The Beatles Introducing The Beatles US Orig'63 VJ Stereo Version 1 Ad Back Cover
HOLY GRAIL 1ST STEREO VEE-JAY RECORDS ISSUE VERSION 1 "AD BACK" COVER
THE BEATLES ~ INTRODUCING... THE BEATLES (1963)
1ST RUN "PRINTED IN U.S.A." NEAR MINT COVER IN THE ORIGINAL FACTORY SHRINK WRAP
TRUE 1ST PRINT STEREO LABELS WITH THE “S” SUFFIX AND THE WITHDRAWN "LOVE ME DO" AND "P.S. I LOVE YOU" TRACKS
VERY EARLY MONARCH LOS ANGELES PRESSING WITH THE 1ST -A1 / -A1 MATRIX NUMBERS
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It’s hard to find any other more desirable and rare The Beatles album than the 1st Stereo “Ad Back” cover Version 1 “Introducing… The Beatles”. Despite the fact that Vee-Jay Records were perfectly aware of Capitol Records planning an all-out promotional campaign for The Beatles in the US as was reflected in the December, 1964 issue of Billboard Magazine, and potential legal problems in the future, the company made the decision to release “Introducing…The Beatles” nonetheless. The design of the back cover’s paste over slick was still not ready when the metal parts had already arrived at the pressing plants where Vee-Jay placed the order at. Being extremely limited in time, Vee-Jay decided to use the design of the inner sleeve prepared for this issue as the back cover for the 6000 front covers that had already been printed. This issue of The Beatles' 1st studio album "Introducing...The Beatles" is indeed considered to be one of the rarest among all of The Beatles albums released in the US. This copy represents the 1st Stereo Version containing the withdrawn tracks, "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You". The Stereophonic cover of this copy has the "Other Significant Albums of Interest on Vee-Jay Records" paste-over slick on the back with 25 adverts of other VJ releases, which is commonly known as the "Ad Back" version. The front cover has a rare vertical "Printed in U.S.A." text in the lower left-hand corner. Original cardboard cover with the interior containing the ¼” flaps at the top and bottom. The cover still remains in its original factory shrink wrap and is possibly one of the best Stereophonic "Ad Back" covers I've ever seen. Original true Stereophonic Vee-Jay Records black labels featuring the catalog number VJLPS 1062 containing the "S" suffix, a multicolor band, an oval "Vee-Jay" logo, a 2.75" pressing ring, and a "Stereo" banner right under the "Side" text at 3 o'clock. Original thick glossy vinyl pressing with the 1st matrix numbers and original “AudioMatrix” machine stamp in the trail-off vinyl. The vinyl has a unique 1st release date “6-28-63” stamp handwritten in the trail-off vinyl. For this particular reason, the listing indicates 1963 instead of 1964 as the release date. This is the rarest Monarch, Los Angeles plant pressing. Besides the factory identifiers, the "MR in a Circle" and delta "△" numbers, the vinyl contains the earliest -A1 / -A1 matrix numbers. The full matrix numbers featuring the machine "AudioMatrix" stamp, are as follows: Side 1 - 63-3402 S △5689 A1 IPA 6-28-63 AudioMatrix MR in a Circle; Side 2: 63-3403 S △5689-x A1 IPA 6-28-63 AudioMatrix MR in a Circle. The album comes with an original Vee-Jay Records "Other Significant Albums of Interest on Vee-Jay Records" inner sleeve with 25 adverts of other VJ releases on each side.
The cover and the inner sleeve are in stunning Near Mint Minus condition. I grade the vinyl as Very Good Plus. It retains its factory gloss but has a few very light non-feelable hairlines along with some scuffs from the inner sleeve. The clean wear- and scuff-wear labels are almost in near Mint Minus only having a couple of very small barely noticeable spindle marks that could be sen under a strong light source. The vinyl plays well with just some light static, which becomes more evident during the quiet passages. It's most likely, the static could get reduced or go away if the vinyl is professionally cleaned using a VPI cleaning machine.
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