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#01. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (8X-PCS 7027)
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#1 "8 Track Slot Stereo" Release Information Sheet (February 1968)
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8-Track Cartridge Release Information Sheet (Feb. 1968)
images It was announced in September 1967 that EMI Records had entered into an agreement with University Recording Limited, whereby the latter would manufacture and distribute EMI 8-Track 'Slot Stereo' Tape Record Cartridges in the United Kingdom.
The first 21 UK-manufactured EMI tape cartridges in the 8-Track configuration are now ready and include The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin, Matt Monro, The Seekers and Nancy Wilson, as well as the original film soundtracks of Oklahoma and The King & I and a selection of classical recordings. Slot Stereo tapes retail at 2. 0. 0d. each for single length cartridges and 3. 10. Od. each for double length cartridges.
SHEET FRONT CLOSE UP
images The date this sheet was printed (February 1968) is written on the bottom left of the back.
 


#1-1 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1st. Issue? "Color Paper Label on Brown Shell": 8X-PCS 7027)
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TITLE
SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
CATALOG NUMBER 8X-PCS 7027
RELEASE DATE
October or November 1969 / First Issue?
TRACK LISTING PROGRAM 1 PROGRAM 3
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [A1]
Within You Without You [B1]
With A Little Help From My Friends [A2]
A Day In The Life [B6]
Fixing A Hole[A5]  
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite [A7]
PROGRAM 2
 PROGRAM 4
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds[A3] When I'm Sixty Four [B2]
Getting Better[A4] Lovely Rita [B3]
She's Leaving Home [A6] Good Morning Good Morning [B4]

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) [B5]

(Sgt.Pepper Inner Groove)
CASSETTE CASE
AND
TAPE

CASE FRONT CASE BACK TAPE FRONT TAPE BACK
Released in generic cardboard EMI case
(Sorry, I don't have it)
Released in generic cardboard EMI case
(Sorry, I don't have it)
label label

label
cardboard EMI case (maybe) The first UK issue of "Sgt. Peppers" has color paper label with brown shell.
INLAY

LABEL: FRONT LABEL: BACK
label label
This cartridge is a brown plastic case with a white paper label affixed to the front face. The four 'programmes' with track listing is printed in black along with the standard color artwork for this album.
With a white paper label affixed to the front face and end. Album title, catalog number, and the four 'programmes' with track listing is printed in black.  
LABEL: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve
The credit "All rights of the manufacturer and of the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorised public performance, broadcasting and copying of this record prohibited." was printed on the label.
LABEL: BACK CLOSE UP
label "3 3/4 ips" (3.75 inches per second) tape speed.
Catalog number "8X-PCS 7027" and the EMI country code (*1) were printed on the label.
sleeve The "(P)-1967" statement was printed at the right corner of the label.
LABEL: BACK CLOSE UP
label label
"E.M.I Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd)" and "Made and Printed in Great Britain" were printed at the bottom of the label.
Parlophone and EMI logomark were printed at the bottom of the label.
LABEL: BACK CLOSE UP
sleeve EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on 8-track tape with re-arranged running orders, the reason for this was that because of the 8-track stereo tapes, it was necessary to adjust the endless tape's four tracks to be approximately the same length. label
Publisher's credit "Northern Songs." was printed on the label.
LABEL: BOTTOM CLOSE UP
label Catalogue number and album title was printed at the end of the label.
OTHER ITEM
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LABEL Color Paper Label with Parlophone logo
MIX STEREO
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME EMI Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd)
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K."
-
RECORDING  PUBLISHED CREDIT (P) 1967
SHELL Brown Shell
CARTRIDGE CASE
Plastic tape protector fitted to the top of the cartridge, and released in generic cardboard EMI case (sorry, I don't have it)
PRINTER CREDIT -
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Stage and Cut out: Peter Blake and Jann Haworth
Photo: Michael Cooper / Wax Figures: Madame Tussauds
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS This cartridge is a brown plastic shell with a white color paper label affixed to the front face. The four 'programmes' with track listing is printed in black along with the standard color artwork for this album.

