Saturday, April 16, 2011

Introducing The Beatles

"Introducing The Beatles" was released in the United States on or about January 10 1964. The catalogue number for this LP is Vee Jay LP 1062 (mono) and Vee Jay SR 1062 (stereo). There are strangely two versions of this LP. Both LPs contain music from the first Parlophone UK LP "Please Please Me" with the exception of the "singles" songs. The first version of the LP contain "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You". These two songs were replaced about a month later with "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why".

The front cover shows an Angus McBean photograph that was used on the UK "The Beatles' Hits" EP as well as the re-issue of the "Love Me Do" single in 1982. The photo is cropped and reversed on the "Introducing" cover. The first 6,000 copies of version one include the words "Printed in U.S.A." along the left border of the front cover. These copies are extremely rare. There are differences as well with the mono and stereo covers. The stereo covers have a white banner across the top of the front cover which reads "Stereophonic". Some version two covers have the word "stereophonic" embossed at the top or a "stereophonic" white sticker or a foil sticker that reads: "stereo".

The back cover of the LP can come in various forms. Version one back covers contain either a Vee Jay ad that shows 25 miniature LP covers and the words "Other Fine Albums of Significant Interest" or they may even have blank white back covers !! The most common are back covers with the song titles in between black columns. Version one "column" titles include "Love Me Do" ending side one and "P.S. I Love You" opening side two. Version two back covers only contain the song titles in between black columns with "Please Please Me" replacing "Love Me Do" and "Ask Me Why" replacing "P.S. I Love You".

The records were released on the Vee Jay label and have either the "oval" logo or the "brackets" logo for version one. Version two of the LP contain both logos above as well as a logo without an oval or brackets.

The word "stereo" appears on authentic stereo copies of the LP either at the top or at 3 o'clock or 9 o'clock. Some version two stereo LPs have the word "stereo" on either side of the VJ "brackets".

Of particular interest is that the first song on side one: "I Saw Her Standing There" does not include the full count-in. The "Introducing The Beatles" version of this song starts with the last "four !!" with the beginning of the count-in edited out. No inner sleeves were originally issued with this LP.


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