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THE BEATLES' HITS (GEP 8880)
(Update: 24th. June 2019)
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    INDEX

  • #2-1 "matrix 1N/1N"
  • #2-2 "matrix 2N/1N"
  • #2-3 "with SOLD IN U.K. / BuPr Pressing"
  • #2-4 "with SOLD IN U.K. / BuPr Pressing / Solid Center"
  • #2-5 "THE GRAMOPHONE rim / with SOLD IN U.K. / BuPr Pressing"
  • #2-6 "THE GRAMOPHONE rim / without SOLD IN U.K."
  • #2-7 "THE GRAMOPHONE rim / without SOLD IN U.K. / Solid Center"



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#2-1 The Beatles' Hits (1st. Press "matrix 1N/1N": GEP 8880)
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TITLE
THE BEATLES' HITS
TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
From Me To You (McCartney-Lennon)
Thank You Girl (McCartney-Lennon)
SIDE 2
Please Please Me (McCartney-Lennon)
Love Me Do (McCartney-Lennon)
RELEASE DATE
6th September.1963/First Press
FRONT --> Click!
BACK --> Click!
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2 --> Click!
DISK --> Click!
hits hits label label label
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
LABEL CLOSE UP
hits hits Wrap-around cover. Printer name "Garrod (& Lofthouse Ltd.)" was printed at the bottom of the back cover. label Push-out center.
The embossed letter (tax code) is "K, T".
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label The first press has
(1) capitalized PARLOPHONE rims,
(2) Without "RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1963" statement
label label
SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Matrix suffixed with "1N" on both side.
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER
GEP-8880
RECORD LABEL
Black/yellow Parlophone label with silver print: Type-1
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7TCE 760 - 1N
SIDE 2 7TCE 761 - 1N
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
COVER THE PARLOPHONE Co., Ltd.
LABEL THE PARLOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
LABEL CENTER
Push-out center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
-
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1 NORTHERN SONGS BIEM MECOLICO
SIDE 2 DICK JAMES MUSIC BIEM/NCB MECOLICO ARDMORE & BEECHWOOD LTD.
COVER FORM
Single type
Laminated rounded upper and lower rear flaps and no tab cut on the back
PRINTER CREDIT
Garrod
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Photo: Angus McBean / Notes: Tony Barrow
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS
The Beatles' 2nd. E.P.
The Beatles second official E.P. ... although it's catalogue number is lower than Twist And Shout.
This second E.P. contained the first three hits and one B-side, and interrupted the run at No.1 of "Twist And Shout".
"Please Please Me" is the original single version (without "the mistake"), and "Love Me Do" is the album version (Drums:Andy White).
ALL tracks are attributed as writers to ... "McCartney - Lennon".
The earliest pressings were missing the "RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1963" statement on the label.



#2-2 The Beatles' Hits (2nd. Press "matrix 2N/1N": GEP 8880)
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TITLE
THE BEATLES' HITS
TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
From Me To You (McCartney-Lennon)
Thank You Girl (McCartney-Lennon)
SIDE 2
Please Please Me (McCartney-Lennon)
Love Me Do (McCartney-Lennon)
RELEASE DATE

1963?/Second Press

FRONT --> Click!
BACK --> Click!
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2 --> Click!
DISK --> Click!
hits hits label label label
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
LABEL CLOSE UP
hits hits Wrap-around cover. Printer name "Garrod (& Lofthouse Ltd.)" was printed at the bottom of the back cover. label Push-out center.
The embossed letter (tax code) is "K, T".
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label The second pressing has
(1) capitalized PARLOPHONE rims,
(2) with "RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1963" statement
label label
SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Matrix suffixed with
side-1: "2N"
side-2: "1N"
OTHER ITEM
-

CATALOG NUMBER
Black/yellow Parlophone label with silver print: Type-1
RECORD LABEL
GEP-8880
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7TCE 760 - 2N
SIDE 2 7TCE 761 - 1N
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
COVER THE PARLOPHONE Co., Ltd.
LABEL THE PARLOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
LABEL CENTER
Push-out center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
-
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1 NORTHERN SONGS BIEM MECOLICO
SIDE 2 DICK JAMES MUSIC BIEM/NCB MECOLICO ARDMORE & BEECHWOOD LTD.
COVER FORM
Single type
Laminated rounded upper and lower rear flaps and no tab cut on the back
PRINTER CREDIT Garrod
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Photo: Angus McBean / Notes: Tony Barrow
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS
The second press was changed the number for matrix suffixed with "2N".
With the "RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1963" statement, but the earliest second pressings were missing  the "RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1963" statement on the label.



