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“Meet The Beatles” LP Lot of (4) with 1964 Scranton Factory “1 BMI Credit” Stereo & Mono Versions

Lot Number 658

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Get the original “Beatlemania” experience with this lot (4) “Meet The Beatles” LP records. Headliners are (2) 1964 versions, one stereo, one mono. Both of these early issues have Capitol Records labels with “1 BMI/11 ASCAP” credits. Regarded as the scarcer of the two, the stereo version reports in sound condition with: cover (VG-EX, partial spine split), sleeve (VG, (2) edge splits) and lightly worn wax. The mono version is nearly as appealing with: cover (VG-EX), sleeve (VG, partial tape reinforcement on bottom edge) and moderately worn wax. More on our website.

Both of these 1964 versions are without printed “Produced by George Martin” credits on the cover reverse. Additionally both have original blue sleeve liners; brown “Beatles” title lettering; “T-2047” numbers printed at top right of the front cover; blue tint cover photos; and both were produced at the Scranton, PA. factory, as indicated by the number “3” printed to the left of the RIAA logo on the reverse. Inner ring sections of “dead wax” located between the recordings and the label are engraved as follows: stereo version: side 1: “ST1-2047-A3 #2”, side 2: “ST2-2047-A1”; mono version: side 1: “T1-2047-G2” #2”, side 2: “ T2-2047-P1”. These numberings/labelings indicate that these (2) 1964 versions are most likely original “first pressing/second label” editions (first pressing/first label editions are absent of BMI and ASCAP publishing credits next to the song titles on the labels). The splits on the stereo version sleeve measure 1-3/4” on bottom edge and 3” on one side edge, the cover for this record is also split along spine about half way up from the bottom and there is a small bit of tape residue on the back cover. The mono version has minor surface paper separation on the lower portion of the spine, however the underlying cardboard remains intact.

Also present are: 1964 Capitol Records mono version: from the Scranton factory with all the same numbering/labeling as the mono record listed above with deference to the sleeve which is a plain white replacement rather than an original blue sleeve, the cover presents VG, however it is completely separated along the top and side edges, the wax shows minimal wear and is engraved on the inner ring as follows: side 1: “T1-2047-T4”, side 2: “T2-2047-T8”; 1971 Apple stereo version” with “10 BMI/(2) ASCAP” credits, cover has green “Beatles” title lettering and is 95% covered by shrink wrap with an original “Two Guys” retail store price sticker printed with “$4.97”, this cover present (EX), the plain white sleeve is (NM) with no splits and the wax appears unused, inner ring engravings are as follows: side 1: “ST-1-2047-H14”, side 2: “ST-2-2047-R17”, “Produced by George Martin” credit is printed on the back of the cover and the factory number is “12”.

Stereo and mono status is indicated on the upper right corner of the back covers, stereo versions are printed with “Also Available in Regular Monophonic”; and mono versions are printed with “Also Available in Stereo”

The list of songs featured on all (4) records is identical as follows:

side 1:

I Want To Hold Your Hand
I Saw Her Standing There
This Boy
It Won’t Be Long
All I’ve Got
All My Loving

Side 2:

Don’t Bother Me
Little Child
Till There Was You
Hold Me Tight
I Wanna Be Your Man
Not A Second

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