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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 Beatles 1962-1966, Apple PCSP 717.

April 8th, 2020 Posted in 11. Beatles Compilations. Author:

Released April 20, 1973. The double album, The Beatles 1962-1966, contains all the A sides of The Beatles’ singles issued on Parlophone up to th end of 1966, plus a selection of album tracks from the same period, namely, “All My Loving” from With The Beatles, “Eight Days A Week” from Beatles For Sale, “Yesterday” from Help! and “Norwegian Wood” and “Michelle” from Rubber Soul. The sleeve of this double album show two photographs, of The Beatles in the same pose taken eight years apart. The first is that used in 1963 for the Please Please Me album, the second, taken in 1969, had been planned for the unreleased Get Back album.  

The album has a front and back laminated gatefold sleeve manufactured by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. The red color of the album is associated with the color of FC Liverpool. The first edition had no producer George Martin’s credit on the inside.

The Beatles 1962-66 include colored inner sleeves with lyrics. First edition of The Beatles 1962-1966 has red die-cut inner sleeves with two corners cut.

1. First pressing, April 20, 1973. For the first pressing was used matte Apple labels on a dark red background. Apple labels have “Mfd. in U.K.”, “An Apple Record”, “An EMI Recording” and “The Gramophone Company Limited” credits. Matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 905-1, Side Two: YEX 906-1, Side Three: YEX 907-1, Side Four: YEX 908-1. Other common combinations of matrix numbers: -1/-1/-3/-1/// -3/-1/-1/-1/// -1/-3/-3/-1/// -2/-2/-4/-2.

Pye Records contract pressing. For the manufacture of discs was used dark red translucent vinyl which looks black but glows dark red and which can be seen by holding up to the light. Pye pressing the same matte labels. Matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 905-2, Side Two: YEX 906-2, Side Three: YEX 907-4, Side Four: YEX 908-2.

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2. Second pressing, 1978 – 1980. Laminated Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. outer sleeve has producer George Martin’s credit on the inside. Glossy labels have “Mfd. in U.K.”, “An Apple Record”, “An EMI Recording” and “The Gramophone Company Limited” credits. Possible combinations of matrix numbers: -3/-4/-3/-3/// -4/-4/-5/-3/// -5/-5/-5/-5.

Variation A.

1962-66 2ndA1962-66 2ndB

1962-66 2ndC1962-66 2ndD

Variation B. Textured labels.

1962-66 texturA1962-66 texturB

1962-66 texturC1962-66 texturD

Color edition of The Beatles 1962-1966 has the round sticker glued on front sleeve.

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All variations of the second pressing have red die-cut inner sleeves with four rounded corners.

Inner 2-1AInner 2-1B

Inner 2-2CInner 2-2D

Note! Black vinyl with the same labels and sleeves published in the same period.

3. Third pressing, 1980 – 1983. Third pressing has unlaminated Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. outer sleeve with George Martin’s credits and the same labels as the second pressing. Possible combinations of matrix numbers: -5/-5/-5/-5/// -6/-5/-5/-5 /// -6/-5/-5/-6.

1962-66 3rdA1962-66 3rdB

1962-66 3rdC1962-66 3rdD

Red inner sleeves does not cut the corners.

Inner 3-1AInner 3-1B

Inner 3-1CInner 3-1D

4. Fourth pressing, 1983 – 1987. Unlaminated sleeve with bar code and “Sleeve printed in England Manufactured in England” text on the back side. Red inner sleeves does not cut the corners. Traditional Apple label on a green background. The rimtext reached all the way around the labels. Importantly, around the 5 ‘o’ clock position in the rimtext the wording is: “UNAUTHORISED COPYING, HIRING, RENTING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AND BROADCASTING…”. Matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 905-6-1-1, Side Two: YEX 906-5, Side Three: YEX 907-6C-1-1, Side Four: YEX 908-6-1-1.

1962-66 87A1962-66 87B

1962-66 87C1962-66 87D

5. Fifth pressing, 1993. Red vinyl, digitally re-mastered edition. Catalog number PCSPP 717 (0777 7 97036 0). Unlaminated outer sleeve with round black and white sticker and red inner sleeves. Complete with red poster with some The Beatles photos. Matrix numbers: Side One: PCSPP 7171 A-01-01-2, Side Two: PCSPP 7171 B-01-01-2, Side Three: PCSPP 7172 A-01-01-1, Side Four: 7172 B-01-01-1.

1962-66 93a1962-66 93b

1962-66 93c1962-66 93d

Round sticker.

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6. Sixth pressing, Remastered, Apple 0602547048455, released November 21, 2014. The album was reissued on 180g vinyl, prepared from the original UK 1973 compilation master. The fake stereo mixes of “Love Me Do” and “She Loves You” were replaced by the true mono versions. Vinyl pressed by Optimal Media GmbH, Germany.

Sticker:

An insert was added to the album:

Inner sleeves:

Matrix nimber variations:

Side A: 11141 1A 00602547048455000000 / Side B: 11141 1B 00602547048455000000 i…i // Side C: 11141 1C 00602547048455000000 /
Side D: 11141 1D 00602547048455000000 i…i In addition, there are various options for matrices with numbers 2A, 2B, 2C 2D.

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

April 4th, 2020 Posted in 11. Beatles Compilations. Author:

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.

HB 3rdAHB 3rdB

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.