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The BeatlesSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Label:Parlophone – PMC 7027
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Rock, Pop
Style:Rock & Roll, Psychedelic Rock, Pop Rock

Tracklist

A1Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band2:02
A2With A Little Help From My Friends2:44
A3Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds3:28
A4Getting Better2:47
A5Fixing A Hole2:37
A6She's Leaving Home3:23
A7Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite !2:35
B1Within You Without You5:06
B2When I'm Sixty-Four2:38
B3Lovely Rita2:44
B4Good Morning Good Morning2:36
B5Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)1:19
B6A Day In The Life5:02
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1st UK pressing with:
A Garrod & Lofthouse fully laminated one piece gatefold cover (flipback glue-tabs at the top on inner spread);
A red half-tone print on white 'psychedelic' inner sleeve;
A 'cut-outs' card insert (full-color, single-sided. Printed signatures of Peter Blake / Jann Haworth at foot);
Black and yellow Parlophone logo labels with silver text:
"The Gramophone Co." in the radial text and "Sold in U.K. Subject To Resale Price Conditions, See Price Lists" across labels at center, with "Made in Gt. Britain" at foot.
Narrow spine. Wide spine 1st press here: The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

℗ 1967

Publishing: Northern Songs. NCB

Runouts are stamped. (Variant 3, side B runout figures at 9 o'clock are very difficult to identify, having been stamped then overstamped.)

Durations were found and entered by timing every track of a copy of this exact release.

1st June 1967 as date of release of this album is stated on the official Beatles website (thebeatles.com).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-side label matrix): XEX.637
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side label matrix): XEX.638
  • Rights Society: NCB
  • Other (A- or B-side tax code label embossing): KT
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 1): XEX 637-1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 1): XEX 638-1
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 2): XEX 637-1 1 MRT
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 2): XEX 638-1 0 MAO
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 3): XEX 637-1 AOM 6
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 3): XEX 638-1 ART 8GCOBB 8
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 4): XEX 637-1 ATA 3
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 4): XEX 638-1 APR 0
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 5): XEX 637-1 ARO 1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 5): XEX 638-1 AAM 3
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 6): XEX 637-1 AAH 3 7
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 6): XEX 638-1 RHR 1 9
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 7): XEX 637-1 AOL 2
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 7): XEX 638-1 AAL 9
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 8): XEX 637-1 MAT 6
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 8): XEX 638–1 ALP 0
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 9): XEX 637-1 RDM EF
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 9): XEX 638-1 HGA 8
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 10): XEX 637-1 GPR 3
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 10): XEX 638-1 GPL 3
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 11): XEX 637-1 MGL 1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 11): XEX 638-1 MDL 9
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 12): XEX 637-1 MMP D
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 12): XEX 638-1 MMH 9
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 13): XEX 637-1 MAL 6
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 13): XEX 638-1 MRM 7
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 14): XEX 637-1 AOT 2
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 14): XEX 638-1 ARR 2
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 15): XEX 637-1 AOP 1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 15): XEX 638-1 ADA 3
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 16): XEX 637-1 ALH 4
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 16): XEX 638-1 MMO 10
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 17): XEX 637-1 APH 2
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 17): XEX 638-1 AOA 7
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 18): XEX 637-1 TD 1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 18): XEX 638-1 GO 1
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 19): XEX 637-1 GGA 2
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 19): XEX 638-1 RTT 3
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 20): XEX 637-1 GOR 6
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 20): XEX 638-1 GAD 2
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 21): XEX 637-1 GGT 4
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 21): XEX 638-1 OT 35
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 22): XEX 637-1 MA 3
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 22): XEX 638-1 LG 2
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 23): XEX 637-1 GHA 6
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 23): XEX 638-1 GHG 3
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 24): XEX 637-1 GRM 2
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 24): XEX 638-1 GRG 3
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 25): XEX 637-1 MMP 37
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 25): XEX 638-1 MDG 7
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 26): XEX 637-1 RDT
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 26): XEX 638-1 GHD
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 27): XEX 637-1 APP 37
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 27): XEX 638-1 AAT 9
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 28): XEX 637-1 MGP 2
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 28): XEX 638-1 ALH 9
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 29): XEX 637-1 LLDR 1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 29): XEX 638-1 APO
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 30): XEX 637-1 RAM 2
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 30): XEX 638-1 RTP
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 31): XEX 637-1 RGH 4
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 31): XEX 638-1 RRG 6
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 32): XEX 637-1 LD
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 32): XEX 638-1 HR
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 33): XEX 637-1 MGA 2
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 33): XEX 638-1 MRO 9
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 34): XEX 637-1 GGR 5
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 34): XEX 638-1 GAL 4
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 35): XEX 637-1 GAD 2
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 35): XEX 638-1 GRH 2
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 36): XEX 637-1 GA 3
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 36): XEX 638-1 GA 1
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 37): XEX 637-1 AAL 1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 37): XEX 638-1 AOR 2
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 38): XEX 637-1 GLL 4
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 38): XEX 638-1 GOA 2
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 39): XEX 637-1 AOD 2
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 39): XEX 638-1 ARO 6
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 40): XEX 637-1 MAH 6
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 40): XEX 638-1 MRP 8
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 41): XEX 637-1 AOT 2
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 41): XEX 638-1 AOM 2
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 42): XEX 637-1 ALL 6
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 42): XEX 638-1 AOG 9
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 43): XEX 637-1 TD 1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 43): XEX 638-1 LP 3
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 44): XEX 637-1 RA 3
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 44): XEX 638-1 03
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 45): XEX 637-1 RDG 1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 45): XEX 638-1 HHG 2
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 46): XEX 637-1 GMD 1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 46): XEX 638-1 GDL 35
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 47): XEX 637-1 GRP 5
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 47): XEX 638-1 GRM 35

