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12. Paperback Writer / Rain (R 5452)
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Black Parlophone Label
  • #12-1 Demonstration Record
  • #12-2 Factory Sample
  • #12-3 Black Parlophone /THE GRAMOPHONE rim Type-1
  • #12-4 Black Parlophone /THE GRAMOPHONE rim Type-2
  • #12-5 Black Parlophone /THE GRAMOPHONE rim / Solid Center
  • #12-6 Black Parlophone /THE GRAMOPHONE rim / without SOLD IN U.K.



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#12 Paperback Writer / Rain (R 5452)
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Released: 10 June 1966 (UK), 30 May 1966 (US)
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"Disc And Music Echo" 4th June 1966
Paperback Writer
Written by: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: 13, 14 April 1966
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick
Paul McCartney: vocals, lead guitar, bass
John Lennon: backing vocals, tambourine
George Harrison: backing vocals, rhythm guitar
Ringo Starr: drums
Rain
Written by: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: 14, 16 April 1966
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick
John Lennon: vocals, guitar
Paul McCartney: backing vocals, bass
George Harrison: backing vocals, guitar
Ringo Starr: drums, tambourine





The Beatles' 12th Parlophone single was their lowest-seller since Love Me Do.
Paperback Writer single - United KingdomPaperback Writer was The Beatles' first single not to be a love song, and although the subject matter may not have been a significant hit with the public, it showcased their growing maturity as songwriters. Paul McCartney created the fictional tale of an aspiring writer, and with the rest of the group created a bluesy, bass-driven sound that was quite unlike any of their previous singles.
Its b-side, Rain was perhaps even more ambitious. Written by John Lennon, it was inspired by LSD and the feelings of introspection it inspired, and boasted a coda featuring - for the first time on a Beatles record - backwards vocals.
The single was released as Parlophone R5452, and entered the UK singles charts on 16 June 1966. One week later it reached the number one spot, where it remained for a second week. In all it spent 11 weeks on the charts.
(from "The Beatles Bible")


#12-1 Paperback Writer / Rain (Demonstration Record: R 5452)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1 Paperback Writer (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2 Rain (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
Demonstration Record (First Press: 10th June. 1966)
SLEEVE:FRONT SLEEVE:BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve SLEEVE allyou baby_youre disk
LABEL CLOSE UP
SIDE 1 SIDE 2 White label with black ink and, on the A-side, a large red "A" over the face of the label.
label label
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label "The Gramophone Co. Ltd. (small letter)" was printed at the perimeter.

The "(P)-1966" statement was printed at the left part of the label.
SIDE 1 SIDE 2
label label
This label contains the running times.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Displayed the intended release date "27th May 1966" at the center of the label.

Push-out center, tax code is "K,T"
SIDE 1 SIDE 2
label label
Matrix suffixed with "2" on both side.
OTHER ITEM
With a "FACTORY SAMPLE" sticker

CATALOG NUMBER
R 5452
LABEL
Parlophone Demonstration Label
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7XCE 18380 - 2
SIDE 2 7XCE 18381 - 2
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
The Gramophone Co. Ltd. (small letter)
CENTER
Push-out center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
-
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1
NORTHERN SONGS
SIDE 2
NORTHERN SONGS
PRODUCER
George Martin
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Green sleeve type-5B :Wavy cut at top.
"TRADE MARK OF THE GRAMOPHONE CO LTD." below the Parlophone logo on front. "6'- to 50'-" tokens on front.
"Morphy-Rechards Offer" advert on back.
Glued left and right.
COMMENTS
White label with black ink and, on the A-side, a large red "A" over the face of the label.
  • "The Gramophone Co. Ltd. (small letter)" on its outer rim.
  • Have a (P) symbol under the publisher's name.
  • Displayed the intended release date at the center of the label.
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, Can't Buy Me Love, I Feel Fine, 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"

"Paperback Writer" is marked by the boosted bass guitar sound throughout. McCartney achieved this effect by "using a loudspeaker as a microphone and positioning it in front of the bass speaker."



#12-2 Paperback Writer / Rain (Factory Sample: R5452)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1 Paperback Writer (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2 Rain (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
Factory Sample (First Press: 10th June. 1966)
SLEEVE:FRONT SLEEVE:BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve SLEEVE allyou baby_youre disk
LABEL CLOSE UP
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 "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)" was printed at the perimeter.
The "(P)-1966" statement was printed at the left part of the label.
SIDE 1 SIDE 2
label label
Matrix suffixed with "2" on both side.
OTHER ITEM
With a "FACTORY SAMPLE" sticker

CATALOG NUMBER
R 5452
LABEL
Silver Parlophone (logo: small type)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7XCE 18380 - 2
SIDE 2 7XCE 18381 - 2
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
CENTER
Push-out center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
SIDE 2
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
PRODUCER
George Martin
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Green sleeve type-5B :Wavy cut at top.
"TRADE MARK OF THE GRAMOPHONE CO LTD." below the Parlophone logo on front. "6'- to 50'-" tokens on front.
"Morphy-Rechards Offer" advert on back.
Glued left and right.
COMMENTS
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 label was with capitalized printing of "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD." at the perimeter, and a smaller Parlophone logo.
It has the central remark "SOLD IN UK...", and the "(P) 1966" statement.
Has the "NORTHERN SONGS, NCB" credits on the label.



#12-3 Paperback Writer / Rain (1st. Press "different typeface: type-1": R 5452)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1 Paperback Writer (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2 Rain (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
10th June. 1966/First Press
SLEEVE:FRONT SLEEVE:BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve sleeve allyou baby_youre disk
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)" was printed at the perimeter.

