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The Invasion is On! – Beatles U.S. Vinyl – 1962-1964

1964 in particular was a very busy and industrious year for Beatle releases in the U.S. Market.  Several labels were vying for the market but were limited by the number of tracks available through the various contract agreements.  Vee Jay for one became very creative in its marketing and distribution.  But in the end Capitol Records crushed the opposition through lawsuits and industry might.

Decca

This was the very first Beatle release in the United States!  Notice the group referred to as “The Beat Brothers”.  The group was in Hamburg at the time they came to be noticed by Bert Kaempfert – who also performed with his Orchestra on the U.S Decca label.  He fronted his own production company and recorded Tony Sheridan with the boys in the summer of 1961 cutting 7 tracks.   “My Bonnie” and “The Saints” were first released on the German Polydor label in October of 1961.  The record charted in Germany reaching number 32 in January of 1962,  The record found it’s way into the U.S. via the Decca label because Polydor was not yet doing business in the U.S.  See the MGM version below to learn how the single would resurface in 1964 on that label.  The recording in Germany was also brought to the attention of record shop owner Brian Epstein in Liverpool (some stories say via a young fan who came into the shop and requested a copy).  Anyway, Brian ordered copies to sell in his store – and you know where that story goes.

Released April, 1962 – Decca 31382 – Did Not Chart-
“My Bonnie” b/w “The Saints”

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Vee Jay

Vee Jay Early Single Record Mailer
(Mailed to Radio Stations with Promo Copies)

VEE JAY MAILER B

Released February, 25th 1963 – Vee Jay 498 – Did Not Chart
Ask Me Why/Please Please Me

(First issues misspelled “Beattles”)

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Released May, 6th 1963 – Vee Jay Release 522 – Did Not Chart
“Thank You Girl” b/w “From Me To You”

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Swan Records

The Beatles found their way onto the Swan label out of Philadelphia via George Harrison’s sister, Louise Harrison Caldwell, who was living in Illinois in 1963.  Louise was worried about the lack of success her brother’s group was having  with Vee Jay.  She wrote to Brian Epstein about her concerns which apparently got his attention.  He decided at that time not to place “She Loves You/I’ll Get You” with Vee Jay but opting for an agreement with Swan.  “She Loves” you first was released by Swan in the Fall of 1963.  Dick Clark played the track on his TV show but the song was not received well by the American Band Stand kids.  The song as initially released failed to chart.  Swan actually had a chance to obtain future rights to Beatle recordings if they would purchase 50,000 advance copies of the single.  They elected to pass and that was that.

Swan did however reissue the single in 1964 after witnessing the explosive arrival of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” on Capitol.  “She Loves You” followed hot on the heels of the Capitol release hitting the pinnacle position on the nation’s charts – number one for two weeks.  Naturally, today, the first release on the white Swan label is very valuable.

Released September, 16th 1963 – Swan 4152 – Did Not Chart
“She Loves You b/w “I’ll Get You”

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Released December 1963 – Christmas Fan Club Flexi – Did Not Chart

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Released December, 26th, 1963 – Capitol 5112
“I Want To Hold Your Hand” – Charts January 1st, 1964 – 15 Weeks – Peaks #1 for 7 Weeks
“I Saw Here Standing There” – Charts February 8th, 1964 – 11 Weeks – Peaks #14

(East Coast Sleeve)

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(West Coast Sleeve – George’s head cropped)

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Reissues Capitol Label 5112

B 5112 1969-71 AB 5112 1969-71 B

1971 through 1975 (Apple label)

B 5112 1971 A B 5112 1971 B

1976 through 1978 (dark orange label)

B 5112 1976-78 A B 5112 1976-78 B

1978 through 1983 (first purple label)

B 5112 1978-81 A B 5112 1978-81 B

1983 through 1988 (rainbow label)

B 5112 1985-87 A B 5112 1985-87 B

1988 through 1991 (second purple label)

B 5112 1988-89 A B 5112 1988-89 B

Released January 1964 – Capitol 5112 – Special Promotion Sleeve
1,000 copies issued with the commercial Beatle Release “I Want To Hold Your Hand”

