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We've picked up a rare original UK 1963 STEREO vinyl LP on the legendary black & gold Parlophone label. This is the very first pressing with Dick James Music credits for Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There, Misery & Do You Want To Know A Secret. Housed in the original Ernest J. Day & Co. laminated flipback picture sleeve with correct far-right aligned Angus McBean photo credit, and complete with original Emitex inner. 569998

CONDITION

The all-important black and gold Parlophone labels are in superb condition. There's no writing or other blemishes, the gold text is striking and clearly legible with no fading. The spindle is clean with no evidence of wear and shows very little sign of use. As previously stated this is the first pressing with Dick James Mus. Co. credit for Please Please Me, Misery, I Saw Her Standing There & Do You Want To Know A Secret. The machine stamped matrix numbers and stampers in the dead vinyl confirm that this was one of the first pressed as both sides end -1. The matrix numbers are as follows:

Side One YEX 94-1  G 1
Side Two YEX 95-1  R 1

The embossed M Z & T tax code is stamped around the centre of the Side Two label.

The vinyl is in EX- condition and free from any significant marks or blemishes with only mild hairline marks preventing a higher grade.

Audibly, this is a wonderful sounding record. Upon play-grading the record the clarity and volume remains impressive, just like a 60s pressing should. There is a minor jump during the fade-out right at the end of Chains (Side 1, Track 4) and into the near silent linking groove. Boys (Side 1, Track 5) starts cleanly. This record is comfortably in the top percentage of Excellent grade examples.
   
Housed in the period correct, original "Use Emitex" poly-lined inner with PATENTS APPLIED FOR and MADE IN ENGLAND text.
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The heavyweight front laminated, flipback picture sleeve with large block STEREO logo on the front states 'Printed and Made by Ernest J. Day & Co. Ltd. London' and shows both PMC 1202 and PCS 3042 catalogue numbers on the bottom flipback.  The front image retains a shiny gloss and the laminate remains wonderfully intact. There is paper loss evident at the bottom left corner, and minor wear at the top and bottom right corners. The left side of the bottom flipback has been repaired at some stage and is the only real blemish on an otherwise Excellent example. The spine print is clearly legible and there are no splits in any of the seams.  The top-left back cover has a price sticker attached showing £1.12 – this record was purchased from its original owner who bought it new and it's believed this price sticker is original!

This legendary album rarely surfaces in anything other than tatty condition. It's a pleasure to offer one that is truly Excellent, made all the more remarkable considering it's almost 50 years old.

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