BEATLES PLEASE PLEASE ME BLACK GOLD MONO DICK JAMES CONTRACT Pressing
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THE BEATLES - PLEASE PLEASE ME
This is an unusual PRESSING of the BEATLES 1st EVER RECORD, with GOLD Parlophone Labels, E J Day Cover, RIDGED CONTRACT pressing Labels and matching 1 - H, 1 - 1 H stampers on both sides. All in great condition with a great audio performance.
Gold 'Ridged' pressings of Please Please Me are extremely rare, and a pressing with a ridged, beveled edge label is virtually unheard of.
Printed on the older 1950s EMI pressing machine that produced a ridged label, The 1H/1H records were equivalent to the 1G / 1G pressings. Produced from extremely early, high quality pressing plates there have only ever been 1H / 1H stampers found on ridged labels, the older machine produced records with great clarity.
Making this one off the rarest pressings of the Beatles 1st album available with has the following characteristics;
A Gold Label of Please Please Me with new McCartney/Lennon songs, with a publishing credit of "Dick James Music Co".
A complete & original heavyweight UK pressing of Please Please Me, from the 22nd of March 1963, on the short-lived black & gold Parlophone labels, produced for an extremely short time before the classic Yellow and Black Parlophone labels were issued.
This is a very unusual addition of this classic Beatles vinyl. The record labels are Ridge pressed, with a pressing ridge followed by a beveled border. This extremely rare addition came with and original 2nd Edition EJ Day cover, the same in every way as the first pressed EJ Day cover but with the realigned Angus McBean Photo credit. The cover still has the original triangulated ends to the flip backs, on the rear, next to the EJ Day credit.
Another rare attribute of this particular vinyl are the stampers. This piece has the extremely unusual and matching 1 - H, 1 - H stampers on both sides, whereas most 1st editions of Please Please Me came with the more common 1 - G R on side 1, and 1 - G D on Side 2.
The 1st pressing of Please Please Me can be identified by the four tracks - ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ & ‘Misery’ on side one, and ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’ & ‘There’s A Place’ on side two - incorrectly credited to ‘Dick James Mus. Co’, before being corrected to, “Northern Songs Ltd” for the 2nd and 3rd pressings that followed shortly after.
This is a great pressing of Please Please Me that plays brilliantly from start to finish.
This is without doubt one of the rarest and most sought after records in the world. The first ever Beatles album was pressed in extremely small amounts and it is no surprise that collectors and Beatles fans all over the world want this record in their collection.
Mono - PMC 1202
LABEL PRESS DETAILS:
This is an original 1st Ever 1963 issue of Please Please Me in incredible condition. With "The Parlophone Co. Ltd." printed on the rim print and MT Tax credits. No "Recording first published 1963" statement and credited: Dick James Music Co. With No "Sold in the U.K." statement. These points confirm it is the original 1963 pressing of the 1st GOLD label, that has the 33 1/3 text next to the catalogue number.
1st GOLD MONO 1 N / 1 N Matrix version, MADE IN GT BRITAIN.
MATRIX NOs. ON RUN-OUT GROOVE
Side 1: XEX 421 - 1 N
Side 2: XEX 422 - 1 N
Side 1. '' 1 H ''
Side 2. '' 1 H ''
Side 1; I SAW HER STANDING THERE, MISERY, ANNA, CHAINS, BOYS, ASK ME WHY, PLEASE PLEASE ME.
Side 2; LOVE ME DO, PS I LOVE YOU, BABY IT'S YOU, DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET, A TASTE OF HONEY, THERE'S A PLACE, TWIST AND SHOUT.
Please Please Me is the debut album by The Beatles. Parlophone rush-released the album on 22 March 1963 in the United Kingdom to capitalise on the success of singles "Please Please Me", which went to number one on most lists. Of the album's fourteen songs, eight were written by Lennon/McCartney, early evidence of what Rolling Stone later called "[their invention of] the idea of the self-contained rock band, writing their own hits and playing their own instruments."
On Monday, 11 February 1963, The Beatles and George Martin started recording what was essentially their live act in 1963, and finished 585 minutes later (9 hours and 45 minutes). In three sessions that day (each lasting approximately three hours) they produced an authentic representation of the band's Cavern Club-era sound, with very few overdubs and edits. Optimistically, only two sessions were originally booked by Martin, with the evening session added later. George Martin initially contemplated recording the album live at the Cavern in front of the group's home audience and visited the Liverpool club on 9 December 1962 to consider the technicalities. When time constraints intervened, he decided to book them at EMI Studios in Abbey Road instead and record them virtually live. Martin said, "It was a straightforward performance of their stage repertoire — a broadcast, more or less."
