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#1-1 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1st. Issue "Lime Green Paper Label": TC-PCS 7027)
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TITLE
SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
CATALOG NUMBER TC-PCS 7027
RELEASE DATE
October 1967? / First Issue
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Within You Without You
With A Little Help From My Friends When I'm Sixty Four
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds Lovely Rita
Getting Better Good Morning Good Morning
Fixing A Hole Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
She's Leaving Home A Day In The Life
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
CASSETTE CASE
AND
TAPE

CASE FRONT CASE BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click!
label label label label
The cassette cases ("Norelco" cases) were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
The first UK issue of "Sgt. Peppers" has Lime green paper label with "£" Parlophone logo
INLAY

INLAY: FRONT INLAY: INSIDE
label label
The first UK issue of "Sgt. Peppers" is identified by its "white" inlay, its lime green paper label with Parlophone logo, the circular 1 7/8" I.P.S. (inches per second tape speed) .
Aa colour reproduction of the back cover of the vinyl jacket on the foldover.
The track listings were printed on the reverse of the inlay.
INLAY: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve The circular 1 7/8 " I.P.S. mark was printed at the spine.
As the standard tape speed for a compact cassette is 1⅞ ips (1.875 inches per second).
sleeve sleeve The Pepper inlay foldover included black & white cut outs of the Beatles heads (as originally posed for the vinyl gatefold).
INLAY: INSIDE CLOSE UP
sleeve
sleeve "E.M.I. Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.)" credit was printed at the bottom of the inside of the inlay.
INLAY: INSIDE CLOSE UP
sleeve "Sold in U.K. subject to resale price conditions. See price list." printed on the label as well as the inlay.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label sleeve The original Pepper cassettes were issued with a £ Parlophone logo.  NO "IE" catalogue number in addition to the ordinary "TC-PCS 7027" EMI catalogue number. sleeve The first pressings included a "Sold in the UK..." notice in the bottom right hand corner.
LABEL CLOSE UP
SIDE 1
SIDE 2
On the lime green paper label, with the track listing the same as on the vinyl album.
label label
TAPE CLOSE UP
sleeve sleeve This first example shows metal screws holding the two halves of the shell together. label
The clear leader tape has "PCS - 7027 L713 (unique serial number?)" printed in black.
OTHER ITEM
INSERT: FRONT INSERT: BACK
There was also a small "Musicassettes" booklet inserted which listed the EMI tapes currently available as well as those scheduled for release in November and December 1967.
label label

LABEL Lime Green Paper Label with £ Parlophone logo
MIX STEREO
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME EMI Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.) / An E.M.I. Recording
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K."
YES
RECORDING  PUBLISHED CREDIT (P) 1969
COVER FORM "white" inlay (Foldover)
CASSETTE CASE
"Norelco" cases: clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
PRINTER CREDIT Made and Printed in Great Britain
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Stage and Cut out: Peter Blake and Jann Haworth
Photo: Michael Cooper / Wax Figures: Madame Tussauds
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS The Dutch electronics company Philips introduced the Compact Cassette Tape in 1963 but it wasn't until October 1967 that the first Beatles album was made available on cassette in the UK, Sgt.Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
There were many reissues of The Beatles albums during the lifetime of the cassette's popularity 1970 through to the 1990s. This item was the original first release, before EMI opened its new tape duplicating facilities at Hayes, Middlesex in July 1970. Between 1966 and June 1970, EMI's early musicassettes were manufactured by the Dutch firm, Phillips themselves - the inventor and originator of the cassette.
This item is one of them.
There is no date code on the inlay which dates this cassette manufacture as before July 1970, when EMI brought in the system.

The very first Beatles cassette to be released in 1967, on the lime green paper label, with the track listing the same as on the vinyl album.
The original Pepper cassettes were issued with a £ Parlophone logo. The first pressings included a "Sold in the UK..." notice in the bottom right hand corner.
NO "IE" catalogue number (*1) in addition to the ordinary "TC-PCS 7027" EMI catalogue number.
This first example shows metal screws holding the two halves of the shell together and the leader tape showed the PCS-7027 catalogue number printed on it at the beginning.
Later issues had no screws and omitted the leader tape catalogue number, as well as the "Sold in the UK..." text (in mid 1969), as the paper labels went through a chartreuse lemon yellow phase, before finally setting on the new style black box Pharlophone / EMI logo bright yellow paper label introduced in September / October, 1970 to coincide with the first release of the main bulk of the other Beatles albums as the date.
The original inlay design (with the "Sold in the UK..." text), was continued to be used, up to the introduction of the newly designed all-gold inlay in January 1972.

The circular 1 7/8" I.P.S. (inches per second tape speed) and a colour reproduction of the back cover of the vinyl jacket on the foldover. The track listings were printed on the reverse of the inlay.
Unlike the 1970's inlays, the original design for the album did include some extra artwork rather than just a reproduction of the front cover.
The Pepper inlay foldover included black & white cut outs of the Beatles heads (as originally posed for the vinyl gatefold).

As with all Beatles cassettes issued until 1987, the cassette boxes (or to use the correct term, the Norelco cases) were transparent at the front and around the spine area (to reveal the inlay cover) and black at the rear. The shells of the early cassettes were white/light grey.

There was also a small "Musicassettes" booklet inserted which listed the EMI tapes currently available as well as those scheduled for release in November and December 1967.

The original and gold versions of this cassette include a version of the "Sgt.Pepper Inner Groove" that was NOT artificially repeated and then faded - on these cassettes you hear it ONCE only.

