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Artist:The Beatles
Label:  Parlophone
Country:UK
Catalogue:R 4949
Date:5 Oct 1962
Format:7"
Chart Position:17
Collection:  I Own It     I Want It 
Community:79 Own, 6 Want
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TrackArtistTitleComposerProducerRating
AThe BeatlesLove Me DoLennon, McCartney7.2  Rate
BThe BeatlesP.S. I Love YouLennon, McCartney7.8  Rate


Notes

1st issue: Red labels. Catalogue number has the prefix 45-R. Some copies have a 'Made in Great Britain' credit under the circled ₤ Parlophone logo. Demo copies miscredit McCartney as McArtney.

2nd issue: Black labels. 'The Parlophone Co Ltd…' perimiter text round the edge of the label is in upper and lower case. Released April 1963.

3rd issue: Black labels. 'The Parlophone Co Ltd…' perimiter text round the edge of the label is in upper case only. Released in 1964.

4th issue: Black labels with EMI logo. 'Green' picture sleeve. Released March 1976.

5th issue: 20th anniversary release. Red 'shiny' labels, which have the credit 'Produced by George Martin'. Picture sleeve. Released October 1982. Reached number 4 in the charts. Later copies have a barcode on the back cover of the picture sleeve.

6th issue: 30th anniversary release. Silver injection moulded labels. Barcode on back of picture sleeve. Released October 1992.

7th issue: 5th October 2012 50th anniversary release. Red labels in reproduction beach towel sleeve.

8th issue: 22nd October 2012 50th anniversary release. Red labels in reproduction beach towel sleeve.

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Comments
 
Gizmobob
27th Mar 2014
 With the help from Frank Daniels, coauthor of many Beatles publications, I've put together spreadsheet detailing the 8 known red label variations and how to identify them. They are listed in probable chronological order, showing that the lowest Stampers (1G/1G) weren't necessarily the earliest releases.

Love Me Do (Red Label - UK)
 

 
JPGR&B
27th Jul 2013
 See here for new shaped coloured vinyl releases by Mischief Music. More examples of what can happen when a recording of a song falls out of copyright.
 

 
JPGR&B
22nd Jun 2013
 See here for The Beatles Are Back remixes of Love Me Do referred to by Deltics on 24 January 2013 - it's the European CD single release with four remixes plus the "original remastered version".
 

 
Oakley Boys
9th Jun 2013
 if anyone's got some spare cash and wants a copy of this on the black label then there is one currently on Ebay here which has a slight variation in the title and artist set-up and so would feature on this page.
 

 
Oakley Boys
9th Jun 2013
 With apologies to Vinyllover I don't think those images belong here as they are the '5th ISSUE' and they actually belong/already are under that link.

Another thing.. Where does the Sold In The UK sit in with these issues as we have 4 variations not 3 i.e. red/black no SITUK, black mixed case with SITUK and all uppercase with SITUK
 

 
kab2112
14th Feb 2013
 Sheet music uploaded for B side
 

 
kab2112
14th Feb 2013
 Sheet music uploaded
 

 
JPGR&B
2nd Feb 2013
 Re Deltics' link - yes, pretty awful. This is what can happen when a recording of a song falls out of copyright.

Edited by JPGR&B 6 Feb 12.
 

 
Deltics
24th Jan 2013
 Stop it NOW!!
The Beatles Are Back - iTunes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSV6YeWE2zo
 

 
roboleyton
29th Oct 2012
 Uploaded page from 'Record Retailer and Music Industry News' for September 27th 1962, full page advert.
 

 
MonkeyHanger
8th Oct 2012
 Yup it was the 1982 issue, as seen on 99.9% of "Love Me Do" documentaries and newspapers. Shameful.
 

 
JPGR&B
7th Oct 2012
 Probably the 1982 20th anniversary reissue.
 

 
Catagna45
7th Oct 2012
 Forgive me all, if this states something obvious within the mutliple exchanges on this and the reissue site. But in Stuart Maconie's documentary on BBC4 tonight, at one point he is sitting in an armchair in Paul McCartney's old living room (about 50 minutes in) and he reaches for the 'Love Me Do' Red Parlophone (heavily fingermarked) single from the gramophone stand to his right. On the left of the label it reads 'A Side'. Yet I cannot see such an issue here. Apologies if I have missed something.
 

