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28 January 2014
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mja6758 said, "If the first sleeve, does it [Introducing the Beatles]have the correct tracklisting? Does it have a pasted on tracklisting/back? Just I know they slipped version one records into version two sleeves, did they slip version two records into unused version one sleeves with a "butcher sleeve" cover up?"

Well actually, yes, it looks like the track listing on the back may have been pasted on a la butcher cover.

So if you're correct, they put version records in version 1 album sleeves so as not to waste them - but then 'covered up' by pasting a new track listing.

I think we're well into a major cover up here.

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28 January 2014
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Or a rare rarity, as - like I said - it's not a variation I've heard about before. Obviously, I'm only speculating, but it does kind of make sense...

Beatley moment, as I typed this, watching highlights of last Grammy's, Julia Roberts introduced Paul and Ringo!

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28 January 2014
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Good Grammy.

When was the last time Ringo drummed behind Paul?

I'm glad Paul chose "Queenie Eye" over "New"

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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
Good Grammy.

When was the last time Ringo drummed behind Paul?

I'm glad Paul chose "Queenie Eye" over "New"

Ringo's 70th when Paul sang birthday - as a complete guess?

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28 January 2014
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meanmistermustard said

Into the Sky with Diamonds said
Good Grammy.

When was the last time Ringo drummed behind Paul?

I'm glad Paul chose "Queenie Eye" over "New"

Ringo's 70th when Paul sang birthday - as a complete guess?

From an article just posted by parlance in the news thread:

They joined forces for the first time in five years at Sunday night's Grammy Awards

 

Hum, Ringo's 70th would be more recent than that. I'm in way over my head here as far as Beatles knowledge/trivia goes, but I saw that in the article and thought I'd throw it into this conversation.

28 January 2014
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Here's Paul singing Birthday, with Ringo joining in, as a surprise for the forementioned drummer on the 7th July 2010 , and Joe's article on it.

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29 January 2014
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Billy Rhythm said

 The fidelity sounded much better than Capitol's albums, very much the same as the UK releases, good thicker vinyl too with the plain black 'VeeJay' label...:-) 

Just dug my old copy of this album out - it's the first release according to the cover, track listing and record, funny thing is the tracks are definitely in mono and although it plays well, the fidelity leaves a lot to be desired.

The only thing I can think of is it could be counterfeit? I bought it from a charity shop around 35 years ago in Liverpool, which makes me wonder how it ended up there? A 'Cunard Yank' perhaps? Looks genuine though, a weird one.

 

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A bit of digging around found this on Wiki - 

throughout the early part of 1964. Injunctions against Vee-Jay's album were issued, lifted and restored more than once. Because the album was often pressed quickly between restraining orders, there are almost two dozen different label variations, including mono and stereo copies, manufactured at numerous pressing plants. Finally, on 9 April 1964, the two labels settled. Vee-Jay was granted a license giving it the right to issue the 16 Beatles' songs it controlled, in any way it saw fit, until 15 October 1964. At that time, its licence expired, and all rights would revert to Capitol. During the time Introducing... The Beatles was available, it sold approximately 1,300,000 mono copies and approximately 41,000 stereo copies. Because only 3.1 percent of all of the LPs were in stereo, true stereo copies are rare.

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Starting in the late 1960s and continuing through the 1990s, Introducing... The Beatles was frequently counterfeited. These counterfeits can be identified by the cover printing and quality, the label, or the sound quality.

 

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Nice feature in the Guardian with a piece taken from the Saturday Evening Post March 1964

 

http://www.theguardian.com/mus.....he-beatles

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It was fifty years ago today that the Beatles came to the USA. Though technically it is still February sixth in America. 

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7 February 2014
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YouKnowMyName said
It was fifty years ago today that the Beatles came to the USA. Though technically it is still February sixth in America

^ Yeah I was fixing to say. lol

7 February 2014
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It was fifty years ago today that the Beatles came to the USA. Though technically it is still February sixth in America. 

Amazing day, weekend. Wish I was alive to experience it.

Interesting how 50 years later, it falls exactly on/to the day it happened!

(In case anyone is wondering, 2/7/2064 is a Thursday...)

 

7 February 2014
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So, how are you guys observing the weekend, if at all? Anything happening in your city?

I'm going to the thing at Capitol Records on Sunday. And coincidentally, the Beatle singalong meetup group I belong to is gathering late afternoon.

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7 February 2014
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Is that the Capitol Records building in L.A. you mean, Parlance?

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vonbontee said
Is that the Capitol Records building in L.A. you mean, Parlance?

Yeah, that's the one, right at the famous Hollywood and Vine.

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Nothing bar the normal. 

Not one for anniversaries.

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parlance said
So, how are you guys observing the weekend, if at all? Anything happening in your city?

I'm going to the thing at Capitol Records on Sunday. And coincidentally, the Beatle singalong meetup group I belong to is gathering late afternoon.

parlance

What's this? Like a massive karaoke sesh?

I won't be doing anything special. I've never really known how to mark occasions like this. I feel a strange mix of sadness and surrealness (surreality?), I can't really believe it was half a centruy ago.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

7 February 2014
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parlance said
So, how are you guys observing the weekend, if at all? Anything happening in your city?

I'm going to the thing at Capitol Records on Sunday. And coincidentally, the Beatle singalong meetup group I belong to is gathering late afternoon.

parlance

What's this? Like a massive karaoke sesh?

Basically, but the musicians are live, and we bring lyric books. I've only been to one. We yell out requests and have munchies. It's a lot of fun.

I won't be doing anything special. I've never really known how to mark occasions like this. I feel a strange mix of sadness and surrealness (surreality?), I can't really believe it was half a centruy ago.

I like the idea of celebrating with people who were there and hearing their stories.

parlance

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^ Oh, that sounds really fun apple01

       I like the idea of celebrating with people who were there and hearing their stories.

I like the idea of that, too, but I don't know anyone who was there :)

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

7 February 2014
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^ Oh, that sounds really fun apple01

       I like the idea of celebrating with people who were there and hearing their stories.

I like the idea of that, too, but I don't know anyone who was there :)

I generally wouldn't if it weren't for these kinds of events. But I know one person very well - we used to belong to an a capella group, and when I told him I'm a Beatles fan, he talked a bit about what it was like when they arrived in '64. And he gave me insights for an essay I had to write for my history of rock class on the British invasion.

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^^  Ah, great. I would love to meet someone who I could talk to like that :)

Having said that, my nan was there at the time, and she's told me that the papers went mad on them and it was 'beatles this', 'beatles that' :) She didn't really do pop music, though.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

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