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#3-1 Let It Be (1st. Issue "Lemon Yellow Paper Label with Parlophone logo": TC-PCS 7096)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE
LET IT BE
CATALOG NUMBER TC-PCS 7096 / 1E 262 o 04482
RELEASE DATE
June 1970 / First Issue
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Two Of Us [A1]
Maggie Mae [A7]
I Me Mine [A4] Dig A Pony [A2]
One After 909 [B2]
The Long And Winding Road [B3]
Across The Universe [A3]
I Got A Feeling [B1]
Dig It [A5]
For You Blue [B4]
Let It Be [A6] Get Back [B5]
CASSETTE CASE
AND
TAPE

CASE FRONT CASE BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click!
label label label label
The cassette cases ("Norelco" cases) were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
The first UK issue of "Let It Be" has Lemon Yellow paper label with Parlophone logo
INLAY

INLAY: FRONT INLAY: INSIDE
label label
The 1970/71 cassettes had white inlays and, aside from the small reproduction of the front cover, no artwork was included nor the original liner notes. The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay whilst the foldovers advertised other available Beatles/solo cassettes.
INLAY: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve The circular 1 7/8 " I.P.S. mark was printed at the spine.
As the standard tape speed for a compact cassette is 1 ips (1.875 inches per second).
sleeve The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay whilst the foldovers advertised other available Beatles cassettes.
INLAY: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders, the excuse being the need to have two sides of equal length to avoid the problem of listeners stopping the tape at the end of one side and turning over to start mid-way through the opening track on the reverse.
Inlay incorrectly spells track 4 on side-2 as "I got a feeling".
INLAY: INSIDE CLOSE UP
sleeve "Apple Records" credit was printed on the inlay.
sleeve Catalog number "TC-PCS 7096" and the EMI country code (*1) were printed on the inlay.
INLAY: INSIDE CLOSE UP
label label sleeve
The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay. EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders.
"E.M.I. Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.)" credit was printed at the bottom of the inside of the inlay.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label sleeve The 1st. cassette was issued with Parlophone logo. NO "IE" catalogue number in addition to the ordinary "TC-PCS 7096" EMI catalogue number.
LABEL CLOSE UP
SIDE 1
SIDE 2
The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay. EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders.
label label
label label The "DP(*2)" logo can often be found moulded into cassette shells, especially during the early to mid 1970s.
"Made in England" was not embossed the shell.
OTHER ITEM
-

LABEL Lemon Yellow Paper Label with Parlophone logo
MIX STEREO
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME EMI Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.) / An E.M.I. Recording  Apple Records
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K."
-
RECORDING  PUBLISHED CREDIT (P) 1970
COVER FORM "white" inlay (Foldover)
CASSETTE CASE
"Norelco" cases: clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
PRINTER CREDIT Made and Printed in Great Britain
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Design: by John Kosh
Photographs: Ethan Russell
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS The original Beatles cassette release of "Sgt. Peppers" in 1968, through "Abbey Road (1969)", "Let It Be (June 1970)", and the first release of most of the other Beatles cassette albums in September and October, 1970, just months after EMI opened their new tape duplicating facilities at Hayes in Middlesex in July, 1970.
Prior to the opening of their own plant, EMI's cassette tapes were manufactured for them by the Dutch firm, Phillips, who themselves had pioneered the concept of the musicassette format.
These 1968-1972 first edition Beatles cassettes were manufactured in small numbers, and in an "experimental and tentative" design to test a then unknown, but potentially large market, which was still dominated by vinyl, and as such, are scarce and rare desirable finds for collectors today.

Sgt. Peppers: released October, 1967, 4 months after vinyl counterpart
Abbey Road: released October/November,1969, at the same time as vinyl counterpart.
Let It Be:  released June,1970, at approx same time as vinyl counterpart.

