ARTIST: The Beatles
TRACKS: Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You
LABEL: Parlophone (Demo)
NUMBER: 45-R 4949
Here is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the rarest Beatles records !! A genuine UK DEMONSTRATION 45 of their debut single !!
Just 250 copies were pressed for distribution to
DJs & reviewers prior to its October 1962 release, and only a
handful survive today.
This genuine disc bears the correct 'oversize' labels with a large red 'A' on the 'Love Me Do' label: 45-R 4949
Both labels also have the 'DEMONSTRATION RECORD - NOT FOR SALE' wording & 'The Parlophone Co. Ltd..' worded rims
Paul McCartney's songwriting credit on both sides is misspelt as 'McArtney'
Matrix numbers: 7XCE 17144-1N & 7XCE 17145-1N
Special 'demo/jukebox record' stamper codes: -/JR & -/JR
A 'ZT' purchase tax code is stamped around the centre of the 'Love Me Do' label & in both run-outs.
The disc is housed within the original EMI promotional 'Top Pop - Special Rush Copy' sleeve.
Visual: VG++ / EX
Both vinyl surfaces are extremely clean and retain all of their
factory shine with no dull or clouded areas and display no noticeable
marks on strong light, except few scuffs. Closer examination directly beneath my
powerful halogen desk lamp
reveals several harmless stylus/paper hairlines, but nothing I would
call a 'scratch'. Both sides of this fine disc lie 100% flat on the
turntable when playing.
'Love Me Do': VG++ 'P.S. I Love You': VG++
This disc has clearly not been played very much at all. My careful playcheck detected some light background noise on 'Love Me Do' which accounts for the slight downgrade. Both tracks are free from any groove/playwear distortion, clicks, pops or any other audible distractions.
Labels: VG+ / EX
I'll let the images above do the talking.