Please Please Me

Side 1

 

Complete Mono Run (1963-2014)

Side 2

 

Complete Stereo Run HERE

The first time this album was pressed, it was done so on a handful of two 1-sided Acetates (side 1 & side 2) with the backs being blank with two holes, the extra to hold the speed precisely.

Acetate generally had about 25 -50 plays of life before wear starts to occur. It has a musty smell to it and has a tin ring to it when tapped lightly with a finger!

The Track listing was done with using Carbon Paper which allowed 4 or 5 copies to have the same tracking list without rewriting the whole lot again and again.
It was then pressed on 2 1-sided Slabs of vinyl, with the first showing of the matrix number XEX-421-1N on the playing side, side 2 is blank I think, but has LPFB stamped on the Run off groove. (will have to check).

I only have side 1, so this is side 1 & 2 on the first side.

Side 2 eludes me.., if anybody has one, please let me know, or send me some photo's.

1st Press - type 1a. The very first Gold & Black label was this one. It was pressed on the standard 50's "Ringed" pressing machine that had default stampers set at 1H/1H.        These had the very first label shared with type 1b below.         Very rare to see this particular pressing with a deep groove to both sides. This differs from the  3/4 ring you sometimes see on one side only (usually with a 1H stamper) like on type 1c & type 2b below.

As can be seen (& felt), there is a definite ring / ridge which is consistant all the way round & on both sides. This also had the earliest Beatle Tax Code known "WOZT" in the centre.

If you look at side 2 on lines 5, 6 & 7, the pattern of words " DO YOU, Lennon, & HONEY" are forward slanting..

Some say, these older pressing machines ended up in India's EMI pressing plant..

1st Press - type 1b.

This is the same label layout as above except it was pressed on one of EMI's newer machines which remained in service for the rest of the 60's. 

Starting with Mother Stampers 1G/1G, these are generally thought to be the very first pressed. 

With these 1st pressings, there are at least 2 label textures from matt to glossy and 4 pressings with three label changes per se!.

Gold 1st pressings had "Dick James  Mus.Co." printed after all 8 of the songs the Beatles had written, and along with the other 6 songs that were written by other artists, make up the 14 tracks on this LP.

 

 

 

1st Press - type 1c.

This is a new type of pressing to come to light and was pressed on an even older machine. We know this as there are previous gold Mono labels pressed with this punched out centre ring from 1958-61 by such artists as Adam Faith and other EMI light music releases of the time.

 

Still using the original first gold text layout, these have an Inner Ring which is punched in, & opposite to the side 2 Inner ring which is punched out!. They also have an extra 3/4 ring Outer light indent on side 1 only (as can be seen here).

Stampers are 1H / 1/2 GP for this run.

Eyes out for another without the 3/4 ring..

 

1st Press - type 2a.

For some reason during this very small run, Side 2 was changed and this is easy to spot as the first line has been stretched, so "1.Love Me Do" starts BEFORE "Beechwood" below it.

Strange that no one has noticed this before! :)

 

Again, like the type 1c above, this has the Inner Ring in the center. There were 2 runs of type 2a , one with the extra 3/4 ring Outer indent / groove on side 1 (as above), and one plain with just the Inner rings (of which I have only seen 1 copy and is shown here). With no other examples to show at this stage, eyes are out for another copy.. 

Stampers are 1H / 1/2 GP, and 1GG / 1P for this non-grooved plain one.

 

1st Press - type 2b.

This extended first line on Side 2 label, was also seen on a non-grooved, and one sided 3/4 outer grooved pressings like the one shown here for or on side 2.

 

 

 

Again probably not noticed or considered by collectors at large, as not many people usually buy or can afford more than one or two decent golds!

 

1st Press - type 3.

The last of the Dick James Gold leaf layout.

On Side 1, the two "Dick James" on the 2nd & 3rd line have been lined up.                                   On Side 2, the 3 lines (DO YOU, Lennon and HONEY) have moved again.

 

This Side 2 label was from a 2nd Press (Northern) Side 1 crossover, so is confirmed as the last showing of the "Dick James" label.

 

2nd Press.

2nd Gold Parlophone Label. The publishing Credits for "I Saw Her Standing There, Misery, Do You Want to know a Secret, & There's a Place" are now credited to "Northern Songs", the brand new company formed to deal with the Lennon-McCartney writing partnership. The other 4 Lennon & McCartney Songs (the first 2 Singles) remained with Dick James Mus Co.

These "Northern Songs" gold records probably number around 500 and almost immediately changed to the Yellow & Black 3rd Press below.

As far as I know, there are no variations with this edition.

3rd Press, or 1st Yellow & Black Parlophone Label.

