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Sir George Martin (3 January 1926 – 8 March 2016).
Took to music at an early age, becoming interested in the piano before the age of eight.
He attended the Guildhall School of Music, studying composition, conducting, orchestration, and theory, and taking up the oboe as a second principal instrument. He got into the music industry as assistant to Oscar Preuss, the head of the Parlophone label, at a period when the label was in transition from second-rate classical recordings to "pop" music.
Then in the spring of 1962, Martin happened to interview Brian Epstein, a Liverpool-based manager, about a quartet known as The Beatles. That summer, they were signed to Parlophone. Over the following years, Martin would help to shape The Beatles, getting credit from some as being the "fifth Beatle" for his work with the band. But two years later, Martin split from Parlophone to form AIR (Associated Independent Recording).
The Beatles were produced by George Martin through 1969's Abbey Road, and it wasn't until The Beatles broke up that Martin was completely free from his ties to EMI. In the 1970s, he produced a wide variety of artists and bands, from America and Jimmy Webb to Jeff Beck and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. He continued to work with an array of artists, many of whom received critical acclaim.(from Discog)
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#1-1 Off The Beatle Track (Promotional Record: OP-7149)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE off the beatle track
The GEORGE MARTIN Orchestra
CATALOG NUMBER OP 7149
RELEASE DATE Promotional Record (First Press: 15th. December 1964)
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Ringo's Theme (This Boy)
She Loves You
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Can't Buy Me Love
Please Please Me
All My Loving
From Me To You
I Saw Her Standing There
There's A Place
Don't Bother Me
Little Child
All I've Got To Do
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve label label label
INNER SLEEVE
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! The original plain white inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.
sleeve sleeve label Catalogue number "OP 7149" was printed at the upper right corner of the front.
FRONT AND BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label Odeon logo mark was printed at the lower left corner of the front sleeve.
Issues with a "STEREO" banner across the top of the cover.

BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label Toshiba pressed a lot of their records on red, “Everclean” vinyl. The Everclean vinyl was designed to be less prone to collecting static electricity and dust than the more common black vinyl. label Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (round type).
"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." was printed at the bottom of the back cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label The sleeve notes on the rear of the album are by John Lennon.
"F-¥1,800" was printed at the bottom of the back cover.
label The words "PAT." was embossed at the bottom of the back cover.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Odeon white label (promotional use only).
The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
The release date is in black and appears above and to the left of the title.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label Here is a close-up of the circled text: "Sample under Article 10, Clause 2 of the Commodity Tax Law".
label label The print in black has unusual "hand lettered" look to it quite unlike the regular commercial version.
Catalog number and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP OBI AND LYRIC SHEET
label The words "LONG PLAYING" was printed at the bottom of the label.
NONE
OTHER ITEM
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RECORD LABEL Odeon White Label (for promotional use only)
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX 125-J   1
SIDE 2 YEX 124-J   1
PRESS MARK
None
VINYL COLOR RED
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE
Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL
MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE F - ¥1,800
LYRIC SHEET STYLE -
COVER FORM Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (round type)
INNER SLEEVE
Plain White Inner bag
OBI -
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES PHOTOS BY ROBERT FREEMAN
Sleeve notes: John Lennon
Translation: Junichi Takahashi
COMMENTS
Odeon white label (promotional use only).
The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
Odeon promo LPs feature the perimeter print, Odeon logo, and circled text in red and all other printing in "hand lettered" black.
Note the release date above the Odeon logo.
The label design is similar to that used for the regular commercial Odeon LPs. These are most commonly found on red vinyl.

In Japan, promotional records have traditionally been provided at no charge to radio stations, record shops, and the mass media to increase the sales of a record or in some cases to promote a tour.
There are two types of promotional releases.
Type-1: This type is called the white label promo for which a unique label has been made. The label design of Odeon white label singles is very similar to that of regular commercial Odeon singles. The promo version, however, features the perimeter print, Odeon logo, and circled text in red and all other printing in black. The print in black has an unusual "hand lettered" look to it quite unlike the regular commercial version. The release date is in black and appears above and to the left of the title. Most usually, the regular cover is used with appropriate alterations to prohibit commercial sale.
Type-2: The second type of promo record is less elaborate and is called a sticker promo. It is simply a regular commercial release that has a promo sticker affixed to the cover. This type of promo is occasionally found on post-1975 releases.

Off the Beatle Track is a 1964 album by George Martin & His Orchestra, released 10 July by United Artists Records in the United States and 3 August by Parlophone in the United Kingdom.
It is the first of a series of albums by Martin featuring instrumental arrangements of Beatles songs. It is also the first LP Martin released under his own name.

Whilst trying to think of a title for the first Beatles album, George Martin came up with "Off The Beatle Track". Although this idea was rejected, clearly Mr. Martin liked the title and used it himself in 1964 for this outing.
One single was released from this L.P. - "Ringo's Theme (This Boy) / And I Love Her" (OR-1142).

The sleeve notes on the rear of the album are by John Lennon. Here are some quotes from it :
"George Martin is a tall man, he is also a musician with short hair."
"Us Beatles are genuinely flattered that a 'real musician' as we call him should turn his talents to arranging an L.P. of our songs."
"Some of the sounds on the album may be new to you, like a jews harp and a twelve stringed finger, but the results are great and I think he should get a raise."

"Good George Martin is our friend
Buddy, Pal and Mate.
Buy this record and he'll send
A dog for your front gate."
Sung to the tune of OLD MACDONALD HAD AN ARM
by the Beatles a band.
JOHN LENNON

The Japanese version looks similar to the U.K. version but has a different song order.



