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Extract From The Album “A Hard Day’s Night”, Parlophone GEP 8924.

November 11th, 2011 Posted in 04. Beatles on Parlophone Records. Part 3 - EP's. Author:

Extract From The Album “A Hard Day’s Night”, Parlophone GEP 8924, November 6, 1964. The Garrod & Lofthouse sleeves have diagonal-cut flaps at the top and bottom and a side tab, along with “6412 G. & L.” date centered at the bottom.

Some the original sleeves have rounded flaps. These sleeves are not the mark of the manufacturer so they can not be identified. Later sleeves from the seventies are not laminated.

1. First pressing,  November 6, 1964. The first pressing has Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “The Parlophone Co. Ltd…” printed at the start perimeter print and the publishing year printed as “Recording First Published 1964″ and with “SOLD IN U.K…”. Push-out center and KT tax code. Matrix numbers: Side 1: 7TCE 850-1N, Side 2: 7TCE 851-1N.

2. Second pressing, 1978 – 1981. Black label with yellow logo and silver print. “THE EMI RECORDS LTD…” printed at the start perimeter print and “MADE IN GT. BRITAIN” text at the end of the perimeter print. Matrix numbers: Side 1: 7TCE 850-2, Side 2: 7TCE 851-1N.

Type 1. Push-out center:

Type 2. Solid center:

A Hard Day’s Night, Parlophone, PMC 1230.

A Hard Day’s Night, Parlophone, PMC 1230, July 10, 1964, mono. Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.  or Ernest J.Day & Co. front laminated cover, with mid-sized “mono” on front. Tracing-paper-lined “Use Emitex” die-cut inner sleeve.

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: XEX 481-3N; Side 2: XEX 482-3N.

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.

Variation C. This time the track listing style on both sides were rearranged to use the label space more effectively. This is most noticeable on side 2, where are the song titles and credits are written in four lines. This version of the label is later than the variants A and B.

2. Second pressing, 1965 until 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 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 481-3N; Side 2: XEX 482-3N.

Variation A. In late 1965, the typeset used on the “Hard Day’s Night” label seemed to have also changed from Sans Serif to Times New Roman. The layout of the track listing was also re-arranged to incorporate the differing type size, most notably the track If I Fell on side 1 has a line all to itself on this variation. The side 2 tracklist also now have the periods after each track removed.

This vinyl was pressed on the EMI on old machines press. IT’S NOT CBS PRESSING as many people think! THIS IS EMI PRESSING! To date only three Beatles albums have been found in this variation and they’re A Hard Day’s Night, Rubber Soul and Revolver.

Variation B. On later labels was returned Sans-Serif font again.

3. Third 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: XEX 481-3N; Side 2: XEX 482-3N.

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4. Fourth 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 mid-sized “mono” on front. White paper standard EMI inner sleeve. Matrix numbers: Side 1: XEX 481-3N; Side 2: XEX 482-3N.

5. Fifth 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 outer sleeve with mid-sized “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 126 and YEX 127). Matrix numbers on the trail area: Side One: XEX 481-4-1-1 D (possible -3N); Side 2: XEX 482-4-1-1 D. Play mono.

6. Sixth pressing, Remastered, Parlophone 5099963380019, released September 8, 2014. The album was reissued on 180g vinyl, prepared from the original analogue mono master tapes. Album included in “The Beatles In Mono” box. Cover is replicat from the original Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. three-flaps sleeve. Vinyl pressed by Optimal Media GmbH, Germany.

Advertising flyer. Insert with mastering notes, updated copyright and publishing details, and advertising for Cirque Du Soleil’s “Love” show.

Matrix numbers:

Side 1: 6338001 BD13968-01 A1 N.S. U / Side 2: 6338001 BD16691-01 B1 8 i…i

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

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, late 1965 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 late 1965, 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. On later labels was returned Sans-Serif font again. Matrix number is shifted relative to the date.

Variation C. Sans-serif print. Matrix number is centered relative to the date. This late version has a label with an misprint, an extra dot in “IN.U.K.” on the side 1. Therefore, we date this label to 1968.

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.

10. Tenth pressing, Remastered, Parlophone 94638241317, released November 12, 2012. The album was reissued on 180g vinyl, prepared use the full 24-bit versions taken from the 2009 remasters. Album included in “The Beatles” stereo box, as well as sold separately. Cover is replicat from the original Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. sleeve without flaps. Vinyl pressed by Optimal Media GmbH, Germany.

Matrix numbers:

Side 1: 94638241317 B985775-01A3 A / Side 2: 94638241317 B985775-01 B2 N1 i…i

Side 1: 94638241317 B985775-01A3 A 3+X / Side 1: 94638241317 B985775-01 B2 N1 דּ∂ i…i

The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl, Parlophone EMTV 4, Music For Pleasure MFP 4156761 and Apple 602557054996.