The 8-track cartridge were issued with a Parlophone logo. 
"IE" catalogue number (*1) in addition to the ordinary "8X-PCS 7027" EMI catalogue number.
The magnetic tape is played at 3 3/4 (3.75) inches per second (twice the speed of a cassette).
Plastic tape protector fitted to the top of the cartridge, and released in generic cardboard EMI case (maybe).

The original versions of this 8-track DID NOT include a version of the "Sgt.Pepper Inner Groove".

The 8 track cartridge format was jointly developed by Ampex Magnetic Company, RCA Records and Lear Jet Company primarily as a dashboard-based music system for the booming car market. The format was launched in the USA in September 1965, with RCA Victor releasing 175 titles and the Ford Motor Company announcing the format as an option on many of its new 1966 car models. Not long after, players designed for the home began to appear, often incorporated into Reel-to-Reel players.

8 track stereo cartridges comprised four parallel pairs of two-channel stereo programmes: tracks 1 and 5 comprised the first section, 2 and 6 the second, 3 and 7 the third, and 4 and 8 the fourth section. Tracks 1 through 4 were heard through the left speaker while tracks 5 through 8 were heard through the right speaker. All four sections were approximately equal in length and played automatically in sequence. The similar section length often meant that albums had to be re-sequenced to fit the medium, or, in some instances, having songs added, edited or repeated. Conversely, it could also result in long periods of silence between sections.

The original Beatles 8 track cartridge release of "Sgt. Peppers" in Oct. or Nov. 1969, through "Abbey Road (Nov. 1969)", "Let It Be (August 1970)", and the first release of most of the other Beatles 8 track albums in Sept. and Oct, 1970, just months after EMI opened their new tape duplicating facilities at Hayes in Middlesex in July, 1970.
EMI UK  commence manufacture of cartridges in November 1969 (maybe).
The cassette and 8-track were released at the same time. (Excluding "Sgt. peppers")
  • Sept. 1970: Rubber Soul, Revolver and A Collection of Beatles Oldies
  • Oct.1970: Please Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Beatles For Sale, and Help!
  • The Beatles White Album was released in August 1971.
  • Magical Mystery Tour (June 1973) and Yellow Submarine (August 1974) were to be first issued under later.

EMI UK  commence manufacture of cartridges in November 1969 (maybe).
As at July 1971, EMI (Australia) offered the following Beatles titles on 8 track cartridge:
  • Abbey Road (UK import 8X-PCS.7088)
  • Hey Jude! (UK import 8X-CPCS.106)
  • Let It Be (UK import 8X-PCS.7096)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (UK import 8X-PCS.7027)
  • Yellow Submarine (US import 8XW-153)

(*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 (1st. Issue? "Color Paper Label on Black Shell": 8X-PCS 7027)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE
SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
CATALOG NUMBER 8X-PCS 7027
RELEASE DATE
October or November 1969 / First Issue?
TRACK LISTING PROGRAM 1 PROGRAM 3
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [A1]
Within You Without You [B1]
With A Little Help From My Friends [A2]
A Day In The Life [B6]
Fixing A Hole[A5]  
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite [A7]
PROGRAM 2
 PROGRAM 4
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds[A3] When I'm Sixty Four [B2]
Getting Better[A4] Lovely Rita [B3]
She's Leaving Home [A6] Good Morning Good Morning [B4]

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) [B5]

(Sgt.Pepper Inner Groove)
CASSETTE CASE
AND
TAPE

CASE FRONT CASE BACK TAPE FRONT TAPE BACK
Released in generic cardboard EMI case
(Sorry, I don't have it)
Released in generic cardboard EMI case
(Sorry, I don't have it)
label label

label
There are NO cartridge cases.
(maybe)
The first UK issue of "Sgt. Peppers" has color paper label with brown shell.
INLAY

