Offered for sale is an original UK MONO pressing of Mary Hopkin’s 1969 debut LP, Postcard.
About this copy: The copy of Postcard offered for sale is an original UK MONO pressing, catalog number APCOR 5. This came from a small quantity of new old stock Apple pressings that turned up on the market in the early 1990s. The record is in M- condition and looks to be unplayed.
Side 1: stamper A mother 2
Side 2: stamper GL mother 4
The cover is M-, though the lamination has separated a bit from the cover along the spine on the front.
A beautiful copy of a Beatles-related item that is quite hard to find.
Background: In the United States, all albums issued on the Beatles’ Apple label, with the exception of the Phil Spector Christmas Album, were issued in stereo only. In the UK, however, two Beatles albums (the White Album and Yellow Submarine) were issued in mono, along with five other albums – John & Yoko’s Two Virgins, the Jackie Lomax album, George Harrison’s Wonderwall Music, the debut album by James Taylor, and Mary Hopkin’s Postcard. All are quite rare today, as they were pressed in limited quantities and were only available for a relatively short time, as buyers in the UK were moving towards purchasing stereo records exclusively.
Postcard is quite a pleasant album, and AllMusic.com gave it 4 1/2 stars:
Paul McCartney produced this debut album of twee but pretty, romantic pop-folk. Besides “Those Were the Days” (which actually originally appeared only on the British version, though it’s on the CD reissue now available throughout the world), the highlights are Donovan’s “Lord of the Reedy River” and “The Honeymoon Song,” which McCartney himself had sung with the Beatles way back in 1963 on the BBC. If there’s a fault to be found, it’s that there’s too high a percentage of pre-rock/pop standards à la “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” As it turns out this was more due to the leanings of McCartney than Hopkin, who preferred the more simply arranged folk numbers such as the Donovan covers and the Welsh “Y Blodyn Gwyn.” Also on board is a rather nice composition, “The Game,” by Beatles producer George Martin, who contributed some piano and orchestra conducting to the album.
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