The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl LP


UK Release Date 6 May 1977
UK Catalogue Number Parlophone EMTV 4
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 17
Peak UK Chart Position 1 (for 1 week only)
Lowest Matrix Numbers YEX 969-1 / YEX 970-1


You may or may not know that The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl is actually made up of 2 different concerts recorded a year apart. Six tracks, All My Loving, She Loves You, Thing We Said Today, Roll Over Beethoven, Boys and Long Tall Sally are from 28 August 1964 whilst seven Twist And Shout, She’s A Woman, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Can’t Buy Me Love, A Hard Day’s Night and Help! are from 29 August 1965. George Martin and Geoff Emerick cleaned up and edited the original tapes but the singing and playing were not redubbed in any way.

I have 2 copies on vinyl. Below are details of my Parlophone first press and MFP first press. I also have an MFP cassette which I’ve shown below


Parlophone First Press

The pictures below are of my first press copy released on 6 May 1977. The matrix numbers are YEX 969-1 and YEX 970-1. If you look at the perimeter print you’ll see it is silver and in capitals, second presses are grey and in lower case. The wording is also slightly different, a first press will have UNAUTHORISED COPYING PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AND BROADCASTING OF THIS RECORD PROHIBITED from around the 5 o’clock postion whilst a second press will read Unauthorised  public performance broadcasting and copying of this record prohibited.

You’ll notice it has an odd catalogue number EMTV4. This is because in 1976 EMI did a campaign of albums heavily advertised on TV – EMTV1 was The Beach Boys 20 Golden Greats, EMTV2 was Glen Campbell and The Shadows got EMTV3. It went up to EMTV10 with albums by The Supremes, Cliff Richard, The Black And White Minstrels, Buddy Holly, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.

The gatefold sleeve, apart from a little scuffing, is in excellent condition as is the inner sleeve that details The Beatles previous albums. The record itself plays perfectly.

Estimated Value : £10


MFP First Press

The pictures below are of my MFP first press copy which was released on 3 September 1984 under catalogue number MFP 4156761. The matrix numbers are YEX 969-8-1-1 and YEX 970-9-1-1. The MFP labels on this press are oval whilst on the next press they are the more traditional round labels. Incidentally the cover for the next press has red and pink tickets on the cover, as opposed to the green and blue ones on all other presses and, as it didn’t sell in great quantities, is now the rarest version of this album to own!

The non gatefold sleeve is in excellent condition and the record itself plays perfectly. It comes with a plain white inner sleeve.

Estimated Value : £5


MFP Cassette

I’ve no idea why I have this as I have never used cassettes – maybe I picked it up very cheap to play in the car. As far as I can see the cassette itself is in perfect working order though I have nothing, not even in the car nowadays, to play it on. The case has all the usual storage wear you get with cassettes whilst the inlay is in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £3 – £5


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