LABEL: FRONT LABEL: BACK
label label
This cartridge is a brown plastic case with a white paper label affixed to the front face. The four 'programmes' with track listing is printed in black along with the standard color artwork for this album.
With a white paper label affixed to the front face and end. Album title, catalog number, and the four 'programmes' with track listing is printed in black.  
LABEL: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve
The credit "All rights of the manufacturer and of the owner of the recorded work reserved. Unauthorised public performance, broadcasting and copying of this record prohibited." was printed on the label.
LABEL: BACK CLOSE UP
label "3 3/4 ips" (3.75 inches per second) tape speed.
Catalog number "8X-PCS 7027" and the EMI country code (*1) were printed on the label.
sleeve The "(P)-1967" statement was printed at the right corner of the label.
LABEL: BACK CLOSE UP
label label
"E.M.I Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd)" and "Made and Printed in Great Britain" were printed at the bottom of the label.
Parlophone and EMI logomark were printed at the bottom of the label.
LABEL: BACK CLOSE UP
sleeve EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on 8-track tape with re-arranged running orders, the reason for this was that because of the 8-track stereo tapes, it was necessary to adjust the endless tape's four tracks to be approximately the same length. label
Publisher's credit "Northern Songs." was printed on the label.
LABEL: BOTTOM CLOSE UP
label Catalogue number and album title was printed at the end of the label.
OTHER ITEM
-
LABEL Color Paper Label with Parlophone logo
MIX STEREO
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME EMI Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd)
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K."
-
RECORDING  PUBLISHED CREDIT (P) 1967
SHELL Black Shell
CARTRIDGE CASE
Plastic tape protector fitted to the top of the cartridge, and released in generic cardboard EMI case (Sorry, I don't have it)
PRINTER CREDIT -
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Stage and Cut out: Peter Blake and Jann Haworth
Photo: Michael Cooper / Wax Figures: Madame Tussauds
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS This cartridge is a black plastic shell with a white color paper label affixed to the front face. The four 'programmes' with track listing is printed in black along with the standard color artwork for this album.

The 8-track cartridge were issued with a Parlophone logo. 
"IE" catalogue number (*1) in addition to the ordinary "8X-PCS 7027" EMI catalogue number.
The magnetic tape is played at 3 3/4 (3.75) inches per second (twice the speed of a cassette).
Plastic tape protector fitted to the top of the cartridge, and released in generic cardboard EMI case (maybe).

The original versions of this 8-track DID NOT include a version of the "Sgt.Pepper Inner Groove".

The 8 track cartridge format was jointly developed by Ampex Magnetic Company, RCA Records and Lear Jet Company primarily as a dashboard-based music system for the booming car market. The format was launched in the USA in September 1965, with RCA Victor releasing 175 titles and the Ford Motor Company announcing the format as an option on many of its new 1966 car models. Not long after, players designed for the home began to appear, often incorporated into Reel-to-Reel players.

8 track stereo cartridges comprised four parallel pairs of two-channel stereo programmes: tracks 1 and 5 comprised the first section, 2 and 6 the second, 3 and 7 the third, and 4 and 8 the fourth section. Tracks 1 through 4 were heard through the left speaker while tracks 5 through 8 were heard through the right speaker. All four sections were approximately equal in length and played automatically in sequence. The similar section length often meant that albums had to be re-sequenced to fit the medium, or, in some instances, having songs added, edited or repeated. Conversely, it could also result in long periods of silence between sections.

The original Beatles 8 track cartridge release of "Sgt. Peppers" in Oct. or Nov. 1969, through "Abbey Road (Nov. 1969)", "Let It Be (August 1970)", and the first release of most of the other Beatles 8 track albums in Sept. and Oct, 1970, just months after EMI opened their new tape duplicating facilities at Hayes in Middlesex in July, 1970.
EMI UK  commence manufacture of cartridges in November 1969 (maybe).
The cassette and 8-track were released at the same time. (Excluding "Sgt. peppers")
  • Sept. 1970: Rubber Soul, Revolver and A Collection of Beatles Oldies
  • Oct.1970: Please Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Beatles For Sale, and Help!
  • The Beatles White Album was released in August 1971.
  • Magical Mystery Tour (June 1973) and Yellow Submarine (August 1974) were to be first issued under later.
EMI UK  commence manufacture of cartridges in November 1969 (maybe).
As at July 1971, EMI (Australia) offered the following Beatles titles on 8 track cartridge:
  • Abbey Road (UK import 8X-PCS.7088)
  • Hey Jude! (UK import 8X-CPCS.106)
  • Let It Be (UK import 8X-PCS.7096)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (UK import 8X-PCS.7027)
  • Yellow Submarine (US import 8XW-153)

(*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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