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Manufactures and decoding symbols.

Published February 4th, 2011

Universal Recording Corporation, Chicago. EMI master types were sent to Universal Recording Corporation for mastering, a process that involves the cutting of lacquer discs. The recording engineer who cut the lacquer hand etched his initials “RA” into the trail off area of the discs, along with each song’s master number. Subsequently another difference appearing in the trail off areas of the other variation is that the initials “URJ” appear instead of “RA”. Apparently, these discs were mastered by an individual whose initials “URJ”.

Audio Matrix Inc, Bronx, New York. The lacquers were sent to Audio Matrix Inc. to prepare the metal parts necessary to manufacture the records. These metal parts included masters, mothers and the actual stampers used to press the records. Metal parts produced by Audio Matrix have the company’s logo machine stamped into their trail off areas, which transfers to the finished record. The sharpness of the logo varies among individual records. This is due to the image on the stamper wearing down from excessive use. On some discs the words “Audio Matrix” are clearly visible while on others all that remains is what appears to be a series of dots. Job numbers of Monarch Records. The discs manufactured by Monarch Records contain a hand etched job number preceded by a triangle symbol.

Symbols of manufacturers:

The primary pressing plants used by Vee-Jay were:

1. ARP – The American Record Pressing Co, Owosso, Michigan.

2. MR – Monarch Record, Los Angeles, California.

3. ARC – Allentown Record Co. Inc., Allentown, Pennsylvania.

4. “-1” – Southern Plastics, Nashville, Tennessee.

4. Matrix numbers 63-3402-2 / 63-3403-3 – Columbia Records, Terre Houte, Indiana or Bridgeport.

Master numbers of Universal Recording Corporation and job numbers of Monarch Records:

VJLP 1062 Introducing The Beatles (Version One) – Side 1: master number 63-3402, job number 5702; Side 2: master number 63-3403, job number 5702X.

VJLPS 1062 Introducing The Beatles (Version One) – Side 1: master number 63-3402S, job number 5689; Side 2: master number 63-3403S, job number 5689X.

VJLP 1062 Introducing The Beatles (Version Two) – Side 1: master number 63-3402, job number 6307; Side 2: master number 63-3403, job number 6307X.

VJLPS 1062 Introducing The Beatles (Version Two) – Side 1: master number 63-3402-S, job number 6313; Side 2: master number 63-3403-S, job number 6313X.

VJLP 1085 The Beatles & Frank Ifield – Side 1: master number 64-3852, job number 6295; Side 2: master number 64-3853, job number 6295X.

VJLPS 1085 The Beatles & Frank Ifield – Side 1: master number 64-3852S, job number 6298; Side 2: master number 64-3853S, job number 6298X.

PRO 202  Hear The Beatles Tell All – Side 1: master number 64-6608, job number 7109; Side 2: master number 64-6609, job number 7109X.

Vee-Jay Inner Sleeves.

Published February 4th, 2011

Introducing The Beatles, Vee-Jay VJLP 1062, Cover Variations (Version One).

Published February 4th, 2011

Introducing The Beatles Vee-Jay VJLP-1062, Version One, January 10, 1964. The front cover of Introducing The Beatles uses the Angus McBean color photograph. The title of the album, appearing at the top of the jacket on two lines as “Introducing… THE BEATLES”, is followed by the phrase “ENGLANDS No.1 VOCAL GROUP” to let the American pablic know of the group’s popularity in their homeland. The mono covers have. The mono covers have the slick positioned so that the number LP 1062 appears in the lower right hand corner. The positioning of the skick on the stereo covers cuts off all of Paul’s arms except for a silver of his thumbs and exposes a white top banner with “STEREOPHONIC” centered in grey and the number SR 1062 in black in the upper right-nand corner. Covers printed by Coburn & Company, an offset printing firm in Chicago. Summary sheets for the first quarter of 1964 indicate that 79,169 mono and 2,202 stereo copies of Introducing The Beatles were shipped to distributors during the first fifteen days of the year befor sales were abruptly halted by the temporary injunction prohibiting Vee-Jay from issuing Beatles product. It is estimated that an additional five to ten thousand copies of Version One.

The firs front cover slicks have “Printed in U.S.A.” running vertically along the left side of the jacket one to two inches from the lower left corner. The later cover slicks for Introducing The Beatles were probably printed by Hill Lithograph Corp. The later cover slicks do not have “Printed In U.S.A.”.

There are three distinctly different variations to the mono and stereo back covers to Version One of Introducing The Beatles:

1. The first cover variation has miniature color photographs of the covers of 25 Vee-Jay albums, on the back side. The back cover artwork used on this version of the jacket is nothing more than one side of the inner sleeve dust jacket. This variation is known as the “Ad Back” cover. All Ad Back covers were manufactured with front slicks containing the phrase “Printed in U.S.A.” running vertically along its lower left side.

