July 16, 2017
Start Date: July 6, 2017
Final Price: $3,223.90 (USD)
Bid Count: 34
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Introducing The Beatles
Vee-Jay Records Stereo SR-1062 RARE “Blank Back” rear slick artwork
Original Version One track list with P.S. I Love You & Love Me Do
Why this record is so rare
Work on what would ultimately become Introducing The Beatles started in the summer of 1963. Given Vee-Jay's ongoing financial difficulties and initial failure of the Beatles singles to catch on in the US market, this effort lied dormant for the remainder of the year. However by the end of 63, Vee-Jay caught wind that the US market might just be ready for The Beatles after all. Production of Introducing The Beatles was rushed into production to piggyback off of Capitol's massive promotional budget and the initial copies of this record were prepared for release.
History shows the initial release date of Introducing The Beatles as January 10th 1964 in both stereo and mono.
Initial copies of Introducing The Beatles were issued with the “ad back” as the rear cover. This was likely the most expedient option to rush this title to market, the rear art was created by simply copying the art from a contemporary Vee-Jay inner sleeve.
In this short space of time, once printing plants had exhausted all the “ad back” slicks stock, a small number of blank back slicks were created. This is the version you are bidding on. Speculation on why the blank back was chosen will continue as all the principle decision makers have passed. More than likely it was a quick stop gap measure to ensure Beatles product could be flooded into the market.the item was presented to me as a "promo" copy but that designation is questioned by the experts.
Almost immediately these copies were replaced. Bruce Spizer's Goldmine article provides in depth information why a brand track listing, and 3rd rear cover design was created with the first week of release. This version with proper title back sleeves, began printing in January of 64.
Almost immediately after its release Beechwood Music who owned the US rights to Love Me Do and PS I Love You issued a restraining order against Vee-Jay on 1/16/64. Vee-Jay was ordered to cease use of those 2 tracks. Vee-Jay quickly modified the running order eliminating these two tracks and replacing them with Ask Me Why and Please Please Me. Lacquers with this change were created almost immediately on 1/22/64, with their corresponding stampers created 1/24/64. The release date for the revised version is listed as 2/10/64, an auspicious date as this was the very next day after the Beatles groundbreaking Ed Sullivan Show debut on Sunday 2/9/64. Thus all copies created with this initial track order predated the explosion of Beatlemania in the US.
Just how rare
Per Spizer’s brilliant book on the subject, approximately 80,000 mono copies were issued of this initial version, but only 2000 stereo copies. His 2010 Goldmine article on the subject lists 2,202.
This 40:1 ratio speaks to just how dominant mono record were at the time, particularly with a small independent record company on the ropes, taking a last ditch damn the torpedoes approach to capture sales in the youth market. It is clear no matter how you slice it stereo was not the format of choice.
Of those 2000 stereo copies if one were to assume an even distribution between ad back and blank backs, were looking at just 1000 stereo copies.
Given the fleeting nature of record collections in the past 53+ years since these handful were issued, and the fact that the majority of these copies are likely already destroyed and in landfills this record is almost impossible to find.. The very few remaining copies are likely tucked away unbeknownst to their owners of just what a rare LP they possess. An issue no doubt clouded by this records ubiquity in the much more common hammered mono 2nd editions and even more ubiquitous bootleg form, it's easy to overlook this rare piece. As such it’s not surprising that Popsike only has record of a handful of these trading hands on Ebay.
This record, the first stereo US Beatles album ever issued, is topped in rarity perhaps only by the Livingston first state butcher covers. It is an incredibly rare item. This is one of the few chances that come up to obtain a copy for your collection.
About This Copy:
LP was mastered by Universal Recording Corp. in Chicago. On June 22nd 1963.
With additional work done by Audio Matrix. Their machine stamp is featured in the Deadwax.
This copy was then pressed by Monarch in LA. As aside note one of my contemporaries on the Steve Hoffman board who has listened to various legitimate Vee-Jay pressings declared this version the best sonically. Monarch has their unique pressing number preceded by the hand etched delta symbol, and their machine stamped circular M symbol. Additionally the Monarch pressing engineer added the date the stampers were cut 6-28-63
Vinyl Visual Grade: Fair share of scuffs and lighter marks. No deep gauges or nastiness. I grade the original owner as fairly conscious for the era and likely used the inner sleeve. LP lies flat and tracks perfectly Visually graded at Solid VG. I cleaned this record twice each side with distilled water on my VPI 16.5 and have placed it in a new SleeveCity Protective Poly lined Ultimate Inner sleeve.
