1) THE OUTSIDE OF THE COVER IS A VERY 'DARK BLUE' COLOUR - WHEREAS ON LATER COVERS THIS WAS CHANGED TO 'TURQUOISE' INSTEAD!!!! YOU CAN SEE THIS VERY CLEARLY IN MY 'FRONT COVER' COMPARISON PICTURE (THE 'WITHDRAWN' DARK BLUE COVER IS ON THE RIGHT - WITH THE COMMON 'TURQUOISE' COVER ON THE LEFT!) - AND THE COLOUR DIFFERENCE ISN'T JUST MINOR, IT IS VERY NOTICEABLE AND VERY DIFFERENT INDEED!!!!
2) THE COLOUR THROUGHOUT THE COVER (BOTH INSIDE & OUTSIDE) IS DARKER, MUCH MORE 'VIVID', AND LOOKS FAR MORE IMPRESSIVE!!!! AND IN CERTAIN AREAS OF THE COVER - COMPLETELY DIFFERENT COLOURS ARE USED!!!! AGAIN I HAVE SHOWN THIS VERY CLEARLY IN MY 'REVERSE COVER' COMPARISON PICTURE (THE 'WITHDRAWN' MORE VIVID COLOURED COVER IS ON THE RIGHT - WITH THE COMMON 'FAINTER COLOURED' COVER ON THE LEFT!) - AND AGAIN IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THE 'WITHDRAWN' COVER IS FAR MORE IMPRESSIVE!!!!
3) THE PRINTING QUALITY IS OF A FAR FAR HIGHER STANDARD ON THE 'EARLIEST' WITHDRAWN COVER AND FAR FAR MORE DETAILED - WITH THE NORMAL 'STANDARD' COVERS LOOKING VERY POOR IN COMPARISON!!!!
4) ON THIS 'WITHDRAWN' COVER - THE LAMINATE USED IS OF FAR FAR BETTER QUALITY THAN THE 'STANDARD' COVERS - AND AS A RESULT, IT IS AT LEAST TWICE AS SHINY AND NOTICEABLY SUPERIOR!!!!
5) THE INSIDE OF THE COVER ON THIS 'WITHDRAWN' COVER HAS A 'SATIN' FINISH - WHEREAS ALL LATER ONES HAVE A 'MATT' FINISH INSTEAD!!!!
6) A FINAL POINT ON THIS 'WITHDRAWN' COVER IS YOU CAN BASICALLY LOOK AT IT FOR HOURS!!!! THERE IS SO MUCH DETAIL HERE - AND YOU SEE THINGS YOU NEVER THOUGHT EXISTED ON THE 'STANDARD' COVERS!!!!
SO NOT ONLY DOES THIS ULTRA RARE 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESS 'WITHDRAWN' COVER LOOK SUPERIOR, USES COMPLETELY DIFFERENT COLOURS, HAS FAR MORE DETAILED PRINT QUALITY, AND 100 TIMES BETTER COLOURATION - BUT IT IS ALSO THE ALL TIME RAREST 1ST PRESSING YOU CAN POSSIBLY GET!!!! SO THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT AT ALL - THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE ALL TIME RAREST ROLLING STONES LPs ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD TODAY!!!!
WHY THIS COVER WAS WITHDRAWN:-
There are 3 different thoughts as to why this LP's cover was 'withdrawn' and changed - though it is possible that we will never know for certain after all these years!!!! 1) The 'Satin' finish on the inside the cover was too shiny for anyone to complete the maze (unlikely in my opinion). 2) The Rolling Stones werent happy with the cover and wanted it changed (again very unlikely in my opinion as it pretty obvious which cover looks better!). 3) Cost. And this probably the most likely reason in my opinion. With the colouration being of the highest quality, the printing being made in the finest detail, and the laminate being of the VERY highest quality - it is fairly obvious that this cover would have cost a FORTUNE to produce!!!! So it probably most likely that Decca quickly sought a cheaper way to produce the covers - and this is exactly why all later covers have worse colours, worse print quality, and cheaper laminate! So for me the reason for its withdrawal was like many other business - COST!!!!
