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The settlement agreement reached between Vee-Jay and Capitol Records did not prohibit Vee-Jay to sell its Beatles records in foreign markets. Jay Lasker began contacting overseas record labels and distributors in late May or early June of 1964. One of the first to reach an agreement with Vee-Jay was Bluebell Records of Milan, Italy.
Bluebell ordered copies of all four f the Vee-Jay and Tollie singles from 1964 at a cost of 36 cent per single. Although Vee-Jay did not prepare special records or picture sleeves, Bluebell Records packaged Vee-Jay's existing inventory in custom picture sleeves for three of the singles. Tollie 9008 was issued by Bluebell with the American picture sleeve.
The VJ 587 was plugged "Thank You Girl" as the A side. Small import duty stickers were affixed to the labels.
(from "The Beatles Records On Vee-Jay")

Regular Records


#1-1 Please Please Me / From Me To You (Export Edition: VJ-581)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
Please Please Me (J. Lennon-P. McCartbney)
SIDE 2
From Me To You (McCartney-Lennon)
RELEASE DATE
February 1964? / First Press / Export Edition for Italy
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BACK --> Click!
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2--> Click!
DISK --> Click!
please please label label label
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
please VJ brackets logo and catalogue number "VJ 581" were printed in black at the right side of the front cover.
please please Bluebell Records logo mark and the words "Disk imported from the U.S.A." were printed on the custom picture sleeve.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label The first pressings of the record have silver lettering on a black label with an outer rim colorband featuring the oval logo. please Small gray import duty stickers (the word "BIEM" was printed) were affixed to the labels.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label The "ARP" pressing has thin silver lettering print on black label with "VJ" before the record number. SIDE-1 SIDE-2
please please
The publishing information (on two lines)  and running time were printed at the right center hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP
please The master number and the word "Vocal" are to the left of the center hole. please With the exception of the location of the script "ARP" logo, the trail off area markings.
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER VJ-581
LABEL
Vee Jay Black rainbow with oval logo
MIX MONO
PRESS FACTORY The American Record Pressing Co. ("ARP") in Owosso, Michigan
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 63-2967-  RA (hand etched)  Audio Matrix logo and script "ARP" (machine stamped)
SIDE 2 63-3218  RA (hand etched)  Audio Matrix logo and script "ARP" (machine stamped)
SLEEVE STYLE
Bluebell Records custom picture sleeve
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1
Concertone Songs-ASCAP
SIDE 2
Gil Music Corp-BMI
RUNNING TIME SIDE 1 2:00
SIDE 2
1:49
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES -
COMMENTS
Bluebell records of Italy prepared custom picture sleeves for three of the four Beatles singles it imported from Vee-Jay:
  • VJ 581: Please Please Me / From Me To You
  • Tollie 9001: Twist And Shout / There's A Place
  • VJ 587: Thank You Girl / Do You Want To Know A Secret
Bluebell used the American sleeve for Tollie 9008.
The record labels were the same as the American versions, except for the addition of a import duty sticker.

Bluebell also prepared custom sleeves for VJ 581 and Tollie 9001. There was no need for a custom Bluebell sleeve for Tollie 9008 because Vee-Jay shipped the record to Bluebell in the single’s American picture sleeve, which served as the basis for its 9001 sleeve. Small “BIEM” stickers were affixed to the labels (examples shown above on top row). BIEM is an international organization representing mechanical rights socities, including Italy’s Societa Italiana degli Autori et Editori, that license the reproduction of songs.

Bluebell Records logo mark and the words "Disk imported from the U.S.A." were printed on the custom picture sleeve.
The first pressings of the record have silver lettering on a black label with an outer rim colorband featuring the oval logo.
Small gray import duty stickers (the word "BIEM" was printed) were affixed to the labels.

Bluebell Records was an Italian independent record label founded in 1959 by Antonio Casetta, active from 1959 to 1969 as part, along with other labels such as Mini Rec and Belldisc, of the Belldisc S.p.A. group. In 1969 these labels were fused into a new one, which became known as Produttori Associati.
The label released records by several artists, such as Fabrizio De André, Carmen Villani, The New Dada, Rocco Granata, Maurizio Arcieri and Duilio Del Prete.

BIEM (Bureau International des Societes Gerant les Droits d'Enregistrement et de Reproduction Mecanique) is the international organisation representing mechanical rights societies. Mechanical rights societies exist in most countries. They license the reproduction of songs (including musical, literary and dramatic works).



