PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND. Original First UK Mono Pressing. Super Rare "Fourth Proof" Cover.
Text Error on Side 1 Label. PARLOPHONE PMC 7027 : MATRIX NOs XEX-637-1/XEX-638-1.
These covers were printed as part of a test run when the Beatles were still deciding which cover design they wanted to use for the album. Production was so rushed that these proof covers ended up accidentally going out to the shops when they shouldn't have. It has shiny surfaces with the odd sleeve removal mark / scuff on each side.
There are some marks that look like scratches, but nothing is feel-able by hand and the playback is very nice! On a lot of tracks, it definitely plays above into VG+ and maybe even EX but I'd rather grade conservatively. The run-ins and run-outs on both sides are surprisingly quiet and it's quite a pleasure to listen to! Just some small surface noise that can become a little bit more prominent in the more quieter segments.
Summing your cartridge to mono will help with playback a lot and I'd highly recommend it. Please note that my photographs don't capture the condition of the record's surfaces as well as I'd like them too.The surfaces aren't "minty fresh" but they are still rather nice. The Fourth Proof version of the album cover is only in Good + condition. It shows it's wear but luckily it's still holding together alright.
The worst spots of wear are on the back, the corners and the spine which has lost a lot of it's text and is partially flattened on the inside. There is also a spot of staining on the inside of the spine between Paul and John's heads. It's clearly seen better days but it does still look nice and feels good to hold in the hand. Includes the original red/white flame inner sleeve which is in a nice shape with no tears or splits, just some slight lifting on the glued joints, but unfortunately the original cutouts sheet is no longer present.This copy may not be for the most discriminating audiophile, however it is still in a nice, playable condition and it could be a great addition for any Beatles collector as the Fourth Proof covers aren't seen too often. Any questions, please give me a shout! Pepper UK First Mono Press Rare Fourth Proof Cover PMC 7027" is in sale since Sunday, August 15, 2021. This item is in the category "Music\Vinyl Records". The seller is "aandrew_b" and is located in Prudhoe. This item can be shipped worldwide.