#2-3 The Beatles' Hits (3rd. Press "with SOLD IN U.K. / BuPr Pressing": GEP 8880)
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TITLE
THE BEATLES' HITS
TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
From Me To You (McCartney-Lennon)
Thank You Girl (McCartney-Lennon)
SIDE 2
Please Please Me (McCartney-Lennon)
Love Me Do (McCartney-Lennon)
RELEASE DATE

1964?/Third Press

FRONT --> Click!
BACK --> Click!
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2 --> Click!
DISK --> Click!
hits hits label label label
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
LABEL CLOSE UP
hits hits Wrap-around cover and diagonal-cut corner.
 Printer name "BuPr =Buckland Printers" was printed at the right corner of the back cover.
label Push-out center.
" SOLD IN U.K. SUBJECT TO RESALE PRICE CONDITIONS, SEE PRICE LISTS." statement was printed at the center. The embossed letter (tax code) is "K, T".
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label The 3rd. pressing has
(1) capitalized PARLOPHONE rims,
(2) with "RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1963" statement
(3) "Sold In U.K." statement.
label label
SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Matrix suffixed with
side-1: "2N"
side-2: "1N"
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label The song titles and the publisher's name were printed in "Roman" type.
OTHER ITEM
-

CATALOG NUMBER
Black/yellow Parlophone label with silver print: Type-2
RECORD LABEL
GEP-8880
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7TCE 760 - 2N
SIDE 2 7TCE 761 - 1N
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
COVER THE PARLOPHONE Co., Ltd.
LABEL THE PARLOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
LABEL CENTER
Push-out center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1 NORTHERN SONGS BIEM MECOLICO
SIDE 2 DICK JAMES MUSIC BIEM/NCB MECOLICO ARDMORE & BEECHWOOD LTD.
COVER FORM
Single type
Laminated upper and lower rear flaps and no tab cut on the back.
Flaps with diagonal-cut on the spine-side.
PRINTER CREDIT BuPr (Buckland Printers)
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Photo: Angus McBean / Notes: Tony Barrow
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS
Beginning in 1964, Parlophone (and all the other EMI companies) began printing a phrase in the centers of all their singles, EP's and LP's, which said:

SOLD IN U.K. SUBJECT TO
RESALE PRICE CONDITIONS,
SEE PRICE LISTS.

This notice appears on the labels of every UK market EMI product, from very early 1964, right through mid-1969.

BuPr Pressing = Printed by Buckland Printers
They are a third printing company that EMI contracted alongside Garrod and Lofthouse specifically for the production of EP covers since the overflaps are completely different to the G & L design; they're smaller and squared off whilst the G & L overflaps are thick and rounded. The BuPr sleeves are also found on the original presses so perhaps they were contracted in because G & L's EP sleeve printers couldn't handle the huge surge in demand? Perhaps BuPr were asked to help with production during this huge increase in demand.



#2-4 The Beatles' Hits (3rd. Press "with SOLD IN U.K. / BuPr Pressing / Solid Center": GEP 8880)
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TITLE
THE BEATLES' HITS
TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
From Me To You (McCartney-Lennon)
Thank You Girl (McCartney-Lennon)
SIDE 2
Please Please Me (McCartney-Lennon)
Love Me Do (McCartney-Lennon)
RELEASE DATE

1964?/Third Press

FRONT --> Click!
BACK --> Click!
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2 --> Click!
DISK --> Click!
hits hits label label label
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
LABEL CLOSE UP
hits hits Wrap-around cover and diagonal-cut corner.
 Printer name "BuPr =Buckland Printers" was printed at the right corner of the back cover.
label Solid center.
" SOLD IN U.K. SUBJECT TO RESALE PRICE CONDITIONS, SEE PRICE LISTS." statement was printed at the center. The embossed letter (tax code) is "K, T".
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label The 3rd. pressing has
(1) capitalized PARLOPHONE rims,
(2) with "RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1963" statement
(3) "Sold In U.K." statement.
label label
SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Matrix suffixed with
side-1: "2N"
side-2: "1N"
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label The song titles and the publisher's name were printed in "Roman" type.
OTHER ITEM
-

