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The Beatles (The White Album), Apple PCS 7067/7068.

Published October 5th, 2011

The Beatles (The White Album), Apple PCS 7067/7068, stereo, November 22, 1968. 2LPs set. Full laminated white gatefold cover have flaps on the left and right sides of the open gatefold with openings at the top. All sleeves are double stereo “Stereo PCS 7067-8” and mono “Mono PMC 7067-8” catalog numbers located at the bottom edge and title “The Beatles” located at the top edge. The front of the cover has “The BEATLES” embossed in raised block letters. The stamped seven-digit number appears in gray on a slight downward angle towards the lower right corner. Late copy will have a more contrasting numbers.

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Stereo covers have “Stereo” printed in gray towards the upper right corner. But sometimes we find the earliest stereo copies of the White Album complete with sleeves without “Stereo”.

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The White Album contained four 28.8×20 cm. glossy John Kelly color portraits of the band, were normally inserted into the left-side sleeve, sometimes with light-colored separator sheets, and 85,8 x57, 2 cm. While Hamilton collage poster, with the lyrics on the back, were normally inserted into the right-side sleeve. The records were housed in black inner sleeves with a die-cut circular opening on one side to expose the Apple label.

1. First pressing, November 22, 1968. Dark green label with an image of an apple on side 1 and sliced apple on side 2. First label variation have “33 1/3” text at the top line of the left side and “Sold In U.K. subject to resale price conditions, see price lists” text. Publishing year printed with small copyright symbol (p). The labels are quite dark although the actual shade of green varies greatly among copies. With or without KT tax code. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 709-1; Side 2: YEX 710-1; Side 3: YEX 711-1; Side 4: YEX 712-1.

Misprint. This variation has an error on Side 4 with track REVOLUTION 9 erroneously printed “ReVOLUTION 9”.

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2. Second pressing, November, 1968. Dark green label with added “An E.M.I. Recording” text to the left of the labels, above the “33 1/3” text and “Sold in U.K. subject to resale price conditions, see price lists” text. Publishing year printed with small copyright symbol (p). With or without KT tax code. Some later copies had KTJ tax code. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 709-1; Side 2: YEX 710-1 (possible -2); Side 3: YEX 711-1; Side 4: YEX 712-1 (possible -2).

Possible both varieties have been produced at a similar date. It is also quite possible to have one side with the 1st label and the other side with a 2nd label.

Misprint. This variation has the spelling error “ROCKY RACOON” with only one ‘C’ on side 2. This one was very quickly rectified although there are quite a few more copies out there with this mistake.

3. Third pressing, summer 1969 – September 1970. Sleeve was changed. Full laminated white gatefold cover without flaps and with openings at the sides. The front of the cover has “The BEATLES” embossed in raised block letters. The printed number appears in gray on a slight downward angle towards the lower right corner. Six-digit number does not contain a “0” before the numbers. Such numbered sleeves used until 1973 and possibly later. Album contained four color portraits of the band and collage poster. The records were housed in Apple company inner sleeves.

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Dark green label with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on one line. Publishing year printed with small copyright symbol (p). With or without KT tax code. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 709-1; Side 2: YEX 710-1; Side 3: YEX 711-1; Side 4: YEX 712-1. On any of the four sides can be met numbers 1 or 2. All possible combinations.

4. Fourth pressing, October 1970 – spring 1971. Full laminated white gatefold cover without flaps and with openings at the sides. The front of the cover has “The BEATLES” embossed in raised block letters. The six-digit number appears in gray on the lower right corner. Some copies of the covers without number on the front. Album contained four color portraits of the band and collage poster. The records were housed in Apple company inner sleeves. Record 1 has a dark green labels with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on one line. Record 2 has a dark green labels with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines. Publishing year printed with big copyright symbol (P). Without KT tax code. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 709-1; Side 2: YEX 710-1; Side 3: YEX 711-1; Side 4: YEX 712-1. On any of the four sides can be met numbers 1 or 2. All possible combinations.

