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#1-1 Les Beatles (MONO 1st. Press "Polydor Orange Scroll Label": 45 900)
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TITLE LES BEATLES
CATALOG NUMBER 45 900
RELEASE DATE 22th. May 1964 ? (or April 1964? ) / First Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Ain't She Sweet  (Ager)
(Ver. A)
When The Saints  (Trad. arr. T. Sheridan)
(Ver. A)
If You Love Me Baby
(Ver. A)
Cry For A Shadow  Harrisson - Lennon
(Ver. A)
Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie - Pinkard - Casey)
(Ver. 2A+)
My Bonnie  (Trad. arr. T. Sheridan)
(Ver. AA)
Nobody's Child  (Trad. arr. T. Sheridan)
(Ver. 1A)
Why  (Sheridan)
(Ver. A)
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
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INNER SLEEVE
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! Paraffin paper (*) sleeve type.

(*) Paper that has been waterproofed by treatment with wax or paraffin.
label label jacket Polydor red and black logo mark and catalog number "45 900" were printed at the lower left corner of the back cover.
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jacket Back cover have Polydor logo and catalog number "45 900" at the upper right corner of the back cover.
Has the word "Standard" next the catalog number.
Housed in a twin-flipback printed cover (full laminated printed cover)
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
jacket jacket It was released in May 1964, and is sort of the sum of the two EP's "Mister Twist" and "Ain’t She Sweet".
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label
Press company's name "DILLARD et Cie. Imp. Paris" was printed at the bottom of the back cover.
"Photo: A. Nisok" credit was printed at the bottom.
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jacket label Polydor Orange Scroll label.
Labels have "33 t. m. (tours par minute)" in a box at the right side of the center hole.
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jacket label "B.I.E.M."
(Bureau International de l'Edition Mécanique) was printed on both sides of the label.
jacket "MADE IN FRANCE" was printed at the bottom of the center hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP
jacket jacket George Harrison's surname is amusingly misspelled "HARRISSON"
OTHER ITEM
FRONT BACK Has the original re-order tag attached.
(Sorry, I don't have it)
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OTHER ITEM
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LABEL Polydor Orange Scroll label
MIX MONO
MATRIX No.
SIDE 1 H. 45900A             ICF  (hand etching)
SIDE 2 H. 45900B              CF   (hand etching)
VINYL COLOR BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME Polydor
RECORDING PUBLISHED CREDIT -
COVER FORM Single type. Housed in a twin-flipback printed cover (full laminated printed cover).
TAG YES  (Sorry, I don't have it.)
PRINTER CREDIT DILLARD et Cie. Imp. Paris
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Photo: A. Nisok
INNER SLEEVE Paraffin paper sleeve type
PRODUCER -
COMMENTS The Beatles Les Beatles French 10 inch (25cm) vinyl.
The record is on the orange and white Polydor label with the catalogue number 45900.
"The Beatles" is a 25cm LP, the first Fabs album released in this particular format, in France.

Polydor could not use images of The Beatles on the cover of the Hamburg material.
Each of the hairpieces placed on this coat rack represents the hair of John, Paul, George and Ringo. And here, these are real wigs, POLYDOR France is still unable to use a snapshot of the group to illustrate its cover.
This one is often referred to as 'the wig' cover, for obvious reasons.

It was released in May 1964, and is sort of the sum of the two EP's "Mister Twist" and "Ain’t She Sweet". However, none of them are listed on the back.
This 25cm wig is not the only Beatles record in France in this format. There is a second 25 cm, much more recent, under the Charly Records label: "The Savage Young Beatles".
It is one of many avatars of Hamburg recordings, unrelated to Polydor.

Some sources mistakenly give the date as February, but EP 27-101, pictured on the back, was released in March, according to an official source.
EP 27-109, also pictured on the back, was issued later in March.
Since those EP's were regarded as hits, it's likely that the Beatles LP was compiled at the same time as German Polydor was releasing its singles.
EP 27-128 also by the Bab's, came out in May and is not pictured on the back of the LP.

1st. Press: Label: Polydor orange scroll label
2nd. Press: Polydor Red label.


Side-1:
Ain't She Sweet: Lead Vocal: John Lennon, Back Play: The Beatles
  • Version A
  • Version A+ (Overdubbing drum to Ver. A)
If You Love Me, Baby (Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby):
Lead Vocal: John Lennon, Back Play: The Beatles
  • Version A
  • Version A+ (overdubbing electric guitar and drum to Ver. A)
Sweet Georgia Brown: Lead Vocal: Tony Sheridan
  • Version 1A: Backing play: The Beat Brothers (No Beatles)
  • Version 2A: Backing play: The Beatles
  • Version 2A+: Overdub vocals with new lyrics to Ver. 2A
  • Version 2A++: Overdub electric guitar and drum to Ver. 2A +
  • Version 3A: Backing Play: The Bobby Patrick Big Six (No Beatles)
Nobody's Child: Lead Vocal: Tony Sheridan
  • Version 1A: Backing play: The Beatles
  • Version 1A+: Cutting a part of Ver. 1A
  • Version 2A: Backing play: The Beat Brothers (No Beatles)
Side-2:
When The Saints: Lead Vocal: Tony Sheridan / Backing play: The Beatles
  • Version A
Cry For A Shadow: Instrumental (Performance only by the Beatles)
  • Version A
My Bonnie: Lead Vocal: Tony Sheridan / Backing play: The Beatles
  • Version AA: German intro. at the beginning
  • Version AB: English intro. at the beginning
  • Version A: without intro
Why: Lead Vocal: Tony Sheridan / Backing play: The Beatles
  • Version A

DILLARD et Cie, lmp. Paris: Printing company located in Paris, France, headed by Michel Dillard (an old publisher from La Sirène éditions musicales).
Often appears on releases as "Dillard et Cie. Imp. Paris" or "Dillard & Cie, Imp. Paris".



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