CATALOG NUMBER
Black/yellow Parlophone label with silver print: Type-2
RECORD LABEL
GEP-8880
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7TCE 760 - 2N
SIDE 2 7TCE 761 - 1N
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
COVER THE PARLOPHONE Co., Ltd.
LABEL THE PARLOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
LABEL CENTER
Solid center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1 NORTHERN SONGS BIEM MECOLICO
SIDE 2 DICK JAMES MUSIC BIEM/NCB MECOLICO ARDMORE & BEECHWOOD LTD.
COVER FORM
Single type
Laminated upper and lower rear flaps and no tab cut on the back.
Flaps with diagonal-cut on the spine-side.
PRINTER CREDIT BuPr (Buckland Printers)
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Photo: Angus McBean / Notes: Tony Barrow
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS
Solid center type.
Beginning in 1964, Parlophone (and all the other EMI companies) began printing a phrase in the centers of all their singles, EP's and LP's, which said:

SOLD IN U.K. SUBJECT TO
RESALE PRICE CONDITIONS,
SEE PRICE LISTS.

This notice appears on the labels of every UK market EMI product, from very early 1964, right through mid-1969.

BuPr Pressing = Printed by Buckland Printers
They are a third printing company that EMI contracted alongside Garrod and Lofthouse specifically for the production of EP covers since the overflaps are completely different to the G & L design; they're smaller and squared off whilst the G & L overflaps are thick and rounded. The BuPr sleeves are also found on the original presses so perhaps they were contracted in because G & L's EP sleeve printers couldn't handle the huge surge in demand? Perhaps BuPr were asked to help with production during this huge increase in demand.



#2-5 The Beatles' Hits (4th. Press "THE GRAMOPHONE rim / with SOLD IN U.K. / BuPr Pressing": GEP 8880)
 Back to the top of the line
TITLE
THE BEATLES' HITS
TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
From Me To You (McCartney-Lennon)
Thank You Girl (McCartney-Lennon)
SIDE 2
Please Please Me (McCartney-Lennon)
Love Me Do (McCartney-Lennon)
RELEASE DATE

1966? / 4th. Press

FRONT --> Click!
BACK --> Click!
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2 --> Click!
DISK --> Click!
hits hits label label label
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP BACK COVER CLOSE UP
hits hits hits hits Wrap-around cover and diagonal-cut corner.
 Printer name "BuPr =Buckland Printers" was printed at the right corner of the back cover.
"Photo: Angus McBean" credit was printed at the lower left corner of the front cover.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label Black/yellow Parlophone label with silver print: Type-4
label Push-out center.
" SOLD IN U.K. SUBJECT TO RESALE PRICE CONDITIONS, SEE PRICE LISTS." statement was printed at the center. The embossed letter (tax code) is none.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label label The 4th. pressing has
(1) capitalized GRAMOPHONE rims
(2) with "(P) 1963" statement.
OTHER ITEM
-

CATALOG NUMBER
Black/yellow Parlophone label with silver print: Type-4
RECORD LABEL
GEP-8880
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7TCE 760 - 2NMOTHER & STAMPER 1 / GCL
SIDE 2 7TCE 761 - 1N5 / GOA
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
COVER THE PARLOPHONE Co., Ltd.
LABEL THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
LABEL CENTER
Push-out center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1 NORTHERN SONGS BIEM MECOLICO
SIDE 2 DICK JAMES MUSIC BIEM/NCB MECOLICO ARDMORE & BEECHWOOD LTD.
COVER FORM
Single type
Laminated upper and lower rear flaps and no tab cut on the back.
Flaps with diagonal-cut on the spine-side.
PRINTER CREDIT BuPr (Buckland Printers)
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Photo: Angus McBean / Notes: Tony Barrow
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS
Push-out center type.
The 4th. pressing was with capitalized printing of "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD." at the perimeter.
Beginning in 1964, Parlophone (and all the other EMI companies) began printing a phrase in the centers of all their singles, EP's and LP's, which said:

SOLD IN U.K. SUBJECT TO
RESALE PRICE CONDITIONS,
SEE PRICE LISTS.

This notice appears on the labels of every UK market EMI product, from very early 1964, right through mid-1969.

