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Magical Mystery Tour, Parlophone PCTC 255.

Published April 5th, 2020

Magical Mystery Tour album was issued in U.S. on 27 November 1967 as Capitol MAL 2835 (mono) and SMAL 2835 (stereo). The package was a huge hit with the public, generating the highest level of initial sales of any album to date, and netting the label more than $8 million in just three weeks. Realising the Capitol had created a product too popular to ignore, EMI imported a number of copies to the United Kingdom. This U.S. version of  Magical Mystery Tour officially was released in the United Kingdom on 19 November 1976. When the album was issued in Britain, EMI did a straight pressing from the American album, The left much to be desired as three of the tracks, “Penny Lane”, “Baby You’re A Rich Man” and “All You Need Is Love”, are in fake stereo.

Interesting facts: In 1973 EMI decided to issue a cassette version of the Magical Mystery Tour album. This cassette contained stereo versions of all the tracks included on the album, including a stereo version of “Baby You’re A Rich Man” that had previously been unavalaiblein Britain, although it was included on European pressingsof the album. The cassette also includes the re-recorded version of “All You Need Is Love”, although the album contains the original single version of the song. The album has the catalogue number PCTC 255 but the cassette, in addition to the usual cassette prefix TC, has the confusing number PCS 3077, that places it between the Rubber Soul (PCS 3075) and Revolver (PCS 7009) albums.

British version of the Magical Mystery Tour album has a gatefold sleeve and with 28-page full color booklet stapled in gatefold inside. Include white paper EMI custom inner sleeve.

Booklet.

Page 1 and gatefold 1:

Pages 2 & 3:

Pages 4 & 5:

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Pages 22 & 23:

Page 24 and gatefold 2:

1. First pressing, November 19, 1976. Black label with two white-black EMI logos and silver print. “The EMI Records Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and “Made In GT. Britain” printed at the end of the perimeter print. Matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 959-1, Side Two: YEX 960-1.

2. Second pressing, October 1980 until April 1984. 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: YEX 959-1, Side Two: YEX 960-1.

3. Third pressing, end of spring 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: YEX 959-2, Side Two: YEX 960-1.

Variation 1:

Variation 2. Later pressing with large print. Gatefold sleeve with barcode on the back side:

4. Fourth pressing, 1987 – 1991. Black label with two silver 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 COPYING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, BROADCASTING, HIRING AND RENTAL…”. “MADE IN ENGLAND” text at the end of the perimeter print. Gatefold sleeve with barcode on the back side. Matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 959-1-1-1, Side Two: YEX 960-2-1-1.

5. Fifth pressing, Remastered, CapitolApple 5099963380613, released September 8, 2014. Original US mono version (MAL 2835), first official issued in Europe. The album was reissued on 180g vinyl, prepared from the original US analogue mono master tapes. Album included in “The Beatles In Mono” box. Gatefold cover is replicat from from the original US release, with a 24-page booklet stapled inside. Vinyl pressed by Optimal Media GmbH, Germany.

Advertising flyer. Insert with mastering notes, updated copyright and publishing details, and advertising for Cirque Du Soleil’s “Love” show.

Matrix nimbers:

Side 1: BD18305-01 A1 G.E. O 6338061 / Side 2: BD18305-01 B1 6338061 B i…i

The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl, Parlophone EMTV 4, Music For Pleasure MFP 4156761 and Apple 602557054996.

Published April 4th, 2020

Released May 6, 1977. Of the 13 tracks, six “All My Loving”, “She Loves You”, “Thing We Said Today”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Boys” and “Long Tall Sally” are from the concert of 28 August 1964. The remaining seven “Twist And Shout”, “She’s A Woman”, “Dizzy Miss Lizzy”, “Ticket To Ride”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” are from the concert of 29 August 1965. They have been edited together successfully by George Martin to make a highly enjoyable live album. Because the original recordings were made on old-fashioned three-track machines, it was necessary to transfer them onto 16-track tape before George Martin and Geoff Emerick, his studio engineer, could filter, equalise and edit them. The major problem was that with continual use the tape heads of these old machines overheated and melted the magnetic tape. The resourceful Martin hit on the idea of using hair dryers blowing cold air to cool down the tape heads.