April 4th, 2020 Posted in 11. Beatles Compilations. Author:

Released May 6, 1977. Of the 13 tracks, six “All My Loving”, “She Loves You”, “Thing We Said Today”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Boys” and “Long Tall Sally” are from the concert of 28 August 1964. The remaining seven “Twist And Shout”, “She’s A Woman”, “Dizzy Miss Lizzy”, “Ticket To Ride”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” are from the concert of 29 August 1965. They have been edited together successfully by George Martin to make a highly enjoyable live album. Because the original recordings were made on old-fashioned three-track machines, it was necessary to transfer them onto 16-track tape before George Martin and Geoff Emerick, his studio engineer, could filter, equalise and edit them. The major problem was that with continual use the tape heads of these old machines overheated and melted the magnetic tape. The resourceful Martin hit on the idea of using hair dryers blowing cold air to cool down the tape heads.

Unlaminated gatefold sleeve manufactured by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.:

HP Sleeve 3HP Sleeve 2

HB Sleeve 1

Special issue inner sleeves with The Beatles records catalog information:

HB Inner 1HB Inner 2

1. First pressing May 6, 1977. Release by Parlophone Records. Black and white picture labels with silver capitol stile perimeter print:  “…UNAUTHORISED COPYING PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED…” printed on the 5 o’clock. First matrix numbers: Side One: YEX 969-3U; Side Two: YEX 970-3Uwith “Mastered by Capitol” stamps and YEX 969-1, Side Two: YEX 970-1. Other matrix number variations: -4U/-3U; -3U/-4U; -5U/-3U; -5U/-4U; -2/-1; -2/-1; -5/-1; -2/-1.

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2. Second pressing between 1980 and 1984. Release by Parlophone Records. Black and white picture label with grey non-capitol stile perimeter print: “…Unauthorised  public performance broadcasting and copying of this record prohibited…” printed on  the 5 o’clock. Matrix number variations: YEX 969-6/YEX 969-6 (possible -7 or -8).

HB 2ndAHB 2ndB

3. Third pressing, Septenber 3, 1984. Release by Music For Pleasure Records, MFP 4156761. Unlaminated non-gatefold sleeve with MFP logo on the front and with bare code on the back side. Instead of the original inner sleeves were used standard white paper inner sleeves.

HP Sleeve 4HP Sleeve 5

Black and red oval labels with MFP logos and red print: “…unauthorised  public performance broadcasting and copying of this record prohibited…” printed on  the 6 o’clock. Matrix numbers: YEX 969-8-1-1/YEX 969-9-1-2.

HB 3rdAHB 3rdB

4. Fourth pressing, 1987 – 1990. Release by Music For Pleasure Records, MFP 41 56761. Unlaminated non-gatefold sleeve with red and maroon tickets on the front and maroon ticket on the back side. There is a bar code. Instead of the original inner sleeves were used standard white paper inner sleeves.

HB 3rd SlAHB 3rd SlB

Red labels with boxed MFP logos and black print: “…unauthorised  copying, hiring, renting, public performance and broadcasting of this record prohibited…” printed on  the 6 o’clock. Matrix numbers: YEX 969-8-1-1/YEX 970-9-1-5.

HB 4thAHB 4thB

5. Fifth pressing. 180g remastered, released November 18, 2016. Entitled “The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl”, 602557054996. January 9th, 2016 Apple Corps Ltd. and Universal Music Group was released “The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl” on CD, a new album that captures the joyous exuberance of the band’s three sold-out concerts at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965. A vinyl LP was released on November 18. The album includes a new gatefold sleeve with an essay by noted music journalist David Fricke, and its cover art features a sunny photo taken on August 22, 1964. The new album was assigned the new catalog number: 602557054996.

Light blue sticker with blue text has rounded edges.

Inner sleeve:

The remastering was overseen by Giles Martin. “A few years ago Capitol Studios called saying they’d discovered some “Hollywood Bowl” three track tapes in their archive,” says Giles.
“We transferred them and noticed an improvement over the tapes we’ve kept in the London archive. Alongside this I’d been working for some time with a team headed by technical engineer James Clarke on demix technology, the ability to remove and separate sounds from a single track. With Sam Okell, I started work on remixing the Hollywood Bowl tapes. Technology has moved on since my father worked on the material all those years ago.
Now there’s improved clarity, and so the immediacy and visceral excitement can be heard like never before. My father’s words still ring true, but what we hear now is the raw energy of four
lads playing together to a crowd that loved them. This is the closest you can get to being at the Hollywood Bowl at the height of Beatlemania…” Vinyl mastered by Alex Wharton. His name is in the matrix numbers.

Known variants of matrix numbers:

Variant 1: BG44532-01 A1 5705499 / BG44532-01 B1 5705499.

Variant 2: BG44532-01 A1 5705499 1=µ / BG44532-01 B1 315 Alex i…i 5705499.

Variant 3 (doubtfully): BG44532-01 A1 5705499 4=V / BG44532-01 B1 311 Alex i…i 5705499.

Variant 4: BG44532-01 A1 Alex i…i 5705499 / BG44532-01 B1 Alex i…i 5705499.