 
VinylSid
5th Oct 2012
 
 

 
roboleyton
22nd Aug 2012
 Does anybody have any spare change For This. I must dig mine out.
 

 
roboleyton
3rd Jun 2012
 Love Me Do Black label, with 'Sold in UK' text, with parlophone in perimeter text, in lowercase lettering, uploaded.
 

 
zabadak
13th May 2012
 Very nice - I don't have the copy obtained in 1963 but I do now have one of that vintage (which I bought in the 80s)
 

 
Getalife
12th May 2012
 Twist and Shout EP was the first Beatle record I bought, also 1963 was the year I met my wife to be, 49 years on and I still have both of them.
 

 
zabadak
12th May 2012
 My earliest Fabs memory is when My Bruvver got the Twist & Shout EP...
 

 
roboleyton
12th May 2012
 I was 2 years old the day after this came out, and still remember listening to them on the BBC Radio.
 

 
zabadak
12th May 2012
 I am also approaching the half-century so I'm as old as the Beatles! Fab!
 

 
ColgatePing
12th May 2012
 Very true :)
 

 
roboleyton
12th May 2012
 I still sometimes talk about how much money I could have, if I never started collecting their records.
 

 
ColgatePing
12th May 2012
 Coming up to 50 years old and we are still talking about them and there music. Quite amazing really
 

 
ColgatePing
29th Apr 2012
 @JPGR ... That copy looked cleaner than a preachers sheets! Jammy git
 

 
sladesounds
29th Apr 2012
 The "right" Beatles stuff still sells at premium prices. A mate of mine (who isn't on here no matter how much I hassle him) is selling off his collection as he is emigrating. He sold last week on eBay a copy of the 1st LP black/gold etc. etc. for £2100.00. Not bad seeing he paid 50p for it at a local boot sale last summer.
 

 
JPGR&B
29th Apr 2012
 A promo copy went for GBP 12,100.00 (approximately US $19,646.77) last Thursday, 27 April 2012, on ebay; see here. The seller is located in Hemsworth in the United Kingdom. I wonder if he is a catter?
 

 
Deltics
15th Mar 2012
 Advert by NEMS record shop as placed in Mersey Beat September 20 1962 added
 

 
roboleyton
13th Mar 2012
 Upper Case Parlophone upgraded scans included
 

 
JPGR&B
13th Mar 2012
 Ok, I think I have sorted out the later issues 4 - 6 (the green 1976 issue, the 20th and 30th anniversay issues). See the various links.
 

 
JimboUK
20th Feb 2012
 In case there is any lingering doubt about it, the original 1962 red label version with Ringo on drums (and no tambourine) was re-released on the "Past Masters Vol 1" CD, though it was dubbed from a mint copy of the single, the master tape having apparently been lost.
 

 
serooskerke2011
30th Oct 2011
 Uploaded scans of the 3rd issue with the The Parlophone Co Ltd text in upper case only
 

 
zabadak
14th Sep 2011
 Ah thanks KeithS, I knew it was something to do with that...
 

 
KeithS
14th Sep 2011
 The "PT" on the knock-out centre doesnt literally stand for "Purchase Tax" but it is the Purchase tax code for the changes in nov 1962
 

 
zabadak
14th Sep 2011
 @Joehilllouis - I believe "PT" stands for "Purchase Tax" but I could be mistaken...
 

 
carey jeggs
25th May 2011
 The not-quite-the-blues harmonica on this always reminded me of I Just Don't Understand by Ann-Margret.
 

 
Billy Two
24th May 2011
 I've always called the "candy stripe" the "deckchair". Just thought I'd lob that in.
 

 
vinyl_junkie
24th May 2011
 groovemaster - The 'triangle' Parlophone sleeve did come after the 'candy stripe' sleeve despite the old LPs on the back... the design change is the equivalent of the spotty Columbia changing to the striped (and similar changes to HMV, MGM etc) during 1961 and by rights, the correct sleeve for LMD (by the end of 1962) should be the 'triangle' sleeve but in fact it seems Parlophone had a lot more of the candy stripes left over than Columbia had spotty sleeves and the candy stripes were common right up until the end of the red label. It was probably just as common to find it in either one (and indeed both versions of the candy stripe!).
 

 
groovemaster.dj
24th May 2011
 TWO IMPORTANT L.M.D. FACTS:-

All original Red UK Parlophone releases are the original 1st recording with Ringo: The Ringo Version

the 20th anniversary 1982 retro release is the more common and later after intilal stampers had worn down black label released Andy White version. It is very easy to tell them apart from the rare and collectible Ringo versions,
1. The recording!!!!! (naturally) The Ringo version is slightly dull and bland
2. The label info of A side and Mono and MPL Communications naturally back in 1962 this was not important or needed label info
3. The Picture Sleeve the orginal came in the Parlophone candy-stripe sleeve (the Parlophone triangle sleeves were old stocks and used up when the candy stripe stocks had run out.(Just look at the 2 year old Albums the old triangle sleeves were promoting!!)