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  • TVR66's avatar
    TVR66
    Hello everyone! I just bought a mint copy of this famous sgt peppers... i'ts a UK pressing (PMC 7027 Mono), gatefold with the rose record sleeve
    but the two record labels (black with PARLOPHONE in yellow) on each side are "side 2 (xex.838)", beginning by within you without you.
    Happily, It's correctly pressed, and plays both real sides and all the tracks
    I can't see this misprint on all the references listed above
    does someone know this reference?

    first post on discogs, sorry for my english ;-)
    hope to hear from you from Liège, Belgium
    • L7C2S's avatar
      L7C2S
      anyone who got the OIS and the insert to sell? dm me please
      • heinwinters's avatar
        heinwinters
        I always thought the laughing and speaking at the end was a cd bonus but its on my ik mono too
        Do all versions have this at the end?
        • johnson2207's avatar
          johnson2207
          Found this complete with insert and psychedelic sleeve all in amazing condition £35!!!!
          I’ve got to say this is the best sounding version of this album I’ve ever heard!!
          If you can find it I’d highly recommend this one
          • now12x5's avatar
            now12x5
            I bought a collection of grey cover with a hole showing Sgt Peppers label only. This was done after 2008 but thats all I know. Anybody else get these?
            • kyle15's avatar
              kyle15
              Which of the 1987 CDs is the mono edition? Each one says stereo and I don't see any user-added mono designations. Looking for one for my collection and I'm seeing plenty of discussion about it but nothing in regards to actually identifying one.
              • scissorblades's avatar
                scissorblades
                Edited 10 months ago

                This is my comparison between the UK first pressing of Sgt Pepper’s, and the Beatles in Mono CD version which was released in 2009. My equipment is as follows: Rega Planar 1 turntable; Art DJ Pre II preamp; Fosi V3 amplifier; Boston A25 speakers. I know my equipment is entry level, but if someone wants to post their results with better equipment I am all ears.

                In former times I wrote a detailed review of all the differences I could detect between the mono and stereo 2009 CD versions of Sgt Peppers (I also did Magical Mystery Tour and White Album). I was amazed at the number of differences I could hear; not just mixing differences, but really big differences, like missing backing vocals on the stereo Fixing A Hole and of course a whole lot of missing special effects from the stereo Lucy. Alas, I posted this comparison on the now-defunct All About Jazz forum, where it is now inaccessible to anyone, including its author.

                It is important for people to realise that when Beatles fans say they prefer the mono mix to the stereo, they are not simply referring to the stereo version “crushed down” to mono. The two 1960s mixes are generally very different indeed, and Sgt Peppers may be the most different of the lot because of the dizzying layers of special effects that were presumably very difficult to reproduce in stereo afterwards (the mono version was made first, and regardless of who did the stereo version later, even attempting to reproduce all those effects must have been a bitch).

                However, I am today not comparing mono with stereo. I am comparing my UK first pressing mono LP Sgt Peppers to the mono CD. The runout marks on the LP are as follows: XEX 637-1, MRD, 37 || XEX 638-1, MAA, 10. I got this LP for an ungodly low price in an open air market in the Blue Mountains NSW. I doubt I could find one for any price there today, ten years later. The LP is scratchy in appearance but largely sounds beautiful other than minor noise on She’s Leaving Home and Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite.

                Why compare CDs and LPs at all? Unlike some afficionados I do not take it on faith that LP is always “better” than CD, nor even that it is always fundamentally “different”. I cannot hear what might be called “analoguiness”, even after comparing many LPs to the corresponding CDs. I accept the argument of the digital afficionados that digital is technically better than analogue – all things being equal.

                But after making many comparisons between LP and CD, I find that all things, in fact, are seldom equal. The superiority of the digital *medium* can be an academic and often meaningless distinction, especially for older music where the master tapes might not be so fresh after 55 years, and where engineers, ancient or modern, are human beings with human failings. I have rarely discovered a situation where the CD and LP of the same album sound exactly the same. (Radiohead’s last album is an exception).

                Instead, I have usually found a fundamental difference that I presume to have less to do with the quality of digital sound and much more to do with the ravages of time and the competence or otherwise of various human beings who actually have to create the discs. Academic superiority of digital over analogue is small potatoes compared to the vagaries of physical degradation of tape and the failings of human hands; in other words, to make a Beatles reference, the vagaries of living in the material world.
                That being said, I will be comparing Side A today and will leave side B for later.

