BEATLES Let It Be UK LP 1st PRESS GREEN APPLE LOGO COVER MAY 1970 UNPLAYED MINT
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When I find myself in times of trouble,
Mother Mary comes to me,
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness,
She is standing right in front of me,
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.
And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree,
There will be an answer, let it be.
For though they may be parted, there is
Still a chance that they will see,
There will be an answer, let it be.
Let it be, let it be.
There will be an answer, let it be.
Let it be, let it be,
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be,
Whisper words of wisdrom, let it be.
And when the night is cloudy,
There is still a light that shines on me,
800000 Shine on until tomorrow, let it be.
I wake up to the sound of music,
Mother Mary comes to me,
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be.
There will be an answer, let it be.
Let it be, let it be,
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be...
THE BEATLES: "Let It Be" LP. UK DARK GREEN APPLE LABEL, FIRST EVER PRESSING RECORD WITH A GREEN
APPLE LOGO ON THE BACK COVER, ISSUED MAY,1970.
I will get this out of the way first, there is an unhealthy obsession among certain ebay sellers, to stare at any Beatles album
with one purpose. Not to assess the pressing or the condition of the record and associated printed items, but to find just about
anything that can be declared.....'utra rare / mispressing / withdrawn etc. I call it that the 'extra dot mentality', all 1960's
and 1970's are totally individual, no two copies are identical because there was no cloning and the manufacturing process had to
produce variations. Whether major or trivial, I just include them in the descriptions, today's variation is hardly world changing
but I will detail the unusual white Apple label on Side 2. There are fairly faint pale pink parallel lines that I have never seen
before, just a printing anomaly that was seen in 1970 and considered perfect acceptable to pass EMI's stringent standards.
As I said, hardly worthy of discussion but now I can get on with detailing a genuine rarity, an unplayed, true Mint, May, 1970
very first "Let It Be" sold as just the album in record shops.
As I will not be playing this extremely rare unplayed '-2U /- 3U' very first pressing for non Box Set release, I can take longer
over the pressing info. The actual order of the sides is irrelevant because the very next pressing was '-3U' /-3U,' I tend to go
with the numerical order for the reference to the first ever standard pressing sold in UK record shops without the "Let it Be"
Box Set. Personally "Let it Be" has always generated great fascination and for me, also a massive collecting of unofficial and
official material, never before and obviously never again, did the Beatles ever perform such a variety of music from the past,
present, and as this is now 2017 and interest will never decrease now....music for the future. I always tend to give the correct
numerical maitrix for identification purposes, technically there can be '-2U/-3U' or '-3U' /-2U' depending which side had the digit
increase. It makes no difference at all because as long as one side is still on the very first pressing only -2U', the next increase
will being it up to to the next indexing ending digits, '-3U' /-3U',. This record has '-3U' /-2U' and this also happens to be a
very rare unplayed true Mint, May, 1970, first pressing for the non "Let It Be" Box Set records, with a green Apple logo cover.
For anyone new to all this, it might sound very complicated, not at all, as easy as '2', '3' or should I say '-2U/-3U.' All will
be explained below in an easy to understand history of the first UK pressings of the "Let It Be"album.
THE "Let It Be" BOX SET LP COVER HAD A RED APPLE LOGO ON THE BACK COVER, THAT RECORD HAD '-2U /-2U'
MAITRIX ENDING. WITHOUT ANY EXCEPTIONS, THE RED APPLE LOGO OVER AND '-2U /-2U' RECORDS WERE
EXCLUSIVE TO THE BOX SET, THIS RECORD HAD A DARK GREEN LABEL ON SIDE 1 .
