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A Collection Of Beatles Oldies, Parlophone, PCS 7016.

Published July 16th, 2011

A Collection Of Beatles Oldies, Parlophone, PCS 7016, December 10, 1966, stereo. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. or Ernest J.Day & Co. front laminated flipback cover with or without small “stereo” on the front side.

1. First pressing. December 10, 1966. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print and “Sold in U.K. subject…” text. Plain white or sepia “LP advertising” inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 619-1G; Side 2: YEX 620-1G.

Variation A. “Oldies but Goldies” came out as Parlophone were producing their Times New Roman typeset runs and most early copies appeared on this label design.

Variation B. By mid 1967 Parlophone had seemingly gone back to using the Sans-serif typeset exclusively on their labels. There is also small STEREO and added dates underneath the catalogue number on the right hand side.

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Variation C. This label hints at the slightly different style probably dates from end 1968 to early 1969. The addition of a period mark after the “PCS.” of the catalogue number on both sides of the label is an obvious difference, but there is also the removal of credits underneath the catalogue number on the right hand side. “STEREO” over ON on the both sides. Another minor difference is a change in the use of period marks in the tracklistings.

Variation D. This variant is close to variant C and dates back to first half 1969. “STEREO” over NE on the both sides.

2. Second pressing, summer 1969 until November 1969. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. front laminated cover, with or without small “stereo” on front. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print. Plaine white or sepia “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Without tax code. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 619-1G; Side 2: YEX 620-1G.

3. Third pressing, November 1969 until 1970. Black label with one black-white EMI logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and “Made In GT. Britain” lower text. Laminated flipback “Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd” sleeve. Sepia or black & white “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 619-1G; Side 2: YEX 620-1G.

4. Fourth pressing, early 1971 until 1973. Black label with two white-black EMI logos and silver print. “The Gramophone Co Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and “Made In GT. Britain” lower text. Laminated flipback “Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd” sleeve with or without small “stereo” on the front side. Sepia color “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 619-1G; Side 2: YEX 620-1G.

5. Fifth pressing, summer 1976 until october 1980. Black label with two white-black EMI logos and silver print. “EMI Records Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and “Made In GT. Britain” printed at the end of the perimeter print. Laminated “Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd” sleeve small “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI custom inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 619-1G (or -2); Side 2: YEX 620-1G (or -2; -3).

Philips contract pressing. The label has outer convex edging 6 mm wide. And the matrix numbers are characteristic for Phillips Records: Side 1: PCS 7016 YEX 619 A//2; Side 2: PCS 7016 YEX 620 B//3.

6. Sixth pressing, October 1980 until April 1984. Black label with two white-black EMI logos and silver print. “ALL RIGHTS OF THE PRODUCER…” printed at the start perimeter print. Importantly, around the 11 ‘o’ clock position in the rimtext the wording is: “…UNAUTHORISED PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, BROADCASTING, COPYING AND HIRING…”. Instead, added “MANUFACTURED IN THE UK BY EMI RECORDS LIMITED” text at the end of the perimeter print. Unlaminated sleeve with small “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI standard inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 619-3; Side 2: YEX 620-4.

7. Seventh pressing, July 1983. The budget Fame label (another EMI subsidiary which released vinyl as budget items between 1983 and 1994) issued just one actual Beatles title, the “A Collection of Beatles Oldies” (FA 4130811). This appeared on vinyl in July 1983. The front cover is distinguished only by a small “Fame” logo written diagonally across the top right-hand corner of the LP. The rear cover is also the same as the original Parlophone one (but with  “Fame” logo at the bottom), and the LP came out with a Fame label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 619-5-1-1; Side 2: YEX 620-7-1-1.

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