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The Beatles' Million Sellers (GEP 8946)
(Update: 18th. July 2018)
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  • #10-1 "THE GRAMOPHONE rim"
  • #10-2 "Pye Contract Press / Solid Center"
  • #10-3 "Pye Contract Press / Push-out Center"



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#10-1 The Beatles' Million Sellers (1st. Press: GEP 8946)
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TITLE
The Beatles' Million Sellers (BEATLES' GOLDEN DISCS)
TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney)
I Want To Hold Your Hand (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2
Can't Buy Me Love (Lennon-McCartney)
I Feel Fine (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
6th December.1965/First Press
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sleeve sleeve label label label
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
cover cover "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD." was printed below the Parlophone logo at the upper left of the front cover.
At the back cover: "TRADE MARK OF THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD."was printed at the bottom of the back cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP LABEL CLOSE UP
cover cover Wrap-around cover with a die-cut insert tab cut at the side of sleeve. Printer name was not printed.
"The Gramophone Company Ltd." was printed below the "E.M.I. RECORDS".
label Push-out center.
The embossed letter (tax code) is "K, T".
" SOLD IN U.K..." statement was printed at the center of the label.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label The first pressing has
(1) capitalized GRAMOPHONE rims,
(2) "(P) 1963" statement
(4) "SOLD IN U.K." statement
label label
label Matrix suffixed with "1" on both side.
This E.P. was titled "BEATLES' GOLDEN DISCS"
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER GEP-8946
RECORD LABEL
Black/yellow Parlophone label with silver print: Type-4
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No.
SIDE 1 7TCE 888 - 1
SIDE 2 7TCE 889 - 1
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME COVER THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD.
LABEL THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
LABEL CENTER
Push-out center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1 NORTHERN SONGS NCB
SIDE 2 NORTHERN SONGS NCB
COVER FORM
Single type
Laminated rounded upper and lower rear flaps with a die-cut insert tab cut at the side on the back.
PRINTER CREDIT
-
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Photo: Robert Whitaker / Notes: none
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS
The Beatles' 10th E.P.
On 1st July 1965, EMI underwent a merger and each individual ceased to be a L.T.D. company and became a subsudialy of "The Gramophone Co. Ltd." which was owned by EMI. This merger meant yet another label change occurred and previous "Parlophone Co. Ltd." rims where replaced with the new "Gramophone" rims.
It was the first E.P. to name The GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. along the outer rim.
"The Beatles Million Sellers" didn't always bear that title, though, as the earliest pressing of the E.P. was titled "BEATLES' GOLDEN DISCS". No covers were ever issued with the title "BEATLES' GOLDEN DISCS", so it's clear they changed the name just after they began pressing disks, and before they printed the cover.
All later pressing of the E.P. have always borne the corrected title "The Beatles' Million Sellers" on the label.



#10-2 The Beatles' Million Sellers (Pye Contract Press "Solid Center": GEP 8946)
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TITLE
The Beatles' Million Sellers (BEATLES' GOLDEN DISCS)
TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney)
I Want To Hold Your Hand (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2
Can't Buy Me Love (Lennon-McCartney)
I Feel Fine (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
1965/Pye Contract Press
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BACK --> Click!
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve sleeve label label label
FRONT & BACK COVER CLOSE UP
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
cover cover "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD." was printed under the "Parlophone logo". cover Wrap-around cover with a die-cut insert tab cut at the side of sleeve. Printer name was not printed.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label Pye "Solid Center" Contract Pressing: (According to "BeatlesCollecting.co.uk")
1: There is no tax code around the center hole on either side of the disc.
2: The first, inner ridge is approximately 10mm out from the center hole.
3: The second, outer ridge is approximately 2.5mm out from the inner ridge and 12.5mm out from the center hole. It is 26mm in from the edge of the label.
4: A third smoother embankment-like ridge surrounds the outer ridge and is approximately 2mm out from the outer ridge and 14.5mm out from the center hole. It is 24mm in from the edge of the label.
5: A hand-etched letter has been scratched in at the 3 o'clock position. This does NOT appear on the Decca contract pressings.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label The Pye contract pressing has
(1) capitalized GRAMOPHONE rims,
(2) "(P) 1963" statement
(4) "SOLD IN U.K." statement
label label
label Matrix suffixed with "1" on both side.
This E.P. was titled "BEATLES' GOLDEN DISCS"
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER GEP-8946
RECORD LABEL
Black/yellow Parlophone label with silver print: Type-4
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No.
SIDE 1 7TCE 888 - 1
SIDE 2 7TCE 889 - 1
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME COVER THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD.
LABEL THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
LABEL CENTER
Solid center: Pye Contract Press
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1 NORTHERN SONGS NCB
SIDE 2 NORTHERN SONGS NCB
COVER FORM
Single type
Laminated rounded upper and lower rear flaps with a die-cut insert tab cut at the side on the back.
PRINTER CREDIT
-
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Photo: Robert Whitaker / Notes: none
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS
The Beatles' 10th E.P.
Back in the 60's EMI had a limited record pressing power, and the Beatles were so popular that they simply could not cope with the demand that the fans were putting on them to get the copies out and into the shops. Purchases meant profit, and fans having to wait for EMI to catch up with demand meant a loss of earnings. Because of this, EMI decided to approach rival production companies with batch orders for them to press to help keep on top of things.

