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Past Masters Volumes One & Two, Parlophone BPM 1.

Published November 26th, 2013

Release March 7, 1988. The first record contains the original version of “Love Me Do” with Ringo on drums, together with both the A and B sides of a further four singles “From Me To You”, “She Loves You”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “I Feel Fine”, together with their respective B sides of “Thank You Girl”, “I’ll Get You”, “This Boy” and “She’s A Woman”. Other tracks on the Record One are “Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand” and “Sie Liebt Dich” originally issued in Germany as single. “Long Tall Sally” and “I Gall Your Name” were originally part of the 1964 American “The Beatles’ Second Album”. These, together with “Slow Down” and “Matchbox”, were later issued in Britain on EP. “Bad Boy” originates from the American album “Beatles VI” and was later to be included on the British album “A Collection Of Beatles Oldies”. Finally are included “Yes It Is” and “I’m Down”, that were the B sides of “Ticket To Ride” and “Help!” respectively and were included on the “Help!” album. The version of “This Boy” is the true stereo version originally available only on singles issued in Australia (Parlophone A8103) and Canada (Capitol 72144), and it makes its first appearance on an album here. “She’s A Woman” again in stereo, originates from the 1967 Australian album “Greatest Hits Volume 2” (Parlophone PCSO 7534). “Yes It Is”, in stereo, was issued in Britain in 1986 as part of the “Only Beatles” cassette (Parlophone SMMC 151). Finally, “I’m Down”, in stereo, originally was issued as part of the Japanese “Help!” EP (Odeon EAS 30006). With the exception of “I’m Down”, these stereo versions have been given their first international release on this album.

The Record Two contains “Paperback Writer” that together with “Rain” was issued as a single in june 1966, “The Inner Light”, the B side to the March 1968 single “Lady Madonna”, “Revolution” that was the upside of The Beatles’ first Apple single “Hey Jude” in August 1968, and, finally,  “You Know My Name” the B side to their final single “Let It Be” in March 1970.”Across The Universe” originally was included on the charity album “No One’s Gonna Change Our World” issued in 1969.

1. First pressing, March 7, 1988. Unlaminated gatefold black & white outer sleeve with Parlophone logo on the back side. Records are housed in white plain paper inner sleeves.

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Black label with silver Parlophone logo 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 (right to left): “UNAUTHORISED COPYING, HIRING, RENTING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AND BROADCASTING…”. “MANUFACTURED IN THE UK BY EMI RECORDS” text at the end of the perimeter print. First matrix numbers have the error prefix of the catalog numbers BTM which were scratched out: Record One – Side 1: BPM BTM 11 A-1-1-1; Side 2 BPM BTM 11 B-1-1-1 (or 2); Record 2 – Side 1: BPM BTM 12 A-1-1-1; Side 2 BPM BTM 12 B-1-1-1.

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2. Second pressing, 1990s. The gatefold outer sleeve is characterized by the presence of the Apple logo on the back side. Records are housed in white plain paper inner sleeves.

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The second pressing has labels as the first pressing. Matrix numbers: Record One – Side 1: BPM 11 A-02-01-1; Side 2 BPM 11 B-03-01-1; Record 2 – Side 1: BPM BTM 12 A-1-1-2; Side 2 BPM 12 B-02-01-1.

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3. Third pressing, early 2000s. The gatefold outer sleeves have the Apple logo on the back side. Records are housed in white plain paper inner sleeves. This edition is characterized by wide grooves which are clearly visible on the labels. Black label with dark silver Parlophone logo and dark 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 (right to left): “UNAUTHORISED COPYING, HIRING, RENTING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AND BROADCASTING…”. “MANUFACTURED IN THE UK BY EMI RECORDS” text at the end of the perimeter print. Matrix number variations: Record One – Side 1: BPM 11 A-02-01-1; Side 2 BPM 11 B-03-01-1; Record 2 – Side 1: BPM BTM 12 A-1-1-2; Side 2 BPM 12 B-02-01-1; possible: Record One – Side 1: BPM 11 A-02-01-1; Side 2 BPM 11 B-03-01-1; Record 2 – Side 1: BPM 12 A-02-01-2; Side 2 BPM 12 B-02-01-1.

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