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5. Fifth pressing, summer 1971-1973 (posible until 1976). Full laminated white gatefold cover with openings at the sides. The front of the cover has “The BEATLES” embossed in raised block letters. Some copies may have a six-digit number on the front side. Album contained four color portraits of the band and collage poster. The records were housed in standard white paper inner sleeves. Light green label with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines. Publishing year printed with big copyright symbol (P). Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 709-1; Side 2: YEX 710-1; Side 3: YEX 711-1; Side 4: YEX 712-1. On any of the four sides can be met numbers 1 or 2. All possible combinations. During this period there were many variations of labels used in various combinations. The following shows the main types of labels and combinations thereof. During this period there were many variations of labels used in various combinations. The following shows the main types of labels and combinations thereof. We do not share these variations to individual pressings because we do not have precise information about the dates of their publications. We just tried to determine the total time period of the appearance of these options.

Variation A. Early variation. Light green labels with “Apple Publishing Ltd” credits for “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Piggies”, “Don’t Pass Me By”, “Lond, Long, Long” and “Savoy Truffle”. The side 2 and 4 have a final credits on two lines.

Variation B. Light green labels with “Apple Publishing Ltd” credits for “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Piggies”, “Don’t Pass Me By”, “Lond, Long, Long” and “Savoy Truffle”. All sides have a final credits on two lines. The side 1 has a tracklist for nine lines, the side 2 – seven lines, the side 3 – seven lines and the side 4 – five lines.

Variation C. Light green labels with “Apple Publishing Ltd” on the sides 1 and 2. “Harrisongs” credits on the sides 2 and 3. The side 1 has a tracklist for nine lines, the side 2 – seven lines, the side 3 – seven lines and the side 4 – five lines. Final credits for two lines on the sides 1 and 2, and one line credits on the side 3 and 4. 

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Variation D. New ligth green labels without credits after the song titles. The side 1 has a tracklist for five lines, the side 2 – five lines, the side 3 – four lines and the side 4 – three lines. Final credits for two lines on the sides 1, 3 and 4, three lines on the side 2. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 709-1; Side 2: YEX 710-1; Side 3: YEX 711-1; Side 4: YEX 712-1.

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Photos provided by Uffe Winther.

Variation E. Later variation. Light green labels have a matte surface with “Harrisongs” credits on the Side 1 only. No credits after the song titles on the sides 2, 3 and 4. The side 1 has a tracklist for ten lines, the side 2 – five lines, the side 3 – four lines and the side 4 – three lines. Final credits for one lines on the side 1, three lines on the side 2, two lines on the sides 3 and 4. Perhaps this is the last version of the labels that you can find complete with a numbered sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 709-1; Side 2: YEX 710-1; Side 3: YEX 711-1; Side 4: YEX 712-1. Mothers: 2/2/2/2.

Variation F. Later pressing. Light green labels with “Harrisongs” and “Startling M. Ltd” credits on the sides 2, 3 and 4. No credits after the song titles on the sides 1. The side 1 has a tracklist for five lines, the side 2 – nine lines, the side 3 – seven lines and the side 4 – five lines. Final credits for two lines on the sides 1 and 2, one line on the sides 3 and 4.

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6. Sixth pressing, summer 1976-1980. Full laminated white gatefold cover with openings at the sides. The front of the cover has “The BEATLES” embossed in raised block letters. Without number. Album contained four color portraits of the band and collage poster. The records were housed in standard white paper inner sleeves. Light green label with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines. Publishing year printed with big copyright symbol (P). “Harrisongs” and “Startling M. Ltd” credits. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 709-1; Side 2: YEX 710-1; Side 3: YEX 711-1; Side 4: YEX 712-2.

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7. Seventh pressing, 1981-1984. Green-yellow label with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines. Publishing year printed with big copyright symbol (P). Unlaminated white gatefold cover with openings at the sides. The front of the cover has “The BEATLES” embossed in raised block letters. Without number. Album contained four color portraits of the band and collage poster. The records were housed in standard white paper inner sleeves. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 709-1; Side 2: YEX 710-5 (possible -4); Side 3: YEX 711-1; Side 4: YEX 712-2.

Misprint with mono label on the Side 4:

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8. Eighth pressing, 1984-1991. Unlaminated white gatefold cover with openings at the sides. Album contained four color portraits of the band and collage poster. The records were housed in standard white paper inner sleeves. 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…”. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 709-5C-1-1; Side 2: YEX 710-6; Side 3: YEX 711-2; Side 4: YEX 712-3-1-1.

