The Beatles 1967-1970 (Blue Album) LP

 

UK Release Date 19 April 1973
UK Catalogue Number Apple PCSP 718
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 162 (All releases)
Peak UK Chart Position 2
Lowest Matrix Numbers YEX 909-1 / YEX 910-1 / YEX 911-1 / YEX 912-1

 

I have 4 copies of 1967-1970 on vinyl, a first press copy, a blue vinyl copy, a remastered blue vinyl copy and a 2014 re-mastered copy. It’s said that the blue colour represents Everton FC, whilst the red is for Liverpool FC

First Press

The pictures below are of my first press copy that was released on 19 April 1973. Although the catalogue number is PCSP 718 you’ll see that the discs themselves are numbered PCS 7181 and PCS 7182. The matrix numbers are YEX 909-1, YEX 910-3, YEX 911-3 and YEX 912-1. Second presses from 1978 onwards have matrix numbers in the 3s, 4s, 5s and 6s for side one. Also on a first press the apple on the labels is on a dark blue background, this was a lighter shade of blue on later presses. Another tell-tale sign of a first press is the inner sleeves. The inner sleeves on a first copy have the 2 top corners cut off and straight bottoms, second pressings have 4 rounded corners whilst third pressings onwards have no cut corners.

Both the sleeve and inner sleeves on my copy are in excellent condition, maybe some slight ringwear on the inners (see pictures). The records themselves are visually excellent and play all the way through great, just a spot of minor crackle here and there.

Estimated Value : £15 – £20

 

Blue Vinyl

The second pressings of the album also featured a blue vinyl version which was released on 2 December 1978 and below are pictures of my copy. This has the catalogue number PCSPB 718 though, again, the discs themselves are numbered PCS 7181 and PCS 7182. The matrix numbers are YEX 909-6, YEX 910-5, YEX 911-6 and YEX 912-3. This time the inside of the sleeve mentions George Martin as the producer and the inner sleeves have four rounded corners.

The sleeve is in very good to excellent condition, just a few spots of minor dixcolouring as you open it up , and the inner sleeves would probably rate the same, just some ringwear and a little rubbing on one side on each of them. Being coloured vinyl I have not played them though visually they are in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £25 – £30

 

Remastered Blue Vinyl

The pictures below are of my digitally re-mastered blue vinyl copy released on 14 February 1994 which EMI printed only 20,000 copies of then immediately deleted (the original blue vinyl copies were released 0n 2 December 1978). This has the catalogue number PCSPP 718 though, this time, the discs themselves are numbered PCSPP 7181 and PCSPP 7182. The matrix numbers are Side One: PCSPP 7181 A-01-01-1, Side Two: PCSPP 7181 B-2-01-1, Side Three: PCSPP 7182 A-01-01-1, Side Four: 7182 B-01-01-1. It came complete with an inner sheet with some photos on.

The sleeve, inner sleeves and picture inner are in perfect condition as can be seen in the pics. Being coloured vinyl I’ve never played the records themselves but visually they appear to be in immaculate condition.

Estimated Value : £25 – £30

 

2014 Re-master

The pictures below are of my 2014 re-master which was released on 24 November 2014 on 180g vinyl. Both the sleeve and the inners are incredibly glossy and it comes with an equally glossy info sheet. At the time of writing it is barely 2 months old and has only been played once so obviously everything is in immaculate condition

Estimated Value : £25

 

 

1 Comment

  • Joan says:

    Thanks I found this very helpful to identify the date of issue of a recent purchase of the red and blue albums from a vintage sale. Nice to know it looks like I got them for a good price

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