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  06 The Early Beatles (ST-2309)
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#6-1 The Early Beatles (1st. Press "Scranton Press": ST-2309)
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TITLE
The Early BEATLES
CATALOG NUMBER
ST-2309
RELEASE DATE
22th March.1965 / First Press
TITLE LISTING
SIDE 1
SIDE 2
Love Me Do (BMI-2:19) (sim.stereo)
Please Please Me (ASCAP-2:00)
Twist And Shout (BMI-2:32)
P.S. I Love You (BMI-2:02)  (sim.stereo)
Anna (Go To Him) (BMI-2:56)
Baby It's You (ASCAP-2:36)
Chains (BMI-2:21)
A Taste Of Honey (ASCAP-2:02)
Boys (BMI-2:24)
Do You Want To Know A Secret (BMI-1:55)
Ask Me Why (ASCAP-2:24)
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The exposed portion of the back liner that wrapped around to the top of the jacket has the phrase "File Under: The Beatles" as well as a large black dot and the catalogue number.
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The Capitol/EMI logo box is in the upper right corner, with the
record number printed below. The FDS logo and "Also available in regular monophonic" in uppercase letters in the upper right corner.
Produced by George Martin" credit was printed under the song track on the back sleeve.
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The upper portion of the back liner contains "MADE IN U.S.A. • FACTORIES: SCRANTON, PA. - LOS ANGELES, CALIF." and the RIAA (Record Industry Association of America" logo.
Most of the back liners have a small numeral located near the lower right or left corner. These numbers were used by Capitol to identify where the album cover was manufactured.
(3=Scranton)
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label meetback The original issue Capitol albums were manufactured with black label backdrops with an outer rim colorband.
The label copy above the spindle hole lists the album title and the names of the
band members. 
"STEREO" indicator on the label has a chubby printing type.
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label meetback Catalog No. "ST-2309" was printed at the right side of the center hole. The labels for records manufactured on the East Coast were printed by Keystone Printed Specialties, Inc. in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The labels for the West Coast were printed by Bert-Co Enterprises in Los Angeles, California. The labels can be differentiated by the font of the number "one" at nine ofclock on the side one labels.
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The stereo records have the usual East Coast and West Coast label variations.
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label The text of the perimeter print in blue on the original issue discs states "MFD. BY CAPITOL RECORDS. INC. U.S.A. T.M." to the left of a small Capitol logo, with "• MARCA REG. • U.S. PAT. NO. 2, 631,859" to the right. On some labels, the perimeter print is in white.
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LABEL Capitol Black label with color band
MIX STEREO except as noted
VINYL COLOR Black
PRESS FACTORY
SLEEVE East Coast: Queens Litho in New York
VINYL Scranton, Pennsylvania / LABEL: Keystone Printed Specialties, Inc. in Scranton, Pensylvania.
FACTORY CODE 3
MATRIX No. SIDE 1
ST-1-2309 A1     the anvil symbol   &        (machine stamped)
SIDE 2
ST 2-2309-B2     the anvil symbol   &        (machine stamped)
PUBLISHER'S NAME
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"SUBSIDIARY" PRINT
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COVER FORM
Single type. Housed in a cardboard jacket.
INNER SLEEVE Capitol Company Sleeve Type-4: Olive green sleeve
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Photo: Robert Freeman
PRODUCER Produced by George Martin
COMMENTS
"The Early Beatles" is the Beatles' 6th. Capitol Records release in the United States. The LP was released in both mono and stereo versions.

The front cover to The Early Beatles features the color Robert Freeman photograph that serves as the back cover to the Parlophone album Beatles For Sale. The picture was taken in Hyde Park, London, during an autumn afternoon photo session.
On the front cover, the slick is positioned to reveal the stereo logo in black.
The back cover slick contains the album title, liner notes and song titles, times and publishing information.
The Capitol/EMI logo box is in the upper right corner, with the record number printed below.
The stereo cover has the Full Dimensional Stereo circle logo below the record number in the upper right corner.

When "The Early Beatles" was originally issued, Capitol had factories in
1) Scranton, Pensylvania
2) Los Angeles, California

The back liner contains "MADE IN U.S.A. • FACTORIES: SCRANTON, PA. - LOS ANGELES, CALIF." and the RIAA (Record Industry Association of America" logo.
Most of the back liners have a small numeral located near the lower right or left corner. These numbers were used by Capitol to identify where the album cover was manufactured.
Capitol did not fabricate its own album covers. Capitol required the cover manufacturer to place a factory identification number on the back liners. The fabricators added a small number, usually in the lower right corner.

The following tables detail the cover numbers that are known to exist:
Compiled by Frank Daniels in 2012
The Early Beatles (S)T-2309
Cover Number
Known With Beatles LPfs from Factory
Mono or Stereo
2
Scranton
M
3
Scranton
M/S
5
Los Angeles, Columbia, Jacksonville
M/S
6
Los Angeles
M/S
9
Jacksonville
M/S
10
Scranton
M
12
Scranton, Winchester
S
16
Jacksonville
S
17
Jacksonville
S
18
Los Angeles
S
19
Los Angeles, Columbia
S
(*) All LPfs except Revolver, a black-and-white back slick that does not show any cover number indicates that Capitol or RCA printed some covers in-house for that LP (maybe).


The original issue Capitol albums were manufactured with black label backdrops with an outer rim colorband. Label copy information specific to each album appears in silver print.
The labels for records manufactured on:
1) The East Coast were printed by Keystone Printed Specialties, Inc. in Scranton, Pensylvania.
2) The West Coast were printed by Bert-Co Enterprises in Los Angeles, California.

The East Coast and West Coast stereo label variations:
1) First pressings of the East Coast label has  "STEREO" indicator on the label has a chubby printing type.
2-1) First "West Coast" Pressings have "STEREO" tightly spaced.
2-2) Later ''West Coast'' pressings feature a loosely spaced "STEREO".
Some of the  labels have wide gaps between the lines listing the album title and the names of members of the group on one or both of the sides.



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