The Pye contract press is much more difficult to find than was once thought.
"Golden Discs" EP Pye Pressing were manufactured two ways: both with and without the push-out center.
(According to "BeatlesCollecting.co.uk")



#10-3 The Beatles' Million Sellers (Pye Contract Press "Push-out Center": GEP 8946)
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TITLE
The Beatles' Million Sellers (BEATLES' GOLDEN DISCS)
TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1
She Loves You (Lennon-McCartney)
I Want To Hold Your Hand (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2
Can't Buy Me Love (Lennon-McCartney)
I Feel Fine (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
1965/Pye Contract Press
FRONT --> Click!
BACK --> Click!
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve sleeve label label label
FRONT & BACK COVER CLOSE UP
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
cover cover "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD." was printed under the "Parlophone logo". cover Wrap-around cover with a die-cut insert tab cut at the side of sleeve. Printer name was not printed.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label Pye "Push-out Center"Contract Pressing: (According to "BeatlesCollecting.co.uk")
1: There is no tax code around the center hole on either side of the disk.
2: The ridge is approximately 2.5mm in from the edge of the push-out center or approximately 10mm out from the center hole.
3: The secondary ridge runs right on the very edge next to the triangular center attachments. You can only see a second ridge at the base of these triangular shapes and extremely flush against the edge gap, whereas on the Decca disks this ridge is clearly visible around the extreme edge rim of the pushout section. This is consistent with all Decca and Pye disks.
4: The gap between the push-out center and the main body of the disk is approximately 2.25mm.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label The Pye contract pressing has
(1) capitalized GRAMOPHONE rims,
(2) "(P) 1963" statement
(4) "SOLD IN U.K." statement
label label
label Matrix suffixed with "1" on both side.
This E.P. was titled "BEATLES' GOLDEN DISCS"
OTHER ITEM
-

CATALOG NUMBER GEP-8946
RECORD LABEL
Black/yellow Parlophone label with silver print: Type-4
MIX
MONO
MATRIX No.
SIDE 1 7TCE 888 - 1
SIDE 2 7TCE 889 - 1
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME COVER THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD.
LABEL THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
LABEL CENTER
Push-out center: Pye Contract Press
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1 NORTHERN SONGS NCB
SIDE 2 NORTHERN SONGS NCB
COVER FORM
Single type
Laminated rounded upper and lower rear flaps with a die-cut insert tab cut at the side on the back.
PRINTER CREDIT
-
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Photo: Robert Whitaker / Notes: none
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS
The Beatles' 10th E.P.
Back in the 60's EMI had a limited record pressing power, and the Beatles were so popular that they simply could not cope with the demand that the fans were putting on them to get the copies out and into the shops. Purchases meant profit, and fans having to wait for EMI to catch up with demand meant a loss of earnings. Because of this, EMI decided to approach rival production companies with batch orders for them to press to help keep on top of things.

The Pye contract press is much more difficult to find than was once thought.
"Golden Discs" EP Pye Pressing were manufactured two ways: both with and without the push-out center.
(According to "BeatlesCollecting.co.uk")



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