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

Published July 16th, 2011

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

“Fourth Proof” sleeve.

This very very rare unique sleeve! The “Fourth Proof” sleeve represents the earliest possible pressing of the Sgt Pepper cover. The Fourth Proof was the final version of the various ‘prototypes’ that were explored by the Beatles when the cover was being designed. The cover (and text) was approved by the Beatles and an initial very small ‘test’ run was undertaken to make sure everything looked OK. This small test run is characterised by the inverted “Fourth Proof” text in the top right hand corner of the inner gatefold – just above George Harrison’s head. This is therefore the earliest possible ‘prototype’ (test pressing) cover. Same fold-back have can printed text “AR D1321″ which was probably the reference number for the prototype text that was used.

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Dark green cut-outs insert and psychedelic red inner sleeve:

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: XEX 637-1; Side 2: XEX 638-1.

2. Second pressing 1968.  Second pressing has the similar labels, gatefold sleeve and dark green cut-outs insert as the first pressing, but with standard EMI plain white inner sleeve.

When label printing plates were changed as they wore out, it appears one set of plates were mistakenly altered and the song “A Day In The Life” on the side 2 label was omitted from the tracklist.

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3. Third pressing, summer 1969 until November 1969. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. laminated flipback gatefold inside flipback sleeve with “mono” PMC 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: XEX 637-1; Side 2: XEX 638-1.

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. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. laminated flipback gatefold inside flipback sleeve with “mono” PMC 7027 number on back side. With cut-outs insert and sepia or black & white “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 637-1; Side 2: XEX 638-1.

Mispressing, 1969. Mono label with Stereo Matrix. With “mono” outer sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 637-1, Side Two: YEX 638-2. Plays Stereo!

5. Fifth pressing, summer 1981 until August 1982. Black label with yellow Parlophone logo and silver print. “ALL RIGHTS OF THE PRODUCER…” printed at the start perimeter print. Importantly, around the 7 ‘o’ clock position in the rimtext the wording is: “…UNAUTHORISED PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, BROADCASTING, COPYING AND HIRING…”. “MANUFACTURED IN THE UK BY EMI RECORDS LIMITED” text at the end of the perimeter print. Unlaminated gatefold outer sleeve. With cut-outs insert. White paper standard EMI inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 637-1; Side 2: XEX 638-1.

Just confirmed mispress with mono matrix number XEX 637-1 on the side 1 and stereo matrix number YEX 638-6-1-1- on the side 2.

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