Stock Ref HHB582 £500 Overall Near Mint/ VG++- minor faults. Links below to other stock copies
Background : The final (released) Beatles LP came out as limited box set in the UK on 8th May 1970 and was deleted in December. It was then replaced with standard issue single LP cover. The boxed set consisted of an LP & 164 page paperback book in a flimsy card box. While the Book/Box set was also issued in a Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South East Asia it was only released in the US in a gatefold sleeve. While the foreign pressings still have value, the country of issue copies command the most interest. The package was less than robust and finding a complete copy with all original items intact (no bogus ‘replacements’) is difficult. The ‘inner tray’ is not only the most boring part of the package but also the rarest. This was often discarded and later ‘replaced” to make the package “complete” for resale. The other common issue is that the weight of the book tears through the flimsy card.
The package consists of a box – in three sections – a glossy outer ‘wrapper’ with a two part tray to house the book. The LP slotted between the outer wrapper and the tray. Although the official catalogue number for the package was PXS1, it’s not printed anywhere. However confusion that some copies were stickered, comes from the existence of EMI ‘with compliments’ promo stickers, that had PXS1 “over stamped” in red. Shown below for illustrative purposes only and NOT included. The first pressing matrix info, scribed into the run-out groove, is either 2U or 3U. The full colour glossy book contained transcriptions of dialogue from the filming and numerous photos. The problem is that the glued spine – so-called perfect binding – was anything but and the minute it was fully opened the pages came loose. Either that or over the decades the glue dried and …it fell apart.
Also the box set did NOT come with a poster. EMI issued posters advertising Apple’s latest releases to record shops. These were designed as giveaways and weren’t for sale or included inside the box sets. However many shops inserted them into the latest Apple stock – hence the confusion. You were equally as likely/or not, to get a poster tucked inside a copy of the White Album if you bought it during the summer of 1970.
• Box : in three sections : The glossy outer ‘wrapper’, printed with the LP artwork, and a two part tray that housed the book.
Outer box : Minor creases. Overall a very good example without the usual bends or thumb creases on the front from removing the contents. As with all copies, due to the high gloss finish, storage wear- mainly on reverse.
• Outer tray : EX : 100% genuine black and grey card, no tears or major creases.
• Inner tray: 100% genuine black and grey card. This copy shows very minor creasing but isn’t torn / it would be hard to find better !
• LP Cover : EX : Red Apple on back cover, no significant bends or removal thumb creases.
• LP : EX , Original 2U/ 2U Matrix info scribed in the run out. Near Mint – shows very little evidence of having been played beyond one spindle mark around central hole on A-side label, so faint it doesn’t show in photo, no scuffs, no scratches, not even a noticeable hairline. Correct EMI inner bag included.
• Book : EX : So-called “perfect binding ” intact, no sign of being reglued or any loose pages. No handling creases on glossy cover, minor handling inside.