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THE BEATLES - SGT PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
The Legendary SGT PEPPERS Rarity - The Forth Proof.
Great Playing Record! Great Cover. Original 1st MONO PARLOPHONE PRESS Labels. One of the rarest pressings of this Beatles masterpiece, in stunning, ARCHIVAL condition!
This is also the RARE 1st pressing that has no standard visual breaks between the tracks on the vinyl. This 1st pressing comes with patents pending text on the rear cover.
A great rarity in great condition, it looks and sounds un played.
ORIGINAL 1967 UK Pressing on the 1st Press Yellow & Black Parlophone label. THIS IS A RARE LP and ESPECIALLY HARD TO FIND IN GREAT CONDITION.
A MONO PRESSING IN GREAT ALL ROUND CONDITION, FROM MY OWN PERSONAL COLLECTION.
Released in June 1967. Spending a total of 27 weeks at the top of the UK Album Chart and 15 weeks at number one on the American Billboard 200. Prominent critic Kenneth Tynan described Sgt. Pepper In The Times as; " a decisive moment in the history of Western civilisation. "
Only released in a tiny quantity , this rare edition of Sgt Peppers comes complete with the original Peter Blake / Jann Haworth cut out insert in superb condition and the disc comes with the original Red / White inner sleeve. This is a great PRESS of this rare LP.
The legendary Sgt Pepper Fourth Proof features what was a pre production sleeve. The first three ‘Proof’ sleeves never saw the light of day but the ‘Fourth Proof’ sleeves were passed around at EMI for final agreement. Never meant to be released a small number of these sleeves did find their way into the shops. As these were ‘Proof’ sleeves they should never have left the printers and are now massively collectable.
There are a number of unique features to the Forth Proof sleeves when compared to the final sleeves that went onto official production:
a. the printed text of, ‘Fourth Proof’, and ‘A R D 13217’ printed upside down, found on the top right flipback on the inner gatefold of the sleeve. According to record company sources the old style flipback covers were on their way out and the sleeve for the latest Beatles LP, ‘Sgt Pepper’ was to feature the new ‘hidden inner’ flipback design, (which only appeared o the much later black / silver two EMI box pressings) It was thought that the ‘Fourth Proof’, and ‘A R D 13217’ text wouldn't be seen. The ‘A R’ is meant to stand for the designers initials and the ‘D 13217’ is the internal catalogue number for the printers of the sleeve, ‘Garrod and Lofthouse.’
b. the rear of the sleeve features the text ‘Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd Patents Pending.’ It is only the ‘Fourth Proof’ sleeves and a very small number of very early Pepper mono sleeves that have the text, ‘Patents Pending.’ Regular sleeves normally just state: ‘Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd’ (G&L). By the time of the official UK launch of Sgt Pepper in June 1967 G&L had got their ‘Patents’ confirmed and the text ‘Patents Pending’ was removed from the rear of the sleeve.
c. the colour of Georges jacket appears to be more of a pink colour, instead of red, as on the standard sleeves,
d. the colour of Johns jacket appears to be more of a yellow colour, instead of green, as on the standard sleeves.
This is the earliest possible 'prototype' (test pressing) cover. It was never intended that these test pressing covers should be used but some of them did make it onto the market and are now considered to be the rarest of all the Sgt Pepper covers.
MONO - PMC 7027
LABEL PRESS DETAILS:
First released in 1967, this Original 1st ever Press comes with the Yellow & Black PARLOPHONE labels with 'K and T' tax Credits.
Parlophone pressings have 'The Gramophone Co.Ltd', and 'P 1967' label texts. The matrix numbers read: 'XEX 637-1' & 'XEX 638-1' and this pressing has the 'Sold In The U.K.' resale right text.
MATRIX NOs. ON RUN-OUT GROOVE
Side 1. - X EX 637 1 - 1st Ever Yellow and Black matrix.
Side 2. - X EX 638 1
MOTHER STAMPERS: Rare 1 and 2 mother stampers.
Side 1. ' 1 M R T '
Side 2. ' 8 M R L '
The original mother stamps on side two are crossed out making this a unique pressing.
Side 1 - SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND - A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS - LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS - GETTING BETTER - FIXING A HOLE - SHE'S LEAVING HOME - BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE
Side 2 - WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU - WHEN I'M SIXTY-FOUR - LOVELY RITA - GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING - SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (REPRISE) - A DAY IN THE LIFE
A very rare complete MONO label pressing of Sgt. Pepper, with original Flip Back Cover, Fools inner and Cut outs insert
A COMPLETE pressing in great condition, that plays brilliantly from start to finish.
