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#1-1 Meet The Beatles! (1st. Press "Without BMI or ASCAP Credit / Scranton Press": T-2047)
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TITLE
MEET THE BEATLES!
CATALOG NUMBER
T-2047
RELEASE DATE
20th January.1964 / First Press
TITLE LISTING
SIDE 1
SIDE 2
I Want To Hold Your Hand (2:24)
Don't Bother Me (2:28)
I Saw Her Standing There (2:50)
Little Child (1:46)
This Boy (2:11)
Till There Was You (2:12)
It Won't Be Long (2:11)
Hold Me Tight (2:30)
All I've Got To Do (2:05)
I Wanna Be Your Man (1:59)
All My Loving (2:04)
Not A Second Time (2:03)
FRONT--> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
meet meetback label label label
INNER SLEEVE FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
FRONT --> Click BACK --> Click!
meet meet sleeve
The exposed portion of the back liner that wrapped around to the top of the jacket has the phrase "File Under: The Beatles Pop Rock, Vocal Group" as well as a large black dot and the catalogue number.
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
sleeve meetback
The words "MEET THE" are in light blue block letters. The remainder of the album's title, "BEATLES!" is usually either tan or brown.
Capitol later switched to a four-color printing process. Some of the later slicks used on West Coast covers have "BEATLES!" in dark olive green.
The Capitol logo and the phrase "HIGH FIDELITY" appear in white in the upper right corner of the photo.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
meetback meetback
Back liner has the catalogue number "T 2047", the "Capitol Records High Fidelity Recording" logo and "Also Available In Stereo" in uppercase letters in the upper right corner. The original issue of mono and stereo covers did not list the album's producer. New back liner prepared in late February 1964, which added the phrase "Produced by GEORGE MARTIN" in the lower left corner.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
meetback meetback
The lower 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 factory)
LABEL CLOSE UP
label The original issue Capitol albums were manufactured with black label backdrops with an outer rim colorband. label The labels for records manufactured on the East Coast were printed by Keystone Printed Specialties, Inc. in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
label label Catalogue number "T-2047" 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 oclock on the side one labels.
LABEL CLOSE UP
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2 --> Click!
The first labels prepared for the album were printed without BMI or ASCAP.
meet
meet
LABEL CLOSE UP
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.
OTHER ITEM
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LABEL Capitol Black label with color band Type-1
MIX MONO
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 None
MATRIX No. SIDE 1
T 1 - 2047 - G2 #2    IAM mark  (machine stamped)
SIDE 2
T 2 - 2047 - G2         IAM mark  (machine stamped)
PUBLISHER'S NAME
-
"SUBSIDIARY" PRINT
-
COVER FORM
Single type. Housed in a cardboard jacket.
INNER SLEEVE Capitol Company Sleeve Type-1: Royal Blue sleeve
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Photo: Robert Freeman / Notes: Tony Barrow
PRODUCER (Produced by GEORGE MARTIN)
COMMENTS
Meet the Beatles! is the the first U.S. Beatles album to be issued by Capitol Records, on 20 January 1964 in both mono and stereo formats. It topped the popular album chart on 15 February 1964.

The front cover to "Meet The Beatles!" uses the same Robert Freeman black and white portrait as "With The Beatles". The "Meet The Beatles!" cover was designed by art department head George Osaki. The portrait of the band has a blue tint not present on the darker all black and white U.K. cover. The Capitol logo and the phrase "HIGH FIDELITY" appear in white in the upper right corner of the photo.
The top portion of the cover has a thin-lined white box containing the album's title and brief text. The words "MEET THE" are in light blue block letters. The remainder of the album's title, "BEATLES!" is usually either tan or brown.

The minor color variation among covers is due to the front slicks being prepared by differeint printers. Front slicks were printed on:
1-1) East Coast: Queens Litho in New York
1-2) East Coast: Ivy Hill Lithograph Co. in New York
As a general rule, "BEATLES!" has more of a medium dark tan appearance on East Covers than on West covers.
2) West Coast: Bert-Co Enterprise of Los Angeles.
West Coast covers are normally darker and have less of a blue tint than East covers.
For economic reasons, Capitol later switched to a four-color printing process. Some of the later slicks used on West Coast covers have "BEATLES!" in dark olive green.

