"PLEASE PLEASE ME"
B/W
"ASK ME WHY"

VEE-JAY 498
RELEASED: 2/20/63

WHITE LABEL DISC JOCKEY PROMOTIONAL COPY

CONDITION: NM (VINYL) / VG++ & NM (LABELS)
ITEM#: PR616
PRICE: $3,500


 
  DESCRIPTION
(ACTUAL SCANS)

THE FIRST RECORD RELEASED IN THE UNITED STATES TO BEAR THE BEATLES NAME WAS VEE-JAY 498. THE SINGLE CONTAINED THE GROUP'S SECOND BRITISH 45RPM SINGLE, "PLEASE PLEASE ME" BACKED WITH "ASK ME WHY".  VEE-JAY WASN'T QUITE SURE WHAT IT HAD WITH THE BEATLES, AND INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, DID NOT EVEN KNOW HOW TO SPELL THE GROUP'S NAME. THEREFORE ALL INITIAL ISSUES OF THE PROMOTIONAL AND STORE STOCK RECORDS ADDED AN EXTRA "T" TO THE NAME.

THIS ULTRA-RARE WHITE LABEL PROMOTIONAL RELEASE OF THIS INFAMOUS RECORD (VJ 498.DJ1, SPIZER) IS SIMILAR TO THE STOCK COPY, AS IT WAS ALSO MANUFACTURED BY ARP. ITS TYPESETTING IS IDENTICAL TO THE STOCK COPY DOWN TO THE MISSPELLING OF THE GROUP'S NAME IN THIN PRINT. ITS TRAIL-OFF AREA MARKINGS ARE ALSO IDENTICAL TO THOSE OF THE STOCK COPY, MEANING THAT THE ARP STOCK COPY AND THE PROMO RECORD WERE PRESSED FROM THE SAME STAMPERS. THE MOTHER AND MASTER FOR THIS RELEASE WERE PREPARED BY AUDIO MATRIX, AND THE WORDS "AUDIO MATRIX" IS STAMPED AND CLEARLY VISIBLE IN THE TRAIL OFF AREA.

THE CONDITION ON THIS SUPER RARE "DISC JOCKEY" 498 PROMO 45 HAS A STUPENDOUS, SPARKLING NEAR MINT VINYL WITH MINIMAL PLAY TIME EVIDENT AND RETAINS A HIGH GLOSS AND THE GROOVES DISPLAY A LUXURIOUS DEEP SHEEN. THERE IS NOT ONE SCRATCH OR MARK ON THE VINYL. THE LABELS HAVE A BRIGHT WHITE TONE. THE A-SIDE LABEL (VG++) HAS TWO FAINTED "X" HANDWRITTEN MARKINGS THAT HAD DESIGNATED THE A-SIDE PLAY, WHILE THE B-SIDE LABEL IS GORGEOUS AND GRADED NEAR MINT.

THIS ONE IS AN AWARDING ACQUISITION - ONE THAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE CORNERSTONE IN A BEATLES 45 SINGLE COLLECTION !

ACCOMPANIED BY ITS OWN ORIGINAL VEE-JAY 1963 GENERIC SLEEVE.

  

 

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