The Beatles Featuring Tony Sheridan, Pickwick CN(A) 2007. Pickwick Records was an American record label and British distributor known for its budget album releases of sound-alike recordings, bargain bin reissues and repackagings under the brands Design. It was the first UK company to put in place exclusive licensing deals with the major record companies (for many years it was the official budget reissue outlet for labels such as RCA and CBS.) Pickwick was sold in 1977 to American Can Company, who relocated their corporate headquarters from Long Island City, New York to Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the 1970s the label changed direction, and began reissuing LPs that had been deleted from catalogs of the major record labels, in particular the RCA Records subsidiary RCA Camden, itself a reissue label. Pickwick also reissued numerous LPs from the Motown catalog during the 1970s. Pickwick’s assets were purchased by PolyGram Records in the late 1970s. Pickwick’s catalog is now owned by Universal Music, which merged with PolyGram in 1998.
The Beatles Featuring Tony Sheridan, Pickwick presence Contour, CN(A) 2007. This album is a reissue of the British version of “Early Years” (Contour 2870 111). At the same cover design was again changed and the name of the album cut. Text appears “Collectors item original recording” in the upper right corner. Has also been modified catalog number. Album were sold in Britain still has the Contour logo on both sides of the cover. Cover is front laminated. Includes plain white paper inner sleeve.
1. First pressing, early 70s (probably 1973). Light orange labels with “Pickwick presents” text and Contour logos. Matrix numbers: Side 1: CN 2007 1Y//1 420; Side 2: CN 2007 2Y//1 420.
2. Second pressing, 1970s (probably 1974-1976). White and blue label design with “Pickwick presents” text and Contour logos. Matrix numbers: Side 1: CN 2007 1Y//2 420; Side 2: CN 2007 2Y//2 420.
3. Third pressing, 1970s (probably 1976-1978). Dark orange labels with “Pickwick presents” text and Contour logos. Matrix numbers: Side 1: CN 2007 A//4 420; Side2: CN 2007 B//2 420 (or B//3).
Export pressing, late 70s (probably 1976-1978). The export version of the album was released on the Pickwick label and thus has the Pickwick logo on both sides of the cover. In addition, the cover has an image of the British flag with the “British Import” text on the front side. This version was imported in United States. Cover is front laminated. Includes plain white paper inner sleeve.
Orange labels are “Pickwick” logo and catalog number with CNA prefix. Matrix numbers: Side 1: CN 2007 A//4 420; Side2: CN 2007 B//3 420.
In Commonwealth countries the album was exported as “Pickwick presents Contour” c Contour logos. Cover has a “Half British Flag” sticker with rounded corners and with “direct import” text.