Revolver LP

 

UK Release Date 5 August 1966
UK Catalogue Number Mono – Parlophone PMC 7009

Stereo – Parlophone PCS 7009

Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 58 (All releases)
Peak UK Chart Position 1 (for 7 weeks)
Lowest Matrix Numbers Mono XEX 605-1 / XEX 606-1

Stereo YEX 605-1 / YEX 606-1

 

I have 6 copies of Revolver on vinyl (2 are in the mono and stereo box sets). These are my first press mono copy, first press stereo copy, second press mono copy and fifth press stereo copy.

 

Mono First Press

The pictures below are of my first press mono copy released on 5 August 1966. The matrix numbers are XEX 605-2 and XEX 606-1 which marks it out as one of the very first presses of the album containing the hastily withdrawn remix 11 of Tomorrow Never Knows and making it one of the most sought after Beatles records. Apparently, on being given and listening to one of the first pressed copies, John wasn’t happy with the mix of Tomorrow Never Knows so production was immediately halted and the presses were replaced with new versions containing remix 8. The perimeter text starts The Gramophone Co Ltd  and it has the Sold in the UK subject to…text under the yellow Parlophone. Both the sleeve and the label have the track Doctor Robert on side 2 mis printed as Dr Robert. Another thing to note is that each track has it’s own line on the labels and after the title it lists the composer followed by the lead singer. This changed less than a year later when the tracks were listed one after the other and after them it listed the lead singer first then the composer.

The sleeve is in very good to excellent condition, as seen from the pictures, just some minor ringwear evident on the rear. The record itself is also in excellent condition. There are a couple of marks on side 2 but these do not interfere with the playback at all. There is some feint crackle here and there, most noticable between tracks, but no skips or jumps.

Estimated Value : £150 – £180

 

Stereo First Press

The pictures below are the first press stereo one released on 5 August 1966. The matrix numbers on this copy are YEX 605-1 and YEX 606-1. You can tell it’s one of the very first presses as both the cover and the label have the track Doctor Robert misprinted as Dr Robert. Another thing to note is that each track has it’s own line on the labels and after the title it lists the composer followed by the lead singer. This changed less than a year later when the tracks were listed one after the other and after them it listed the lead singer first then the composer.

The sleeve is in excellent condition, as can be seen from the pictures, and the record itself is also in excellent condition. There is the odd spot of very feint crackle but no skips, sticks or jumps.

Estimated Value : £50 – £60

Mono Second Press

The pictures below are the second press mono one which was probably pressed in late 1966. The matrix numbers on this copy are XEX 605-2 and XEX 606-2. The perimeter text starts The Gramophone Co Ltd  and it has the Sold in the UK subject to…text under the yellow Parlophone. Both the sleeve and the label have the track Doctor Robert on side 2 mis printed as Dr Robert. Early second presses have Taxman and Eleanor Rigby on the side one label on seperate lines, they are on the same line on mine.

The sleeve is in very good to excellent 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 pops on side two but no skips or jumps

Estimated Value : £30 – £40

 

Stereo Fifth Press

Below this are pictures of my stereo version which was probably pressed some time between the summer of 1976 and October 1980. The perimeter text starting “EMI Recordings Ltd” and ending “Made In GT Britain” would suggest it is a fifth press though the matrix numbers of YEX 605-2 and YEX 606-2 would put it in the fourth press catagory! Think I’ll stick with fifth press though.

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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