"MEET THE BEATLES - OPEN END INTERVIEW"
PROMOTIONAL "NOT FOR SALE" SLEEVE & COMPACT 33 DISC
CAPITOL, PRO 2548-2549
ISSUED TO RADIO STATIONS: FEBRUARY 1964

 

CONDITION: NM (SLEEVE) / NM, NM- (RECORD)
ITEM#: PR718
PRICE: $5,000


 
  DESCRIPTION
(ACTUAL IMAGES)

TO ENCOURAGE DISC JOCKEYS TO PROMOTE THE BEATLES, CAPITOL PREPARED OPEN-END INTERVIEW RECORDS THAT ALLOWED A DISC JOCKEY TO GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT HE WAS PERSONALLY CONDUCTING AN IN-STATION INTERVIEW WITH THE GROUP. THE ILLUSION WAS CREATED BY COMBINING A SCRIPT OF STATEMENTS AND QUESTIONS TO ASK THE GROUP WITH A RECORD CONTAINING GAPS OF SILENCE FOR THE DEE-JAY TO READ THE SCRIPT BETWEEN THE PRE-RECORDED RESPONSES OF THE BOYS.

AS PART OF ITS BEATLES CAMPAIGN, CAPITOL SENT COPIES OF THE FIRST BEATLES INTERVIEW RECORD TO BROADCASTERS IN FEBRUARY, 1964. IT WAS TITLED "THE BEATLES OPEN-END INTERVIEW". THE INTERVIEW RECORD WAS PRODUCED BY JACK WAGNER, WHO APPARENTLY PREPARED THE SCRIPT AND EDITED COMMENTS OF THE GROUP TO FORM A BRIEF INTERVIEW LEADING UP TO THE PLAYING OF THE HIT SINGLE "I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND".

THE SECOND AND FINAL OPEN-END INTERVIEW COMPACT 33 WAS "THE BEATLES' SECOND ALBUM", ISSUED JUST TWO MONTHS LATER IN APRIL 1964.
(ALSO AVAILABLE - CLICK HERE TO VIEW).

   

"THE BEATLES' OPEN-END INTERVIEW" DISC (CAPPRO 2548.01, SPIZER) WAS SENT WITH A BLACK & WHITE PICTURE SLEEVE (CAPPRO 2548.PS1, SPIZER). THE STRAIGHT CUT SIDE CONTAINS THE TEXT OF THE INTERVIEW PRINTED BELOW THE TITLE OF THE DISC. THE DEE-JAY'S SCRIPT LINES ARE IN BOLD PRINT AND THE BEATLES RESPONSES ARE IN ITALICS. THE OPEN TAB SIDE OF THE SLEEVE HAS "SIDE TWO" AND "PRO 2549" CENTERED AT THE TOP. THE 7" INTERVIEW RECORD HAS A SMALL PLAY HOLE AND THE SAME LABEL BACKDROPS AS THOSE USED FOR THE CAPITOL COMPACT 33 DISCS. THE STAR SYMBOL ETCHED IN THE TRAIL-OFF AREAS INDICATE THAT THE DISC WAS MANUFACTURED IN HOLLYWOOD AND PRESSED BY CAPITOL'S LOS ANGELES FACTORY. THIS WOULD BE TRUE FOR THE SLEEVE AS WELL, DUE TO THE TAB CUT STYLE THAT THE WEST COAST SLEEVES ARE KNOWN FOR.

THIS MOST SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST OPEN-END INTERVIEW SET IS WINNER INDEED. THE SLEEVE GRADES AT A STUNNING NEAR MINT DISPLAYING A BRIGHT, CLEAN "WHITE" BACKGROUND AND BOLD CRISP GRAPHICS. ALL THE EDGES AND CORNERS ARE SHARP. NO SPLITS, NO TEARS. NO RINGWEAR.

THE RECORD IS AN ABSOLUTE BEAUTY, GRADING NEAR MINT ON SIDE ONE, AND NEAR MINT MINUS ON SIDE 2. THERE IS SOME VERY MINOR SOFT WEAR UPON SOME SECTIONS OF COLORED SECTION OF THE CAPITOL RAINBOW LABELS, AND SOME VERY MINIMAL LIGHT WEAR AROUND THE SPINDLE HOLE.

   

   

 

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