THIS IS THE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING RECORD MADE SPECIFICALLY NOT FOR THE BOX SET, THE VERY FIRST MADE
SPECIFICALLY FOR THE "Let It Be" ALBUM ONLY RELEASE. ALSO WITH EXACTLY THE SAME DARK GREEN APPLE LABEL,
WITH ONE DIGIT INCREASE ONLY TO SIDE 1: '-2U / -3U' or '-3U /-2U'
The above was written to make it as simple as possible, a numerical rise on the second side's maitrix followed a logical sequence
from the pair of individual 'first pressings.' Yes, you CAN have two individual first pressings, that is no different to today,
Limited Edition releases include extra tracks, DVD's and even a complete extra bonus CD. Vinyl cannot be made like cloned CD's
and a numerical indexing allows every successive pressing for the rest of 1970 to be placed exactly in the long sequence, only
the actual first release was very complex. As I sell individual 1970 UK "Let It Be" pressings I carefully unravel the seemingly
unfathomable, first of all, the two individual first pressings are simplicity itself to identify, they alone shared exactly the
same dark green Apple labels on Side 1. From the late 1960's, as found on the two previous UK domestically released Beatles Apple
albums, "The White Album" & "Abbey Road." They alone can be correctly named as 'Very First Pressings' due to unusual events,
the whole manufacturing cycle began with a red Apple logo cover, exclusive to the "Let It Be" Box Set. The whole point is, EMI
did not allow the printers making the non Box set LP covers, or their pressing plant making records for them, to stand idle with
a brand new Beatles album being released and a film being premiered. Printed items had to be made in advance of the release
of low selling titles, for an anticipated instant No.1 Beatles album, full scale, round the clock manufactured before the release
date, now for first cover complication's, I have fairly recently written about the rarest covers with red and green Apple logo's.
This very first '-2U / -3U' or '-3U /-2U' verifies all wrriten in the descriptions....it had to be made before the release date
regardless of the maitrix. most had the same dark green on Side 1's label, only a few had a lighter green tone Apple label, well,
this '-2U / -3U' album proves there was a dark green label on both combinations of '-2U / -3U' & '-3U /-2U.' My conclusions are
not reached from heavily played, really abused items, the constant change of hands albums went through in the 1970's alone, do
not permit any positive certainty the cover, record and cover have been together for 47 years. I am discussing unplayed, true
Mint records,they are still precisely how they left EMI's pressing plant, most examples on websites reach conclusions made on
records, labels and covers so battered and worn out, accuracy is not possible and it's a complete farce!
Last year I sold an equally stunning, unplayed slightly later 1970 pressing, a positive link from the closely connected chain all
the UK original's originated. I insisted the immediately following pressings after the pair of '-2U / -2U & ''-2U / -3U' records
with dark green Apple labels, were pressed in sequence from the the spring to the summer on onto the autumn and winer of 1970.
Two designs were made before the release date, the vast majority were like the 1969 first pressing "Abbey Road" covers, an ultra
slim spine with a bowed shape to the cover, the sheer quality of the lamination and the printing is typical of most Beatles first
pressings. The second design was the mentioned 1960's design, the same deluxe quality to the lamination and artwork colours etc.
but the thin spine had tapered ends that finished with points. The earlier sold "Let It Be" record was positively not from the
'first of the first,' a '- 3U /- 4' pressing and the label was not the 60's dark green, but it was in one of the rarest, May, 1970 covers
with pointed spines. It is possible to accurately date record and covers, but covers are often made and not used until much later
but that does not mean the records were earlier. Was it a proposed design, even a deliberate return to the 60's design 'Garrod'
had specialised in for so long? I cannot say, but I can say a few "Abbey Road" covers from around the same time had the same
return to the 60's design spines and therefore overall shape, so not quite experimental but once made they were going to be used
for economical reasons. A reminder of how close the first months of 1970 were to the 1960's and the last Beatles album as a new
title with a pointed spine, were the Mono & Stereo first pressings of the January, 1969, "Yellow Submarine" album. Then later
on in 1969 after the "Sold In UK" text was removed from the labels, the second pressings had pointed spine covers. The shape never
stopped there for the much earlier 60's Beatles titles being re-issued, from the yellow & black Parlophone label pressings, onto
silver and black labels with one EMI boxed logo, the covers all had the same 60's design spines made right up to the end of 1969
and even into early 1970.
There is no questioning one first pressing of "Let It Be" in the UK, nothing could be more identifiable than a Box Set with a book,
an exclusive red Apple logo on the back of the LP cover and a '-2U / -2U' maitrix ending. Strictly speaking all standard record
and cover releases that followed the Box Set's deliberately earliest lone release, are later pressings, but that's too ridiculous
for words. A May release pushed the release into the fifth month of the year and close to the half way point of the year for the
1970 originals with green Apple logo covers. Better to document the May to December, 1970 originals and accept the complex
and unique release of the final Beatles album in the UK, a sequence I know back to front and have regularly detailed on ebay.
