APPLE LP ALBUMS
 
 
ABBEY ROAD
APPLE SO-383
RELEASED 10/1/69


APPLE RECORDS LABEL VARIATION CODE NUMBERS AND PRESSING INFORMATION EXCERPTED FROM "THE BEATLES ON APPLE RECORDS" BY BRUCE SPIZER.

LP ALBUM COVERS & RECORDS ARE SOLD TOGETHER. GRADING LISTING IS FOR COVER/RECORD.

 
 


SHORT HISTORY OF THE 3 "ABBEY ROAD" COVER VARIATIONS

"ABBEY ROAD" (RELEASED OCTOBER 1, 1969) WAS THE FIRST BEATLES ALBUM IN AMERICA PACKAGED WITH PRINT-ON-BOARD COVERS. THESE COVERS INVOLVED THE PROCESS OF PRINTING THE COVER IMAGE DIRECTLY ONTO WHITE POSTER BOARD, WHICH IS THEN FOLDED AND GLUED TO FORM THE ALBUM JACKET. THE PREVIOUS BEATLES ALBUM COVERS WERE CONSTRUCTED BY AFFIXING SEPARATELY PRINTED SLICKS TO CARDBOARD JACKETS. THE NEW PRINT-ON-BOARD COVERS WERE A SUPERIOR LOOKING PACKAGE. ANOTHER ADVANTAGE WAS THAT THESE COVERS WERE MANUFACTURED BY ONE COMPANY, WHEREAS THE OLDER STYLE COVERS INVOLVED BOTH A PRINTER AND AN ALBUM FABRICATOR. CAPITOL DOCUMENTS INDICATE THAT THE ALBUM'S ARTWORK WAS SHIPPED ON SEPTEMBER 11,1969.

COVER #1: THE FIRST BATCH OF COVERS (SC1A, SPIZER) DO NOT LIST "HER MAJESTY" ON THE BACK COVER TRACK LISTING. THE FRONT COVER HAS MORE OF THE CROSSWALK AT THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE COVER, AND INCLUDES A PORTION OF A SQUARE ROAD SEWER POSITIONED ON THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE COVER, BENEATH RINGO AND JOHN'S FEET.

COVER #2: PRIOR TO THE ALBUM GOING ON SALE, CAPITOL HAD THE FILM FOR THE BACK COVER REVISED TO LIST THE SONG "HER MAJESTY" AFTER "THE END". BY THE TIME THE NEW ARTWORK WAS SENT OUT ON SEPTEMBER 24, MANY COVERS HAD BEEN PRINTED. THUS, THE SECOND BATCH OF JACKET COVERS LISTING "HER MAJESTY" (SC1B, SPIZER) ARE LESS COMMON AND RARER THAN THE COVERS NOT LISTING THE SONG. THE FRONT COVER IMAGE HAS THE EXACT CHARACTERISTICS OF COVER # 1, WHICH SHOWS MORE OF THE CROSSWALK AT THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE COVER, AND INCLUDES A PORTION OF A SQUARE ROAD SEWER POSITIONED ON THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE COVER BENEATH RINGO AND JOHN'S FEET.

COVER #3: AS STATED ABOVE, "ABBEY ROAD" COVERS ENDED UP BEING THE ONLY BEATLES ALBUM TO HAVE PRINT-ON-BOARD COVERS UPON ITS INITIAL RELEASE. ALTHOUGH CAPITOL WAS PLEASED WITH THE PRINT-ON-BOARD JACKETS, FUTURE DECISIONS REGARDING THE MASTERING, PACKAGING AND ADVERTISING OF APPLE RELEASES WERE HANDLED DIRECTLY BY APPLE BY VERY LOYAL INDIVIDUALS WHO HAD A LONG-STANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH QUEENS LITHO AND SELECTED THEM AGAIN TO BE THE PRIMARY PRINTER OF COVER SLICKS FOR FUTURE BEATLES ALBUMS STARTING WITH "HEY JUDE".

