The Beatles – Revolver (PMC 7009 – first pressing)

Directly linked to the previous post – concerning the never-ending search for stupidly rare Beatles LPs, comes this post.  

This record was one of a batch of 14 or so I picked up a couple weeks ago for 50 pence a pop – in total mint condition – looks like it has never been played.  I also have first-print copies of Sgt. Peppers and Hard Days Night – both also seem to be desirable artifacts from those collectors of all things Fab-n-Four.

So what’s up with this particular disc – well it is one of the very first pressed from the first stampers made – this is found by studying the stamper-mark on the run-out-groove.  It also contains a different mix of one of the tracks –  which was immediately withdrawn and replaced – and has never been re-issued.  This stuff means a lot if you follow this sort of stuff …  anyway – I have supplied all you need to know below should you be interested in also trying to hunt down one of these babes ….   needless to say it sounds bleedin lovely in glorious MONO !!  Won’t bother mentioning what people seem to be prepared to pay for this particular disc – but if you want one of these – then no-doubt you know what to expect !!

“Revolver, Parlophone, PMC 7009, 08.05.1966, mono. Very Rare First pressing with mispressing! Side 2 matrix no.: XEX 606-1 have “Remix 11″ of “Tomorrow Never Knows”. When “Revolver” was initially mixed a different master for “Tomorrow Never Knows” was sent off to be pressed. This mix is known as ‘Remix 11′. Although subtle, it is different to the standard ‘Remix 8′ which was ultimately to replace it. The story goes that each group member was given the first copies from the production line and John went to listen to it. But, it turned out that he was unhappy with the mix or that the wrong one had been used and he informed George Martin. Production was then stopped as the new masters were cut and the pressing plates were replaced. First presses have a side 2 matrix number of XEX 606-1 whereas the standard presses have XEX 606-2 and beyond. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. or Ernest J.Day & Co. front laminated flipback cover. Black & Yellow label with “The Gramophone Co. Ltd.” perimeter print and “Sold in U.K. subject…” text. Plain white or sepia “LP advertising” inner sleeves. Tax code “KT” by spin-hole. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 605-2; Side 2: XEX 606-1.”

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  1. princeasbo would prob murder you in cold blood for this. better watch yer back, bud…

  2. blimey this post seems to be drawing a record crowd, judging from the site stats. those pesky beatles fanatics!

  3. Indeed – amazing what people are willing to pay for the Beatles stuff – highly collectable !!

    Seems this forum is generating all the traffic – just registerd with them – some interesting topics !!

    http://stevehoffman.tv

  4. What can I say. Well, apart from a stream of blasphemes, words for genetalia, various scatology and combinations thereof.

    Having said all that, I have never paid more than £5 for a Fabs “collectable” (I forked out a fiver for the original Let It Be album/Get Back book [not the box, it must be notes] six months ago at the same boot fair as the previous post). Honestly, it’s a silly enough habit without adding the insult of inflated prices.

    What I will say in public is that’s the sort of payoff one dreams of. Nice one.

  5. As I understand it, Steve Hoffman is THE go-to remaster guy. A friend of mine, Jerry Decicca of Black Swans, made sure he had the $$ left over after recording one of his records to pay for Steve to master his LP. Sounds great too.

    I’ve got a DCC Gold CD of Macca’s first solo LP which Steve remastered. Likewise, tasty.


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