These elusive labels are even rarer than the "Northern Songs" Golds, and for many years went unnoticed till very recently. The Stereo is a lot scarcer than the mono here, but these are still very thin on the ground and you'll see 20 Gold Mono's before 1 of these pop up.

This has the additional very small 33 1/3 which was left over from the gold labels (near the centre hole).

4th Press.

This WAS the 3rd press for many years until the discovery of the above label, and was only around for a brief moment before it changed again.

This is identical to the 3rd label above except now there is no little 33 1/3.

5th Press - type 1.

Again, because of the inclusion of the 3rd label, this is was usually known as the 4th Label. There are in fact 2 types, this was the first, with the "Recording First Pub.1963" in line with the (XEX.421) and with the 1 (& 2).

These Labels were the norm for most of 1963 and as such are the most common along with type 2 below.

5th Press - type 2a.

Same label except the (XEX.421) and the "Rec.First Pub. 1963" have been centred to the 1 & 2 on both sides of the label.

It's apparent that there are a few more 5th press type 2's with slight variations  not shown here. I have at least 2 that I could add so am considering a dedicated page just for this press, as there were quite a few printing runs made of this press in 1963 & 64, and it seems depending on which pressing machine and at what date, they can vary quite a bit. As the label didn't officially change until the Sold in the UK line appeared, it was pressed quite a few times, starting with the stampers at around GDD /GOP (my earliest).

 

5th Press - type 2b.

The next printed batch of these standard 63/64 labels saw the 3rd line on side 1 being set slightly longer, and the 5th line on side 2 being slightly shorter!

Even though the differences here are so slight, they were deliberate and do keep in line with the mother stamper pressing numbers.

These were pressed alongside & about halfway through the run of the type 2a label above, at the height of sales and therefore are quite common also.

Even though there are tons of these still out there, I have seen these go for ?250 in near mint Condition.

5th Press - type 2c

Released just before the change to the 6th press label below, and again nearly identical to the type 2b above, it is actually or seems to be a re-use of the 5th press type 1, but with the Rec. First Pub centred.

On side 1, you can see MECOLICO and BEECHWOOD lined up, and the 3rd line (Northern Songs etc) shortened again.

On side 2, the 5th line (BIEM etc) has been shrunken slightly still and the last line (Sherwin etc), now back neatly under Twist and Shout.

These very last copies in this series sport the ultra rare Mid-size mono last E J Day cover!

This label also saw the change of the side 2 matrix No. of -1N to -2N, which suggests it was broken accidently mid (late) run rather than planned for the 6th press below.

5th Press - type 3.

This is the same label as type 2a above but this one is on a DECCA pressing label which are quite rare. This has the ridge which can be quite clearly seen and felt. Occasionally throughout the 60's (&70's), EMI couldn't cope with the orders coming in, so paid Decca (and later Pye) to press a no.of vinyl to keep up with the demand. 

These usually came in Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd printed sleeves and were typically pressed and released somewhere in time between type 2a & 2b above.

There were no stereo Decca presses made.

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6th Press - type 1.

Everything changed with this new label. There's the inclusion of the "Sold in the U.K. subject to resale etc" line, the "Rec First Pub" has now turned into (P)1963, and the writing around the label now says "The Gramophone Co.Ltd etc".

The font also changed which allowed neater spacing of the song titles. The label texture changed also.

6th Press - type 2.

This is identical the above label except there is an additional DOT (or period mark) on the "Sold in the .U.K. subject to resale etc" statement on side 1. This was the first showing and was a regular occurrence over the next 4 years (65-69) which suggests at least 2 or more underlying pressing plates for that part of the label make up or this plate was on machine 2.             

This was definitely pressed at the same time as type 1, as these had stamper codes on the dead wax that put it straight after.

6th Press - type 3.

Again because of the stamper codes, this label was released after type 2. This is actually the same everything on label type 1(&2) except they changed the font to a Times font which messed with their spacing of the song titles.

Notice on the first line on side 1, that Northern Songs, just becomes Northern..

Though these are quite common, I have yet to see a Dotted version of this.

7th Press.

This one is the missing link in that although the font has now changed back to the standard Ariel font, the spacing has remained the same.. Notice the Northern on the first line again?

The (XEX.421) & (P)1963 have now also been aligned and would stay aligned from now on.       

The Track listing on side 2 looks a mess which is probably why they changed this label back almost immediately. Although it did stay with the stereo equivalent for a long while.

In fact, this is the exact same track typeset as the Stereo 7th type 5 press, so probably borrowed from there and maybe pressed at the same time!

8th Press - type 1.

Back to the tried and tested 6th label track listing typeset to start this run, though with an extended second line on side 1 which has been spaced neatly across. This rare label was first seen with a rim on both sides, which has only been seen a few times on other Beatle MONO albums, noticeably first on a 2nd press "Rubber Soul" & first press "Revolver", which should ideally place this label at around Aug 66.