Apart having from the distinction of being the very first green Apple logo cover and record to follow the Box Set, no other 1970
original pressing had so many unique features, than this pressing, especially when in this precise shape and design as the very
first cover with the red Apple logo on the back cover. Essential to UK Beatles collection's, alongside the Box Set, the first
green Apple logo '-2U / -3U' pressing belongs there, that includes in my own Beatles collection. In fairness, I have other
'originals' from 1970, I love the four identifiable features of '- 3U /- 4' pressing,s the other item is an EMI 1970 promo inner
sleeve among other EMI pictured LP covers, they re-promoted unsold "Let It Be" Box Sets around the autumn of 1970.
Regardless of the first red Apple logo or the first green Apple logo covers, the May, 1970 inner sleeves were not promotional
but the same design first introduced for the 1966 first pressings of "Revolver." Curved corners without a die-cut centre and
thick, slightly textured paper, the only printing was on the front bottom rim, a Patent Number and 'Made In Gt. Britain/England.'
Move along a few months and the EMI Promo inner sleeve for 1970 EMI albums....included among the double sided maroon tinted
colour pictures of LP covers and catalogue numbers, the "Let It Be" Box Set had this text printed underneath:
PXS 1 (record in presentation box with book)
LET IT BE THE BEATLES
The last time a 'PXS 1' catalogue number appeared in print was the April, 1970 music press announcing the release of "Let It Be"
as a box set with the 'As Nature Intended' text. Even if this new design of EMI's promo inner sleeve had been printed in May,
all the previously issued red & green Apple logo cover records, were in plain white inner sleeves for every lower maitrix than
the '- 3U /- 4' records. I have consistently sold that pressing when trading at record fairs and then after 2001, while on ebay.
Was this just a coincidence around August,1970? I think not, in May not all of the expensive Box Sets with a '59/11d' price tag
had been sold and EMI were keen to sell them while the demand for the album was still very high. If not, why print the picture
and make sure it included the Box Set's unique 'PXS 1' catalogue number, along with enticing text that was purely promotional,
'record in presentation box with book' about three months after the initial release date? That inner sleeve type was not printed
when "Let It Be" was first released, but in the latter part of 1970, no other EMI records existed with this type as early as May,
because it was not available until the late summer.
APPLE LABEL: PCS 7096.
MAITRIX : YEX 773 - 3U / YEX 774 - 2U .
"Let It Be" remained in the UK chart for an unbroken period of 60 weeks, Chart books only name a record a 're-issue' when a chart
re-entry happens, it did for "Let It Be." As the album was in the UK Charts for 60 consecutive weeks, right up to July, 1971,
technically every copy made in that period was a first pressing, but I always prefer to use a more understandable term, 'original.'
Discussing a pressing made at virtually the same time as Box Set version, or at least within seconds of the last '-2U / -2U' record,
intended for a completely different presentation, is futile, but it does establish the same unbroken continuous pressing as the
above consecutive charting period. The 1960's design of the spine was slim, even the smallest font size white printing could not
fit on the space, once folded and glued, the titles and catalogue number were usually read from the back cover. I included that
in a compiled picture of both sets of the spine's details.
EMI STAMPING CODES: GLP 2 (3)* / GRA 4
No, EMI never made mothers in double figures, it was a mistake to stamp '3' and unless the first digit was crossed out, it was
the digit / mother intended and correct. ,I cannot possibly accept the ridiculous concept of a '2nd pressing' because the Limited
Edition Box Set numerically, dictated how many '-2U / - 2U' records were required to be pressed.
MAY,1970 EMI INNER SLEEVE, UNUSED, UNSPLIT, UNAGED & UNTORN, IN MINT- CONDITION.
I have fully detailed the shape and text, there is a picture of the front anyway.
MAY, 1970 FULLY LAMINATED AND UNIQUELY SHAPED "Let It Be" COVER.
