Yellow Submarine LP

 

UK Release Date 17 January 1969
UK Catalogue Number Mono – Apple PMC 7070

Stereo – Apple PCS 7070

Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 12 (All releases)
Peak UK Chart Position 3
Lowest Matrix Numbers Mono XEX 715-1 / XEX 716-1

Stereo YEX 715-1 / YEX 716-1

 

I have 4 copies of the original Yellow Submarine on vinyl (one is in the stereo box set). I also have 2 copies of the Yellow Submarine Songtrack but I’ll cover those in a later post. Below are details of my first press mono, first press stereo and fourth press stereo copies

 

Mono First Press

The pictures below are of my mono first press that was released on 17 January 1969. The matrix numbers on this copy are XEX 715-1 and XEX 716-1. You’ll see on the label above the title that it states “Sold In U.K. subject to resale price conditions, see price lists” – this only appears on first presses. Also take a look at the rear of the album cover – you may be aware that early presses have the red lines above and below the sleevenotes but you may not know that there was no sleeve manufacturer printed on the lower flap on the initial run, this was corrected later when “Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. Patent No. 943,895″ appeared. My copy has the printing on the flap and these sleeves are thought to be rarer in mono as mono was now selling in small quantities with most bought in the initial rush.

The sleeve is in very good to excellent condition. It has some laminate creasing and minor ringwear and the rear suffers from some discolouration. The record itself looks and plays great, there’s some minor crackle here and there, only really noticable between tracks, and some feint ticks on side 2 but no skips, stick or jumps. The original black inner is with it and is in great condition, no splits or rips

Estimated value : £120

 

Stereo First Press

The pictures below are of my stereo first press that was released on 17 January 1969. The matrix numbers on this copy are YEX 715-1 and YEX 716-1. You’ll see on the label above the title that it states “Sold In U.K. subject to resale price conditions, see price lists” – this disappears from second presses from Spring 1969 onwards. Also take a look at the rear of the album cover – you may be aware that early presses have the red lines above and below the sleevenotes (this stopped from third presses in 1971) but you may not know that there was no sleeve manufacturer printed on the lower flap on very first copies, something that was corrected from second presses when “Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. Patent No. 943,895″ appeared.

The sleeve is in very good to excellent condition. It has a couple of marks and a shops sticker (Osborne’s of Banbury) on the back and some minor ringwear and the odd crease but is solid enough. The record itself has a lot of marks and there’s a couple on each side you’d expect to be troublesome but I’ve played it all the way through and it’s an enjoyable listen. There’s some minor crackle here and there and some feint ticks but no skips, stick or jumps. The original black inner is with it and is in good condition.

Estimated value : £60

 

Stereo Fourth Press

The pictures below are of my stereo fourth press that would have been pressed some time between mid 1976 and 1980. The matrix numbers on this copy are YEX 715-4 and YEX 716-1. The matrix number on side 1 for a third press would be YEX 715-3 and for a fifth press YEX 715-5 or higher.

The sleeve is in very good to excellent condition, just some minor scuffing, whilst the record itself is in excellent condition. It plays through close to perfect, may be the odd bit of very feint crackle but no skips, sticks or jumps. It comes with a standard white EMI inner.

Estimated Value : £15 – £20

 

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