ALBUM PLAYED FOR GRADING:
Yes – brilliant! Great sound quality throughout. Sgt Peppers is a complex and varied collection of music, and is also a relatively sensitive piece of vinyl, and very hard to find in clear audio condition. Worn copies can have a lot of surface sound even on musically complex and busy tracks like 'Within You Without You.' This 1st pressing sounds great, with crystal clear sound throughout. There is certainly no dominant or even particularly noticeable interference, and NO hissing, crackle, loud pops or clicks. It really sounds great and plays with TOP sound separation and clarity!
The channels are clean and unstressed. The record plays with staggering power, with near silence between the tracks. Rich and detailed sound with massive dynamics and unique mix and production. I will give a detailed account below:
SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND bursts in with great clear sound, no pops or clicks and virtually no static to be heard, just some during the run ins - incredible crystal clear audio. Leading into A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS, both tracks playing with super clear audio with no pops or clicks at all. LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS, a track that so often has lots of interference and surface sound, plays great. Really nice clear audio, a superb example, very little detectable background static at all, and thats incredible rare. This really is a great audio performance.
GETTING BETTER also plays with great clear sound, again with no detectable static, you can hear sounds on this pressing that are virtually always lost. It leads into FIXING A HOLE, again an amazing performance. No pops or clicks at all, not even a single tic. The ultra delicate SHE'S LEAVING HOME plays beautifully, with no pops or clicks, there is some light static but its very hard to spot - a great example of this poignant song. BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE plays through with great clear sound. This is a great 1st press performance.
Side 2. begins with the eastern influenced WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU, and all the complex layering is clearly defined. There is some very light static at the very start, and then the sound is crystal clear. No loud pops, clicks or static during the track, the audio is just superb. WHEN I'M SIXTY-FOUR, another relatively quiet track plays really well. I noticed some light static in the middle of the track, but any static is very light and there are no tics or pops. LOVELY RITA, plays with no pops or clicks, and barely any detectable static. GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING bursts in, and although its a slightly raucous track, it is still heavily layered, there is some light static and the layering is crystal clear. SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (REPRISE) sounds perfect and leads into the album finale and masterpiece, A DAY IN THE LIFE.
This is such varied and delicate track, with such a range of sound effects and quiet areas, its usually heavily overshadowed with static and even distortion. Not hear, it plays absolutely beautifully, with super clear sound, and no loud pops or clicks, very little detectable surface sound, just great, crystal clear audio. Amazing clear sound, there are no light static tics, no pops and no clicks. Even in the long outro there is minimal surface sound, and it leads to the near fabled rare ending loop; a recording of the Beatles talking, which was then cut up, spliced back together and random and played back repeatedly. Known as 't he S gt. Pepper Inner Groove'.
Superb sound, every track has been tested and I could find no sound blemishes. Wonderful TOP audio, there is NO distortion, NO sticks or jumps what so ever, and virtual silence between the tracks.
This vinyl is an absolute gem! ' A Day in the Life ' sings out with silence in the run ins and quiet areas. Great music with great clarity, and so hard to find with this type of sound. It would be had to ever better this audio performance.
The music jumps out, with definition and clarity, the vocals which come through with tremendous power. Its the same with the bass guitar and drums, whilst the guitars come through crisp and clear. The tonal quality make this a sensational pressing. With the clear and extra loud First cut engineering giving the audio a vibrant sound which cannot be beaten. Brilliant first Mono mix, unlike the re-issues which lack the impact. A TOP all round example of this great vinyl. A great all round example of this classic vinyl.
This is a great Audio pleasure and I would have to give the audio a NEAR MINT grading .
These Parlophone labels are in spectacular condition, with no sticker marks or writing, and no spindle wear. There are barely any spindle traces, perhaps one tiny ultra faint lines on side 1. only, and that's barely visible. A stunning set.
Graded at NEAR MINT.
A superb piece of glossy vinyl, and a really thick pressing, this record looks and sounds barely played. The record has great shine and has no scratches, just a light handling paper removal marks and one ultra light hairline. In daylight looks largely unmarked, and only under a spot light can you see a few ultra light handling marks.
Graded at NEAR MINT.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the The Beatles, released in June 1967. Recorded over a 129-day period beginning in December 1966, Sgt. Pepper sees the band exploring further the experimentation of their previous album, Revolver (1966). Making use of orchestras, hired musicians and innovative production techniques, the album incorporates elements of genres such as music hall, jazz, rock and roll, western classical and traditional Indian music; its lyrics deal particularly with themes of childhood and everyday life.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was a commercial success, spending a total of 27 weeks at the top of the UK Album Chart and 15 weeks at number one on the American Billboard 200. A defining album in the emerging psychedelic rock style, Sgt. Pepper was critically acclaimed upon release and won four Grammy awards in 1968. Often recognised by prominent critics and publications as one of the most influential albums in the history of popular music.
