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“The Record That Started “Beatlemania”: Please Please Me / From Me To You, VJ-581.

Published February 15th, 2010

Please Please Me / From Me To You, Vee-Jay V-J581. January 30, 1964. The blue and white sleeve proudly describes the release as “The Record That Started Beatlemania”. PROMOTIONAL ISSUE SPECIAL TITLE SLEEVE. It refers to the group’s January 3, 1964, film clip on The Jack Paar Show and its upcoming appearances on the February 9 and Fabruary 16, 1964,  Ed Sallivan Show and to the group being featured in Time, Life and Newsweek magazines. These references to the spread of Beatlemania in America give this special title sleeve historical importance. The sleeve’s significance combined with its limited production has made this one of the most sought after and valuable sleeves.

Please Please Me / From Me To You, VJ-581 (DJ).

Published February 15th, 2010

Please Please Me / From Me To You, Vee-Jay VJ-581. January 30, 1964. DISK JOCKEY ADVANCE COPY. The promotional copy for this record, differs from those previously issued by Vee-Jay. This label has blue brackets logos on the left and right sides of the center hole and black print above and below the center hole. The words “PROMOTIONAL COPY” appear in blue below the logos. This record were manufactured by Monarch Records. In all likelihood, the number of promotional copies pressed did not exceed a few thousand units.

Please Please Me / From Me To You, VJ-581.

Published February 15th, 2010

Please Please Me / From Me To You, Vee-Jay VJ-581. January 30, 1964. First pressing. Record has silver lettering on a black label with an outer rim colorband featuring the oval logo. There are five confirmed variations:

1. Label has thin print  with “VJ” before the record number and publishing information on two lines. This record was made by APR.

2. Label has thick print with “VJ” before the record number, publishing information on two lines and space between “The Beatles” and the record number. Manufactured by Monarch Records.

3. Label has thin print without “VJ” before the record number and publishing information on three lines. This record was made by Southern Plastic.

4. Label has thick print with “VJ” before the record number, publishing information on two lines and no space between “The Beatles” and the record number. The initials “URJ” are hand etched into the trail off area along with “T1” and the master number. Record was pressed by Columbia in Terre Haute, Indiana.

5. Label has thick print with “VJ” before the record number, publishing information on two lines and no space between “The Beatles” and the record number.The initials “URJ” are hand etched into the trail off area along with “T1” and the master number followed “-1”. Record was pressed by Columbia in Bridgeport.

Realizing the visual appeal of the Beatles, Vee-Jay prepared a picture sleeve for the record. A black and white version of the photograph used for Vee-Jay’s “Introducing The Beatles” album appears on sleeve, which has a white background with the song titles and the Vee-Jay logo in black print and “The Beatles” in bold red print. While the sleeve may have been issued with all of the record’s numerous variations, is it most often found with the oval and bracket colorband variations.

Please Please Me / From Me To You, VJ-581.

Published February 15th, 2010

Please Please Me / From Me To You, Vee-Jay VJ-581. January 30, 1964. Previously unknow copy! Undetermined Bruce Spizer! Silver lettering on a black label with an outer rim colorband featuring the Brackets Logo. Big print! Pablishing information on left side. Labels has numbered sides (“Side 1” and “Side 2”). Master numbers is located on the right side. Thin print VJ befor the record number. Manufactured by Southern Plastics. Record has stamped Audio Matrix logo on both sides and hand etched masters number 63-2967 on side one, and 63-3218 on side two, and initials “RA” on side one.

 

There are three confirmed variations:

1. Label has thin print with “VJ” before the record number and publishing information on two lines. Record was manufactured by ARP;

2. Label has thick print with “VJ” before the record number and publishing information on two lines. Record manufactured by Monarch Records;

3. Label has thin print without “VJ” before the record number and publishing information on three lines. Record was manufactured by Southern Plastics;

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