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Beatles LP "INTRODUCING THE BEATLES" VJ LP-1062 Ver.1 MONO Oval NM Authentic

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Special Attributes:

Original Pressing, Version 1, 1st Pressing, Oval Label, Authentic, 1st Edition


British Invasion

Record Label:

Vee Jay

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Release Year:





33 RPM

Record Grading:

Near Mint (NM or M-)

Country of Manufacture:

United States

Sleeve Grading:

Excellent (EX) to NM


British Invasion


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ATTENTION!!!  With all of the many
"BOOTLEGS" on ebay, it is very 
important to point out that this 
is a RARE AUTHENTIC "Version 1" 
record (Not a Version 2 of lesser 
value) and NOT A BOOTLEG of the 
Beatles album entitled ....
issued on January 10, 1964 by Vee 
Jay Records. 

Records; Version 1 Mono w/ "OVAL" Label - VJLP-1062. Authentic!

Our catalog #1TB-V1-OV-M-03204

A 1st Pressing and issued not before January 10, 1964. The serious 
BEATLE record collector, needs to own a REAL VERSION 1 since 
they are rapidly becoming scarce in ANY CONDITION!

WOW! This is by far the one of very best of these that we have seen in years 
especially in this overall fabulous condition!  Important to any BEATLE 

This was known as the COLUMN BACK COVER.  It is an initial pressing of 
the VERSION 1 variation in MONO issued on January 10, 1964 featuring 
"P.S. I LOVE YOU" and "LOVE ME DO" rather than titles "PLEASE, 
PLEASE ME" and "ASK ME WHY" which are found on later VERSION 2 
copies.  Soon after Vee Jay's impending lawsuit with Capitol Records 
(actually with ARDMORE & BEECHWOOD Music)the album bottomed out 
due to the superior marketing of Capitol Records BEATLES  recordings 

Far fewer VERSION 1s were pressed (only between 79,000 and 89,000 
MONOS and only 2,202 STEREOS) than VERSION 2 records (Over 
1,000,000 VERSION 2s were pressed in the first quarter of 1964 
alone so you can easily see why any VERSION 1 is quite find in any 
condition, quite valuable, and always a highly sought after collector's item).

The FRONT COVER has very little wear for this particular LP.  On the back, 
it passes the "HONEY" test which looks at the letters "H" and "E" for ink in 
the song title "A TASTE OF HONEY".  FAKES have ink missing in the top 
left corners of each letter. The spine is completely in tact and the jacket itself 
has no splitting or writing. 

(The only flaw on the back of the outer jacket is a small circular glue mark from what was once probably 
a price sticker in the upper left, and a small red stamp in the lower right which might be able to be 
removed by someone who knew how to do it - otherwise quite clean for this particular album).

The VINYL is the best we have seen in years and is almost flawless (only one 
or two small surface marks); otherwise a very clean surface - actually one of the 
cleanest surfaces we have seen in a VERSION 1. We are not going to say that 
the surface is perfect because we don't like calling anything perfect, but w
can safely say that the overall piece is very close to a NM and around 94 to 
95 out of 100 (hard to find in perfect condition). The Vee Jay "OVAL" label 
in this case posts the word "MICROGROOVE" at 3 O'Clock and also the 
words "LONG PLAYING" at 9 O'Clock. The Type Style of the song title 
lettering is Upper Case.

If found in absolutely MINT CONDITION, this record would command a 
value in today's market of around $2,500 to $3,000. We feel we have Priced 
this one appropriately.  

All our BEATLES pricing is reflective of the latest PRICE GUIDE  authored 
by STANLEY PANENKA and in addition is based upon condition, rarity, and 
scarcity. There are other BEATLES Price Guides available, however please 
keep in mind that most are between 6 and 7 years old and do not reflect 
today's day market values, regardless of who the authors are or what their 
so-called "expertise" might be.  Please feel free to ask questions and request 
additional photos! 

Very RARE, quite collectible and valuable to any BEATLES collector!

1.)  First and foremost, genuine copies of any version of this album must have 
SPINDLE HOLE.  If either phrase is below the spindle hole, it is FAKE!
No exceptions.

2.)  Keep in mind; there were only Two (2) official versions of this LP – the 
VERSION 1 and the VERSION 2. There were NO re-issues ever manufactured 
by Vee Jay.

