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#12. The Beatles (A.K.A. White Album) (TC2-PCS 4501)
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Apple Original Cigarette Box type




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#12-1 The Beatles (1st. Issue "Cigarette Box Type / Lemon Yellow Paper Label without Parlophone logo / MADE IN U.S.A.": TC2-PCS 4501)
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TITLE
THE BEATLES
CATALOG NUMBER TC2-PCS 4501 / 1E 274 o 04844
RELEASE DATE
August 1971 / First Issue
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Back In The U.S.S.R. [A1]
Everybody Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey [C4]
Dear Prudence [A2]
Sexy Sadie [C5]
Glass Onion [A3]
Helter Skelter [C6]
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da [A4]
Revolution 1 [D1]
Wild Honey Pie [A5]
Honey Pie [D2]
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill [A6]
Savoy Truffle [D3]
While My Guitar Gently Weeps [A7] Good Night [D7]
Martha My Dear [B1]
Happiness Is A Warm Gun [A8]
I'm So Tired [B2]
Birthday [C1]
Blackbird [B3]
Yer Blues [C2]
Piggies [B4]
Mother Nature's Son [C3]
Rocky Raccoon [B5]
Cry Baby Cry [D4]
Don't Pass Me By [B6]
(" Can You Take Me Back...") [D5]
Why Don't We Do It In The Road? [B7]
Revolution 9 [D6]
I will [B8]

Julia [B9]
Long, Long, Long [C7]

CASSETTE CASE
AND TAPE

CASE FRONT CASE BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click!
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The ‘White Album’ double play tape cas­sette orig­i­nally issued in a cig­a­rette type packet / card box (similar to the flip-top king size cigarette boxes) which slipped into the back of a large display card (sorry, I don't have it).
The first UK issue has Lemon Yellow paper label without Parlophone logo

CASSETTE CASE

CASE OPEN1
CASE OPEN2
label label
Open top the flip-top king size cigarette box, and pull out the cassette tape from inside.
CASE: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve This is a Double Album Cassette by The Beatles titled "The Beatles (A.K.A. White Album)" sleeve This cassette is two albums on one cassette.
CASE: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve EMI logo mark and the credit "A member of the EMI Group of Companies International leaders in Electronics, Records and Entertainment" were printed at the bottom of the case.
CASE: BOTTOM CLOSE UP
sleeve The standard copyright text was printed at the bottom of the case.
CASE: BACK CLOSE UP
label sleeve
Catalog number "TC2-PCS 4501" and the EMI country code (*1) were printed on the inlay.
The word "An Apple Record" was printed at the top of the rear case.
"E.M.I. Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.)" credit was printed at the bottom of the case.
Printer credit "Printed and made by Carrod and Lofthouse International Limited" was printed at the bottom.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label sleeve sleeve
The original 1st. cassettes was issued NO £ Parlophone logo. "IE" catalogue number in addition to the ordinary "TC2-PCS 4501" EMI catalogue number, but not printed on the label.
Containing content as a prerecorded cassette is called "Musicassette" The "DP(**)" logo was not embossed on the cassette shells.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders, the reason for this was that because of the 8-track stereo tapes made at the same time, it was necessary to adjust the endless tape's four tracks to be approximately the same length.
label label
LABEL CLOSE UP
label "Made in U.S.A" was embossed the shell.
OTHER ITEM: Cardboard Display Panel
CARDBOARD: FRONT
CARDBOARD: BACK Some early copies came with a cardboard display panel which hold the cassette in a cardboard box.
(Sorry, I don't have it.)
label label


LABEL Lemon Yellow Paper Label without Parlophone logo
MIX STEREO
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME An Apple Record / EMI Records (The Gramophone Company Ltd.) / An E.M.I. Recording
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K."
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RECORDING  PUBLISHED CREDIT (P) 1968
INLAY FORM No inlay card
SHELL White Shell / embossed "MADE IN USA"
CASSETTE CASE
In a cigarette type card box which was attached to the back of a large display card.
PRINTER CREDIT Printed and made by Carrod and Lofthouse International Limited
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Some early copies came with a cardboard display panel which hold the cassette in a cardboard box.
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS Lemon yellow paper label without Parlophone logo.
This is a Double Album Cassette by The Beatles titled "The Beatles (A.K.A. White Album)", 1968 manufactured by Apple Records. This cassette is two albums on one cassette.
The "White Album" double play tape cas­sette orig­i­nally issued in a cig­a­rette type packet/card box (similar to the flip-top king size cigarette boxes) which slipped into the back of a large display card.

Released for the first time in double play cassette form, in mid 1971, as an experimental design testing the market, in a cigarette type card box which was attached to the back of a large display card. Catalogue no. TC2-PCS-4501. So rare, because it was available for a very short time only, before being replaced, also in 1971, by the original white inlay design of the other Beatles cassette albums in Norelco cases that were released for the first time in September and October 1970.
The white inlay design is in itself rare and hard to find, but to find the earlier cigarette type box design complete with the large display card is even more difficult, and prices will reflect this when condition has been taken into account.

Note the absence of the black box EMI/Parlophone logo on the yellow paper label. (Shortage of expensive letterpress blocks)
Bear in mind that during the period of first release Beatles cassettes (1968-71) vinyl was still, by far the dominant format, until cassettes began to catch on for the "on the move" market from 1972 on, and these early original cassettes would have been produced in significantly far fewer numbers than their vinyl counterparts.

EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders, the reason for this was that because of the 8-track stereo tapes made at the same time, it was necessary to adjust the endless tape's four tracks to be approximately the same length.

The EMI UK catalogue no. (TC-PCS-XXXX) was on the front cover at the top and on the spine. The spine also carried the tape speed, 1 7/8" IPS in a circular logo style at the top.
The cassette cases ("Norelco" cases) were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.

