Germany discography

Electrola, EMI's West German counterpart, released its first Beatles record in March 1963. For the most part the singles were the same as the UK releases, although several unique German 45s did emerge.

Albums were less standardised, with a number of compilations released especially for the German market. Some of these were by the weekly TV and radio magazine Hörzu.

In communist East Germany (the former GDR) far fewer Beatles songs were officially released by the government-owned Amiga label; just three albums of note were issued, along with just two singles.

It is well known that The Beatles did their first professional recordings in Hamburg, and the Tony Sheridan songs were reissued a number of times in Germany. Odeon was also responsible for The Beatles' only German-language recordings, versions of She Loves You (Sie Liebt Dich) and I Want To Hold Your Hand (Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand).

Albums

With The Beatles
12 November 1963
Odeon O 83568 (mono)
Odeon STO 83568 (stereo)
With The Beatles album artwork - Germany
Die Zentrale Tanzchaffe Der Weltberühmten Vier Aus Liverpool
6 February 1964
Hörzu Electrola HZE 117 (mono)
Hörzu Electrola SHZE 117 (stereo)
Die Zentrale Tanzchaffe Der Weltberühmten Vier Aus Liverpool (Please Please Me) album artwork - Germany
The Beatles Beat
15 April 1964
Odeon O 83692 (mono)
The Beatles Beat album artwork - Germany
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A Hard Day's Night
6 July 1964
Odeon O 83739 (mono)
Odeon STO/SMO 83739 (stereo)
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A Hard Day's Night album artwork - Germany
Something New
10 September 1964
Odeon O 83756 (mono)
Odeon STO/SMO 83756 (stereo)
Something New album artwork - Germany
Beatles For Sale
13 November 1964
Odeon SMO 83790 (stereo)
Beatles For Sale album artwork – Germany
Beatles '65
15 December 1964
Odeon SMO 83917 (stereo)
Beatles '65 album artwork - Germany
The Beatles' Greatest
18 June 1965
Odeon SMO 83991 (stereo)
The Beatles' Greatest album artwork - Germany
Help!
12 August 1965
Hörzu Electrola SHZE 162 (stereo)
Help! album artwork - Germany
Rubber Soul
7 December 1965
Odeon SMO 84066 (stereo)
Rubber Soul album artwork
Revolver
28 July 1966
Hörzu SHZE 186 (stereo)
Revolver album artwork
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
30 May 1967
Hörzu Electrola SHZE 401 (stereo)
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album artwork
The Beatles (White Album)
December 1968
Apple SMO 2051/52 (stereo)
The Beatles (White Album) artwork
Yellow Submarine
21 January 1969
Apple SMO 74585 (stereo)
Yellow Submarine album artwork
Abbey Road
26 September 1969
Apple 1C 062-04 243 (stereo)
Abbey Road album artwork
Hey Jude
27 February 1970
Apple 1C 062-04 348 (stereo)
Hey Jude album artwork
Let It Be
8 May 1970
Apple 1C 062-04 433Y (stereo)
Let It Be album artwork
A Collection Of Beatles Oldies
24 February 1971
Odeon 1C 062-04 258 (stereo)
A Collection Of Beatles Oldies album artwork
Magical Mystery Tour
16 September 1971
Hörzu Electrola SHZE 327 (stereo)
Magical Mystery Tour album artwork - Germany

East Germany

11 responses on “Germany discography

  1. Mikkel C. Simonsen

    You’re missing one of the East German releases, so there must have been at least 4 LPs.

    It’s Amiga Stereo 8 55 742 – a version of 1967-1970 on one LP (14 tracks).

    If you want a track listing and/or a scan of the cover, just contact me.

  2. Ken

    I have a with the beatles CD released in West germany, only 100 made, in a rosewood case can anyone tell me anythhing about this, I also have A hard days night in same kind of case, but made in england

  3. pinio65

    Mid – 1964 ???

    LP: The Beatles Second Album
    Odeon ZTOX 5558 [Tylko w Stereo] Niemcy Zach.
    Matrix: YBEX 50053-1 / 50054-1
    The Beatles
    Materia? taki sam jak wydanie ameryka?skie z 10.IV.1964.

    Nota: wydanie eksportowe (dystrybucja w bazach wojskowych w Niemczech Zach.) oraz eksport do Szwajcarii.
    DISTRIBUTED TO MILITARY BASES IN GERMANY FOR ONLY 2 MONTHS IN 1964
    Label (bia?o – czerwono – z?oty Odeon).
    “ALLE RECHTE DES PLATTENHERSTELLERS UND EIGENTOMERS DES AUFGENNOMMENEN WERKES ORBEHALTEN. VERVIELFÄLTIGUNG, ÖFFENTLICHE AUFFÜHRUNG. RUNDFUNKSENDUNG UNTERSAGT” on the outer rim of the label.

