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USA vinyl album Introducing The Beatles

‘Introducing The Beatles’ USA album – front cover
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‘Introducing The Beatles’ USA album – back cover
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‘Introducing The Beatles’ USA album – Vee Jay record label
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  • Label: Vee Jay VJLP 1062 MONO / S 1062 STEREO
  • Released: 10th January 1964
  • Sales figures: after 1 month – between 80,000 and 90,000
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – Didn’t enter;
    Cashbox – Didn’t enter;
    Record World – Didn’t enter

Side A: I Saw Her Standing There / Misery / Anna (Go To Him) / Chains / Boys / Love Me Do
Side B: P.S. I Love You / Baby It’s You / Do You Want To Know A Secret / A Taste Of Honey / There’s A Place / Twist And Shout

All tracks by McCartney/Lennon except (3) Alexander, (4) Goffin/King, (5) Dixon/Farrell, (8) David/Williams/Bacharach, (10) Scott/Marlow and (12) Medley/Russell

When Capitol refused to take up their option on The Beatles, Brian was forced to hand their debut album over to Vee-Jay – a little company with an even littler budget. In Britain it was called ‘Please Please Me’ and contained fourteen songs. But a standard LP in America only had twelve, so they knocked out ‘Please Please Me’ and ‘Ask Me Why’ – two songs which had already formed their debut single and flopped, so there was little point in using them again. And with ‘Please Please Me’ missing there was no need to keep the British title, so they re-christened it ‘Introducing The Beatles’.

The front cover wasn’t tooo bad – they used the photo from the ‘The Beatles’ Hits’ EP, chopped off their feet and reversed the negative – meaning their hair was flowing the wrong way. But the …

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USA vinyl album (Re-release) Introducing The Beatles

‘Introducing The Beatles’ USA album – front cover
Front cover
‘Introducing The Beatles’ USA album – back cover
Back cover
‘Introducing The Beatles’ USA album – Vee Jay record label
Record label
  • Label: Vee Jay VJLP 1062 MONO / S 1062 STEREO
  • Released: 10th February 1964
  • Sales figures: after 2 months – 945,000; after 5 months – 1¼ million; to date – 1,345,000
  • Peak position:
    Billboard – #2;
    Cashbox – #2;
    Record World – #1
  • Weeks in chart: 49 – from 10th February 1964

Side A: I Saw Her Standing There / Misery / Anna (Go To Him) / Chains / Boys / Ask Me Why
Side B: Please Please Me / Baby It’s You / Do You Want To Know A Secret / A Taste Of Honey / There’s A Place / Twist And Shout

All tracks by McCartney/Lennon except (3) Alexander, (4) Goffin/King, (5) Dixon/Farrell, (8) David/Williams/Bacharach, (10) Scott/Marlow and (12) Medley/Russell

During their January court case, Vee-Jay were dismayed to find out that The Beatles’ first UK single was published by Beechwood (the American arm of Ardmore & Beechwood) – the owners of which were Capitol! So Capitol used that as a bludgeon in the unfolding drama. They instructed Beechwood to deny the rights to Vee-Jay, and after a month or so of legal argument they were forced to re-release the album with a different song-set.

‘Love Me Do’ and ‘P.S I Love You’ were then stripped out and replaced with their debut single in the States – ‘Please Please Me / Ask Me Why’.

The album was kept off the top spot by ‘Meet The Beatles!’.

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