The "DP(**)" logo was not embossed on the cassette shells.
"MADE IN U.S.A." was embossed the shell.

(*1) EMI country code: 1E 262 o 04219
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

(**)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.



#12-2 The Beatles (2nd. Issue "Norelco Case / Lemon Yellow Paper Label without Parlophone logo / MADE IN ENGLAND": TC2-PCS 4501)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE
THE BEATLES
CATALOG NUMBER TC2-PCS 4501 / 1E 274 o 04844
RELEASE DATE
Late 1971? / Second Issue
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Back In The U.S.S.R. [A1]
Everybody Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey [C4]
Dear Prudence [A2]
Sexy Sadie [C5]
Glass Onion [A3]
Helter Skelter [C6]
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da [A4]
Revolution 1 [D1]
Wild Honey Pie [A5]
Honey Pie [D2]
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill [A6]
Savoy Truffle [D3]
While My Guitar Gently Weeps [A7]
Good Night [D7]
Martha My Dear [B1]
Happiness Is A Warm Gun    [A8]
I'm So Tired [B2]
Birthday [C1]
Blackbird [B3]
Yer Blues [C2]
Piggies [B4]
Mother Nature's Son [C3]
Rocky Raccoon [B5]
Cry Baby Cry [D4]
Don't Pass Me By [B6]
(" Can You Take Me Back...") [D5]
Why Don't We Do It In The Road? [B7]
Revolution 9 [D6]
I will [B8]

Julia [B9]

Long, Long, Long [C7]
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.
This UK issue has Lemon Yellow paper label without Parlophone logo
INLAY

INLAY: FRONT INLAY: INSIDE
label label
Reissue 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 on the foldovers of the inlay.
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 Publisher's credit "Northern Songs/NCB"was printed on the inlay.
INLAY: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve EMI initially released the Beatles' UK albums on cassette tapes with rearranged performance sequences.
The reason for this was that because of the 8-track stereo tapes made at the same time, it was necessary to adjust the endless tape's four tracks to be approximately the same length.
INLAY: INSIDE CLOSE UP
sleeve
sleeve sleeve Catalog No. "TC2-PCS 4501" and the EMI country code (*1) were printed on the inlay.
The word "An Apple Record" was printed at the top.Printer company's name"G & L" was printed at the bottom of the inlay.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label sleeve sleeve
The 2nd. cassettes was issued NO £ Parlophone logo. "IE" catalogue number in addition to the ordinary "TC2-PCS 4501" EMI catalogue number, but not printed on the label.
Containing content as a prerecorded cassette is called "Musicassette" The "DP(**)" logo can often be found moulded into cassette shells, especially during the early to mid 1970s.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label sleeve EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders, the reason for this was that because of the 8-track stereo tapes made at the same time, it was necessary to adjust the endless tape's four tracks to be approximately the same length.
label sleeve
LABEL CLOSE UP
label "Made in ENGLAND" was embossed the shell.
OTHER ITEM
-

LABEL Lemon Yellow Paper Label without Parlophone logo
MIX STEREO
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME An E.M.I. Recording / An Apple Record
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K."
-
RECORDING  PUBLISHED CREDIT (P) 1968
INLAY FORM "white" inlay (Foldover)
SHELL Light Grey Shell / embossed "MADE IN ENGLAND" and "dp" logo mark
CASSETTE CASE
"Norelco" cases: clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
PRINTER CREDIT G & L (Garrod & Lofthouse)
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES -
PRODUCER George Martin
COMMENTS Lemon yellow paper label without Parlophone logo.
This is a Double Album Cassette by The Beatles titled "The Beatles (A.K.A. White Album)", 1968 manufactured by Apple Records. This cassette is two albums on one cassette.
The "White Album" double play tape cas­sette orig­i­nally issued in a cig­a­rette type packet/card box (similar to the flip-top king size cigarette boxes) which slipped into the back of a large display card.

Released for the first time in double play cassette form, in mid 1971, as an experimental design testing the market, in a cigarette type card box which was attached to the back of a large display card. Catalogue no. TC2-PCS-4501. So rare, because it was available for a very short time only, before being replaced, also in 1971, by the original white inlay design of the other Beatles cassette albums in Norelco cases that were released for the first time in September and October 1970.
The white inlay design is in itself rare and hard to find, but to find the earlier cigarette type box design complete with the large display card is even more difficult, and prices will reflect this when condition has been taken into account.

Note the absence of the black box EMI/Parlophone logo on the yellow paper label. (Shortage of expensive letterpress blocks)
Bear in mind that during the period of first release Beatles cassettes (1968-71) vinyl was still, by far the dominant format, until cassettes began to catch on for the "on the move" market from 1972 on, and these early original cassettes would have been produced in significantly far fewer numbers than their vinyl counterparts.

EMI originally issued the Beatles UK albums on cassette tape with re-arranged running orders, the reason for this was that because of the 8-track stereo tapes made at the same time, it was necessary to adjust the endless tape's four tracks to be approximately the same length.

The EMI UK catalogue no. (TC-PCS-XXXX) was on the front cover at the top and on the spine. The spine also carried the tape speed, 1 7/8" IPS in a circular logo style at the top.
The cassette cases ("Norelco" cases) were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.

The "DP(**)" logo was embossed on the cassette shells.
"MADE IN ENGLAND" was embossed the shell.

The two exceptions to this generally adopted style for the white inlays was Revolver - which had a black background above the front cover album picture with no TC-PCS-7009 and a black coloured inlay spine with it, and The Beatles White album, which had its tracklisting on the front foldover where normally the advertising for the other albums would be.


(*1) EMI country code: 1E 262 o 04219
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

(**)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.



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