|UK Release Date||9 April 1965|
|UK Catalogue Number||Parlophone R 5265|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||15 (All releases)|
|Peak UK Chart Position||1 (For 3 weeks)|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||7XCE 18254-3 / 7XCE 18255-2|
Released on 9 April 1965 Ticket To Ride spent 3 weeks at number one in the UK charts. It was the first Beatles recording to go over the 3 minute mark. I have 6 copies on 7″ single, the 4 listed below and 2 more in singles box sets.
First Press Copy 1
The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers 7XCE 18254-3 and 7XCE 18255-2 and a KT tax code. As is common you will find first pressings with ever so slightly different labels, especially around the 8/9 o’clock area – the wording is all the same, it’s just where it’s placed and how big the font is. Despite having some light surface marks the record plays through excellent, just some feint crackle occasionally, and, for the time being, it’s in a plain white sleeve.
Estimated Value : £3 – £5
First Press Copy 2
The pictures below are of another first press copy which again has the matrix numbers 7XCE 18254-3 and 7XCE 18255-2 and a KT tax code. Label wise it is the same as the one above. This one doesn’t play as well as the other as it has slightly more crackle though there are no skips, sticks or jumps. The sleeve is in very good condition, just some minor ring wear and creasing.
Estimated Value : £2 – £3
Second Press (Green Sleeve)
In March 1976 all the Beatles singles were re released in new picture sleeves. I believe there is no difference at all in any of these pressings but, for the record, mine has the matrix numbers 7XCE 18254-3 and 7XCE 18255-2.. Both the record, just some odd very feint crackle, and the sleeve, some minor ring wear and a little staining, are in excellent condition.
Estimated Value : £5
Released on 9 April 1985 as part of the It Was Twenty Years Ago Today series. Being a picture disc I have never played it but it appears to be in excellent condition.
Estimated Value : £20 – £25