Jacket Details & Grade:
Overall very clean given it's scarcity.
Minor /average ring wear.
Most notable flaw is the top seam split and was seam repaired. Repair job as pictured was very well done, particularly on the front side of the sleeve. It appears the line was done with the aid of a ruler to ensure no additional tape overhang. The rear side wasn't quite as clean, but it ultimately was an excellent job- securing the art and ensuring it matches up perfectly.
The other two seams are still intact. The title seam is notably quite clean and with the full title visible. (See Picture)
No other additional flaws. No stains or writing.
As it should be , after A lifetime of seeing fakes or beat Mono copies, this artwork in contrast pops with an incredible amount of detail in the image.
Grades as Solid VG.
Play Grade Notes:
VPI Scout Turntable
Dynavector 20X2L Cartridge
Manley Chinook Phono stage
Fully Restored Fisher 800-C Receiver
Intros typically track Solid VG+, the full body of the track typically plays Solid VG++. No loud pops, or skips. Just a few seconds of the LP play with light tics and when this occurs it’s never worse than Solid VG+ with the music much more dominant. These old Monarch pressings were tanks, this one is proof -as it well outplays it’s visual grade.
I Saw Her Standing There: A bit of Solid VG+ in the intro then settles into Solid VG++
Misery: Solid VG++
Anna: Solid VG+ in the intro, then Solid VG++
Chains: a bit of solid VG+ opening, then Solid VG++, 3rd verse has a bit of Solid VG+ sn.
Boys: Solid VG++ rockin’.
Love Me Do: Solid VG++
P.S. I Love You: Opens Solid VG+, opening verse has one moderate tic. Settle in nicely and grades Solid VG++ after.
Baby It’s You: Opens Solid vG+, Goes to Solid VG++ with the first verse.
Do You Want To Know a Secret: Cold vocal opening is damn clean grading Strongest VG+, body of track plays entry to Solid VG++. Very nice.
A Taste of Honey: Solid VG+ opening, goes to Strongest VG+.
There’s a Place: Solid VG++
Twist and Shout: Solid/Strong VG++
Authenticity: This record hails from a recently passed lifetime collector. It is clearly authentic both in the jacket and the vinyl. The image on the jacket is clear with George's shadow visible. Additionally note Paul's digits on the wrap around of the front slick as it was tucked under onto the blank back of the rear slick.
The record is clearly authentic based on the vibrant original Vee-Jay labels, as well as the deadwax provenance with the appropriate markings for Audio Matrix, the 6/28/63 cutting date and the unique Monarch factory inscriptions.
Please reach out if you have any additional questions on this piece.
About the seller:
I am first and foremost a collector. I treat this entire experience as such, and enjoy sharing these pieces. My goals is to provide the absolute best pressings with all the detail, knowledge, skill and love they deserve. I have been a serious collector, and have traveled the world to accumulate some amazing LPs. I sell regularly on private sites online, and have built a steady group of repeat, highly satisfied customers. I will occasionally sell on EBay when I have some really nice items to share. I take this very seriously, and have impeccable 100% feedback for the items I have sold. I take pride in my work, and my past auctions will show up in place like Popsike etc.
The majority of what I sell is high quality, 1st pressings. My personal love for vinyl comes from my goal to acquire the best sounding copies of my favorite musicians. I have extensive knowledge of which LPs are indeed the “best Pressings”, true 1st pressings, and have in most cases heard many copies of these LPs which have enabled me to know which ones sound best. I am happy to pass this all on to you.
I have never had a dissatisfied customer with over a 1000 positive transactions. I can count the number of returns and exchanges over the years on one hand. I credit this to my level of detail, attention to quality, and making sure the entire transaction is positive. With that in mind here is a ton of detail about the process.
