|UK Release Date||22 March 1963 (Mono)
26 April 1963 (Stereo)
|UK Catalogue Number||Mono – Parlophone PMC 1202
Stereo – Parlophone PCS 3042
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||76 (All releases)|
|Peak UK Chart Position||1 (for 30 weeks)|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||Mono XEX 421-1N / XEX 422-1N
Stereo YEX 94-1 / YEX 95-1
I have 5 copies of Please Please Me on vinyl (2 are in the mono and stereo box sets). These are my very first press mono copy, early fourth press mono copy and tenth press stereo copy.
Mono First Press
One of the holy grails of Beatles collecting, the pictures below are of my first press copy, released on 22 March 1963, on the black and gold Parlophone label. Only a first and second press appear on this style of label and you can spot the first press very easily as I Saw Her Standing There, Misery, Do You Want To Know A Secret and There’s A Place all have the incorrect Dick James Mus. Co. publishing credit – this was corrected to Northern Songs from the second press onwards. The matrix numbers are XEX 421-1N and XEX 422-1N and, for those who know about these things, the mothers are 1 and 1 and the stampers are GR on side 1 and T on side 2. Time allowing I may go into the meanings of these at a later date but, for the moment, I’ll just say that this means that side 1 of this record was pressed by the first mother and twelth stamper whilst side 2 was pressed by the first mother and ninth stamper.
The Ernest J Day sleeve is in very good condition for it’s age, there’s some laminate creasing on the front, a touch of roughing top left on the rear and someone’s name written very lightly on the rear (see pics). The spine is fully readable. The record itself comes with all the marks you’d expect but they are mostly light (apart from one on side 2) and do not affect play. It plays through really well with no skips, sticks or jumps – there is some crackle that cannot really be heard apart from between tracks and the odd feint tick here and there. The labels are free of any writing though side 1 is a lot feinter than side 2. It comes with the original emitex inner sleeve which is in very good condition. It has a small 1″ tear on the fron and a small 2″ split on one side.
Estimated Value : £300 – £400
Mono Fourth Press
The pictures below are the early mono one which was pressed some time between the summer of 1963 and January 1964. Third pressings were the first to feature the black and yellow Parlophone label but didn’t have the “Recording First Published 1963” text at 9 o’clock on the label. The fact that mine has that text and the matrix numbers XEX 421-1N and XEX 422-1N is what marks it out as a fourth press.
The sleeve is in very good condition as seen from the pictures and the record itself also plays very well. There is some feint crackle here and there, most noticable between tracks, and 3 or 4 feint ticks on side 2
Estimated Value : £50
Stereo Tenth 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 tenth press as the perimeter text starts “EMI Recordings Ltd” and ends “Made In GT Britain” although the matrix numbers YEX 94-3 and YEX 95-3 might suggest it’s an eleventh press
The sleeve is in very good to excellent condition as seen from the pictures and the record itself also plays very well. Again there were 3 or 4 feint ticks on side 2 – what is it with side2?
Estimated Value : £15 – £20