|UK Release Date||22 November 1963|
|UK Catalogue Number||Mono – Parlophone PMC 1206
Stereo – Parlophone PCS 3045
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||57 (All releases)|
|Peak UK Chart Position||1 (for 21 weeks)|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||Mono XEX 447-1N / XEX 448-1N
Stereo YEX 110-2 / YEX 111-2
I have 5 copies of With The Beatles on vinyl (2 are in the mono and stereo box sets). These are my first press mono copy, first press stereo copy and seventh press stereo copy.
Mono First Press
The pictures below are the first press mono one which was released on 22 November 1963. The matrix numbers on this copy are XEX 447-1N and XEX 448-1N which mark it out as a first press immediately. More interestingly, the track You Really Got A Hold On Me is mis spelt on both the cover and the side 2 label as You Really Gotta Hold On Me and the track Money has an incorrect jobete publishing credit on the side 2 label. These mistakes were rectified almost immediately and the matrix numbers soon rose to 3N, 4N, 5N, 6N then 7N which you’ll find on most 1963 mono pressings
The sleeve is in very good condition, as seen from the pictures, though there is a small tear at the opening, and the record itself also plays very well. There is some feint crackle here and there, most noticable between tracks, but no skips, ticks or jumps.
Estimated Value : £50
Stereo First Press
The pictures below are the first press stereo one which was released on 22 November 1963. The matrix numbers on this copy are YEX 110-2 and YEX 111-2. Like the first press mono, the track You Really Got A Hold On Me is mis spelt on both the cover and the side 2 label as You Really Gotta Hold On Me and the track Money has an incorrect Jobete publishing credit on the side 2 label. The publishing credit error was rectified within a month on the second pressings though the Gotta / Got A error carried forward on to a few second pressing sleeves and labels. The matrix numbers remained the same on all pressings into the seventies.
The sleeve is in very good condition, as seen from the pictures. There is some minor creasing and ringwear and some minor foxing on the rear and a very small tear at the opening, The record itself looks and plays excellent. There is some crackle here and there, most noticable between tracks, but no skips, ticks or jumps. It has a plain white inner sleeve at the moment until I can replace it with an original Emitex inner.
Being stereo, which was not popular around this time, this is one of the rarer releases to get hold of.
Estimated Value : £100
Stereo Seventh 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 seventh press as the perimeter text starts “EMI Recordings Ltd” and ends “Made In GT Britain” and the matrix numbers are YEX 110-3 and YEX 111-4.
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