MEET THE BEATLES!
CAPITOL T-2047 MONO
RELEASED: 1/20/64
VERY FIRST LABEL VARIATION WITHOUT PUBLISHING CREDITS

CONDITION: NM ("AS NEW") / M- (UNPLAYED)
ITEM#: LP432
PRICE: $4,500

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THE VERY FIRST VERSION OF CAPITOL RECORDS' "MEET THE BEATLES" ALBUM RELEASED IN VERY EARLY 1964, FEATURES THE CAPITOL RAINBOW LABELS LACKING THE PUBLISHING PRINT "BMI" OR "ASCAP" ON BOTH LABELS. IT IS KNOWN THAT ONLY THE FIRST 200,000 TOTAL COPIES WERE PRESSED IN THIS MANNER AND ALL SUBSEQUENT ISSUES ADDED THE PUBLISHING PRINT. OF THOSE INITIAL PRESS NUMBERS, ONLY A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE WERE PRESSED IN STEREO, AND ONE CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE NUMBER OF THOSE THAT REMAIN IN ANY RESPECTABLE CONDITION TODAY. THESE EARLY FIRST LABEL COPIES WERE SWEPT OFF THE SHELVES DURING THE ONSLAUGHT OF BEATLEMANIA AND MOST HAVE BEEN PLAYED BEYOND RECOGNITION AND DISCARDED. TODAY, ONLY A FEW HUNDRED EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN VERIFIED TO DATE TO HAVE SURVIVED. SINCE ONLY FIFTEEN PERCENT OF CAPITOL'S BEATLES ALBUMS MANUFACTURED PRIOR TO 1966 WERE PRESSED IN STEREO, APPROXIMATELY ONLY 50 TO 60 STEREO FIRST LABEL COPIES OF "MEET THE BEATLES!" HAVE BEEN VERIFIED.

THIS STUPENDOUS WORLD CLASS EXAMPLE OFFERED HERE, IS ONE OF THE TOP THREE IN CONDITION OF THE KNOWN SURVIVING "MEET THE BEATLES!" STEREO FIRST LABEL ISSUES. IT IS ACCOMPANIED BY A LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY FROM PERRY COX, BEATLES U.S. RECORDS EXPERT AND AUTHOR OF "THE BEATLES RECORD PRICE GUIDE" SERIES OF BOOKS. MR. COX ELOQUENTLY AND PRECISELY DESCRIBES THIS ALBUM AND ITS STELLAR CONDITION IN HIS LETTER:

 

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