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Polydor Records #1 "The Beatles' First! (SLPM-1189)"
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Japanese record company established on October 1, 1971.
It was a joint-venture between Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft mbH and Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. and succeeded Nippon Grammophon Co., Ltd.. The company represented a number of PolyGram labels in Japan, such as DGG, Polydor, Riverside, Verve, MGM, Archiv, and Daybreak but also Stax and Ricordi.
In July 1999 Polydor K.K. renamed Universal Music K.K..
Universal Music K.K. in January 2009 merged into Universal Music LLC which originally established in October 2008.
In 2013 the whole Japanese Universal sub-labels reorganized with Universal Japanese Publishing branch into Universal Music Japan, as divisions of global Universal Music Group. (from "Discog")



#1-1 The Beatles' First! (Promotional Record: SLPM-1189)
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TITLE The Beatles' First!
CATALOG NUMBER SLPM-1189
RELEASE DATE Promotional Use Only (First Press: 21th. August 1964)
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Ain't She Sweet My Bonnie
Sweet Georgia Brown The Saints
Swanee River Ruby Baby
If You Love Me Baby Nobody's Child
Let's Dance What'd I Say
You Are My Sunshine Ya Ya
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve
label label label
INNER SLEEVE
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
sleeve Polythene Inner Sleeve (maybe). label Polydor red and black logo mark and catalogue number were printed at the lower left corner of the front cover.
label
"STEREO" indicator was printed at the upper right corner of the front cover.
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
label "ST 33" in the circle and Catalog number "SLPM-1189" in white were printed at the upper left corner of the front cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
sleeve had a cover with two outer flaps, at the top and the bottom.
sleeve
catalogue number "SLPM-1189" and company name "Nippon Grammophon Co., Ltd." were printed at the lower right corner of the back cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
sleeve sleeve
Price: "¥ 1,800"
The credit "Manufactured by Nippon Grammophon Co., Ltd., Japan" was printed at the bottom of the back cover.
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label label label Polydor white label (promotional use only).
The words "Sample"  and "Not For Sale" were printed on the label.
The release date was not printed on both labels.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label The credit "Manufactured by Nippon Grammophon Co., Ltd., Japan" was printed in capital letter at the perimeter.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label
The Japanese version looks similar to the German version but has a different track listing.
OTHER ITEM
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RECORD LABEL Polydor Promotional White label with blue half-circle logo
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 60979-A1    Ⓩ    SLPM-1189A
SIDE 2 60980-A1    Ⓩ    SLPM-1189B
PRESS MARKSIDE 1 G 4/1
SIDE 2 G 4/1
VINYL COLOR BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Manufactured by Nippon Grammophon Co., Ltd., Japan
LABEL MANUFACTURED BY NIPPON GRAMMOPHON CO. LTD. JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE ¥1,800
LYRIC SHEET STYLE -
COVER FORM Single type with two outer flaps, at the top and the bottom
INNER SLEEVE
Polythene Inner Sleeve (maybe)
OBI
Unknown
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Liner Notes: Sadao Kaneko
COMMENTS
Polydor Promotional White label with blue half-circle logo.
Sleeve have "STEREO" text and labels have "ST" for stereo in a circle located next to the "33" circle.

This LP is the first LP release recorded in Japan that contains a polydoll session.
It was released from Nippon Grammophon Co., Ltd. on August 21, 64,  between Toshiba LP " The Beatles Second Album" and the LP "A Hard Day's Night"
Nippon Grammophon had released the single "My Bonnie Twist" in April 1962 before the Beatles debut..
The album cover is the same as the design of "THE BEATLES' FIRST" (LPHM 46432) released in West Germany at the time in April 1964, but the song order and some of the recorded songs are different.

Album features the six songs(*) Hamburg recordings involving the Beatles plus six songs recorded by Tony Sheridan without the Beatles.
The songs in which the Beatles are involved are:
1 "Ain't She Aweet"
2 "Sweet Georgia Brown"
3 "If You Love Me Baby"
4 "My Bonnie"
5 "The Saints"
6 "No Body's Child"
(*) The Beatles played nine songs in Polydor sessions. However, "Swanee River" has no recording tape left.