  4. pinio65

    ?1964

    LP: Please Please Me
    Odeon ZTOX 5550 [Tylko w Stereo] Niemcy Zach.
    The Beatles
    Materia? taki sam jak wydanie angielskie 26.IV.1963 r.

    Nota: wydanie eksportowe (dystrybucja w bazach wojskowych w Niemczech Zach.)
    Distibuted only to foreign military bases in Germany in very small limited numbers only. Original white label with ALLE RECHTE DES PLATTENHERSTELLERS UND EIGENTOMERS DES AUFGENNOMMENEN WERKES VORBEHALTEN. VERVIELFÄLTIGUNG, ÖFFENTLICHE AUFFÜHRUNG. RUNDFUNKSENDUNG UNTERSAGT on the outer rim of the label.

    SHZE 117-A1 side one
    SHZE 117-B1 side two

    1. Piotr Kaczmarczyk

      Early ‘ 67
      Pocz?tek ‘ 67

      LP: The Beatles Beat
      Odeon STO 73 692 [Stereo] Niemcy Zach.
      The Beatles

      Nota: pierwsze wydanie w Stereo. First issue in Stereo.
      label (bia?o – czerwono – z?oty Odeon) – napis: URHEBER. UND LEISTUNGSSCHUTZRECHTE, BESONDERS VERVIELFÄLTIGUNG
      (AUSSER ZUM PERSONLICHEN GEBRAUCH),
      VERMIETUNG.
      AUFFÜHRUNG, SENDUNG, VORBEHALTEN

      Strona A:
      1.She Loves You
      2.Thank You Girl
      3.From Me To You
      4.I’ll Get You
      5.I Want To Hold Your Hand
      6.Hold Me Tight

      Strona B:
      1.Can’t Buy Me Love
      2.You Can’t Do That
      3.Roll Over Beethoven
      4.Till There Was You
      5.Money (That’s All I Want)
      6.Please Mister Postman

  5. Piotr Kaczmarczyk

    Grudzie? ‘ 64
    December ‘ 64

    LP: Beatles For Sale
    Odeon SMO 983 790 [Tylko w Stereo] Niemcy Zach.
    The Beatles
    Materia? taki sam jak wydanie angielskie LP z 4.XII.1964 r.

    Nota: specjalne wydanie eksportowe na rynek szwajcarski. GERMAN pressing for export to the Swiss market
    Naklejka SMO 83 790 SPECIAL EDITION na przodzie ok?adki. Sticker SPECIAL EDITION.
    Odeon White and Gold label
    “ALLE RECHTE DES PLATTENHERSTELLERS UND EIGENTOMERS DES AUFGENNOMMENEN WERKES ORBEHALTEN. VERVIELFÄLTIGUNG, ÖFFENTLICHE AUFFÜHRUNG. RUNDFUNKSENDUNG UNTERSAGT” on the outer rim of the label.

  6. pinio65

    7.XII.65

    LP: Rubber Soul
    Odeon SMO 84 066 [Tylko w Stereo] Niemcy Zach.
    Matrix No.YEX 178-2 +YEX 179-1
    The Beatles
    Materia? taki sam jak wydanie angielskie z 3.XII.1965 r.

    Label (bia?o – czerwono – z?oty Odeon).
    White / Gold / Red Odeon label.
    Label MISPRINT I’m Looking “Trough” You (statt Through)
    “ALLE RECHTE DES PLATTENHERSTELLERS UND EIGENTOMERS DES AUFGENNOMMENEN WERKES ORBEHALTEN. VERVIELFÄLTIGUNG, ÖFFENTLICHE AUFFÜHRUNG. RUNDFUNKSENDUNG UNTERSAGT” on the outer rim of the label.

    7.XII.65

    LP: Rubber Soul
    Odeon SMO 984 066 [Tylko w Stereo] Niemcy Zach.
    Stamped matrix number on the tail off vinyl are YEX 178-2  and YEX 179-1No
    The Beatles
    Materia? taki sam jak wydanie angielskie z 3.XII.1965 r.

    Nota: wydanie eksportowe na rynek szwajcarski.
    German pressing for export to the Swiss market.

    Zmieniony numer kat. SMO 984 066
    New cat number. SMO 984 066

    ?ó?ty label, Napis CLUB EDITION.
    Yellow label with word SPECIAL – EDITION.