The only re-release of the original Ringo version is on the 20th anniversary UK 12" single
 

 
gordon7009
8th Apr 2011
 Got 2 red labels, a black label, a reissue red label and a picture disc - but never seen a moulded label till now!!
 

 
Terence Archer
12th Mar 2011
 The 1st Pressing "Made in Gt. Britain" scan I've uploaded carries the ZT tax code in the dead wax(used until 25th Nov 1962). I bought this copy mid-October 1962 whilst home on leave from the RN. Doesn't time fly!
 

 
JPGR&B
25th Feb 2011
 Calling all Bealtes collectors: check out this link for a new book by the master discographer Bruce Spizer - Beatles For Sale On Parlophone Records: A Narrative and Pictorial Discography of The Beatles UK Singles, Albums and EPs Issued From 1962 - 1970.

I have Spizer's two tomes: The Beatles on Apple Records andThe Beatles Solo on Apple Records and they are both excellent, so I have high hopes for this new book.
 

 
Getalife
13th Jan 2011
 Out of interest, my old school mate bought this signed 45 at Southeby's auction in 1982 for £200, he sold it along with his collection for £6,000 years later, have added his photos of it if it is of any interest, if not please delete.
 

 
Oakley Boys
14th Dec 2010
 Just uploaded scans of Beatles Love Me Do black label. Hope it's not elsewhere on the site. Just seemed odd that no-one else had uploaded it yet.
 

 
JPGR&B
23rd Oct 2010
 VJ - the 1992 pressing is on the site on this page as the 5th issue (uploaded by Dr Doom). I don't readily recall why I put the injection moulded release as 1995. I certainly remember buying it after 1992. I've tried to do a search by bar code but with no success (I wish I'd had the presence of mind to make a small note inside the sleeve of the date of purchase but then I had no idea I would be contributing to this site all these years later!).

I can only think that the 45 was re-promoted to tie in with another Beatles release. This might well have been the March 1995 release of Baby It's You.

On the injection moulded release of R 6009 - Imagine, I'm working on a theory and will post it under that entry when I've finished writing it.
 

 
vinyl_junkie
23rd Oct 2010
 JPGR&B - how do you know that injection moulded version was released in 1995? Was there not a new pressing in 1992 for the 30th anniversary?

Since we're on about those injection moulded labels do you think R 6009 might be 90s as well? It's hard to tell since that style of 'label' was used from at least mid 80s to mid 90s! Did it come with a picture sleeve as well? The 1985 date was just a guess (see the discusion on the Apple version of R 6009).
 

 
JPGR&B
22nd Oct 2010
 Scanned image of 30th Anniversary promo display flat uploaded. Commemorating 30 years and still available on 7" vinyl.
 

 
jordansongs
25th Aug 2010
 Joe, the following is taken from beatlescollecting.co.uk:

"Items produced before before and during the 1960s were subjected to different tax levels that varied from year to year. Therefore a tax stamp was pushed into the vinyl either in the deadwax or embossed on the record labels themselves. Its use was removed in late 1969."

The site has a chart which is very useful in dating the early Beatles singles releases. PT, for example, indicates that it was pressed between 26 November 1962 and 1 January 1963 so yours is not one of the very first pressings but was issued some time before the end of 1962.

http://www.beatlescollecting.co.uk/glossary.html#TaxCodes
 

 
Joehilllouis
25th Aug 2010
 Any one who knows what the P T means on the "PS I love you" side ?
Its a record bought in Holland on a flea market in 1980 or somthing.
Joe
 

 
zabadak
5th Jun 2010
 Brilliantly pastiched in The Rutles:

I feel good, I feel bad
I feel happy, I feel sad
Am I in loov
I moost be in loov

Quality!
 

 
Polegateman
20th Mar 2010
 There is currently a signed copy of the red label version on ebay.com, with one bid so far of $15,000: reserve not met. The blurb says "The record was signed on Oct 6th 1962 in Dawson's Music Store Widnes Cheshire".

Item number: 150424870721
 

 
Solzhi
30th Jan 2009
 Ahhh the red. Macca, 'imself, described Love Me Do as "the greatest lyric we ever wrote". It was something like that. I cannot find the exact words right now for reasons of beer. Palpable nonsense.Yet Love Me Do remains the first thing that the world heard. I have seen quotes from musicians, no less, stating how strange this single sounded at the time. Play it to an aficianado of cutting edge "dance" music now, and you would doubtless get the same reaction. There is, to this ear, something soothing about this single. All the usual cliches about innocence etc etc apply. Of course, the Beatles were rather less innocent than the average set of middle aged genitalia.Nevertheless...love, love me do.
 


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