Unlaminated gatefold sleeve manufactured by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.:

HP Sleeve 3HP Sleeve 2

HB Sleeve 1

Special issue inner sleeves with The Beatles records catalog information:

HB Inner 1HB Inner 2

1. First pressing May 6, 1977. Release by Parlophone Records. Black and white picture labels with silver capitol stile perimeter print:  “…UNAUTHORISED COPYING PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED…” printed on the 5 o’clock. First matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 969-3U; Side Two: YEX 970-3Uwith “Mastered by Capitol” stamps and YEX 969-1, Side Two: YEX 970-1. Other matrix number variations: -4U/-3U; -3U/-4U; -5U/-3U; -5U/-4U; -2/-1; -2/-1; -5/-1; -2/-1.

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2. Second pressing between 1980 and 1984. Release by Parlophone Records. Black and white picture label with grey non-capitol stile perimeter print: “…Unauthorised  public performance broadcasting and copying of this record prohibited…” printed on  the 5 o’clock. Matrix number variations: YEX 969-6/YEX 969-6 (possible -7 or -8).

HB 2ndAHB 2ndB

3. Third pressing, Septenber 3, 1984. Release by Music For Pleasure Records, MFP 4156761. Unlaminated non-gatefold sleeve with MFP logo on the front and with bare code on the back side. Instead of the original inner sleeves were used standard white paper inner sleeves.

HP Sleeve 4HP Sleeve 5

Black and red oval labels with MFP logos and red print: “…unauthorised  public performance broadcasting and copying of this record prohibited…” printed on  the 6 o’clock. Matrix numbers: YEX 969-8-1-1/YEX 969-9-1-2.

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4. Fourth pressing, 1987 – 1990. Release by Music For Pleasure Records, MFP 41 56761. Unlaminated non-gatefold sleeve with red and maroon tickets on the front and maroon ticket on the back side. There is a bar code. Instead of the original inner sleeves were used standard white paper inner sleeves.

HB 3rd SlAHB 3rd SlB

Red labels with boxed MFP logos and black print: “…unauthorised  copying, hiring, renting, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited…” printed on  the 6 o’clock. Matrix numbers: YEX 969-8-1-1/YEX 970-9-1-5.

HB 4thAHB 4thB

5. Fifth pressing. 180g remastered, released November 18, 2016. Entitled “The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl”, 602557054996. January 9th, 2016 Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music Group was released “The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl” on CD, a new album that captures the joyous exuberance of the band’s three sold-out concerts at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965. A vinyl LP was released on November 18. The album includes a new gatefold sleeve with an essay by noted music journalist David Fricke, and its cover art features a sunny photo taken on August 22, 1964. The new album was assigned the new catalog number: 602557054996.

Light blue sticker with blue text has rounded edges.

Inner sleeve:

The remastering was overseen by Giles Martin. “A few years ago Capitol Studios called saying they’d discovered some “Hollywood Bowl” three track tapes in their archive,” says Giles.
“We transferred them and noticed an improvement over the tapes we’ve kept in the London archive. Alongside this I’d been working for some time with a team headed by technical engineer James Clarke on demix technology, the ability to remove and separate sounds from a single track. With Sam Okell, I started work on remixing the Hollywood Bowl tapes. Technology has moved on since my father worked on the material all those years ago.
Now there’s improved clarity, and so the immediacy and visceral excitement can be heard like never before. My father’s words still ring true, but what we hear now is the raw energy of four
lads playing together to a crowd that loved them. This is the closest you can get to being at the Hollywood Bowl at the height of Beatlemania…” Vinyl mastered by Alex Wharton. His name is in the matrix numbers.

Known variants of matrix numbers:

Variant 1: BG44532-01 A1 5705499 / BG44532-01 B1 5705499.

Variant 2: BG44532-01 A1 5705499 1=µ / BG44532-01 B1 315 Alex i…i 5705499.

Variant 3 (doubtfully): BG44532-01 A1 5705499 4=V / BG44532-01 B1 311 Alex i…i 5705499.

Variant 4: BG44532-01 A1 Alex i…i 5705499 / BG44532-01 B1 Alex i…i 5705499.

Love Songs, Parlophone PCSP 721.

Published April 3rd, 2020

Release November 28, 1977. This album is mainly a compilation of tracks previously available on the other Beatles albums. The only two not previously issued on British albums are “This Boy” and “Yes It Is” and these are simply mono recordings re-channelled into fake stereo, even though “This Boy” is available in stereo on a Canadian single. For the gatefold sleeve used the famous collage of photos taken by Richard Avedon August 11, 1967 in London.

Unlaminated gatefold sleeve with leather texture effect was manufactured by Garrot & Lofthouse Ltd.

LSSL-1

LSSL-2

1. First pressing November 28, 1977. Black label with two white-black EMI logos and silver print. “The EMI Records Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and “Made In GT. Britain” printed at the end of the perimeter print. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 971-1; Side 2: YEX 972-1 (or 2); Side 3: YEX 973-1 (or 3); Side 4: YEX 974-1.

