SOME INTERESTING FACTS about ...
"INTRODUCING ... THE BEATLES" - FAKE OR REAL?
1.) First and foremost, genuine copies of any version of this album must have
"INTRODUCING ... THE BEATLES" & "THE BEATLES", ABOVE THE
SPINDLE HOLE. If either phrase is below the spindle hole, it is FAKE!
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 1963. It 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 (MONO) came 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.
8.) SOME IMPORTANT TESTS FOR AUTHENTICITY: TEST #1 – The
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
a 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 a 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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