Beatles LP Help 1965 Original UK mono 1st pressing in MINT condition - rare vinyl collector item

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Beatles LP - Help! 1965 Original UK mono 1st pressing in MINT- condition

Beatles LP  Help 1965 Original UK mono 1st pressing in MINT condition
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The Beatles –Help!– Genuine 1965 UK mono 1ST pressing with yellow & black Parlophone labels and ‘Sold in UK…’ label text, catalogue number PMC 1255, dating to the original release date of 6th August 1965.
A truly superb final upgrade audiophile copy.

Matrix numbers: XEX 549-2 & XEX 550-2N (Please note – 1N was not used on any mono UK 1st press issue of Help!)

Stamper codes: 3/GTL & 4/GLP
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Visual: MINT-

An absolute stunning looking disc which still retains its original factory sheen. Side one is a whisker away from an all out mint grade and is completely unmarked. Even under an intense halogen desklight nothing more is revealed other than one or two of the faintest whispy sleeve removal marks. Side 2 is also unmarked with the exception of a very light non feelable surface mark on track one which appears and disappears depending on how the record is angled towards the light.

Audio: MINT

A stunning sounding audiophile copy and possibly the finest sounding copy I have heard. Plays with the quietness of a CD but with all the analogue richness of vinyl. There is no deterioration to the sound quality whatsoever and all tracks have the sharpness and clarity of the original recording. The opening burst of Help! from the silent run-in is stunning as indeed are all the tracks. All gaps are silent with only the sound of natural vinyl detectable at high volume. What makes this record particularly rare and desirable is the perfect audio version of the classic track ‘Yesterday’. The analogue and original mono version of ‘Yesterday’ is the definitive version. There are no pops or ticks and the record does not jump or stick. This record brings to life this fabulous album. It will not disappoint.

Labels: EXC+/MINT-

There are a number of spindle trails to each label visible when the record is angled towards the light. All the silver lettering is unworn and the labels have retained their original freshness. The KT tax code is visible on side 2. There is no writing to either label or evidence of any former ownership or personalization.


An original 1st issue patents pending Garrod & Lofthouse cover dating to the original release date of 1965. The front panel retains its original high gloss laminate sheen and is un-yellowed. Unlike later covers, the original 1965 covers were cream in appearance and have progressively become more white as the decade went on. There is a faint disc impression towards the opening edge of the cover and there is some minor wear and bruising to the bottom right hand corner. The rear panel is in superb nr mint condition is free from any writing or marks and shows no signs of ageing. The spine is uncrushed and all the flipbacks are solid and intact. A well preserved cover.

Inner-sleeve Excellent +

Original and correct Emitex rice paper inner with no seam splits.

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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 not happy with your purchase then I offer a no quibble refund.

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