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Genre: Pop & Beat: 1960s
Speed: 33RPM Sub-Genre: Beatles
Record Size: LP (12-Inch)

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The Beatles
(White Album)

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France 1968 ~ 1st Press ~ STEREO
Apple Pathe Marconi ~ SMO 2051/52
Allover EXCELLENT PLUS Condition
TOP Opener ~ original Black Inner Sleeves
low number # 64,977 ~ SACEM (NO "BIEM")
complete with poster & portraits

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Record Details
Origin    France
Release Type   Original Release
Format   Album, 12", GateFold,
TOP Opener
Label   Apple Pathe Marconi
Catalog No   SMO 2051/52
Pressing   1st
THIS Copy issued   November 1968
Sound Mix   stereo 
Overall Grading   EXCELLENT PLUS
(please see Details)
Matrix Side A   YEX 709 21
Matrix Side B   YEX 710 21 B
Matrix Side C   YEX 711 21
Matrix Side D   YEX 712 21
Matrix Extension Side A   M6 262622
Matrix Extension Side B   M6 310277
Matrix Extension Side C   M6 262620
Matrix Extension Side D   M6 262621
beabay CID ORWHASFR0001 (PICS 62)
Overview Pressings
[1st WW   Germany, October 29, 1968, Apple SMO 2051/52]
1st   France, November 11, 1968, Apple Pathe Marconi, SMO 2051/52
2nd   December 1968, Apple Pathe Marconi/EMI, PCS 7067/68
3rd   1969, Apple Pathe Marconi, 1C 192-04 173/74
4th   1973, Apple Pathe Marconi, 1C 172-04 173/74
5th   1978, Apple Pathe Marconi, DC 21/22
Special Edition on White vinyl "Disc En Coleur"
(also applied to "Sgt. Pepper's" and "Abbey Road")
6th   1983, Apple Pathe Marconi, 1C 172-04 173/4
7th   1986, Parlophone, 172-7 91462 1
8th   (France, U.K., Netherlands, Germany) Nov 13, 2012, EMI, B0041KVZ18,
"Original Recording Remastered"
(not numbered, no "standard" portraits and collage poster,
but several colored pictures)
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Up for auction here is a French first release, thats vinyl was pressed in France, while covers were printed in Germany. In view of the historical fact that France was the worldwide second nation to publish the White Album, two weeks prior to the U.K., you're bidding on a real low number, namely # 64,977.

As a first press, record is housed in a top opener gatefold cover , with its original black inner sleeves, which, in France (like in Germany), came without cut-out holes. All matricies end on -21/-21/-21/-21 (a "-1" with "2" as matrix indicator for "France"), and it certainly has all four glossy John Kelly color portraits as well as the While Hamilton collage poster with lyrics on back. Vinyl, cover and original B;ack inner sleeves are in an excellent thru near mint condition, whereas portraits and poster grade near mint / MINT MINUS!

This Apple Pathe Marconi publication of the White Album is meanwhile hard to find, like (again: meanwhile) many French first pressings. It shows up in a overall superb condition, it is complete, and was properly stored during last decades. You are about to obatin a 46 years old original copy in a splendid condition.

Copy is numbered with a "real" low # 64,977. And although the sequential numbering of the covers remains somewhat of a mystery, collectors should bear in mind that numbering in U.K. and Germany were completely independent on each other, regarding both its sequencing and numbers themselves, hence both countries started with "000001".
Germany is the worldwide first country releasing the White Album, and German pressings came as stereo mixes only. Provided the fact that the worldwide first press, Germany's stereo version, was sold at least 500,000 copies within the first months...
... you have a guess regarding the "real" number of any White Album published outside Germany. That is why we consider one of our German copies -#000364 for instance- a real "under 1,000" album. A thing discussed time and again with other collectors - but that's the good thing with "collecting the Fabs", it's more or less a "science", right?

Please see grading details for a more elaborate description of the record's condition.

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We are Collectors, hence every record is stored (and will be sent) in a sophisticated way. Many experienced collectors were thrilled by our unique, bullet-proof "packing technicque". Original cover, inner sleeve(s), prospective inserts, and/or whatever may come across, are stored separately. The vinyl sits in a neutral antistatic, padded inner sleeve, which is housed in a stable, neutral cardboard cover. Package is protected by one (or more) transparent plastic sleeves. Finally, all items are being wrapped with thick bubble foil and go to a professional record mailer, which is then being properly sealed with water-resistant tape.

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Record Grading
Visual Grading
Cover Front EX
Cover Back EX
Cover Inside EX+
Cover Spine EX+
Inner Sleeve Disc One   NM
Black die-cut
Inner Sleeve Disc Two   NM
Black die-cut
John Kelly color portraits NM
While Hamilton collage poster MINT-
Label Side A EX+
Label Side B EX
Label Side C EX+
Label Side D EX+
Vinyl Side A EX+
Vinyl Side B EX-
Vinyl Side C EX
Vinyl Side D EX+
Audio Grading
Side A [N/A]
Side B [N/A]
We use superb vinyl equipment with its heart being an Ortofan Diamond System and gold plated contacts all around.
Audible checks are performed with a Pro-Ject Audio system connected to a DENON PMA 520-AE amplifier, with a Sennheiser 350 headset.
  Remarks   As for the Cover and related issues, please refer to pictures provided right after.
Spine is in an almost perfect condition. It's 100% readable, see photos.
The fully laminated cover is completely glossy, made of strong cardboard. Small seam split on bottom, small cut on top of cover's back. Scuffed edges. Absolutely clean insertion slot, no cuts, nothing. Slight signs of ring wear, more or less credited to the "White nature" of the jacket, when, after 46 years(!), color starts to something yellow. Silver sticker on back. Cover's inside is glossy, too, and clearly EX+. Rest gradedEX.
All four labels are absolutely clean. Bright, shiny Green, and White, respectively. No writings, stains, tears, or spots. Spindle hole marks. EX/EX+.
Vinyl is shiny, both sides. Hairlines, most of them on B-Side.

All four John Kelly color portraits look like brand-new. Straight edges, no stains, no rips, or cuts, bright colors, MINT MINUS The While Hamilton collage poster comes in a near mint quality.

Due to the vinyl's superb condition, this record has not been graded audible.

Please keep in mind that an opinion is bound to be subjective. Refer to pictures, provided extensively.
For a short explanation of applied grading, please see remarks on every listing's bottom of page.
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