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BEATLES White Album~UK~PMC 7067/68~Sold in U.K.~NO An E.M.I. Recording~1stPress
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Pop & Beat: 1960s




The Beatles

Record Size:

LP (12-Inch)

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U.K. 1968 ~ 1st WORLDWIDE Press
Dark Green Apple ~ PMC 7067/68 ~ MONO (!!)
"Sold in U.K. ..." on top of label
NO "An E.M.I. Recording..." on either label
NEAR MINT Black inner sleeves ~ TOP Opener
complete with John Kelly color portraits & While Hamilton collage poster
copy number # 119,293

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Record Details
Origin    United Kingdom
Release Type   Original Release
Format   Double Album, 12", GateFold
Label   Dark Green Apple
Catalog No   PMC 7067/68
Pressing   1st
THIS Copy issued   November 1968
Issue #   119,293
Sound Mix   mono 
Matrix Side A   XEX 709-1
Matrix Side B   XEX 710-1
Matrix Side C   XEX 711-1
Matrix Side D   XEX 712-1
Stamper Side A   (3/9 o'c) GH 4
Stamper Side B   (3/9 o'c) GGP 9
Stamper Side C   (3/9 o'c) GGM 2
Stamper Side D   (3/9 o'c) GDH 7
beabay CID ORWHAMUK0001 (PICS 68)
Overview Pressings
1st WW   U.K., November 22, 1968, PMC 7067/68, Dark Green Apple
(WITH "Sold in U.K. subject...", withOUT "An E.M.I. Recording")
2nd   November 27-30, 1968, PMC 7067/68, Dark Green Apple
(WITH "Sold in U.K. subject...", corrected "An E.M.I. Recording")
3rd   July'81 thru Mid August'82, PMC 7067/68, Dark Green Apple
(NO "Sold in U.K...." on mid-top of label, WITH "An E.M.I. Recording", Label Variations A & B)
4th   September 09, 2009, PMC 7067/68, Y/B Parlophone
2009 REMASTERS MONO Collection
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Yes, this is a true first press, available in U.K. stores for barely a week. In an era, when pressings were shifted from Parlophone to Apple labels, initial mistakes were hardly avoidable. So it was here, when whoever was in charge "forgot" to mention ″An E.M.I. Recording″ on any of the White Album's labels, thus constituting a clear copyrights violation. Only five days later, on November 27, 1968, officials corrected that error (most probably unaware of the fact to -by strictly adhering to the rules- just having created a highly sought-after collector's item, namely a "true first press variation").
This copy is complete and hence comes with its original two Black die-cut inner sleeves.

There's also double albums that carry one disc with ″An E.M.I. Recording″ credit, the other one without. However, since it is impossible to prove that these two discs initially belonged to each other, collectors, at least in our experience, rather avoid such "variations".
Other identifiers: First label variation have ″33 1/3″ text at the top line of the left side, as well ″Sold In U.K. subject to resale price conditions, see price lists″ text on top of label. Publishing year printed with small copyright symbol (p). The labels are quite dark although the actual shade of green varies greatly among copies.

Copy up for auction here is a gatefold cover top opener, with its original black die cut inner sleeves. It comes with all the details aforementioned to distinct a first press from other releases, and it certainly has all four glossy John Kelly color portraits as well as the While Hamilton collage poster with the lyrics on the back.

This copy is numbered 119,293. And although the sequential numbering of the covers remains somewhat of a mystery, it appears that the first 300,000 numbers were generally held for mono covers, whereas numbers 300.001 thru 399,999 were quite obviously being used for mono and stereo. That means that they have both "PMC 7067/8 mono" and "PCS 7067/8 stereo" printed on its spine as well as the word "stereo" on the cover reverse side's upper right corner, no matter whether the discs held within were either mono or stereo.
400,001 to 600,000 were held for stereo. First 400,000 numbers were not used exclusively for mono covers. Numbers from ZERO to 50,000, and some numbers in the 200,000 to 300,000 range were (also) used for stereo covers paired with export albums having Parlophone labels. Some later mono covers were printed with numbers over 600,000, perhaps as high as 630,000.

This copy comes in a "true" mono cover, hence without mentioning of the word "stereo" at the upper right corner of the cover's reverse side (as usual for numbers with 5 digits or less as described above). We point this out to avoid a wave of questions in our eBay messages inbox.

To make it bulletproof: You're bidding on a 100% early first true press MONO copy of the Fab's White Album.

Last but not least, every collector 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". Moreover, the Germans' pressings were a) the worlwide first, starting to release roughly a month prior to the album's publication in the United Kingdom, and b) 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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Record Grading
Visual Grading
Cover Front EX
Cover Back EX
Cover Inside EX
Inner Sleeve Disc One   NM
original Black
Inner Sleeve Disc Two   NM
original Black
John Kelly color portraits EX/NM
While Hamilton collage poster VG+
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 VG
Side B EX
Side C EX
Side D VG+
We use superb vinyl equipment with its heart being an Ortofon real-diamond system and gold plated contacts all around.
If available, audible checks were performed with an ORTOFON Pro-Ject Audio system connected to a DENON PMA 520-AE amplifier, using a Sennheiser 350 headset.
  Remarks   As for the Cover and related issues, please refer to pictures, heavily extensive provided right after. Spine is perfectly readable. All sides of the cover are really glossy! Some ring wear, and writing on inside of gate-fold.
Labels B and D are clean. Labels A and C have a name written on. No spots, stains, or wear, clean spindle holes.
Vinyl shows many hairlines, still barely impacting the audio (see below).

Regarding audio: Damn clear, straight MONO sound, incredibly full and authentic. Not to mention all the arrangements that are very different from what we know from the stereo pressing!

In detail:
  • Side A bg noise, clicks at While My Guitar Gently Weeps, one skip at Back In The USSR
  • Side B some bg noise, no skips or clicks
  • Side C some bg noise, no skips or clicks
  • Side D bg noise, one skip at Honey Pie

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