The "(P)-1966" statement was printed at the left part of the label.

It has the central remark "SOLD IN UK..."
Push-out center, tax code is "K,T"
LABEL CLOSE UP
label Has the "NORTHERN SONGS, NCB" credits on the label. label label Matrix suffixed with "2" on both side.
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER
R 5452
LABEL
Silver Parlophone (logo: small type)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7XCE 18380 - 2
SIDE 2 7XCE 18381 - 2
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
CENTER
Push-out center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
SIDE 2
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
PRODUCER
George Martin
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Green sleeve type-5C : Wavy cut at top.
"TRADE MARK OF THE GRAMOPHONE CO LTD." below the Parlophone logo on front. "6'- to 50'-" tokens on front. "Fran The Fan, Dear Miss Brown" in her latest episode advert on back.
Glued left and right.
COMMENTS
The first label was with capitalized printing of "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD." at the perimeter, and a smaller Parlophone logo.
It has the central remark "SOLD IN UK...", and the "(P) 1966" statement.



#12-4 Paperback Writer / Rain (1st. Press "different typeface: type-2": R 5452)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1 Paperback Writer (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2 Rain (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
10th June. 1966/First Press
SLEEVE:FRONT SLEEVE:BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve sleeve allyou baby_youre disk
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)" was printed at the perimeter.

The "(P)-1966" statement was printed at the left part of the label.

It has the central remark "SOLD IN UK..."
Push-out center, tax code is "K,T"
LABEL CLOSE UP
#12-3 label label label label
#12-4 (=this record) label label label label
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Matrix No.
Side-1: 7XCE 18380-2
Side-2: 7XCE 18381-2
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER
R 5452
LABEL
Silver Parlophone (logo: small type)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7XCE 18380 - 2
SIDE 2 7XCE 18381 - 2
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
CENTER
Push-out center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
SIDE 2
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
PRODUCER
George Martin
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Green sleeve type-6A : Wavy cut at top.
with green Parlophone logo and "Miners" advertisement on the back. The price for the EMI record tokens was "7'3- to 50'-" on this sleeve.
Glued bottom and right.
COMMENTS
The first label was with capitalized printing of "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD." at the perimeter, and a smaller Parlophone logo.
It has the central remark "SOLD IN UK...", and the "(P) 1966" statement.

#12-3 and #12-4 (=this record) pressing of the single differ from each other, since #12-4. press of the label, has a different  typeface in the text of the record's label compared with #12-3. press.



#12-5 Paperback Writer / Rain (2nd. Press "Solid Center": R 5452)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1 Paperback Writer (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2 Rain (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
1967 / Second Press
SLEEVE:FRONT SLEEVE:BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve sleeve allyou label disk
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)" was printed at the perimeter.
The "(P)-1966" statement was printed at the left part of the label.
With the solid center and have the central remark "SOLD IN UK..."
The embossed letter (tax code) is none.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label Has the "NORTHERN SONGS, NCB" credits on the label. label label Matrix suffixed with "2" on both side.
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER
R 5452
LABEL
Silver Parlophone (logo: small type)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7XCE 18380 - 2
SIDE 2 7XCE 18381 - 2
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
CENTER
Solid center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
SIDE 2
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
PRODUCER
George Martin
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Green sleeve type-6B : Wavy cut at top.
"TRADE MARK OF THE GRAMOPHONE CO LTD." below the Parlophone logo on front.
"Miners" advertisement on the back.
The price for the EMI record tokens was "7'3- to 50'-" on this sleeve.
Glued bottom and right.
COMMENTS
Second Press. This label is solid center type only.
With capitalized printing of "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD." at the perimeter, and a smaller Parlophone logo.
It has the central remark "SOLD IN UK...", and the "(P) 1966" statement.

Has the "NORTHERN SONGS, NCB" credits on the label. 



#12-6 Paperback Writer / Rain (3rd. Press "without SOLD IN U.K.": R 5452)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1 Paperback Writer (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2 Rain (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
1969? / Third Press
SLEEVE:FRONT SLEEVE:BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve sleeve allyou label disk
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)" was printed at the perimeter.
The "(P)-1966" statement was printed at the left part of the label.
With the push-out center and was removed the central remark "SOLD IN UK..."
The embossed letter (tax code) is none.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label Has the "NORTHERN SONGS, NCB" credits on the label. label label Matrix suffixed with "2" on both side.
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER
R 5452
LABEL
Silver Parlophone (logo: small type)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 7XCE 18380 - 2
SIDE 2 7XCE 18381 - 2
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
CENTER
Push-out center
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
-
PUBLISHER'S NAME
SIDE 1
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
SIDE 2
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
PRODUCER
George Martin
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Green sleeve type-9B : Tab cut at top. Glued bottom and right.
"TRADE MARK OF THE GRAMOPHONE CO LTD." below the Parlophone logo on front. "EMI LPs" advert on back, issued in which advertised the latest EMI albums, including the Beatles own "SGT. Peppers". 
COMMENTS
This label is with push-out center type.
The "Sold in U.K." text has gone from the label.
Beginning in 1964, Parlophone (and all the other EMI companies) began printing a phrase in the centers of all their singles, EP's and LP's, which said:

SOLD IN U.K. SUBJECT TO
RESALE PRICE CONDITIONS,
SEE PRICE LISTS.

This notice appears on the labels of every UK market EMI product, from very early 1964, right through mid-1969.

Has the "NORTHERN SONGS, NCB" credits on the label. 



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