Help LP

 

UK Release Date 6 August 1965
UK Catalogue Number Mono – Parlophone PMC 1255

Stereo – Parlophone PCS 3071

Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 44 (All releases)
Peak UK Chart Position 1 (for 9 weeks)
Lowest Matrix Numbers Mono XEX 549-2 / XEX 550-2

Stereo YEX 168-1 / YEX 169-1

 

I have 6 copies of Help on vinyl (2 are in the mono and stereo box sets). These are my first press mono copy, first press stereo copy and 2 sixth press stereo copies.

Mono First Press

The pictures below are the first press mono one which was released on 6 August 1965. The matrix numbers on this copy are XEX 549-2 and XEX 550-2. The perimeter text starts The Gramophone Co Ltd and there is Sold in U.K. subject… text below the yellow Parlophone. Second presses also have this but what marks this out as a first press is the * to the right of I Need You on the side 1 label. You’ll see it’s seperated from the song title by a space, on second presses there is no space

The sleeve is in excellent condition, as seen from the pictures, and the record itself also plays great. There is some feint crackle here and there but no skips or jumps

Estimated Value : £20 – £30

 

Stereo First Press

The pictures below are the first press stereo one which was released on 6 August 1965. The matrix numbers on this copy are YEX 168-1 and YEX 169-1. The perimeter text starts The Gramophone Co Ltd and there is Sold in U.K. subject… text below the yellow Parlophone. Second presses also have this but what marks this out as a first press is the * to the right of I Need You on the side 1 label. From second presses onwards, from later 1966, the * was placed to the left of the song on stereo copies.

The sleeve is in very good to excellent condition, just some sticker removal residue in the top corner as seen from the pictures, and the record itself also plays great. There is some feint crackle here and there but no skips or jumps. The inner has a small split at the bottom.

Estimated Value : £40 – £50

Stereo Sixth Press, Copy 1

Below this are pictures of the first stereo version I have which is the one that started it all off for me one rainy day in the autumn of 1976. Sixth presses were pressed some time between the summer of 1976 and October 1980 so, as I was listening to it in autumn 1976, it must have been pretty new. I’ve marked it down as a sixth press as the perimeter text starts “EMI Recordings Ltd” and ends “Made In GT Britain” and the matrix numbers are YEX 168-2 and YEX 169-1.

The sleeve is in excellent condition as seen from the pictures and the record itself also plays excellent.

Estimated Value : £15 – £20

 

Stereo Sixth Press, Copy 2

Below this are pictures of the second stereo version I have. I’ve put it down as a sixth press as it as the perimeter text starts “EMI Recordings Ltd” and ends “Made In GT Britain” like the one above though I think it’s more a sixth/seventh press crossover as the matrix numbers are YEX 168-4 and YEX 169-1 (seventh presses had the matrix numbers YEX 168-4 and YEX 169-4 and the perimeter text text started All Rights Of The Producer)

The sleeve is in excellent condition as seen from the pictures and still has it’s HMV £3.89 sticker on it. The record itself also plays excellent, a couple of feint pops on side 2 and a little occasional feint crackle but no jumps or sticks.

Estimated Value : £15 – £20

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