#1-2 Please Please Me / From Me To You (Export Edition / Late Press: VJ-581)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
Please Please Me (J. Lennon-P. McCartbney)
SIDE 2
From Me To You (McCartney-Lennon)
RELEASE DATE
Unknown / Late Press / Export Edition for Italy
FRONT --> Click!
BACK --> Click!
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2--> Click!
DISK --> Click!
please please label label label
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
please VJ brackets logo and catalogue number "VJ 581" were printed in black at the right side of the front cover.
please please Bluebell Records logo mark and the words "Disk imported from the U.S.A." were printed on the custom picture sleeve.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label The late pressings of the record have silver print on an all black label with the oval logo and "VJ" before the record number.
please
The master number and the word "Vocal" are to the left of the center hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label The "ARP" pressing has thin silver lettering print on black label with "VJ" before the record number. SIDE-1 SIDE-2
please please
The publishing information (on two lines)  and running time were printed at the right center hole.
OTHER ITEM
-

CATALOG NUMBER VJ-581
LABEL
Vee Jay silver print on all black label with oval logo
MIX MONO
PRESS FACTORY The American Record Pressing Co. ("ARP") in Owosso, Michigan
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 63-2967  RA (hand etched)  Audio Matrix logo and script "ARP" (machine stamped)
SIDE 2 63-3218  RA (hand etched)  Audio Matrix logo and script "ARP" (machine stamped)
SLEEVE STYLE
Bluebell Records custom picture sleeve
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1
Concertone Songs-ASCAP
SIDE 2
Gil Music Corp-BMI
RUNNING TIME SIDE 1 2:00
SIDE 2
1:49
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES -
COMMENTS
Bluebell records of Italy prepared custom picture sleeves for three of the four Beatles singles it imported from Vee-Jay:
  • VJ 581: Please Please Me / From Me To You
  • Tollie 9001: Twist And Shout / There's A Place
  • VJ 587: Thank You Girl / Do You Want To Know A Secret
Bluebell used the American sleeve for Tollie 9008.
The record labels were the same as the American versions, except for the addition of a import duty sticker.

Bluebell also prepared custom sleeves for VJ 581 and Tollie 9001. There was no need for a custom Bluebell sleeve for Tollie 9008 because Vee-Jay shipped the record to Bluebell in the single’s American picture sleeve, which served as the basis for its 9001 sleeve. Small “BIEM” stickers were affixed to the labels (examples shown above on top row). BIEM is an international organization representing mechanical rights socities, including Italy’s Societa Italiana degli Autori et Editori, that license the reproduction of songs.

Bluebell Records logo mark and the words "Disk imported from the U.S.A." were printed on the custom picture sleeve.
The late pressings of the record have silver print on an all black label with the oval logo and “VJ” before the record number.
This ARP pressing was made from the same metal parts as the first two Beatles singles.

Bluebell Records was an Italian independent record label founded in 1959 by Antonio Casetta, active from 1959 to 1969 as part, along with other labels such as Mini Rec and Belldisc, of the Belldisc S.p.A. group. In 1969 these labels were fused into a new one, which became known as Produttori Associati.
The label released records by several artists, such as Fabrizio De André, Carmen Villani, The New Dada, Rocco Granata, Maurizio Arcieri and Duilio Del Prete.

BIEM (Bureau International des Societes Gerant les Droits d'Enregistrement et de Reproduction Mecanique) is the international organisation representing mechanical rights societies. Mechanical rights societies exist in most countries. They license the reproduction of songs (including musical, literary and dramatic works).



#2 Twist And Shout / There's A Place (Export Edition / 1st. Press?: T-9001)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
Twist And Shout (Medley-Russell)
SIDE 2
There's A Place (McCartney-Lennon)
RELEASE DATE
1964 / First Press? / Export Edition for Italy
FRONT --> Click!
BACK --> Click!
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2--> Click!
DISK --> Click!
please please label label label
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
please
please please Bluebell Records logo mark and the words "Disk imported from the U.S.A." were printed on the custom picture sleeve.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label All black print on a yellow label with the name “tollie” appearing in tall, heavy type above the word “RECORDS” inside a clockwise box logo located above the center hole.
please
The muster number "63-3194" to the left of the center hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label The trail off area of the B-side appears to have both the (MR) and "ARP" logos, indicating that this record was probably pressed by ARP with stampers prepared by Monarch. SIDE-1 SIDE-2
please please
The publishing information was printed at the right center hole.
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER Tollie-9001
LABEL
Tollie all black print on a yellow label with clockwise box logo
MIX MONO
PRESS FACTORY probably pressed by ARP with stampers prepared by Monarch.
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 63-3194  ∆51071X   RA  (hand etched)  (MR) logo (machine stamped)
SIDE 2 63-3193  ∆51071             (hand etched)  (MR) logo (machine stamped)
SLEEVE STYLE
Bluebell Records custom picture sleeve
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1
Robert Mellin Inc., & Progressive Music-BMI
SIDE 2
Gil Music BMI
RUNNING TIME SIDE 1 -
SIDE 2
-
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES The portrait was derived from the Dezo Hoffmann color photo
COMMENTS
All black print on a yellow label with the name “tollie” appearing in tall, heavy type above the word “RECORDS” inside a clockwise box logo located above the center hole.
The trail off area of the B-side appears to have both the (MR) and "ARP" logos, indicating that this record was probably pressed by ARP with stampers prepared by Monarch.

