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16. Hello, Goodbye / I Am The Walrus (R 5655)
(Update: 24th. November 2017)

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Black Parlophone Label
  • #16-1 Demonstration Record
  • #16-2 Factory Sample
  • #16-3 Push-out Center Type-1
  • #16-4 Push-out Center Type-2
  • #16-5 Solid Center
  • #16-6 Decca Contract Press Type-1
  • #16-7 Decca Contract Press Type-2
  • #16-8 French Contract Press / Solid Center
  • #16-9 French Contract Press / Push-out Center



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

#16-1 Hello, Goodbye / I Am The Walrus (Demonstration Record: R 5655)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1: Hello, Goodbye (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2: I Am The Walrus (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
Demonstration Record (First Press:24th November. 1967)
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 Lime-green label with black ink and, on the A-side, a large white "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, and "DEMONSTRATION RECORD" was on the label.Has the "NORTHERN SONGS" credits on the label. label Displayed the intended release date "24th November 1967" at the center of the label.

Push-out center, tax code is "K,T"
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label label
The words "From the Television film 'Magical Mystery Tour'" was printed on the Side-2. SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Matrix No.:
7XCE 18433 - 1
Matrix No.:
7XCE 18434 - 1
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER
R 5655
LABEL
Parlophone Demonstration Label (Lime-green Label)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. Side1 7XCE 18433 - 1
Side2 7XCE 18434 - 1
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
Side1
NORTHERN SONGS
Side2
NORTHERN SONGS
PRODUCER
George Martin
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Green sleeve type-6A : 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
Lime-green label with black ink and, on the A-side, a large white "A" over the face of the label.
  • "The Gramophone 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, 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"



#16-2 Hello, Goodbye / I Am The Walrus (Factory Sample": R 5655)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1: Hello, Goodbye (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2: I Am The Walrus (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
Factory Sample (First Press: 24th November. 1967)
SLEEVE:FRONT SLEEVE:BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve SLEEVE allyou baby_youre disk
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label The "PARLOPHONE" logomark is small type.
With a "FACTORY SAMPLE NOT FOR SALE" sticker on the label of side-1.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)" was printed at the perimeter.
The "(P)-1967" statement was printed at the left part of the label.
It has the central remark "SOLD IN UK..."
Solid center.
The embossed letter (tax code) is none.
LABEL CLOSE UP
#16-2 (=this record)
(1 line)
#16-3
(1 line)
The words "From the Television film "Magical Mystery Tour" credit  is different.
label label
LABEL CLOSE UP
label Song writer's credit was Sans-serif printing type. label label Matrix suffixed with "1" on both side.
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER
R 5655
LABEL
Silver Parlophone (logo: small type)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. Side1 7XCE 18433 - 1
Side2 7XCE 18434 - 1
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
CENTER
Solid center
AL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
Side1
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
Side2
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
PRODUCER
George Martin
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Green sleeve type-6A : 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
This EMI Factory Sample copy of  "Hello, Goodbye / I Am The Walrus" was sent to radio station as a promo just prior to the disc's release in November 1967.

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) 1967" statement.
Has the credit to George Martin as the Producer.
(*same label as "16-5")

The words "From the Television film 'Magical Mystery Tour'" (1 line) was printed on the Side-2.



#16-3 Hello, Goodbye / I Am The Walrus (1st. Press "Push-out Center type-1": R 5655)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1: Hello, Goodbye (Lennon, McCartney)
SIDE 2: I Am The Walrus (Lennon, McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
24th November. 1967/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)-1967" 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
#16-3 (=this record)
(2 lines)
#16-2
(1 line)
The words "From the Television film "Magical Mystery Tour" credit  is different.
label label
LABEL CLOSE UP
label Song writer's credit was Roman printing type. label label Matrix suffixed with "1" on both side.
OTHER ITEM
-

CATALOG NUMBER
R 5655
LABEL
Silver Parlophone (logo: small type)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. Side1 7XCE 18433 - 1
Side2 7XCE 18434 - 1
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
CENTER
Push-out center
AL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
Side1
NORTHERN SONGS NCB
Side2
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
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) 1967" statement.
Has the credit to George Martin as the Producer.

