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The Beatles 1967-1970, Apple PCSP 718.

Published January 17th, 2013

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 Beatles 1967-1970 was issued in U.K. on 20 April 1973.

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. Fofth 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.

Magical Mystery Tour, Parlophone PCTC 255.

Published December 1st, 2012

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.

Parlophone french contract pressings.

Published September 11th, 2012

Single:

Hello Goodbye / I Am The Walrus, Parlophone R 5655. Release November, 1967. Some copies of this single were pressed by Pathé Marconi in France. On these singles, the “MADE IN GT. BRITAIN” print the bottom of the label was replaced by a “MADE IN FRANCE” print. These singles were presumably pressed during a shortage of vinyl in the UK or because of an overwhelming demand. This is the only UK Beatles single pressed in France. The records were housed in the Type 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 company sleeves (see 03. Beatles on Parlophone Records. Part – Singles). Black label with silver print. The publishing year was printed on the label, as “(p) 1967″. The beginning of the perimeter print was written “GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD.” and “SOLD IN U.K. SUBJECT TO RESALE PRICE CONDITIONS, SEE PRICE LISTS” text. Push-out or solid center. Tax code KT on the trail off area. Also, the pressing is distinguished by the two matrices: Side A: 7XCE 18433-1  M3 256671, Side B: 7XCE 18434-1  M3 256672.

  LPs

EMI temporarily ceased to release LPs in 1973 because to begin of the world oil crisis. LPs production was moved to France on Pathé Marconi for some time. We do not know the exact release date of this release, but we may not be wrong if we define the release date of the mid-70s (probably 1973-1975). It is on this French pressings appeared new changes in the Parlophone labels which later appeared in British labels. The start of the perimeter print was changed to “THE EMI RECORDS LTD…”. Instead, added “MADE IN FRANCE” text at the end of the perimeter print. The records were housed in British-printed covers. All discs were manufactured from the original British matrices and all disсs have original British and French matrix numbers on the trail off areas.

All discs are in British-printed covers bearing “MADE IN FRANCE” 30×20 mm. white stickers.

PCS 3042 “Please Please Me”. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 94-1   M6 298109   PCS 3042A; Side 2: YEX 95-1  M6 298110   PCS 3042B.

PCS 3045 “With The Beatles”. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 110-2  M6 298111    PCS 3045A; Side 2: YEX 111-3  M6 298112    PCS 3045B.

PCS 3058 “A Hard Day’s Night”. Matrix numbers: Side 1: M6 287397   04145A21; Side 2:  M6  287398    04145B21.

PCS 3062 “Beatles For Sale”. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 142-1   M6 298113   PCS 3062A; Side 2: YEX 143-1   M6 298114   PCS 3062B.

PCS 3071 “Help!”. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 168-2   M6 297256; Side 2: YEX 169-1   M6 297257.

PCS 3075 “Rubber Soul”. Matrix numbers: Side 1: 3075 A  M6 287393  04115A 21; Side 2: 3075 B  M6  287394  04115B 21.

PCS 7009 “Revolver”. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 605-2  M6  298115   PCS 7009A; Side 2:  YEX 606-2  M6  298553  PCS 7009B.

PCS 7016 “A Collection Of Beatles Oldies”. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 619  21B  M6 251111  04258A  7016 A; Side 2:  YEX 620 21C  M6 288217   04258 B  7016B.

PCS 7027 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 637-1   M6 297254; Side 2: YEX 638-2   M6 297255.

Apple french contract pressings.

Published September 11th, 2012

Apple label have “Made in France by Pathé Marconi EMI” rim copy. The records were housed in British-printed covers. All discs are in British-printed covers bearing “MADE IN FRANCE” 30×20 mm. white stickers. All discs were manufactured from the original British matrices and all disсs have original British and French matrix numbers on the trail off areas. The release date of the mid-70s (probably 1973-1975).

PCS 7067/8 “The Beatles”. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 709-1   M6 298517; Side 2: YEX 710-1   M6 298518;  Side 3: YEX 711-1   M6 298519; Side 4: YEX 712-1   M6 298520.

PCS 7070 “Yellow Submarine”. Discs of this album were made with German matrices, which was an exception. The reason for this is not known, probably on the EMI was not found qualitative matrix. Matrix numbers: Side 1: M6  264012   7070A   C062 04002  A21; Side 2:  M6  264013   7070B   C062 04002 B21.

PCS 7088 “Abbey Road”. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 749-2   M6 297252; Side 2: YEX 750-1  M6 297253.

PCS 7096 “Let It Be”. Matrix numbers: Side 1: YEX 773-3U   M6 298523; Side 2: YEX 774-3U   M6 298524.

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