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With The Beatles, Parlophone, PMC 1206.

Published July 16th, 2011

With The Beatles, Parlophone, PMC 1206, November 22, 1963, mono. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd or Ernest. J.Day & Co front laminated cover, with large “mono” on front and with misspeled “You Really Gotta Hold On Me” credit on the back side.

The Garrod & Lofthouse covers (with the incorrect “Gotta” spelling) were pressed in such large quantities that it wasnt until around 5N or 6N that they eventually ran out of them and repressed the covers with the correct “Got A” spelling. This is why there are so many of the G&L covers in existence with the incorrect “Gotta” spelling even though the labels were corrected for pressings 3N to 7N.

Few 1st pressing Ernest J Day covers did show the correct spelling of “Got A” – either because they noticed the error in time or because they were prepared to destroy any mis-pressed covers. Whatever the reason, these were the only ones that seem to have been used for the corrected 1N pressings of this LP. They are easy to spot because they have the Ernest J Day in the bottom right flap of the rear cover and have the mega rare earliest style of flat flip-backs i.e. the same style as used on the earliest 1963 pressings of ‘Please Please Me’. E J Day changed their cover style in 1964 to the more conventional flip-back type cover.

1. First pressing. November 22, 1963. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print and “Recording first published 1963″. “Jobete” publishing credit for “Money” (Side 2). Polythene-liner “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. First pressing has misspeled “You Really Gotta Hold On Me” credit on the Side 2. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 447-1N; Side 2: XEX 448-1N.

First pressings had the matrices 447-1N & 448-1N. During pressing, it was noticed that the credits & spelling on the labels and covers were incorrect i.e. the track ‘Money’ was given the incorrect “Jobete” credit and the track “You Really Got A Hold on Me” was mispelt on the cover and on the labels as “Gotta”. These errors were only noticed after a quantity of 1N mis-pressings had been made. The errors were soon corrected and the matrix numbers on the record almost immediately started to rise from 1N to 3N, 4N, 5N, 6N and finally ending with 7N, with which the majority of 1963 mono were pressed.

2. Second pressing, December 1963 – early 1964. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. or Ernest .J.Day & Co. front laminated cover, with large “mono” on front. Most copies of the second pressing has the similar sleeves with misspeled “You Really Gotta Hold On Me” credit on the Side 2. But some copies has correct “You Really Got A Hold On Me” credit.

Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print and “Recording first published 1963″. “Dominion, Belinda” publishing credit for “Money” (Side 2). Most copies of the second pressing has correct “You Really Got A Hold On Me” credit on the Side 2. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 447-3N; Side 2: XEX 448-3N. Later pressings has  matrix numbers: -4/-4; -5/-5; -6/-6; -7/-7.

Variation A: A little while the “Jobete” credit was altered to correctly read “Dominion, Belinda (Ldn.) Ltd.”.

Variation B: Early 1964. On the side 2 label the end of the song title “I Wanna Be Your Man” was shifted along enough so that its full credits appeared on one line rather than breaking in the middle of “Northern Songs”. Because of this, “Devil In Her Heart” and “Not A Second Time” both now started on new lines rather than being broken in the middle. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 447-7N; Side 2: XEX 448-7N.

Decca contract pressing. Early 1964. Second pressing label variation. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. front laminated cover, with large “mono” on front. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print and “Recording first published 1963″. “Dominion, Belinda” publishing credit for “Money” (Side 2). Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. These are distinguishing characteristics Decca:
1. There is no tax code around the centre hole on either side of the disc.
2. There’s a light ridge that runs around approximately 5mm out from the centre hole. This ridge is also 41mm in from the edge of the label.
3. The most promiment groove, which is a typical characteristic of Decca LP presses is approximately 31mm out from the centre hole and 15mm in from the edge of the label.
4. There is no tax code stamped at the 12 o’clock position.
5. The mother plate number (either single or double figured) is at the 9 o’clock position. There is no tx code stamped above it.
6. The contract pressings did NOT utilise the BUCKINGHAM stamper codes, so there are no such letters at the 3 o’clock position.
7. The matrix number is stamped at the 6 o’clock position in the deadwax.
Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 447-7N; Side 2: XEX 448-7N.

3. Third 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 large “mono” on front. White paper standard EMI inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side One: XEX 447-7N (or -8); Side 2: XEX 448-7N (or -8).

4. Fourth 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 large “mono” on the front and with barcode on the back side. Sleeves early 90’s have Apple logo on the back side. Misprint matrix numbers on the both labels (YEX 110 and YEX 111). Matrix numbers on the trail area: Side One: XEX 447-10-1-1; Side 2: XEX 448-10-1-1. Play mono.

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