US original Magical Mystery Tour LP guide

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A quick guide to identifying an original US Magical Mystery Tour LP:

Hi, my name is Peter.  I've decided to add another guide to my previous effort but this time concentrating on the US issue of the Beatles' album Magical Mystery Tour.

The first official Magical Mystery Tour LP in the UK was released in 1976 and that was a stereo version PCTC 255.  This release had the matrix numbers side one YEX 959-1 and side two YEX 960-1.  The only UK mono Magical Mystery Tour I know of is the double EP that came out in 1967.

The US mono Magical Mystery Tour LP came out at the end of 1967.  The catalogue number for this release was MAL-2835.  The stereo was SMAL-2835.  The stereo counterpart is far more common than the mono, some say the ratio is about 5 to 1 but I believe it's far greater than that.  Just have a look on eBay and you'll see how rare the mono is compared with the stereo version.

Some important points on the US issues:

1) Copies from LA have the words "No you're not" (inside front cover) in script.  All reissues have the words in script.  The other record plants in the US had "No you're not" written in normal font.  This makes the originals from the other plants easy to identify but read on below for additional help on this problem in case of a cover from LA.

2) The original records had the black Rainbow label.  They didn't mention "...A Subsidiary of Capitol Industries..." in the rim print which appeared in 1969.

3) Some early labels had the copyright to BMI on both sides of the record while others had the correct copyright with ASCAP on side one and BMI on side two.  Both appeared on original pressings.  It seems that the BMI mistake appeared on all the mono pressings.  The mono LP was only pressed for a short time.  Another mistake is the omission of the publisher as follows "All side-one selections are published by Comet Music Corp, ASCAP" which appeared on all the reissues under the song I Am the Walrus but was missing on first issues.

Here is a list of the US Capitol record plants and how to identify their pressings:

In 1967, Capitol Records were pressing records in Scranton Pennsylvania, Los Angeles California and in Jacksonville Illinois.  In the early 1970s they opened a pressing plant in Winchester Virginia that eventually replaced the Scranton Pennsylvania plant.

The record plant used to press any given album can be identified by the following symbols as found in the matrix area of the dead wax:

1) A machine stamped triangle with the initials IAM indicates that the record was pressed at the Scranton Pennsylvania plant.

2) A star * indicates that the record was pressed at the Los Angeles California plant.

3) An 0, either stamped or hand-written, indicates that the record was pressed at the Jacksonville Illinois plant.

4) A line that branches into a V at the end (looks like a long stemmed wine glass) was supposed to be a Winchester rifle and indicates that the record was pressed at the Winchester Virginia plant.

A little side note to this LP.  The Australian World Record Club (issued in February 1970) used US stampers (made from US mothers) to press the early LP versions, then later EMI Australia made the PCSO-3077 reissue version using UK tapes which were copied from the US tapes.  All World Record Club tape formats (cassette, 8-track and reel-to-reel) were all true stereo versions (The US stereo version was not all true stereo).  These formats were made from the German master tape.  If EMI Australia had been able to get their hands on this German master tape they could have made their own mothers from it which would have given them a true stereo LP version.  Alas, the World Record Club factory was down in Melbourne and EMI Australia was up in Sydney and the tape didn't come up to Sydney until after the PCSO-3077 release by EMI.

Anyway, I think the above will suffice in identifying original US releases of the Magical Mystery Tour LP.

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