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Vee-Jay Records #7 "The 15 Greatest Songs Of The Beatles"
(Update: 17th. September 2017)

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Vee-Jay Records is an American record label founded in the 1950s, specializing in blues, jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll.
Vee-Jay was founded in Gary, Indiana, in 1953 by Vivian Carter and James C. Bracken, a husband-and-wife team who used their initials for the label’s name.
Vee-Jay had significant success with pop/rock and roll acts, notably the Four Seasons (their first non-black act) and the Beatles. Vee-Jay acquired the rights to some of the early Beatles recordings in a licensing deal with EMI, in which the main attraction at the time was another EMI performer, Frank Ifield.
Vee-Jay's biggest successes occurred from 1962 to 1964, with the ascendancy of the Four Seasons and the distribution of early Beatles material.
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#15-1 The 15 Greatest Songs Of The Beatles (The MERSEYBOYS) (Promotional Record: VJLP-1101)
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TITLE SALUTING THEIR RETURN TO AMERICA AND THEIR FIRST MOTION PICTURE
THE 15 GREATEST SONGS OF THE BEATLES
ALL COMPOSED BY JOHN. PAUL AND GEORGE
AND SUNG BY THE MERSEYBOYS

CATALOG NUMBER VJLP-1101
RELEASE DATE Disc Jockey Advance Sample (First Press: January 1965)
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
I Want To Hold Your Hand
All I've Got To Do
She Loves You
Do You Want To Know A Secret
All My Loving
Misery
I Wanna Be Your Man
From Me To You
Ask Me Why
I'll Get You
Don't Bother Me Hold Me Tight
Please, Please Me Thank You Girl
 
It Wont Be Long
FRONT -->Click! BACK -->Click! SIDE 1 -->Click! SIDE 2 -->Click! DISK
label label label label label
INNER SLEEVE
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
label label The VJ brackets logo is right corner at the top of the cover above the title of the album. label The catalogue number VJ-1101 is located in the lower right corner.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label The VJ brackets logo in black is centered at the top of the back cover. label White label with a large blue brackets logo and outer rim colorband in varying shades of blue.
The phrase "Disc Jockey Advance Sample" and "NOT FOR SALE" is printed, both in blue print.
LABEL CLOSE UP
labellabel label label Pressed by ARP.
Misspelled "AMERICA" as "AMERCIA" on the label.
The words "Long Playing" and "Microgroove" appear on the label.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label On both sides, the label lists only 6 songs and has the phrase "& OTHER SONGS" at the bottom of the label.
OTHER ITEM
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LABEL White label with a large blue brackets logo and outer rim colorband in varying shades of blue.
MIX MONO (only)
PRESS FACTORY
SLEEVE Ivy Hill Lithograph Corp.(maybe)
VINYL
The American Record Pressing Co. ("ARP") in Owosso, Michigan
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 64-4233  ∆6810      (hand etched)  (MR)  logo (machine stamped)
SIDE 2 64-3234  ∆6810-X  (hand etched)  (MR)  logo (machine stamped)
VINYL COLOR BLACK
PUBLISHER'S NAME
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COVER FORM Single type. Housed in a cardboard jacket.
PRINTER CREDIT -
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Design: George S. Whiteman Graphic Design and Photography
Notes: written by Muriel Gaynor
Photo: Dezo Hoffmann (reversed)
INNER SLEEVE Vee-Jay original company sleeve type-2
PRODUCER -
COMMENTS
The album was not performed by the Beatles, but rather by the Merseyboys (*) from Birmingham.

The cover to "The 15 Greatest Songs Of The Beatles" features large color tinted solo pictures of George, Paul, and John.
The red print at the top of the cover procraims "SALUTING THEIR RETURN TO AMERICA AND THEIR FIRST MOTION PICTURE".
Large color type boasts "THE 15 GREATEST SONGS OF THE BEATLES". This is followed by "ALL COMPOSED BY" in small blue print above "JOHN . PAUL AND GEORGE" in large red print. Squeezed in between this colorful information and a listing of the Beatles songs on the album is the phrase "AND SUNG BY THE MERSEYBOYS" in small black print.
The back cover is even more deceptive as it makes absolutely no mention of the Merseyboys.

Except for the rare white label promotional copy of the interview record "Hear The Beatles Tell All", there are no known copies of promotional records for any of Vee-Jay's Beatles albums. However, there are at least two variations of promotional records for "15 Greatest Songs".
Type-1) Pressed by ARP.
White label with a large blue brackets logo and outer rim colorband in varying shades of blue.
The phrase "Disc Jockey Advance Sample" is left of the brackes logo and the phrase "NOT FOR SALE" is to the right, both in blue print.
The remaining information appears in black ink.
Misspelled "AMERICA" as "AMERCIA" on the label.
The words "Long Playing" and "Microgroove" appear on the label.
Side I contains 7 songs, but the label lists only 6 songs and has the phrase "& OTHER SONGS" at the bottom of the label.
Side II contains 8 songs, but the label lists only 6 songs and has the phrase "& OTHER SONGS" at the bottom of the label.
Type-2) Pressed by Monarch Records
It has an all white label with blue print featuring the brackets logo.
Under the brackets and to the left is the word "Promotional" and to the right is the phrase "Not For Sale".
The labels to this Monarch Records pressing list all of the song titles, which are left justified along with the songwriters credits.

The stock copies of the record were pressed with label backdrops featuring the large brackets logo and outer rim colorband.
Type-1) manufactured by ARP.
Misspelled "AMERICA" as "AMERCIA" on the label.
The words "Long Playing" and "Microgroove" appear on the label.
Side I contains 7 songs, but the label lists only 6 songs and has the phrase "& OTHER SONGS" at the bottom of the label.
Side II contains 8 songs, but the label lists only 6 songs and has the phrase "& OTHER SONGS" at the bottom of the label.
Type-2) Pressed by Monarch Records.
The labels to this variation list all of the song titles, which are left justified along with the songwriters credit.

(*) The Merseyboys:
The Merseyboys were actually a group from Birmingham, England, originally known as the Plazents that featured lead singer Buddy Ash (Graham Ashford), Roger Hill on guitar and vocals, Graham Gallery on bass guitar and vocals, Paul Carter on saxophone and Dave Mountney on drums.



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