The day ended with a cover of "Twist and Shout", which had to be recorded last because John Lennon had a particularly bad cold and Martin feared the throat-shredding vocal would ruin Lennon's voice for the day. This performance, captured first take, and generally regarded as a classic, prompted Martin to say: "I don't know how they do it. We've been recording all day but the longer we go on the better they get."
The song "Hold Me Tight" was recorded during these sessions, but was "surplus to requirements" and not included on the album. "Hold Me Tight" was recorded again on 12 September 1963 for With The Beatles. The whole day's session cost around £400. George Martin said: "There wasn't a lot of money at Parlophone. I was working to an annual budget of £55,000." This budget had to cover all of the artists on Martin's roster. Individually, under a contract with the Musicians' Union, each Beatle collected a seven pounds and ten shillings (£7.50) session fee for each three hour session.
George Martin, a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, thought that it might be good publicity for the zoo to have The Beatles pose outside the insect house for the cover photography of the album. However, the Zoological Society of London turned down Martin's offer, and instead, Angus McBean was asked to take the distinctive colour photograph of the group looking down over the stairwell inside EMI's London headquarters in Manchester Square. Martin was to write later: “We rang up the legendary theatre photographer Angus McBean, and bingo, he came round and did it there and then. It was done in an almighty rush, like the music. Thereafter, though, The Beatles' own creativity came bursting to the fore".
In 1969, The Beatles asked McBean to recreate this shot. Although the 1969 photograph was originally intended for the then-planned Get Back album, it was not used when that project saw eventual release in 1970 as Let It Be. Instead, the 1969 photograph, along with an unused photograph from the 1963 photo shoot, was used in 1973 for The Beatles' retrospective albums 1962–1966 and 1967–1970. Another unused photograph from the 1963 photo shoot was used for The Beatles (No. 1) (also released in 1963).
Please Please Me hit the top of the UK album charts in May 1963 and remained there for thirty weeks before being replaced by With the Beatles. This was highly unusual as the UK album charts at the time tended to be dominated by film soundtracks and easy listening vocalists. The Beatles first album went on the become one of the highest selling and collectable LP’s of all time.
ALBUM PLAYED FOR GRADING:
Yes – brilliant sound quality throughout. This vinyl has been played but shows no groove wear distortion and sounds great!
For one of the most sought after records in existence it is also one the hardest to find with great, clear audio. There are so few of these left in the world, and the vast majority were heavily played on heavy equipment that ruined the profile of the vinyl grooves and left the pieces heavily distorted and plagued by loud pops and clicks.
This great vinyl plays with great sound, the audio is clean, crisp and wonderful. This great record plays beyond the visual grading. It plays through with great power and clarity and not a single pop of click throughout. There is some occasional static but nothing that interferes with the music. The tones are beautifully defined in this first UK pressing, with a great depth of sound and each channel, and a warm rich sound which is infinitely superior to the later pressings.
A thick, quality pressing with the wider, first pressed grooves, make this vinyls' audio really pack a punch. It has strong sound free of any loud pops or clicks, the channels are largely clean and unstressed. The record plays with staggering power, with a minimum of surface sound during the tracks.
Great audio with absolutely minimal interference to distract form the overly enjoyment of this great record. I will give a detailed account below:
'I Saw Her Standing There' bursts in with superb clear audio. Bright loud sound, there are no pops or clicks, and certainly not a hint of distortion. Super bright and super loud, this is a brilliant clear audio performance with just a little light static during the run ins. 'Misery' again plays with great separation and super clear sound. There are no loud pops and just some slight surface static.
Leading into the quieter 'Anna', this track is the first real test for Please Please Me, with multi layering but also a sparseness, it plays superbly. The vocal clarity is incredible. There is a little light static and no loud pops or clicks, just one light tic only. 'Chains' sounds great, super clear with some light occasional static only.
'Boys' opens with a very clean intro, amazingly clear and bright. Still no loud pops or clicks, this is a great performance. The separation and clarity is bright and sharp. There are no pops between tracks and none during the music. 'Ask Me Why' plays superbly. There are no light pops between tracks and none during the music, just a little static. The audio is incredibly bright, clear and loud.
