A Hard Day’s Night LP

 

UK Release Date 10 July 1964
UK Catalogue Number Mono – Parlophone PMC 1230

Stereo – Parlophone PCS 3058

Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 45 (All releases)
Peak UK Chart Position 1 (for 21 weeks)
Lowest Matrix Numbers Mono XEX 481-3N / XEX 482-3N

Stereo YEX 126-1 / YEX 127-1

 

I have 5 copies of A Hard Day’s Night on vinyl (2 are in the mono and stereo box sets). These are my first press mono copy, first press stereo copy and seventh press stereo copy.

Mono First Press

The pictures below are the first press mono one which was released on 10 July 1964. The matrix numbers on this copy are XEX 481-3N and XEX 482-3N. The perimeter text starts The Parlophone Co Ltd  and at 9 o’clock on the label it states Recording first published 1964 – on second presses the perimeter text reads The Gramophone Co Ltd and at 9 o’clock on the label it just reads p 1964

The sleeve is in very good condition, as seen from the pictures, although someone has written LAX on the rear in biro, and the record itself also plays very well. There is some feint crackle here and there, most noticable between tracks and a 3 or 4 feint ticks on Can’t Buy Me Love but no skips or jumps

Estimated Value : £30 – £40

 

Stereo First Press

The pictures below are the first press stereo one which was released on 10 July 1964. The matrix numbers on this copy are YEX 126-1 and YEX 127-1. The perimeter text starts The Parlophone Co Ltd  and at 9 o’clock on the label it states Recording first published 1964 – on second presses from early 1965 at 9 o’clock on the label it just reads p 1964

The sleeve is in very good condition, as seen from the pictures, although someone has written the names of each Beatle under their picture on the rear in biro. Their is some creasing to the laminate, the opening is a little worn and the rear suffers from discolouration. The record itself also plays great, there is some light crackle here and there, most noticable between tracks and in quieter moments like on And I Love Her, but no skips or jumps. The original emitex inner is also in very good to excellent condition – no rips or splits, just some creasing.

Estimated Value : £60 – £70

Stereo Seventh Press

Below this are pictures of my stereo version which was pressed some time between the summer of 1976 and October 1980. I’ve marked it down as a seventh press as the perimeter text starts “EMI Recordings Ltd” and ends “Made In GT Britain” and the matrix numbers are YEX 126-1 and YEX 127-1.

The sleeve is in very good to excellent condition as seen from the pictures and the record itself also plays excellent.

Estimated Value : £15 – £20

 

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