On VINYL Grading:
Let’s talk about grading. I know you’re thinking, jeeze, another EBay record seller with his own special take on record grading, let’s just go to the Goldmine standard, cut the crap and be done with it. Sounds great but if you don’t understand how I grade based on the Goldmine standard, and considering how people use these terms on this site, I think a more in depth discussion will help you understand what your record will sound like when it arrives.
I think it is also helpful to understand how your copy compares to other LPs pressed during the same production run. I have a strong working knowledge and familiarity with the vast majority of titles I sell. Why? Because I love the music and want what you want the best sound. Some titles no matter how clean of condition play with more surface noise than others based on who pressed the LPs, and what company they used to produce the copies. As a collector, I have typically heard a bunch of the same pressings, and can comment on sound and how it relates to condition. This can be helpful so you don’t spend the rest of your life trying to track down a copy that plays cleaner, when such a pressing doesn’t exist.
First and foremost, let’s just say 99.9% of all records sold on EBay are over graded at a ridiculous level. As a passionate collector of LPs, this really sucks, you typically have to build this inflation into your purchasing decisions, “If it’s sold as a VG++ record, it’s probably really VG+” even if they are good seller with 100% feedback. I strive to avoid this; my customers are unanimous in their praise for my grading. I grade conservatively, honestly and in detail. I want to give you as much information as possible about the condition of the vinyl, so you will ultimately know how it sounds.
It is also helpful and informative to understand visual grading as well as play grading. When time permits I try to provide both. Obviously with sealed LPs, or records sold as unplayed, I don’t want to diminish their value by opening/and or playing them. As such I can’t comment or know how they will sound.
Let’s run through visual grades first. Like any of the other Real sellers on this sight, I grade under a bright light, so I can see any imperfections accurately.
NM: This Record will show no post factory blemishes what so ever. Not even a sleeve scuff. It was probably stored in some type of poly lined inner sleeve, and rarely if ever played, or owned by a total collector or someone with really good preservation instincts but limited musical taste. A lot of these records were purchased with a discount or out of curiosity but rarely if ever played.
VG++: This LP is often the best you will find of many pressings in my experience. This LP may have some light sleeve scuffing and or inaudible light marks. Will still often have a very high gloss, and will look like new. This grade is often assumed by other sellers to be NM, because the defects may be inaudible.
VG+: Some lighter marks: this LP has been played and enjoyed but has been well kept, and was probably at least put back in its original inner sleeve. This seems to be my average grade for someone who for the era did a pretty good job of taking care of their records. Lighter scratches/ marks etc.
VG: This record has marks, scratches etc. this is probably the average condition LP from the 60s/70s. Not completely ruined, but definitely loved and enjoyed and played to death. May not have been stored in a sleeve, removed from the LP a bunch. Often times you can find a lot of value at this grading point. I’d rather have a VG original than some BS made from a cd reissue, and with rare collectible records often the only way to find a reasonably priced copy without spending a few hundred bucks.
I may on occasion sell a record in lesser shape than VG if it’s extremely rare, valuable, and or collectible.
As I have mentioned prior it’s important to understand that the way an LP is cut, how it was cut, and on what vinyl it was cut, as it will have a huge impact on how it will sound. Often as much as how it has been taken care of once it was opened and how it was played and stored by its owner(s). One of the biggest lessons you can learn as a serious collector is that even a record that left factory in pristine shape, and was well taken care of, is that it may only play at a VG+ level and is some rare cases at a VG level. When I have a knowledge built from listening to multiple original pressings of the same copy I will provide my insight.
Not all grading is absolute either. After all this vinyl business is an art much more than a science. Every LP will have its own unique playback. I try to provide as much detail as I can. Because of the analog nature and the way that the physical condition affects the auditory playback, some tracks on an album may play differently, just as you can have variation within a track itself. Some LPs with play with properties of a few different grades, and some will exhibit a grade to a stronger or lesser amount.
Lastly some LPs were recorded, mastered or mixed poorly. In some cases all 3. There are plenty of engineers who cut things really hot in a way that causes distortion, sibilance and or other sound issues. There are a myriad of things that affect the way the LP sounds.
