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She Loves You / I’ll Get You, Parlophone R 5055.

1. First pressing, August 23, 1963. The records were housed in the Type 3 company sleeves. Black label with silver print. The publishing year was printed on the label, as “RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1963″. “Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print. Can be found with MPT, PT or KT tax code. Push-out center. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE 17395-1N, Side B: 7XCE 17396-1N.

Type 1 labels have “Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print:

Crossover pressings:

First version of cropssover label has “Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print on the side 1 and a fully capitalized “PARLOPHONE CO. LTD.” printed at the start perimeter print on the side 2:

Second version of crossover label has a fully capitalized “PARLOPHONE CO. LTD printed at the start perimeter print on the side 1 and “Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print on the side 2:

Decca Records contract pressing (second version of crossover labels).

Type 2 labels have a fully capitalized “PARLOPHONE CO. LTD.” and “RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1963″ below the matrix number.

Decca Records contract pressing (Type 2):

Type 3 labels have a fully capitalized “PARLOPHONE CO. LTD.” and the matrix number in parenthesis below “RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1963″.

2. Second pressing, March 6, 1976. From “The Beatles’ Singles Collection 1962-1970″ box set (BS-24). These pressings have original top-opening sleeve with green front and pictures back.

Black label with silver EMI logo 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. Publishing year printed as: (p) 1963. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE 17395-2, Side B: 7XCE 17396-2.

3. Third pressing, December 6, 1982. From “The Beatles Singles Collection” blue box set (BSCP-1). These pressings have original top-opening pictures sleeve.

Black label with silver EMI logo and silver print. “ALL RIGHTS OF THE PRODUCER…” printed at the start perimeter print. 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 A: 7XCE 17395-2, Side B: 7XCE 17396-2.

4. Fourth pressing beginning of the 90s. The final pressing has silver label with black textur print and logo. Rimtext embossed on the trail off area. The rimtext wording is: “UNAUTHORISED COPYING, HIRING, RENTING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AND BROADCASTING…”.

Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You, Parlophone R 4949.

The Beatles first single was released on October 5, 1962. The Beatles first entered EMI Studios on Abbey Road on June 6, 1962, when the band’s lineup was John Lennon on rhythm guitar, Paul McCartney on bass, George Harrison on lead guitar and Pete Best on drums. Four songs were recorded that day: “Besame Mucho”, “Love Me Do”, “P.S. I Love You” and “Ask Me Why”. In August, 1962, Pete Best was fired and replaced by Ringo Starr. On September 4, 1962, the Beatles returned to Abbey Road to record their first single. The Beatles recorded a number of takes of “Love Me Do” and, much against their wishes, “How Do You Do It”. Ringo played drums. On September 11, 1962, the Beatles recorded “Love Me Do”, “P.S. I Love You” and “Please Please Me”, which features Paul on lead vocal and bass, supported by John and George on backing vocals and guitars. Andy White, the drummer of the studio, plays the drums. Ringo played tambourine and maracas. But on the first pressings used the version of “Love Me Do” with Ringo’s drumming recorded on September 4.

Demo: The demo copy, was reportedly one of just 250 made for radio station airplay in 1962. Demo copies miscredit McCartney as McArtney. The records were housed in a special blue “Top Pop” sleeve.

1. First pressing, 45-R 4949, October 5, 1962. The records were housed in Type 1 or Type 2 company sleeves. Red label with silver print. Catalog number with 45 prefix. These labels have “PARLOPHONE” in large stylized letters at the top and the Parlophone £ logo at 3 o’clock. The publishing year was printed on the label, as “RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1962″. Red label pressings can be found with ZT, WOZT, MPZT or PT tax code, or without. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE 17144-1N, Side B: 7XCE 17145-1N.

Type 1 labels have “MADE IN GT. BRITAIN” printed below the Parlophone £ logo:

Type 2 labels do not have “MADE IN GT. BRITAIN”:

2. Second pressing, R 4949, autumn 1963. Standard procedure at Abbey Road Studios at the time was to erase the original two-track session tape for singles once they had been “mixed down” to the (usually monaural) master tape used to press records. This was the fate of two Beatles singles (four songs): “Love Me Do”, “P.S. I Love You”, “She Loves You”, and “I’ll Get You”. However, at some point the mixdown master tape for this song was also lost, and apparently no backup copies had been made. Thus, for many years the only extant recorded copies were the red label Parlophone 45 rpm vinyl records pressed in 1962. By the time the tapes had disappeared, the song’s 11 September 1962 remake featuring Andy White had been released. EMI would not have been too concerned about the loss of the 4 September take, therefore, as it was now considered obsolete, and they may not have anticipated ever having any use for it again anyway.

The original tape of ‘Love Me Do.’ It was removed at the time the Beatles’ Hits EP came out (August-September 1963). Therefore, for the second press “Love Me Do” was used Andy White version. In 1967, when Ringo’s version was discontinued from the EMI catalog, the lacquer, mother, and all stampers for the UK 45 were destroyed, thus making it impossible to press any further first-generation releases.

Black label with silver print. The publishing year was printed on the label, as “RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1962″. “Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print. Can be found with PT, MT, MPT or KT tax code. Push-out center. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE 17144-1N, Side B: 7XCE 17145-1N.