I will explain in full detail how the "Let It Be" covers evolved in full below, too complex here and this is a quick summary:
The very first made covers were specifically made for the "Let It Be" Box Set only, they had red Apple logo's on the back cover,
the actual sloping shape of that cover was unique. So were the first covers with the green Apple logo on the back, there was not
an overnight change in the design, this cover still has the back with a sloping shape at the top and bottom, it was only possible
because this cover also l had the ultra slim spine, so slim, the white titles dod not fit! This was the last cover made in a
direct line that began from the Box Set and the first album only release of the "Let It Be" LP's with this maitrix and therefore, the
very first and only cover with a green Apple logo on the back. Now with an unplayed '3U /2U' providing 100% authentication,
I am happy to state the only possible month it was made, 'May, 1970' is my opening to the cover's heading. My close up pictures
of the spine titles shows the 1969 design and shape found on first pressings of "Abbey Road. The same shape belongs
to both the very first red & green Apple logo covers, but the did not have pointed spines, they are by far rarer than even the
red Apple logo covers because so few were made. These are important details nobody else has documented but they positively
were inter-connected to the Box Set and the other first green logo equally exclusive cover. With such an exclusive design,
and the last Beatles album released while the band were together, I rather like the poetic quality of that because the sheer
quality of this cover is more than an equal to the Box Set cover.
THE COVER IS AS ULTRA GLOSSY AS THE DAY IT WAS MADE, THERE IS NO WEAR TO DETAIL, JUST A NATURALLY
FORMED BUT VERY VERY GENTLE RECORD IMPRESSION, WITH A FEW SMALL RELATED LAMINATE EDGE LINES.
THE VERY THINSPINES ALWAYS CREATED A FEW SMALL LAMINATE WRINKLES WHERE THE LEFT SIDE EDGES MEET
THE EDGES. THAT HAPPENED DURING THE DIFFICULT JOB OF WRAPPING AND STICKING THE LAMINATION AROUND
THAT ALMOST POINTED SHAPE. THAT INCLUDED TWO TINY POSITIONS WHERE THE LAMINATE WAS NOT SMOOTHED
DOWN, TOO SMALL TO TAKE SERIOUSLY! NATURAL EVENTS SHOULD NOT BE GRADED, ONLY USE AND UNCARING
STORAGE SHOULD BE DOWN GRADED.
A RARE UNLAYED RECORD INSIDE MUST BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION OR THIS BECOMES ABSURD, 1970 WAS
A LONG TIME AGO. WITH ONLY THE SLIGHTEST STANDING/STORAGE, I DISLIKE HAVING TO GRADE THIS BELOW
NEAR MINT, BUT I ACCEPT THE NEED FOR STRICT GRADING.
THE COVER IS IN EXCELLENT+++ / NEAR MINT CONDITION.
If you can find one, take any "Let It Be " cover out of an unused, perfectly stored Box Set with an unplayed record inside, you
will find exactly the same details written above. I do have a Mint unplayed Box Set myself and have bought and sold several in
the ultimate condition and even laying down inside the box cannot prevent the same natural events.
I cannot produce the impossible for a 47 year fully laminated old cover, they react to holding a heavyweight round record, but I
can produce a truly stunning condition cover with the original beauty preserved for posterity.
THE LABELS ARE IMMACULATE WITHOUT ANY SPINDLE ALIGNMENT TRACES, THE RECORD HAS THE HIGHLY GLOSSY,
SHIMMERING TOP SURFACE OF JUST PRESSED VINYL, UNPLAYED, TOTALLY UNMARKED, AS NEW, MINT CONDITION.
"Two Of Us"
"Dig A Pony"
"Across The Universe"
"I Me Mine"
"Let It Be"
"I've Got A Feeling"
"One After 909"
"The Long And Winding Road"
"For You Blue"
vocals & rhythm guitar
lead guitar - "Get Back"
lap steel guitar - "For You Blue"
acoustic guitar - "Two Of Us", "Across The Universe" & "Maggie Mae"
six-string bass guitar - "Dig It", "Let It Be" & "The Long And Winding Road"
vocals & bass guitar
piano - "For You Blue", "Dig It", "Let It Be" & "The Long And Winding Road"
acoustic guitar - "Two Of Us" & "Maggie Mae"
Hammond organ - "I Me Mine"
electric piano - "I Me Mine"
vocals, lead & rhythm guitars
acoustic guitar - "For You Blue" & "I Me Mine"
tamboura - "Across The Universe"
six-string bass guitar - "Two Of Us" & "Maggie Mae"
drums & percussion
George Martin - producer & maracas on "Dig It"
Linda McCartney - backing vocals on "Let It Be"
Billy Preston - electric piano on "I've Got A Feeling", "One After 909" & "Get Back")
Hammond organ - "Dig It", "Let It Be", "The Long And Winding Road"
"Across The Universe" Originally Recorded, February 1968 At Abbey Road.