The words "From the Television film 'Magical Mystery Tour'" (2 lines) was printed on the Side-2.

This single was manufactured two ways: both with and without the push-out center.
It has been said that EMI had to ask some other company (ex. Decca) to press this single.



#16-4 Hello, Goodbye / I Am The Walrus (1st. Press "Push-out Center type-2": R 5655)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1: Hello, Goodbye (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2: I Am The Walrus (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
24th November. 1967/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)-1967" 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
#16-4 (=this record)
(1 line)
#16-3
(2 lines)
The words "From the Television film "Magical Mystery Tour" credit  is different.
label label
LABEL CLOSE UP
label Has the "NORTHERN SONGS, NCB" credits on the label. label label Matrix suffixed with "1" on both side.
OTHER ITEM
-

CATALOG NUMBER
R 5655
LABEL
Silver Parlophone (logo: small type)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. Side1 7XCE 18433 - 1
Side2 7XCE 18434 - 1
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
CENTER
Push-out center
AL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
Side1
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
Side2
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
PRODUCER
George Martin
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Green sleeve type-6A : 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
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) 1967" statement.
Has the credit to George Martin as the Producer.

The words "From the Television film 'Magical Mystery Tour'" (1 line) was printed on the Side-2.

This single was manufactured two ways: both with and without the push-out center.
It has been said that EMI had to ask some other company (ex. Decca) to press this single.



#16-5 Hello, Goodbye / I Am The Walrus (1st. Press "Solid Center": R 5655)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1: Hello, Goodbye (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2: I Am The Walrus (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
24th November. 1967/First Press
SLEEVE:FRONT SLEEVE:BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve SLEEVE label label disk
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)" was printed at the perimeter.
The "(P)-1967" 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 label Has the "NORTHERN SONGS, NCB" credits on the label.
The words "From the Television film 'Magical Mystery Tour'" was printed on the Side-2.
SIDE 1 SIDE 2
label label
Matrix suffixed with "1" on both side.
OTHER ITEM
-

CATALOG NUMBER
R 5655
LABEL
Silver Parlophone (logo: small type)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. Side1 7XCE 18433 - 1
Side2 7XCE 18434 - 1
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
CENTER
Solid center
AL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
Side1
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
Side2
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
PRODUCER
George Martin
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
E.M.I. Records color sleeve type-8C (wavy cut type-B)
"E.M.I. RECORDS (THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY LTD)" below the EMI logo on back.
"5/- to 30/-" tokens on back.
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) 1967" statement.
Has the credit to George Martin as the Producer.

This single was manufactured two ways: both with and without the push-out center.
It has been said that EMI had to ask some other company (ex. Decca) to press this single.



#16-6 Hello, Goodbye / I Am The Walrus (Decca Contract Press type-1: R 5655)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1: Hello, Goodbye (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2: I Am The Walrus (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
1967?/Decca Contract Press
SLEEVE:FRONT SLEEVE:BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve SLEEVE allyou baby_youre disk
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Decca contract pressing:
1: No tax code is evident in the push-out centre on either side of the disk.
2: The ridge is approximately 2.5mm in from the edge of the push-out centre, or 10mm from the center hole.
3: There is a second lighter ridge that is approximately 0.5mm in from the edge of the push-out center.
4: The gap between the push-out centre and the body of the disc is approximately 2.5mm wide.
(According to "TheBeatlesCollection")
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label label
Has the "NORTHERN SONGS, NCB" credits on the label. Matrix suffixed with "1" on both side. The words "From the Television film 'Magical Mystery Tour'" (1 line) was printed on the Side-2.
OTHER ITEM
-

CATALOG NUMBER
R 5655
LABEL
Silver Parlophone (logo: small type)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. Side1 7XCE 18433 - 1
Side2 7XCE 18434 - 1
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
CENTER
Push-out center: Decca contract pressing type-1
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
Side1
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
Side2
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
PRODUCER
George Martin
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
Green sleeve type-7B : Wavy cut Type-B at top.
"TRADE MARK OF THE GRAMOPHONE CO LTD." below the Parlophone logo on front.
"7'3- to 50'-" tokens on front.
Glued bottom and right.
COMMENTS
Decca contract pressing: The label, there are two typesetting variations.

