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Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane, Parlophone R 5570.

Published December 19th, 2011

1. First pressing, February 17, 1967. The initial 250,000 copies of the single were packaged with a wavy cut at top full-color picture sleeve. Additional copies of the sleeve were manufactured for EMI for export to foreign countries, including Ireland, Sweden and Denmark.

Black label with silver print. The publishing year was printed on the label, as “(P) 1967″. The beginning of the perimeter print was written “GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD.” and “SOLD IN U.K. SUBJECT TO RESALE PRICE CONDITIONS, SEE PRICE LISTS” text. Tax code KT. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE 18415-1, Side B: 7XCE 18416-1 (or -2).

Push-out center:

Solid center:

2. Second pressing, spring – summer 1967. Second pressings have the same record labels but records were housed in the Type 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 company sleeves. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE 18415-1, Side B: 7XCE 18416-2.

3. Third pressing, 1969 – 1971. Black label with silver print. The publishing year was printed on the label, as “(P) 1967″. The beginning of the perimeter print was written “GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD.”  Push-out or solid center. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE 18415-2, Side B: 7XCE 18416-2 (possible -3).

4. Fourth pressing, March 6, 1976. From “The Beatles’ Singles Collection 1962-1970″ box set (BS-24). These pressings have original top-opening sleeve with green front and pictures back.

Black label with silver EMI logo and silver print. “THE EMI RECORDS LTD…” printed at the start perimeter print and “MADE IN GT BRITAIN” printed at the end of the perimeter print. The publishing year was printed on the label, as “(p) 1967″. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE 18415-4, Side B: 7XCE 18416-4.

5. Fifth pressing, December 6, 1982. From “The Beatles Singles Collection” blue box set (BSCP-1). These pressings have original straight cut picture sleeves.

Black label with silver EMI logo and silver print. “ALL RIGHTS OF THE PRODUCER…” printed at the start perimeter print. 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. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE 18415-4, Side B: 7XCE 18416-4.

6. Sixth pressing, beginning of the 90s. The final pressing has silver label with black textur print and logo. Rimtext embossed on the trail off area. The rimtext wording is: “UNAUTHORISED COPYING, HIRING, RENTING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AND BROADCASTING…”. Housed in original plain black die-cut sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE 18415-4-1-Q1, Side B: 7XCE 18416-4-1-Q1.

6. Seventh pressing, April 22, 2017. Catalogue number (barcode): 0602557385618. Released for Record Store Day 2017, limited to 7000 copies. New stereo remix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell.

The sleeve with two flaps and with wavy cut is a complete copy of the original.

The black and white sticker appeared on the shrinkwrap. The sticker contains a barcode and information about this edition.

Black label with silver print. On the perimeter appeared text “2015 THE COPIRIGHT IN THIS SOUND RECORDINGS IS OWNED BY CALDERSTONE PRODUCTION LTD… 2017 CALDERSTONE PRODUCTION LTD… APPLE CORPS LIMITED… 0602557385618” and on bottom “MADE IN EU”.  On the push-out center was survived text “SOLD IN U.K. SUBJECT TO RESALE PRICE CONDITIONS, SEE PRICE LISTS”. Matrix numbers (hand etched): Side A: 5738561 MILES ABBEY ROAD ½ SPEED BH65482- 01 / B1; Side B: 5738561 MILES ABBEY ROAD ½ SPEED BH65482- 01 / A1. “Penny Lane” is represented as Side A.

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