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The Beatles’s Hits, Parlophone GEP 8880.

Published November 11th, 2011

The Beatles’s Hits, Parlophone GEP 8880, September 6, 1963. The original EP sleeve were made Garrod & Lofthouse have front laminated rounded upper and lower rear flaps and “Garrod” at the center bottom.

Some sleeve were printed by Buckland Printers have flaps with a diagonal-cut on the back side and “BuPr” in the lower right corner.

Later sleeves from the sixties have laminated rounded or diagonal-cut flaps and a tab cut on the back side opening. Later sleeves from the seventies are not laminated.

1. First pressing, September 6, 1963. The first pressing has black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Parlophone Co. Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print, but without “Recording First Published 1963″. Push-out center with KT tax code. Matrix numbers: Side 1: 7TCE 760-1N (or -2N), Side 2: 7TCE 761-1N.

2. Second pressing, autumn 1963. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Parlophone Co. Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and the publishing year printed as “Recording First Published 1963″. Push-out center with KT tax code. Matrix numbers: Side 1: 7TCE 760-1N (or -2N), Side 2: 7TCE 761-1N.

Type 1. Sans-serif print:

Type 2. Time New Roman print:

3. Third pressing, spring 1965 – late 1966. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Parlophone Co. Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and the publishing year printed as “Recording First Published 1963″ and with “SOLD IN U.K…”. Tax code KT. Matrix numbers: Side 1: 7TCE 760-2N, Side 2: 7TCE 761-1N.

3.1. Push-out center (spring 1965):

3.2. Standard solid center with convex ring and tax code (late 1966):

3.3. Solid center with sunken ring and tax code (1967):

3.3.1. Texture label.

3.3.2. Glossy label.

4. Fourth pressing, late 1967 – summer 1969. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co. Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and the publishing year printed as “(p) 1963″ and with “SOLD IN U.K…”. Tax code KT. Matrix numbers: Side 1: 7TCE 760-2N, Side 2: 7TCE 761-1N.

Later pressing, 1968. Sans-serif print:

5. Fifth pressing, summer 1969 – 1973. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co. Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and the publishing year printed as “(p) 1963″. Push-out or solid center. With or without tax code. Matrix numbers: Side 1: 7TCE 760-2N, Side 2: 7TCE 761-1N (or -1).

Solid center:

Push-out center:

6. Sixth pressing, 1978 – 1981. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “THE EMI RECORDS LTD…” printed at the start perimeter print and “MADE IN GT. BRITAIN” text at the end of the perimeter print. Matrix numbers: Side 1: 7TCE 760-2N, Side 2: 7TCE 761-2.

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