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Please Please Me / From Me To You, VJ-581.

Published February 15th, 2010

Please Please Me / From Me To You, Vee-Jay VJ-581. January 30, 1964. First pressing. Record has silver lettering on a black label with an outer rim colorband featuring the oval logo. There are five confirmed variations:

1. Label has thin print  with “VJ” before the record number and publishing information on two lines. This record was made by APR.

2. Label has thick print with “VJ” before the record number, publishing information on two lines and space between “The Beatles” and the record number. Manufactured by Monarch Records.

3. Label has thin print without “VJ” before the record number and publishing information on three lines. This record was made by Southern Plastic.

4. Label has thick print with “VJ” before the record number, publishing information on two lines and no space between “The Beatles” and the record number. The initials “URJ” are hand etched into the trail off area along with “T1” and the master number. Record was pressed by Columbia in Terre Haute, Indiana.

5. Label has thick print with “VJ” before the record number, publishing information on two lines and no space between “The Beatles” and the record number.The initials “URJ” are hand etched into the trail off area along with “T1” and the master number followed “-1”. Record was pressed by Columbia in Bridgeport.

Realizing the visual appeal of the Beatles, Vee-Jay prepared a picture sleeve for the record. A black and white version of the photograph used for Vee-Jay’s “Introducing The Beatles” album appears on sleeve, which has a white background with the song titles and the Vee-Jay logo in black print and “The Beatles” in bold red print. While the sleeve may have been issued with all of the record’s numerous variations, is it most often found with the oval and bracket colorband variations.

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