Beatles - Revolver - 1966 1st Uk Withdrawn Pressing - Stunning Example For Sale
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The Beatles – Revolver 1966 – withdrawn 606-1 UK 1st pressing on the yellow & black Parlophone label. PMC 7009. Comes in its original 1st issue EJ Day sleeve.
20th century collectables is pleased to offer for sale this highly collectable and much sought after 606-1 matrix pressing of The Beatles – Revolver, featuring the alternative mix of ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’.This version is not available anywhere else or on any other format and has never been re-released.
The exact story behind why the wrong track came to be issued on such a seminal record is not entirely clear as its existence only came to light in the 1980’s. However it would appear that John Lennon had decided (with the benefit of hindsight), to replace ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ with an altogether different mix. For those collectors who are unaware, the track as it appears on this 606-1 pressing is significantly different to the one that appears on all other copies of the album. The seagull sounds are more intense and random, the track is longer and there is piano playing at the end of the track.
The song was seen by Lennon as a ground-breaking seminal piece of music, so it is understandable why he went to such lengths to have the track replaced on all later versions of the album. Exactly how many were pressed before the album was withdrawn is not known but judging by the stamping codes, production ceased very early on in the production cycle and certainly before the release date of August 5th 1966. Whether EMI destroyed copies of the album and released some by error is not known but the inconsistency in the stamping codes on the records that have survived would suggest that many copies were destroyed and never found their way into the shops. The legacy of course is that collectors are left with a very rare pressing and an alternative mix of one of the greatest and most seminal Beatles tracks of all time.
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Matrix numbers: XEX 605-2 & XEX 606-1
Stamper codes: 5/AD (one of the last batches to reach the shops) & 3/AD
Please check out the pictures and read on for further details:-
Visual: Side 1 EXCELLENT Side 2 EXCELLENT+
There is only a minimum of light surface marks visible in strong daylight none of which are feelable or effect play. Under a strong halogen desk light nothing much more is revealed other than light whispy sleeve removal marks. Very tough to find a 606-1 in this wonderful condition. The record lies 100% flat on the turntable.
An unblemished set of labels with no writing to either label. Both labels have a moderate amount of spindle trails which become visible when tilted towards the light. Side 1 carries the KT tax code. Side 2 has the early abbreviated ‘Dr. Robert’ as opposed to the later ‘Doctor Robert’
Audio: EXC+/nr MINT
Of all Beatles records this withdrawn pressing is extremely tough to find with unworn or undistorted audio. I am pleased to confirm that the audio on this record is superb. There is some surface noise audible at high volume on ‘Here There and Everywhere’ and two faint ticks in the gap between Taxman and Eleanor Rigby but all in all there is very little to fault this great sounding disc. The easily damaged track of Eleanor Rigby grades at nr MINT and the all important track ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ grades at MINT. The record does not jump or stick.
An original and rare 1st issue 1966 E J Day sleeve and conservatively graded at excellent. The front panel is exceptionally clean and bright and retains its high gloss laminate finish. The back panel shows some signs of light wear and some handling marks. All flipbacks are strong and intact. The spine has some signs of wear however the text along the spine is in perfect condition and can be clearly read. A very fine example of this rare and much sought after sleeve.
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PLEASE NOTE: 1st class next day Special Delivery to UK addresses will be 7.50 GBP. For worldwide shipments please email me for price.
This record has been strictly and conservativelygraded to ‘UK RECORD COLLECTOR' standards.
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