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The Beatles 1962-1966, Apple PCSP 717.

Published April 8th, 2020

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.

Sticker 3

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 1967-1970, Apple PCSP 718.

Published April 7th, 2020

Released April 20, 1973. The double album, The Beatles 1967-1970, compiles the remaining A sides of singles,  plus a further selection of album tracks issued during that period. 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 (back side), the second, taken in 1969, had been planned for the unreleased Get Back album (front side).

The album has a front and back laminated gatefold sleeve manufactured by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. The blue color of the album is associated with the color of FC Everton. The first edition had no producer George Martin’s or Phil Spector credits on the inside.

The Beatles 1967-1970 include colored inner sleeves with lyrics. First edition of The Beatles 1967-1970 has dark blue die-cut inner sleeves with the three corners cut.

1967-70 In11967-70 In2

1967-70 In31967-70 In4

However, can often find the inner sleeves with the two top corners cut.

1. First pressing, April 20, 1973. For the first pressing was used matte Apple labels on a dark blue 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 909-1, Side Two: YEX 910-1, Side Three: YEX 911-1, Side Four: YEX 912-1. Other common combinations of matrix numbers: -1/-3/-3/-1/// -2/-2/-2/-1.

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: -4/-3/-2/-1/// -4/-3/-3/-1/// -3/-3/-2/-1/// -5/-5/-2/-3/// -6/-5/-2/-3.

Color edition of The Beatles 1967-1970 has the round sticker glued on front sleeve.

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

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: -6/-5/-5/-3///-6/-6/-2/-3/// -7/-6/-3/-3/// -9/-7/-7/-6.

Blue inner sleeves does not cut the corners.

4. Fourth pressing, 1983 – 1987. Unlaminated sleeve with bar code and “Sleeve printed in England Manufactured in England” text on the back side. Blue inner sleeves does not cut the corners. Traditional Apple label on a dark 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 909-9-1-2, Side Two: YEX 910-7-1-2, Side Three: YEX 911-7, Side Four: YEX 912-6-1-3.

1967-70 87D

5. Fifth pressing, 1993. Blue vinyl, digitally re-mastered edition. Catalog number PCSPP 718 (0777 7 97039 0). Unlaminated outer sleeve with round black and white sticker and blue inner sleeves. Complete with blue poster with some The Beatles photos. Matrix numbers: Side One: PCSPP 7181 A-01-01-1, Side Two: PCSPP 7181 B-2-01-1, Side Three: PCSPP 7182 A-01-01-1, Side Four: 7182 B-01-01-1.

Round sticker.

6. Sixth pressing, Remastered, Apple 0602547048448, released November 21, 2014. The album was reissued on 180g vinyl, prepared from the original UK 1973 compilation master. Vinyl pressed by Optimal Media GmbH, Germany.

Sticker:

An insert was added to the album:

Inner sleeves:

Matrix nimber variations:

Side A: 11140 1A 00602547048448000000 / Side B: 11140 1B 00602547048448000000 i…i // Side C: 11140 2C 00602547048448000000 /
Side D: 11140 1D 00602547048448000000 i…i

Side A: 11140 2A 00602547048448000000 / Side B: 11140 3B 00602547048448000000 i…i // Side C: 11140 3C 00602547048448000000 /
Side D: 11140 2D 00602547048448000000 i…i

Rock And Roll Music, Parlophone PCSP 719 and Music For Pleasure MFP 50506/7.

Published April 6th, 2020

Rock And Roll Music, Parlophone PCSP 719.

Release June 11, 1976. Idea for this album, Rock And Roll, came from Bhaskar Menon, the head of Capitol Records in the USA. After trying unsuccessfully to contract one or all of  The Beatles for approval of the track listing for this new double album, Menon eventually gave up and contracted George Martin, their producer. When Martin was told of the plan to release this compilation of old Beatles tracks as a new album he flew to the Hollywood office of Capitol. After hearing some of the older tracks with bad background noise and poor stereo Martin was appalled at the prospect of their reissue and set about filtering and remixing every track included on this album. On some of the older tracks, such as “Twist And Shout” and “I Saw Her Standing There”, he reversed the stereo and brought the vocal track away from the edge into the center, adding a slight echo for a more modern sound. He also filtered out the bass from the rhythm track and also placed that in the center of the stereo sound stage and with the aid of filters and equalisers, gave the recording a crisper sound. When he had finished his work, Martin took a copy of the revised tapes back to EMI Records in Britain. The company was horrified because The Beatles had issued official instructions that the tapes must not be “touched, added to, edited or mutilated in any way”. EMI Records took this edict rather too literally, assuming that if they were to be reissued, the tapes should be exactly as originaly recorded. Thus George Martin’s remixed and filtered versions of the original tracks were not included on the Rock And Roll Music album when it was released in Britain.

Full laminated “Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd” gatefold sleeve. White paper EMI custom inner sleeve.

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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. First matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 955-1; Side 2: YEX 956-1; Side 3: YEX 957-1; Side 4: YEX 958-1.

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Rock And Roll Music, Music For Pleasure, Vol.1 MFP 50506 and Vol.2 MFP 50507.

Release October 27, 1980. In 1980, EMI Records relented and decided to issue the remixed recordings. They split the two albums, put them into new sleeves after receiving numerous complaints about the original sleeves and issued them on the Music For Pleasure label as Rock And Roll Music, Volumes 1 and 2. These two albums are worth buying if only to compare the original recordings with the remixes.

Unlaminated “Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd” sleeves. White paper EMI custom inner sleeves.

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Red-black labels with the bottom text “COPYRIGHT RECORD ALL RIGHTS OF THE MANUFACTURER AND OF THE OWNER OF THE RECORDED WORK RESERVED UNAUTHORISED PUBLIC PERFORMANCE BROADCASTING AND COPY OF THE RECORD PROHIBITED”. Matrix for these albums were made with the Capitol Records laqueurs. Matrix numbers: Vol.1: Side One: SKBO 11537-1A-1, Side Two: SKBO 11537-1B-1; Vol.2: Side One: SKBO 11537-2A-1, Side Two: SKBO 11537-2B-1.

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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:

Pages 6 & 7:

Pages 8 & 9:

Pages 10 & 11:

Pages 12 & 13:

Pages 14 & 15:

Pages 16 & 17:

Pages 18 & 19:

Pages 20 & 21:

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

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