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Please Please Me, Parlophone, PCS 3042.

Published July 16th, 2011

Please Please Me, Parlophone, PCS 3042, April 26, 1963, stereo. It is not known as it has been much made copies of the first stereo press, but all copies have only two variants of codes of a stamp: 1G/1R or 1R/1G. Therefore the total of copies of the first stereo press could not be more than 600. True, some experts believe that it was pressed 900 or over 1000 copies.

Parlophone promo poster:

The first pressing has Ernest J.Day & Co front laminated cover, with large “stereo” on front. The photo credit for the front cover: “Photo Angus McBean” is printed in the lower right corner. The text starts at the end of “s” in “songs”.

PPM 1st St sleeve

1. First pressing. April 26, 1963. The first pressing has black label with gold print and with stereo banner printed below the Parlophone logo. “The Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at start perimeter print. “Dick James Mus. Co” uncorrect publishing credit “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Misery”, “Do You Want To Know A Secret” & “There’s A Place”. Polythene-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With tax code “ZMT” on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 94-1; Side 2: YEX 95-1.

2. Second pressing. May 1963. Ernest J.Day & Co front laminated cover, with large “stereo” on front. Black label with gold print and with stereo banner printed below the Parlophone logo. “The Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at start perimeter print. “Northern Songs” correctly publishing credit “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Misery”, “Do You Want To Know A Secret” & “There’s A Place”. Polythene-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. Tax code “MT” on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 94-1; Side 2: YEX 95-1.

3. Third pressing, summer 1963. It is the first pressing on it is black-yellow Parlophone label. Ernest J.Day & Co. front laminated cover, with large “stereo” on front. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print, but without “Recording first published 1963″. With or without 33 1/3 prefix and with or without tax code on label. Tracing-rice-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 94-1; Side 2: YEX 95-1.

4. Fourth pressing, summer 1963 – January 1964. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. or Ernest J.Day & Co. front laminated cover, with large “stereo” on front. Black & Yellow label with “The Parlophone Co. Ltd.” perimeter print and “Recording first published 1963″. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 94-1; Side 2: YEX 95-1.

5. Fifth pressing, 1964. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. front laminated cover, with mid-sized “stereo” on front. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print, “Recording first published 1963″ and “Sold in UK…” text. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 94-1; Side 2: YEX 95-1.

Variation A, early 1964.

Variation B.

Variation C, late 1964 (photos of Jonathan Laker).

6. Sixth pressing, 1965 until 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 and “Sold in UK…” text. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut or plaine white inner sleeves. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 94-1; Side 2: YEX 95-1.

Variation A:

Variation B: “Stereo” on the rugth side over “..ONE”.

Variation C, 1968:

PPM 1968APPM 1968B

 

7. Seventh 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.

8. Eighth 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 One: YEX 94-1, Side Two: YEX 95-1.

9. Ninth 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 One: YEX 94-1, Side Two: YEX 95-1.

Variation A.

Variation B. Later pressing.

10. Tenth 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 large “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI custom inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 94-2, Side Two: YEX 95-2.

11. Eleventh 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 large “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI standard inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 94-3, Side Two: YEX 95-3.

12. Twelfth 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 large “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI standard inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 94-4, Side Two: YEX 95-4.

Version 1, 1984 – 1985.

Version 2, 1985 – 1987.

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.

With The Beatles, Parlophone, PCS 3045.

Published July 16th, 2011

With The Beatles, Parlophone, PCS 3045, November 22, 1963, stereo. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. or Ernest .J.Day & Co. front laminated cover, with large “stereo” on front and with misspeled “You Really Gotta Hold On Me” credit on the back side.

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). First pressing has misspeled “You Really Gotta 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: YEX 110-2; Side 2: YEX 111-2.

2. Second pressing, December 1963 – January 1964. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. or Ernest .J.Day & Co. front laminated cover, with large “stereo” 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: YEX 110-2; Side 2: YEX 111-2.

3. Third pressing, 1965 until 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 and “Sold In U.K…” text. “Dominion, Belinda” publishing credit for “Money”. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut or plaine white inner sleeves. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 110-2; Side 2: YEX 111-2.

Variation A:

Variation B, 1968. Small album title and “The Beatles” band name:

4. Fourth 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.

5. Fifth 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 One: YEX 110-2, Side Two: YEX 111-2.

6. Sixth 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 One: YEX 110-2, Side Two: YEX 111-2.

Emerald contract pressing. Contract pressing for Northern Ireland was manufactured by Emerald Records. Emerald, a subsidiary of Vogue Records in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This is confirmed by machine stamp of the manufacturer’s name on side 2. This pressing has standard British matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 110-2, Side Two: YEX 111-2.

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7. Seventh 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 large “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI custom inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 110-2 (or -3), Side Two: YEX 111-4 (or -5).

8. Eighth 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 large “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI standard inner sleeve. Matrix number variations: Side One: YEX 110-5, Side Two: YEX 111-6 or Side One: YEX 110-5-1-1, Side Two: YEX 111-5-1-1.

9. Ninth 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 large “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI standard inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 110-6-1-1, Side Two: YEX 111-6.

Misprint. Later pressing, about 1986. Side 2 has label from “A Hard Day’s Night” album. Matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 110-6-1-1, Side Two: YEX 111-6.

WTB Miss 1987 AWIB Miss 1987 B

A Hard Day’s Night, Parlophone, PMC 1230.

Published July 16th, 2011

A Hard Day’s Night, Parlophone, PMC 1230, July 10, 1964, mono. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.  or Ernest J.Day & Co. front laminated cover, with mid-sized “mono” on front. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve.

1. First pressing. July 10, 1964. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print. “Recording first published 1964″ and “Sold in U.K. subject…” text. Label have thin print. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 481-3N; Side 2: XEX 482-3N.

Variation A. This type was chubby and rounded and only lasted a short time but as so many copies were pressed initially to satisfy the preorders, it is the style most commonly seen for this album.

Variation B. The title “Songs from the film A Hard Day’s Night” doesn’t take up as much width across the label as before or as it does in future. This variation is placed here as this smaller text may have been an experiment after the chubby text style was changed. This version has a few variants.

Variation C. This time the track listing style on both sides were rearranged to use the label space more effectively. This is most noticeable on side 2, where are the song titles and credits are written in four lines. This version of the label is later than the variants A and B.

2. Second pressing, 1966 until 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 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 481-3N; Side 2: XEX 482-3N.

Variation A. In late 1966, the typeset used on the “Hard Day’s Night” label seemed to have also changed from Sans Serif to Times New Roman. The layout of the track listing was also re-arranged to incorporate the differing type size, most notably the track If I Fell on side 1 has a line all to itself on this variation. The side 2 tracklist also now have the periods after each track removed.

This vinyl was pressed on the EMI on old machines press. IT’S NOT CBS PRESSING as many people think! THIS IS EMI PRESSING! To date only three Beatles albums have been found in this variation and they’re A Hard Day’s Night, Rubber Soul and Revolver.

Variation B. This version of the label use Sans-serif print.

3. Third pressing, summer 1969 – 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: XEX 481-3N; Side 2: XEX 482-3N.

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4. Fourth 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 mid-sized “mono” on front. White paper standard EMI inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 481-3N; Side 2: XEX 482-3N.

5. Fifth 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 mid-sized “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 126 and YEX 127). Matrix numbers on the trail area: Side One: XEX 481-4-1-1 D (possible -3N); Side 2: XEX 482-4-1-1 D. Play mono.

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