Up for bid is the ORIGINAL pressing of the first Beatles album in America. Pressed in 1963 by Chicago-owned VeeJay Records, this release was only available locally in the Chicago area for the most part. Vee Jay and EMI did not think that the Beatles music would sell, so there was very limited distribution with this original pressing. In 1964, things changed and the Beatles never looked back.
This is the album cover version with the picture of other VeeJay artists on the back...VERY HARD TO FIND!!! Here's the story behind it:
"Still, Vee Jay decided to go ahead and issue the Beatles first album, which had been available since March in the UK. Vee Jay titled the album 'Introducing the Beatles' (VJLP 1062). In an unusual move, Vee Jay removed 'Please Please Me' and 'Ask Me Why' from the record and added 'Love Me Do' and 'P.S. I Love You', meaning that none of the songs on the album had been issued previously in the US. The album was supposedly issued on 22 July 1963. In reality, although copies may have been pressed early on, the album was not released until 1964.
As a result of the two unsuccessful singles, Vee Jay did very little to properly distribute and promote the album. The Chicago area, along with the north eastern part of the US, were the areas that gave the LP the bulk of what little success it had. The back cover pictures twenty five "other fine albums of significant interest" by other Vee Jay artists such as Jimmy Reed, Jerry Butler, the Four Seasons, and Frank Ifield. Apparently, Vee Jay was hesitant to list the song titles."
This is a great piece of rock and roll history and is listed conservatively according to some appraisers in the business. Please e-mail me with any questions. I've tried to take as many pictures as possible to show you the condition of the cover, etc. There is one blemish on the back where a sticker with the original price was on it; over the years the glue has worn off and the label came off.