Bluebell records of Italy prepared custom picture sleeves for three of the four Beatles singles it imported from Vee-Jay:
  • VJ 581: Please Please Me / From Me To You
  • Tollie 9001: Twist And Shout / There's A Place
  • VJ 587: Thank You Girl / Do You Want To Know A Secret
Bluebell used the American sleeve for Tollie 9008.
The record labels were the same as the American versions, except for the addition of a import duty sticker.

Bluebell also prepared custom sleeves for VJ 581 and Tollie 9001. There was no need for a custom Bluebell sleeve for Tollie 9008 because Vee-Jay shipped the record to Bluebell in the single’s American picture sleeve, which served as the basis for its 9001 sleeve. Small “BIEM” stickers were affixed to the labels (examples shown above on top row). BIEM is an international organization representing mechanical rights socities, including Italy’s Societa Italiana degli Autori et Editori, that license the reproduction of songs.

Bluebell Records logo mark and the words "Disk imported from the U.S.A." were printed on the custom picture sleeve.
The late pressings of the record have silver print on an all black label with the oval logo and “VJ” before the record number.
This ARP pressing was made from the same metal parts as the first two Beatles singles.

Bluebell Records was an Italian independent record label founded in 1959 by Antonio Casetta, active from 1959 to 1969 as part, along with other labels such as Mini Rec and Belldisc, of the Belldisc S.p.A. group. In 1969 these labels were fused into a new one, which became known as Produttori Associati.
The label released records by several artists, such as Fabrizio De André, Carmen Villani, The New Dada, Rocco Granata, Maurizio Arcieri and Duilio Del Prete.

BIEM (Bureau International des Societes Gerant les Droits d'Enregistrement et de Reproduction Mecanique) is the international organisation representing mechanical rights societies. Mechanical rights societies exist in most countries. They license the reproduction of songs (including musical, literary and dramatic works).



#3-1 Thank You Girl / Do You Want To Know A Secret (Export Edition: VJ-587)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
Thank You Girl (McCartney-Lennon)
SIDE 2
Do You Want To Know A Secret (McCartney-Lennon)
RELEASE DATE
May? 1964 / First Press? / Export Edition for Italy
FRONT --> Click!
BACK --> Click!
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2--> Click!
DISK --> Click!
please please label label label
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP LABEL CLOSE UP
please please Bluebell Records logo mark and the words "Disk imported from the U.S.A." were printed on the custom picture sleeve.
please Small green import duty stickers (the word "BIEM" was printed) were affixed to the labels.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label
The first pressings of the record have silver lettering on a black label with an outer rim colorband featuring the brackets logo.
SIDE-1 SIDE-2
please please
The publishing information (on two lines)  was printed at the right center hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP
please label The "ARP" pressing has thin silver lettering print on black label with "VJ" before the record number.
please
The master number and the word "Vocal" are to the left of the center hole. With the exception of the location of the script "ARP" logo, the trail off area markings.
OTHER ITEM
-

CATALOG NUMBER VJ-587
LABEL
Vee Jay Black rainbow with brackets logo
MIX MONO
PRESS FACTORY The American Record Pressing Co. ("ARP") in Owosso, Michigan (maybe)
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 63-3219   ∆51771   URJ (hand etched)   (MR) symbol and ARP logo (machine stamped)
SIDE 2 63-3191   ∆51070  (MR) symbol, ARP and Audio Matrix logo (machine stamped)
SLEEVE STYLE
Bluebell Records custom picture sleeve
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1
Conrad Pub. BMI
SIDE 2
Metric Music BMI
RUNNING TIME SIDE 1 -
SIDE 2
-
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES features hand-painted faces of the boys
COMMENTS
Bluebell records of Italy prepared custom picture sleeves for three of the four Beatles singles it imported from Vee-Jay:
  • VJ 581: Please Please Me / From Me To You
  • Tollie 9001: Twist And Shout / There's A Place
  • VJ 587: Thank You Girl / Do You Want To Know A Secret
Bluebell used the American sleeve for Tollie 9008.
The record labels were the same as the American versions, except for the addition of a import duty sticker.

