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"The Beatles Singles 1962-1970" Collection Box Set
Sampler Flexidisc
(Update: 22th. May 2011)
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During the autumn of 1977, EMI’s mail order subsidiary, World Records, released a new boxed set entitled The Beatles Collection, of the 24 singles from Love Me Do to Back In The U.S.S.R, available by mail order only, and not through the usual retail outlets.
The 24 singles were in the same green sleeves as the March 1976 re-releases, and packaged in a special gold embossed box. The collection was heavily advertised in the national press with full page advertisements and also with postal circulars, which included a promotional flexidisc (SFI 291), to World Records regular customers.


Notice* Click the disk of each single, so you can see the large picture image.

#1 The Beatles Singles 1962-1970 Collection (Sampler Flexidisc: SFI 291)
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TITLE
The Beatles Singles 1962-1970
RELEASE DATE
autumn of 1977 / Sampler for demonstration (One-sided flexi disc)
BOOKLET --> Click! DISK: FRONT --> Click! DISK: BACK --> Click!
sleeve SLEEVE label label label
BOOKLET: INSIDE --> Click! LABEL --> Click!
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RESERVATION CERTIFICATE SHEET ENVELOPE
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! This all comes housed in its original envelope / mailer which has 'The Beatles' printed in the top left corner.
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INVITATION LETTER (Bifold)
FRONT --> Click! INSIDE --> Click! 1977 Sound For Industry one sided flexidisc sampler for The Beatles Collection Singles Box Set issued through World Records Ltd.
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CATALOG NUMBER
SFI 291
LABEL
Sound For Industry
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 2     SFI  291
SIDE 2 -
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
PRODUCER
-
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Notes: Paul Richards
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
World Records Limited.
PUBLISHER'S NAME
Ardmore & Beechwood Ltd/KPM.
Northern Songs Ltd.
COMMENTS
This flexidisc was sent to potential buyers of The Beatles Box Set - "The Singles Collection 1962-1970", a 24 record set of Beatles singles issued by World Records Ltd.
This collection was only for sale through EMI's mail order division, World Records Ltd. =A member of the THORN EMI Group. (maybe)
The package contains: the MONO flexidisc "sampler" of excerpts from songs with narration; fold out picture sleeve; reservation certificate, numbered 7172; invitation letter detailing the box set.
The flexi disc features extracts from a selection of the singles included in the box set. The label states "This Sampler Is For Demonstration Purposes Only" and "Not For Sale". As with all flexi discs this is very much a promotional item and not produced for top sound quality.
This all comes housed in its original envelope/mailer which has 'The Beatles' printed in the top left corner.

* Sound For Industry is a British record manufacturing company similar to Lyntone. They specialised in Flexi-discs and developed the 'Sound-Kard', a Flexi-disc laminated to a printed backing card.

On 6 February 1976 the 9 year contract The Beatles had signed with EMI came to an end. However EMI retained the right to reissue anything it wanted from the old catalogue. So it released “The Singles Collection 1962 - 1970”. The first edition of The Singles Collection came with 22 singles in a green box. All 22 singles had the same design for the front sleeve but different photographs on the rear.
A little later EMI released the collection in a newly designed box (2nd Edition) and added "Yesterday / I Should Have Known Better (R 6013)". As this sold out, it was reissued with 24 singles, adding "Back In The U.S.S.R. / Twist And Shout (R 6016)".
The 3rd Edition of The Singles Collection was issued in 1978. EMI again added a new single, "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / With A Little Help From My Friends/A Day In The Life (R 6022)".



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