WHEN CAPITOL'S PRESSING PLANTS RAN OUT OF THE PRINT-ON-BOARD COVERS, APPLE HIRED QUEENS LITHO TO PRINT SLICKS FOR ADDITIONAL "ABBEY ROAD" JACKETS. THESE THIRD (AND FINAL) BATCH COVERS (SC2A, SPIZER) USED SLICKS PRINTED BY QUEENS LITHO AND BERT-CO AND WERE MANUFACTURED BY IMPERIAL AND/OR MODERN ALBUM. THE BACK COVER SLICKS WERE MADE FROM THE ALBUM'S ORIGINAL ARTWORK AND ACCORDINGLY DO NOT LIST "HER MAJESTY" ON THE BACK COVER.

THE FRONT COVER IMAGE WAS ENLARGED TO ALLOW FOR THE FRONT SLICK TO BE WRAPPED AROUND TO THE BACK COVER. THUS, THE PICTURE ON THE FRONT SHOWS LESS OF THE TREES AND CROSSWALK (THE SQUARE SEWER IN THE ROAD IS MISSING) AND HAS A LARGER IMAGE OF THE BEATLES.

 
   
  COVER NO. 1  
   
 

  ABBEY ROAD
APPLE SO-383
RELEASED: 10/1/69
JACKSONVILLE PRESSING
COVER #1

RARE JACKSONVILLE THICK PRINT 1ST PRESSING LABEL.
WITHOUT "HER MAJESTY" ON THE LABEL
(APP383.SR1J(AS), SPIZER)

PRINT ON POSTERBOARD CONSTRUCTION (SC1A, SPIZER). DOES NOT LIST "HER MAJESTY" ON THE BACK COVER TRACK LISTING. FRONT COVER HAS MORE OF THE CROSSWALK AT THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE COVER, AND INCLUDES A PORTION OF A SQUARE ROAD SEWER POSITIONED ON THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE COVER, BENEATH RINGO AND JOHN'S FEET.

THE 1ST COVER ISSUE IS IN VG+ CONDITION WITH SOME LIGHT RINGWEAR EVIDENT ON BOTH FRONT AND BACK, ALONG WITH EDGE WEAR. NO SPLITS. THE RECORD IS A VERY SOLID VG++ WITH A GLIMMERING DEEP GLOSS AND HAS JUST A FEW SUPERFICIAL WEAR MARKS. REALLY NICE.

CONDITION: VG+ / VG++
ITEM#: LP256
PRICE: $200


 
   
 

  ABBEY ROAD
APPLE SO-383
RELEASED: 10/1/69
WINCHESTER PRESSING
COVER #1

WITHOUT "HER MAJESTY" ON THE LABEL
(APP383.SR1W(AS), SPIZER)

IN THE SHRINKWRAP.

PRINT ON POSTERBOARD CONSTRUCTION (SC1A, SPIZER). DOES NOT LIST "HER MAJESTY" ON THE BACK COVER TRACK LISTING. FRONT COVER HAS MORE OF THE CROSSWALK AT THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE COVER, AND INCLUDES A PORTION OF A SQUARE ROAD SEWER POSITIONED ON THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE COVER, BENEATH RINGO AND JOHN'S FEET.

THIS 1ST COVER ISSUE IS A BEAUTIFUL NEAR MINT AND REMAINS IN THE ORIGINAL SHRINKWRAP. THERE IS A 3" SHRINK SEAM SEPARATION TO THE TOP AND ONE ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT. NO AFFECT TO THE COVER AT ALL. NO SPLITS. THE RECORD, PRESSED IN CAPITOL'S WINCHESTER PLANT, IS A STUNNING NEAR MINT.

CONDITION: NM / NM
ITEM#: LP257
PRICE: -----


 
   
 

  ABBEY ROAD
APPLE SO-383
RELEASED: 10/1/69
WEST COAST PRESSING
COVER #1

IN THE SHRINKWRAP.

PRINT ON POSTERBOARD CONSTRUCTION (SC1A, SPIZER). DOES NOT LIST HER MAJESTY ON THE BACK COVER TRACK LISTING. FRONT COVER HAS MORE OF THE CROSSWALK AT THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE COVER, AND INCLUDES A PORTION OF A SQUARE ROAD SEWER POSITIONED ON THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE COVER, BENEATH RINGO AND JOHN'S FEET.

