Discovering 60s Mono and Stereo Decca Releases

Discovering 60s Mono and Stereo Decca Releases

Decca

Have you ever noticed on some 1960s Decca LPs there is a hole at the back of the cover? If it looks like the example above by the Moody Blues then you have an album that has the wrong inner sleeve in it. This example has a plain white sleeve which isn’t the correct one.

As the caption next to the hole indicates, the hole allows the inner colour to show through so the sleeve should be either blue or red, depicting if the album is either Mono or Stereo, similar to this one…

decca blue

Here are a couple of Rolling Stones albums in stereo and mono , you can see the correct colour in the indicator hole…

Rolling Stones Decca Stereo

If you are a collector, you may already know that mono and stereo versions of some of these 1960s albums have different values so it’s important to check which version you have when assessing it’s value. It doesn’t always follow that mono ( which is often the earlier pressing) is worth more or that stereo is worth more.(which is likely to be the better sounding and possibly more desirable)

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Don’t forget to check the album you have in the sleeve is the correct album for the cover and the inner. The Tom Jones album above is a red mono version and the code is LK5032 rather than the stereo version which would have code number SKL5032.

Here are examples of values affected by stereo and mono versions …

Let it Bleed , Stones mono value £400 stereo £150

On the Threshold of a dream , Moody Blues mono value £30 stereo £20

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