BuPr Pressing = Printed by Buckland Printers
They are a third printing company that EMI contracted alongside Garrod and Lofthouse specifically for the production of EP covers since the overflaps are completely different to the G & L design; they're smaller and squared off whilst the G & L overflaps are thick and rounded. The BuPr sleeves are also found on the original presses so perhaps they were contracted in because G & L's EP sleeve printers couldn't handle the huge surge in demand? Perhaps BuPr were asked to help with production during this huge increase in demand.



#2-6 The Beatles' Hits (5th. Press "THE GRAMOPHONE rim / without SOLD IN U.K.": GEP 8880)
 Back to the top of the line
TITLE
THE BEATLES' HITS
TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
From Me To You (McCartney-Lennon)
Thank You Girl (McCartney-Lennon)
SIDE 2
Please Please Me (McCartney-Lennon)
Love Me Do (McCartney-Lennon)
RELEASE DATE

1970s/5th. Press

FRONT --> Click!
BACK --> Click!
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2 --> Click!
DISK --> Click!
hits hits label label label
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
LABEL CLOSE UP
hits hits Wrap-around cover with a die-cut insert tab cut at the side of sleeve. label Push-out center without "Sold in U.K." statement.
No embossed tax code to any center.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label The 5th. pressing has
(1) capitalized GRAMOPHONE rims,
(2) "(P)1963" instead of "RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1963" statement.
label label
SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Matrix suffixed with
side-1: "2N"
side-2: "1N"
OTHER ITEM
-

CATALOG NUMBER
Black/yellow Parlophone label with silver print: Type-5
RECORD LABEL
GEP-8880
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7TCE 760 - 2N
SIDE 2 7TCE 761 - 1N
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
COVER THE PARLOPHONE Co., Ltd.
LABEL THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
LABEL CENTER
Push-out center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
-
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1 NORTHERN SONGS BIEM MECOLICO
SIDE 2 DICK JAMES MUSIC BIEM/NCB MECOLICO ARDMORE & BEECHWOOD LTD.
COVER FORM
Single type
Laminated upper and lower rear flaps with a die-cut insert tab cut at the side on the back.
Flaps with diagonal-cut on the spine-side.
PRINTER CREDIT Garrod
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Photo: Angus McBean / Notes: Tony Barrow
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS
The 5th. pressing was with capitalized printing of "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD." at the perimeter. The "Sold in U.K." text has gone from the label.
Instead of the words "RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1963", the "(P)-1963" statement was printed at the left part of the label.



#2-7 The Beatles' Hits (5th. Press "THE GRAMOPHONE rim / without SOLD IN U.K. / Solid Center": GEP 8880)
 Back to the top of the line
TITLE
THE BEATLES' HITS
TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
From Me To You (McCartney-Lennon)
Thank You Girl (McCartney-Lennon)
SIDE 2
Please Please Me (McCartney-Lennon)
Love Me Do (McCartney-Lennon)
RELEASE DATE

1970s/5th. Press

FRONT --> Click!
BACK --> Click!
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2 --> Click!
DISK --> Click!
hits hits label label label
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
LABEL CLOSE UP
hits hits Cover form is Single type / Wrap-around cover with a die-cut insert tab cut at the side of sleeve /Diagonal-cut corner. label Solid center without "Sold in U.K." statement.
No embossed tax code to any center.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label The 5th. pressing has
(1) capitalized GRAMOPHONE rims,
(2) "(P)1963" instead of "RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1963" statement.
label label
SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Matrix suffixed with
side-1: "2N"
side-2: "1N"
OTHER ITEM
-

CATALOG NUMBER
Black/yellow Parlophone label with silver print: Type-5
RECORD LABEL
GEP-8880
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7TCE 760 - 2N
SIDE 2 7TCE 761 - 1N
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
COVER THE PARLOPHONE Co., Ltd.
LABEL THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
LABEL CENTER
Solid center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
-
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1 NORTHERN SONGS BIEM MECOLICO
SIDE 2 DICK JAMES MUSIC BIEM/NCB MECOLICO ARDMORE & BEECHWOOD LTD.
COVER FORM
Single type
Laminated upper and lower rear flaps with a die-cut insert tab cut at the side on the back.
Flaps with diagonal-cut on both sides.
PRINTER CREDIT Garrod
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Photo: Angus McBean / Notes: Tony Barrow
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS
Solid Center type.
The 5th. pressing was with capitalized printing of "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD." at the perimeter. The "Sold in U.K." text has gone from the label.
Instead of the words "RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1963", the "(P)-1963" statement was printed at the left part of the label.



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