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· LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE MOST IMPORTANT ALBUM IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL (PLEASE PARDON THE DRAMATIC INTRODUCTION, REST ASSURED WE ARE NOT EXAGGERATING).
· THE BEATLES – PLEASE, PLEASE ME – MONUMENTALLY RARE ORIGINAL 1963 BRITISH MONO PRESSING – ORIGINAL PARLOPHONE RECORDS MONO LP PMC-1202 (THIS, OF COURSE, IS NOT A SECOND PRESSING WITH A CHANGED CATALOG NUMBER: PMC-3042)
· ORIGINAL U.K. PRESSING
· ORIGINAL GOLD AND BLACK PARLOPHONE MONO LABEL
· *** PROMOTIONAL COPY; THE RECORD HAS STOCK LABELS; HOWEVER, THE PRESENCE OF THE MASSIVE, 7-PAGE PROMO-ONLY PRESS KIT CLEARLY IDENTIFIES THE ITEM AS PROMOTIONAL ***
· *** THE MONSTROUSLY RARE PRESS KIT CONSISTING OF :
1- SPECIAL RUSH RELEASE PRESS COMMUNIQUE FROM PARLOPHONE RECORDS ANNOUNCING IMMINENT RELEASE OF THE GROUP'S FIRST LP ("PLEASE, PLEASE ME"); THE PRESS RELEASE MORE OR LESS REPLICATES WHAT WOULD EVENTUALLY BECOME THE LINER NOTES OF THE ALBUM, MINUS THE ACCOMPANYING ARTWORK
2- BRIEF BEATLES DISCOGRAPHY (AT THIS POINT, THE GROUP ONLY HAD THREE SINGLES AND ONE LP UNDER THEIR BELT) AND GROUP'S MANAGEMENT AND CONTACT DETAILS
3- TYPEWRITTEN ANNOUNCEMENT OF UPCOMING CONCERT AND TOUR APPEARANCES
4- PRINTED PAGE WITH PASTICHED IMAGES OF THE BEATLES' PERIOD BRITISH NEWSCLIPS
5- THE NEWSPAPER ADVERT FROM THE LEGENDARY BRITISH PROMOTER ►BRIAN MATTHEW SALES-PITCHING THE GROUP'S THIRD SINGLE ("FROM ME TO YOU")
6- PARLOPHONE'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RELEASE OF THE GROUP'S THIRD SINGLE ("FROM ME TO YOU")
7- A STUNNING BLACK & WHITE PUBLICITY PHOTO OF THE (VERY YOUNG) FAB FOUR STANDING ON THE SHIP'S DECK, WITH BRIAN MATTHEW'S QUOTE ON TOP :VISUALLY AND MUSICALLY THE MOST EXCISITNG AND ACCOMPLISHED GROUP TO EMERGE SINCE THE SHADOWS" (UM... BRIAN...HOW ABOUT THE EVERLY BROTHERS ? BUDDY HOLLY AND THE CRICKETS??GENE VINCENT AND THE BLUE CAPS? BILL HALLEY & THE COMETS???-- OP.ED)
· ALL THE LISTED INSERTS COMPRISING THIS PRESS RELEASE ARE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC BRITISH PERIOD PIECES, NOT REPRODUCTIONS OR REPLICAS; THE INSERS ARE IN EXTRAORDINARY STATE OF PRESERVATION, WITH ONLY MINOR YELLOWING AND A RUSTY STAPLE HOLE HERE AND THERE (FROM THE REMOVED RUSTY STAPLE WHICH WAS USED TO ATTACH THE INSERTS)
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST BRITISH. PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· ORIGINAL FLIP-BACK COVER (1/2-INCH MARGINS OF THE FRONT PANEL ARE FOLDED AND PASTED ONTO THE BACK PANEL)
· ORIGINAL LAMINATED COVER
· CLEAN, WEAR-FREE LABELS
· BRITISH RAISED TAX STAMP (Z.M.T.) NOTED AROUND THE SPINDLE HOLE (
· THICK, HEAVY VINYL PRESSING
· MATRIX NUMBERS IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) ARE: XEX-421-1N (SIDE 1) AND XEX-422-1N
· MACHINE-STAMPED MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) OF THE RECORD
(►PLEASE SEE THE IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
(Note: this is a REAL image of the ACTUAL item you are bidding on. This is NOT a "recycled" image from our previous auction. What you see is what you'll get. GUARANTEED!)
Once "Please Please Me" rocketed to number one, the Beatles rushed to deliver a debut album, bashing out Please Please Me in a day. Decades after its release, the album still sounds fresh, precisely because of its intense origins. As the songs rush past, it's easy to get wrapped up in the sound of the record itself without realizing how the album effectively summarizes the band's eclectic influences. Naturally, the influences shine through their covers, all of which are unconventional and illustrate the group's superior taste. There's a love of girl groups, vocal harmonies, sophisticated popcraft, schmaltz, R&B, and hard-driving rock & roll, which is enough to make Please Please Me impressive, but what makes it astonishing is how these elements converge in the originals. "I Saw Here Standing There" is one of their best rockers, yet it has surprising harmonies and melodic progressions. "Misery" and "There's a Place" grow out of the girl group tradition without being tied to it. A few of their originals, such as "Do You Want to Know a Secret" and the pleasantly light "P.S. I Love You," have dated slightly, but endearingly so, since they're infused with cheerful innocence and enthusiasm. And there is an innocence to Please Please Me. The Beatles may have played notoriously rough dives in Hamburg, but the only way you could tell that on their first album was how the constant gigging turned the group into a tight, professional band that could run through their set list at the drop of a hat with boundless energy. It's no surprise that Lennon had shouted himself hoarse by the end of the session, barely getting through "Twist and Shout," the most famous single take in rock history. He simply got caught up in the music, just like generations of listeners did.
(EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY STEPHEN THOMAS ERLEWINE, ALL MUSIC GUIDE /ALLMUSIC.COM/)
The PROMOTIONAL, RADIO STATION-, AUDITION OR DEMONSTRATION COPIES AND RELEASES (such as the one we have here) were routinely distributed among the radio stations before the LP was released to the public, sometimes as much as 4 months ahead. These records are generally considered to be the "first among equals", which is to say the VERY FIRST generation and the VERY FIRST pressings of the particular title.
Among the promotional releases, those that come with publicity kits (various packages comprising of photo inserts, letters of introduction from the label; typewritten biographies and/or discographies, decals, badges and alike) are generally recognized as the earliest, and most important specimens of a given title; with some