Australia discography

The Beatles' Australian releases were largely the same as their UK ones, with a few exceptions. Several unique singles were compiled - including the German language songs - as were a range of EPs in the mid 1960s. Some differences in the artwork were also made, and the catalogue numbers were different.

Albums

Please Please Me
October 1963
Parlophone PMCO 1202 (mono)
Parlophone PCSO 3042 (stereo)
Please Please Me album artwork
With The Beatles
February 1964
Parlophone PMCO 1206 (mono)
Parlophone PCSO 3045 (stereo)
With The Beatles album and EP artwork - Australia
A Hard Day's Night
September 1964
Parlophone PMCO 1230 (mono)
Parlophone PCSO 3058 (stereo)
A Hard Day's Night album artwork
Beatles For Sale
February 1965
Parlophone PMCO 1240 (mono)
Parlophone PCSO 3062 (stereo)
Beatles For Sale album artwork - Australia
Help!
September 1965
Parlophone PMCO 1255 (mono)
Parlophone PCSO 3071 (stereo)
Help! album artwork
Rubber Soul
February 1966
Parlophone PMCO 1267 (mono)
Parlophone PCSO 3075 (stereo)
Rubber Soul album artwork
Revolver
August 1966
Parlophone PMCO 7009 (mono)
Parlophone PCSO 7009 (stereo)
Revolver album artwork
Greatest Hits Volume 1
October 1966
Parlophone PMCO 7533 (mono)
Parlophone PCSO 7533 (stereo)
Greatest Hits Volume 1 album artwork - Australia
Greatest Hits Volume 2
February 1967
Parlophone PMCO 7534 (mono)
Parlophone PCSO 7534 (stereo)
Greatest Hits Volume 2 album artwork - Australia
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
June 1967
Parlophone PMCO 7027 (mono)
Parlophone PCSO 7027 (stereo)
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album artwork
A Collection Of Beatles Oldies
June 1968
Parlophone PMCO 7016 (mono)
Parlophone PCSO 7016 (stereo)
A Collection Of Beatles Oldies album artwork
The Beatles (White Album)
December 1968
Apple PMCO 7067/8 (mono)
Apple PCSO 7067/8 (stereo)
The Beatles (White Album) artwork
Yellow Submarine
January 1969
Apple PMCO 7070 (mono)
Apple PCSO 7070 (stereo)
Yellow Submarine album artwork
Abbey Road
October 1969
Apple PCSO 7088
Abbey Road album artwork
Magical Mystery Tour And Other Splendid Hits
February 1970
World Record Club S-4574
Magical Mystery Tour And Other Splendid Hits album artwork - Australia
Hey Jude
April 1970
Apple PCSO 7560
Hey Jude album artwork
Let It Be
July 1970
Apple PCSO 7076
Let It Be album artwork
The Essential Beatles
February 1972
Apple TVSS 8
The Essential Beatles album artwork - Australia

15 responses on “Australia discography

  1. Terry

    as a 14 year old I bought the ‘MMT and other splendid hits’ from the World Record Club..it even has graded circles (for treble and bass)on the back cover where you can mark in your own preferences.
    I also bought the ‘Essential Beatles’ now in very poor condition…strange compilation (Honey Don’t and ‘Boys’?)
    and ‘Hey Jude’..would’ve made more sense to have ‘Day Tripper’ and ‘We Can Work It Out’ instead of ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘I Should’ve Known Better’

    1. Leon

      This was all about the American market. Remember, the “Hey Jude” LP wasn’t issued in the UK back then (although they eventually did issue it in the 1980’s). So it was ALL about the US market didn’t have. Both sides of the “Day Tripper” 45 were already issued on the US only “Yesterday and Today” LP, but both “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “I Should Have Known Better” had NOT been on any US Capitol LP. They were both on the soundtrack of “A Hard Day’s Night” which was issued on the “United Artists” label.

  2. Ken Marsh

    I am confused with the Australian release date of the “All My Loving” EP. The release is shown as 9 April 1964. However, “the original and authentic Top 40 chart” showed it as the release of the week on 16 March and it made its Top 40 debut on 20 March, peaking at #1 on 3 April.

    How can this be? Should the release date be 9 MARCH and not APRIL? Also, the single “Roll Over Beethoven/Hold Me Tight” is not listed in the singles releases.

    Any other “inaccuracies” in the discography?

    1. Joe Post author

      There probably are – I’ve covered over 40 countries and I’m sure some errors will slip through. I’m grateful to people such as yourself for pointing them out.

      I’ve added the ROB/HMT single – not sure how I missed that. However, I’m not sure of the precise release date of the AML EP. In the absence of anything more accurate, I’ll put it as 16 March.

  3. vince

    I have an Australian pressing of The Beatles single Please Please Me/Ask Me Why. The label is lavender in colour and the Parlophone format is quite different to every other Beatles single in my collection. Would this be one of the first beatles records pressed in Australia. I have had the record since 1964.

  4. Ian

    Any idea of the value of the Australian releases of “With The Beatles” and “Beatles For Sale”, with the sleeves being different from the UK releases? I have an original copy of each.

    1. VinylSimon

      If by original you mean a gold/black label version of “With The Beatles” then, it could go for a couple hundered AUD to $1000 AUD depending on condition etc… give or take. If it is the 2nd release on black/yellow parlophone labels then it would go for much less. Between 20-60 AUD depending on condition. I mentioned both as some people are under the false impression that the black/yellow label job is a 1st press.

      The above is on the basis the copy you own is mono and not stereo.

  5. Rafa

    There is a song missed in “The Essential Beatles”. Between «Honey Don’t» and «Baby You’re A Rich Man» there was the song «P.S. I Love You».

    The correct song list in side 1 of the LP was:

    1. «Love Me Do»
    2. «Boys»
    3. «Long Tall Sally»
    4. «Honey Don’t»
    5. «P.S. I Love You»
    6. «Baby You’re A Rich Man»
    7. «All My Loving»
    8. «Yesterday»
    9. «Penny Lane»

    The same tracklisting must be on the New Zealand’s version of the LP.

    Greetings.

  6. Rafa

    The original tracklisting of the EP “Beatles for Sale” was:

    Side 1:
    1. «No Reply»
    2. «I’m a Loser»
    Side 2:
    1. «Words of Love»
    2. «Eight Days a Week»

  7. Rafa

    The correct mono prefix of the cat# for the “Please Please Me” album is PMCO (sure is a mistake! :)), and the true stereo prefix for the “Beatles for Sale” and “Greatest Hits Volume 2″ LP’s was PCSO (sure another mistake).

    “Yellow Submarine” was released only on Apple Records, both in mono and stereo, not on Parlophone.

    And “Magical Mystery Tour” was released with the cat# S-4574 through World Record Club. I think the spelling WRC is redundant, because it doesn’t form a unit with the cat#.

  8. Bobcatbob

    I wonder who on earth compiled The Essential Beatles and what their reasoning was ? So mych Ringo, so little John. And the early photos of Ringo on the cover art are so un-Beatle-like and don’t even look like Ringo somehow!

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