The above are known as the "original" cassettes, and were essentially EMI's trial design of the brand new music format, to test the market for cassette tape products - a format designed for 'on the move' listening on car stereo players.
Attractive though the "Sgt. Peppers" and "Abbey Road" inlay designs were, it was the "Let It Be",  inlay design that became the favoured one, and provided the template for the first cassette releases of the other Beatles albums in September and October 1970.  (except "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Yellow Submarine")

Rubber soul, Revolver, and A Collection of Beatles Oldies were issued in September, 1970.
The 1970/1971 cassettes all had white inlays and aside from the small reproduction of the vinyl album front cover, no art work was included, nor the original liner notes.
The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay whilst the foldovers  offered a list of other available Beatles/solo cassettes.

The two exceptions to this rule were "Revolver", which had a black spine and a black top above the front cover artwork.
It was only available in this form for a short period before being replaced by a standard white inlay design, although this particular version did not promote any other releases.

The cassette shell labels during this 1970/1971 "white inlay" period were yellow and carried the new style black-boxed Parlophone/EMI logo or no logo at all.

The cassette cases ("Norelco" cases) were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.

EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders, the excuse being the need to have two sides of equal length to avoid the problem of listeners stopping the tape at the end of one side and turning over to start mid-way through the opening track on the reverse.

Data Packaging Corporation (who also traded as Hellerman Data Packaging Ltd) supplied cassette and 8 track shells, tape and other components to the music industry. The "DP" logo can often be found moulded into cassette shells, especially during the early to mid 1970s.

(*1) EMI country code: 1E 262 o 04115
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



#3-2 Let It Be (2nd. Issue? "Lemon Yellow Paper Label with EMI logo": TC-PCS 7096)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE
LET IT BE
CATALOG NUMBER TC-PCS 7096 / 1E 262 o 04482
RELEASE DATE
September 1970? / Second Issue
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Two Of Us [A1]
Maggie Mae [A7]
I Me Mine [A4] Dig A Pony [A2]
One After 909 [B2]
The Long And Winding Road [B3]
Across The Universe [A3]
I Got A Feeling [B1]
Dig It [A5]
For You Blue [B4]
Let It Be [A6] Get Back [B5]
CASSETTE CASE
AND
TAPE

CASE FRONT CASE BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click!
label label label label
The cassette cases ("Norelco" cases) were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
The first UK issue of "Let It Be" has Lemon Yellow paper label with Parlophone logo
INLAY

INLAY: FRONT INLAY: INSIDE
label label
The 1970/71 cassettes had white inlays and, aside from the small reproduction of the front cover, no artwork was included nor the original liner notes. The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay whilst the foldovers advertised other available Beatles/solo cassettes.
INLAY: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve The circular 1 7/8 " I.P.S. mark was printed at the spine.
As the standard tape speed for a compact cassette is 1 ips (1.875 inches per second).
sleeve The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay whilst the foldovers advertised other available Beatles cassettes.
INLAY: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders, the excuse being the need to have two sides of equal length to avoid the problem of listeners stopping the tape at the end of one side and turning over to start mid-way through the opening track on the reverse.
Inlay incorrectly spells track 4 on side-2 as "I got a feeling".
INLAY: INSIDE CLOSE UP
sleeve "Apple Records" credit was removed on the inlay.
sleeve Catalog number "TC-PCS 7096" and the EMI country code (*1) were printed on the inlay.
INLAY: INSIDE CLOSE UP
label label sleeve
The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay. EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders.
"E.M.I. Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.)" credit was printed at the bottom of the inside of the inlay.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label sleeve 2nd. issues had lemon yellow label, and  printed on the new style black box Pharlophone / EMI logo introduced in September / October, 1970.
LABEL CLOSE UP
SIDE 1
SIDE 2
The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay. EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders.
label label
label label The "DP(*2)" logo can often be found moulded into cassette shells, especially during the early to mid 1970s.
"Made in England" was not embossed the shell.
OTHER ITEM
-