The cohesive structure and careful sequencing and transitioning of songs on the album, as well as the use of the Sgt. Pepper framing motif, have led the album to be widely acknowledged as an early and ground-breaking example of the concept album.
The Beatles were present during the mixing of the album in mono and the LP was originally released in mono, alongside a stereo mix prepared by Abbey Road engineers led by Geoff Emerick.
The two mixes have many differences. For example, the stereo mix of "She's Leaving Home," was mixed at a slower speed than the original recording and therefore plays at a slower tempo and lower pitch than the original recording. Conversely, the mono version of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," is slightly slower than the stereo version and features much heavier flanging and reverb effects. McCartney's yelling voice in the coda section of "Sgt. Pepper (Reprise)" before the segue into "A Day in the Life," can plainly be heard in the mono version, but is nearly inaudible in the stereo version. The mono version of the song also features drums that open with much more presence and force, turned up in the mix. Also in the stereo mix, the famous segue at the end of "Good Morning Good Morning," (the chicken-clucking sound which becomes a guitar noise) is timed differently and a crowd noise tape comes in later during the intro to "Sgt. Pepper (Reprise)".
Other variations between the two mixes include louder laughter at the end of the mono mix of "Within You Without You," a gush of laughter during the intro of the reprise version of the title track and a colder, echo-less ending on the mono version of "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"
This FIRST EVER MONO gives a great early press listening experience.
VINYL TESTED FOR ANY SIGNS OF WARPING:
Yes, NONE visible what so ever when tested be sight and on a moving turntable.
The Grammy Award-winning album packaging was art-directed by Robert Fraser, designed by Peter Blake and his wife Jann Haworth, and photographed by Michael Cooper. It featured a colourful collage of life-sized cardboard models of famous people on the front of the album cover and lyrics printed on the back cover, the first time this had been done on an English pop LP. The Beatles themselves, in the guise of the Sgt. Pepper band, were dressed in custom-made military-style outfits made of satin dyed in day-glo colours. The suits were designed by Manuel Cuevas.
A genuine rarity, this cover is also in great condition, super bright and clean with laminate that is largely unmarked. There is barely any light scuffing to the corners of the spine, and none to the other outer edges. This is a super bright example, with near perfect flip backs.
There is barely any light creasing, and any that is there is so relatively very slight that its barely detectable. There is certainly no obvious ring wear on the front or rear. The opening edges are very square and un frayed. The back cover is nice and clean, with NO light ring wear, which is very unusual for these covers.
The inside Gatefold is clean and virtually unmarked. The outer spine text is totally intact, with NO discolouration or laminate separation. A great example. All round, this is a really brilliant cover.
Graded at NEAR MINT.
These fools inner are rare. Made of VERY thin paper they nearly always tear at the seems, and were usually discarded. This one is a super clean and bright example that looks almost new. It has No seam splits, NO splits, no fraying at the top. There is a light impression of the record and a few light creases. A great example.
Grades at VERY GOOD PLUS condition.
The record will of course come in a plain white replacement inner sleeve
Art director Robert Fraser was a prominent London art dealer who ran his own gallery and sponsored exhibitions at the Indica Gallery, through which he had become a close friend of McCartney. it was at his influence that the group abandoned their original cover design, a psychedelic painting by The Fool, a Dutch design collective and band who were influential in the psychedelic style of art in British popular music in the late 1960s. The Fool's design for the inner sleeve was, however, used for the first few pressings, and are now extremely rare in any kind of condition.
Originally, the group had wanted the album to include a package with badges, pencils and other small Sgt. Pepper goodies but this proved far too costly to realise. Instead, the album came with a page of cardboard cut-outs carrying the description: SGT. PEPPER CUT-OUTS . Moustache . Picture Card . Stripes . Badges . Stand Up . The special inner sleeve, included in the early pressings of the LP, featured a psychedelic pattern designed by The Fool. The final bill for the cover was £2,868 5s 3d (equivalent to £37,531 today), a staggering sum for the time. It has been estimated that this was 100 times the average cost for an album cover in those days.
A great example in NEAR MINT Condition. No writing, creasing or stains.
A complete 1st Label pressing of Sgt Peppers in decent condition is scarce. The vinyl is so often played so much, heavily marked, scratched, with noisy, poor and distorted sound.
The cover is hard to find without serious wear, even modestly worn examples are scarce and this one is a superb example. Finding a great cover like this with a solid pressed piece of vinyl, the original fools inner and cut out insert, fantastic!.
Finding one that has such truly stunning audio performance, spot less record labels and the extremely rare Patents cover makes this an extreme rarity and an absolute gem! On top of the stunning condition of this 1st press of Sgt Peppers, this is also the legendary Forth Proof edition, that was never meant to be sold on the open market. An ultimate rarity and in great condition!
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