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The Beatles №1, Parlophone GEP 8883.

Published November 11th, 2011

The Beatles №1, Parlophone GEP 8883, November 1, 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,  November 1, 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 MKT or KT tax code, or without tax code. Matrix numbers: Side 1: 7TCE 764-1N, Side 2: 7TCE 765-1N.

1.1. Time New Roman print. First label variation with MKT tax code on the side 2:

Second label variation with KT tax code on the side 1:

1.2. Crossover pressing without tax code:

1.3. Sans-serif print, later pressing. Push-out center.

Solid center, later pressing (1966).

2. Second 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 764-1N, Side 2: 7TCE 765-1N.

3. Third 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 764-1N, Side 2: 7TCE 765-1N.

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