|UK Release Date||17 February 1967|
|UK Catalogue Number||Parlophone R 5570|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||16 (All releases)|
|Peak UK Chart Position||2|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||7XCE 18415-1 / 7XCE 18416-1|
Released on 17 February 1967, and more often than not voted the best single of all time, this only made number 2 in the UK charts, kept off the number 1 spot by Engelbert Humperdinck. The first of only 2 beatles singles to be released in picture sleeves during their time together, the other being Let It Be. Most reliable sources state that only the initial 250,000 came in the sleeve. I have 7 copies on 7″ single, the 5 listed below and 2 more in singles box sets.
The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers 7XCE 18415-1 and 7XCE 18416-2 and a KT tax code. The record itself has some surface marks and both sides play with some crackle and there’s the odd tick on Strawberry Fields Forever. The big bonus here is that I have 2 copies of the original sleeve, both in excellent condition, better than most I see on eBay. An original 1967 sleeve is made from very thin textured paper and has a wavy top opening with a flipback edge with rounded endings on both the side and the bottom. The valuation below is mainly for each sleeve.
Estimated Value : £30 – £40 Each
Fourth Press (Green Sleeve)
n March 1976 all the Beatles singles were re released in new picture sleeves. I believe there is no difference at all in any of these pressings but, for the record, mine has the matrix numbers 7XCE 18415-4 and 7XCE 18416-4.. Both the record, just some odd very feint crackle, and the sleeve, some minor ring wear and a little staining/creasing on the rear, are in excellent condition.
Estimated Value : £5
Released on 16 February 1987 as part of the It Was Twenty Years Ago Today series. Being a picture disc I have never played it but it appears to be in excellent condition.
Estimated Value : £15 – £20
Capitol For Jukebox Only
In 1994 Capitol issued 15 Beatles singles on coloured vinyl in jukebox only style under their CEMA banner (they issued another 15 in 1996). Below is my copy of Strawberry Fields Forever on red vinyl. Being on coloured vinyl I have never played it but it appears to be in excellent condition. It comes in a plain white sleeve.
Estimated Value : £10
Record Store Day 2017
This single was released for Record Store Day on 22 April 2017 and features a new stereo remix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell. It was limited to only 7000 copies. My copy is shown below and is still sealed.
Estimated Value £20 – £30