Released January 10th, Vee Jay records had the historic privilege of releasing the very first Beatles album in the United States. By , they had grown in strength enough to include popular music artists, most notably the Four Seasons , and had multiple placements in the Billboard Hot to its credit. As part of the deal, they accepted a five year contract with an unknown new British band called The Beatles, even though they had yet to have a proper recording session.
Origin of the Album. For pressing the album, they had the mother plates constructed on July 22nd, This is why some conclude that the album was released in July , being that this date can be seen in the run-off area of many of the original albums. Vee Jay Management Problems. This had also been the case with The Beatles' US royalties, as little as they were.
The future releases for Frank Ifield were on Capitol records. Vee Jay claimed that this was not the case, and that they still had the rights to release any Beatles product they had in their possession as they saw fit to do in the future. Enter Capitol Records. Capitol Records then entered the Beatles picture. They negotiated a contract with Brian Epstein, The Beatles' manager, to have the rights for all Beatles product, past and future.
Ed Sullivan had already agreed by this time to have The Beatles appear on his show in February Television news and magazines had been running features on "Beatlemania" as it was happening in England in late Knowing how to spot an original is one of the best weapons against getting stuck with a pretender.
This company printed up the first front slicks and back liner notes. These are the only cover slicks that say "Printed in U. A" on the front cover, vertically from the bottom left corner along the spine. Later covers were printed by Ivy Hill Lithograph Co. All original covers have a glossy coated paper stock, both front and back. If either the front or the back cover is flat lacking gloss it's a counterfeit. Although color shades do vary on originals, the printing of the photo and text is always very sharp and clear.
Any with poor quality printing are probably counterfeits. All legitimate covers are made using varying shades of gray or tan cardboard, with the printed front and back slicks bonded on them. This check can only be made by viewing the inside of the cover at the top and at the bottom. The California plant made a small quantity of original monaural covers that have no flap at all, but they still have the glossy back cover slick as well as high quality printing.
Also, these come with an authentic disc inside, yet another way to help determine originality. While it is very helpful to have a known original on hand for comparison, few folks have that luxury.
When this is not possible, use the following checklist to make a determination regarding authenticity. One side of the sleeve used the same 25 mini photos as the "Ad-Back" LP. Red background sleeve Red background with 30 color photos of other albums on the Vee-Jay record label on each side of the sleeve.
This sleeve was shipped on Oct. Mono - LP Stereo - SR Covers without George Harrison's shadow-visible to his right of where he stands, near the edge are fakes. Covers with red, blue, and yellow dots, unmistakable under the top of the back cover, are fakes.
The dots are used by the printers during the printing process. On originals, the dots are in a different area and are not normally visible. I Love You ", and because the two songs had not yet been officially released in the U. The Beatles had been released with the two songs on them, with only 2, or so in stereo. In order to circumvent the restraining order, Vee-Jay quickly reconfigured Introducing It removed "Love Me Do" and "P.
I Love You" and replaced them with the previously deleted "Ask Me Why" and "Please Please Me", though some pressings of the album did not alter the track list. The new versions were prepared in late January and began appearing in stores approximately 10 February Because of the initial restraining order, version two of Introducing The Beatles did not enter the Billboard album charts until three weeks after Meet the Beatles! Once it did, it quickly rose to the 2 spot, where it stayed for nine straight weeks.
Even with the replacement of the two Beechwood Music songs, Vee-Jay and Capitol battled in court throughout the early part of Injunctions against Vee-Jay's album were issued, lifted and restored more than once. Vee-Jay was granted a licence giving it the right to issue the 16 Beatles songs it controlled, in any way it saw fit, until 15 October At that time, its licence expired, and all rights would revert to Capitol.
The Beatles was available, it sold approximately 1,, mono copies and approximately 41, stereo copies. Because only 3 percent of all of the LPs were in stereo,  true stereo copies are rare. Twice before its license expired, Vee-Jay repackaged Introducing Although neither album contained any new music, both of them made the Billboard album charts.
The record inside the cover didn't even contain the new name; it still stated Introducing the Beatles on the label. The other one was the two-record set The Beatles vs. Though Vee-Jay could not manufacture or distribute any Beatles product after 15 October , it took a long time for the records to vanish from retail stores.
Both Introducing The Beatles has never been officially released on compact disc in America, although imported copies have circulated from other countries — in both mono and stereo versions, mostly with the Version Two line-up with "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why". These two albums were initially issued almost simultaneously, marking the only time that two different Beatles albums, each from a different record label, were released at around the same time with one song appearing on both albums.