LABEL Lemon Yellow Paper Label with EMI/Parlophone logo in black box
MIX STEREO
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME EMI Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.) / An E.M.I. Recording
* The credit "APPLE RECORDS" was removed on the inlay.
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K."
-
RECORDING  PUBLISHED CREDIT (P) 1970
COVER FORM "white" inlay (Foldover)
CASSETTE CASE
"Norelco" cases: clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
PRINTER CREDIT Made and Printed in Great Britain
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Design: by John Kosh
Photographs: Ethan Russell
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS The original Beatles cassette release of "Sgt. Peppers" in 1968, through "Abbey Road (1969)", "Let It Be (June 1970)", and the first release of most of the other Beatles cassette albums in September and October, 1970, just months after EMI opened their new tape duplicating facilities at Hayes in Middlesex in July, 1970.
Prior to the opening of their own plant, EMI's cassette tapes were manufactured for them by the Dutch firm, Phillips, who themselves had pioneered the concept of the musicassette format.
These 1968-1972 first edition Beatles cassettes were manufactured in small numbers, and in an "experimental and tentative" design to test a then unknown, but potentially large market, which was still dominated by vinyl, and as such, are scarce and rare desirable finds for collectors today.

Sgt. Peppers: released October, 1967, 4 months after vinyl counterpart
Abbey Road: released October/November,1969, at the same time as vinyl counterpart.
Let It Be:  released June,1970, at approx same time as vinyl counterpart.

The above are known as the "original" cassettes, and were essentially EMI's trial design of the brand new music format, to test the market for cassette tape products - a format designed for 'on the move' listening on car stereo players.
Attractive though the "Sgt. Peppers" and "Abbey Road" inlay designs were, it was the "Let It Be",  inlay design that became the favoured one, and provided the template for the first cassette releases of the other Beatles albums in September and October 1970.  (except "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Yellow Submarine")

Rubber soul, Revolver, and A Collection of Beatles Oldies were issued in September, 1970.
The 1970/1971 cassettes all had white inlays and aside from the small reproduction of the vinyl album front cover, no art work was included, nor the original liner notes.
The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay whilst the foldovers  offered a list of other available Beatles/solo cassettes.

The two exceptions to this rule were "Revolver", which had a black spine and a black top above the front cover artwork.
It was only available in this form for a short period before being replaced by a standard white inlay design, although this particular version did not promote any other releases.

2nd. issues had lemon yellow label, and  printed on the new style black box Pharlophone / EMI logo introduced in late 1970 (maybe).

The cassette shell labels during this 1970/1971 "white inlay" period were yellow and carried the black-boxed Parlophone/EMI logo or no logo at all.

The cassette cases ("Norelco" cases) were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.

EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders, the excuse being the need to have two sides of equal length to avoid the problem of listeners stopping the tape at the end of one side and turning over to start mid-way through the opening track on the reverse.

Data Packaging Corporation (who also traded as Hellerman Data Packaging Ltd) supplied cassette and 8 track shells, tape and other components to the music industry. The "DP" logo can often be found moulded into cassette shells, especially during the early to mid 1970s.

(*1) EMI country code: 1E 262 o 04115
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



#3-3 Let It Be (3rd. Issue? "Lemon Yellow Paper Label without Parlophon logo type-1/ MADE IN U.S.A.": TC-PCS 7096)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE
LET IT BE
CATALOG NUMBER TC-PCS 7096 / 1E 262 o 04482
RELEASE DATE
1971? / 3rd. Issue?
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Two Of Us [A1]
Maggie Mae [A7]
I Me Mine [A4] Dig A Pony [A2]
One After 909 [B2]
The Long And Winding Road [B3]
Across The Universe [A3]
I Got A Feeling [B1]
Dig It [A5]
For You Blue [B4]
Let It Be [A6] Get Back [B5]
CASSETTE CASE
AND
TAPE

CASE FRONT CASE BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click!
label label label label
The cassette cases ("Norelco" cases) were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
The first UK issue of "Let It Be" has Lemon Yellow paper label with Parlophone logo
INLAY

