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07. A Hard Day's Night / Things We Said Today (R 5160)
(Update: 24th. November 2017)

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Black Parlophone Label
  • #7-1 Demonstration Record
  • #7-2 Factory Sample
  • #7-3 Black Parlophone
  • #7-4 Black Parlophone /Unknown Press / Export Issue?



Notice* Click the disk of each single, so you can see the large picture image.

#7-1 A Hard Day's Night / Things We Said Today (Demonstration Record: R 5160)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1 A Hard Day's Night (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2 Things We Said Today (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
Demonstration Record (First Press: 10th July. 1964)
SLEEVE:FRONT SLEEVE:BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve SLEEVE please label disk
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SIDE 1 SIDE 2 White label with black ink and, on both sides, a large red "A" over the face of the label.
label label
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label label label label label
"The Parlophone Co. Ltd. (small letter)" was printed at the perimeter, and "DEMONSTRATION RECORD" was on the label.
Push-out center, tax code is none.
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Catalog No. "R 5160"  was printed at the right side of the label. Credited to movie title "from the film of the same name". Matrix suffixed with "1N" on both side.
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER
R 5160
LABEL
Parlophone Demonstration Label
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7XCE 17714 - 1N
SIDE 2 7XCE 17715 - 1N
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
The Parlophone Co. Ltd. (small letter)
CENTER
Push-out center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
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PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1
NORTHERN SONGS
SIDE 2
NORTHERN SONGS
PRODUCER
George Martin
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Top Pop Record Sleeve type-B : Blue sleeve with black ink.
*this sleeve is replica.
COMMENTS
White label with black ink and, on the A-side, a large red "A" over the face of the label.
This demo single had the red A on both labels instead of just the A-Side.
  • "The Parlophone Co. Ltd. (small letter)" on its outer rim.
  • "DEMONSTRATION RECORD" and "NOT FOR SALE" were printed at the bellow of the Parlohone logo.
Made for both radio and for the record shops, all U.K. Parlophone and Apple 7" Beatles singles had promotional Records.
A Promo is always a copy of the exact performance and mix that is to be sold in the record shops. It is pressed from the very same plates used to make the commercially-available 45rpm singles.

The first 12 Beatles singles, from "Love Me Do" trough "Paperback Writer"(*)  all had promo's on white-label disks with black ink and, on the Aside, a large red "A" over the face of the label.
Records like "Day tripper/We Can Work It Out", issued as double-A-sided disks, had the red "A" on both sides of the record label.

* excepted for "She Loves You, I Feel Fine, Can't Buy Me Love, and Help!"
EMI did not prepare a demonstration record for these records.

Beginning with "All You Need Is Love (**)", Promo's were made with a lime-green background and a White "A" on the intended Aside.
These lime -green promo's had slightly-smaller labels, so the labels fit within the circle of ridges surrounding the label area, instead of overlapping onto them, as the previous promo's did.

**  EMI did not prepare a demonstration record for "Strawberry Fields Forever"

Demo copies of EMI records were issued in "Top Pop" sleeves.
Demo's from "Love Me Do" untill "A Hard Day's Night" would have featured a blue, yellow or red sleeve.

This copies was credited to movie title "from the film of the same name", but commercial issue was credited the title "from film of same name" (without 'the') .



#7-2 A Hard Day's Night / Things We Said Today (Factory Sample: R 5160)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1 A Hard Day's Night (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2 Things We Said Today (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
Factory Sample (First Press: 10th July. 1964)
SLEEVE:FRONT SLEEVE:BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve SLEEVE hard hard disk
LABEL CLOSE UP
label "The Parlophone Co. Ltd. (small letter)" was printed at the perimeter.
The "Recording first published 1964 (small letter)" statement was printed at the left part of the label.
label label
It has the central remark "SOLD IN UK..."
Push-out center, tax code is "K, T"
With a "FACTORY SAMPLE" sticker on the label of side-1.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label label label
This label type don't have the "NCB" credit. The words "from film of same name" was printed on the Side-1. The "t" in "MADE IN Gt. BRITAIN" text is small letter. SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Matrix suffixed with "1N" on both side.
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER
R 5160
LABEL
Silver Parlophone (logo: large type)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7XCE 17714 - 1N
SIDE 2 7XCE 17715 - 1N
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
The Parlophone Co. Ltd. (small letter)
CENTER
Push-out center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1
NORTHERN SONGS MUSIC LTD.
SIDE 2
NORTHERN SONGS MUSIC LTD.
PRODUCER
George Martin
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Green sleeve type-1A : Straight cut at top and "6'- to 50'-" on back.
Company name is "Electric & Musical Industries Ltd" on the back cover.
Inside glued.
COMMENTS
This genuine EMI Factory Sample copy of "A Hard Day's Night / Things We Said Today" was sent to BBC broadcaster / DJ Geoffrey Wheeler as a promo just prior to the disc's release in July 1964.

