How do we define or identify The Beatles Please Please Me 1st UK pressing mono Album?
I will try to answer the questions and also define the differences between the first mono and second mono pressed gold and black Parlophone labeled issues
The Beatles Please Please Me album was the Beatles debut album released in 1962 in the UK on the Parlophone labels.
Please note: this article relates to the Beatles Please Please Me 1st UK Mono pressing.
Another question that I am often asked is how to truly identify a 1st UK pressing of the Please Please Me album. There have been many UK pressing variations of releases of this album over the years and many people get confused as to which one they may own. In this article I am only concentrating on the 1st UK pressed mono issue of this album.
The first thing to start with is the cover. These were primarily made by E.J.Day & Co Ltd. The quickest way to know or define that this is the 1st issue cover is to look at the small credit to Angus McBean at the bottom right hand corner on the front . The first letter of this text “A” should start just after the “S” in “SONGS” text above it. note: later releases of this cover, primarily after the third pressing or third issues of this album, the “A” in Angus McBean text starts below the SONGS text in the middle of the G and S in “SONGS” text.
The front of the cover is laminated and at the rear featured large flip backs with the print “Printed and made by E.J.Day & co Ltd Patents pending” Note: To my knowledge Garrod & Lofthouse printed covers were not printed or released with the 1st issues of this album.
The album was released on the Black and gold labels Parlophone labels. The labels were primarily with a black shiny background and gold lettering or text. Please note, These are not to be confused with the later released yellow and black Parlophone labels which started on the third issue.
There were two variations of the Gold and Black Parlophone labels released on this album Please Please Me. The differences were that some of the track credits were incorrect or altered pretty soon after the initial run or release of Please Please Me.
The first issue had black/gold labels with track credits for …… “McCartney-Lennon” songs with a publishing credit of “Dick James Music Co.”
The second issue had black/gold labels with track credits for ….. “McCartney-Lennon” songs with a publishing credit of “Northern Songs”.
Only the 1st issues have ”Dick James Mus Co” publishing credits for the tracks ”Please Please Me”, ”I Saw Her Standing There”,”Misery”,Do You Want To Know A Secret” and ”There’s A Place” later 2nd issues feature these tracks credited to Northern songs!
Other Typical label chjaractoristics seen on the mono 1st issue label variation.
Parlophone Black shiny labels with gold lettering.
Note: (There is no “Sold in the UK…..” text across the labels. This text was introduced much later on this albums issues.)
A tax code for example “M J T” was tamped on one side of the labels only. it can be seen or located just outside of where the spindle hole is.
The matrix is located on the run off grooves.
“XEX 421-1N” See my Article Here for more information about Beatles Matrix and Mother stampers
Side 2 ”
“XEX 422-1N” See my Article Here for more information about Beatles Matrix and Mother stampers
The Mother Stampers
These are located on the run off grooves. You can locate them by looking at the matrix at six oclock the first part of the mother stampers would be a “1” located at 9 oclock then the second part of the mothers would be seen at 3 oclock.
An example of the mother stampers is taken from the example of my copy in the photos above.
Side 1 “1” “A” See my Article Here for more information about Beatles Matrix and Mother stampers
Side 2 “1” “GR” See my Article Here for more information about Beatles Matrix and Mother stampers
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