INLAY: FRONT INLAY: INSIDE
label label
The 1970/71 cassettes had white inlays and, aside from the small reproduction of the front cover, no artwork was included nor the original liner notes. The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay whilst the foldovers advertised other available Beatles/solo cassettes.
INLAY: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve The circular 1 7/8 " I.P.S. mark was printed at the spine.
As the standard tape speed for a compact cassette is 1 ips (1.875 inches per second).
sleeve The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay whilst the foldovers advertised other available Beatles cassettes.
INLAY: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders, the excuse being the need to have two sides of equal length to avoid the problem of listeners stopping the tape at the end of one side and turning over to start mid-way through the opening track on the reverse.
Inlay incorrectly spells track 4 on side-2 as "I got a feeling".
INLAY: INSIDE CLOSE UP
sleeve "Apple Records" credit was added on the inlay again (maybe).
sleeve Catalog number "TC-PCS 7096" and the EMI country code (*1) were printed on the inlay.
INLAY: INSIDE CLOSE UP
label label sleeve
The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay. EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders.
"E.M.I. Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.)" credit was printed at the bottom of the inside of the inlay.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label sleeve The cassette shell labels during this 1970/1971 "white inlay" period were NO logo on the label.
LABEL CLOSE UP
SIDE 1
SIDE 2
On side-2 of the label, with the NEW track listing layout (2 lines) instead of the lemon yellow label with EMI logo.
label label
label label The "DP(*2)" logo was not found moulded into cassette shells.
"Made in U.S.A." was embossed the shell.
OTHER ITEM
-

LABEL Lemon Yellow Paper Label without Parlophone logo type-1
MIX STEREO
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME EMI Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.) / An E.M.I. Recording
* The credit "APPLE RECORDS" was added on the inlay.
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K."
-
RECORDING  PUBLISHED CREDIT (P) 1970
COVER FORM "white" inlay (Foldover)
CASSETTE CASE
"Norelco" cases: clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
PRINTER CREDIT Made and Printed in Great Britain
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Design: by John Kosh
Photographs: Ethan Russell
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS The original Beatles cassette release of "Sgt. Peppers" in 1968, through "Abbey Road (1969)", "Let It Be (June 1970)", and the first release of most of the other Beatles cassette albums in September and October, 1970, just months after EMI opened their new tape duplicating facilities at Hayes in Middlesex in July, 1970.
Prior to the opening of their own plant, EMI's cassette tapes were manufactured for them by the Dutch firm, Phillips, who themselves had pioneered the concept of the musicassette format.
These 1968-1972 first edition Beatles cassettes were manufactured in small numbers, and in an "experimental and tentative" design to test a then unknown, but potentially large market, which was still dominated by vinyl, and as such, are scarce and rare desirable finds for collectors today.

Sgt. Peppers: released October, 1967, 4 months after vinyl counterpart
Abbey Road: released October/November,1969, at the same time as vinyl counterpart.
Let It Be:  released June,1970, at approx same time as vinyl counterpart.

The above are known as the "original" cassettes, and were essentially EMI's trial design of the brand new music format, to test the market for cassette tape products - a format designed for 'on the move' listening on car stereo players.
Attractive though the "Sgt. Peppers" and "Abbey Road" inlay designs were, it was the "Let It Be",  inlay design that became the favoured one, and provided the template for the first cassette releases of the other Beatles albums in September and October 1970.  (except "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Yellow Submarine")

Rubber soul, Revolver, and A Collection of Beatles Oldies were issued in September, 1970.
The 1970/1971 cassettes all had white inlays and aside from the small reproduction of the vinyl album front cover, no art work was included, nor the original liner notes.
The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay whilst the foldovers  offered a list of other available Beatles/solo cassettes.

The two exceptions to this rule were "Revolver", which had a black spine and a black top above the front cover artwork.
It was only available in this form for a short period before being replaced by a standard white inlay design, although this particular version did not promote any other releases.

2nd. issues had lemon yellow label, and  printed on the new style black box Pharlophone / EMI logo introduced in late 1970 (maybe).

The cassette shell labels during this 1970/1971 "white inlay" period were yellow and carried the black-boxed Parlophone/EMI logo or no logo at all.
On side-2 of the label, with the NEW track listing layout (2 lines) instead of the lemon yellow label with EMI logo.
 