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Released January 20th, 1964 – Capitol 33 EP 2047 – Did Not Chart
“Meet The Beatles”

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Released January 25th, 1964 – Swan 4152
“She Loves You” – Charts January 25th, 1964 – 15 Weeks – Peak #1 for 2 Weeks

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Released January 30th, 1964 – Vee Jay 581
“Please Please Me” – Charts February 1st, 1964 – 13 Weeks – Peaks #1 for Two Weeks
“From Me To You” – Charts March 7th, 1964 – 6 Weeks – Peaks #41

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Released January 20th, 1964 – Capitol LP 2047
“Meet The Beatles” – Charted February 2nd, 1964 – 71 Weeks – Peaks #1 – 11 Weeks

Mono Issue

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Stereo Issue

1964 - MEET THE BEATLES STEREO

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“Meet The Beatles” – 1968 Reissue

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“Meet The Beatles” – 1969 Reissue

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“Meet The Beatles” – 1971 Reissue

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“Meet The Beatles” – 1976 Reissue

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“Meet The Beatles” – Reissue 1978

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“Meet The Beatles” – 1983 Reissue

BEATLE LP LABEL 01 RE 83 BEATLE LP LABEL 01 RE 83_0001

“Meet The Beatles” – 1988 Reissue

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Released January 10th, 1964 – Vee Jay LP 1062
“Introducing The Beatles” – Charts February 8th, 1964 – 49 Weeks – Peaks #2 – 9 Weeks

Stereo Issue

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(Rare “Ad Back” Cover)

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Mono Version

1964 - INTRODUCING BEATLES MONO

(Rare First Version with “Love Me Do” and “PS I Love You”)

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(Subsequent Version with “Ask Me Why” and “Please, Please Me”)

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MGM Records

These two cuts were first released on the Decca label in the U.S. back in 1962 with the Beatles being credited as “The Beat Brothers” backing Tony Sheridan.  Pete Best was the group’s drummer at the time when they were performing in Germany.  By 1964 Decca’s contract with Polydor for distribution rights had expired and MGM had become the U.S. distributor – thus gaining access to distributing these two songs and later (below) “Why” bw “Cry For a Shadow” on MGM K-13227.

Released January 27th, 1964 – MGM 3213
“My Bonnie” – Charts February 15th, 1964 – 6 Weeks – Peaks #26

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Released February 3rd, 1964 – MGM LP 4215
“The Beatles with Tony Sheridan & Their Guests” – Charted February 15th, 1964 – 14 Weeks – Peaks #68

Beyond the four tracks released as MGM 45’s – the label also had distribution rights for “Swanee River” and “You Are My Sunshine” which were credited to Tony Sheridan and the “Beat Brothers” on the album track listing but in fact were both Sheridan solo efforts.  The LP was completed by including six tracks from a the group alluded to as “The Titans” a group “”musically related to their English cousins”.  The Titans were in fact an American studio group assembled merely for the completion of the LP.

Mono Issue

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Stereo Issue

1964 - BEATLES MGM STEREO

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Released February, 1964 – Vee Jay DJ 8 – Did Not Chart
“Anna” b/w “Ask Me Why”

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Released February, 1964 – Capitol PRO 2548/2549 – Promotional – Did Not Chart
“The Beatles’ Open End Interview”

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Released February, 1964 – Capitol LP PRO 2537/8 – Promotional – Did Not Chart
“Great New Releases from the Sound Capitol of The World”

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Released March 2nd, 1964 – Tollie 9001
“Twist & Shout” – Charts March 14th, 1964 – 11 Weeks – Peaks #2 for Two Weeks
“There’s A Place” – Charts April 11th, 1964 – 1 Week – Peaks #74

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Released March, 1963 – Capitol 72133 Canada Pressing
Roll Over Beethoven – Charted March 21st, 1964 – 4 Weeks – Peaked #68

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Released March, 1964 – Capitol 72144 – Canada Pressing
“All My Loving” – Charted March 26th, 1964 – 6 Weeks – Peak #45