LS1-ALS1-B

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2. Second pressing 1981 – 1984. 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 1: YEX 971-1 (or -2); Side 2: YEX 972-2; Side 3: YEX 973-3; Side 4: YEX 974-1 (or -2).

LS2-ALS2-B

3. Third 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 1: YEX 971-2; Side 2: YEX 972-2; Side 3: YEX 973-4-1-1-1; Side 4: YEX 974-2.

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4. Fourth 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: YEX 971-2; Side 2: YEX 972-2; Side 3: YEX 973-4-1-1-1; Side 4: YEX 974-3-1-1.

Very strange, but new labels were used only for Record 2 (Side 3 and Side 4). On the Record 1 (Side 1 and Side 2) were used a labels similar to the labels of the 3rd edition.

photos of Ross Penman.

The Beatles “Rarities”, Parlophone PSLP 261 and PCM 1001.

Published April 2nd, 2020

The Beatles “Rarities”, Parlophone PSLP 261.

Release December 15, 1978. Originally included as a free addition to the 1978 boxed set, The Beatles Collection (blue box). Only rare tracks are “Across The Univers”, previously available only on the now-deleted charity album No One’s Gonna Change Our World, and the German-language version of “She Loves You” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, previously unavailable in Britain. In fact eight of the 17 tracks were previously available: “Long Tall Sally”, “I Call Your Name”, “Slow Down”, “Matchbox” and “I’m Down” are on the Rock And Roll Music album; “Yes It Is” and “This Boy” on Love Songs; and “Rain” on the Hey Jude album. Only four of the 17 tracks “Across The Universe”, “Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand”, “Sie Liebt Dich”, and “Bad Boy”, are in stereo. Although the album contains very little in the way of rare tracks, it is an intelligent compilation of some of the material previously available only B sides, EPs and foreign releases.

All free additions have a dark blue sleeves with gold text on both sides. Besides the sleeve has the banner “Sampler Album Not For Sale” in the upper left corner on the back and catalog number PSLP 261. All additions have white paper EMI custom inner sleeves.

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1. First pressing December 15, 1978. Black label with two white-black EMI logos and silver print. “The EMI Records Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and “Made In GT. Britain” printed at the end of the perimeter print. Matrix numbers: Side One: SPSLP 261 A-1, Side Two: SPSLP 261 B-2.

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In 1978, EMI and some of its worldwide subsidiaries, including Capitol Records, issued The Beatles Collection box set. While Capitol imported the Parlophone and Apple catalog albums placed in the box set, it chose to manufacture the bonus disc, assigning it promotional number SPRO-8969. This version of the Rarities album is similar to the EMI edition; however, Capitol replaced the German-language versions of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “She Lovea You” found on the British standard versions. In all likelihood, the switch was made because Capitol wanted the collection to include the standard English versions of these huge hits, which were not on any of the British albums included in the box set.

The Capitol Rarities disc was manufactured with purple labels featuring the classic Capitol dome logo. It was packaged in a dark blue paper sleeve. The front side has “The Beatles “Rarities” centered and the Capitol logo and SPRO-8969 in the lower right corner. The back side is solid blue. In addition to placing the album in the box set, Capitol pressed 2,000 copies of Rarities for promotional purposes. Matrix numbers: Side One: SPRO-1-8969 F1, Side Two: SPRO-2-8969 F1.

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2. Second pressing October 1980 until April 1984. 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: SPSLP 261 A-1 or -2, Side Two: SPSLP 261 B-2 or -3.

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3. Third pressing, end of spring 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: SPSLP 261 A-2, Side Two: SPSLP 261 B-3 or -4.

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The Beatles “Rarities”, Parlophone PCM 1001.

Release October 29, 1979. This album was issued separately in 1979 after EMI had received complaints that the only way of obtaining this free album was to pay for the box and its duplicate copies of Beatles albums. The album has a dark blue sleeve with big note on the back side and catalog number PCM 1001. All editions have white paper EMI custom inner sleeves.

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1. First pressing October 29, 1979. Black label with two white-black EMI logos and silver print. “The EMI Records Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and “Made In GT. Britain” printed at the end of the perimeter print. Matrix numbers: Side One: SPSLP 261 A-1 YEX 991-1, Side Two: SPSLP 261 B-2 YEX 992-2.

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2. Second pressing October 1980 until April 1984. 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: YEX 991-2 or -3, Side Two: YEX 992-3 or -4.

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