'Please Please Me', sounds great, with great music, all the sound effects that make up this track are sharp and clear, with little occasional static at all, it rounds off side one and sounds wonderful with bright rockous audio. With absolutely no distortion what so ever, as this track is often prone to, it plays here with bright, clear audio, rounding off a great side 1.
Side 2. begins with the classic upbeat 'Love Me Do'. It plays through brilliantly with no loud pops or clicks. There is some light static during the run ins, and occasional static during the track. That massive harmonica solo is crystal clear. 'P.S. I Love You' plays really, again with a little light background static, and no obvious sound interference's. 'Baby It's You' and 'Do You Want To Know A Secret' sound great, with some light surface static, and no loud pops or other sound interruptions, just a couple of random dust tics and a no clicks between tracks or during the music. 'A Taste of Honey', another of the quiet tracks on the album, sounds great. Just some light static and not a single pop or click. The same goes for, 'There's a Place', which sounds great, with juts some light background static and super clear sound.
Rounding off the album with 'Twist and Shout', the track sounds great, with no pops or clicks and very little static at all. As with 'A Taste of Honey' there is none of the light background distortion often found on this track, the sound is incredibly bright, loud and clear.
This is a great pressing of this super rare versions of PLEASE PLEASE ME. It plays with no distortion and certainly no other obvious interference's. There is some light background static between tracks, and some during the music, but I wouldn't say that it interferes with the sound.
Great music with great clarity, and very hard to find with this type of sound. The music jumps out, with definition and clarity, particularly on the percussion instruments, and vocals which come through with tremendous power. As is the same with the bass guitar and drums, whilst the guitars come through crisp and clear. A superb all round example of this ultimate vinyl rarity and a really great listen.
I would give this great record an audio grading of VERY GOOD PLUS to EXCELLENT PLUS.
This is a great pressing of PLEASE PLEASE ME. A superb piece of glossy vinyl, and a really thick pressing. The record still has great shine, with some very light handling marks and paper removal marks. There are faint handling marks, a couple of very light short hairlines. This is a great example, clear grooves that deliver absolutely amazing audio clarity.
Graded at VERY GOOOD PLUS to EXCELLENT PLUS.
VINYL TESTED FOR ANY SIGNS OF WARPING:
Yes, NONE visible what so ever when tested be sight and on a moving turntable.
Famous 1st pressing GOLD labels in great condition, with some light wear and a little fading on side 2. Great all round examples. Deep colour with just a couple of scratches and paragraphs couple of extremely light spindle traces.
Graded at EXCELLENT PLUS to NEAR MINT.
This is the correct 2nd pressing version for this rare contract pressing, printed and made by Ernest J. Day & Co. Ltd. London, with the realigned Angus McBean credit close to the opening edge, aligned correctly with the credit realigned above the end of the 'g' of the word 'Songs'. (the very first place things had a text aligns at the end of the 's' of the word 'Songs'.)
The front cover is in great condition with a great sheen. It is flat and crisp with little wear to the corners and some light laminate creasing.
On the rear the flip backs are largely intact with some light creasing. The spine and spine text is totally intact and the spine is undamaged, although there are a couple of light creases and some faint discolouration.
The opening edges are very square and largely un frayed. This is a great example of this rare cover!
Graded at EXCELLENT.
Comes with The Original First Press Inner Sleeve with Polythene Lining, intact and in great condition. States: "USE EMITEX..." & "IMPORTANT - TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR MICROGROOVE RECORDS ...", as well as a replacement inner sleeve for added protection. EXCELLENT PLUS to NEAR MINT condition, - NO tears around the die cut opening, NO seem splits and NO wear at the top. A great example that would be hard to ever better.
Without doubt one of the rarest records in the world, and a Holy Grail for Beatles and vinyl Collectors. There are very few of these left in great condition, and most are in a pretty poor state. To find a pressing in this great all round condition makes this an incredible and genuine rarity.
Finding an original and complete GOLD Parlophone pressing in great condition is virtually unheard of. The vinyl is so often played so much, heavily marked, scratched, with noisy, poor and distorted sound. The labels are nearly always heavily worn, with the gold seriously faded and the covers are usually trashed.
Any GOLD examples with a record in this type of condition, that plays with super clear audio is unbelievably rare. The cover is almost impossible to find without serious wear, even modestly worn examples are scarce. A great cover like this, with a great piece of vinyl, makes this a great opportunity! A Gold pressing with a ridged, beveled contract grove label makes this one of the rarest Please Please Me pressing available.
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