Sunday, April 10, 2011

Twelve inches of "Love Me Do"

EMI had started to release the Beatles' singles once again due to their upcoming twentieth anniversaries. The first twentieth anniversay single released was "Love Me Do/P.S. I love You" complete with a new picture sleeve and a limited picture disc on October 09 1982. All of the other singles would also be released with picture sleeves on their twentieth anniversary date up to "Let It Be/You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)".

To help promote the "Love Me Do" single, EMI released the first Beatles' twelve inch single on November 01 1982 with the catalogue number Parlophone 12 R4949. This 12 inch single features the two versions of "Love Me Do": the original version with Ringo on drums from September 04 1962 and the later version with Andy White (which appeared on the LP) from September 11 1962. The 12 inch single also included the B-side "P.S. I Love you'. The liner notes on the back cover explain the history of the different versions. The label used for this release is the red Parlophone logo. The front and back cover photos were from the Angus McBean sessions with the back cover photo being used on the US LP: "Introducing The Beatles". This photo was reversed on the LP but is featured in it's original state on the 12 inch single.

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