title
title
us LPs home
Non-Capitol Label Recording
Vee-Jay Records #6 "Hear The Beatles Tell All"
(Update: 19th. May 2019)

veejay
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.
(from "Wikipedia")



#13-1 Hear The Beatles Tell All (1st. Press "Monarch Press": PRO-202)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE LIVE IN PERSON INTERVIEWS RECORDED DURING THEIR LATEST-AMERICAN TOUR
HEAR THE BEATLES TELL ALL
CATALOG NUMBER PRO-202
RELEASE DATE October 1964 / First Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Jim Steck Interviews John Lennon
A Dunhill Production
Dave Hull Interviews John, Paul, George, Ringo
A Dunhill Production
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 under the title of the album. label The catalogue number PRO-202 is located in the upper right corner.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label The VJ brackets logo in black is centered at the top of the back cover. label The back of the album cover is reminiscent of the Ad Back cover on the first issue of Introducing The Beatles in that it features miniature pictures of album covers and singles picture sleeves.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label VJ Records address was printed at the bottom of the back cover.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Rainbow label. Brackets logo. Interview Information above the center hole. Label lists the record number as VJLP 202 PRO.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Type-1 (this record): has the number VJLP 202 PRO on the label. Both sides have the machine stamped (MR) logo, indicating that this record was pressed by Monarch.
The later pressing is considerably rarer as fewer copies were made. It has the same typesetting and trail off area markings as Type-1, except that its release number does not have the “PRO” suffix on its label.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label The labels on the promotional record incorrectly state “Jim Steck Interviews John, Paul, George, Ringo” on one side and “Dave Hull Interviews John Lennon” on the other.
OTHER ITEM
-

LABEL Black label with color band and brackets logo
MIX MONO
PRESS FACTORY
SLEEVE Unknown
VINYL
Monarch Records in Los Angeles, California
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 64-6608  ∆7109      (hand etched)  (MR)  logo (machine stamped)
SIDE 2 64-6609  ∆7109-X  (hand etched)  (MR)  logo (machine stamped)
VINYL COLOR BLACK
PUBLISHER'S NAME
-
COVER FORM Single type. Housed in a cardboard jacket.
PRINTER CREDIT -
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Interviews by Jim Steck and Dave Hull
INNER SLEEVE Plain white inner sleeve
PRODUCER -
COMMENTS
Jim Steck, a radio newsman with KRLA in Los Angeles, and Dave Hull, a popular disc jockey with the same station, conducted interviews with the Beatles during their 1964 American tour. After portions of these interviews were aired on KRLA, Vee-Jay reached an agreement with the pair to issue the interviews on an album. Although the ensuing LP, Hear The Beatles Tell All, was planned for release on October 2, 1964, its distribution was hampered by accusations by Beatles management that Steck and Hull had been told that their interviews could not be used to make phonograph discs.
The proposed interview album was brought to Vee-Jay by Lou Adler, owner/ president of Dunhill Productions, who offered to master the LP.

The front cover of the album promises “LIVE IN PERSON INTERVIEWS RECORDED DURING THEIR LATEST-AMERICAN TOUR” in red across the top of the cover. Directly below this print, the title of the album appears in white block letters on an angled black rectangular banner. Phrases and questions relating to the interviews appear randomly throughout the lower three-fourths of the cover. Upon playing the record, the listener hears the answers to the questions depicted on the album’s cover.
The back of the album cover is reminiscent of the Ad Back cover on the first issue of Introducing The Beatles in that it features miniature pictures of album covers and singles picture sleeves.

Side-1: John talks to Jim Steck in Los Angeles on 24th August 1964.
John discusses :
  • The crowd at the Hollywood Bowl
  • Commercial radio
  • Origin of the name, The Beatles
  • Long hair
  • Skiffle/Forming the band
  • Future plans
  • Educational background and scholastic failures
  • The housing of Liverpool

Side-2: All four Beatles are interviewed by Dave Hull, who was already known to them as "the one who gave out our addresses".
The interviews are conducted on 25th August 1964.
Discussion points :
  • Paul - Jane Asher and her family
  • John - Wife having a baby
  • George - His mother answering fan's letters/Patti Boyd
  • Paul - Giving away addresses
  • John - A Hard Day's Night/New house in Surrey
  • Ringo - Throat operation
  • Paul - His dad's racehorse, "Drake's Drum"
  • Ringo - Maureen/Disneyland
  • George - Disneyland
Vee-Jay prepared a small number of promo copies of the record. These records, manufactured by Monarch, have an all white label with blue print. The words “Promotional” and “Not For Sale” appear below a large brackets logo, along with the number PRO 202. In its rush to market the record, Vee-Jay mistakenly reversed the roles of Dave Hull and Jim Steck. The labels on the promotional record incorrectly state “Jim Steck Interviews John, Paul, George, Ringo” on one side and “Dave Hull Interviews John Lennon” on the other.
Upon realizing the error, Vee-Jay requested that all copies of the record be returned.

When the record was pressed for commercial release, Vee-Jay corrected the names of the interviewers. The disc has the large white brackets logo printed on a black label with an outer rim colorband. There are two versions of this record.
Type-1 (this record): has the number VJLP 202 PRO on the label. The trail off area to the Jim Steck/John Lennon side has the hand-etched matrix number 64-6608 and job number ∆7109 and the trail off area to the Dave Hull/Beatles side has the hand-etched matrix number 64-6609 and job number ∆7109X. Both sides have the machine stamped (MR) logo, indicating that this record was pressed by Monarch.
Type-2: The later pressing is considerably rarer as fewer copies were made. It has the same typesetting and trail off area markings as Type-1, except that its release number does not have the “PRO” suffix on its label. Apparently, Vee- Jay removed the “PRO” promotional reference from the record number when the company realized that the record was being sold commercially. In typical Vee-Jay fashion, some discs have the “PRO” suffix only on the Dave Hull side. Others may well exist with the “PRO” side only on the Jim Steck side.

In 1979, a resurrected Vee-Jay International re-issued the record in a stereo cover prepared from the album’s original artwork. Although the cover has the words “STEREO” at the top, the record neither has stereo markings not play stereo. The trail off area to the Jim Steck side has the hand etched matrix number 64-6608-A-D-1 and job number L741 and the trail off area to the Dave Hull side has the hand etched matrix number 64-6609-B-D-1 and job number L741X. The marking “QT-1” appears on both sides.

Vee-Jay International also released the record as a picture disc in 1987. The irregular shaped picture disc recordn was released in a clear plastic cover with yellow and black title sticker. The trail off area to the front side contains the number V.J. PROMO-202-7A and L27924 and to the back side lists V.J. PRO-202-7B and L27924X. Due to size limitations caused by the unconventional shape of the disc, the record contains edited versions of the interviews that appeared on previous releases of the album.



back