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The Beatles –
Rubber Soul 1965 –UK 1st issue (Rogue / “CBS contract”
pressing) on the yellow & black Parlophone labels with ultra-rare MT tax
code. PMC 1267 dating to the original release date of 3rd December
1965. Comes in its original 1st issue Garrod & Lofthouse patents
century collectables is pleased to offer for sale this superb copy of the Beatles classic Rubber Soul with the ultra-rare
ridged label variant.
This ultra-rare label variation has sometimes been
referred to asthe“CBS contract pressing”. There is however no hard evidence to
confirm that it is aCBS contract pressing or indeed anyothercontract
pressingapartfrom the fact it hasan unusual and striking indentation
on the outer rim normally associated with contract pressings andat oddswith EMI pressings from this period. If it is not a contract pressing the
only alternative theory is that it was pressed on an old style press
or ‘rogue machine' at EMI Hayes. However, there
are unanswered questions even regarding this particular scenario.
Firstly;this‘rogue machine’ was not
used at anytime during 1963 or 1964 as no Beatles pressings
exist or have surfaced with this characteristic label from this period. If it
was pressed on a ‘rogue’ or oldpress at EMI, why was this machine not
employed during these earlier years when EMI were struggling to meet demand and had to outsource production to other pressing facilities?
Secondly; the pressing machine that
created this rare label variant was only used for a very short period of time and is only seen on Beatles pressings from late 1965
up until 1966, accordingly, if a ‘rogue machine’ was utilised by EMI why
was it only used for such a short period and why did its use suddenly stop?
One further point to throw into the pot, is that the
labels carry the very rare MT tax code,extremely unusual for December 1965
and for a Rubber Soul pressing.
The ‘jury’ may still be out on exactly what the true
origins are but what is indisputable is that this label variant is extremely rare,
numbering in the hundreds as opposed to the thousands and given its remarkable
condition there can only be a handful of such examples left in existence.
In my opinion such a rare and distinct label variation must ultimately increase the records desirability, if not in the short term then certainly in the long term, and given thechoice between the standard EMI label or this rare label variant I for oneknow where my investment would go.
As John Lennon once said ‘Rubber Soul is when it started to get interesting’. A great album
with tracks such as ‘Norwegian Wood’,
‘Michelle’, ‘Girl’, ‘in My Life’ and many more. The analogue sound on this
copy is superb.
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Matrix numbers: XEX 579-4 & YEX 580-4
Stamper codes: 7/GOH & 3/GML
Please check out the pictures and read on for further details:-
Visual: EXC+ to MINT-
Superb looking vinyl which has only received
a handful of plays since new. Side 1 is immaculate with no visible marks in
daylight even under a strong halogen desklight nothing much more is revealed
other than some fine whispy sleeve removal marks, grades at nr MINT. Side to 2
grades at EXC+; on close inspection I noticed a small stylus mark on track 6 side 2, this
is barely feelable. The disc lies 100% flat on the turntable.
Labels: EXC+ to MINT-
A superb set of
this attractive and most unusual label variation. Extremely fresh with evidence of only a
handful of plays in its 50 year history. Side 2 carries the ultra rare MT tax
code which positively dates it as a 1965 UK 1st issue from the
initial release date.
Audio: EXC+ to MINT-
A fabulous sounding disc with no groovewear
or distortion to any of the music signals, most gaps are silent. Easily damaged
tracks such as Girl , In My Life, Norwegian Wood and Nowhere
Man play superbly and are distortion free with no audible surface
noise. There are a couple of faint ticks on If
I needed Someone and in the gap at the track end but overall the audio on
this ultra-rare copy is very impressive and delivers superb undistorted
analogue audio. The record does not jump or stick.
EXC+ to MINT-
A superb and unworn example of this 1st issue
1965 Garrod & Lofthouse cover. The front panel retains its original high
gloss laminate finish and shows only the minimum signs of light handling. The
rear panel is even more impressive,
clean and fresh with no soiling or writing and easily grades at nr MINT. All
flipbacks are strong and intact. The spine is undamaged with the writing
clearly visible. A superb example of this iconic Robert Freeman cover.
Inner-sleeve EXC+ to MINT-
rice paper inner, clean and correct with no seam splits.
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This record has been
strictly and conservativelygraded to ‘UK RECORD COLLECTOR' standards.
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