When "Meet The Beatles!" was originally issued, Capitol had factories in
1) Scranton, Pensylvania
2) Los Angeles, California
3) In mid. 1965, added a pressing plant in Jacksonville, Illinois.
(Cover used by the Jacksonville factory typically have "BEATLES!" in light tan.)

The lower portion of the back liner contains "Cover photo / Robert Freeman" "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
Meet The Beatles! (S)T-2047
Cover Number
Known With Beatles LPs from Factory
Mono or Stereo
2
Scranton
M/S
3
Scranton, Columbia
M/S
4
Jacksonville
M/S
5
Los Angeles
M/S
6
Los Angeles, Columbia
M/S
9
Jacksonville
M/S
12
Scranton, Winchester
S
16
Columbia, Jacksonville, Longines
S
17
Jacksonville
S
18
Los Angeles, Columbia
S
(*) All LPs 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 mono covers have the four variations:
1) Has "BEATLES!" in tan or brown and No album's producer credit. (=this record)
2) Has "BEATLES!" in tan or brown and the George Martin production credit.
3) Has "BEATLES!" in olive green and No album's producer credit.
4) Has "BEATLES!" in olive green and the George Martin production credit.
New back liner prepared in late February 1964, which added the phrase "Produced by GEORGE MARTIN" in the lower left corner.

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.

There are four basic label variations that can be distinguished by the performing rights organization (BMI or ASCAP) that appears in parentheses after each song title.
1) The first labels prepared for the album were printed without BMI or ASCAP.
2) The 2nd. labels list ASCAP as the performance rights organization for all songs on the SIDE-2, and all songs on SIDE-1 except "I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND (BMI)"
3) The 3rd. variation credits all songs on SIDE-2 as ASCAP, except for track #5, "I Wanna Be Your Man (BMI)"
4) the 4th. variation credits only the first and third songs of the SIDE-2 ASCAP. The other four songs on SIDE-2 and all songs on SIDE-1 credited to BMI.

The first three label variations were printed from early 1964 through early 1966.



#1-2 Meet The Beatles! (2nd. Press "1 BMI Credit / Scranton Press": T-2047)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE
MEET THE BEATLES!
CATALOG NUMBER
T-2047
RELEASE DATE
20th January.1964/First Press
TITLE LISTING
SIDE 1
SIDE 2
I Want To Hold Your Hand (BMI-2:24)
Don't Bother Me (ASCAP-2:28)
I Saw Her Standing There (ASCAP-2:50)
Little Child (ASCAP-1:46)
This Boy (ASCAP-2:11)
Till There Was You (ASCAP-2:12)
It Won't Be Long (ASCAP-2:11)
Hold Me Tight (ASCAP-2:30)
All I've Got To Do (ASCAP-2:05)
I Wanna Be Your Man (ASCAP-1:59)
All My Loving (ASCAP-2:04)
Not A Second Time (ASCAP-2:03)
FRONT--> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
meet meetback label label label
INNER SLEEVE FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
FRONT --> Click
BACK --> Click!
meet meet sleeve
The exposed portion of the back liner that wrapped around to the top of the jacket has the phrase "File Under: The Beatles Pop Rock, Vocal Group" as well as a large black dot and the catalogue number.
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
sleeve The words "MEET THE" are in light blue block letters. The remainder of the album's title, "BEATLES!" is usually either tan or brown.
Capitol later switched to a four-color printing process. Some of the later slicks used on West Coast covers have "BEATLES!" in dark olive green.
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
meetback The Capitol logo and the phrase "HIGH FIDELITY" appear in white in the upper right corner of the photo.
meet Capitol prepared the five million stickers. These 2" x 3" stickers are white with bright orange print. They featured four heads of hair and the words "The BEATLES are coming!".
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
meetback Back liner has the catalogue number "T 2047", the "Capitol Records High Fidelity Recording" logo and "Also Available In Stereo" in uppercase letters in the upper right corner.
meetback
The original issue of mono and stereo covers did not list the album's producer. New back liner prepared in late February 1964, which added the phrase "Produced by GEORGE MARTIN" in the lower left corner.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
meetback meetback
The lower 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.
(Back liners were sometimes printed without any identification number.)
LABEL CLOSE UP
label The original issue Capitol albums were manufactured with black label backdrops with an outer rim colorband.
meetback
Catalogue number "T-2047" was printed at the right side of the center hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP
SIDE 1 --> Click!
SIDE 2 --> Click!
There are 4 basic label variations that can be distinguished by the performing rights organization (BMI or ASCAP) that appears in parentheses after each song title.
23) The 2nd. variation credits all songs on both sides as ASCAP, except for track #1 of SIDE-1, "I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND (BMI)"
meet
meet
LABEL CLOSE UP
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.
OTHER ITEM
-

