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Rubber Soul, Parlophone, PCS 3075.

Published July 16th, 2011

Rubber Soul, Parlophone, PCS 3075, December 3, 1965, stereo. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. or Ernest J.Day & Co. front laminated flipback cover.

Some copies have small black or silver “STEREO” on the front. These copies are much rarer than the standard copy without “STEREO”.

1.First pressing. December 3, 1965. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print and “Sold in U.K. subject…” text. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label. Since Times New Roman label copies of the stereo press have been found with 1/G 1/G and other early stampers, it’s a safe bet to say that the stereo presses earliest appearance was almost exclusively with the TNR label. Labels have bigger “STEREO”. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 178-2; Side 2: YEX 179-2. Version has a number of matrices -2/-2 issued not very long. Almost all records with this matrix numbers has one-letter stamper codes.

Veriation A: This first version have been found with 1/G 1/G and other early stampers. The word “STEREO” is moved to the right relative Parlophone logo on both sides.

Veriation B: The word “STEREO” is moved to the left relative Parlophone logo on the side 1.

2. Second pressing, December 1965 until 1969. The same black label with yellow logo and silver print, but with small STEREO above Parlophone logo. “The Gramophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print and “Sold in U.K. subject…” text. With or without KT tax code on the label. Very quickly, the matrix combination -2/-2 have been replaced by the matrix combination -3/-3 which used for a long time in a later pressings. Simultaneously, Time New Roman type was replaced by the Sans-Serif type. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 178-3; Side 2: YEX 179-3.

Variation A. At some point after the TNR labels were altered to Arial, or perhaps as this was happening, a spelling error cropped up. The song title “Norwegian Wood” was mis-spelled as “Norweigian Wood” with an extra “i”. The vertical spacing of the tracklisting seems to place this label sometime around 1968.

Variation B. The same as above, but now the song title Norweigian Wood has been corrected back to “Norwegian Wood”.

3. Third pressing, summer 1969 until November 1969. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. front laminated cover. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print. Plaine white or sepia “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Without tax code. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 178-3; Side 2: YEX 179-3.

4. Fourth pressing, November 1969 until 1970. Black label with one black-white EMI logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and “Made In GT. Britain” lower text. Laminated flipback “Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd” sleeve. Sepia or black & white “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 178-3; Side 2: YEX 179-3.

5. Fifth pressing, early 1971 until 1973. Black label with two white-black EMI logos and silver print. “The Gramophone Co Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and “Made In GT. Britain” lower text. Laminated flipback “Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd” sleeve. Sepia color “EMI” inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 178-3; Side 2: YEX 179-3.

6. Sixth pressing, summer 1976 until October 1980. Black label with two white-black EMI logos and silver print. “EMI Records Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and “Made In GT. Britain” printed at the end of the perimeter print. Laminated “Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd” sleeve without “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI custom inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 178-3 (or -4); Side 2: YEX 179-3 (or -4).

7. Seventh pressing, October 1980 until April 1984. Black label with two white-black EMI logos and silver print. “ALL RIGHTS OF THE PRODUCER…” printed at the start perimeter print. Importantly, around the 11 ‘o’ clock position in the rimtext the wording is: “…UNAUTHORISED PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, BROADCASTING, COPYING AND HIRING…”. Instead, added “MANUFACTURED IN THE UK BY EMI RECORDS LIMITED” text at the end of the perimeter print. Unlaminated sleeve without “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI standard inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 178-5; Side 2: YEX 179-5.

8. Eighth pressing, end of spring 1984 until 1987. Black label with two white-black EMI logos and silver print. “ALL RIGHTS OF THE PRODUCER…” printed at the start perimeter print. Importantly, around the 11 ‘o’ clock position in the rimtext the wording is: “UNAUTHORISED COPYIN, HIRING, RENTING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AND BROADCASTING…”. “MANUFACTURED IN THE UK BY EMI RECORDS LIMITED” text at the end of the perimeter print. Unlaminated sleeve without “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI standard inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 178-6 (or -7); Side 2: YEX 179-6-1-3 (or -7).

9. Ninth pressing, 1987 – 1991. Black label with two silver EMI logos and silver print. “ALL RIGHTS OF THE PRODUCER…” printed at the start perimeter print. Importantly, around the 11 ‘o’ clock position in the rimtext the wording is: “UNAUTHORISED COPYING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, BROADCASTING, HIRING AND RENTAL…”. “MADE IN ENGLAND” text at the end of the perimeter print. Unlaminated outer sleeve without “stereo” on the front and with barcode on the back side. Sleeves early 90′s have Apple logo on the back side. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 178-8-1-1 D; Side 2: YEX 179-8C-1-1 D.

Error pressing (misprint) with black and white Apple labels without “Mfd. in U.K.” text. Album have same outer sleeve with barcode on the back side. Record have same matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 178-8-1-1 D; Side 2: YEX 179-8C-1-1 D.

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