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Abbey Road, PCS 7088.

Published October 5th, 2011

Abbey Road, PCS 7088, stereo, September 26, 1969. Album have full laminated cover without flaps on the back side. Covers were printed by Garrod & Lofthouse. The famous cover cover design done photographer Iain Macmillan. The initial covers have the green Apple logo out of alignment with the text and shifted to the left. The first version of the cover has a green tint.

Later covers corrected this error and have the Apple logo aligned with the text.

Possible both cover varieties have been produced at a similar date. The record were housed in black inner sleeves with a die-cut circular opening on one side to expose the Apple label.

1. First pressing, September 26, 1969. Dark green label with an image of an apple on side 1 and sliced apple on side 2. First label variation have “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines and small “33 1/3” text moved to the left side. Publishing year printed with small copyright symbol (p). The label does not have Her Majesty credit on the side 2. The labels are quite dark although the actual shade of green varies greatly among copies. Matrix number: Side 1: YEX 749-2; Side 2: YEX 750-1.

Variation A.

Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 749-2; Side 2: YEX 750-1.

Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 749-3U; Side 2: YEX 750-1 a rare combination.

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Variation B. This label has what is normally the second line printed as the bottom line. Thus, “33 1/3” is the bottom line on the left side and the catalog number PCS 7088 is bottom line on the right side. This unique Side 2 variation. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 749-2; Side 2: YEX 750-1.

2. Second pressing, September 1969 – September, 1970. Dark green label with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines and small 33 1/3 moved to the left side. Publishing year printed with small copyright symbol (p). The label have Her Majesty credit after The End on the side 2. Album have full laminated sleeve. The records were housed in black inner sleeve or white paper Apple inner sleeves.Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 749-2; Side 2: YEX 750-1.

Variation A.

Variation B. Crossover pressing has big 33 1/3 on the side 1 and small 33 1/3 on the side 2. Both 33 1/3 moved to the left side.

Variation C. Label has big 33 1/3 moved to the left side.

Variation D. Crossover pressing, September 1970. Publishing year printed with small copyright symbol (p) and small 33 1/3 moved to the left side on the side 1. Publishing year printed with big copyright symbol (P) and big 33 1/3 moved to the center on the side 2.

3. Third pressing, October 1970 – early 1971. Dark green label with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines and big 33 1/3 moved to the center. Publishing year printed with big copyright symbol (P). The label have Her Majesty credit after The End on the side 2. Print as the early pressings. This latest pressing with the dark green label. Album have full laminated sleeve. The records were housed in standard white paper EMI inner sleeves. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 749-2; Side 2: YEX 750-1.

4. Fourth pressing, 1971 – 1973 (posible until 1976). Light green label with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines. Publishing year printed with big copyright symbol (P). Album have full laminated sleeve. The records were housed in standard white paper EMI inner sleeves. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 749-2; Side 2: YEX 750-1 (-2 or -2U).

Variation A.

Variation B. Mat label.

The main differences labels of the early editions from the later editions: title of the album increasingly moved to the center of the labels on the later editions and changes label color to a yellow.

5. Fifth pressing, summer 1976-1980. Light green label with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines. Publishing year printed with big copyright symbol (P). Album have full laminated sleeve. The records were housed in standard white paper EMI inner sleeves. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 749-3 (or -4); Side 2: YEX 750-2 (2U or -3).

Variation A. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 749-3; Side 2: YEX 750-2 (or -2U).

Variation B. Later pressing with green-yellow label with “Factory Sample NOT FOR SALE” sticker. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 749-4; Side 2: YEX 750-2U.

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Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 749-4; Side 2: YEX 750-3.

6. Sixth pressing, 1981-1984. Yellow-green label with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines. Publishing year printed with big copyright symbol (P). Album have unlaminated sleeve. The records were housed in standard white paper EMI inner sleeves. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 749-4 (possible -5); Side 2: YEX 750-3.

7. Seventh pressing, 1984-1991. Green-yellow label with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines. The rimtext reached all the way around the labels. Importantly, around the 5 ‘o’ clock position in the rimtext the wording is: “UNAUTHORISED COPYING, HIRING, RENTING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AND BROADCASTING…”. Album have unlaminated sleeve. The records were housed in standard white paper EMI inner sleeves. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 749-6 (or -7); Side 2: YEX 750-3 (or -4).

8. Eighth pressing, 90s. Yellow label with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines. The rimtext also now doesn’t run all the way around the edge of the label. “ALL RIGHTS OF THE PRODUCER…” printed at the start perimeter print. Importantly, around the 6 ‘o’ clock position in the rimtext the wording is: “UNAUTHORISED COPYIN, HIRING, RENTING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AND BROADCASTING…”. Unlaminated sleeve with barcode on the back side. The records were housed in standard white paper inner sleeves. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 749-7-1-1; Side 2: YEX 750-5-1-1.

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