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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Parlophone, PCS 7027.

Published July 16th, 2011

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Parlophone, PCS 7027, June 01, 1967, stereo. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. gatefold full laminated inside flipback sleeve with “stereo” PSC 7027 number on back side. With dark green cut-out insert and original psychedelic red & white inner sleeve. There are two versions of the cover, one with “wide” spine and a more common version with “thin” spine.

Cut-outs insert and psychedelic red inner sleeve the same as mono variation.

1. First pressing. June 01,1967. 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. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 637-1; Side 2: YEX 638-1.

2. Second pressing 1968.  Second pressing has the same gatefold sleeve and dark green cot-outs insert as the first pressing, but with standard EMI plain white inner sleeve. Label almost identical to 1st pressing, but this one has a slightly larger, thinner font most noticeable on ‘THE BEATLES’ and ‘SGT. PEPPER’S…” credits. A minor variant which is far more commonly seen on later issues, perhaps indicating an introduction date of 1968 until 1969.

3. Third pressing, summer 1969 until November 1969. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. Laminated flipback gatefold inside flipback sleeve with “stereo” PCS 7027 number on back side. 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 637-1; Side 2: YEX 638-1.

4. Fours 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. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. Laminated gatefold inside flipback sleeve with “stereo” PCS 7027 number on back side. With cut-outs insert and sepia or black & white “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 637-1; Side 2: YEX 638-1.

Decca Records contract pressing:

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 gatefold inside flipback sleeve with “stereo” PCS 7027 number on back side. With cut-outs insert and sepia color “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 637-1; Side 2: YEX 638-1 (or -2).

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 gatefold sleeve with “stereo” PCS 7027 number on back side. With cut-outs insert and white paper EMI custom inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 637-1 (or 2; -3; -4 -5); Side 2: YEX 638-2 (or -3; -4; -5).

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 gatefold sleeve. With cut-outs insert. White paper EMI standard inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 637-6 (or 6-1-1); Side 2: YEX 638-6 (or 6-1-1).

Parlophone/Numbus HQ Supercut pressing, 1984. In 1984, U.K. stereo enthusiast magazine Practical Hi-Fi arranged to reissue a number of classic albums on high-quality Nimbus supercut pressings on 120-gram vinyl. It is estimated that there were only around a thousand copies of each title pressed that could only be bought via mail order. Nimbus Supercut LPs were released as a mail order only promotion to Practical Hi-Fi and Hi-Fi today magazine readers during the early 1980s. All Nimbus Supercut releases were available in limited quantities of around 1000 pressings per title. Nimbus Records have somewhat legendary status within the audiophile circle for their ‘Supercut’ releases; they mastered each release from the original master tapes using the best available mastering processes, employing many techniques for each release that were not commonly used. For example, generally when bass moves from channel to channel on an LP, groove modulation is employed to reduce the movement of the stylus and this results in this bass being centered more over both channels. Most audiophiles would argue that this – and in fact anything, which changes the original recording should be avoided although this is common practice on most LPs. Nimbus also had the ICI company produce an extremely pure vinyl for the LPs, which has amazing frequency reproduction and is virtually noise free – similar in quality to the ‘super vinyl’ used on earlier Mofi pressings. Due to their rarity and small pressing quantities, they are often more expensive than audiophile LPs from other labels.

Gatefold sleeve has the original sticker with the text Suprcut HiFi Numbus Records”.

SPLHCB FrontSPLHCB Nimbus sticker

Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 637-A1 y3 JWK 3 MPT v JH NIMBUS ENGLAND; Side 2: YEX 638-B2 y3 JWK 3 MPT v JH NIMBUS ENGLAND.

SPLHCB Nimbus 1SPLHCB Nimbus 2

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 gatefold sleeve. With cut-outs insert. White paper EMI standard inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 637-6-1-1 (or -)2; Side 2: YEX 638-6-1-1 (or -2).

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. With cut-outs insert. Unlaminated gatefold outer sleeve with barcode on the back side. Sleeves early 90′s have Apple logo on the back side. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 637-7-1-1 D; Side 2: YEX 638-7-1-2 D.

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