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Released March 1964 – Capitol 5150
“Can’t Buy Me Love” – Charted March 28th, 1964 – 10 Weeks – Peak #1 – 5 Weeks
“You Can’t Do That” – Charted April 4th, 1964 – 4 Weeks – Peak #48

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Beatle Reissues Capitol 5150

1969 through early 1971 (red/orange “C” logo label)

Early 1971 through Spring 1971 (red/orange “C” logo label with white dot)

B 5155 1969-71 A B 5155 1969-71 B

1971 through 1975 (Apple label)

B 5155 1971 A B 5155 1971 B

1976 through 1978 (dark orange label)

B 5155 1976-78 A B 5155 1976-78 B

1978 through 1983 (first purple label)

B 5155 1978-81 A B 5155 1978-81 B

1981 through 1986 (blue Star Line label)

B 5155 6279 1981 1A B 5155 6279 1981 1B

1986 through 1988 (rainbow Star Line label)

B 5155 6279 1981 2A B 5155 6279 1981 2B

Released March 1964 Vee Jay 587
“Do You Want to Know a Secret” – Charted March 26th, 1964 – 11 Weeks – Peaks #2
“Thank You Girl” – Charted April 4th, 1964 – 7 Weeks – Peaks #35

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Released March 1964 – Vee Jay EP 1-903 – Did Not Chart
“Souvenir Of Their Visit To America”

This very rare Vee Jay title sleeve commands big bucks – well over $10 K on auction!  The full color cardboard cover was the standard commercial release (shown below).

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Released April 1964 – Swan 4152 DJ – Did Not Chart – One Sided Single
“I’ll Get You”

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Released February, 1964 – Vee Jay LP 1085 – “Jolly What! The Beatles & Frank Ifield” – Charted April 4th, 1964 – 6 Weeks – Peaks #104

(Also see The Beatles & Frank Ifield June 1964 – The Portrait Cover)

Stereo Issue

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Mono Label

1964 - BEATLES - JOLLY WHAT MONO

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Released March, 1964 – WQAM Radio 1076 – Promotional – Did Not Chart
“WQAM 560 Miami Exclusive”

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An update on this item – from H82Type – He states that he uploaded this boot image for the 45 Catalog.  Here are his comments:

“WQAM 560 Beatles radio interview update on original 45′s now show that three are now known by myself to exist. I have done extensive research on this topic and am the person who uploaded that bootleg to 45Cat. The bootlegs are plentiful. I own four of them.”

MGM 13227 – “Why” b/w “Cry For a Shadow” (with Tony Sheridan) – Charted April 18th, 1964 – 1 – Peaks #88

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Released April 10th, 1964 – Capitol LP 2080
“The Beatles Second Album” – Charted April 25th, 1964 – 55 Weeks – Peak #1 – 5 Weeks

Mono Issue

BEATLE LP LABEL 06BEATLE LP LABEL 06_0001

Stereo Issue

Beatles 64 LP (19) Beatles 64 LP (20)

BEATLE LP LABEL 06_0002 BEATLE LP LABEL 06_0003

“The Beatles’ Second Album” – Reissue 1968

BEATLE LP LABEL 06 RE 68 BEATLE LP LABEL 06 RE 68_0001

“The Beatles’ Second Album” – Reissue1971

BEATLE LP LABEL 06 RE 71 BEATLE LP LABEL 06 RE 71_0001

“The Beatles’ Second Album” – Reissue 1976

BEATLE LP LABEL 06 RE 76 BEATLE LP LABEL 06 RE 76_0001

“The Beatles’ Second Album” – Reissue 1978

BEATLE LP LABEL 06 RE 78 BEATLE LP LABEL 06 RE 78_0001

“The Beatles’ Second Album” – Reissue 1983

BEATLE LP LABEL 06 RE 83 BEATLE LP LABEL 06 RE 83_0001

“The Beatles’ Second Album” – Reissue 1988

BEATLE LP LABEL 06 RE 88 BEATLE LP LABEL 06 RE 88_0001

Released April 1964 – Capitol EP PRO 2598/2599 – Promotional – Did Not Chart
“The Beatles Second – Open-End Interview”

