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The Beatles Anthology 3, Apple PCSP 729 (7243 8 34451 1 0).

Published March 23rd, 2020

Released October 28, 1996. The Anthology 3 ranges May 1968 to 1970. In the collection there’s a high proportion of material that had never appeared before in any context; of the 50 tracks, only 17 had even appeared on bootlegs. Highlights include demos recorded by the all four Beatles at George Harrison’s home at Esher, an alternative “Get Back” recorded on the roof of the Apple offices, George’s own accoustic demos of songs including “Something” and “My Guitar Gently Weeps” and part of the legendary 12-minute “Helter Skelter” jam, though in had to be cut down to under five. Candid moments are capture from the Let It Be sessions when The Beatles decided to record everything without overdubs and such like.

Set includes: tri-fold sleeve (6 panels, 2 spines), three records and three white paper poly-lined inner sleeves. Vinyl pressed by EMI Records, Hayes, Middlesex.

Tri-fold sleeve outside:

Tri-fold sleeve inside:

Yellow sticker 2.5 x 10.3 cm.

Matrix number variations:

Side A: 8344521 A-1-1- D / Side B: 8344521 B-2-1-2 D Side C: 8344531 A-2-1-1 D / Side D: 8344531 B-1-1- D Side E: 8524941 A-1-1- D / Side F: 8524941 B-2-1- D

Side A: 8344521 A-1-2- 8344511 1A1 D / Side B: 8344521 B-2-1- 83445511 1B1 D / Side C: 8344531 A-2-1- 83445511 1C1 D / Side D: 8344531 B-1-1- 8344511 1D1 D / Side E: 8524941 A-1-1- 8344511 1E1 D / Side F: 8524941 B-2-1- D 8344511 1F1 D

Vinyl pressed by EMI Records, Uden, Netherlands:

Yellow Submarine Songtrack, Apple 7243 5 21481 1 0.

Published March 22nd, 2020

First pressing, released September 13, 1999. When Yellow Submarine was first released in January 1969, coinciding with the animated cartoon film, the only Beatles tracks were on side one. Side two was devoted entirely to George Martin’s musical score for movie. Thirty years later it was decided to restore the film, digitalising the soundtrack in the process, and songtrack album is a result of that remastering. Released in 1999, it was the first collection of Beatles songs to get a digital remix, but more significantly it dispensed with the film score that had appeared on side two and included instead most of the other songs featured in the film that hadn’t appeared on the earlier LP.

Gatefold sleeve:

First issue has a gatefold sleeve with credits at nine lines on the back side. The very first pressings of sleeve carry a credit ”Sleeve design by Fiona Andreanelli @ Apple Corps. Ltd”. The credit was deleted from later pressing. Four credits carry are very small copyright symbols. Copyright of EMI was marked by symbol ℗. The other three copyrights was marked by symbols ©.

Barcode has the catalog number with the intervals between the numerals: 7243 5 21481 1 0. The Apple logo appears as dark green-yellow apple.

The very first records were pressed on yellow vinyl. Standard black vinyl pressing was also issued a bit later. Matrix numbers: Side 1: 521481 1 A-1-1-1; Side 2: 521481 1 B-1-1-1.

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Black vinyl:

Second pressing, 2000. Gatefold sleeve with credits at eight lines on the back side. ”Sleeve design by Fiona Andreanelli @ Apple Corps. Ltd” was deleted. All copyrights was marked by big symbols ©.

Barcode has the catalog number without the intervals between the numerals: 724352148110. The Apple logo appears as light green apple.

Black vinyl only. Same labels and same matrix numbers: Side 1: 521481 1 A-1-1-1; Side 2: 521481 1 B-1-1-1.

The Beatles 1, Apple 7243 529325 1 1.

Published March 21st, 2020

First pressing, released November 13, 2000. Surprising though it may seem, when “1” was released it was the first single-album compilation of Beatles hits since “20 Greatest Hits” 18 years earlier. The idea was simple, a collection of all The Beatles’ No.1 hits in the UK and US. Although the majority of their singles topped the charts in both countries, the first and last tracks on the compilation illustrated how this was not always the case. The songs on 1 were remastered specifically for the release in 2000. The remastering was overseen by Peter Mew of Abbey Road Studios and took place there.

