US White Album Numbering Attributes (Decoding)

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Beatles White Album

No lead characters and no lead zeros. This variant is found only on very early records. I have seen several numbered 100 and earlier which fit this description. In each case, the records were manufactured in Los Angeles.

Beatles White Album

No lead characters but with lead zeros. This variant begins before number 1000 and is found on covers numbered less than about 210,000 and with records manufactured in Los Angeles

Beatles Capitol Record Labels

Lead character of "A" followed by a blank space. Next, West Coast copies from about 210,000 up to just over 500,000 can be found in this style. The "A" looks like it was added with a different stamper. Apparently, the addition of an "A" made US releases more closely follow most foreign releases of the LP.

Beatles White Album

Lead character is a large dot. These can be found on covers numbered from about 500,000 to about 1,390,000 and with records pressed in either Jacksonville or Los Angeles.

Beatles White Album

Lead character of "A" without any blank space. The "A" is printed in the same font as the number. Typically found on covers numbered from about 1,390,000 to about 2,250,000 and with records pressed in Scranton. These copies were available for purchase no later than January, 1969.

Beatles White Album

Number prefixed by No. Notice that the "o" is elevated (superscripted). This is the same fashion as records from England were numbered. This variation is commonly found on covers numbering from about 2,250,000 to about 2,600,000 and with records pressed in Jacksonville.

Beatles White Album

Number prefixed by NO. (upper case). The characters are also in a thinner font on this variant, which is commonly found on higher numbered covers and with records pressed in Scranton.

Label variations also exist. The true first label copies, pressed at all three Capitol factories, have incorrect titles for several songs on sides 1 and 4 as follows:

Track Title on Original Label Title on Corrected Label
Side 1, Track 4 Obladi Oblada Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da
Side 1, Track 6 Bungalow Bill The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
Side 4, Track 1 Revolution No. 1 Revolution 1
Side 4, Track 5 Revolution No. 9 Revolution 9
Side 4, Track 6 Goodnight Good Night


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