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Jolly What! The Beatles & Frank Ifield On Stage, Vee-Jay VJLP(S) 1085.

Published February 4th, 2011

Jolly What! The Beatles & Frank Ifield On Stage, Vee-Jay VJLP(S) 1085, Fabruary, 1964. The cover features a drawing of a mastached English statesman holding a pair of spectacles. The front jacket proudly bills the Beatles and Frank Ifield as England’s greatest recording stars, must be viewed as either a total lie or a gross distortion since all 12 songs on the album are studio recordings, not live version of the songs as the title implies. The back of the Jolly What! album jacket reveals the inclusion of only four Beatles songs: Please Please Me, From Me To You, Ask Me Why and Thank You Girl. These were the song that appeared on VJ 498 and VJ 522, the first two Beatles singles released in the United States. The text on the back cover of the album was apparently written by Muriel Gaynor, a Vee-Jay employee who handled production matters and assisted Jay Lasker. All of the Frank Ifield songs on the album are in true stereo as are Please Please Me and Ask Me Why. As From Me To You and Thank You Girl were not included on the group’s first Parlophone album, Vee-Jay never obtained stereo masters for these songs and they appear in mono.

The album’s mono jacket has the cover slick positioned so that the number VJLP 1085.

For the stereo jacket the word “STEREO” appears at the top center of the cover and the number VJS 1085 in the upper right corner.

As with all Vee-Jay Beatles released, collectors are treated and /or tormented with several mono and stereo record label variations.

1. Mono label variations:

First mono record variation has a black label featuring an oval logo with an outer rim colorband and left justified artist-only credits. Its trail off areas include the following hand etched markings: the matrix number 64-3852 on Side 1 and 64-3853 on Side 2; the job number 6295 on Side 1 and 6295X on Side 2; and the date 1-18-64 and “URJ” on both sides. Both sides also contain the machine stamped MR and Audio Matrix logos. This variation was pressed by Monarch Records in California.

Second mono record variation has a black label featuring a large white brackets logo with an outer rim colorband. There are two variations of this label. With centered artist and songwriter credits and with “Long Playing” and “Microgroove” on the label. The matrix number, the date 1-18-64 and “URJ” are hand etched in the trail off areas, which also contain the Audio Matrix stamp logo. This variation was pressed by ARP in Owosso, Michigan.

And with left justified artist-only credits without “Long Plying” and “Microgroove”on the label. Its trail off areas include the following hand etched markings: the matrix number 64-3852 on Side 1 and 64-3853 on Side 2; the job number 6295 on Side 1 and 6295X on Side 2; and the date 1-18-64 and “URJ” on both sides. Both sides also contain the machine stamped Audio Matrix logo. MR logo is scratched so that it can not be read. This record was pressed from metal parts that were previously used by Monarch Records.

Trird mono record variation has an all black label with silver print and the large VJ logo with left justified artist-only credits. Its trail off areas include the following hand etched markings: the matrix number 64-3852 on Side 1 and 64-3853 on Side 2; the job number 6295 on Side 1 and 6295X on Side 2; and the date 1-18-64 and “URJ” on both sides. Both sides also contain the machine stamped Audio Matrix logo. MR logo is scratched so that it can not be read. This record was pressed from metal parts that were previously used by Monarch Records.

1. Stereo label variations:

First stereo record variation has a black label featuring an oval logo with an outer rim colorband and left justified artist-only credits, the album number VJLPS 1085 and “STEREO” at 3 o’clock. Its trail off areas include the following hand etched markings: the matrix number 64-3852S on SIDE 1 and 64-3853S on SIDE 2; the job number 6298 on SIDE 1 and 6298X on SIDE 2; and the date 1-21-64 on SIDE 1 and 1-26-64 on SIDE 2; and the initials “RA” on both sides. Both sides also contain the machine stamped MR and Audio Matrix logos. This record was pressed by Monarch Records.

Second stereo record variation has a black label featuring a large white brackets logo with an outer rim colorband. There are two variations of this label. With centered artist and songwriter credits and with “Long Playing” and “Microgroove” and with “STEREO” at 12 o’clock on the label. The matrix number and “RA” are hand etched in the trail off areas, which also contain the Audio Matrix stamp logo. This variation was pressed by ARP in Owosso, Michigan.

And with left justified artist-only credits without “Long Plying” and “Microgroove” and with “STEREO” at 3 o’clock. on the label. Its trail off areas include the following hand etched markings: the matrix number 64-3852-S on SIDE 1 and 64-3853-S on SIDE 2; the job number 6298 on SIDE 1 and 6298X on SIDE 2. Both sides have a faint hand etched “RA” and the machine stamped MR logo. MR logo is scratched so that it can not be read. This record was pressed by Monarch Records.

Trird stereo record variation has an all black label with silver print and the large VJ logo with left justified artist-only credits and “STEREO” centered above the album number at 9 o’clock. Its trail off areas include the following hand etched markings: the matrix number 64-3852-S on and 64-3853S SIDE 1 and 64-3853-S on SIDE 2; the job number 6298 on SIDE 1 and 6298X on SIDE 2. Both sides have a faint hand etched “RA” and the MR logo is scratched over. This record was pressed by Monarch Records.


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