numbers: XEX 421-1N & XEX 422-1N
codes: 1/T & 1/L (1st Mother with single
digit stampers, one of the earliest copies pressed)
Please check out the pictures and read on for further details:-
Labels: Side 1 EXCELLENT - Side 2 EXC+/MINT-
Side two is close to a nr MINT grading, fresh in
appearance with unworn gold lettering and only little signs of spindle wear.
Similarly, side one has gold lettering which is mainly unworn with little signs of spindle wear. There are whatappears to be some stylus marks on side two. Side 2 carries the MT
tax code and both labels carry the earliest incorrect Dick James label
Audio: EXCELLENT +
A superb sounding copy and testament
to the quality of these early black gold pressings. There is some light surface
noise in places but there is no distortion or groovewear to any of the music
signals. The burst of energy of the opening track ‘I saw her standing There’ is
clear, crisp and totally undistorted. ‘Misery’ sounds superb with totally
undistorted harmonies. Side one grades more towards nr MINT with most tracks
achieving a mint grade. Side two grades more towards excellent with some light
surface noise apparent at higher volume on the gaps and quieter passages but
nothing which would interfere with the listening enjoyment. All in all this is
a great sounding disc with no real audio distractions. There are no loud pops
and ticks and the record does not jump or stick.
Visual: Side 1 VERY GOOD Side 2 VERY GOOD +
There is clear evidence that the record has been
played. It has general light scuffs and surface marks, however none of these
marks, although visible in daylight, are feelable or could be described as
scratches. Whilst this is not a pristine mint copy it is neither a worn out
copy where many sellers use the VG grading to off load records that are
essentially unplayable. The record has in the main been looked after since it
was purchased in 1963, and this is evidenced by the quality of the audio,
always an accurate indication as to the true condition of the vinyl. The heavy
duty vinyl lies 100% flat on the turntable.
The vinyl comes in its original extra heavy duty 1963
Ernest J. Day GOLD cover with the Angus McBean credit located to the extreme
right hand corner. The front panel has retained its high gloss laminate sheen and
remarkably has no thumbnail creases. There are no marks or scratches to the front
panel. There is some wear and laminate flaking along the bottom edge but all in
all the front panel is in superb condition. There is some general light wear to
the corners. The rear panel is remarkably clean with no tape marks or any signs
of writing or personalisation. All flipbacks are strong and intact. The spine
is in nr perfect condition and completely undamaged with the words ‘Please
Please me – The Beatles’ clearly visible. A solid example of this rare cover
and certainly in above average condition.
Inner-sleeve EXCELLENT +
Clean & correct with no seam splits.
Any questions please ask
PLEASE NOTE: 1st class next day Special Delivery to UK addresses will be 8.50 GBP.
For worldwide shipments please email me for price.
In the unlikely event that you are unhappy with the item I offer a no quibble refund.
This record has been strictly and
conservativelygraded to ‘UK
RECORD COLLECTOR' standards.
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