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Extract From The Album “A Hard Day’s Night”, Parlophone GEP 8924.

November 11th, 2011 Posted in 04. Beatles on Parlophone Records. Part 3 - EP's. Author:

Extract From The Album “A Hard Day’s Night”, Parlophone GEP 8924, November 6, 1964. The Garrod & Lofthouse sleeves have diagonal-cut flaps at the top and bottom and a side tab, along with “6412 G. & L.” date centered at the bottom.

Some the original sleeves have rounded flaps. These sleeves are not the mark of the manufacturer so they can not be identified. Later sleeves from the seventies are not laminated.

1. First pressing,  November 6, 1964. The first pressing has 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 1964″ and with “SOLD IN U.K…”. Push-out center and KT tax code. Matrix numbers: Side 1: 7TCE 850-1N, Side 2: 7TCE 851-1N.

2. Second 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 850-2, Side 2: 7TCE 851-1N.

Type 1. Push-out center:

Type 2. Solid center:

A Hard Day’s Night, Parlophone, PMC 1230.

A Hard Day’s Night, Parlophone, PMC 1230, July 10, 1964, mono. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.  or Ernest J.Day & Co. front laminated cover, with mid-sized “mono” on front. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve.

1. First pressing. July 10, 1964. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print. “Recording first published 1964″ and “Sold in U.K. subject…” text. Label have thin print. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 481-3N; Side 2: XEX 482-3N.

Variation A. This type was chubby and rounded and only lasted a short time but as so many copies were pressed initially to satisfy the preorders, it is the style most commonly seen for this album.

Variation B. The title “Songs from the film A Hard Day’s Night” doesn’t take up as much width across the label as before or as it does in future. This variation is placed here as this smaller text may have been an experiment after the chubby text style was changed. This version has a few variants.

Variation C. This time the track listing style on both sides were rearranged to use the label space more effectively. This is most noticeable on side 2, where are the song titles and credits are written in four lines. This version of the label is later than the variants A and B.

2. Second pressing, 1966 until 1969. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. front laminated cover, with small “mono” on front. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print and “Sold in U.K. subject…” text. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 481-3N; Side 2: XEX 482-3N.

Variation A. In late 1966, the typeset used on the “Hard Day’s Night” label seemed to have also changed from Sans Serif to Times New Roman. The layout of the track listing was also re-arranged to incorporate the differing type size, most notably the track If I Fell on side 1 has a line all to itself on this variation. The side 2 tracklist also now have the periods after each track removed.

This vinyl was pressed on the EMI on old machines press. IT’S NOT CBS PRESSING as many people think! THIS IS EMI PRESSING! To date only three Beatles albums have been found in this variation and they’re A Hard Day’s Night, Rubber Soul and Revolver.

Variation B. This version of the label use Sans-serif print.

3. Third pressing, summer 1969 – November 1969. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. front laminated cover, with small “stereo” on front. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print. Plaine white or sepia “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Without tax code. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 481-3N; Side 2: XEX 482-3N.

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4. Fourth pressing, summer 1981 until August 1982. Black label with yellow Parlophone logo and silver print. “ALL RIGHTS OF THE PRODUCER…” printed at the start perimeter print. Importantly, around the 7 ‘o’ clock position in the rimtext the wording is: “…UNAUTHORISED PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, BROADCASTING, COPYING AND HIRING…”. “MANUFACTURED IN THE UK BY EMI RECORDS LIMITED” text at the end of the perimeter print. Unlaminated outer sleeve with mid-sized “mono” on front. White paper standard EMI inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 481-3N; Side 2: XEX 482-3N.

5. Fifth 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. Unlaminated outer sleeve with mid-sized “mono” on the front and with barcode on the back side. Sleeves early 90′s have Apple logo on the back side. Misprint matrix numbers on the both labels (YEX 126 and YEX 127). Matrix numbers on the trail area: Side One: XEX 481-4-1-1 D (possible -3N); Side 2: XEX 482-4-1-1 D. Play mono.

A Hard Day’s Night, Parlophone, PCS 3058.

A Hard Day’s Night, Parlophone, PCS 3058, 07.10.1964, stereo. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. front laminated cover, with mid-sized “stereo” on front. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label.

1. First pressing. July 10, 1964. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print. “Recording first published 1964″ and “Sold in U.K. subject…” text. Label have thin print. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 126-1; Side 2: YEX 127-1.

Variation A. This type was chubby and rounded and only lasted a short time but as so many copies were pressed initially to satisfy the preorders, it is the style most commonly seen for this album.

Variation B. The title “Songs from the film A Hard Day’s Night” doesn’t take up as much width across the label as before or as it does in future. This variation is placed here as this smaller text may have been an experiment after the chubby text style was changed. This version has a few variants.

2. Second pressing, January 1965 – summer 1965. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. front laminated cover, with small “stereo” on front. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print and “Sold in U.K. subject…” text. Print the publishing year as “(p) 1965″. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 126-1; Side 2: YEX 127-1.

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3. Third pressing, 1966 until 1969. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. front laminated cover, with small “stereo” on front. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print and “Sold in U.K. subject…” text. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 126-1; Side 2: YEX 127-1.

Variation A. In 1966, the typeset used on the “Hard Day’s Night” label was also changed from Sans Serif to Times New Roman. The layout of the track listing was also re-arranged to incorporate the differering type size. The layout on the stereo label, interestingly, is different to the equivalent mono TNR pressing.

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Variation B. Sans-serif print. Matrix number is shifted relative to the date.

Variation C. Sans-serif print. Matrix number is centered relative to the date.