The first pressing has a gatefold sleeve with Apple logo on back side and date 2000, and with credits: “Beatles”, “Apple” and the Apple logos are trademarks of Apple Corps. Ltd”.

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The album included the four celebrated portraits of the group by photographer Richard Avedon…

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…and a 24″ by 36″ poster of 126 different singles picture sleeves.

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Records was housed in a original pictures inner sleeves with cut-out on the back sides.

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Records have red labels and perimeter prints with Apple logo on 3′ o’clock, and date 2000. On the 12′ o’clock there is number 7243 529325 1 1. Also on the 3′ o’clock there is serial numbers below numbers of sides. Matrix number variations:

Variation 1: early matrix numbers: side 1: 5293251 3A1 SRz (scratched with error: 5 instead of 6); side 2: 5293261 B-01-1-3 (stamped) SRz (scratched); side 3: 5293271 A-02-1-3 (stamped); side 4: 5293271 B-01-1-3 (stamped) SRz (scratched).

More correctly, numbers stamped and SRz scratched:

Variation 2: 5293261 A-01-1-3 SRz / 5293261 B-01-1-2 SRz / 5293271 A-02-1-2 / 5293271 B-01-2 SRz.

Variation 3: 5293261 A-01-1-3 SRz / 5293261 B-01-1-3 SRz / 5293271 A-02-1-2 / 5293271 B-01-1-2 SRz.

Variation 4: 5293261 A-01-1-3 SRz / 5293261 B-01-1-3 SRz / 5293271 A-02-1-2 / 5293271 B-01-1-2 SRz.

In addition, 100 last special copies of the “1” was manufactured at the Hayes, EMI UK. This certifies that this item is among the last 100 copies ever pressed at the EMI manufacturing plant on January 8th 2001 and bears the unique matrix numbers: 5293261 A-100 / 5293261 B-100 & 5293271 A-100 / 5293271 B-100. A very rare item was given only to selected EMI & manufacturing plant employees. For each copy of the attached certificate of authenticity signed by Alan McElroy, Senior Manufacturing Director, EMI Music.

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This records was manufactured by Hayes, EMI UK.

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Records pressed by EMI Records, Uden, Netherlands.

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Second pressing, release: December 4, 2014. Apple – Universal 0602537600793. At this time, for the album were used recordings remastered in 2009. Gatefold sleeve with Apple and Universal logos on back side. Text: “Didital Remasters 2009… 2014 Apple Corps. Ltd… 0602537600793”. The album included the four celebrated portraits of the group by photographer Richard Avedon and a 24″ by 36″ poster of 126 different singles picture sleeves. Records was housed in a original pictures inner sleeves with cut-out on the back sides.

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On the shrink wrap appeared yellow sticker with red print “The Beatles 27 Classic No. 1 Singles”.

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Records have red labels and very small perimeter prints with Apple logo on 3′ o’clock. Serial number, year of publication and year of remastering appeared in perimeter print. Vinyl pressed by Optimal Media GmbH, Germany.

Matrix numbers: Side 1: 11142 1А (or 2A) 00602537600793000000; Side 2: 11142 1В  00602537600793000000; Side 3: 11142 1С  00602537600793000000; Side 4: 11142 1D  00602537600793000000.

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Third pressing, release: November 6, 2015. Apple – Universal 0602547567901. The remastering was overseen by Giles Martin, the son of esteemed Beatles producer George Martin.

Sound engineer Miles Showell joined Abbey Road Studios from Metropolis Mastering in 2013. He controlled 1/2 speed mastering for the “1”, when analog source was played back at half speed and the cutting lathe is also run at half speed while cutting the lacquer.

Gatefold sleeve with Apple and Universal logos on back side. Text: “…2015 Apple Corps. Ltd… …Made In Germany. 0602547597901. Universal International Music…, Netherlands”. The album included the four celebrated portraits of the group by photographer Richard Avedon and a 24″ by 36″ poster of 126 different singles picture sleeves. Records was housed in a original pictures inner sleeves with cut-out on the back sides. Vinyl pressed by Optimal Media GmbH, Germany.

