Offered for sale is a still sealed mono first pressing of the Beatles soundtrack to A Hard Day’s Night, issued in 1964 with the unplayed record still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve.
About this copy: This copy of A Hard Day’s Night is an original 1964 mono pressing, with the cover still in the shrink wrap and the record in an unopened inner sleeve.
The cover indicates a rare first pressing, as it has only three lines of publishing credit (this was later corrected to four.) The cover and label correctly list “Tell Me Why,” but “I’ll Cry Instead” is listed as “I Cry Instead.”
The cover is VG++, and still retains the original shrink wrap,. There’s a little bit of wear near the corners of the mouth and two tiny staple holes near the upper left hand corner. Otherwise, the cover is very close to M-.
While the cover has been opened, the record is still sealed in the original plastic inner sleeve. The record has never been opened or played.
This is only the second sealed mono album by the Beatles we’ve ever had for sale, as they’ve become increasingly rare over the years.
A beautiful example of a terrific album.
Background: When the Beatles starred in their first film, A Hard Day’s Night, two different albums were released worldwide to coincide with the release of the film. In most of the world, a Beatles album bearing the title of the film was released, containing the eight songs from the film along with six others. This album was released by the Beatles record label, Parlophone.
In the United States, the soundtrack rights went to the film’s producer and distributor, United Artists. Because they had rights to only the eight songs in the film and not the additional six songs, they included four instrumental tracks by the George Martin Orchestra that had also appeared in the film to fill out the album’s running time.
Unlike the UK LP, which was essentially a new Beatles album, the American A Hard Day’s Night album was a true film soundtrack, and the album was issued in both stereo and mono. The stereo version of the album contained all of the songs by the Beatles in rechanneled, or “fake” stereo, making the mono album the more desirable pressing.
The mono version of the album was deleted in early 1968 and is quite rare compared to the stereo version, which stayed in print until the late 1980s.
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