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

Published July 16th, 2011

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.

Beatles For Sale, Parlophone, PMC 1240.

Published July 16th, 2011

Beatles For Sale, Parlophone, PMC 1240, December 4, 1964, mono. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. gatefold inside flipback sleeve. Laminated front and back sides. With outline “mono” on the front.

1. First pressing. December 4, 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. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 503-3N; Side 2: XEX 504-3N. Later pressings has the same labels, but other matrix numbers -3N/-4N and -4N/-3N (crossover pressings) and -4N/-4N.

Variation A:

Variation B:

2. Second 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 gatefold outer sleeve with outline “mono” on front. White paper standard EMI inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 503-4N (or -5); Side 2: XEX 504-3N.

3. Third 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 gatefold outer sleeve with outline “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 142 and YEX 143). Matrix numbers on the trail area: Side One: XEX 503-6-1-1 D; Side 2: XEX 504-5-1-1. Play mono.

Beatles For Sale, Parlophone, PCS 3062.

Published July 16th, 2011

Beatles For Sale, Parlophone, PCS 3062, December 4, 1964, stereo. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. gatefold inside flipback sleeve. Laminated front and back sides. With outline “stereo” on the front.

1. First pressing. December 4, 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. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 142-1; Side 2: YEX 143-1.

2. Second pressing, 1965 – until 1969. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. laminated front and back cover, with outline “stereo” on front gatefold cover. Inside flipback. 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 142-1; Side 2: YEX 143-1.

Variation A. By now the change came in and the rimtext started with “The Gramophone Co.” and “Recording First Published 1964” was changed to (p) 1964.

Variation B. Misprint with label error: I’m A Losser on the Side 1.

3. Third pressing, summer 1969 until 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 142-1; Side 2: YEX 143-1.

4. Fourth pressing, November 1969 untin 1970. Black label with one black-white EMI logo and silver print. “The Gramophone CO Ltd…” rim text and “Made In GT. Britain” lower text. Laminated gatefold flipback “Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd” sleeve with outline “stereo” on the front side. Sepia or black & white “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 142-1; Side 2: YEX 143-1.

Variation A. Early version 1969.

Variation B. More common variant of the 1970 one box label with the addition of “33 1/3” and “STEREO” text.

5. Fifth 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 outline “stereo” on the front side. Sepia color “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 142-1; Side 2: YEX 143-1.

6. Sixth 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 outline “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI custom inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 142-1 (or -2 ; -3; -4); Side 2: YEX 143-1 (or -2; -3; -4).

7. Seventh 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 gatefold sleeve with outline “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI standard inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 142-5; Side 2: YEX 143-6.

8. Eighth 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 gatefold sleeve with outline “stereo” on the front side. White paper EMI standard inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 142-5; Side 2: YEX 143-5 (or -6).

Help!, Parlophone, PMC 1255.

Published July 16th, 2011

Help!, Parlophone, PMC 1255, August 6, 1965, mono. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.  or Ernest J.Day & Co. front laminated flipback cover, with outline “mono” on front cover.

1. First pressing. August 6, 1965. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Gramophone Co. Ltd.” prnted at the start perimeter print and “Sold in U.K. subject…” text. Capitol print. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve. With or without KT tax code on the label. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 549-2; Side 2: XEX 550-2.

Variation A. The original 1st labels used a Sans-Serif font and the * credit indicator for “I Need You” was placed to the right of the song title with a space between: I Need You *.

Variation B. Other of the original labels used a thick font and the same * credit indicator for “I Need You” was placed to the right of the song title with a space between: I Need You *.  In addition, the laqueur numbers (XEX.549 & XEX.550) shifted relative to date on the both sides.

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photos provided by Kostas Hasandras.

Variation C. Side 1 is practically the same as in variation 1A but the titles of “Girl” on track 5 and 6 are now aligned directly above each other. Side 2 has a few more differences in the tracklist layout. Most noticeably, the second line now begins with BIEM instead of NCB; and “Yesterday” now no longer begins on its own line. The layout in general is neater with the space being used a little more efficiently.

2. Second pressing, 1966 until 1969. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.  or Ernest J.Day & Co. front laminated flipback cover, with outline “mono” on front cover. 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 549-2; Side 2: XEX 550-2.

Around late 1966 a Times New Roman font appeared on the labels. The matrix number and the date stamp are now no longer vertically aligned and the tracklisting on side 2 is not lined up the same as before. Also, the asterisk next to I Need You* is closely aligned, no longer separated by a space. All the TNR copies we’ve come across have all had a closely aligned asterisk.

Variation A. This variant uses a small “The Beatles” band name on both sides of the label. But most curiously on side 1 the “Northern Songs, NCB” credit appears below the band name! The side 2 layout differs from the other TNR variants. It is believed this is the first TNR label that appeared and the side 2 error was soon rectified.

Variation B. The tracklist text is a little more spaced apart vertically and the side two Northern Songs credit has been rectified. Also the band name has increased in size.

3. Third pressing, summer 1969 until November 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. Plaine white or sepia “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Without tax code. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 549-2; Side 2: XEX 550-2.

4. Fourth 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. Laminated flipback “Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd” sleeve. Sepia or black & white “LP advertising” inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 549-2; Side 2: XEX 550-2.

5. Fifth 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 outline “mono” on front. White paper standard EMI inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 549-3; Side 2: XEX 550-2.

 

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