9. Nineth pressing, 90s. Unlaminated white gatefold cover with openings at the sides and with barcode on the back side. Album contained four color portraits of the band and collage poster. The records were housed in standard white paper inner sleeves. 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…”.

Yellow Submarine, Apple PMC 7070.

Published October 5th, 2011

Yellow Submarine, Apple PMC 7070, January 17, 1969, mono. Album have front laminated flipback sleeve. Covers were manufactured by Garrod and Lofthouse. The mono covers have PMC 7070 and “Also available on Stereo No. PCS 7070” in the upper right corner and red lines above and below rear sleevenote. The initial mono covers have no information on the flaps. Later mono sleeves have “Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. Patent No. 943,895” on the lower flap. The records were housed in black inner sleeves with a die-cut circular opening on one side to expose the Apple label. These sleeves were most likely manufactured by Harrison & Sons.

1. First pressing, January 17, 1969. Dark green label with an image of an apple on side 1 and sliced apple on side 2. Label have “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines and “Sold In U.K. subject to resale price conditions, see price lists” text. Publishing year printed with small copyright symbol (p). Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 715-1; Side 2: XEX 716-1.

2. Second pressing, summer 1981 until August 1982. Ligth green label with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines and publishing year printed with big copyright symbol (P). Album have unlaminated cover. The record were housed in standard white paper inner sleeves. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 715-1; Side 2: XEX 716-1.

Yellow Submarine, Apple PCS 7070.

Published October 5th, 2011

Yellow Submarine, Apple PCS 7070, January 17, 1969, stereo. Album have front laminated flipback sleeve. Covers were manufactured by Garrod and Lofthouse. The stereo covers have PCS 7070 and Stereo in the upper right corner and red lines above and below rear sleevenote. The initial stereo covers have no information on the flaps. Later stereo sleeves have “Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. Patent No. 943,895” on the lower flap. The records were housed in black inner sleeves with a die-cut circular opening on one side to expose the Apple label. These sleeves were most likely manufactured by Harrison & Sons.

1. First pressing, January 17, 1969. Dark green label with an image of an apple on side 1 and sliced apple on side 2. Label have “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines and “Sold In U.K. subject to resale price conditions, see price lists” text. Publishing year printed with small copyright symbol (p). Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 715-1; Side 2: YEX 716-1.

Some copies have a dots in the matrix numbers (YEX.715 / YEX.716)

2. Second pressing, between spring 1969 – September 1970. Dark green label with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines. Publishing year printed with small copyright symbol (p) and small 33 1/3. Front laminated flipback sleeve. Covers were manufactured by Garrod and Lofthouse with PCS 7070 and Stereo in the upper right corner and red lines above and below rear sleevenote. Sleeves have “Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. Patent No. 943,895” on the lower flap. The records were housed in white paper Apple inner sleeves. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 715-1 (or -2, late -3); Side 2: YEX 716-1.

Variation A.

Variation B. Crossover pressing. Label have small 33 1/3 on the side 1 and big 33 1/3 on the side 2.

Variation C. Later pressing. Label has big 33 1/3 on both sides.

3. Third 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). Front laminated sleeve do not have flipbacks and do not have red lines above and below rear sleevenote. Covers were manufactured by Garrod and Lofthouse. The records were housed in standard white paper inner sleeves. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 715 -3, Side 2: YEX 716-1.

Variation A.

Variation B. Mat label.

4. Fourth 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). Label has a small yellow tint. Front laminated sleeve do not have flipbacks and do not have red lines. Covers were manufactured by Garrod and Lofthouse. The records were housed in standard white paper inner sleeves. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 715-4, Side 2: YEX 716-1.

5. Fifth pressing, 1981-1984. Green-yellow label with “An E.M.I. Recording” text on two lines. Publishing year printed with big copyright symbol (P). Unlaminated sleeve. Covers were manufactured by Garrod and Lofthouse. The records were housed in standard white paper inner sleeves. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 715-5 (or -6, possible -7), Side 2: YEX 716-2 (possible -3).

6. Sixth 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…”. Unlaminated sleeve. The records were housed in standard white paper inner sleeves. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 715-7, Side 2: YEX 716-3.

7. Seventh 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 715-8-1-1, Side 2: YEX 716-5C-1-1.

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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