SP: Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You
Capitol 72076 [Tylko w Mono] Kanada
Nota: Love Me Do – wersja I (Ringo – perkusja)
The dead wax #'s are: A side: 7XCE-17144-5. B side: 7XCE-17145-6.
This is the alternate 1st version with Ringo on drums as apposed to the later Tollie version in which Andy White sat in on the kit.
"Mfd. in Canada by Capitol Records of Canada, Ltd. Registered User. Copyrighted." on the rim do 1966 r.
THIS WAS FIRST BEATLES SINGLE PRESSED ON CAPITOL LABEL ANYWHERE!
ssued on February 18, 1963. This 45 is the first record issued in North America that was credited to "The Beatles". The very first pressings of this rare record are normally identifiable by the large hand written matrix number (with no dash and number) hand etched in the trail off area.
matrix 45 rpm
This first pressing is extremely rare since, according to Paul white himself, a first run of only 170 copies were made. The band not being famous yet, the 45 did not sell well; apparently only around 78 copies were sold out of those initial 170. Some or most of these early 1963 records were issued in a glossy black Capitol sleeve.
NOTE: Although still quite hard to find, it is possible that some later early 1964 repressings exist with the large matrix number and no dash or number. Being good for a few thousand records, stampers were most likely not thrown out after a small run of 170, and possibly later re-used when repressings were needed.
Later pressings (with smaller matrix numbers and a " dash and number") are much more common. Almost all copies found on auction sites and in record stores are form these later pressings. In 1967, the permimeter print was changed to CANADA in brackets. These too are a bit difficult to come by since copies with numbers as high as "dash 7" still have the perimeter print with no brackets.
The master for this 45 was dubbed from the UK 45 and plays the rarer version of Love Me Do with Ringo on drums.
Love Me Do b/w P.S. I Love You (Canadian Capitol 72076 released in Canada in mid February, 1963) which was the first Beatles' release anywhere on Capitol records and wouldn't be released in the U.S. until 1964 on Tollie 9008. Also, the Canadian pressing has Ringo Starr on drums whereas the U.S. pressed version on Tollie 9008 has session drummer Andy White on drums with Ringo Starr playing tambourine. According to Paul White, who served as Canada Capitols' marketing manager, the Canadian 45 rpm pressing of Love Me Do on Capitol 72076 fared poorly and reportedly sold 78 copies.
Yes, zonophone, these juke strips would be U.S. as they are printed and state "Capitol Canadian 72076" to indicate them as such. They would not have been issued in February 1963 with the original single release, likely in early 1964. Only Love Me Do, Roll Over Beethoven and All My Loving have these juke box strips to my knowledge.
Part of it may've been the printing, but another aspect was that some pressing plants used a type of paper that lost about 2 - 5% of its whiteness when pressed onto the record, which may explain why the yellow appears mustardish on 1963 pressings by RCA Victor's Smiths Falls, Ontario plant.
By the time of the Starline single with the Andy White version, Canadian Capitol was using lacquers from the New York studios ('P' or 'T' within the lacquer number code), and such 45's were pressed by Compo in Cornwall, Ontario.
Hi Rocketstail, indeed the original 63 copies would have a darker swirl, with a more "mustard" yellow color. The differences are subtle though, you would have to compare with other 45s pressed during the same period, before Capitol received a new batch of (slightly lighter) labels.
So to answer your question, in my 5 copies, not all labels are the same hue.
Zonophone, since you own 5 copies without the dash are all swirls the same hue? are the original February 18th release copies darker? I have a copy bought from back then but I'm not *exactly* sure if it was in 1963 ... no hyphen in the matrix.
According to Mark Lewisohn's usually excellent reference book "The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions", the recording with Ringo was discarded.
Makes no sense to me, as it's basically identical, minus Ringo's Tambourine playing on the Andy White take.
Beatlejohn, I can confirm the Starline Single of Love Me Do indeed has the Andy White version. I do not know if it is because they got rid of the master or if they simply complied with the US catalog, but Capitol Canada were not known to throw much away... I personally think it was simply to comply with the USA catalog.
Canada dubbed masters from the UK singles since it was common practice back then; EMI almost never sent masters for singles from the UK, so they dubbed the 45s instead. In some instances masters were sent from Scranton in the USA. EMI sent album tape masters (like the Beatlemania album), but rarely did they send anything for singles, especially for yet unknown bands like the Beatles in 1963!
Gizmobob, it is not known exactly how many copies of this first run have actually sold; Paul White's account varies from interview to interview, but between 78 and 140 copies has been determined as a safe bet. But be careful, not all Love Me Do discs are first runs from 1963 (obviously) and mostly, not all discs with no dash and number in the matrix are first runs either (as it was originally thought)...
Actually, the metal parts used to press the local run of around 200 copies were most likely re-used in 1964 when Beatlemania took off, so many early 1964 pressings (with swirls showing a slightly different hue) have no dash and number as they were made form the same parts.
I personally own 5 copies with no dash and number, and know of at least another dozen from collector friends, so unless we are all EXTREMELY lucky and own 17 of the 78 original copies that sold (and survived), it is statistically impossible to consider all "no dash and numbers" as original 63 pressings.
Piers Hemmingsen's latest Beatles discography book (part 3) covers in extensive details the sales of Canadian records with company record sales.
Suposedly...(and our Canadian friends will let me know if this is true or not), when this coupling was moved over to the Canadian Starline series in 1965 (45-6042), the "Andy White" version was substituted for the "Ringo" version..(I've never heard a copy to confirm), but I do know when the compilers of the US version of the "Rarities" Lp asked Capitol of Canada if they still posessed the original 45 master to Love Me Do (at the time, not knowing it was a record dub) they were told it was discarded and relpaced with a newer (Andy) version ...John..... (as a side note, you don't know how delighted I am when I come across a Capitol of Canada 70000 series single..to my US eyes it's so cool to find various artists on that Capitol "Swirl" label, (The Hollies, Gerry, Manfred Mann, Billy J., Dave Clark 5, The Scaffold, The Yardbirds...PINK FLOYD!..I love it...)
Marketing Manager Paul White, of Capitol of Canada, upon listening to "Love Me Do" from an early UK 45 pressing that was sent to him, decided to run off a small initial order for local retail stores. These were dubbed from the UK 45, instead of waiting for the Master Tapes to be sent to him, hence why it has the very rare version of Ringo on drums. It is reported that only about 78 copies of this February 18, 1963 release were sold to the public. This is extremely significant since it was the first ever North American commercial record listing the artists as "The Beatles"... a full week before VJ 498 (Please Please Me / Ask Me Why) was released in the USA.
This record was dubbed directly from the UK 45 instead of using a tape master; this is why it has the Ringo version.
Early copies with no dash and number in the matrix info hand etched in the trail off area are much harder to find as the Beatles were not yet known in Canada then. The record sold poorly at first.