The Album Was Recorded January 1969, At Twickenham Film Studios & Apple Studios.
Overdubs - March & April 1970
Glyn Johns - sound engineer & mixing for the originally titled "Get Back" LP tapes.
Alan Parsons - assistant sound engineer.
Phil Spector - producer, post production of orchestral & choir overdubs and final mixing.
Few UK Beatles albums as first issues had straight forward releases, the sheer scale of the sales and manufacturing added to
the creation of many, many variations, to the records being pressed and to the printed material, the labels, inner sleeves and
covers, plus where inserts etc. were applicable. I find myself in the position of constantly detailing the most intricate, finite
identification points of individuals copies, what often appears to be a very confusing volume of closely connected pressings, is
in reality, easily placed in the precise position it occupied in the extremely long chain. 'Chain' is the best analogy to use for
something that can be logically examined, because everything printed and pressed were individual links and they originated at
the beginning, in the middle or at the end of manufacturing process. "Let It Be" was re-issued throughout the 1970's decade and
every step away from May,1970, saw gradual to enormous changes, from the original very dark green colour Apple labels, to
the vinyl thickness and obviously the quality of the covers. "Let It Be" became the last ever Beatles album released, making it
the most historically significant of them all for multiple reasons. Some bands released albums as they broke up and fans had the
chance to see them on 'farewell tours' but the news the Beatles had broken up was given on the 10th May, 1970. "Let It Be" had
been released the day before on the 9th May, but as a Box Set only, I will never forget how one of the UK's most respected music
papers, 'New Musical Express,' reviewed it, a truly brilliant piece of writing that summed up the sadness we all felt when buying
and first seeing the "Let It Be" Box Set, the review in 'NME' named the box, "A Cardboard Tombstone."
During their meteoric rise from obscurity to worldwide fame the Beatles had turned the 1960's decade into a magical journey,
altering the very conception of music and even society itself. Cracks and tensions among the four rapidly maturing individuals
appeared during the recording of the "White Album", songs were being recorded solo for the first time by all four, Ringo walked
out at one point, that individuality of the Fab Four had grown to such an extent, that could have easily become the final album.
Late on in 1968, they decided to take a fresh approach to recording, brought about by the sense of finality among them, deciding
to dispense with how they had previously worked in a studio, without the endless volumes of overdubbing and large productions.
To re-create a fading unity, they formed an extraordinary idea to play a live set for the first time in three years, arranging for
the event to be filmed, including all of the rehearsals, the song writing process and the time spent learning the new material.
After the New Year of '69, on the 2nd January they arrived at Twickenham film studios with a film crew in place to record every
second. The venue for their live set was the biggest stumbling block, North London's Roundhouse in Chalk Farm was originally
planned for the 18th January, but that was soon dropped because none of them wanted to just perform conventionally on a stage.
So they sat down to discuss ideas and it was almost agreed to try the most exotic settings, extremes like Saudi Arabia in desert,
Russia was another option and to even sail out to sea on a cruiser, then as the sun rose at dawn behind them, they would begin
performing the latest songs while it was filmed and recorded. Maybe for any other artists, that would have been arrogance to not
have songs pre-written, but this was the Beatles and with Lennon, McCartney and Harrison to call on, collectively, this was still
the greatest songwriting trio ever to grace a band. I sincerely believe "Let It Be" is vastly underrated and for the songs alone,
this album is just about the finest representation of their true genius. They all rather liked the idea about filming a set at dawn
on a ship, then George strongly objected and it appeared like the whole attempt at renewing their creative unity would fail, the
"Let It Be" film contains how close that was. After only six days on the 8th January, George had a bust up with Paul over such
a simple guitar arrangement and he walked out and it looked like the film was over, Lennon even quipped,"Let's get Clapton in."
All I have written here has been listened to, word for word, from very lengthy intensive discussions, plus good natured humour.