3.)  VERSION 1 – This version included: "AD BACK""BLANK BACK" 
and the "COLUMN or TITLES ON BACK" variations. All confirmed "AD 
BACK" covers have "PRINTED IN USA" on the front cover printed vertically 
in the lower left corner.  If this is missing, the "AD BACK" slick was no doubt 
removed from another Vee Jay LP and pasted to the back of a less valuable 
later version.  This process often leaves tell-tale wrinkles on the border of the 
slick. Also, contrary to popular belief, no copies of this LP were ever 
released in 1963It is a known fact that the first release of any copies of 
"INTRODUCING  … THE BEATLES" officially rolled out of Vee Jay Records 
not before January 10, 1964. 

4.)  The  FIRST VERSION 1 COVER or outer jacket prepared was called the 
"AD BACK" cover, VJ 1062 (1) MCI.  The back of the jacket featured color 
images of 25 Vee Jay albums. The Front has "PRINTED IN USA" in the lower 
left side printed vertically.  The VERSION 1 record itself has significant value, 
however the outer jacket is really what makes this quite a significant find. 

5.)  The SECOND VERSION 1 COVER was known as the "BLANK BACK" 
featuring a completely blank back of the outer jacket with a semi-glossy all 
white paper slick pasted there.  Some covers (MC2A) do have "PRINTED IN 
USA" on the front like the "AD BACK" while others (MC2B) do not.  Once 
again it is the cover that makes the overall piece quite valuable. 

6.)  The THIRD VERSION 1 COVER issued was commonly known as the 
"COLUMN BACK" or "TITLES ON BACK" cover. It listed song titles on the 
back in Two (2) columns. This variation (MONOcame with either the "Oval" 
logo label or the Black Rainbow with Vee Jay in "Brackets".  An authentic 
STEREO of this variation is extremely rare and there have been millions of 
counterfeits that tried to mimic this cover. The FAKE covers are found with 
records that are clearly counterfeit, and in all cases "THE BEATLES" always 
appears below the spindle hole.  And if the record is FAKE, the cover won’t 
be far behind.  LABELS  – The initial label for the first VERSION 1 run was the 
Black Rainbow label with the "Oval" logo.  The records included song 
titles "P.S. I LOVE YOU"  and "LOVE ME DO"  replaced on later VERSION 2 pressings with "PLEASE, PLEASE ME" and "ASK ME WHY".  VERSION 
2 was not released until the beginning of February 1964.  There are Three 
(3) font variations with the "Oval" label for this version. The MR1A states 
"LONG PLAYING" and "MICROGROOVE" in upper and lower case letters. 
MR1B does not mention the words "LONG PLAYING" or "MICROGROOVE"
and the MR1C has these words but only in upper case letters. 

7.)  VERSION 2  Here again, all real versions must have "INTRODUCING  … 
THE BEATLES" and "THE BEATLES" above the spindle hole.  If either 
phrase is below the spindle hole, it is no doubt a FAKE. The VERSION 2 
variation featured song titles "PLEASE, PLEASE ME" and "ASK ME WHY" 
which had replaced "P.S. I LOVE YOU" and "LOVE ME DO"  found only on 
VERSION 1 copies and was released in the beginning of February 1964.  
The labels varied with either the Black Rainbow "Oval" logo, Black Rainbow 
"BRACKETS" logo, Black Background with Silver "VJ" logo, the Black Background with Silver "Oval" logo, the Black Background with Silver "VJ" 
in Block Style print, and the Black Background with Silver "Oval" logo (very 
rare). In rare cases, some VERSION 2 records can be found with a 45 rpm 
label on them as well (Black Rainbow with "Oval" logo). There are also some 
FAKES featuring a Medium Sized SILVER BRACKETS LOGO printed on an 
all black label (Real ones have a much smaller logo).  All of the VERSION 
2 covers are "Column Back / Titles on Back". There are no copies of a STEREO "VERSION 2" disc with a regular sized Rainbow label with 
the "Oval" logo known to exist. 

