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· THE BEATLES - SGT.PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS’ CLUB BAND - ORIGINAL 1967 MONO CAPITOL LP MAS-2653
· ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
*** INSANELY RARE STILL SEALED 100% GUARANTEED ORIGINAL FIRST MONO PRESSING ***
· GUARANTEED PRESSED ON THE ORIGINAL BLACK CAPITOL LABEL WITH MULTICOLORED SPECTRUM (“RAINBOW) BAND ALONG THE LABEL’S EDGE (YES, WE KNOW FOR CERTAIN THAT THIS IS THE LABEL YOU WILL FIND INSIDE!!!)
· 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.
· THREE “BREATHE” (AIR) HOLES NOTED ON THE SHRINK WRAP: ONE IN FRONT, TWO IN THE BACK
· BELIEVED TO BE (WE ARE NOT ENTIRELY CERTAIN) THE RARE FIRST (MISPRINTED) VERSION OF THE LABEL, WHICH WRONGLY IDENTIFIES THE SONG ‘WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS’ AS ‘A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
· BELIEVED TO INCLUDE ORIGINAL SGT. PEPPER INSERT.
· ALSO BELIEVED TO INCLUDE ORIGINAL “PSYCHEDELIC” INNER SLEEVE
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· ORIGINAL GATEFOLD COVER, MADE OF THICK CARDBOARD (AMERICAN STYLE)
· THICK, HEAVY VINYL PRESSING
· MONO version of this album has NEVER been available as a standalone disc (only as a part of the Beatles mono CD box set)
(►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!)
With Revolver, the Beatles made the Great Leap Forward, reaching a previously unheard-of level of sophistication and fearless experimentation. Sgt. Pepper's, in many ways, refines that breakthrough, as the Beatles consciously synthesized such disparate influences as psychedelia, art song, classical music, rock & roll, and music hall, often in the course of one song. Not once does the diversity seem forced -- the genius of the record is how the vaudevillian "When I'm Sixty-Four" seems like a logical extension of "Within You Without You" and how it provides a gateway to the chiming guitars of "Lovely Rita." There's no discounting the individual contributions of each member or their producer, George Martin, but the preponderance of whimsy and self-conscious art gives the impression that Paul McCartney is the leader of the Lonely Hearts Club Band. He dominates the album in terms of compositions, setting the tone for the album with his unabashed melodicism and deviously clever arrangements. In comparison, Lennon's contributions seem fewer, and a couple of them are a little slight but his major statements are stunning. "With a Little Help from My Friends" is the ideal Ringo tune, a rolling, friendly pop song that hides genuine Lennon anguish, à la "Help!"; "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" remains one of the touchstones of British psychedelia; and he's the mastermind behind the bulk of "A Day in the Life," a haunting number that skillfully blends Lennon's verse and chorus with McCartney's bridge. It's possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this. After Sgt. Pepper's, there were no rules to follow -- rock and pop bands could try anything, for better or worse. Ironically, few tried to achieve the sweeping, all-encompassing embrace of music as the Beatles did here.
(EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY STEPHEN THOMAS ERLEWINE, ALL MUSIC GUIDE /ALLMUSIC.COM/)
Here it is, in all its glory, the Emperor of all Rock albums, in all its ORIGINAL glory: the black "rainbow" label Capitol records pressing of "Sgt.Pepper". This vinyl MONO version is still much preferable – EVEN to the newly remastered Apple/EMI compact disc AND analog mono vinyl. This is the album that turned Rock’n’Roll upside down and split its history in two: Rock before Sgt. Pepper - and Rock after Sgt. Pepper. According to legend, none other than John Lennon, declined to listen to anything but a mono version of this album. Plus, bear in mind that George Martin specifically mixed this masterpiece for a mono version (stereo was a mere afterthought) Grab a piece of history before Christie’s and Sotheby’s do. Finding a still sealed original MONO copy of this Rock MILESTONE?!?! Forget it – not even a HOPE!!! This may be the last one you will ever see.
For its extraordinary contribution to the modern music, superb production, craftsmanship, fine musicianship, revolutionary significance and influence it exerted on numerous generations of musicians, writers and general public, this album was voted one of top-200 albums of all time in one of the largest poll of critics, music reviewers, professionals and producers ever organized: the poll, which was conducted by Paul Gambaccini, legendary BBC Radio A&R man, surveyed more than 50 top music professionals (including Roy Carr, Jonathan Cott, Robert Christgau, Cameron Crowe, Chet Flippo, Ben Fong-Torres, Charlie Gillett, Greil Marcus, Murray the K., Lenny Kaye , Bruce Morrow (a/k/a "Cousin Brucie"), Tim Rice (of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Evita" fame), Lisa Robinson, Robert Shelton (who wrote liner notes for Bob Dylan's first album), Ed Ward, Joel Whitburn, Pete Wingfield, etc.). For more details, see: "Critics Choice: Top-200 albums" compiled by Paul Gambaccini, Omnibus Press, Library of Congress Catalog No.7855565 (or click here for the complete album listing)
Some Reasons Why You Should Buy The Original American Mono Beatles Albums:
I. These are genuine historical artifacts. Rock & Roll did not produce many works deserving to be called history; albums by Beatles are a noble exception to this rule.
II. These pressings are coveted by EVERYONE and, despite the fact that Beatles sold almost a billion records, precious few original mono albums in good shape remain on the market.
III. Mono pressings are, almost by definition, the very first pressings. They were in print for only short period of time, ranging from only few weeks (Magical Mystery Tour) to three years (Meet the Beatles).
IV. First, mono pressings sound MUCH better and are much more vivid than the stereo versions.
V. Mono versions contain different versions or mixes of many tracks; in some cases mono versions contain the only "proper" versions of the songs, which are only available only in FAKE stereo on stereo albums.
VI. The original Beatles mono albums are a terrific investment value, not likely to go the Lehman Brothers way.
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