: YEX 168-1 & YEX 169-1
codes: 1/GT (First Mother) & 2/RG
check out the pictures and read on for further details:-
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
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.
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.
EXC+ to MINT-
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.
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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