The VJ 587 was plugged "Thank You Girl" as the A side.
Picture sleeve features hand-painted faces of the boys on a black background with "THE BEATLES" in white, the record number and Vee-Jay brackets logo in white and the song titles in red and blue.
Bluebell Records logo mark and the words "Disk imported from the U.S.A." were printed on the custom picture sleeve.
The first pressings of the record have silver lettering on a black label with an outer rim colorband featuring the brackets logo.
Small green import duty stickers (the word "BIEM" was printed) were affixed to the labels.

Bluebell Records was an Italian independent record label founded in 1959 by Antonio Casetta, active from 1959 to 1969 as part, along with other labels such as Mini Rec and Belldisc, of the Belldisc S.p.A. group. In 1969 these labels were fused into a new one, which became known as Produttori Associati.
The label released records by several artists, such as Fabrizio De André, Carmen Villani, The New Dada, Rocco Granata, Maurizio Arcieri and Duilio Del Prete.

BIEM (Bureau International des Societes Gerant les Droits d'Enregistrement et de Reproduction Mecanique) is the international organisation representing mechanical rights societies. Mechanical rights societies exist in most countries. They license the reproduction of songs (including musical, literary and dramatic works).



#3-2 Thank You Girl / Do You Want To Know A Secret (Export Edition / Second Press?: VJ-587)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
Thank You Girl (McCartney-Lennon)
SIDE 2
Do You Want To Know A Secret (McCartney-Lennon)
RELEASE DATE
late? 1965 / Second Press? / Export Edition for Italy
FRONT --> Click!
BACK --> Click!
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2--> Click!
DISK --> Click!
please please label label label
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP LABEL CLOSE UP
please please Bluebell Records logo mark and the words "Disk imported from the U.S.A." were printed on the custom picture sleeve.
please Small gray import duty stickers (the word "BIEM" was printed) were affixed to the labels.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label
The second(?) pressings of the record have black print on a yellow label with "VEE JAY RECORDS" in small type below large "VJ" letters.
SIDE-1 SIDE-2
please please
The publishing information (on two lines)  was printed at the left center hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP
please label Has the title Side-2 on one line in thin upper and lower case print and does not have the word "Vocal" on the label.
please
The master number and was to the left of the center hole. It has hand etched master numbers and "RA" and the Audio Matrix stamp in the trail off area.
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER VJ-587
LABEL
Vee Jay Black print on a Yellow Label
MIX MONO
PRESS FACTORY Southern Plastics in Nashville, Tennessee
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 63-3219   RA (hand etched)   Audio Matrix logo (machine stamped)
SIDE 2 63-3191   URJ (hand etched)   Audio Matrix logo (machine stamped)
SLEEVE STYLE
Bluebell Records custom picture sleeve
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1
Conrad Pub. B.M.I.
SIDE 2
Metric Music Co. B.M.I.
RUNNING TIME SIDE 1 -
SIDE 2
-
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES features hand-painted faces of the boys
COMMENTS
Bluebell records of Italy prepared custom picture sleeves for three of the four Beatles singles it imported from Vee-Jay:
  • VJ 581: Please Please Me / From Me To You
  • Tollie 9001: Twist And Shout / There's A Place
  • VJ 587: Thank You Girl / Do You Want To Know A Secret
Bluebell used the American sleeve for Tollie 9008.
The record labels were the same as the American versions, except for the addition of a import duty sticker.

The VJ 587 was plugged "Thank You Girl" as the A side.
Picture sleeve features hand-painted faces of the boys on a black background with "THE BEATLES" in white, the record number and Vee-Jay brackets logo in white and the song titles in red and blue.
Bluebell Records logo mark and the words "Disk imported from the U.S.A." were printed on the custom picture sleeve.
The second(?) pressings of the record have black print on a yellow label with "VEE JAY RECORDS" in small type below large "VJ" letters.
Small gray import duty stickers (the word "BIEM" was printed) were affixed to the labels.

Bluebell Records was an Italian independent record label founded in 1959 by Antonio Casetta, active from 1959 to 1969 as part, along with other labels such as Mini Rec and Belldisc, of the Belldisc S.p.A. group. In 1969 these labels were fused into a new one, which became known as Produttori Associati.
The label released records by several artists, such as Fabrizio De André, Carmen Villani, The New Dada, Rocco Granata, Maurizio Arcieri and Duilio Del Prete.

BIEM (Bureau International des Societes Gerant les Droits d'Enregistrement et de Reproduction Mecanique) is the international organisation representing mechanical rights societies. Mechanical rights societies exist in most countries. They license the reproduction of songs (including musical, literary and dramatic works).



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