#1-2 Off The Beatle Track (1st. Press "F ¥1,800 / Red Vinyl": OP-7149)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE off the beatle track
The GEORGE MARTIN Orchestra
CATALOG NUMBER OP 7149
RELEASE DATE 15th. December 1964 / First Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Ringo's Theme (This Boy)
She Loves You
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Can't Buy Me Love
Please Please Me
All My Loving
From Me To You
I Saw Her Standing There
There's A Place
Don't Bother Me
Little Child
All I've Got To Do
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve label label label
INNER SLEEVE
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! INNER SLEEVE: CLOSE UP
sleeve sleeve label label
FRONT AND BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label Odeon logo mark was printed at the lower left corner of the front sleeve.
Issues with a "STEREO" banner across the top of the cover.

BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label Toshiba pressed a lot of their records on red, “Everclean” vinyl. The Everclean vinyl was designed to be less prone to collecting static electricity and dust than the more common black vinyl. label Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (round type).
"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." was printed at the bottom of the back cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label The sleeve notes on the rear of the album are by John Lennon.
"F-¥1,800" was printed at the bottom of the back cover.
label The words "PAT." was embossed at the bottom of the back cover.
OBI: DARK GREEN OBI
FRONT --> Click! OBI: FRONT
OBI: BACK
1st. pressing had a dark green / white OBI and priced ¥1,800 on obi strip. Odeon logo mark and catalog number were printed on the front. There is no order sheet on the back side of the Obi.
(Sorry, I don't have it.)
sleeve label label label
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Toshiba pressed a lot of their records on red, "Everclean" vinyl from 1958 through 1974 (maybe).  The Everclean vinyl was designed to be less prone to collecting static electricity and dust than the more common black vinyl. The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label label
Catalog number and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
The words "LONG PLAYING" was printed at the bottom of the label.
OTHER ITEM
-

RECORD LABEL Odeon Label Type-1 (with the words "LONG PLAYING")
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX 125-J    1
SIDE 2 YEX 124-J    2
PRESS MARK
L4
VINYL COLOR RED
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE
Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL
MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE F - ¥1,800
LYRIC SHEET STYLE -
COVER FORM Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (round type)
INNER SLEEVE
The original colour "advert" inner bag Type-3
OBI Dark green Obi / without Order sheet (Sorry, I don't have it.)
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES PHOTOS BY ROBERT FREEMAN
Sleeve notes: John Lennon
Translation: Junichi Takahashi
COMMENTS
Black Odeon label with silver print.
The words "LONG PLAYING" was printed at the bottom of the label.

Toshiba released the first Japanese record featuring the Beatles.
When this record was released in 1964, Toshiba's official name was "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and they used the Odeon label for this and subsequent Beatles releases.

Red vinyl:
Besides good sound and quality printing, Japanese records also offered some other things of interest to the collector.  One of the primary manufacturing companies in Japan, Toshiba, pressed a lot of their records on red, “Everclean” vinyl from 1958 through 1974 (maybe).  While not pressed as collectors’ items, these red vinyl pressings are more sought out by collectors than their black vinyl counterparts.  The Everclean vinyl was designed to be less prone to collecting static electricity and dust than the more common black vinyl.

The obi: "Dark green" Obi
It is light dark green / white in design with light blue Japanese text. It also features an Odeon logo, catalogue number and price information.
While most Japanese records feature local music, a lot of music fans there like foreign music, as well.  The language barrier in Japan presented a problem – should foreign album covers be changed for Japanese albums?  The solution was the obi, which means “belt” or “sash”.  The obi is a strip of paper, usually about two inches wide, that wraps vertically around the album cover, containing information about the artist and album in Japanese.  As these strips of paper were fragile and easily torn, they are often missing, especially since consumers in the 1950s and 1960s attached little significance to them.  Finding Japanese records made prior to 1970 that still have the obi intact can be quite difficult, and for some albums, nearly impossible.  The inclusion of the obi can dramatically affect the price of some Japanese records, sometimes increasing the price by a factor of ten.

While usually found in a wraparound strip, there are other versions of the obi that have occasionally been used.  In the early 1960s, a short-lived hankake obi, or “half obi” was used. These were small strips of paper that simply folded over the top of the cover.  These were problematic for retailers, as they tended to easily fall off of the record.


Off the Beatle Track is a 1964 album by George Martin & His Orchestra, released 10 July by United Artists Records in the United States and 3 August by Parlophone in the United Kingdom.
It is the first of a series of albums by Martin featuring instrumental arrangements of Beatles songs. It is also the first LP Martin released under his own name.

Whilst trying to think of a title for the first Beatles album, George Martin came up with "Off The Beatle Track". Although this idea was rejected, clearly Mr. Martin liked the title and used it himself in 1964 for this outing.
One single was released from this L.P. - "Ringo's Theme (This Boy) / And I Love Her" (OR-1142).

The sleeve notes on the rear of the album are by John Lennon. Here are some quotes from it :
"George Martin is a tall man, he is also a musician with short hair."
"Us Beatles are genuinely flattered that a 'real musician' as we call him should turn his talents to arranging an L.P. of our songs."
"Some of the sounds on the album may be new to you, like a jews harp and a twelve stringed finger, but the results are great and I think he should get a raise."

"Good George Martin is our friend
Buddy, Pal and Mate.
Buy this record and he'll send
A dog for your front gate."
Sung to the tune of OLD MACDONALD HAD AN ARM
by the Beatles a band.
JOHN LENNON

The Japanese version looks similar to the U.K. version but has a different song order.



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