|UK Release Date||19 November 1976|
|UK Catalogue Number||Parlophone PCTC 255|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||10 (All releases)|
|Peak UK Chart Position||31|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||YEX 959-1 / YEX 960-1|
Magical Mystery Tour wasn’t initially an official album release in the UK, we had the double EP, but was issued as an album in the US on 27 November 1967. It was a massive hit over there forcing EMI to import copies to the UK until it’s official release over here in November 1976. With it’s incusion in both the stereo and mono boxsets Apple now seem to recognise it as a proper sixties release.I have 4 copies of the album on vinyl (2 in the stereo and mono boxsets). These are my early 70s US release and my second press UK release
Early 70s US Press
The pictures below are my US copy pressed in 1976. This version with the orange label is actually thought to be rarer as it was only used for a short period, most people snapping up the earlier pressings. Side 1 has SMAL-1-2835-F34 #1, MASTERED BY CAPITOL and a —◁ symbol etched in the run off and side 2 has SMAL-2-2835-F34 Ƨ-1, the —◁ symbol and MASTERED BY CAPITOL in the run. The —◁ symbol means it was pressed at Capitol’s Winchester plant.
As can be seen in the pictures the sleeve, made of thicker cardboard as was common in the US at the time, is in excellent condition. Unfortunately the 28 page booklet has come away from the sleeve but is still in excellent condition. The record itself plays excellent throughout, I only noticed 3 or 4 ultra feint ticks on Flying. No skips, sticks or jumps.
Estimated Value : £20 – £30
The pictures below are of my UK second press copy pressed sometime between October 1980 and April 1984. The matrix numbers are YEX 959-1 and YEX 960-1. The perimeter text starts All rights of the producer…. (first presses start EMI Records Ltd….) and around the top of the perimeter text it says unauthorised public performance, broadcasting, copying and hiring….. (as opposed to unauthorised copying, hiring, renting, public performance and broadcasting on a third press)
As can be seen in the pictures the sleeve is in excellent condition with the 28 page booklet still attached. It has come away slightly at the seam at the top which I must get round to fixing, it only needs a spot of glue. The record itself is also in excellent condition playing with some minor occasional crackle and a couple of light clicks on side 2 but no skips, sticks or jumps.
Estimated Value : £25