Variation D. Several copies of the third pressing has “Songs From The Film “A Hard Day’s Nigth” title credits on the both sides. Most likely an error pressing, but worth highlighting here. The title Songs From the Film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ was added to the side 2 label in error. Whether or not this was a stereo only anomaly is unknown, but to date no mono copies have surfaced displaying this.

4. Fourth pressing, summer 1969 – November 1969. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. front laminated cover, with small “stereo” on front. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print. Plaine white or sepia “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Without tax code. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 126-1; Side 2: YEX 127-1.

5. Fifth pressing, November 1969 until 1970. Black label with one black-white EMI logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and “Made In GT. Britain” lower text. Laminated flipback “Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd” sleeve. Sepia or black & white “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 126-1; Side 2: YEX 127-1.

6. Sixth pressing, early 1971 until 1973. Black label with two white-black EMI logos and silver print. “The Gramophone Co Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and “Made In GT. Britain” lower text. Laminated flipback “Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd” sleeve with or without small “stereo” on the front side. Sepia color “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 126-1; Side 2: YEX 127-1.

7. Seventh pressing, summer 1976 until October 1980. Black label with two white-black EMI logos and silver print. “EMI Records Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and “Made In GT. Britain” printed at the end of the perimeter print. Laminated “Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd” sleeve with mid-sized “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI custom inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 126-1 (or -2); Side 2: YEX 127-1 (or -2; -3).

8. Eighth 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. Unlaminated sleeve with mid-sized “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI standard inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 126-2; Side 2: YEX 127-4.

9. Ninth 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. Unlaminated sleeve with mid-sized “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI standard inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 126-3; Side 2: YEX 127-4.

Live At The BBC, Apple PCSP 726.

December 2nd, 2013 Posted in 17. Beatles Compilations. Author:

Release December 6, 1994. This the first album to appear on apple label in over two decades, these 56 songs were recorded when The Beatles appeared on BBC Radio, many of them specifically on their own programm Pop Go The Beatles that was broadcast every Tuesday at 5pm through the summer of 1963. Other BBC shows they appeared on, and represented on the double album, include Easy Beat, Side By Side, Top Gear and Saturday Club. The bulk of the material was from the group’s vast repertoire of non-original material that typified their stage act when they played long sits in Hamburg and Liverpool, only a tiny proportion of which saw onto their studio recordings in the 60s.

First pressing December 6, 1994. Unlaminated sepia gatefold outer sleeve with Apple logo on the back side. The cover photo was taken outside the BBC Paris Theatre in London’s Lower Regent Street. The back photograph was actually a paste-in job using the same background but a different shot of the Beatles.

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Records are housed in original white and sepia picture inner sleeves.

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The labels are characterized by a new design. Now glossy labels have Apple logo on a black background without perimeter print, the copyright text is moved into the middle of the apple. On the early labels, we can see the mistake inscription “See booklet for details”. It can be assumed that originally planned to release an album with a booklet. But the plans have changed in favor of the internal sleeves, which used for posted all details. This error was quickly corrected, and all subsequent editions have the correct label with “See sleeve for details”. We have no information that there was a time gap between the appearance of these two variants of these labels. Most likely they were printed at the same time and the error was corrected in the production process. There are various crossover combinations of these labels included in the kits of the albums.

Variation 1. Early pressing with “See booklet for details”. Matrix numbers: Record 1 – Side 1: PCSP 726 A-01-1-1; Side 2 PCSP 726 B-01-1-1: Record 2 – Side 1: PCSP 726 C-01-1-1; Side 2: PCSP 726D-01-1-1.

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Variation 2. Late pressing with “See sleeve for details”. These labels are noticeably more yellow. Matrix numbers: Record 1 – Side 1: PCSP 726 A-01-1-1; Side 2 PCSP 726 B-01-1-1 (or -2): Record 2 – Side 1: PCSP 726 C-01-1-1; Side 2: PCSP 726D-01-1-1.

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2. Second pressind, early 2000s. New gatefold outer sleeve is characterized by the appearance of a new copyright text opposite of the Apple logo on the back side – “Beatles”, “Apple” and the Apple logos are trademarks of Apple Corps Ltd”.

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These labels are characterized by dark yellow and wide grooves which are clearly visible, and other a matrix numbers: Record 1 – Side 1: 8317961 1A1 (or 2A1) PCSP 726 SR2; Side 2 8317961 1B1 SR2: Record 2 – Side 1: 8317961 1C1 SR2; Side 2: 8317961 1D1 SR2

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Live At The BBC, Apple 00602537589401, remastered version.

Release November 11, 2013. The 3Lp’s remastered reissue features some minor changes in the track listing and editing. Most noticeable are the inclusion of three extra tracks. The only musical addition is the closing version of “From Us To You” at the end of disc two. “What is it, George?” is a new speech track incorporated between “Carol” and “Soldier of Love” on disc one. The speech track “Ringo? Yep!” is a new addition to disc two, replacing “Have a Banana!” as track 3. The majority of “Have a Banana!” has been incorporated as the end of the previous track, “A Hard Day’s Night,” but the phrase itself, which gave the original speech track its title, has been omitted.

The new sleeve is markedly different from the original edition. Now this is the three gatefold black and white sleeve with Apple logo on the back side. The front side has the same photo The Beatles on London’s Lower Regent Street, but the design was further changes.

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Records are housed in original black and white picture inner sleeves.

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The labels are characterized by a renew design as on The Beatles Anthology. Now glossy labels have Apple logo on a white background without perimeter print,the copyright text is appeared into the right side of the apple. Matrix numbers: Record 1 – Side 1: BD29250-01-A1; Side 2: BD29250-01-B1; Record 2 – Side 1: BD29250-02-C1; Side 2: BD29250-02-D1; Record 3 – Side 1: BD29250-03-E1; Side 2: BD29250-03-F1.

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