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Help!, Parlophone, PMC 1255.

Published July 16th, 2011

Help!, Parlophone, PMC 1255, August 6, 1965, mono. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.  or Ernest J.Day & Co. front laminated flipback cover, with outline “mono” on front cover.

1. First pressing. August 6, 1965. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co. Ltd.” prnted at the start perimeter print and “Sold in U.K. subject…” text. Capitol print. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 549-2; Side 2: XEX 550-2.

Variation A. The original 1st labels used a Sans-Serif font and the * credit indicator for “I Need You” was placed to the right of the song title with a space between: I Need You *.

Variation B. Other of the original labels used a thick font and the same * credit indicator for “I Need You” was placed to the right of the song title with a space between: I Need You *.  In addition, the laqueur numbers (XEX.549 & XEX.550) shifted relative to date on the both sides.

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photos provided by Kostas Hasandras.

Variation C. Side 1 is practically the same as in variation 1A but the titles of “Girl” on track 5 and 6 are now aligned directly above each other. Side 2 has a few more differences in the tracklist layout. Most noticeably, the second line now begins with BIEM instead of NCB; and “Yesterday” now no longer begins on its own line. The layout in general is neater with the space being used a little more efficiently.

2. Second pressing, 1966 until 1969. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.  or Ernest J.Day & Co. front laminated flipback cover, with outline “mono” on front cover. 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. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 549-2; Side 2: XEX 550-2.

Around late 1966 a Times New Roman font appeared on the labels. The matrix number and the date stamp are now no longer vertically aligned and the tracklisting on side 2 is not lined up the same as before. Also, the asterisk next to I Need You* is closely aligned, no longer separated by a space. All the TNR copies we’ve come across have all had a closely aligned asterisk.

Variation A. This variant uses a small “The Beatles” band name on both sides of the label. But most curiously on side 1 the “Northern Songs, NCB” credit appears below the band name! The side 2 layout differs from the other TNR variants. It is believed this is the first TNR label that appeared and the side 2 error was soon rectified.

Variation B. The tracklist text is a little more spaced apart vertically and the side two Northern Songs credit has been rectified. Also the band name has increased in size.

3. Third pressing, summer 1969 until November 1969. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. front laminated cover, with small “mono” 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: XEX 549-2; Side 2: XEX 550-2.

4. Fourth 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. Laminated flipback “Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd” sleeve. Sepia or black & white “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 549-2; Side 2: XEX 550-2.

5. Fifth pressing, summer 1981 until August 1982. Black label with yellow Parlophone logo and silver print. “ALL RIGHTS OF THE PRODUCER…” printed at the start perimeter print. Importantly, around the 7 ‘o’ clock position in the rimtext the wording is: “…UNAUTHORISED PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, BROADCASTING, COPYING AND HIRING…”. “MANUFACTURED IN THE UK BY EMI RECORDS LIMITED” text at the end of the perimeter print. Unlaminated outer sleeve with outline “mono” on front. White paper standard EMI inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 549-3; Side 2: XEX 550-2.

 

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