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Please Please Me / Ask Me Why, Vee-Jay VJ-498. February-March, 1963. Vee-Jay eventually realized its mistake of misspelling the group’s name, so later issues of the record corrected the error. Exist two correct variations of labels with oval logo and only one variation of label with brackets logo.
1. The record has thin silver lettering on a black label with oval logo and outer rim colorband. One “T” has been physically removed. The label takes on on amateurish appearance as “BEATLES” is not recentered and “LES” part of the name does not line up property with first part of the name. The initials “ARP” appear in script in the trail off areas, indicating that this record was pressed by ARP.
2. The record has thick silver lettering on a black label with oval logo and outer rim colorband. The MR symbol symbol machine stamped in the trail off areas indicate that this disc was pressed by Monarch Records. The trail off areas also contain the job numbers 46527 hand etched on the A side and 46527-X on the side B.
3. Later pressing has thick silver lettering on a black label with an brackets logo and outer rim colorband. Whi “Brackets” 498 backdrop variation were first printed by Ivy Hill Lithograph Corp. in Great Neck, New York, in January 1964. The record was pressed by Monarch Records. Only 1650 copies of the “Brackets” label variation were pressed and sold in early March 1964.
From Me To You / Thank You Girl, Vee-Jay VJ-522. May 6, 1963. DISC JOCKEY ADVANCE COPY. Record has thin black print on a white label with an oval logo an outer rim “colorband” with varying shades of grey. Label has words “Disc Jockey Advance Sample” and “NOT FOR SALE”. Record pressed by ARP. As most of the distributors probably received fewer units, the actual quantity pressed may not have exceeded 1000. The scarcity of these records suggests that, regardless of number of DJ copies pressed, many of them were ignored and thrown away.
From Me To You / Thank You Girl, Vee-Jay VJ-522. May 6, 1963. All copies of VJ 522 have the master number and a barely visible “RA” hand etched into the trail off area as well as the machine stamped Audio Matrix logo. Vee-Jay retainad the British single’s songwriter credit as “McCartney-Lennon”. Conrad Publishing, which was owned by Vee-Jay, is listed as the publisher for Thank You Girl.
1. Record has thin silver lettering on a black label with an oval logo and outer rim colorband featuring the oval logo. The trail off areas have the script “ARP” machine stamped logo. This version of the record was pressed by ARP.
2. The oval logo variation of this record with thick print. It has the MR symbol in its trail off areas, indicating that it was pressed by Monarch Records. The job number 47843 is hand etched in the trail off area of the A side and 47843-X appears on the B side.
3. Record has thin silver lettering on a black label with an oval logo and outer rim colorband featuring the oval logo. All word, with the exception of the microprint names of songwriters, are in capital letters. The lack of any pressing plant information in trail off areas indicates that this record was pressed by Southern Plastics.
From Me To You / Thank You Girl, Vee-Jay VJ-522. January, 1964. The other two versions of the stock copy have bracket logo label backdrops.
1. The record has thick silver lettering on a black label with an brackets logo and outer rim colorband. The MR symbol symbol machine stamped in the trail off areas indicate that this disc was pressed by Monarch Records.
2. The record has thin silver lettering on all black label with a silver brackets logo and two thick silver horizontal bars running through the label’s center hole. The lack of any pressing plant information in trail off areas indicates that this record was pressed by Southern Plastics.