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

Published February 4th, 2011

1. Black label with an outer rim colorband featuring an oval logo. There are two verified typesetting variations of this record.

1.1. First record variation has left justified song titles and songwriters’ credit in small type with medium type “INTRODUCING THE BEATLES” and “SIDE I” and “SIDE II” and small type “LONGPLAYING” and “MICROGROOVE” on the label. This variation has a humorous typo in the songwriters’ credit for Chains, which was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. The label credits the to “Goffin-King”. The record’s trail off areas include the following hand etched markings: “URJ”, “AL” the date 2-6-64 and the matrix followed by “-1”. The machine stamped Audio Matrix logo also appears. This thick vinyl pressing was manufactured by Southern Plastics.

1.2. Second record variation has left justified titles and credits, “Side 1” and “Side 2” and “INTRODUCING the BEATLES”, all in small print on the label. The words “Long Playing” and “Microgroove” do not appear on the label. There are at least two trail off area variations: “URJ” and matrix numbers hand etched an both sides and “URJ” and the matrix number 63-3402-2 on Side 1 and “URJ” and the matrix number 63-3403-3 on Side 2. This variation has characteristics similar to albums pressed by Columbia Records in Bridgeport.

2. Black label backdrops featuring the outer rim colorband and brackets logo. The following typesetting variations of this label.

2.1. First record variation has centered titles and credits with “INTRODUCING THE BEATLES”, “Long Playing” and “Microgroove” on the label. It also has the “Coffin-King” typo. Its trail off areas contain hand etched matrix numbers, “URJ” and the date 2-6-64 along with Audio Matrix and ARP logos. This record was manufactured by ARP.

2.2. Second record variation has left justified song titles and songwriter’s credits and with “INTRODUCING the BEATLES” in small print on the label. The words “Longplaying” and “Microgroove” do not appear on the label. The trail off areas have the hand etched matrix number 63-3402 and job number 6307 on Side 1 and matrix number 63-6403 and job number 6307X on Side 2. Both sides have the MR logo, indicating that this record was pressed by Monarch Records.

2.3. Third record variation has the same typesetting as second label variation, having left justified song titles and credits, including the “Coffin-King” typo, with “INTRODUCING THE BEATLES” and “LONGPLAYING” on the label. SIDE I and SIDE II variation. The record’s trail off areas include the following hand etched markings: “URJ”, “AL” the date 2-6-64 and the matrix followed by “-1”. The machine stamped Audio Matrix logo also appears. This thick vinyl pressing was manufactured by Southern Plastics.

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2.4. Fourth record variation has left justified song titles and indented credits with “INTRODUCING the BEATLES”, “LONGPLAYING” or “LONG PLAYING” (two words) on the label. The trail off areas to these record have hand etched matrix numbers and “URJ” and “ARC” along with the machine stamped Audio Matrix logo. On some discs the date 2-11-64 appears. These records were pressed by ARC.

2.5. Fifth record variation has left justified titles and creditswith “INTRODUCING the BEATLES” and without “Long Playing” and “Microgroove” on the label. Its trail off area with the matrix number 63-3402 and the job number 6307 on SIDE 1 and the matrix number 63-3403 and the job number 6307X on SIDE 2. Both sides have the machine stamped MR logo; however, it is scratched over so that it cannot be read. This record was pressed with a stamper previously used by Monarch Records and then send to another factory, possibly H.V. Waddell Co. in Burbank, California.

2.6. Sixth record variation were pressed with 45-size labels. This record has centered titles and credits with “INTRODUCING THE BEATLES”, “Long Playing” and “Microgroove” on the label, along with the “Coffin-King” typo; however, it is printed on a black label with an outer rim colorband featuring a small brackets logo on a 45-size label. This record was manufactured by ARP.

3. All black label (without the outer rim colorband) with silver print.

3.1. First record variation has all black label with silver print and “VJ” in large block letters with “VEE JAY RECORDS” printed below. Is has left justified titles and credits with “INTRODUCING the BEATLES” and does not have the words “Long Playing” and “Microgroove” on the label. There are two confirmed typesetting variations. With the word “SIDE” in uppercase and thin microprint song titles. On some copies, the trail off areas have a hand etched matrix number and no other markings. Other copies have additional markings on SIDE 2 only, specifically the job number 6307X and a scratched-over MR logo, indicating a stamper previously used by Monarch Records. Or the word “Side” in upper and lower case and has its song titles in thick medium print. Its trail off areas contain hand etched matrix numbers and job numbers and scratched over MR logo. This record may have been pressed by Columbia Records in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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3.2. Second record variation has all black label with silver print featuring an oval logo, with left justified titles and credits, “Side 1” and “Side 2” and “INTRODUCING the BEATLES”, all in small print. Its trail off areas include the matrix number followed by “-4”, indicating that this is a later pressing of the record. This record was possibly pressed by Columbia Records in Bridgeport. This pressing is one of the rarer variations of the album.

3.3. Third record variation has all black label with silver print featuring the small brackets logo with left justified song titles and credits, including the “Coffin-King” typo, with “INTRODUCING THE BEATLES”, “LONGPLAYING” and “MICROGROOVE”. The record’s trail off areas include the following hand etched markings: “URJ”, “AL” the date 2-6-64 and the matrix followed by “-1”. The machine stamped Audio Matrix logo also appears. This thick vinyl pressing was manufactured by Southern Plastics.

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