Both labels carry the "Sold in UK..." text with "The Parlophone Co.." rim texts.
A genuine EMI red & white "Factory Sample - Not For Sale" sticker is adhered to the "A Hard Day's Night" label.
After the test pressings were approved, and copies were run with the promo labels on them, the printer then loaded the machines with the proper labels for the disk's standard release. Then samples were taken from possibly each press machine making the records, and affixed with a sticker (red ink on white) and checked for quality. Except for the sticker, the disk is exactly as it will be when it is released.

The "KT" purchase tax code is visible in the centre of the "A Hard Day's Night" label.



#7-3 A Hard Day's Night / Things We Said Today (1st. Press: R 5160)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1 A Hard Day's Night (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2 Things We Said Today (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
10th July. 1964/First Press
SLEEVE:FRONT SLEEVE:BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve SLEEVE hard hard disk
LABEL CLOSE UP
label "The Parlophone Co. Ltd. (small letter)" was printed at the perimeter.
The "Recording first published 1964 (small letter)" statement was printed at the left part of the label.
label label It has the central remark "SOLD IN UK..."

Push-out center,
tax code is "K, T"
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label label label
This label type don't have the "NCB" credit. The words "from film of same name" was printed on the Side-1. The "t" in "MADE IN Gt. BRITAIN" text is small letter. SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Matrix suffixed with "1N" on both side.
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER
R 5160
LABEL
Silver Parlophone (logo: large type)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7XCE 17714 - 1N
SIDE 2 7XCE 17715 - 1N
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
The Parlophone Co. Ltd. (small letter)
CENTER
Push-out center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1
NORTHERN SONGS MUSIC LTD.
SIDE 2
NORTHERN SONGS MUSIC LTD.
PRODUCER
George Martin
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Green sleeve type-2A :Wavy cut at top.
EMI logo was added in rectangular box on front.
"TRADE MARK OF THE PARLOPHONE CO LTD." below the Parlophone logo on front.
The copies of "Read the RECORD MAIL" were 6 lines. "6'- to 50'-" tokens on back.
Glued left and right.
COMMENTS
The earliest label has a characteristic credit in a small letter at the perimeter with reads "The Parlophone Co. Ltd."
The next label with capitalized printing of "THE PARLOPHONE CO. LTD." at the perimeter.
It has the central remark "SOLD IN UK..."



#7-4 A Hard Day's Night / Things We Said Today (Unknown Press / Export Issue?: R 5160)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1 A Hard Day's Night (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2 Things We Said Today (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
1964? / Unknown Press (Export issue?)
SLEEVE:FRONT SLEEVE:BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve SLEEVE hard hard disk
LABEL CLOSE UP
label "THE PARLOPHONE CO LTD. (capital letter)" was printed at the perimeter.
The "RECORDING FIRST PUBLISHED 1964 (capital letter)" statement was printed at the left part of the label.
label label It has the central remark "SOLD IN UK..."

Push-out center,
tax code is "K, T"
LABEL CLOSE UP
label The fonts are all over the place and the composer names in capital letter look strange. label label
SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Matrix suffixed with "1N" on both side.
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER
R 5160
LABEL
Silver Parlophone (logo:  small type)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7XCE 17714 - 1N
SIDE 2 7XCE 17715 - 1N
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
THE PARLOPHONE CO LTD (capital letter)
CENTER
Push-out center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1
NORTHERN SONGS MUSIC LTD.
SIDE 2
NORTHERN SONGS MUSIC LTD.
PRODUCER
George Martin
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Green sleeve type-1A : Straight cut at top and "6'- to 50'-" on back.
Company name is "Electric & Musical Industries Ltd" on the back cover.
Inside glued.
COMMENTS
Looks like an export of some kind. Blank labels would have been sent out to the other country, with an indication of what was printed on the British labels. The fonts are unlike anything EMI used in-house. It's definitely not a counterfeit, but it's likely foreign. They just didn't care about the "Sold in UK" statement and left it on.



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