(*1) EMI country code:
The EMI country codes (introduced on 1 June, 1969): In most cases the EMI Codes are the first two letters of the record's catalog#. These EMI Country Codes were used to indicate the country in which the record was pressed. Note this doesn't necessarily means the record was also released in that country (from Discog).
OC / 0C / 1E= UK



#1-2 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2nd. Issue "Lemon Yellow Paper Label": TC-PCS 7027)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE
SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
CATALOG NUMBER TC-PCS 7027
RELEASE DATE
1970? / Second Issue
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Within You Without You
With A Little Help From My Friends When I'm Sixty Four
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds Lovely Rita
Getting Better Good Morning Good Morning
Fixing A Hole Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
She's Leaving Home A Day In The Life
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
CASSETTE CASE
AND
TAPE

CASE FRONT CASE BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click!
label label label label
The cassette cases ("Norelco" cases) were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
The second UK issue of "Sgt. Peppers" has Lemon yellow paper label with "£" Parlophone logo
INLAY

INLAY: FRONT INLAY: INSIDE
label label
The second UK issue of "Sgt. Peppers" is identified by its "white" inlay, its lime green paper label with Parlophone logo, the circular 1 7/8" I.P.S. (inches per second tape speed) .
Aa colour reproduction of the back cover of the vinyl jacket on the foldover.
The track listings were printed on the reverse of the inlay.
INLAY: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve The circular 1 7/8 " I.P.S. mark was printed at the spine.
As the standard tape speed for a compact cassette is 1⅞ ips (1.875 inches per second).
sleeve sleeve The Pepper inlay foldover included black & white cut outs of the Beatles heads (as originally posed for the vinyl gatefold).
INLAY: INSIDE CLOSE UP
sleeve
sleeve "E.M.I. Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.)" credit was printed at the bottom of the inside of the inlay.
INLAY: INSIDE CLOSE UP
sleeve "Sold in U.K. subject to resale price conditions. See price list." printed on the label as well as the inlay.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label NO "IE" catalogue number in addition to the ordinary "TC-PCS 7027" EMI catalogue number.
Later issues had lemon yellow label, and  printed on the new style black box Pharlophone / EMI logo introduced in September / October, 1970.
LABEL CLOSE UP
SIDE 1
SIDE 2
On the lime green paper label, with the track listing the same as on the vinyl album.
label label
TAPE CLOSE UP
label label Later issues had no screws and omitted the leader tape catalogue number, as well as the "Sold in the UK..." text (in mid 1969)
label
"Made in England" was embossed the shell.
TAPE CLOSE UP
label Later issues omitted the leader tape catalogue number.
OTHER ITEM
-

LABEL Lemon Yellow Paper Label with EMI/Parlophone logo in black box
MIX STEREO
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME EMI Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.) / An E.M.I. Recording
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K."
-
RECORDING  PUBLISHED CREDIT (P) 1969
COVER FORM "white" inlay (Foldover)
CASSETTE CASE
"Norelco" cases: clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
PRINTER CREDIT Made and Printed in Great Britain
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Photo: Iain Macmillan
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS The Dutch electronics company Philips introduced the Compact Cassette Tape in 1963 but it wasn't until October 1967 that the first Beatles album was made available on cassette in the UK, Sgt.Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
There were many reissues of The Beatles albums during the lifetime of the cassette's popularity 1970 through to the 1990s. This item was the original first release, before EMI opened its new tape duplicating facilities at Hayes, Middlesex in July 1970. Between 1966 and June 1970, EMI's early musicassettes were manufactured by the Dutch firm, Phillips themselves - the inventor and originator of the cassette.
This item is one of them.
There is no date code on the inlay which dates this cassette manufacture as before July 1970, when EMI brought in the system.

The very first Beatles cassette to be released in 1967, on the lime green paper label, with the track listing the same as on the vinyl album.
The original Pepper cassettes were issued with a £ Parlophone logo. The first pressings included a "Sold in the UK..." notice in the bottom right hand corner.
NO "IE" catalogue number (*1) in addition to the ordinary "TC-PCS 7027" EMI catalogue number.
This first example shows metal screws holding the two halves of the shell together and the leader tape showed the PCS-7027 catalogue number printed on it at the beginning.

Later issues had no screws and omitted the leader tape catalogue number, as well as the "Sold in the UK..." text (in mid 1969), as the paper labels went through a chartreuse lemon yellow phase, before finally setting on the new style black box Pharlophone / EMI logo bright yellow paper label introduced in September / October, 1970 to coincide with the first release of the main bulk of the other Beatles albums as the date.
The original inlay design (with the "Sold in the UK..." text), was continued to be used, up to the introduction of the newly designed all-gold inlay in January 1972.

The circular 1 7/8" I.P.S. (inches per second tape speed) and a colour reproduction of the back cover of the vinyl jacket on the foldover. The track listings were printed on the reverse of the inlay.
Unlike the 1970's inlays, the original design for the album did include some extra artwork rather than just a reproduction of the front cover.
The Pepper inlay foldover included black & white cut outs of the Beatles heads (as originally posed for the vinyl gatefold).

As with all Beatles cassettes issued until 1987, the cassette boxes (or to use the correct term, the Norelco cases) were transparent at the front and around the spine area (to reveal the inlay cover) and black at the rear. The shells of the early cassettes were white/light grey.

There was also a small "Musicassettes" booklet inserted which listed the EMI tapes currently available as well as those scheduled for release in November and December 1967.

The original and gold versions of this cassette include a version of the "Sgt.Pepper Inner Groove" that was NOT artificially repeated and then faded - on these cassettes you hear it ONCE only.

(*1) EMI country code:
The EMI country codes (introduced on 1 June, 1969): In most cases the EMI Codes are the first two letters of the record's catalog#. These EMI Country Codes were used to indicate the country in which the record was pressed. Note this doesn't necessarily means the record was also released in that country (from Discog).
OC / 0C / 1E= UK



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