Sgt. Pepper's - '4th Proof'

THE BEATLES Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Extremely Rare variant of the 1967 UK first pressing 13-track MONO vinyl LP with 'Gramophone Co' & 'Sold In The UK' label credits, complete with intact sheet of cut-outs & red/pink psychedelicinner, this is the incredibly rare, highly coveted 'Fourth Proof' fully laminated internal flipback gatefold picture sleeve edition with 'patents pending' credit on the back along with the all important 'fourth proof' text on the back top flipback inside PMC7027)
See 'more info' for further details on the condition of this exciting rarity!...

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Price Info
$2040.00, £1500.00  
Product Availability Last copy in stock. Order now for shipping on Wednesday 14th April
Release Year 1967 - 54 years ago
Condition Unless stated otherwise in the description above, all items are in at least excellent condition - so please read our descriptions carefully. We try to sell items as close to Mint condition as possible, and many will indeed be close to brand new and/or unplayed. Others may be 'used' - and all will meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed.
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Format vinyl LP album (LP record)
Record Label Parlophone
Complete Stock List Go to The Beatles or visit our The Beatles collectors store
Product Catalogue No PMC7027
Music Genre 60s Beat, POP, 60s Pop, Apple label, 60s Rock
Country Comes from UK Comes from 'UK'
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Tracklisting & More Information

More Information & Condition

The Vinyl

The black and yellow Parlophone labels have just a few spindle marks around the centre hole to show it has been played, but not to excess, and still have vivid colours with clear text and the 'KT' tax code visible. The vinyl itself has barely any sign of play aside from a few very faint hairlines, most likely due to a little dust present when taking the record from the sleeve; certainly a high-end Excellent

The matrix numbers are XEX 637-1 on side one and XEX 638-1 on side two.

The Sleeve

The 'Fourth Proof' sleeve is one of the first copies of Sgt. Pepper to have run off of the presses at EMI as just a very small number were made up for final review by the Beatles prior to full scale printing. These were put back into stock and used with the regular sleeves on the first part of the initial run.
Figures vary, but range from a very small fifty or so to a thousand. My estimate would be from one to a few hundred, based on an economical quantity to print of sufficient size that they were then passed to the production stage rather than being destroyed.
What is also of note is that in over thirty years of actively seeking things like this out, this is just the fifth one of these to have turned up. This would suggest that one to two hundred only is the most likely figure.

The Garrod & Lofthouse internal flipback, fully laminated picture sleeve is graded as Near Mint - a one owner copy which has spent its life hidden away in an easy listening collection, undisturbed for over half a century with only a couple of very shallow laminate creases to be discerned under close scrutiny. As already mentioned this has 'Fourth Proof' text on the back flipback in the right corner along with 'AR' & 'D1321' printed on the left, the back is also printed with the patents pending credit after the manufacturs name. This was not intended to have been made into a production sleeve and is now very sought after.

The flame inner is likewise Near Mint.

We never like to say never, however will we see another copy as nice as this? I wouldn't like to bet on it! If you don't grab this whilst you have the chance, don't say you weren't warned!

Tracklisting
1. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. With A Little Help From My Friends
3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
4. Getting Better
5. Fixing A Hole
6. She's Leaving Home
7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite
8. Within You Without You
9. When I'm Sixty Four
10. Lovely Rita
11. Good Morning Good Morning
12. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
13. A Day In The Life

LP RECORD  
Recording Artist The Beatles
Product Title Sgt. Pepper's - '4th Proof'
Product Information The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's - '4th Proof' UK vinyl LP album (LP record).
Language All tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
Additional info Deleted - A deleted or out-of-print item is one that is no longer manufactured. However, we stock thousands of out-of-print formats and we specialise in tracking down out-of-print, deleted and hard-to-find releases.
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