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· THE BEATLES – YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!: A HARD DAY'S NIGHT - ORIGINAL GERMAN PRESSING - INCREDIBLY RARE, UNIQUELY GERMAN PRESSING OF THE BEATLES THIRD U.K. ALBUM (“A HARD DAY’S NIGHT”) - EMI/ODEON RECORDS (GERMANY) STEREO LP (S)O-83 739 [PLEASE SEE BELOW AN IMPORTANT NOTE ON THE COVER'S MONO/STEREO DESIGNATION]
· ORIGINAL GERMAN PRESSING
*** STILL SEALED GUARANTEED ORIGINAL FIRST GERMAN STEREO PRESSING ***
· UNIQUE COVER ARTWORK, NEVER RELEASED IN THIS FORM ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD
· GUARANEED ORIGINAL BEIGE (OFF-WHITE) ODEON LABEL WITH INTERTWINED GOLD AND RED DETAILS.
· THE THICKNESS OF THE VINYL, THE APPEARANCE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE COVER, LABEL’S LOGO AND OTHER PERIPHERAL ELEMENTS OF THE COVER, ARE ALL PERFECTLY CONSISTENT WITH THE ORIGINAL, FIRST PRESSING OF THIS TITLE.
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST GERMAN PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· ORIGINAL, THIN CARDBOARD COVER (EUROPEAN STYLE)
· ORIGINAL LAMINATED COVER
· IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS IS A MONO COVER WITH THE SMALL "STEREO, ALSO PLAYABLE IN MONO " GOLD STICKER AFFIXED TO THE FRONT PANEL. BECAUSE GERMANY WAS THE FIRST NATION IN EUROPE TO COMPLETELY ELIMINATE MONO PRESSINGS (AS EARLY AS 1964) AND BECAUSE THIS COPY OF THE ALBUM DOES NOT USE A "PROPER" STEREO COVER BUT, RATHER, THE STICKERED ORIGINAL 1964 MONO COVER (WHICH MUST HAVE BEEN MADE DURING THE BRIEF OVERLAP BETWEEN THE LIFESPAN OF THE ORIGINAL STEREO LABEL AND THE LIFESPAN OF THE MONO COVERS (PROBABLY LESS THAN A YEAR, BETWEEN 1964 AND 1965), WE ARE CERTAIN THAT THE BUYER WILL FIND INSIDE THE ORIGINAL BEIGE/GOLD STEREO LABEL, NOT THE SECOND PRESSING CIRCA 1968/69 ON TURQUOISE LABEL. WHEN THE SECOND PRESSING (ON TURQUOISE LABEL) WAS ISSUED, MONO COVERS WERE NO LONGER BEING MADE.
· THICK, HEAVY VINYL PRESSING
(►PLEASE SEE THE IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
(Note: this is a REAL image of the ACTUAL item you are bidding on. This is NOT a "recycled" image from our previous auction. What you see is what you'll get. GUARANTEED!)
Considering the quality of the original material on With the Beatles, it shouldn't have been a surprise that Lennon & McCartney decided to devote their third album to all-original material. Nevertheless, that decision still impresses, not only because the album is so strong, but because it was written and recorded at a time when the Beatles were constantly touring, giving regular BBC concerts, appearing on television and releasing non-LP singles and EPs, as well as filming their first motion picture. In that context, the achievement of A Hard Day's Night is all the more astounding. Not only was the record the de facto soundtrack for their movie, not only was it filled with nothing but Lennon-McCartney originals, but it found the Beatles truly coming into their own as a band by performing a uniformly excellent set of songs. All of the disparate influences on their first two albums had coalesced into a bright, joyous, original sound filled with ringing guitars and irresistible melodies. They had certainly found their musical voice before, but A Hard Day's Night is where it became mythical. In just a few years, they made more adventurous and accomplished albums, but this is the sound of Beatlemania in all of its giddy glory -- for better and for worse, this is the definitive Beatles album, the one every group throughout the ages has used as a blueprint. Listening to the album, it's easy to see why. Decades after its original release, A Hard Day's Night's punchy blend of propulsive rhythms, jangly guitars, and infectious, singalong melodies is remarkably fresh. There's something intrinsically exciting in the sound of the album itself, something to keep the record vital years after it was recorded. Even more impressive are the songs themselves. Not only are the melodies forceful and memorable, but Lennon and McCartney have found a number of variations to their basic Merseybeat style, from the brash "Can't Buy Me Love" and "Any Time at All," through the gentle "If I Fell," to the tough folk-rock of "I'll Cry Instead." It's possible to hear both songwriters develop their own distinctive voices on the album, but overall, A Hard Day's Night stands as a testament to their collaborative powers -- never again did they write together so well or so easily, choosing to pursue their own routes. John and Paul must have known how strong the material is -- they threw the pleasant trifle "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You" to George and didn't give anything to Ringo to sing. That may have been a little selfish, but it hardly hurts the album, since everything on the record is performed with genuine glee and excitement. It's the pinnacle of their early years.
(EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY STEPHEN THOMAS ERLEWINE, ALL MUSIC GUIDE /ALLMUSIC.COM/)
We’ve just acquired an incredible small lot of some highly unusual, international and exotic Beatles and Beatles-related (and some Rolling Stones) pressings, mostly from the Western Europe, Scandinavia, Latin America, Canada, Philippines and Japan. The item you are just looking at is one of those fine pieces. With the exception of about 5-10 titles (which we will not list at this time) , all these albums are in the remarkable state of preservation; we doubt that many have ever been played by the original owner, who started collecting the Beatles as early as 1964 and lovingly continued over the next four decades. This is a kind of kid-in-the-candy-store experience every self-respecting Fab4head dreams of.
These amazing specimens are characterized by unusual, occasionally strange, but always visually captivating and attention-grabbing cover artworks; unexpected (and sometimes downright bizarre) track listing and sequencing, and even a few different mixes here and there. In many cases, the known US/UK versions of the Beatles album covers were supplanted or altered by highly creative and ingenious local graphic artists, making them rather different from what most of us can remember. However, for the most part, none of these albums have ever been released outside their country of origin and are totally unique , both in terms of musical contents and visual appearance, to the country in which they were originally released.
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(IMPORTANT NOTE: unless otherwise noted, ALL records are graded visually, and NOT play-graded!; we grade records under the strong, diffuse room light or discrete sunlight)
(a) THE ALBUM IS STILL FACTORY SEALED AND IS BELIEVED TO BE PERFECTLY MINT. Please note: sealed items are assumed to be mint and are sold as-is, as we have no way of inspecting them. For our policy on still sealed records ►click here (PLEASE READ BEFORE PLACING A BID).
(b) The record is believed to come in its original "Made in Germany" thumbnailed poly-lined stock inner sleeve
(c) The record is apparently pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually, the sound on such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even dramatic. Do not expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital recording!
(d) Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior, digital recording!!!