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The Beatles - Please Please Me - 1968 UK Parlophone label Stereo 8th Pressing LP LP

€ 150
ArtistThe Beatles
TitlePlease Please Me - 1968 UK Parlophone label Stereo 8th Pressing LP LP
Price € 150
Record labelParlophone Records
Catalogue noPCS 3042
Year of release1968
GradingVG+(+) (vinyl & labels)/VG++ (Cover)
Stock listThe Beatles
Additional infoScarce 14-track UK 1968 Parlophone label 8th pressing stereo LP of The Beatles debut album originally released in 1963.

Vinyl is pressed at The Gramophone Co. Ltd., located in Hayes, Middlesex, with the generic black company labels with top large, capital yellow "Parlophone" text beneath circular '£' logo likewise in yellow.

Labels has silver text with "The Gramophone Co Ltd" rim text, but omitting the "Sold In The UK" text.

Vinyl has machine stsamped matrix information:
Side 1: YEX 94-1, mother/stamper 2 MM
Side 2: YEX 95-1, mother/stamper 1 MC
basically suggesting that the album was manufactured from the first mastering - using the 2nd mother and 44 stamper as well as the 1st mother and 50th stamper for Side 1 and 2 respectively.

Vinyl is housed in a sepia toned LP advertising inner sleeve - ultimately in a front laminated Garrod & Lofthouse flipback picture cover with small top-right front "Stereo" and lower back 'Patents Pending' texts.

Condition: VG+(+) (vinyl & labels)/VG+(+) (Cover):
Vinyl is bright and shiny - has a single thin and very light surface mark combvined with the obvious signs of use directly from the paper inner sleeeve - a few fine and extremely light sleeve scuffs and marks.

Labels are superb - Side 1 label has a couple 2 mm's spindletraces placed in the immediate vicinity of the center hole - a single one on the Side 2 label which measures a little more than 1 cm... all superficial and hardly noticeable.
The is hardly any wear to center hole itself - all in all indicating that this album was used a very few times probably not with too much care for handling the record.
Vinyl is overall graded close to near mint/excellent.

Picture cover is nice - a very few wrinkles from edges - very short and not inflicting much laminate lift - a single short one just above Ringo's hands as well.
Back is remarkable clean - a couple of small back cover tears in the non-text areas - ca 0,5 x 1 cm in the mid-opening section and a similar smaller one in the far right top extension flip - just outside the laminate.

Seams are straight and solid - without any wear, pinched spine areas are without bends - text is perfect - spine has only just a touch a pressure - opening edges and corners have almost no rubbing... all in all a simply very attractive cover with only marginal imperfections - graded close to near mint/excellent.


Side 1:
1. I Saw Her Standing There
2. Misery
3. Anna (Go to Him) (Arthur Alexander)
4. Chains (Gerry Goffin, Carole King)
5. Boys (Luther Dixon, Wes Farrell)
6. Ask Me Why
7. Please Please Me

Side 2:
1. Love Me Do
2. PS I Love You
3. Baby It's You (Mack David, Barney Williams, Burt Bacharach)
4. Do You Want To Know A Secret
5. A Taste Of Honey (Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow)
6. Theres A Place
7. Twist & Shout (Phil Medley, Bert Russell)

All songs written and composed by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, except where noted.

Recorded 11 September & 26 November 1962, 11 & 20 February 1963 at EMI Studios, London
Presse at The Gramophone Co. Ltd., Hayes, Middlesex, UK.


The Beatles:
John Lennon - lead vocals, background vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica, hand claps
Paul McCartney - lead vocals, background vocals, bass guitar, hand claps
George Harrison - background vocals, lead vocals on "Chains" and "Do You Want to Know a Secret", lead guitar, acoustic guitar, hand claps
Ringo Starr - drums, tambourine, maracas, hand claps, lead vocals on "Boys"

Additional musicians:
George Martin - Piano on "Misery", celesta on "Baby It's You"
Andy White - drums on "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You"

Technical credits:
George Martin - Production, mix, additional arrangements,
Norman Smith - Engineer, mix

Tony Barrow - Liner Notes
Angus McBean - Front Cover Photography