Got to get you into my life... for £160 Rare first edi­tion of Bea­tles Re­volver LP sold

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Mike Lock­ley Staff Re­porter

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.”

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