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First of all let me say, I started collecting albums and 45's at the age of 10 years old. I bought this record in played only a couple of times "Record is. Meet the Beatles! Label Mono. T First pressing – No publishing credits on label. Factory: Scranton. 01A (Keystone print). Possible covers. Get the scoop on copies of 'Meet the Beatles,' 'My Bonnie' and 'Magical All U.S. pressings of the Magical Mystery Tour LP with the page.
Capitol selected the seven Beatles songs from the UK Help! What was the result? Another big hit, of course. The bit of "James Bond Theme" which appears before the title track became a popular introduction to the song. It appears on the US releases of as well. The photos on the front cover were rearranged so that Paul appears to be pointing to the Capitol logo. Anyway, the pix had already been accidentally reversed, so whether here or in the UK, the semaphore is gibberish.Meet the Beatles! Original Capitol Pressing fro 1964
Or is it a secret message? The other two songs were released as a single. By now, US albums were beginning to resemble their British counterparts, at least to some extent, although the United States did receive its own special mixes of quite a few songs.
This album hit 1 in the US without any singles being issued from it. Common now in the UK, maybe, but not here! Add two old Help! What do you get? The front cover to the "new" album was the same shot that was used in England to promote the "Paperback Writer" single: The picture was part of a group of three that was meant to shatter the Beatles' image.
Instead, this picture became an instant collectors' item! Radio stations began to remark about the album immediately, and Capitol issued a withdrawal notice before the actual release date.
Some copies less than 60, got out with the original cover intact. Many more were reissued the same week with a new photo the Beatles around a steamer trunk pasted over the original one.
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Later copies feature only the "trunk" cover. The pause in Capitol's plans didn't stop this album from hitting 1. So they ARE in true stereo on this album. Most releases on vinyl feature the three Revolver songs in rechanneled stereo. Capitol didn't want to wait the week it would take to get the stereo mixes.
But all tape copies, the "record club" issues from the late 60's and 70's, and some later copies of the album, do feature the Revolver songs in stereo--although the mixes differ from the UK mix, as usual. Otherwise, it very much resembles the British release. Or maybe they just decided not to include "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" on this album. Of note, however, is the fact that by now in the US stereo copies were selling at the same rate as mono copies. Germany had already abandoned mono. Now, the United States was on their way toward doing so.
This album lacks the "dog cut" and "inner groove" at the end. Otherwise, even its gatefold cover and insert roughly resemble the UK issue. In the Summer of '67, this album hit 1 without any singles being issued to promote it. They had tried twice to sell Beatles EP's; both tries were dismal failures.
Rather than being burned again, they sent a representative to England to collect songs for this album, including a fresh mix of "Strawberry Fields Forever. They didn't request stereo copies of the single songs except SFF and Hello Goodbyeand they didn't get any. This was the last Beatles album in the US that was available in both mono and stereo.
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The mono copies are more difficult to find than the stereo records, by possibly a 5 to 1 margin. The album sure looks nice in 12" size The story according to Beatles Book 66 is that Capitol had treated the whole album to compression and limiting, but that George Harrison discovered this and attempted to undo their treatment.
On "Cry Baby Cry," you can detect a "bad spot" at "by the children" where something went wrong in the process. The album featured a stark white cover with raised letters: The UK issue opened from the top; the US issue took a more standard approach by opening from the side.
There was also a tissue paper to keep the photos from being damaged. The UK issue featured black sleeves which were not included here.
This record was the first Beatles album release on their new label, Apple, and the record labels indicated that the album was manufactured by Capitol but issued by Apple. Finally, the albums were numbered, with each factory numbering differently. There were reportedly 12 copies of 1 I know of twoand they numbered over 3, of them.
Collecting variations in numbering style can be an interesting sideline. Another variation, usually not noticed, deals with the "banding" of the album. Pepper was released in England, the tracks were not separated bandedbut they ran all together.
When this album was released, apparently there was considerable sweat over whether the album should be banded: Even copies pressed at the same factory differ in this way. Another 1 without singles.
Two old songs, four new songs, and some George Martin instrumentals fill this album, which sold well despite containing very little new material. The liner notes on the back cover are different from those on the British album, which was the last one to be issued in England in both mono and stereo.
In the majority of nations now, stereo records were playable on mono machines, rendering mono "obsolete. But no one informed the industry moguls in the US.
As a result, the song was added to the eight track's listing and to SOME of the albums. You'll find the song added to some covers and some labels as well. It was eventually removed again from the cover. Thus, the album again differed ever so slightly from the British release. SO or SW This album, a collection of oldies, was originally entitled Beatles Again, and the first pressings display that title on the labels.
All of the songs are in true stereo here, with some of them being mixed for stereo especially for this album.