The cassette cases ("Norelco" cases) were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
"MADE IN U.S.A." was embossed the shell.

EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders, the excuse being the need to have two sides of equal length to avoid the problem of listeners stopping the tape at the end of one side and turning over to start mid-way through the opening track on the reverse.

Data Packaging Corporation (who also traded as Hellerman Data Packaging Ltd) supplied cassette and 8 track shells, tape and other components to the music industry. The "DP" logo can often be found moulded into cassette shells, especially during the early to mid 1970s.

(*1) EMI country code: 1E 262 o 04115
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



#3-4 Let It Be (4th. Issue? "Lemon Yellow Paper Label without Parlophone logo type-2 (New Track List) / MADE IN ENGLAND": TC-PCS 7096)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE
LET IT BE
CATALOG NUMBER TC-PCS 7096 / 1E 262 o 04482
RELEASE DATE
1971? / 4th. Issue?
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Two Of Us [A1]
Maggie Mae [A7]
I Me Mine [A4] Dig A Pony [A2]
One After 909 [B2]
The Long And Winding Road [B3]
Across The Universe [A3]
I Got A Feeling [B1]
Dig It [A5]
For You Blue [B4]
Let It Be [A6] Get Back [B5]
CASSETTE CASE
AND
TAPE

CASE FRONT CASE BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click!
label label label label
The cassette cases ("Norelco" cases) were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
The first UK issue of "Let It Be" has Lemon Yellow paper label with Parlophone logo
INLAY

INLAY: FRONT INLAY: INSIDE
label label
The 1970/71 cassettes had white inlays and, aside from the small reproduction of the front cover, no artwork was included nor the original liner notes. The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay whilst the foldovers advertised other available Beatles/solo cassettes.
INLAY: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve The circular 1 7/8 " I.P.S. mark was printed at the spine.
As the standard tape speed for a compact cassette is 1 ips (1.875 inches per second).
sleeve The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay whilst the foldovers advertised other available Beatles cassettes.
INLAY: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders, the excuse being the need to have two sides of equal length to avoid the problem of listeners stopping the tape at the end of one side and turning over to start mid-way through the opening track on the reverse.
Inlay incorrectly spells track 4 on side-2 as "I got a feeling".
INLAY: INSIDE CLOSE UP
sleeve "Apple Records" credit was added on the inlay again (maybe).
sleeve Catalog number "TC-PCS 7096" and the EMI country code (*1) were printed on the inlay.
INLAY: INSIDE CLOSE UP
label label sleeve
The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay. EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders.
"E.M.I. Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.)" credit was printed at the bottom of the inside of the inlay.
sleeve sleeve
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label sleeve sleeve
The cassette shell labels during this 1970/1971 "white inlay" period were NO logo on the label. Containing content as a prerecorded cassette is called "Musicassette"
The "DP(*2)" logo can often be found moulded into cassette shells, especially during the early to mid 1970s.
LABEL CLOSE UP
SIDE 1
SIDE 2
On side-2 of the label, with the NEW track listing layout (3 lines) again instead of the lemon yellow label type-1.
label label
label "MADE IN ENGLAND" was embossed the shell.
OTHER ITEM
-

LABEL Lemon Yellow Paper Label without Parlophone logo type-2
MIX STEREO
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME EMI Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.) / An E.M.I. Recording
* The credit "APPLE RECORDS" was added on the inlay.
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K."
-
RECORDING  PUBLISHED CREDIT (P) 1970
COVER FORM "white" inlay (Foldover)
CASSETTE CASE
"Norelco" cases: clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
PRINTER CREDIT Made and Printed in Great Britain
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Design: by John Kosh
Photographs: Ethan Russell
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS The original Beatles cassette release of "Sgt. Peppers" in 1968, through "Abbey Road (1969)", "Let It Be (June 1970)", and the first release of most of the other Beatles cassette albums in September and October, 1970, just months after EMI opened their new tape duplicating facilities at Hayes in Middlesex in July, 1970.
Prior to the opening of their own plant, EMI's cassette tapes were manufactured for them by the Dutch firm, Phillips, who themselves had pioneered the concept of the musicassette format.
These 1968-1972 first edition Beatles cassettes were manufactured in small numbers, and in an "experimental and tentative" design to test a then unknown, but potentially large market, which was still dominated by vinyl, and as such, are scarce and rare desirable finds for collectors today.