RARER LABEL: WITH CAPITOL LOGO "SUBSIDIARY" PRINT IN PERIMETER,
WITH "HER MAJESTY" ON THE LABEL (APP383.SR2L(i)(C), SPIZER), WEST COAST PRESSING ON LIGHT GREEN APPLE LABEL.

THIS COVER NO. 1 IS A STUNNING NEAR MINT AND REMAINS IN THE ORIGINAL SHRINKWRAP, REALLY A BEAUTY. TWO TINY IMPERCEPTIBLE STAPLE HOLES IS IN UPPER LEFT CORNER WHERE PRICE STICKER ONCE WAS.. THE RECORD IS A SHIMMERING NEAR MINT MINUS, WITH JUST A FEW  HAIRLINE INNER SLEEVE "WHISPS" PREVENTING IT FROM NEAR MINT STATUS. BEAUTIFUL GROOVES AND HIGH SHEEN.

CONDITION: NM / NM-
ITEM#: LP294
PRICE: $475


 
   
 

  ABBEY ROAD
APPLE SO-383
RELEASED: 10/1/69
DECCA PRESSING
COVER #1

IN THE SHRINKWRAP.

PRINT ON POSTERBOARD CONSTRUCTION (SC1A, SPIZER). DOES NOT LIST "HER MAJESTY" ON THE BACK COVER TRACK LISTING. FRONT COVER HAS MORE OF THE CROSSWALK AT THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE COVER, AND INCLUDES A PORTION OF A SQUARE ROAD SEWER POSITIONED ON THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE COVER, BENEATH RINGO AND JOHN'S FEET.

THIS IS THE LEAST COMMON FIRST ISSUE LABEL VARIATION ( WITHOUT "HER MAJESTY") WHICH HAS THE AMATEURISH-LOOKING LABELS WITH A THIN COMPRESSED FONT FOR THE ALBUM TITLE AND GROUP'S NAME. THIS LABEL, WHICH HAS A LIGHT GREEN APPLE, WERE PRINTED IN-HOUSE BY CAPITOL'S SCRANTON FACTORY, AND HAVE ALSO BEEN FOUND ON NON-CAPITOL PRESSINGS. (APP383.SR1S(AS), SPIZER), LIKE THIS EXAMPLE WHICH IS A DECCA PRESSING.

THE COVER REMAINS IN THE ORIGINAL SHRINKWRAP AND IS VIRTUALLY FLAWLESS, GRADING A MINT MINUS. THE RECORD IS STELLAR MINT MINUS AND IS AN UNPLAYED GEM.

CONDITION: M- / M- (UNPLAYED)
ITEM#: LP351
PRICE: $400


 
   
  COVER NO. 2  
   
 

  ABBEY ROAD
APPLE SO-383
RELEASED: 10/1/69
WEST COAST PRESSING
COVER #2

(ACTUAL IMAGES)

RARER LABEL: WITH CAPITOL LOGO "SUBSIDIARY" PRINT IN PERIMETER,
WITH "HER MAJESTY" ON THE LABEL (APP383.SR2L(i)(C), SPIZER).

IN THE SHRINKWRAP.

PRINT ON POSTERBOARD CONSTRUCTION. "HER MAJESTY" IS PRINTED ON THE BACK COVER TRACK LISTING. THESE SECOND BATCH OF JACKET COVERS LISTING "HER MAJESTY" (SC1B, SPIZER), ARE LESS COMMON AND RARER THAN THE COVERS NOT LISTING THE SONG.

JUST A MOST STUNNING SET. THE SHRINK WRAPPED COVER IS A GORGEOUS NEAR MINT WITH JUST A TOUCH OF WEAR IN UPPER RIGHT CORNER WHERE SHRINK ENDS. THE RECORD IS AN UNPLAYED JEWEL.

CONDITION: NM / M (UNPLAYED)
ITEM#: LP289
PRICE: -----


 
   
 

  ABBEY ROAD
APPLE SO-383
RELEASED: 10/1/69
JACKSONVILLE PRESSING
COVER #2

RARER LABEL VARIATION: "MFD. BY APPLE" ON SIDE 1,
WITH "HER MAJESTY" ON THE LABEL, LIGHT GREEN APPLE.
(APP383.SR2J(ii)(af), SPIZER).

