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The Beatles met Tony Sheridan during their first Hamburg trip in 1960, though they didn't perform together. The next year, however, saw them alternating with Sheridan's band, and occasionally backing him. Following one of these performances, a friend of orchestral leader Bert Kaempfert - also an agent for the Polydor label - recommended them for a recording session.
The sessions took place on 22-23 June 1961 on a stage at Hamburg's Friedrich-Ebert-Halle school, and on 24 June 1961 at Studio Rahlstedt. The Beatles' fee was 300 marks.
On 24 May 1962 a fourth and final day of recording with The Beatles took place, again at Studio Rahlstedt, in which versions Sweet Georgia Brown and Swanee River were taped. Swanee River was later lost.


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#1-1 The Beatles' First (1st. Press "THE BEATLES printed under each song": 236.201)
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TITLE
The Beatles' First
(Recorded In Hamburg 1961 with Tony Sheridan & Guests)
CATALOG NUMBER 236.201
RELEASE DATE
4th. August 1967 / First Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Ain't She Sweet / The Beatles
Sweet Georgia Brown / The Beatles With Tony Sheridan
Cry For A Shadow / The Beatles
The Saints / The Beatles With Tony Sheridan
Let's Dance / Tony Sheridan And The Beat Brothers
Ruby Baby / Tony Sheridan And The Beat Brothers
My Bonnie / The Beatles With Tony Sheridan
Why (Can't You Love Me Again) / The Beatles With Tony Sheridan
Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby / The Beatles With Tony Sheridan
Nobody's Child / The Beatles With Tony Sheridan
What'd I Say / Tony Sheridan And The Beat Brothers
Ya Ya / Tony Sheridan And The Beat Brothers
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sleeve sleeve Polydor SPECIAL logo was printed at the upper right of the front cover.
sleeve Artwork designer's credit: Barry Zaid

cf. "Barry Zaid.com"
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Sleeve has "Stereo also playable mono" in small print below the Polydor Special logo.
The back of the album sleeve features liner notes by Tony Sheridan.
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cover Sleeve has "The Beatles" printed under each song on which they play, while does not. Both variations can be found with or without lamination on the back sleeve.
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The album outer sleeves were manufactured by Ernest J. Day & Co Ltd.
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label label Red labels with black half-circle logos.
The first pressings of the album have “M” for mono at the top of the "33" record speed triangle located to the right of the center hole.
Matrix numbers:
Side-1: 5G6 ◊V  8  236201   237632-2 A-1    2
Side-2: 5G6 ◊V  8  236201   237632-2 B        2
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SIDE 2
First label variation has "MCPS (*)" without periods in the box to the left of the center.
2nd. label variation has “M.C.P.S.” with periods in the box to the left of the center.
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label label The Beatles' First was released in 1964 by German Polydor and was available in the UK as an import. On 4 August 1967, Polydor officially released the album in the UK, but with a different sleeve and catalogue number (236-201).
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LABEL Red labels with black half-circle logos.
MIX MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 5G6 ◊V  8  236201   237632-2 A-1    2
SIDE 2 5G6 ◊V  8  236201   237632-2 B        2
VINYL COLOR BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME Polydor Records Ltd.
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K."
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RECORDING  PUBLISHED CREDIT (P) 1962
COVER FORM Single type. laminated cover.
PRINTER CREDIT Printed and made by Ernest J. Day & Co. Ltd., Lindon, W.11. Patent Pending.
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Artwork (Front Sleeve) / Barry Zaid
Sleeve Notes / Tony Sheridan
INNER SLEEVE White paper sleeve "IMPORTANT NOTICE in rectangle box" Type-3
PRODUCER Bert Kaempfert
COMMENTS Album features the eight Hamburg recordings involving the Beatles plus four songs recorded by Tony Sheridan without the Beatles. While it appears that Polydor in U.K. initially planned on releasing The Beatles First in mono, the company ultimately decided to press the LP exclusively in stereo upon its release on the Polydor Special label. This album is a reissue of the eponymous German album which was released in April 1964 and imported to England.

The album outer sleeves were manufactured by Ernest J. Day & Co Ltd. The back of the album sleeve features liner notes by Tony Sheridan. Sleeve has “Stereo also playable mono” in small print below the Polydor Special logo. Sleeve has “The Beatles” printed under each song on which they play, while does not. Both variations can be found with or without lamination on the back sleeve.

Red labels with black half-circle logos. The first pressings of the album have “M” for mono at the top of the “33” record speed triangle located to the right of the center hole.

1st. pressing / 4th. August 1967:
First sleeve variation has "The Beatles" printed under each song on which they play.
First label variation has "MCPS" without periods in the box to the left of the center:

2nd. pressing / 1968?:
Second sleeve variation do not has "The Beatles" printed under each song on which they play.
Second label variation has "M.C.P.S." with periods in the box to the left of the center

3rd. pressing / 1969
Sleeve has expanded language to provide comfort to purchasers that the "stereo record can be played on mono reproducers" and advisers consumers that "If in doubt, consult your dealer". Sleeve has "The Beatles" printed under each song on which they play, while does not. Labels have "STEREO SPECIAL" text and "ST" for stereo in a circle located next to the “33” circle.

(*) MCPS (Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society) represents songwriters, composers and music publishers – representing their mechanical rights, and collects royalties whenever their music is reproduced as a physical product.