Everything above is preserved on bootlegs taken directly from the camera's sound tape reels, the conversations and dates are a
true diary of the whole of January, 1969, collecting them has been a little hobby /obsession of mine for 47 years!
Eventually they found a compromise all four were comfortable with, the roof top of the Apple building in Saville Row, London was
agreed on, for the first and the last time, a Beatles live set was recorded and included on an album and a film with the brand new
songs as they evolved. To offset being unable to over dubb the basics of keyboards, Apple artist Billy Preston was brought in, the
film contained unique performances, then there is some amazing unofficial footage! The full month's rehearsals contained a real
treasure trove of new performances, including a huge chunk of what would next become the "Abbey Road" LP, only a tiny fraction
made it onto the LP and into the film. To me this always was and always will be a really fascinating part of the Beatles' legend,
I would by far prefer to continue with the recordings made for such an amazing album, the need for accurate details about those
initial pressings can always use some first hand knowledge. Like my fellow obsessive Beatles collector's, once you have nailed
down every second of the month long recordings and dialogues, that even included sandwiches and tea breaks, "Let It Be" records,
covers and maitrix are simplicity itself. So here is, 'all you need to know about the May,1970, UK "Let It Be" first issues.'
The first to reach UK record shops was the "Let It Be" box set, a few weeks were allowed to pass to encourage sales of the more
expensive package with a book included, priced at '59/11', which was a penny under three pounds. The first standard album not
in the box set was this, the first ever green Apple logo cover pressing priced approximately, Two pounds & five shillings (45/-).
The difference in costs really told in the late 1960's - May,1970. As the very first standard UK issue pressed this can be rather
confusing, not surprising when technically a second pressing can also be named...a first pressing! "Let It Be" was a long time
coming,16 long months after the recording and filming were finished, the variations in the first year of the eventual release are
many and could be very complex. Thanks to EMI/Apples's meticulous indexing system that is actually straight forward, as EMI
used the ending digits of maitrix numbers to signify further pressings, it becomes very easy to place any of the many originals
to the month and even the 1970 year of release in their precise sequence. The cover underwent many changes in in the design
and shape,I will give a full history to accurately place the pressing into the correct context, because the first pressing was only
in the box set, that is a fixed point everything else followed. All consequent 1970 pressings are shrouded in uncertainty, after
all, they made up the unbelievable volume of copies pressed and bought, directly after what should be rightly regarded as being
a limited edition, because so few box sets were made. That is true about the background to this first green Apple logo cover's
record, because I long ago concluded the red Apple logo cover records were given set numbers to press, but so were the first
green logo records and that is why both with the maitrix I gave above are also rare today.
Lower maitrix numbers of all pressings immediately following the box set, were still bought in the late spring /early summer of
1970, this is now the 47th anniversary of "Let It Be." I do not agree with anyone who names these first green Apple logo covers
as 're-issues', utter nonsense, because the sheer volume necessary to meet the demand, saw those being actively bought as the
latest Beatles album! The very nature of the ultra extremely "Let It Be" Box Sets, took every single one of the early 1970 issues
into an area of being technically re-pressings but reality is not a slave to technicalities. You walked into a British record shop
in late May 1970 and asked for and bought "Let It Be" as an album only, this particular record and cover were the ones you left
with, providing you were there immediately after EMI delivered them! I always differentiate between the 'first pressing' and
a 'very first pressing', this album and say the black & gold "Please Please Me" LP, or the red label single of the same title have
such positive visual differences. Very first UK pressings and the covers printed for "Let It Be" were made exclusively for the
Box Set, the first cover was unique with a red Apple logo on the back and that positively was a cover that was never separately
sold in record shops without the Box Set, along with the "Let It Be" book.
The standard issue of the single "Let It Be" LP's cover had reverted back to a more familiar green Apple logo, exactly as found
on the recent 1969 "Abbey Road" LP's cover. The ending of the maitrix numbers on the Box Set's record are, '-2U /-2U ', there
was not '-1U' used. A few weeks later these standard LP issues without the box and now with the green Apple logo re-instated,
normally have maitrix endings of '-3U / -3U.' The small batch this record originated from was made before that and Side 1's label
is the 1960's extremely dark green colour, precisely the same colour as Box Set records, this came between the '-2U/- 2U' and
the '-3U /-3U' pressing. Why I stated they were pressed virtually at the same time as '-2U/- 2U' records, made on the same day
cannot possibly be regarded as a 'second pressing.' I'm being realistic, an unplayed '-2U/- 3U' record with pristine dark green
labels and the rarest very first issue ultra slim spine cover, should never become subject to such pettiness when "Let It Be" had
such a complex pressing sequence.
