According to yokono.com, the original German "White Album" had the catalog number SMO 2051/52. At some point, the catalog number seems to have changed to 1C 172-04 173/74. I'm not sure but I think I read somewhere that the ('70s??) white-vinyl German issue had that number. Is one preferable over the other? Is a white-vinyl 1C 172-04 173/74 edition better than a black-vinyl one? Is the original the best? You folks who rave about the German White ... which one do you have? Thanks for any and all info.