Mono “Ad Back” cover:

Stereo “Ad Back” cover:

2. The second variation of the album’s back cover is also shrouded in mystery and speculation. It is similar to the Ad Back in that it contains no information regarding the group or the songs. But white the Ad Back is one of the most colorful back covers in the Beatles catalog, the second variation is at the other end of the spectrum – a glossy blank white slick. This variation is known as the “Blank Back” cover. The first mono cover with “Printed in U.S.A.” on the front cover slick. The Later mono front cover slick without “Printed in U.S.A.” All stereo Blank Back has “Printed in U.S.A.” on its front cover slick.

Mono “Blank” cover:

Stereo “Blank” cover:

3. The third back cover variation is much more conventional. Although this cover has no liner notes or pictures, it does list the song titles in the thick blank print in two columns. The VJ brackets logo is centered at the top of the cover above the title of the album, which appears in huge black letters. This boring cover variation, hereinafter referred to as the “Titles on Back” cover, is clearly the result of Vee-Jay’s desire to get the album issued as quickly as possible. First version of the “Titles on Back” cover include “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You” title songs. This cover of Introducing The Beatles printed has mono variation only. Front cover slicks without “Printed in U.S.A.” All stereo versions of the “Title Back” covers are 100% fakes.

Introducing The Beatles, Vee-Jay VJLP 1062, Record Variations (Version One).

Published February 4th, 2011

As with all Beatles records on Vee-Jay, there are multiple label variations for this historic album. This is because the records were manufactured at different regional pressing plants. Exhibits filed in Vee-Jay’s New York litigation with Capitol indicate that stampers were initially sent to the same factories that produced the Beatles 1963 singles: ARP, Monarch, Southern Plastics and later ARC. The most common mono record label variation has a black label featuring an outer rim colorband and the oval logo. There are three typesetting variations. Tipeset by ARC on these black label backdrops with the outer rim colorband and white brackets logo. All stereo versions has a black label with an outer rim colorband featuring the oval logo.

1. Mono. Mono label has centered song titles and songwriters’ credits with “INTRODUCING THE BEATLES” in medium print and “Long Playing” and “Microgroove” on the label. The trail off areas have the hand etched matrix number 63-3402 on Side I and 63-3403 on Side II. Both sides have the hand etched initials “RA” and “A” as well as the machine stamped Audio Matrix and “ARP” logos. This variation was pressed by ARP.

1. Stereo. Stereo label has the exact same typesetting and information as mono with the word “STEREO” at 12 o’clock. The trail off areas have the hand etched matrix number 63-3402S on Side I and 63-3403S on Side II, which also has the hand etched date 6-28-63. Both sides have the hand etched initials “RA” and “A” as well as the machine stamped Audio Matrix and “ARP” logos. This variation was pressed by ARP.

2. Mono. Mono label has left justified song titles and songwriters’ credits with “INTRODUCING the BEATLES” in small print. The words “Long Playing” and “Microgroove” do not appear on the label. The trail off areas have the hand etched matrix number 63-3402 and job number 5702 on Side 1 and matrix number 63-3403 and job number 5702-X on Side 2. Both sides have the hand etched date 6-29-63 and initials “RA” and “A” as well as the machine stamped Audio Matrix and “MR” logos. This variation was pressed by Monarch Records.

2. Stereo. Stereo label has the exact same typesetting and information as mono except that the album number is VJLPS 1062 rather than VJLP 1062 and “STEREO” appears at 3 o’clock below the Side number. The trail off areas have the hand etched matrix number 63-3402S and job number 5689 on Side 1 and matrix number 63-3403S and job number 5689-X on Side 2. Both sides have the hand etched date 6-28-63 and initials “RA” and “A” as well as the machine stamped Audio Matrix and “MR” logos. This variation was pressed by Monarch Records.

3. Mono. Label has left justified song titles and songwriters’ credits with “INTRODUCING the BEATLES” is in medium print and the words “LONGPLAYING” and “MICROGROOVE” appear on the label. The typesetting on the labels has an amateurish appearance as “THE BEATLES” is not level, particularly noticeable on Side 1. Its trail off areas have hand etched matrix numbers as well as the date 6-29-63 and the initials “RA” and “A”. The machine stamped Audio Matrix logo is also presend. This variation was pressed by Southern Plastics. Its is not know if Southern Plastics pressed stereo Version One records.

4. Mono. This record label variation has a black label backdrops with the outer rim colorband and white brackets logo. Label has left justified song titles and indented credits with “INTRODUCING the BEATLES”, “MICROGROOVE” and “LONGPLAYING”. Trail off areas contain the following hand etched markings: “AB”, the matrix numbers 63-3402 and the date 1-10-64 on SIDE 1; “A11”, the matrix number 63-3403 and the date 1-11-64 on SIDE 2; and “ARC” on both sides. The Audio Matrix logo is also clearly visible on both sides. This variation was pressed by ARC. ARC records represent only about 6% of the total mono Version One records pressed. ARC is not manufactured stereo Version One records.

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