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Released April 1964 – Capitol EP 2080 – Compact LP – Did Not Chart
“The Beatles Second Album”

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Released May 4th, 1964 – Capitol LP 2094 – Various Artists – Did Not Chart
“Chart Busters, Volume 4”

Mono Issue

Beatles 64 LP (17) Beatles 64 LP (18)

BEATLE LP LABEL 07 BEATLE LP LABEL 07_0001

Stereo Issue

1964 - BEATLES LP CHART BUST VOL 4 STEREO

Released April 1964 – Tollie 9008
“Love Me Do” – Charted April 11th, 1964 14 Weeks – Peak #1  1 Week
“P.S. I Love You” – Charted May 9th, 1964 – 8 Weeks – Peak #10

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Released May, 1964 – IBC 93 – Did Not Chart
“Murray The “K” & The Beatles As It Happened 1 & 2″

Counterfeit Copy Illustrated

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Released May 1964 – Swan 4182
Sie Liebt Dich Charted June 27th, 1964 – 1 Week – Peak #97

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Released May 10th, 1964 – Capitol LP 2125 – Various Artists With Beatles – Did Not Chart
“The Big Hits From England & U.S.A.”

Mono Issue

BEATLE LP LABEL 08 BEATLE LP LABEL 08_0001

Stereo Issue

Beatles 64 LP (15) Beatles 64 LP (16)

BEATLE LP LABEL 08_0002 BEATLE LP LABEL 08_0003

Released May 1964 – IBC 1/2 – Did Not Chart
“Murray The K and the Beatles As It Happened”

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Released June 1964 – Atco 6302 – Did Not Chart
“Sweet Georgia Brown” b/w “Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby”

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Released May 11th, 1964 – Capitol EP 2121
“Four By The Beatles” – Charted June 13th, 1964 – 3 Weeks – #92

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Released June 1964 – Capitol Custom 2367/8 – Promotional – Did Not Chart
“Music City KFWBeatles”

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Very rare promotional item which was mailed in the graphic mailer shown above.

Issued June, 1964 – Capitol/Holiday Inn Flyer Insert
“A Surprise Gift For You”

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This was a two-sided legal size insert which was distributed with various Capitol Beatle releases in the summer of 1964 as a Holiday Inn promotion.

Released June, 1964 – Radio Pulsebeat News Doc. #2 LP – Did Not Chart
“The American Tour With Ed Rudy”

Beatles 64 LP (13) Beatles 64 LP (14)

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Released June, 1964 – Vee Jay LP 1085- Did Not Chart
“The Beatles And Frank Ifield (Portrait Cover)”

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This is a second release of the Vee Jay LP “Jolly What!” LP which was released earlier in the year, in February of 1964.  At this point Vee Jay was prevented from using any photos of the Beatles and was forced to utilize graphic likenesses.

Released July, 1964 – Atco 6308 –
“Ain’t She Sweet” – Charted – July 18th, 1964 – 9 Weeks – Peaks #19

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The red vinyl release is a later period reissue unauthorized.

Released July 1964 – Capitol 8464 Flexi Format – Did Not Chart
The Beatles, The Beach Boys And The Kingston Trio

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Released July 1964 – Capitol 2637
“A Hard Day’s Night” – Charted July 18th, 1964 – 13 Weeks – Peaks #1 – 2 Weeks
“I Should Have Known Better” – Charted July 25th, 1964 – 4 Weeks – Peaks #53

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Reissues Capitol Label 5222

1969 March thru April – with black “subsidiary”

B 5222 1968 A B 5222 1968 B

1968 thru 1975 – Apple Records

B 5222 1971 A B 5222 1971 B

1969 May thru June – red/orange “dome”

1969 thru 1971 – red/orange “C”

