Rubber Soul LP

 

UK Release Date 3 December 1965
UK Catalogue Number Mono – Parlophone PMC 1267

Stereo – Parlophone PCS 3075

Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 59 (All releases)
Peak UK Chart Position 1 (for 8 weeks)
Lowest Matrix Numbers Mono XEX 579-1 / XEX 580-1

Stereo YEX 178-2 / YEX 179-2

 

I have 5 copies of Rubber Soul on vinyl (2 are in the mono and stereo box sets). These are my first press mono copy, also known as the loud cut, first press stereo copy and sixth press stereo copy.

Mono First Press (Loud Cut)

The pictures below are the first press mono one which was released on 3 December 1965. The matrix numbers on this copy are XEX 579-1 and XEX 580-1. The perimeter text starts The Gramophone Co Ltd and there is Sold in U.K. subject… text below the yellow Parlophone – on second presses the matrix numbers jump to XEX 579-4 or 5 and XEX 580-4 or 5

These early presses, known as the loud cut, are argued to have a muddy bass sound and more up front vocals so it was decided to stop production pretty quickly and re cut the mother plates.

The sleeve is in very good condition, as seen from the pictures and the record itself also plays well. There is some light crackle here and there, only really noticable between tracks, and the odd pop/tick but there are no skips or jumps.

Estimated Value : £40 – £50

 

 

Stereo First Press

The pictures below are the rarer first press stereo one which was released on 3 December 1965. The matrix numbers on this copy are YEX 178-2 and YEX 179-2. You’ll see that the word STEREO above the yellow Parlophone on the label is quite large, it is noticably smaller on a second press and also  on second presses the matrix numbers jump to YE178-3 and YEX 179-3.

The sleeve is in very good condition, just the odd crease and a little discolouration at the rear, whilst the record itself plays beautifully all the way through.

Estimated Value : £40 – £50

Stereo Sixth Press

Below this are pictures of my stereo version which was the first LP I ever bought – £3.35 from Selectadisc in Nottingham. It was pressed some time between the summer of 1976 and October 1980. 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 178-5 and YEX 179-3.

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

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