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Past perfect or simple for coldplay'sin: "500 copies (of Coldplay's first release) were/had been released."

Please have a look at this (I'm speaking about cold playColdplay's first release.)

All"All I can say is that he bought it in Piccadilly records in Manchester a long time ago (1998)before before they became very famous. At this time he was living in England and used to go once a week to that store.

The next sentence can be either

"500 copies had been released not 50" 

or 

"500 copies were released not 50".

Which solution is the best?

I think the first one, past perfect, is the best because first the record was released then he bought it, but it seems evident that you can't buy a record before it is released so past simple might fit too.

Past perfect or simple for coldplay's first release

Please have a look at this (I'm speaking about cold play first release.)

All I can say is that he bought it in Piccadilly records in Manchester a long time ago (1998)before they became very famous. At this time he was living in England and used to go once a week to that store. "500 copies had been released not 50" or "500 copies were released not 50".

Which solution is the best?

I think the first one past perfect is the best because first the record was released then he bought it but it seems evident that you can't buy a record before it is released so past simple might fit too.

Past perfect or simple in: "500 copies (of Coldplay's first release) were/had been released."

Please have a look at this (I'm speaking about Coldplay's first release.)

"All I can say is that he bought it in Piccadilly records in Manchester a long time ago (1998) before they became very famous. At this time he was living in England and used to go once a week to that store.

The next sentence can be either

"500 copies had been released not 50" 

or 

"500 copies were released not 50".

Which solution is the best?

I think the first one, past perfect, is the best because first the record was released then he bought it, but it seems evident that you can't buy a record before it is released so past simple might fit too.

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Please have a look at this (I'm speaking about cold play first release.)

All I can say is that he bought it in Piccadilly records in Manchester a long time ago (1998)before they became very famous  . At this time he was living in England and used to go once a week to that store  .500 "500 copies had been released not 5050" or 500"500 copies were released not 5050".

Which solution is the best?

I think the first one past perfect is the best because first the record was released then he bought it but it seems evident that you can't buy a record before it is released so past simple might fit too.

Please have a look at this (I'm speaking about cold play first release.)

All I can say is that he bought it in Piccadilly records in Manchester a long time ago (1998)before they became very famous  . At this time he was living in England and used to go once a week to that store  .500 copies had been released not 50 or 500 copies were released not 50

Which solution is the best?

I think the first one past perfect is the best because first the record was released then he bought it but it seems evident that you can't buy a record before it is released so past simple might fit too.

Please have a look at this (I'm speaking about cold play first release.)

All I can say is that he bought it in Piccadilly records in Manchester a long time ago (1998)before they became very famous. At this time he was living in England and used to go once a week to that store. "500 copies had been released not 50" or "500 copies were released not 50".

Which solution is the best?

I think the first one past perfect is the best because first the record was released then he bought it but it seems evident that you can't buy a record before it is released so past simple might fit too.

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