NM: a pretty rare to impossible grade, I know enough from buying vintage 60s’ and 70s pressing s from the US and Western Europe that have been perfectly stored , kept and in some cases left unplayed, that this doesn’t really happen. I have bought, owned and sold thousands of LPs; I have only used this play grade less than 10 times. Some German, Japanese and audiophile pressings can get close.
VG++: This LP will play with only very faint, occasional surface noise, the odd tick. The music is the primary focus, and is all but a fraction of what you will hear on such a pressing. Generally the best you can do with a particular pressing.
VG+: This record has a little bit more surface noise, and may have some ticks or marks that show up, some fairly regularly. Nothing nasty or so loud it that kills the musical flow. This is the way an average record should sound that has been taken care of and seen normal play.
VG: Louder surface, noise, intermittent ticks pops, no skips, or sibilance caused by the condition of the LP (if the producer cut the vocals/horns or guitar too hot, we don’t have options other than a different cutting) These LPs will still have a lot of love. This grading shows up with well taken care of but very quiet LPs, if you are talking jazz, classical, ambient, or just very quiet music in the dynamic range this grade may show up, even when the LP is physically in great shape.
This LP should not have hashiness (this is the sound of an LP that has been stored so poorly often rubbed abrasively) no inner sleeve, stacked on other LPs or literally played to death) what it sounds like is the way I remember hearing the Byrds Turn! Turn! Turn! On the jukebox as a kid: grainy fuzzy distortion were vocal passages, cymbals, drums etc turn to mush.
VG records can kick plenty of ass, and as a collector are your best value. Many have moments so sweet that you can get to the core of the music you are enjoying, despite some of the audible blemishes.
Jackets, Art, inserts etc
Jackets are a lot more straight forward. I try to take good high res pics to capture it, but will mention any issues; here are my thoughts on grading:
NM: Often times in shrink, the shrink it pretty much fully intact, I’ll try and mention and price, hype stickers etc. This jacket should have pristine art, as you would have found it in the store: No bends, ring wear, tears, stains, mold damage, writing, seam splits, delamination etc.
VG++: really clean, maybe some slight imperfections like tiny initials in ball point, very slight ring wear etc
VG+: Might have a name written but not typically huge, , fairly standard ring wear (not obscuring the majority of the art) might have some very minor seam splitting scuffs and marks etc.
VG: Tears, split seams, writing, ring wear that starts to dominate the art etc. stains etc
Inner sleeves tend to always separate at least an inch or so at the 6 o’clock point, they also tend to fold, and often left the factory this way. I don’t send a whole lot of time on inner sleeves, or grade them, but I will mention them and their condition. If they have mold starting I will not include them to contaminate the record. If there was custom art/inner sleeve that came with the title I will typically point this out, and mention if it is included or not.
If the record was issued in a generic sleeve, I may include it, but not always, I try to provide recycled Poly lined protective sleeves when possible in order to protect your record when possible.
As far as cool inserts, posters etc, I will include one when possible, I will make mention of this. If the listing doesn’t include mention of this don’t assume that it does include the original inserts.
I ship records properly. I will always ship 12” LPs in heavy cardboard LP specific mailers.
I take the LP and place it an inner sleeve, OUTSIDE of the LP to prevent seam splits. I have the jacket, Record in sleeve, and any inserts all inside a protective outer sleeve.
I also ship with 2 12x12 cardboard inserts to protect your LP.
Because of the rarity of this item, I will require it to be fully insure
In order o protect my sales from fraud I utilize Ebay's international shipping service exclusively.
I can ship any expedited / insured method you may prefer,at an additional cost.
I will ship to most anywhere in the civilized world, my preference is the US. If I get a sketchy vibe from you I reserve the right to sell the LP to the next highest bidder.
I try to keep all the “rules” to a minimum; I treat people with respect the way they like to be treated. I have put these rules in place based on my experiences as a seller to prevent any drama. Life is way to short to deal with BS. I have a regular job for that . I am not selling garbage or some faceless commodity. These are historical artifacts, art of the highest order. I spend my valuable time to ensure I do things right with a collector’s perspective in mind. I am reasonable and friendly guy. Please communicate and together I will realize the market value for my LPs and you will get the best possible experience in buying used vinyl via the internet.
If you made it this far you should probably be listening to a record instead. Thanks for viewing my auction.