Side 2 has reverted back to the 6th press design also, and will stay this way unchanged till the end of the 60's.

Since all that have ever turned up (type 1's) in the last 10 years to my knowledge have numbered approx 3, and have the same mother stamper numbers, this would suggest these are very very thin on the ground pressed for one run and on the spare machine (No.2) that had the Dot!.

8th Press - type 2.

Exactly the same as the label above with the extended second line on side 1, but without the rims. This was pressed just immediately after the above press as the side 1 stamper was 1 digit more.

Another hard one to catch as only came out for what looks like a couple of single runs or at least until I find a 1,5 RHH / 6 GR press..

Both this and the rimmed version above have the extra Dot on the sold in the UK statement on side 1, so please keep a lookout for Non Dotted Uk Statement copies!.

8th Press - type 3

Pretty much identical to the 2 labels above but with a new  type of textured paper label. With the Dot still present, this would seem to prove the song text plate was on the same "sold in the UK" plate, as type 4 below is without the dot, with the shorter 2nd line on side 1 and had this new textured paper label also.

 

Not seen too often, it could have actually been a mistake..

Note, there is a full stop missing on side 2 between "5" & "A Taste of Honey" on the 8th presses until type 4.

8th Press - type 4

Keeping with the new textured label, this was possibly pressed on machine 1 simultaneously with the type 3 label above on machine 2.

This has no Dot, and the second line on side 1 has been reduced or shortened now.

This had the new standard layout on both sides that would stay till the end of the sixties.

This also had the Dot on side 2, after the number 5.

8th Press - type 5.

Exactly the same as the above label, except printed on the usual stock smoother paper again.

No "Sold in the U.K" Dot on this one.

In general, all later MONO pressings like these are sought after, as Stereo was the order of the day and because of this, any Mono pressing runs in the mid to late 60's were very small.

Please Please Me Complete Stereo Run HERE

8th Press - type 6.

Printing never runs smoothly and again we have the additional DOT(or period mark) in the "Sold in the .U.K. subject to resale etc" on side 1. This was still common across all EMI artist's releases at the time.

Pressed just after type 5 or at the same time perhaps on machine 2?.

All mono pressing runs this late were pressed to order (& possibly to keep the then 1968/69 EMI ordering catalogue, current), and would have been pressed in minute numbers.

9th Press.

We finally lose the "Sold in the U.K." line after it no longer being necessary because of the lax in luxury tax on records at this time in 1969.

Needless to say, one would never see that pesky little DOT turn up again!

This was the last Mono Yellow & Black label of the 60's. Just as hard to find as the one box pressing below.

10th Press.

This is defined by having 1 EMI Box on each side of the labels and was the very last press of the original Mono's and as such are very sought after.

It has often been said that these were by special order only as EMI had abandoned Mono at this point in time (1969/1970).

It is possible that there is another label variation of this with a shorter second line on side 1..

11th Press.

This was from the 1982 Mono box set. EMI decided to re-issue a Mono box with authentic 60's labels.

You can easily tell these apart as they have MONO printed near the top of the label above the Yellow Parlophone.

12th Press - type 1.

With the advent of the CD in 1986, EMI standardised the album using the original MONO mix. For this they adapted the current stereo label by changing the catalogue number & adding the word "MONO" above, though they forgot to change the YEX.94/5 (to the mid- left of the labels). The sound was still mono as the  XEX421/2 matrix are still correctly stamped on the run offs.

Probably because of this confusion, there are exact same mono labelled copies that play Stereo and have their consequent YEX94/5 matrices in the run outs!

There are also two known paper textures of this label with the other being like type 2 below, and there have also been sightings or rumours of a corrected XEX label apparently! Obviously I am on the lookout for my own copy ...

12th Press - type 2.

Same typeset as type 1 above but printed on a different textured label AND more importantly, with an indented Ring that  doesn't appear on any stereo equivalent.. (Perhaps stereo had been discontinued by now), the XEX 421 / XEX422 has now been corrected on the labels as per above.

Interestingly to note, this still has the YEX scratched or XXX'd out  before the XEX422 etc on the side 2 run off, as does type 1 incidently.

Please Please Me Complete Stereo Run HERE

 I have been collecting Beatles all my life, and the stamper codes (the letters & No's imprinted on the dead wax / run off grooves)have always intrigued me. I have been able to piece together and correctly order these labels mostly because of the stamper codes on these run off grooves..

 I also have used a few transitional copies I have collected. These have the end of run label on one side, & the next new label on the other. These are very helpful in determining the order of some labels plus the last & first mother stampers used for each run.. (but that's another story :)

 

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