The Beatles Sgt. Pepper US Orig’67 Capitol Mono MAS-2653 Promo “FREE”Punch Cover
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ORIGINAL CAPITOL’S “FREE” PUNCH COVER PROMOTIONAL COPY
THE BEATLES ~ SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (1967)
1ST PRINT COVER VARIATION WITHOUT THE NEMS / MACLEN INC. PUBLISHING CREDITS
ORIGINAL VERY EARLY UNIQUE 1ST PRINT THIN GLOSSY PAPER (NOT COVER STOCK!) GIMMICK CUT-OUT INSERT
1ST RUN MISPRINT LABEL VARIATION INDICATING “A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS”
SCRANTON, PA PLANT PRESSING WITH THE “IAM IN TRIANGLE” STAMPED IN THE RUNOUT GROOVE
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Original Capitol Records’ promotional copy of The Beatles’ album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” with the cover containing a “FREE” punch in the upper right-hand corner. These promotional copies were pressed much earlier than copies that could be acquired at a store. A great proof of this copy being a very early true 1st pressing is the fact that it’s equipped with a gimmick cut-out insert printed on a thin glossy paper and not the thicker cover stock. It’s impossible to find a copy with this early 1st print insert. Just like all of the early 1967 copies, this copy comes with a custom red-pink-white inner sleeve. This record was pressed at the Capitol Scranton, PA pressing plant. I’ve never come across a promotional copy of this album which would be pressed in Los Angeles and it explains the fact that this copy belonged to a radio station located in Los Angeles. I don’t have any information that would allow to state with confidence that this copy belonged to and was a property of a DJ at KHJ in Los Angeles, also known as “Boss Radio”. I base my assumption on the fact that the back cover of this copy contains a sticker (or a paper cut-out) reading “93/KHJ Boss Radio”. It’s most likely, this sticker was cut out from some media and affixed to the cover. This copy contains the 1st Capitol misprint multi-color band label variation indicating “A Little Help From My Friends” instead of “With A Little Help From My Friends”. The back cover doesn’t have the NEMS / Maclen Inc. publishing credits. The Mono mix vinyl in superb condition contains a machine stamp “IAM in Triangle” identifying this promotional copy as the Scranton, PA plant pressing. Very early 1st matrix numbers in the trail-off are as follows: Side 1 – MAS-1-2653-G2 IAM in Triangle / Side 2 – MAS-2-2653-F1#3 IAM in Triangle. The vinyl contains powerful Mono mixes and a strong vibrant sound that’s drastically different from the Stereo pressing. For example, on this Mono copy McCartney ad libs at the end sounding like he’s saying “thank you very much good night now” or “bye, bye now”.
The impeccable cover of this promotional copy is in Mint Minus condition. The red-pink-white Capitol Records custom inner sleeve is in Near Mint Minus condition and doesn't have any splits. The original 1st run cut-out gimmick insert is in Excellent Minus condition, only having a vertical fold line at the center as it was folded in half at some point, along with some very light age discoloration spots on the back. I grade the vinyl as Near Mint Minus. It retains its fresh beautiful gloss and has only a couple of barely noticeable small surface scuffs from the original paper sleeve. Just like the vinyl itself, the labels are in Near Mint Minus condition and are completely scuff- and wear-free. The vinyl sounds amazing having a crystal clear Mono sound.
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