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THE GREATEST ATTENTION IS PAID TO MAKING THE PACKAGING EXTREMELY STRONG & SECURE.
EVERY POSSIBLE EFFORT IS MADE TO ENSURE A SAFE DELIVERY AND WE ONLY USE THE VERY BEST
QUALITY PACKAGING MATERIALS, THE COST OF THE ITEM IS IMMATERIAL, EVERY RECORD IS
TREATED EXACTLY THE SAME.
WE DO NOT TREAT POSTAGE AS A MONEY MAKING PROJECT, POSTAGE IS LESS THAN COST, USING
ONLY PROFESSIONALLY PACKED BOXES WITH SUBSTANTIAL PROTECTIVE PACKAGING THAT DOES
WEIGH A LITTLE EXTRA.
UNDER PAYPAL & EBAY'S GUIDELINES, ALL RECORDS WILL BE SENT VIA A FULLY INSURED TRACKABLE
We have kept all our charges at the same level for years now, but due to the Post Office's new price increases, regretfully we
will have to increase the cost of LP's, however, singles will remain unchanged. Ebay were aware of that happening and have
increased their minimum postal cost for LP's to £7.00, that figure has been enforced by the UK Post Office and it will become
our UK First Class, Recorded Delivery cost for albums up to the value of £46. A temporary reduction this week means we can
now post LP's for £5, but who knows how long before the Post Office return to £7?
For LP's valued above £46, the cost will be £9, we are unhappy about either increase but our high standard of packaging has meant
in 13 years of ebay trading, there has not been one record damaged, we are determined to maintain that in the present and future.
IN THE UK RECORDS UP TO THE VALUE OF £46 WILL BE SENT RECORDED DELIVERY, OVER £46 WILL BE
SENT SPECIAL DELIVERY.
FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD ALL RECORDS WILL BE SENT VIA 'INTERNATIONAL SIGNED FOR.'
POSTAGE COST FOR LP's
UK: UP TO VALUE OF £46, FIRST CLASS RECORDED DELIVERY £5.00
UK: OVER VALUE OF £46, FULLY INSURED SPECIAL DELIVERY £9.00
EUROPE: FULLY INSURED VIA INTERNATIONAL SIGNED FOR £15.00
USA,JAPAN & REST OF THE WORLD FULLY INSURED VIA INTERNATIONAL SIGNED FOR £20.00
POSTAGE COST FOR EP's & 7"
UK: UP TO THE VALUE OF £46 FIRST CLASS RECORDED DELIVERY £3.00
UK: OVER THE VALUE OF £46 FULLY INSURED SPECIAL DELIVERY £6.00
EUROPE: AIR MAIL VIA INTERNATIONAL SIGNED FOR £10.00
USA, JAPAN ETC. AIRMAIL VIA INTERNATIONAL SIGNED FOR £12.00
WE WILL SEND ALL WINNING BIDDERS AN INVOICE WITH THE FULL PAYMENT AND POSTAL DETAILS,
AS NEAR TO THE AUCTION ENDING AS POSSIBLE.
OUR AIM IS TO MAKE YOUR PURCHASE SMOOTH AND TROUBLE FREE.
FOR UK BUYERS;
WE ACCEPT: PAYPAL, CHEQUES, POSTAL ORDERS & BANK WIRES.
FOR OVERSEAS BUYERS;
WE ACCEPT: PAYPAL, INTERNATIONAL MONEY ORDERS IN POUNDS STERLING ONLY.
OR BANK TO BANK WIRE TRANSFERS.
WE WILL NOT MAKE FALSE STATEMENTS ON CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORMS AND WILL ALWAYS
CONDUCT ALL OF OUR BUSINESS WITH TOTAL HONESTY.
AS MUCH AS WE SYMPATHISE WITH THE WAY SOME COUNTRIES CHARGE SUCH HEAVY IMPORT
DUTIES, WE WILL NOT LIE.