    “ALLE RECHTE DES PLATTENHERSTELLERS UND EIGENTOMERS DES AUFGENNOMMENEN WERKES ORBEHALTEN. VERVIELFÄLTIGUNG, ÖFFENTLICHE AUFFÜHRUNG. RUNDFUNKSENDUNG UNTERSAGT” on the outer rim of the label.

    COMES IN ORIGINAL ODEON INNER SLEEVE

    Mid 1966
    LP: Rubber Soul
    Odeon SMO 84 066 [Tylko w Stereo] Niemcy Zach.
    Matrix No.YEX 178-2 +YEX 179-1
    The Beatles
    Materia? taki sam jak wydanie angielskie z 3.XII.1965 r.

    Label (bia?o – czerwono – z?oty Odeon).
    White / Gold / Red Odeon label.
    Numer kat. jak wydanie z 7.XII.65 – SMO 84 066
    Cat number like 7.XII.65 issue – SMO 84 066
    In mid 1966, the rim print was changed on all Odeon releases to read:
    URHEBER. UND LEISTUNGSSCHUTZRECHTE, BESONDERS VERVIELFÄLTIGUNG
    (AUSSER ZUM PERSÖNLICHEN GEBRAUCH), VERMIETUNG. AUFFÜHRUNG, SENDUNG, VORBEHALTEN
    (COPYRIGHT AND PROPERTY RIGHTS, ESPECIALLY REPRODUCTION (EXCEPT FOR PERSONAL USE), RENT, PERFORMANCE, BROADCAST)

    Mid 1966
    LP: Rubber Soul
    Odeon SMO 74 066 [Tylko w Stereo] Niemcy Zach.
    The Beatles
    Materia? taki sam jak wydanie angielskie z 3.XII.1965 r.

    Nota: wznowienie. Reissue.

    Nowy numer kat. SMO 74 066
    New cat. number. SMO 74 066
    Label (bia?o – czerwono – z?oty Odeon)
    White / Gold / Red Odeon label.
    In mid 1966, the rim print was changed on all Odeon releases to read:
    URHEBER. UND LEISTUNGSSCHUTZRECHTE, BESONDERS VERVIELFÄLTIGUNG
    (AUSSER ZUM PERSÖNLICHEN GEBRAUCH), VERMIETUNG. AUFFÜHRUNG, SENDUNG, VORBEHALTEN
    (COPYRIGHT AND PROPERTY RIGHTS, ESPECIALLY REPRODUCTION (EXCEPT FOR PERSONAL USE), RENT, PERFORMANCE, BROADCAST)

    1968

    LP: Rubber Soul
    Odeon SMO 74 066 [Tylko w Stereo] Niemcy Zach.
    The Beatles
    Materia? taki sam jak wydanie angielskie z 3.XII.1965 r.

    Nota: wznowienie. Reissue.

    Ok?adka z aktualnym numerem kat.
    Current cat.. number at sleeve SMO 74 066

    Label (bia?o – czerwono – z?oty Odeon)
    White / Gold / Red Odeon label.

    The 2nd. label style, the rim print was:
    URHEBER. UND LEISTUNGSSCHUTZRECHTE, BESONDERS VERVIELFÄLTIGUNG
    (AUSSER ZUM PERSÖNLICHEN GEBRAUCH), VERMIETUNG. AUFFÜHRUNG, SENDUNG, VORBEHALTEN
    (COPYRIGHT AND PROPERTY RIGHTS, ESPECIALLY REPRODUCTION (EXCEPT FOR PERSONAL USE), RENT, PERFORMANCE, BROADCAST)

    1969

    LP: Rubber Soul
    EMI Odeon 1C 062-04 115 [Tylko w Stereo] Niemcy Zach.
    The Beatles
    Materia? taki sam jak wydanie angielskie z 3.XII.1965 r.

    Wznowienie. Reissue.
    Zmieniony label – niebieski (logo Odeon oraz EMI).
    Zmieniony numer katalogowy (EEC)

  7. Johnny Olsen

    Hi! In my youth back around 1970 I had a Beatles-abum which I cannot remember what was named. The only thing I for sure remember is that this album was somewhat strange, cause it had both all the songs from the Hamburg-period + the first Parlophone-singles, mixed together on both sides, Both Please please me, I want to hold Your hand, From me to you and Thank you girl were present on the record inbetween Ain’t she sweet, Take out som einsurence…and all those others.
    I can vaguely remember that the label was kind of Orange and white, as the German bargainlabel- “Europa”, but cannot remember how the cover looked like, not even colours. But I believe that the album probably was a german release. Do you have any idea of this strange album combining borht Polydor and EMI-songs???
    Hope you can give me a reply to this ;)
    Cheers from Norway
    Johnny

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