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Help!, Parlophone, PCS 3071.

Published July 16th, 2011

Help!, Parlophone, PCS 3071, August 6, 1965, stereo. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.  or Ernest J.Day & Co. front laminated flipback cover, with outline “stereo” on front cover.

1. First pressing. August 6, 1965. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. Capitol print. “The Gramophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print and “Sold in U.K. subject…” text. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 168-1; Side 2: YEX 169-1.

The original 1st presses used sans serif and the * credit indicator for “I Need You” was placed to the right of the song title.

2. Second pressing, 1966 until 1969. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.  or Ernest J.Day & Co. front laminated flipback cover, with outline “stereo” on front cover. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve.

Rare copies of the sleeves have small solid black “stereo” on front cover:

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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. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 168-1; Side 2: YEX 169-1.

Variation A. Around late 1966 the font changed on the label to Times New Roman. The * credit indicator for “I Need You” is now placed to the left of the song title, not to the right. This tracklist layout stayed for future issues of the LP.

Variation B. Much later (closer to 1968) the label typeset was changed back to sans serif.  The * credit indicator for “I Need You” is now placed to the left of the song title.

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3. Third pressing, summer 1969 until November 1969. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. front laminated cover, with 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 168-1; Side 2: YEX 169-1.

4. Fourth pressing, November 1969 until 1970. Black label with one black-white EMI logo and silver print. “The Gramophone CO Ltd…” rim text and “Made In GT. Britain” lower text. Laminated flipback “Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd” sleeve with outline “stereo” on the front side. Sepia or black & white “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 168-1; Side 2: YEX 169-1.

5. Fifth 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 outline “stereo” on the front side. Sepia color “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 168-1 (or -2); Side 2: YEX 169-1.

6. Sixth 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 with outline “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI custom inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 168-2 (or -3); Side 2: YEX 169-1.

7. Seventh 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 outline “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI standard inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 168-4; Side 2: YEX 169-4.

8. Eighth pressing, end of spring 1984 until 1987. 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 COPYIN, HIRING, RENTING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AND BROADCASTING…”. “MANUFACTURED IN THE UK BY EMI RECORDS LIMITED” text at the end of the perimeter print. Unlaminated sleeve with outline “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI standard inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 168-4; Side 2: YEX 169-4.

9. Ninth pressing, 1987 – 1991. Black label with two silver 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 COPYING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, BROADCASTING, HIRING AND RENTAL…”. “MADE IN ENGLAND” text at the end of the perimeter print. Unlaminated outer sleeve with outline “stereo” on the front and with barcode on the back side. Sleeves early 90′s have Apple logo on the back side. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 168-5-1-1 D; Side 2: YEX 169-5-1-1 D.

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