Sgt. Peppers: released October, 1967, 4 months after vinyl counterpart
Abbey Road: released October/November,1969, at the same time as vinyl counterpart.
Let It Be:  released June,1970, at approx same time as vinyl counterpart.

The above are known as the "original" cassettes, and were essentially EMI's trial design of the brand new music format, to test the market for cassette tape products - a format designed for 'on the move' listening on car stereo players.
Attractive though the "Sgt. Peppers" and "Abbey Road" inlay designs were, it was the "Let It Be",  inlay design that became the favoured one, and provided the template for the first cassette releases of the other Beatles albums in September and October 1970.  (except "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Yellow Submarine")

Rubber soul, Revolver, and A Collection of Beatles Oldies were issued in September, 1970.
The 1970/1971 cassettes all had white inlays and aside from the small reproduction of the vinyl album front cover, no art work was included, nor the original liner notes.
The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay whilst the foldovers  offered a list of other available Beatles/solo cassettes.

The two exceptions to this rule were "Revolver", which had a black spine and a black top above the front cover artwork.
It was only available in this form for a short period before being replaced by a standard white inlay design, although this particular version did not promote any other releases.

2nd. issues had lemon yellow label, and  printed on the new style black box Pharlophone / EMI logo introduced in late 1970 (maybe).

The cassette shell labels during this 1970/1971 "white inlay" period were yellow and carried the black-boxed Parlophone/EMI logo or no logo at all.
On side-2 of the label, with the NEW track listing layout (3 lines)  instead of the lemon yellow label type-1.

The cassette cases ("Norelco" cases) were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
"MADE IN ENGLAND" was embossed the shell.

EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders, the excuse being the need to have two sides of equal length to avoid the problem of listeners stopping the tape at the end of one side and turning over to start mid-way through the opening track on the reverse.

Data Packaging Corporation (who also traded as Hellerman Data Packaging Ltd) supplied cassette and 8 track shells, tape and other components to the music industry. The "DP" logo can often be found moulded into cassette shells, especially during the early to mid 1970s.

(*1) EMI country code: 1E 262 o 04115
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



#3-5 Let It Be (5th. Issue? "Lemon Yellow Paper Label without Parlophone logo type-3 (New Track List)": TC-PCS 7096)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE
LET IT BE
CATALOG NUMBER TC-PCS 7096 / 1E 262 o 04482
RELEASE DATE
1971? / 5th. Issue?
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Two Of Us [A1]
Maggie Mae [A7]
I Me Mine [A4] Dig A Pony [A2]
One After 909 [B2]
The Long And Winding Road [B3]
Across The Universe [A3]
I Got A Feeling [B1]
Dig It [A5]
For You Blue [B4]
Let It Be [A6] Get Back [B5]
CASSETTE CASE
AND
TAPE

CASE FRONT CASE BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click!
label label label label
The cassette cases ("Norelco" cases) were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
The first UK issue of "Let It Be" has Lemon Yellow paper label with Parlophone logo
INLAY