1971 early in year thru Spring – red/orange “C” with white dot

B 5222 1969-71 A B 5222 1969-71 B

1976 thru 1978 – dark orange label

B 5222 1976-78 A B 5222 1976-78 B

1981 thru 1986 – blue Star Line label

B 5222 6282 1981 PLUS 1A B 5222 6282 1981 PLUS 1B

1986 thru 1988 – rainbow Star Line label

B 5222 6282 1981 PLUS 2A B 5222 6282 1981 PLUS 2B

1988 thru 1991 – purple Star Line label

B 5222 6281 1981 PLUS 3A B 5222 6281 1981 PLUS 3B

Released June, 1964 – United Artists LP 3366
“A Hard Day’s Night” – Charted July 18th, 1964 – 51 Weeks – #1 – 14 Weeks

Mono Issue

1964 - BEATLES HARD DAYS MONO

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Stereo Issue

Beatles 64 LP (35) Beatles LP 64 B (1)

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“A Hard Day’s Night” – Reissue 1968

BEATLE LP LABEL 09 RE 68 BEATLE LP LABEL 09 RE 68_0001

“A Hard Day’s Night” – Reissue 1977

BEATLE LP LABEL 09 RE 77 BEATLE LP LABEL 09 RE 77_0001

“A Hard Day’s Night” – Reissue 1980

BEATLE LP LABEL 09 RE 80 BEATLE LP LABEL 09 RE 80_0001

“A Hard Day’s Night” – Reissue 1983

BEATLE LP LABEL 09 RE 83 BEATLE LP LABEL 09 RE 83_0001

Released July 1964 – Capitol 5235
“And I Love Her” – Charted July 25th, 1964 – 9 Weeks – Peaks #12
“If I Fell” – Charted – August 1st, 1964 – 9 Weeks – Peaks #53

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Reissues Capitol Label 5235

1968 thru 1969 – with white “subsidiary”

B 5235 1968-69 A B 5235 1968-69 B

1968 thru 1975 – Apple Records

B 5235 1971 A B 5235 1971 B

1969 May thru June – red/orange “dome”

1969 thru 1971 – red/orange “C”

1971 early in year thru Spring – red/orange “C” with white dot

B 5235 1969-71 A B 5235 1969-71 B

1976 thru 1978 – dark orange label – two versions

B 5235 1976-78 1A B 5235 1976-78 1B

B 5235 1976-78 2A B 5235 1976-78 2B

1978 thru 1983 – purple label

B 5235 1978-81 A B 5235 1978-81 B

1981 thru 1986 – blue Star Line label

B 5235 6283 1971 1A B 5235 6283 1971 1B

1986 thru 1988 – rainbow Star Line label

B 5235 6283 1971 3A B 5235 6283 1971 3B

1988 thru 1991 – purple Star Line label

B 5235 6283 1971 4A B 5235 6283 1971 4B

Released July 1964 – Capitol 5234
“I’ll Cry Instead” – Charted – August 1st, 1964 – 7 Weeks – Peaks #25
“I’m Happy Just To Dance With You” – Charted August 1st, 1964 – 1 Week – Peaks #95

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Reissues Capitol Label 5234

1968 thru 1975 – Apple Records

B 5234 1971 A B 5234 1971 B

1969 thru 1971 – red/orange “C”

B 5234 1969-71 A B 5234 1969-71 B

1976 thru 1978 – dark orange label

B 5234 1976-78 A B 5234 1976-78 B

1981 thru 1986 – blue Star Line label

B 5234 6282 1B B 5234 6282 1A

1986 thru 1988 – rainbow Star Line label

B 5234 6282 2B B 5234 6282 2A

1988 thru 1991 – purple Star Line label

B 5234 6282 3B B 5234 6282 3A

Released July 1964 – Vee Jay LP 1092 – Charted  October 31st, 1964 – 11 Weeks – Peaks #63
“Songs, Pictures And Stories Of The Fabulous Beatles”
(This LP was a reissue vinyl-wise of “Introducing the Beatles” – Vee Jay capitalizing on their limited Beatle track catalog)

Mono Issue

Beatles 64 LP (10) Beatles 64 LP (12)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