NOT ONLY THAT BUT THIS LP IS IN ABSOLUTELY SUPERB CONDITION - AND HAS BARELY BEEN PLAYED AT ALL!!!! JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE PICTURES!!!! THIS IS THE ORIGINAL 1967 UK MONO 1ST PRESSING ON THE 1ST PRESS UNBOXED 'GROOVED' DECCA LABEL, 1ST PRESS P1/P1 MONO MATRIXES (WITH THE 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESS MONO MIX!), 1ST PRESS RED 'SMOKE' INNER SLEEVE, AND ULTRA RARE 'EARLIEST' WITHDRAWN MONO 1ST PRESS COVER (WITH ALL THE AMAZING 'EARLIEST' 1ST PRESS DIFFERENCES MENTIONED ABOVE!)!!!! THIS LP IS SERIOUSLY RARE AND VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND LIKE THIS - SO DONT MISS OUT ON THIS AMAZING OPPRTUNITY!!!! This is the ORIGINAL Decca UK MONO 1st Pressing from 1967 and is in SUPERB condition!!!! The record is pressed on THICK quality vinyl. The Cat. No is TXL 103 on the ORIGINAL UNBOXED 'Grooved' Decca Label (see picture) and is a UK MONO 1st Pressing!!!! All the tracks are pure quality Rolling Stones at their best!!!! Any fan of The Rolling Stones, or 60s music in general, will want to have this in their collection!!!!
The record labels are in AMAZING condition (see pictures) with NO wear, NO writing, and barely ANY spindle marks AT ALL!!!! IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT THIS RECORD HAS BARELY BEEN PLAYED AT ALL!!!! The vinyl is in absolutely AWESOME condition!!!! Most of these 60s LPs had been to a lot of wild parties and are usually found totally worn out, and almost unplayable. This one is NOT and has NO scratches, NO hairlines, NO scufflines, only 2 or 3 absolutely ULTRA light TINY surface traces, and only a VERY few of the lightest paper scuffs only visible under light!!!! ITS AS SIMPLE AS THAT!!!! THE RECORD STILL RETAINS ITS ORIGINAL 'JUST PRESSED' LOOK - AND LOOKS AMAZING!!!! It is great to find that the record plays as STUNNINGLY as the visual with NO pops, NO sticking, NO jumps, and barely ANY crackle AT ALL!!!! The sound quality is simply SUPERB with NO groovewear and NO distortion either!!!! The record must grade MINT(Minus)!!!! AWESOME RECORD!!!! Believe me this record is NOT overgraded in ANY way!!!! I use STRICT RC grading standards - it is not in my interest not to!!!! Brillant!!!! The record also comes in its ORIGINAL 1st Press Red 'Smoke' inner sleeve which is in absolutely AWESOME condition with NO splits, NO fraying, and it looks like it has barely been touched AT ALL since the day it was made back in 1967!!!! WHAT AN AWESOME INNER SLEEVE!!!! The ULTRA RARE 'Earliest' 1st Press WITHDRAWN Gatefold '3D' Laminated MONO Cover is in SUPERB condition!!!! It has NO edge wear, NO spinal wear, only VERY slight corner wear (NOT through the colour!), VERY shiny laminate indeed, NO splits, barely ANY creases AT ALL (cover is VERY flat looking indeed!), NO rips, NO tears, only a VERY faint and hard to spot record impression, NO tape marks, only some very VERY minor evidence of 'tipping in' to the corner tips, a VERY clear 3D panel (NO frosting!), NO annotations, and NO writing!!!! The opening edges are beautifully straight with barely ANY feathering AT ALL!!!! Even the unlaminated inside of the cover is in AWESOME condition with NO writing, NO grubbyness, NO rubbing, NO ringwear, and NO yellowing!!!! The cover must grade Excellent(Minus) if not FULL Excellent!!!! SUPERB COVER!!!! THIS LP IS SERIOUSLY RARE AND VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND LIKE THIS - SO DONT MISS OUT ON THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY!!!!HAVE A LOOK AT MY PICTURES - I DO MY BEST TO SHOW THE RECORD FROM ALL ANGLES AND MAKE THE PICTURES AS CLEAR AS POSSIBLE - THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE!!!! It really is a GREAT looking LP and it is truly rare to find any copies of this MEGA RARE LP!!!! THIS WILL BE YOUR ONLY CHANCE TO BUY AN ORIGINAL 1967 UK MONO 1ST PRESSING OF "THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST" BY THE ROLLING STONES, IN SUPERB CONDITION!!!! Dont forget to take a look at all my other items including many other TOP LPs and contact me with any queries you may have. Postal discounts for multiple buys are always available - and I guarantee to ALWAYS undercharge on postage! Paypal, Bank Transfers, Cheques, International Money Orders, and Postal Orders accepted. Thanks for looking! Cheers!!!!!
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