PRINT ON POSTERBOARD CONSTRUCTION. "HER MAJESTY" IS PRINTED ON THE BACK COVER TRACK LISTING. THESE SECOND BATCH OF JACKET COVERS LISTING "HER MAJESTY" (SC1B, SPIZER), ARE LESS COMMON AND RARER THAN THE COVERS NOT LISTING THE SONG.

AN OUTSTANDING 2ND COVER ISSUE AND IS A SOLID NEAR MINT MINUS, NO SPLITS, NO RINGWEAR, STUNNING GRAPHICS. MINIMAL TIP WEAR IS ALL. RECORD IS A SHIMMERING MINT MINUS "AS NEW" UNPLAYED. THIS JACKSONVILLE PRESSING HAS THE "MFD. BY APPLE" PERIMETER PRINT ON SIDE 1, WHICH RARELY SURFACES.

CONDITION: NM- / M- (UNPLAYED)
ITEM#: LP324
PRICE: -----


 
   
 

  ABBEY ROAD
APPLE SO-383
RELEASED: 10/1/69
WEST COAST PRESSING
COVER #2

"MFD. BY APPLE" ON SIDE 2
WITH "HER MAJESTY" ON THE LABEL, LIGHT GREEN APPLE
(APP383.SR2L(I)(AS), SPIZER)

IN THE SHRINKWRAP !!

A MOST BEAUTIFUL, PRISTINE SET !!
BOTH COVER AND RECORD ARE IMPECCABLE !

CONDITION: M / M- (UNPLAYED)
ITEM#: LP249
PRICE: $375


 
   
 

  ABBEY ROAD
APPLE SO-383
RELEASED: 10/1/69
WEST COAST PRESSING
COVER #2

"MFD. BY APPLE" ON SIDE 2
WITH "HER MAJESTY" ON THE LABEL, LIGHT GREEN APPLE
(APP383.SR2L(I)(AS), SPIZER)

IN THE SHRINKWRAP !!

PRINT ON POSTERBOARD CONSTRUCTION (SC1B, SPIZER). REVISED COVER DOES LIST HER MAJESTY ON THE BACK. FRONT COVER HAS MORE OF THE CROSSWALK AT THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE COVER, AND INCLUDES A PORTION OF A SQUARE ROAD SEWER POSITIONED ON THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE COVER, BENEATH RINGO AND JOHN'S FEET.

A GREAT WEST COAST 2ND COVER ISSUE. SHRINKWRAP HAS A 2" TEAR IN UPPER RIGHT CORNER OF FRONT COVER. COVER IS GORGEOUS CORNER TO CORNER. RECORD IS A GLIMMERING NEAR MINT WITH SOME LIGHT INNER SLEEVE PULLS ONLY.

CONDITION: M- / NM
ITEM#: LP251
PRICE: $300


 
   
  COVER NO. 3  
   
 

  ABBEY ROAD
APPLE SO-383
RELEASED: 10/1/69
WINCHESTER PRESSING
COVER #3

RARER LABEL VARIATION: "MFD. BY APPLE" ON SIDE 1,
WITH "HER MAJESTY" ON THE LABEL, LIGHT GREEN APPLE.
(APP383.SR2W(ii)(af), SPIZER)

IN THE SHRINKWRAP

WITH SLICKS APPLIED TO COVER PRODUCTION (SC2A, SPIZER). DOES NOT LIST HER MAJESTY ON THE BACK COVER TRACK LISTING. FRONT COVER IMAGE WAS ENLARGED TO ALLOW FOR THE FRONT SLICK TO BE WRAPPED AROUND TO THE BACK COVER. THUS, THE PICTURE ON THE FRONT SHOWS LESS OF THE TREES AND CROSSWALK (THE SQUARE SEWER IN THE ROAD IS MISSING) AND HAS A LARGER IMAGE OF THE BEATLES.

