|UK Release Date||5 August 1966|
|UK Catalogue Number||Parlophone R 5493|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||16 (All releases)|
|Peak UK Chart Position||1 (For 4 weeks)|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||7XCE 18395-1 / 7XCE 18396-1|
Released on 5 August 1966 Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby spent 4 weeks at number one in the UK charts. I have 9 copies on 7″ single, the 7 listed below and 2 more in singles box sets.
First Press Copy 1
The Pictures below are of one of my first press copies which has the matrix numbers 7XCE 18395-1 and 7XCE 18396-1 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 and you’ll also find some with solid centres. This record plays excellent, just some odd feint crackle, whilst the sleeve would probably rate as very good, just some minor ringwear and creasing.
Estimated Value : £3 – £5
First Press Copy 2
Another first press copy which has the matrix numbers 7XCE 18395-1 and 7XCE 18396-1 and a KT tax code. It also has an identical label to the one above. This one would probably only rate as good, both sides play with some light crackle and there are a couple of feint ticks on Yellow Submarine. For the time being it’s being housed in one of the green sleeves.
Estimated value : £2 – £3
The pictures below are of my second press copy which also has the matrix numbers 7XCE 18395-1 and 7XCE 18396-1, a KT tax code and, like all second presses, a solid centre. Despite having some light surface marks the record plays through excellent, just some feint crackle occasionally, whilst the sleeve would probably rate as very good – some ringwear and minor creasing.
Estimated Value : £3 – £5
Fourth 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 18395-3 and 7XCE 18396-3. Both the record, just some odd very feint crackle, and the sleeve, has 68 written on it in very small writing, are in excellent condition.
Estimated Value : £5
Released on 5 August 1986 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
Capitol For Jukebox Only
In 1994 Capitol issued 15 Beatles singles on coloured vinyl in jukebox only style under their CEMA banner (they issued another 15 in 1996). Below is my copy of Yellow Submarine on yellow vinyl. Being on coloured vinyl I have never played it but it appears to be in excellent condition. It comes in a plain white sleeve.
Estimated Value : £10
Picture Disc 2018
Released on 6 July 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the film. My copy is still sealed and is in mint condition
Estimated Value : £15