                Sgt Pepper’s/With A Little Help/Lucy/Getting Better:

                All these tracks surprised me in the same way; the CD sounds much more *different* from the LP than I expected. For those who want a CD version that exactly matches the LP, this CD falls at the first fence, obviously!
                I would describe the difference as a muffling of the vocals and a pumping up of the bass on the CD versions. The whole style of this album is based on a high pitched, earnest, almost childlike tonal quality. If you muddy that up, you squander the eerieness of this album’s incomparable atmosphere.
                On these four tracks I definitely felt like the CD was shortchanging its audience. It is a perfectly good CD, but compared to the hair-raising clarity and crispness of the vocals of the LP, the CD is a distant second. Indeed, especially on the first two tracks I had the strong impression that the CD is actually out of tune – pitched too low compared with the LP.
                There is a boosting of bass on the CD, if you like that sort of thing; but these four tracks in particular have such superiority to the vocal that there is no percentage in going with the CD. I think the first two tracks are the most extreme example of what I mean, but the third and fourth have the same thing going on.

                Fixing A Hole:

                This track is a surprise; the vocal here sounds pretty much identical between the LP and CD. The bass is richer on the CD and, therefore, if you like more bass there is no disadvantage to going with the CD here. I myself don’t care too much one way or another, and am happy to call this a tie.

                She’s Leaving Home:

                Here the boosted bass is quite pleasing, but again the vocal on the LP is much more intense and crisp. With the sound of lyrics like “She goes downstairs to the kitchen clutching her handkerchief”, the more clear analogue vocals make your hair stand up. The CD does not.

                Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite:

                Maybe it’s because of inner groove effects, maybe it’s because of the astounding number of special effects on the track, but this is the sole track on Side A where I actually prefer the vocal on the CD. It has a clarity that is muddied up on the LP, possibly because of the effect of duped tape being used back then, since they lacked later multitrack recording techniques. Perhaps modern engineers were able to go back to the original source tapes and get a clearer version.
                Well, here the CD is superior. Added to the richer bass, and I am happy to recommend the digital version of this track.

                Side B to follow shortly...

                (EDIT)

                Within You Without You

                This sounds pretty good on CD, with boosted bass being quite pleasing. But what is lacking is the sense of space and the intensity of Harrisons vocal and the tabla drums. The sitar and dilruba sound quite similar, surprisingly. I would favour the LP, simply because of the superior vocal and percussion. If you switch rapidly, the difference between voice/percussion on LP vs CD is startling, similar to the first four tracks.

                When I’m Sixty-Four

                Like Fixing A Hole, I would call the CD and LP extremely similar sounding; even the CD bass boosting seems largely absent here. But Pauls voice does seem more alive on vinyl – it may be the ageing of the tape that creates the difference here. I would recommend the LP, although the difference here is subtle.

                Lovely Rita

                Similar situation to Sixty-Four, but the extra liveliness of John’s voice seems to matter more here, with John’s nasal tone being brought out noticeably more strongly on LP than Paul’s in the preceding track. Go for the LP.

                Good Morning Good Morning

                This is my favourite track on the album; and I would say this is track is absolutely identical between CD and LP; a dead heat.

                Sgt Pepper Reprise

                Strangely the CD seems to lack any boosted bass here (similar to Good Morning) but the vocals are muffled on CD compared to LP. The situation here is similar to Sixty-Four – a subtle advantage to the LP I would say.

                A Day In The Life

                Like Good Morning, another absolutely identical track as far as I can tell. Even the slight clipping on the phrase “I saw the photograph” is reproduced exactly. I was pleased to flip back and forth during the first orchestral climax, and I couldn’t tell a damn difference. I would call this a tie.
                The runout groove does sound noticeably clearer and louder on CD.

                This exercise has resulted in a much greater difference between LP and CD than I was expecting. The fact that the CD is actually out of tune on the first four tracks is puzzling - I don't think it's my imagination. Generally the CD sound is more bassy, at the cost of more muffled vocals in many tracks. However, as you can see one track is superior on CD and some tracks are ties - two are absolute ties.

                With these absolute ties, flipping back and forth, to me, reiterates how meaningless the academic difference between digital and vinyl is. They both sound really great - I mean, really great. I cannot hear "analoguiness" or "digitalness" and to me most of the differences are to be put down to the ageing of the tapes and the choices of engineers. Nothing more.
                • Neighbourhood_Soul's avatar
                  Have a G cover only for anyone in need (New Zealand cover). Located in Australia, just pay for the postage :)
                  • SamCollects's avatar
                    SamCollects
                    This album is most probably my most favourite of The Beatles’ albums. First heard the song “when I’m sixty-four” about the age of six. Fast forward 20 odd years, I have 7 differing copies of this album on record. Very much a firm favourite. A timeless album from start to finish. 😀🌞✌🏻
                    • DavidChessingtonUwU's avatar
                      Something I hadn't noticed about this album until I got hold of a vinyl copy is that on the back cover, the song "With a little help from my friends" instead appears as "A little help from my friends", even in the new realises this is still a thing!

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