BEATLES White Album Germany SMO 2051/52 TOP loader 1st Press #50,539 NEAR MINT
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£   125 Sold For
Nov 25, 2013 End Date
Nov 20, 2013 Start Date
£   125 Start price
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The Beatles
»The Beatles«
(White Album)
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Germany 1968 WORLDWIDE ~ 1st Press ~ SMO 2051/52
Green Apple ~ STEREO ~ # 50,539
TOP loader /w original black inner sleeves
complete with portraits & collage poster

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Record Details  Origin    Germany Release Type   Original Release Format   Double-Album, 12",
GateFold Label   Green Apple Catalog No   SMO 2051/52 Pressing   1st WW THIS Copy issued   October 1968 Sound Mix   stereo  Overall Grading   NEAR MINT  (please see Details) Matrix Side A   YEX 709-1 Matrix Side B   YEX 710-1 Matrix Side C   YEX 711-1 Matrix Side D   YEX 712-1 beabay CID ORDEWHAS00   Overview Pressings  1st WW   Germany, October 29, 1968, Green Apple, SMO 2051/52 2nd   1970, Green Apple, 1C 192-04 173/4
"Deutscher Schallplattenpreis" 3rd   1973, Green Apple, 1C 188-04 173/4
(part of box set) 4th   1976, Green Apple, 1C 172-04 173/4 5th   1978, Green Apple, 1C 172-04 173/4
special edition on white vinyl 6th   1981, Green Apple, 1C 172-04 173/4 7th   1983, Green Apple, 1C 172-04 173/4 8th   1985, Green Apple, 1C 2LP 172 10 4173 3 9th   1986, Green Apple, 1C 2LP 172 10 4173 3 10th   1986, Parlophone, 172-7 91462 1 11th   1988, Parlophone/EMI, 164-7 91460 1 DMM
Teldec Electrola Digital Metal Mastered (DMM)     (several unofficial vinyl re-issues in 1991, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009 - not recognized by us as an original pressing) 12th   Nov 13, 2012, EMI, B0041KVZ18, "Original Recording Remastered"
not numbered, no "standard" portraits and collage poster, but several colored pictures back to TOP 
  In view of the historical fact that Germany is the worldwide first nation to publish the White Album, almost a month prior to the U.K., you're bidding on number # 50,539 out of ALL ever published that saw the light of day!

Worldwide first press up for auction here is a gatefold cover top opener, with its original black inner sleeves, which, in Germany, came without cut-out holes. All matricies end on -1/-1/-1/-1, and it certainly has all four glossy John Kelly color portraits as well as the While Hamilton collage poster with lyrics on back. Cover, inner sleeves, portraits, poster, and vinyl are in an excellent thru near mint condition. Same goes for the record's stunning sound! Many people we met at Beatles fares and exhibitions used to say "Nikolaus GmbH from Cologne? Best Beatles vinyl ever pressed!" As for (at least) the Fabs' "life time", a clear YES!

This copy is numbered with a "real" low # 50,539. And although the sequential numbering of the covers remains somewhat of a mystery, collectors should bear in mind that numbering in U.K. and Germany were completely independent on each other, regarding both its sequencing and numbers themselves, hence both countries started with "000001". German pressings came as stereo mixes only. Provided the fact that the worldwide first press, Germany's stereo version, was sold at least 500,000 copies within the first months...
... you have a guess regarding the "real" number of any White Album published outside Germany. That is why we consider one of our German copies -#000364 for instance- a real "under 1,000" album. A thing discussed time and again with other collectors - but that's the good thing with "collecting the Fabs", it's more or less a "science", right?

Please see grading details for a more elaborate description of the record's condition. back to TOP

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We are Collectors, hence every record is stored (and will be sent) in a sophisticated way. Many experienced collectors were thrilled by our unique, bullet-proof "packing technicque". Original cover, inner sleeve(s), prospective inserts, and/or whatever may come across, are stored separately. The vinyl sits in a neutral antistatic, padded inner sleeve, which is housed in a stable, neutral cardboard cover. Package is protected by one (or more) transparent plastic sleeves. Finally, all items are being wrapped with thick bubble foil and go to a professional record mailer.

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(PLEASE NOTE that pictured record is an EXAMPLE only. It is NOT the item up for auction. Thank you.)   Record Grading
    Visual Grading  Cover Front NM-Cover Back NM-Cover Inside NMInner Sleeve Disc One   EX
original black without cut-out hole Inner Sleeve Disc Two   EX
original black without cut-out hole John Kelly color portraits NM-While Hamilton collage poster NM-Label Side A NMLabel Side B NMLabel Side C NM-Label Side D MINT-Vinyl Side A NM-Vinyl Side B NM-Vinyl Side C EX+Vinyl Side D EX+   Audio Grading  Side A NMSide B NMSide C NMSide D NM  We use superb vinyl equipment with its heart being an Ortofan Diamond System and gold plated contacts all around.
Audible checks are performed with a Pro-Ject Audio system connected to a DENON PMA 520-AE amplifier, with a Sennheiser 350 headset.     Remarks   As for the Cover and related issues, please refer to pictures provided right after. Spine is in a perfectly readable shape.
Cover is completely glossy. The "White" shows some light shadows, edges scuffed. All in all, simply superb!
Vinyl is shiny. Few hairlines, nothing that affects the sound in any possible way.

Regarding audio: stunning sound, and of course both discs play perfectly thru with neither jumps nor skips nor disturbing noises nor "anyhting else".
We gave all four sides an in-depth audition right prior to listing. A perfect chance to catch possible audio flaws of a stereo White Album is its Side B, where many sensitive-parts-songs, Blackbird, Piggies, and Julia in particular, reveal the "real scope" of the actual sound quality. Conclusion: near mint.

Please keep in mind that an opinion is bound to be subjective. Refer to pictures, provided extensively.
For a short explanation of applied grading, please see remarks on every listing's bottom of page.   back to TOP   Pictures (all pictures taken by our NIKON D3200 24 MP prior to auction)   back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP back to TOP   More rare Collectibles ~ already on auction, or soon to come (all records 2nd, 3rd, or 4th/whatever copies from our own collection)   France, 1st, OSX 231, Horse-Cover France, 1st, Dark Blue Odeon OSX 230 U.K., 1st, PCS 3071, STEREO Sans Serif U.K., 1st, PMC 7067/68, MONO, # 0004606 Germany, 1st, Green Odeon OPX 82 U.K, 1st, SMMT 1/2, pic book BLUE lyric sheet, NEAR MINT  
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