|UK Release Date||22 November 1968|
|UK Catalogue Number||Mono – Apple PMC 7067/8
Stereo – Apple PCS 7067/8
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||39 (All releases)|
|Peak UK Chart Position||1 (for 8 weeks)|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||Mono XEX 709-1 / XEX 710-1 / XEX 711-1 / XEX 712-1
Stereo YEX 709-1 / YEX 710-1 / YEX 711-1 / YEX 712-1
I have six copies of The White Album on vinyl (2 are in the mono and stereo box sets). These are my first press mono copy, first press stereo copy, fifth press stereo copy and 50th Anniversary Box Set.
Mono First Press
The pictures below are my first press mono copy released on 22 November 1968. The sleeve is numbered 0087156 and the matrix numbers are XEX 709-1, XEX 710-1, XEX 711-1 and XEX 712-1. Very first copies, like this one, do not have “An EMI Recording” at 9 o’clock on the labels which was added pretty quickly after release.
The top opening numbered sleeve is in very good condition. It suffers from slight yellowing, so common with original white albums, and some laminate lift on the spine but, apart from that, is one of the better sleeves I’ve seen. The 4 photos and the poster are all in excellent condition but unfortunately the original black inners are showing their age as can be seen in the pictures. The records themselves play perfectly all the way through, some feint crackle here and there but no sticks, skips or jumps.
Estimated Value : £130 – £150
Stereo First Press
The pictures below are my first press stereo copy released on 22 November 1968. The sleeve is numbered 0356397 and the matrix numbers are YEX 709-1, YEX 710-1, YEX 711-1 and YEX 712-1. Again, my copy does not have “An EMI Recording” at 9 o’clock on the labels which was added pretty quickly after release, making this a very early copy.
The top opening numbered sleeve is in very good to excellent condition. It suffers from slight yellowing, so common with original white albums, and a tiny amount of creasing but, apart from that, again it is one of the better sleeves I’ve seen. The 4 photos and the poster are all in very good to excellent condition, just some minor foxing/staining. One of the original black inners is in excellent condition whilst the other would probably rate as good/very good as it has a couple of tears at the die cut inner. The records themselves play perfectly all the way through, some hardly noticable feint crackle here and there and the odd feint tick but no sticks, skips or jumps.
Estimated Value : £130 – £150
Stereo Fifth Press
The pictures below are my fifth press stereo copy pressed in the early 70s. The matrix numbers are YEX 709-1, YEX 710-3, YEX 711-1 and YEX 712-1 and the side opening sleeve is not numbered. Around this time the labels changed constantly and they were used in various combinations. have a look at the labels below and you’ll see George’s songs (and Ringo’s Don’t Pass Me By) have Apple Publishing Ltd on sides 1 and 2 whilst they have Harrisongs on side 3 and 4. By the time of the sixth pressings from 1976 onwards they showed correctly has Harrisongs and Startling M Ltd.
The side opening sleeve is in excellent condition. It has retained it’s whiteness well though does suffer from a little ring wear. The 4 photos and the poster are in excellent condition as are the plain white inners as can be seen in the pictures. The records themselves play perfectly all the way through, some feint crackle here and there but no sticks, skips or jumps.
Estimated Value : £40 – £50
50th Anniversary Box Set
The pictures below are of my 50th anniversary box set which was released on 9 November 2018. In it’s first week of release this set, all formats, entered the UK charts at number 4 and the US charts at number 6. This release is a four LP set that comes in a lift top box. It contains a newly remastered stereo mix of the White Album by Giles Martin sourced directly from the original four-track and eight-track session tapes. It is housed in a replica white gatefold sleeve with the embossed “The Beatles” on the front. This sleeve is side opening and has no number.
The other 2 LPs make up the Esher demos and they too are housed in a replica side opening white gatefold sleeve that has the embossed “The Beatles” on the front and also Esher Demos printed on the lower right. The inside of the sleeve is laid out in the same way as the original album with the tracklisting on the left and four pictures, similar though not the same as the original sleeve, on the right. The labels of the records are reproductions of original Apple demo labels. These Esher demos date back to May 1968 when The Beatles met up at George’s house in Esher and recorded acoustic demos for 27 songs.
Also included with this set is a 12″×12″ four-page booklet with contributions from Paul McCartney, Giles Martin and Kevin Howlett, a reproduction of the original White Album poster/lyric sheet and reproductions of the four portrait prints of John, Paul, George and Ringo. The four portrait prints are not of the same quality as the originals – I once bought a set of repros on eBay and, unfortunately, they are similar to those!
Everything is in just about mint condition. I even have the small sticker that was on the outside of the shrinkwrap
Estimated Value : £80