3. Third pressing, R 4949, 1964. Black label with silver print. The publishing year was printed on the label, as “RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1962″ and “SOLD IN U.K. SUBJECT TO RESALE PRICE CONDITIONS, SEE PRICE LISTS” text. Tax code KT. Push-out center. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE 17144-1N, Side B: 7XCE 17145-1N.

Type 1 labels have “Parlophone Co. Ltd.” printed at the start perimeter print:

Type 2 labels have a fully capitalized “PARLOPHONE CO. LTD.” printed at the start perimeter print and PARLOPHONE TRADEMARK logo’s are now smaller:

4. Fourth pressing, R 4949, March 6, 1976. From “The Beatles’ Singles Collection 1962-1970″ box set (BS-24). These pressings have original top-opening sleeve with green front and pictures back.

Black label with silver EMI logo 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. Publishing year printed as: (p) 1962. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE 17144-2, Side B: 7XCE 17145-2.

5. Fifth pressing, October 5, 1982. 20th Anniversary edition “Special 12″Single Featuring Rare Recording Of “love Me Do”, Parlophone 12R4949. The single contains both versions of “Love Me Do” recorded on September 4 and September 11, 1962. These pressings have original side-opening pictures sleeve.

Matrix numbers: Side 1: 12R4949 A-1-1-1 / Side 2: 12R4949 B-1-1-1.

6. Sixth pressing, 45-R 4949, December 6, 1982. From “The Beatles Singles Collection” blue box set (BSCP-1). These pressings have original top-opening pictures sleeve.

Returned at the old style. Red label with silver print. These labels have “PARLOPHONE” in large stylized letters at the top and side numbers as ‘A’ SIDE and ‘B’ SIDE‘A’ SIDE and ‘B’ SIDE and PRODUCED BY GEORGE MARTIN credit. “Manufactured In The UK by EMI Records…” printed at the start perimeter print. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE 17144-2, Side B: 7XCE 17145-2.

Swedish sleeve. In 1987, in Sweden, the 25th anniversary the single was re-released with a new alternative picture sleeve. Only 1,000 copies were made. On the front side was appeared the Beatles’ live photo from TV-programme “Drop In”, Stockholm 1963. Photographer: Michael Nordström. On the back side appeared review of Artillo Bergholtz. All sleeves have a unique number written by hand felt-tip pen on the back side. Set was distributed with the similar English 7″ single. Part of the edition was sold in the UK.

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7. Seventh pressing beginning of the 90s. Same top-opening pictures sleeve as 6th pressing, but with bar code on the reverse.

The final pressing has silver label with black textur print and logo. Rimtext embossed on the trail off area. The rimtext wording is: “UNAUTHORISED COPYING, HIRING, RENTING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AND BROADCASTING…”. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE 17144-2-1-Q1, Side B: 7XCE 17145-2-1-Q1.  Late pressing: 7XCE 17144-5-1-Q2 / 7XCE 17145-3-1-Q2.

8. Eighth pressing October 5, 2012. Parlophone R4949/R4714 (5099901740172). Issue and released as a limited edition to mark the 50th Anniversary of the original release on 5 October 1962. This is a replica of the original single in the original colourful “beach towel” Parlophone company sleeve. The audio is taken from the mono remaster of 2009. This is a replica of the original single in the original colourful “beach towel” Parlophone company sleeve. The sleeve is made of a cardboard and has a bar code in difference from the paper original.

Variation A. Andy White mispressing, October 5, 2012. Issued to record dealers in the week commencing 1st October for official release on 5th October, the single was then recalled by EMI when it was discovered they had mistakenly used the version of Love Me Do that features Andy White on drums, and had erroneously used catalogue number R 4714 on the B Side (R 4714 belongs to a 1960 Matt Monro release). EMI apparently announced that it was under strict instructions from The Beatles’ Apple label to destroy copies of the single.

Matrix numbers (hand etched): Side A: BC88258-01A1  0174017, Side B: BC88258-01B1  0174017.

Variation B. Ringo pressing, October 22, 2012. EMI reissued the single on 22nd October with the version of Love Me Do that features Ringo on drums, although the B Side still carries the wrong catalogue number R 4714. Not clearly why so it turned out after all labels obviously were reprinted. This release has shinier/glossier silver print on the label which is much clearer.

Matrix numbers (hand etched): Side A: BC91232-01A1  0174017, Side B: BC88258-01B1  0174017.

The Abbey Road Collection, EMI PSLP366.

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Release: September, 1982. Promotional compilation album to celebrate 50 years of Abbey Road studios. These were sent to a limited number of radio stations as part of a promotional campaign to celebrate the now legendary studios. Very limited edition. The Beatles are represented on three tracks of the 24: “She Loves You”, George’s “My Sweet Lord”, and Paul’s “Mull Of Kintyre”. Plus as composers of two others. On the remaining tracks, artists who have ever collaborated with Abbey Road studio. Not was issued on CD or cassette.

On the bottom of the dark blue sleeve appeared text “This Album Is For Promotional Use Only And Is Not Available In Any Records Store. Not For Sale.” On the back side is a brief history of the Abbey Road studio. Sleeve printed by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd (mark PP8209 on the back).

Yellow labels with black text and red perimeter text. Red EMI logos. The label states “PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY – NOT FOR SALE”. Matrix numbers: Side A: SPSLP A-1-1-1; Side B: SPSLP B-1-1-1.

Past Masters Volumes One & Two, Parlophone BPM 1.

November 26th, 2013 Posted in 17. Beatles Compilations. Author:

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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