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Records have red labels and micro perimeter prints with Apple and Universal logos on 3′ o’clock. Serial number and year of publication appeared in perimeter print.

Miles Showell, who controlled Abbey Road’s 1/2 speed mastering. His name appears in the matrix numbers: Side 1: 47567956 MILES ABBEY ROAD ½ SPEED  BF06330-01 A2; Side 2: 47567949 BF06330-01 B1  MILES ABBEY ROAD ½ SPEED; Side 3: 47567956 BF06330-02  C1  ABBEY ROAD ½ SPEED; Side 4: 47567956 MILES AR  ½ SPEED  BF06330-02 D1  STAN RICKER  R.I.P. & THANK YOU.

“Stan Ricker R.I.P. & Thank You” – This inscription appeared in memory of the legendary mastering and recording engineer Stan Ricker which the passed away in June 2015. Ricker first made his mastering presence known as a disc cutter along with Jack Hunt, for the original Mobile Fidelity 1/2 speed mastered LPs released in the 1970s and 1980s. Ricker mastered the original Mo-Fi Beatles box set in the early ’80s. Stan Ricker belongs to the Hollywood Sapphire Group, and formerly was a member of the Audio Engineering Society. He was voted “Disk Cutting Engineer of the Year” in 1981 by “Playboy Readers Poll” and was voted “Recording Engineer of the Year” in 1984.”

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P.S. Comparison of spines of these three editions (down to up): 2000, 2014, 2015.

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Let It Be… Naked, Apple – Parlophone 7243 595438 0 2.

Published March 20th, 2020

From the time of its release, Let It Be was regarded as an aberration by many of those closely involved in its creation because of the involvement of Phil Spector in the final production process after the basic album had been recorded.
Over 30 yeas later, was advertised as “Let It Be as it was meant to be“, promising the original album as envisages prior to Spector’s involvement. In fact it was a brand new mix of the original tapes, produced by Poul Hicks, Guy Massey and Allan Rouse, all of whom had been involved in Anthology and Yellow Submarine songtrack projects. They created entirely new master version.

First pressing, November 17, 2003. Set include: ‘Let It Be… Naked’ album, 20-pages booklet and ‘Fly On The Wall’ 7″ single.

Unlaminated gatefold light grey glossy cover with Apple and Parlophone logos on the back side. The earliest gatefold sleeve has a misprint in the the writing credits on the back side. The words, ‘recordingis’ is written as one word. Later pressings have the corrected, ‘recording is’ as two words. Record housed in generic anti-static die-cut poly-lined dust inner sleeve without corners.

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Light grey glossy labels with Apple and Parlophone logos. Matrix numbers scratched: Side 1: 5954380 1A1 SRz; Side 2: 5954380 1B1 SRz.

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Booklet:

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‘Fly On The Wall’ 7″ single. As part of the cleaning-up process, the brief jamming sequences and bits of humorous banter disappeared from the album, but this is more than compensated for by the ‘Fly On The Wall’ bonus single. 7″ sleeve has a misprint where credits are written. The words, ‘recordingis’ is written as one word.

Light grey glossy sleeve with die-cut on the back side.

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Light grey glossy labels. Matrix numbers scratched: Side 1: 5954380 1A1; Side 2: 5954380 1B1.

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Second pressing, 2010s. The second edition has pronounced differences: polygraphy darker, less contrast, paper thinner, gatefold sleeve has a smaller size. Difference in color is particularly noticeable on the back of the sleeve. In addition, the cover of second edition has is smaller sizes in width and height.

Unlaminated gatefold dark grey glossy cover with Apple and Parlophone logos on the back side.

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Compare sizes of sleeves: size of the first edition is 32 x 31.5 cm, wide spine – 10 mm, size of the second edition – 31 x 31 cm, wide spine – 6 mm.

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Dark grey glossy labels with Apple and Parlophone logos. Matrix numbers scratched: Side 1: 5954380 1A1 SRz; Side 2: 5954380 1B1 SRz.

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‘Fly On The Wall’ 7″ single. Dark grey glossy sleeve without die-cut on the back side. Dark grey glossy labels. Matrix numbers scratched (hard to see): Side 1: 5954380 1A1; Side 2: 5954380 1B1.

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