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20 Greatest Hits, Parlophone PCTC 260.

Published May 16th, 2013

Issued October 18, 1982, two weeks after the re-release of “Love Me Do” (20th Anniversary edition, October 5, 1982). This album contains the A sides of The Beatles’ 17 British No. 1 singles and 3 remaining tracks included are “Day Tripper” and “Eleanor Rigby” (two B sides) together with “Love Me Do”. Originally, this was planned as a double album called The Beatles Greatest Hits and was to have contained the A sides of every one of the 26 Beatles singles issued on Parlophone in Britain. The album got as far as the test-pressing stage and was even given a catalogue number (EMTVS 34), but at the last moment was scrapped in favour of a single album to tie in with the American release. Although both albums use the same title, they have somewhat differing contents; the American album also includes a shorter version og “Hey Jude” not featured on the British album.

The album sleeve manufactured by Garrod & Lofthouse ltd. The sleeve is not as cheap looking as some previously produced and is basically the same for both albums and is also the first Beatles album sleeve ever to feature recording dates, release dates and chart positions achieved.

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Inner sleeve:

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1. First pressing October 18, 1982. 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. Matrix numbers: Side One: PCTC 260-A1 (or A2), Side Two: PCTC 260-B1 (or B2).

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2. Second pressing, 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.  Matrix numbers: Side One: PCTC 260-A1 (or A2), Side Two: PCTC 260-B1 (or B2).

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3. Third pressing 1988 – early 90’s. Black label with silver Parlophone logo and silver print. “ALL RIGHTS OF THE PRODUCER…” right to left (reversionary) printed at the start perimeter print. Importantly, around the 12 ‘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. Matrix numbers: Side One: PCTC 260-A3, Side Two: PCTC 260-B3.

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