BEATLE LP LABEL 10 BEATLE LP LABEL 10_0001

Released July 20th, 1964 – Capitol LP 2108
“Something New” – Charted August 8th, 1964 – 41 Weeks – Peak #2 – 9 Weeks

Mono Issue

BEATLE LP LABEL 11 BEATLE LP LABEL 11_0001

Stereo Issue

Beatles 64 LP (33) Beatles 64 LP (34)

BEATLE LP LABEL 11_0002 BEATLE LP LABEL 11_0003

“Something New” – Reissue 1969

BEATLE LP LABEL 11 RE 69 BEATLE LP LABEL 11 RE 69_0001

“Something New” – Reissue 1971

BEATLE LP LABEL 11 RE 71 BEATLE LP LABEL 11 RE 71_0001

“Something New” – Reissue 1976

BEATLE LP LABEL 11 RE 76 BEATLE LP LABEL 11 RE 76_0001

“Something New” – Reissue 1978

BEATLE LP LABEL 11 RE 78 BEATLE LP LABEL 11 RE 78_0001

“Something New” – Reissue 1988

BEATLE LP LABEL 11 RE 88 BEATLE LP LABEL 11 RE 88_0001

Released August 1964 – Capitol 5255
“Matchbox” – Charted September 5th, 1964 – 8 Weeks – Peaks #17
“Slowdown” – Charted September 5th, 1964 – 7 Weeks – Peaks #25

030 Cap 5255 B 09 64 030 Cap 5255 A 09 64

the-beatles-slow-down-1964-8 the-beatles-slow-down-1964-9

Reissues Capitol Label 5255

1968 thru 1975 – Apple Records

B 5255 1971 A B 5255 1971 B

1969 May thru June – red/orange “dome”

1969 thru 1971 – red/orange “C”

B 5255 1969-1971 A B 5255 1969-1971 B

1971 early in year thru Spring – red/orange “C” with white dot

1976 thru 1978 – dark orange label

B 5255 1976-1978 A B 5255 1976-1978 B

1981 thru 1986 – blue Star Line label

B 5255 6284 1981 1A B 5255 6284 1981 1B

1988 thru 1991 – purple Star Line label

B 5255 6284 1981 3A B 5255 6284 1981 3B

Released August, 1964 – Vee Jay LP DX 30
“The Beatles VS. The Four Seasons” – Charted October 10th, 1964 – 3 Weeks – Peak #142
(This is a yet another reissue of “Introducing the Beatles” paired with a reissue of “Golden Hits of the Four Seasons”)

Mono Issue

Beatles 64 LP (26) Beatles 64 LP (28)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

BEATLE LP LABEL 12 BEATLE LP LABEL 12_0001

BEATLE LP LABEL 12_0002 BEATLE LP LABEL 12_0003

Stereo Issue

1964 - BEATLES - VS FOUR SEASON STEREO COVER

Released October 4th, 1964 – Atco LP 33-169 – Did Not Chart – Various Artists with The Beatles
“Ain’t She Sweet”

Mono Issue

Beatles 64 LP (31) Beatles 64 LP (32)

BEATLE LP LABEL 13 BEATLE LP LABEL 13_0001

Stereo Issue

1964 - BEATLES ATCO LP STEREO

BEATLE LP LABEL 13_0002 BEATLE LP LABEL 13_0003

Released October 1964 – Four Singles – Oldie Series from Vee Jay – None Charted

the-beatles-do-you-want-to-know-a-secret-1964-41 the-beatles-do-you-want-to-know-a-secret-oldies-45 the-beatles-love-me-do-oldies-45

the-beatles-please-please-me-1964-34 the-beatles-please-please-me-1964-35

the-beatles-ps-i-love-you-oldies-45 the-beatles-thank-you-girl-oldies-45

the-beatles-twist-and-shout-1964-20 the-beatles-twist-and-shout-1964-21

Released October, 1964 – Vee Jay Christmas Sleeve

This graphic sleeve was released by Vee Jay with various records from their catalog in late 1964 including the above “Oldies” series as well as with Vee Jay and Tollie label releases.