Sadao Kaneko: A Japanese producer of Radio JOQR (Bunka Housou)
He also wrote liner notes in 60s.
The famous works are: The Dynamites - Tunnel Heaven, France Gall - Jazz A Go Go,
The Beatles - Rock And Roll Music etc



#1-2 The Beatles' First! (1st. Press: SLPM-1189)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE The Beatles' First!
CATALOG NUMBER SLPM-1189
RELEASE DATE 21th. August 1964 / First Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Ain't She Sweet My Bonnie
Sweet Georgia Brown The Saints
Swanee River Ruby Baby
If You Love Me Baby Nobody's Child
Let's Dance What'd I Say
You Are My Sunshine Ya Ya
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve
label label label
INNER SLEEVE
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
sleeve Polythene Inner Sleeve (maybe). label Polydor red and black logo mark and catalogue number were printed at the lower left corner of the front cover.
label
"STEREO" indicator was printed at the upper right corner of the front cover.
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
label "ST 33" in the circle and Catalogue number "SLPM-1189" in white were printed at the upper left corner of the front cover.
OBI: POLYDOR White and Red Obi
OBI FRONT CLOSE UP
OBI BACK CLOSE UP
sleeve sleeve had a  white / red OBI and priced ¥1,800 on obi strip.
The word "STEREO" and Polydor logo mark and catalog number "SLPM-1189" were printed on the front.
sleeve
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
sleeve had a cover with two outer flaps, at the top and the bottom.
sleeve
catalogue number "SLPM-1189" and company name "Nippon Grammophon Co., Ltd." were printed at the lower right corner of the back cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
sleeve sleeve
Price: "¥ 1,800"
The credit "Manufactured by Nippon Grammophon Co., Ltd., Japan" was printed at the bottom of the back cover.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label Polydor Red labels with black half-circle logo. Have "STEREO" text and labels have "ST" for stereo in a circle located next to the "33" circle.
Labels have "BIEM" in the box to the left of the center.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label The credit "Manufactured by Nippon Grammophon Co., Ltd., Japan" was printed in capital letter at the perimeter.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label
The Japanese version looks similar to the German version but has a different track listing.
OTHER ITEM
-

RECORD LABEL Polydor Red labels with black half-circle logo
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 60979-A1    Ⓩ    SLPM-1189A
SIDE 2 60980-A1    Ⓩ    SLPM-1189B
PRESS MARKSIDE 1 H 4/5
SIDE 2
H 4/4
VINYL COLOR BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Manufactured by Nippon Grammophon Co., Ltd., Japan
LABEL MANUFACTURED BY NIPPON GRAMMOPHON CO. LTD. JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE ¥1,800
LYRIC SHEET STYLE -
COVER FORM Single type with two outer flaps, at the top and the bottom
INNER SLEEVE
Polythene Inner Sleeve (maybe)
OBI
White and Red Obi
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Liner Notes: Sadao Kaneko
COMMENTS
Polydor Red labels with black half-circle logo.
Sleeve have "STEREO" text and labels have "ST" for stereo in a circle located next to the "33" circle.
Labels have "BIEM" in the box to the left of the center.
Although the list price is 1,800 yen, some records have a 1,750 yen correction sticker.

This LP is the first LP release recorded in Japan that contains a polydoll session.
It was released from Nippon Grammophon Co., Ltd. on August 21, 64,  between Toshiba LP " The Beatles Second Album" and the LP "A Hard Day's Night"
Nippon Grammophon had released the single "My Bonnie Twist" in April 1962 before the Beatles debut..
The album cover is the same as the design of "THE BEATLES' FIRST" (LPHM 46432) released in West Germany at the time in April 1964, but the song order and some of the recorded songs are different.

Album features the six songs(*) Hamburg recordings involving the Beatles plus six songs recorded by Tony Sheridan without the Beatles.
The songs in which the Beatles are involved are:
1 "Ain't She Aweet"
2 "Sweet Georgia Brown"
3 "If You Love Me Baby"
4 "My Bonnie"
5 "The Saints"
6 "No Body's Child"
(*) The Beatles played nine songs in Polydor sessions. However, "Swanee River" has no recording tape left.

The obi: Polydor White and Red Obi
While most Japanese records feature local music, a lot of music fans there like foreign music, as well.  The language barrier in Japan presented a problem – should foreign album covers be changed for Japanese albums?  The solution was the obi, which means “belt” or “sash”.  The obi is a strip of paper, usually about two inches wide, that wraps vertically around the album cover, containing information about the artist and album in Japanese.  As these strips of paper were fragile and easily torn, they are often missing, especially since consumers in the 1950s and 1960s attached little significance to them.  Finding Japanese records made prior to 1970 that still have the obi intact can be quite difficult, and for some albums, nearly impossible.  The inclusion of the obi can dramatically affect the price of some Japanese records, sometimes increasing the price by a factor of ten.

Sadao Kaneko: A Japanese producer of Radio JOQR (Bunka Housou)
He also wrote liner notes in 60s.
The famous works are: The Dynamites - Tunnel Heaven, France Gall - Jazz A Go Go,
The Beatles - Rock And Roll Music etc



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