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Vee-Jay Records #4 "Songs, Pictures and Stories Of The Faburous Beatles"
(Update: 15th. December 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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#9-1 Songs, Pictures and Stories Of The Faburous Beatles (MONO 1st. Press: VJ 1092)
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TITLE SONGS, PICTURES AND STORIES OF THE FABULOUS BEATLES
(Disc: INTRODUCING THE BEATLES)
CATALOG NUMBER VJ-1092 (Disc: VJLP-1062)
RELEASE DATE late July of 1964 /First Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
I Saw Her Standing There
Please Please Me (without comma)
Misery
Baby It's You
Anna
Do You Want To Know A Secret ?
Chains
A Taste Of Honey
Boys
There's A Place
Ask Me Why
Twist And Shout
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label The jacket has a gatefold cover whose front flap is two-thirds of the full jacket’s size.
The right inside gatefold panel was printed their personal information.
label label The number VJ 1092 appears on the lower right corner of the front flap.
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label label Black label with color band and brackets logo.
This record was pressed by ARC.
Has left justified song titles and indented credit with "INTRODUCING the BEATLES"
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label label ARC Pressings: Has left justified song titles and indented credits with “INTRODUCING the BEATLES,” “MICROGROOVE” and either: (i) “LONGPLAYING” (one word) or (ii) “LONG PLAYING” (two words) on the label.
The trail off areas to these records have hand-etched matrix numbers and the initials “URJ” and “ARC” along with the machine stamped Audio Matrix logo.
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LABEL Black label with color band and brackets logo
MIX MONO
PRESS FACTORY
SLEEVE Ivy Hill Lithograph Corp. in Los Angeles
VINYL
Allentown Record Co., Inc. (“ARC”) in Allentown, Pennsylvania
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 63-3402-1    URJ    2-12-64   ARC 10-6-4  (hand etched)   Audio Matrix logo (machine stamped)
SIDE 2 63-3403       URJ    2-12-64   ARC 10-9-4  (hand etched)   Audio Matrix logo (machine stamped)
VINYL COLOR BLACK
PUBLISHER'S NAME
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COVER FORM Gatefold cover whose front flap is two-thirds of the full jacket’s size.
PRINTER CREDIT -
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Illustrated: Jim Johnson
Photo: Dezo Hoffmann
INNER SLEEVE Vee-Jay original company sleeve type-2 (maybe)
PRODUCER -
COMMENTS
This album is nothing more than a fancy repackaging of the second version of Vee-Jay’s Introducing The Beatles.
Although Vee-Jay assigned the release a new number and prepared a different and more elaborate cover, it did not bother to print new labels for the records placed in the new jacket.

The jacket has a gatefold cover whose front flap is two-thirds of the full jacket’s size.
The lower half of the flap is dominated by the same Dezo Hoffmann photograph. The picture is cropped and given a jagged white border to make it appear as if it were a snap shot ready for pasting into a scrapbook.
The exposed portion of the white background inside right flap has the same Jim Johnson color drawings of each of the Beatles faces that had previously been used on the jacket for the Souvenir EP and the picture sleeve for Do You Want To Know A Secret.
The purchaser is urged to "LOOK INSIDE" for the complete story of each Beatles’ favorite male and female singer, foods, types of girls, sport, hobby, songs and colors as well as their real names, birthplaces, birthdays, height, education and hair and eye color.
The back cover, Below Ringo’s color-tinted picture is the phrase "RINGO LOVES" and a blue dash-bordered heart containing the phrase "PICTURE HERE."
And the phrase "Paste your picture with your favorite Beatle and your friends with their favorite and for you fellows tough luck!!" was printed at the bottom of the back cover.

The exterior and interior cover slicks for the album were printed by Ivy Hill Lithograph Corp. in Los Angeles.
The album covers were paired with Version-2 "Introducing The Beatles" records. While one normally finds the colorband brackets logo label or the all black with silver print large VJ logo label with this album, other variations have been found with this jacket, including the colorband oval logo label.

Vee-Jay did not press its own records, the factories selected by Vee- Jay to manufacture its Beatles albums (ARP, Monarch, Southern Plastics, ARC, Columbia and Waddell).
This vinyl was pressed by Allentown Record Co., Inc. ("ARC") in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Some album covers for Songs, Pictures And Stories were customized for various Beatles' "1964 American summer tour" concert locations. These souvenir albums have a black banner sticker with white print affixed to the album’s front gatefold proclaiming "SOUVENIR OF THEIR APPEARANCE AT [VENUE, CITY and DATE]."
On the mono covers, VJ 1092.MC1WS, the banner usually appears on the lower part of the gatefold flap at an angle to leave the album number VJ 1092 uncovered.
While it is possible that these local souvenir banner albums were prepared for most, if not all, of the 21 or so U.S. summer tour concert locations.



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