Got to get you into my life... for £160 Rare first edition of Beatles Revolver LP sold
ONE of the most sought-after Beatles LPs, which was discovered in a Midland record collection, has been sold at auction.
The 1966 first pressing of Revolver sparked widespread interest when it was found in Sutton Coldfield.
Fab Four experts will tell you the record can be recognised as a first pressing by the number XEX 606-1 etched on the run-off grooves of Side Two.
But there is a much more significant difference between the valuable vinyl and the copies of Revolver sold in record shops.
The final track, Tomorrow Never Knows, has a longer fade-out and more prominent piano than the popular version.
Lennon apparently disliked the sound and called for a fresh recording after only a few thousand copies had been pressed.
Beatles aficionados also know the Side Two track Doctor Robert is listed as “Dr. Robert” on the record label.
This is again down to Lennon – he didn’t like the abbreviation and wanted it changed. The abbreviation remained on the cover, however. Lennon didn’t spot that.
The album, owned by an anonymous fan, was sold at Richard Winterton auctioneers’ “technology sale” at Lichfield Auction Centre on Monday for £160.
“By all accounts, the first copies from the production line were presented to each of the Fab Four,” said Mr Winterton.
“After playing his, John Lennon was unhappy with the final track and requested that the mix be changed or replaced, which it was as a matter of urgency.
“It is understood that these copies marked 606-1 were made for just a few hours before the instruction came to stop.”