SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
PMCO 7027 (MONO) / PCSO 7027 (STEREO)
LAST UPDATED: 11 AUGUST 2012
YELLOW/BLACK mono
AU7027M1
10 Aug 1967
'BANNER' STEREO
AU7027S1
10 Aug 1967
NZ YELLOW stereo
AU7027S2
1968
NZ BLACK 1-BOX B
AU7027S4B
1976
NZ BLACK 1-BOX A
AU7027S4A
1969
ORANGE 1-BOX A
AU7027S5A
Q3 1969
ORANGE 1-BOX B
AU7027S5B
Oct 1978
ORANGE 1-BOX C
AU7027S5C
1979
BLACK 1-BOX A
AU7027S6A
1982
NZ DK GREY 1-BOX A
AU7027S4C
1982
BLACK 1-BOX B
AU7027S6B
Jul 1987
YELLOW/BLACK stereo
AU7027S3
Feb 1969
AUDIOPHILE AUDIO-5
AUAUDIO5a
Jul 1983
GENERAL ALBUM INFORMATION
In 1967, EMI (Australia) did not have the facilities to replicate gatefold sleeves or print album inserts, so both were imported from the UK. It appears that at least two separate import batches were received from the UK; the first, just prior to release, consisted of original "widespine" sleeves (with "Patents Pending" text on the rear); the second batch, received sometime during 1968, were the normal-width spine sleeves (without the "Patents Pending" text). While the "widespine" sleeve is uncommon, and therefore highly-prized, in the UK, it's actually the sleeve that's the most common in Australia. Collectors will spend hundreds of pounds to secure a UK widespine; yet one can be had here in Australia for as little as AU$40 (less than 20 GBP).

Around the end of February 1969, EMI (Australia) had exhausted their stock of imported 'stereo' sleeves and so began housing stereo pressings in the remaining 'mono' sleeves, onto which were affixed black/white 'STEREO' stickers. This practice remained until December 1969, when EMI (Australia) replaced the gatefold sleeve with a locally made single sleeve.

It needs be noted that the dates quoted above are estimates resulting from a significant body of research. There were at least eight different *confirmed* stereo configurations of SPLHCB released during 1969 alone. In rough order of appearance, these were:

1. UK stereo cover, banner-stereo label
2. UK mono cover (w/ stereo sticker), banner-stereo label
3. UK mono cover (w/ stereo sticker), yellow 'Parlophone'/black label w/ 'STEREO' above PARLOPHONE text
4. UK stereo cover, orange label
5. UK mono cover (w/ stereo sticker), orange label
6. Aus stereo cover, y/b label w/ 'STEREO' above PARLOPHONE text
7. Aus stereo cover, y/b label w/ 'S T E R E O' to left of spindle hole
8. Aus stereo cover, orange label

These eight configurations, however, don't take into account all the widespine/normal spine/"patents pending"/no "patents pending" cover variations that were circulated in Australia; and nor do they take into account inner flaps/exposed flap sleeves - both of which were distributed here (sleeves of UK pressings had exposed flaps up until around the time of the introduction of the 'EMI 1-Box' labels in that country, circa 1969; and were all but replaced with inner-flap sleeves by the time of the release of the first 'EMI 2-box' labels in 1970.
FORMAT RELEASE DATE SIDE 1 MATRIX SIDE 2 MATRIX PARTS
MONO 10 Aug 1967 XEX 637-1 XEX 638-1 UK
STEREO 10 Aug 1967 YEX 637-1 YEX 638-1 UK
STEREO 1981 YEX 637-1 YEX 638-2 UK/AU
STEREO 198? YEX 637-2 YEX 638-2 AU
STEREO 3 Jul 1983 AUDIO 5-A -3 DB AUDIO-5-B DB AU*
STEREO Jun 1987 PCSO-7027-A
AMX-67841-YEX-638 W2B
PCSO-7027
AMX-67842 W2C
AU**
STEREO Jun 1987 PCSO-7027-A
AMX-67841-YEX-638 W2B2
PCSO-7027
AMX-67842 W2C
AU**
STEREO Jun 1987 PCSO-7027-A
AMX-67841-YEX-638 W2B2
PCSO-7027
AMX-67842 W2C2
AU**
STEREO Aug 1987 PCSO-7027-A
AMX-67841-YEX-638 W2B
PCSO-7027
AMX-67842 W2
AU**
STEREO Aug 1987 PSCO 7027-A
AMX-67841 YEX-638 W2B
PCSO 7027-B1
AMX-67842 YEX-639 W2C
AU**
STEREO Aug 1987 PCSO-7027-A
AMX-67841-YEX-6387 W2B
PCSO-7027B
AMX-67842 W2C YEX 638
AU**
STEREO Aug 1987 YEX 637-2 PCSO-7027B
AMX-67842 W2C YEX 638
AU
STEREO 14 Nov 1988 PCSO 7027 D-A PCSO 7027 D-B AU
* Masters created for extremely limited 1983 AUDIOPHILE reissue.
** Masters created for 1987 red vinyl reissue; cut at Festival Records by Warren Barnett as EMI did not have the facilities to press coloured vinyl. Some audiophiles insist that this pressing is every bit the sonic/aural equal of the 1983 AUDIOPHILE pressing. The mothers continued to be used by EMI Australia after the coloured vinyl run was completed, until being replaced by the digital remasters in late 1988.

Extract from the book “An Overview of Australian Beatles Records”, © 2011/12 by Jaesen Jones. Used by permission. Book available for purchase by clicking the "AUSSIE BEATLES BOOK" link in the top menu.
MATRIX INFORMATION

Machine Stamped - Hand Written
CODE CIRCULATED SLEEVE DETAILS
UK1 Jul 1967 Imported UK mono g/fold sleeve; wide spine; "Patents Pending"; cutout sheet and "Fool" inner sleeve
UK2 Jul 1967 Imported UK stereo sleeve; wide spine; cutout sheet and "Fool" inner sleeve
UK3 1968 Imported UK mono sleeve; normal spine; cutout sheet and "Fool" inner sleeve
UK4 1968 Imported UK stereo sleeve; normal spine; cutout sheet and "Fool" inner sleeve
UK5 Mar 1969 Same as UK4, but with black/white STEREO sticker affixed top left
AU1 Dec 1969 Single-pocket; no cutout sheet or "Fool" inner sleeve; early sleeves laminated, then unlaminated
AU2 1979 Similar to AU1 but with different footer text on rear sleeve
AU3 Jul 1987 G/fold sleeve; cutout sheet. Rear-cover footer manufacture credits at right
AU4 Nov 1988 G/fold with cutout sheet; “DIGITALLY REMASTERED” footer on rear cover; rear-cover footer manufacture credits at left, with larger 'EMI' logo than AU3
SLEEVE INFORMATION