Beatles VJ Christmas

Released October 1964 – Capitol EP 5365 – Compact LP – Did Not Chart
Something New

the-beatles-ill-cry-instead-capitol-2 the-beatles-and-i-love-her-capitol-2

the-beatles-ill-cry-instead-1964-8 the-beatles-ill-cry-instead-1964-9

Released November 23rd, 1964 – Capitol LP 2222 – Did Not Chart
“The Beatles’ Story”

Mono Issue

BEATLE LP LABEL 14 BEATLE LP LABEL 14_0001

BEATLE LP LABEL 14_0002 BEATLE LP LABEL 14_0003

Stereo Issue

Beatles 64 LP (23) Beatles 64 LP (25)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

BEATLE LP LABEL 14_0004 BEATLE LP LABEL 14_0006

BEATLE LP LABEL 14_0007 BEATLE LP LABEL 14_0005

“The Beatles’ Story” – Reissue 1968

BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 68 BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 68_0003

BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 68_0002 BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 68_0001

“The Beatles’ Story” – Reissue 1971

BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 71 BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 71_0001

BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 71_0002 BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 71_0003

“The Beatles’ Story” – Reissue 1976

BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 76 BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 76_0001

BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 76_0002 BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 76_0003

“The Beatles’ Story” – Reissue 1978

BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 78 BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 78_0001

BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 78_0002 BEATLE LP LABEL 14 RE 78_0003

Released November, 1964 – Vee Jay LP PRO 202 – Did Not Chart
“Hear The Beatles Tell All”
(This LP was heavily booted or reissued much later on by who knows who if not Vee Jay)

Beatles 64 LP (29) Beatles 64 LP (30)

BEATLE LP LABEL 15 BEATLE LP LABEL 15_0001

“Hear The Beatles Tell All” – Reissue 1979

BEATLE LP LABEL 15 RE 79 BEATLE LP LABEL 15 RE 79_0001

BEATLE LP LABEL 15 RE 79_0002 BEATLE LP LABEL 15 RE 79_0003

Released November 1964 – Capitol 5327
“I Feel Fine” – Charted December 5th, 1964 – 11 Weeks – Peaks #13
“She’s A Woman” – Charted December 5th, 1964 – 9 Weeks – Peaks #4

036 Cap 5327 A 12 64 036 Cap 5327 B 12 64

the-beatles-i-feel-fine-1964-4 the-beatles-i-feel-fine-1964-5

Reissues Capitol Label 5327

1968 thru 1975 – Apple Records

B 5327 1971 A B 5327 1971 B

1969 May thru June – red/orange “dome”

1969 thru 1971 – red/orange “C”

1971 early in year thru Spring – red/orange “C” with white dot

B 5327 1969-71 A B 5327 1969-71 B

1976 thru 1978 – dark orange label

B 5327 1976-78 A B 5327 1976-78 B

1978 thru 1983 – purple label

B 5327 1978-81 A B 5327 1978-81 B

1981 thru 1986 – blue Star Line label

B 5327 6286 1981 1A B 5327 6286 1981 1B

1986 thru 1988 – rainbow Star Line label

B 5327 6286 1981 2A B 5327 6286 1981 2B

1988 thru 1991 – purple Star Line label

B 5327 6286 1981 3A B 5327 6286 1981 3B

Released December 1964 – Christmas Fan Club 1964 – Did Not Chart

AA - Christmas Re 12-64

7 Comments

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  2. The WQAM 560 Beatles radio interview update on original 45’s now show that three are now known by myself to exist. I have done extensive research on this topic and am the person who uploaded that bootleg to 45Cat. The bootlegs are plentiful. I own four of them. Love your site..Found it by accident.

    • I appreciate hearing from you regarding not only the WQAM interview but for the information which I will post. If you have any other information on the
      Beatles for the site send it my way!

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  4. Craig,
    Great list as always…keep up the good work.

    I think my sister had a lot of these at one time, I still have most of the picture sleeves, but where the LPs went — I don’t remember….

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