INLAY: FRONT INLAY: INSIDE
label label
The 1970/71 cassettes had white inlays and, aside from the small reproduction of the front cover, no artwork was included nor the original liner notes. The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay whilst the foldovers advertised other available Beatles/solo cassettes.
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sleeve The circular 1 7/8 " I.P.S. mark was printed at the spine.
As the standard tape speed for a compact cassette is 1 ips (1.875 inches per second).
sleeve The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay whilst the foldovers advertised other available Beatles cassettes.
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sleeve EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders, the excuse being the need to have two sides of equal length to avoid the problem of listeners stopping the tape at the end of one side and turning over to start mid-way through the opening track on the reverse.
Inlay incorrectly spells track 4 on side-2 as "I got a feeling".
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sleeve "Apple Records" credit was added on the inlay again (maybe).
sleeve Catalog number "TC-PCS 7096" and the EMI country code (*1) were printed on the inlay.
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label label sleeve
The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay. EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders.
"E.M.I. Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.)" credit was printed at the bottom of the inside of the inlay.
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label label sleeve The cassette shell labels during this 1970/1971 "white inlay" period were NO logo on the label.
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SIDE 1
SIDE 2
On side-2 of the label, with the NEW track listing layout (3 lines) again instead of the lemon yellow label type-1.
label label
label label The "DP(*2)" logo can often be found moulded into cassette shells, especially during the early to mid 1970s.
"Made in England" was not embossed the shell.
OTHER ITEM
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LABEL Lemon Yellow Paper Label without Parlophone logo type-3
MIX STEREO
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME EMI Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.) / An E.M.I. Recording
* The credit "APPLE RECORDS" was added on the inlay.
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K."
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RECORDING  PUBLISHED CREDIT (P) 1970
COVER FORM "white" inlay (Foldover)
CASSETTE CASE
"Norelco" cases: clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
PRINTER CREDIT Made and Printed in Great Britain
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Design: by John Kosh
Photographs: Ethan Russell
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS The original Beatles cassette release of "Sgt. Peppers" in 1968, through "Abbey Road (1969)", "Let It Be (June 1970)", and the first release of most of the other Beatles cassette albums in September and October, 1970, just months after EMI opened their new tape duplicating facilities at Hayes in Middlesex in July, 1970.
Prior to the opening of their own plant, EMI's cassette tapes were manufactured for them by the Dutch firm, Phillips, who themselves had pioneered the concept of the musicassette format.
These 1968-1972 first edition Beatles cassettes were manufactured in small numbers, and in an "experimental and tentative" design to test a then unknown, but potentially large market, which was still dominated by vinyl, and as such, are scarce and rare desirable finds for collectors today.

Sgt. Peppers: released October, 1967, 4 months after vinyl counterpart
Abbey Road: released October/November,1969, at the same time as vinyl counterpart.
Let It Be:  released June,1970, at approx same time as vinyl counterpart.

The above are known as the "original" cassettes, and were essentially EMI's trial design of the brand new music format, to test the market for cassette tape products - a format designed for 'on the move' listening on car stereo players.
Attractive though the "Sgt. Peppers" and "Abbey Road" inlay designs were, it was the "Let It Be",  inlay design that became the favoured one, and provided the template for the first cassette releases of the other Beatles albums in September and October 1970.  (except "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Yellow Submarine")

Rubber soul, Revolver, and A Collection of Beatles Oldies were issued in September, 1970.
The 1970/1971 cassettes all had white inlays and aside from the small reproduction of the vinyl album front cover, no art work was included, nor the original liner notes.
The tracklistings were printed on the reverse of the inlay whilst the foldovers  offered a list of other available Beatles/solo cassettes.

The two exceptions to this rule were "Revolver", which had a black spine and a black top above the front cover artwork.
It was only available in this form for a short period before being replaced by a standard white inlay design, although this particular version did not promote any other releases.

2nd. issues had lemon yellow label, and  printed on the new style black box Pharlophone / EMI logo introduced in late 1970 (maybe).

The cassette shell labels during this 1970/1971 "white inlay" period were yellow and carried the black-boxed Parlophone/EMI logo or no logo at all.
On side-2 of the label, with the NEW track listing layout (3 lines)  instead of the lemon yellow label type-2.

The cassette cases ("Norelco" cases) were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.

EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders, the excuse being the need to have two sides of equal length to avoid the problem of listeners stopping the tape at the end of one side and turning over to start mid-way through the opening track on the reverse.

Data Packaging Corporation (who also traded as Hellerman Data Packaging Ltd) supplied cassette and 8 track shells, tape and other components to the music industry. The "DP" logo can often be found moulded into cassette shells, especially during the early to mid 1970s.

(*1) EMI country code: 1E 262 o 04115
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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