#2-1 The Beatles Tapes from the David Wigg Interviews (1st. Press: 2683 068)
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TITLE
THE BEATLES TAPES
from the DAVID WIGG INTERVIEWS
CATALOG NUMBER 2683 068
RELEASE DATE
30th. July 1976 / First Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1
The Beatle Tapes- John Lennon with Yoko Ono
SIDE 2
The Beatle Tapes- Paul McCartney
Interview (Part 1) / June 1969
Interview (Part 1) / March 1970
Give Peace A Chance (Lennon-McCartney)
Because (Lennon-McCartney)
Interview (Part 2) / June 1969
Interview (Part 2) March 1970
Imagine (Lennon)
Yesterday (Lennon-McCartney)
Interview (Part 3) / June 1969
Interview (Part 3) March 1970
Come Together (Lennon-McCartney) Hey Jude (Lennon-McCartney)
Interview  / October 1971

SIDE 3
The Beatle Tapes- George Harrison
SIDE 4
The Beatle Tapes- Ringo Starr
Interview (Part 1) / March 1969 Interview / December 1968
Here Comes The Sun (Harrison)
Interview / July 1970
Interview (Part 2) / March 1969 Interview (Part 1) / December 1973
Something (Harrison) Octopus's Garden (Richard Starkey)

Interview (Part 2) / December 1973

Yellow Submarine (Lennon-McCartney)
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sleeve Polydor with black half-circle logo was printed in white at the bottom of the front sleeve.
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Polydor logomark and the printer's credit "Sleeve printed and made in England by MacNeill Press" were printed in white at the bottom of the back sleeve.
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sleeve"The Beatles Tapes From the David Wigg Interviews", is an audio album of interviews with the band and journalist David Wigg. sleeve
Catalogue number (record and cassette) was printed at the upper center of the back sleeve.
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labellabel Interviewer, engineer, musicians, and photographers' credit were printed at the inside of the gatefold cover.
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label Red labels with black half-circle logos. label"MADE IN ENGLAND" was printed at the left side of the label.
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label label label label Erased  "M" for mono at the top of the "33" record speed triangle located to the right of the center hole.
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SIDE 1
label Major topics in John Lennon's interview include his relationship with Yoko Ono, his peace activism, The Beatles' business affairs (a portion of his statement about Brian Epstein's management is on Anthology 1), the nature of God, and the band's break-up and whether they would reunite musically.
SIDE 2
label Among Paul McCartney's topics are fatherhood, his favourite songs from Abbey Road, why The Beatles appeared at only one Royal Variety Performance, and the composition of "Golden Slumbers". Shortly after his interview, McCartney met with the other Beatles to decide whether Allen Klein or Lee Eastman would handle the group's affairs. Having failed to persuade the other Beatles to choose Eastman, McCartney "stormed out of the meeting, resigning from the Apple board"
SIDE 3
label George Harrison discusses the spiritual side of his life, including his seeming destiny to be a Beatle, Hare Krishna, meditation, drug use, and whether it is possible for The Beatles to split up. He also discusses business—the British government's anti-monopoly policies and high taxation, and the difference in radio offerings between the United Kingdom and the United States—and his Abbey Road favourites.
SIDE 4
label Ringo Starr's first interview took place while he was heading to a medical examination required for insurance in anticipation of his work in The Magic Christian. Starr discusses The Beatles' feelings for one another, the band's break-up, how he has spent his money, the ups and downs of fame (such as being photographed and asked for autographs), reincarnation, and vegetarianism.
8 PAGES BOOKLET
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sleeve sleeve sleeve Double album, includes a front laminated black gatefold sleeve and six-pages booklet with various black & white photos 1963-75. Booklet stapled inside.
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LABEL Red labels with black half-circle logos.
MIX STEREO?
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 2478089   A//1 ▽ 420 03      11            5
SIDE 2
2478089   B//1 ▽ 420 03      12            1
SIDE 3
2478090   A//1 ▽ 420 03      11            1
SIDE 4
2478090   B//1 ▽ 420  03     1              1
VINYL COLOR BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME Polydor Limited UK
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K."
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RECORDING  PUBLISHED CREDIT (P) 1976
COVER FORM front laminated black gatefold sleeve
PRINTER CREDIT Sleeve printed and made in England by MacNeill Press
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Art Direction: Ian Murray
Design: John Gorham
Photographers: Dezo Hoffmann, David Nutter, Michael Putland, and Larry Ellis
INNER SLEEVE plain white paper inner sleeves.
PRODUCER Interviews & Editing: David Wigg
Concept: Bryan Morrison
COMMENTS “The Beatles Tapes From the David Wigg Interviews”, is an audio album of interviews with the band and journalist David Wigg, who interviewed the individual Beatles at various points from December 1968 or January 1969 to December 1973, and excerpts from some of these recordings constitute the album’s spoken words. Although he was a columnist; ‘Young London’ for the London newspaper The Evening News, the interviews were intended for broadcast on Radio 1’s ‘Scene and Heard. Interspersed among the interview excerpts are instrumental performances of Beatles songs, played by other musicians. The Beatles tried to prevent the album’s publication, but it was released in the United Kingdom on 1976 under the Polydor label.

Double album, includes a front laminated black gatefold sleeve and six-pages booklet with various black & white photos 1963-75. Booklet stapled inside. Record housed in a plain white paper inner sleeves.

Records have a red labels with black Polydor logos.
Matrix numbers:
Side 1: 2478089 A//1 ▽ 420 03
Side 2: 2478089 B//1 ▽ 420 03
Side 3 : 2478090 A//1 ▽ 420 03
Side 4: 2478090 B//1 ▽ 420 03
Possible matrix numbers: Record 1: A//2, B//2  Record 2: A//2, A//3, and A//4.



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