most obvious visual test is the "Shadow"  test.  It was originally thought that if George Harrison's "Shadow" appeared on the right side of the front of 
the album cover, this was the definitive sign of authenticity. It was discovered 
later that some elaborate FAKES also had this feature, therefore, although the 
shadow must be there, its appearance alone does not define the LP as being 
authentic.  TEST #2 – A more conclusive test is the "HONEY" test.  This test 
refers to the back of the outer jacket and the song title "A TASTE OF HONEY".  
On ALL FAKES, in the letters "H" and "E"the top left corners of each letter is 
not solidly printed in black with ink missing there. This is probably THE  most 
definitive test for authenticity. NO FAKE HAS EVER PASSED THIS TEST.   
TEST #3 – The "Flap Test", a test that requires the inspection of the inside 
of the cardboard jacket opening. Original VERSION 1 covers were assembled 
in late December of 1963 or early January of 1964.  All covers assembled 
then have 1/4” flaps at the top and bottom of inner portion of the cardboard 
jacket.  FAKES have either no flaps, 1/2” flaps or a 1/4” flap only at the bottom.  
It should be noted that there are exceptions to this rule which makes this test 
not 100% effective since it has been discovered that some VERSION 2 covers 
also do not have any flaps. Here again, there was a serious lack of consistency 
in their quality control. TEST #4 – Read the "Trail Off Area". This area of the 
record on most if not all FAKES is generally wider than legitimate copies.  On 
GENUINE copies, this area varies between 3/4” and 7/8” whereas on FAKES it 
is often anywhere from 1” to 1 1/4”.  Most (but not all) legit albums have raised 
relief machine stamped logos in the "Trail Off" areas.  Because these machine 
stampings are very difficult to duplicate, FAKES very often have no markings 
or only hand scratched markings.  The most common machine stampings are 
those from Audio Matrix (AR) or the ARP logo.  TEST #5 – Another trait of 
FAKE is that they are normally made with a much thinner vinyl.  Check for 
thickness by comparing an LP that is in doubt to a known legitimate copy and 
you will see the difference. 

9.)  It is important to note, THE most counterfeited LP was the STEREO of the 
VERSION 1 "Column Back" album. All of the FAKES feature song titles on 
the outer jacket and record label: "P.S. I LOVE YOU" and "LOVE ME DO".  
However when you play a FAKE, these songs are NOT on the disc. Instead 
you will hear only "PLEASE, PLEASE ME"  and "ASK ME WHY" Also you 
will note that although the outer jacket states the word "STEREOPHONIC" 
spelled out across the top of the Front cover in Gray on a White background, 
you do NOT find the word "STEREO" anywhere on the record label and the 
recording is in MONO.

10.)  Contrary to popular belief there were NEVER any "REISSUES" of either
VERSION 1 or VERSION 2 LPs. Also if you ever see the version of this LP 
that has the stock photo on the front with a DARK BROWN border, it is a 
FAKE!  Also keep in mind that Vee Jay NEVER sealed these albums so if you
have one that is sealed, there is good chance that it is a FAKE!
We hope that these facts are helpful to anyone who questions what they 
may, or may not have in their possession. There have been many additional 
theories over the years with respect to authenticity. In recent years, some 
of those theories have unfortunately been found to be somewhat inaccurate.  
Therefore, we will not debate nor discuss them since they are no longer 
relevant. If you would like information on whether or not you have FAKE 
in your possession, we would be happy to view any photos of your record

Pricing BEATLES recordings is not like pricing any other artists. They are unique due to 
who they were and the tremendous impact they had on the history of recorded music.  
Although millions of the group's records were produced on several labels, many were 
actually released in limited quantities, such as certain variations on the Vee Jay label and
other smaller labels.  In addition, an important factor to consider was "BEATLEMANIA" 
back in the 1960s when their records were purchased by the teenagers of the time and 
were either overplayed, scratched and/or trashed which had ultimately contributed to the 
overall increased value of those that survived in a condition worthy of being called a 
"collectible".  Because of their frenzy, consider how many records were ruined, directly 
affecting the collector's market of today.  So, what's still out there worth collecting?  Do 
we really know?  All things considered, values need to be assessed ONLY by experts and 
always based upon CONDITION, however because most of these records are now over 50 
years old, RARITY and SCARCITY become equally if not more important factors.  As time 
passes, values continue to rise.  Remember that general price guides such as GOLDMINE 
are fine for assessing the value of the average artists recordings.  However when one 
considers the value of groups such as THE BEATLES and other Super Groups, one needs to 
seek the advice of experts.  GOLDMINE in particular continually undervalues most BEATLE 
records simply because they do not possess the knowledge, expertise and precise history 
necessary in order to accurately reflect today's market values. 

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