HERE IS A WONDERFUL 3RD COVER ISSUE. THE COVER IS NEAR MINT AND REMAINS IN THE SHRINKWRAP. THE SHRINK HAS A 3" SLICE AT THE EDGE OF THE SHRINK NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE FRONT, WITH NO AFFECT TO THE COVER. RECORD IS A GLIMMERING MINT MINUS AND APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN PLAYED ONCE. THIS WINCHESTER PRESSING HAS THE "MFD. BY APPLE" PERIMETER PRINT ON SIDE 1, WHICH RARELY SURFACES.

CONDITION: NM / M-
ITEM#: LP296
PRICE: $350


 
   
 

  ABBEY ROAD
APPLE SO-383
RELEASED: 10/1/69
WINCHESTER PRESSING
COVER #3

RARER LABEL VARIATION: "MFD. BY APPLE" ON SIDE 1,
WITH "HER MAJESTY" ON THE LABEL, LIGHT GREEN APPLE.
(APP383.SR2W(ii)(af), SPIZER)

IN THE SHRINKWRAP !!

WITH SLICKS APPLIED TO COVER PRODUCTION (SC2A, SPIZER). DOES NOT LIST HER MAJESTY ON THE BACK COVER TRACK LISTING. FRONT COVER IMAGE WAS ENLARGED TO ALLOW FOR THE FRONT SLICK TO BE WRAPPED AROUND TO THE BACK COVER. THUS, THE PICTURE ON THE FRONT SHOWS LESS OF THE TREES AND CROSSWALK (THE SQUARE SEWER IN THE ROAD IS MISSING) AND HAS A LARGER IMAGE OF THE BEATLES.

HERE IS A WONDERFUL 3RD COVER ISSUE. SHRINKWRAP HAS A 3" SLICE IN BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER OF FRONT COVER, WITH NO AFFECT TO THE COVER. COVER IS BEAUTIFUL CORNER TO CORNER. RECORD IS A SHINY NEAR MINT MINUS WITH SOME LIGHT, SUPERFICIAL INNER SLEEVE PULLS ONLY. THIS WINCHESTER PRESSING HAS THE "MFD. BY APPLE" PERIMETER PRINT ON SIDE 1, WHICH RARELY SURFACES. ORIGINAL 1" $5.99 PRICE STICKER IS STILL ADHERED TO BACK COVER SHRINK IN UPPER RIGHT CORNER.

CONDITION: NM / NM-
ITEM#: LP252
PRICE: $300


 
   
 

  ABBEY ROAD
APPLE SO-383
RELEASED: 10/1/69
WEST COAST PRESSING
COVER #3

WITH "ALL RIGHTS RESERVED" PRINT ON BOTH SIDES.
"MFD. BY APPLE" ON SIDE 1,
WITH "HER MAJESTY" ON THE LABEL, LOS ANGELES LIGHT GREEN APPLE.
(APP383.SR3A(ar), SPIZER).

WITH SLICKS APPLIED TO COVER PRODUCTION (SC2A, SPIZER). DOES NOT LIST HER MAJESTY ON THE BACK COVER TRACK LISTING. FRONT COVER IMAGE WAS ENLARGED TO ALLOW FOR THE FRONT SLICK TO BE WRAPPED AROUND TO THE BACK COVER. THUS, THE PICTURE ON THE FRONT SHOWS LESS OF THE TREES AND CROSSWALK (THE SQUARE SEWER IN THE ROAD IS MISSING) AND HAS A LARGER IMAGE OF THE BEATLES.

HERE IS A WONDERFUL 3RD COVER ISSUE WITH THE ACCOMPANYING RECORD HAVING THE "ALL RIGHTS RESERVED" PRINT ON BOTH SIDES. SIDE ONE HAS THIS LANGUAGE IN BLACK ON TWO LINES CENTERED AT THE TOP OF THE FULL APPLE. SIDE TWO HAS THIS IN BLACK ON FIVE LINES IN THE UPPER RIGHT PART OF THE SLICED APPLE.

COVER IS A GORGEOUS NEAR MINT CORNER TO CORNER. RECORD HAS A BRILLIANT NEAR MINT VINYL APPEARING TO HAVE BEEN PLAYED ONCE THEN STORED AWAY. THE LABELS ARE A EQUALLY STUNNING NEAR MINT.

CONDITION: NM / NM
ITEM#: LP298
PRICE: $400


 

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