LABEL Capitol Black label with color band Type-1
MIX MONO
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 None
MATRIX No. SIDE 1
T 1 - 2047 - G2 #3    IAM mark  (machine stamped)
SIDE 2
T 2 - 2047 - G6 #3    IAM mark  (machine stamped)
PUBLISHER'S NAME
-
"SUBSIDIARY" PRINT
-
COVER FORM
Single type. Housed in a cardboard jacket.
INNER SLEEVE Capitol Company Sleeve Type-1: Royal Blue sleeve
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Photo: Robert Freeman / Notes: Tony Barrow
PRODUCER (Produced by GEORGE MARTIN)
COMMENTS
Meet the Beatles! is the the first U.S. Beatles album to be issued by Capitol Records, on 20 January 1964 in both mono and stereo formats. It topped the popular album chart on 15 February 1964.

The front cover to "Meet The Beatles!" uses the same Robert Freeman black and white portrait as "With The Beatles". The "Meet The Beatles!" cover was designed by art department head George Osaki. The portrait of the band has a blue tint not present on the darker all black and white U.K. cover. The Capitol logo and the phrase "HIGH FIDELITY" appear in white in the upper right corner of the photo.
The top portion of the cover has a thin-lined white box containing the album's title and brief text. The words "MEET THE" are in light blue block letters. The remainder of the album's title, "BEATLES!" is usually either tan or brown.

The minor color variation among covers is due to the front slicks being prepared by differeint printers. Front slicks were printed on:
1-1) East Coast: Queens Litho in New York
1-2) East Coast: Ivy Hill Lithograph Co. in New York
As a general rule, "BEATLES!" has more of a medium dark tan appearance on East Covers than on West covers.
2) West Coast: Bert-Co Enterprise of Los Angeles.
West Coast covers are normally darker and have less of a blue tint than East covers.
For economic reasons, Capitol later switched to a four-color printing process. Some of the later slicks used on West Coast covers have "BEATLES!" in dark olive green.

When "Meet The Beatles!" was originally issued, Capitol had factories in
1) Scranton, Pensylvania
2) Los Angeles, California
3) In mid. 1965, added a pressing plant in Jacksonville, Illinois.
(Cover used by the Jacksonville factory typically have "BEATLES!" in light tan.)

The lower portion of the back liner contains "Cover photo / Robert Freeman" "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
Meet The Beatles! (S)T-2047
Cover Number
Known With Beatles LPs from Factory
Mono or Stereo
2
Scranton
M/S
3
Scranton, Columbia
M/S
4
Jacksonville
M/S
5
Los Angeles
M/S
6
Los Angeles, Columbia
M/S
9
Jacksonville
M/S
12
Scranton, Winchester
S
16
Columbia, Jacksonville, Longines
S
17
Jacksonville
S
18
Los Angeles, Columbia
S
(*) All LPs 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 mono covers have the four variations:
1) Has "BEATLES!" in tan or brown and No album's producer credit. (=this record)
2) Has "BEATLES!" in tan or brown and the George Martin production credit.
3) Has "BEATLES!" in olive green and No album's producer credit.
4) Has "BEATLES!" in olive green and the George Martin production credit.
New back liner prepared in late February 1964, which added the phrase "Produced by GEORGE MARTIN" in the lower left corner.

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.

There are four basic label variations that can be distinguished by the performing rights organization (BMI or ASCAP) that appears in parentheses after each song title.
1) The first labels prepared for the album were printed without BMI or ASCAP.
2) The 2nd. labels list ASCAP as the performance rights organization for all songs on the SIDE-2, and all songs on SIDE-1 except "I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND (BMI)"
3) The 3rd. variation credits all songs on SIDE-2 as ASCAP, except for track #5, "I Wanna Be Your Man (BMI)"
4) the 4th. variation credits only the first and third songs of the SIDE-2 ASCAP. The other four songs on SIDE-2 and all songs on SIDE-1 credited to BMI.

The first three label variations were printed from early 1964 through early 1966.



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