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.

Decca were also the only company that also helped with the production of the Beatles' first two albums.



#16-7 Hello, Goodbye / I Am The Walrus (Decca Contract Press type-2: R 5655)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1: Hello, Goodbye (Lennon, McCartney)
SIDE 2: I Am The Walrus (Lennon, McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
1967?/Decca Contract Press
SLEEVE:FRONT SLEEVE:BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK --> Click!
sleeve SLEEVE allyou baby_youre disk
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Decca contract pressing:
1: No tax code is evident in the push-out centre on either side of the disk.
2: The ridge is approximately 2.5mm in from the edge of the push-out centre, or 10mm from the center hole.
3: There is a second lighter ridge that is approximately 0.5mm in from the edge of the push-out center.
4: The gap between the push-out centre and the body of the disc is approximately 2.5mm wide.
(According to "TheBeatlesCollection")
LABEL CLOSE UP
#16-6 #16-7 (=this record) Song writer's credit  is different.
label label
LABEL CLOSE UP
#16-6 #16-7 (=this record) Publisher's credit  is different. SIDE 1 SIDE 2
label label label label
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER
R 5655
LABEL
Silver Parlophone (logo: small type)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. Side1 7XCE 18433 - 1
Side2 7XCE 18434 - 1
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
CENTER
Push-out center: Decca contract pressing type-2
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
Side1
NORTHERN SONGS NCB
Side2
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
Decca contract pressing: The label, there are two typesetting variations.

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.

Decca were also the only company that also helped with the production of the Beatles' first two albums.



#16-8 Hello, Goodbye / I Am The Walrus (French Contract Press "Solid Center": R 5655)
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TRACK LISTING
SIDE 1: Hello, Goodbye (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2: I Am The Walrus (Lennon-McCartney)
RELEASE DATE
1968? / French contract 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 statement "MADE IN FRANCE" was printed at the bottom of the label. "THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)" was printed at the perimeter.The "(P)-1967" statement was printed at the left part of the label.
It has the central remark "SOLD IN UK..."
Without the push-out center (Solid center).
The embossed letter (tax code) is none.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label label label
Has the "NORTHERN SONGS, NCB" credits on the label. The words "From the Television film 'Magical Mystery Tour'" was printed on the Side-2. SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Matrix suffixed with "1" Matrix suffixed with "1" and "M3 25C672" on side 2.
OTHER ITEM
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CATALOG NUMBER
R 5655
LABEL
Silver Parlophone (logo: small type)
MIX
Mono
MATRIX No. Side1 7XCE 18433 - 1
Side2 7XCE 18434 - 1 & M3 25C672
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
THE GRAMOPHONE CO. LTD. (capital letter)
CENTER
Solid Center: Path´ arconi Contract Pressing
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K..."
YES
PUBLISHER'S NAME
Side1
NORTHERN SONGS, NCB
Side2
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
In 1967 a small number of copies of 'Hello Goodbye' appeared which featured a 'Made in France' credit rather than the standard 'Made in Gt. Britain'. It transpired that EMI contracted the Path´ Marconi plant in France to press a small run of copies to be sent back into the UK and sold. There are two possible reasons why this happened - the first could be that as usual demand was overwhelming, and since Oriole had since been sold to CBS only Decca was initially available to help them out. However, because this was insufficient EMI sub-contracted their French plant to help keep on top of things. Another reason could be because there was currently an oil crisis going in that meant that the production of vinyl became incredibly expensive in the UK, and so EMI asked France to press a small run to help keep costs down. Maybe it was even a tax thing? Regardless of the reason the French copies of Hello Goodbye are today quite hard to find.
(According to "TheBeatlesCollection")

The French contract pressings were manufactured two ways: both with and without the push-out center.



#16-9 Hello, Goodbye / I Am The Walrus (French Contract Press "Push-out Center": R 5655)
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