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Within a couple of years, they phased out the use of their factory in Scranton, PA. In quite a few countries, the album was released as a boxed set, with a special booklet. In the US, the album was issued with a gatefold cover Interestingly, all of the Beatles' original US releases differ in some way from those in England. This album went out of print in for three years. It contains all of the messages from their Christmas flexi-discs, including the message, which had not been released in the USA until this time.
These records, the Alpha Omega series Vol. The track listing insert was compiled by Capitol and is deceptive. Likewise for "From Me to You.
It is noteworthy that Capitol had so far not obtained stereo mixes for any of the songs released as singles. Even "Hard Day's Night" appears in fake stereo on the album.
Also, "Hello Goodbye" turned up in mono on the compilation, for reason unknown. It was inevitable that boxed sets would be issued, but how these particular albums were chosen is not known. Since several albums were omitted, reason dictates that there was SOME strategy involved.
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There was a 17 record set, containing all the albums except Let it Be, but that boxed set was given as a promo item to Capitol sales representatives. It was not commercially available. John Lennon had offered to draw them a cover, but EMI stupidly rejected the idea.
Capitol had planned to issue live albums in the 60's. They had recorded two Hollywood Bowl concerts for that purpose. Despite talk, up throughthe album wasn't released until ' For many, it was worth the wait. The only thing new here is a new mix of "Girl. Even this album went gold in the US. Inthis album was split into two "budget line" albums. Picture and Colored Vinyl Discs Sgt. The disco film called Sgt.
In Canada, the album appeared on marbled vinyl. In other countries, the picture discs were slightly different. For America, this meant red, white, and blue. This was the white one. Oddly, some copies were sealed together with British leftover? I have personally seen two such copies. Since the craze was dying down somewhat, this one is a little harder to find than the Sgt.
They promptly issued this album on their purple label. Oddly, they decided NOT to include stereo versions of any of the songs. The Beatles songs are in rechanneled stereo. Between late '75 and this album's release, pirate copies had been surfacing. This reissue no longer features a gatefold cover but WAS issued with a poster of the front cover shot. There was an extra album called Rarities included with the boxed set. The album was not supposed to be issued commercially, but Parlophone changed their minds.
Capitol also decided to issue the album They made some copies of this budget release and were ready to issue it commercially. Along came a bootleg album called "Collectors' Items," which featured a more attractive cover and better track selection. Capitol modified its track selection immediately and changed their cover ideas. The "butcher cover" shot was included on the inside as an added attraction.
Reel Music SV The ugly cover notwithstanding and most people thought sothis is actually a fine release from Capitol. They released first their "Movie Medley," which charted well.
Soon after, blueprints were corrected to add the dash in the catalog number, and to add the Parr's logo ont the front slcik. A few early copies featured an orange sticker on the loose wrap, and a free Beatles promotional photo. Many thanks to Gilles Valiquette of Montreal for highlighting these earlier jackets.
Oddly enough, these came in covers with a stereo banner, even though the album was still in mono only. This is the only time where stereo banner covers were used for this album. A Hard Days Night Red, Black and Blue mono labels Indemand was so high for the new Beatles soundtrack album that the Compo plant used up other labels they had on hand in the warehouse, labels not originally intended for United Artists mono releases.
Once the regular red labels stock was depleted, Compo used black lables normally used for stereo releases. Once these were also used up, Compo switched to blue lables normally used for a UA subsidiary. Red labels are the most common pressings for the mono copies, followed by a few black label mono copies and even fewer blue lable copies.
Something New Mistake sleeve A weird variation on the orange label has a mistake stereo front slick, but a mono back slick. The front slick has the word stereo in a white box and has an unusual printer logo in a blue square, while information at the bottom of the back cover is mistakenly written over other text.
Images were not replaced by US records like on many other albums, but were simply removed, leaving an awkward blank space. Full dot vs split dot The rare stereo reissue with a Parr's logo witness the correction of the split dot on the top right cover. These dots were used to designate mono and stereo pressings - full dot for mono, and split dot for stereo. Only two years later did Capitol correct the mistake by finally putting a split dot on stereo releases of the album.
Rubber Soul Labels with or without "The Beatles" Rubber Soul pressings, both mono and stereo, featured the individual names of the band members on the label. Only later did the label also carry the name of the band "The Beatles". So, early non brackets pressings of the album are available with either labels featuring or ommitting the band's name, while all brackets label feature the name "The Beatles" on the label.
Yesterday and Today Paste Over A rare variation of this LP was an odd pressing that can be identified as a paste over. We can see through the front slick, the back slick that was printed and glued there first. It is unikely that this album is actually a butcher paste over because original Canadian butcher slick were laminated and would therefore make it difficult to paste over another slick. Indeed, an extra "Don't" is heard towards the end of the song. Only copies with the B-Side matrix number written "ST.