|UK Release Date||12 July 1963|
|UK Catalogue Number||Parlophone GEP 8882|
|Weeks On UK EP Chart||64|
|Peak UK EP Chart Position||1 (For 21 weeks)|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||7TCE 762-1N / 7TCE 763-1N|
Released on 12 July 1963 this was the first EP released by The Beatles and it went on to sell nearly one million copies, making it, even now, the biggest selling EP ever in the UK. It spent 64 weeks in the EP chart (yes, they had EP charts back in the day) 21 of those at number one. It even managed to peak at number two in the UK singles charts, the highest position any EP has ever managed. What’s also surprising about this is that the Please Please Me album, from which all four tracks are taken, had been at number one for 10 weeks at the time of this release. Finally worth noting is that the two original numbers on the EP are credited to McCartney-Lennon
I have 2 copies on vinyl, the one shown below and one in a box set.
The pictures below are of my first press copy. You’ll see that there is no SOLD IN THE UK…text across the centre of the record as appears on second presses from 1964 and the perimeter text starts THE PARLOPHONE CO LTD… as opposed to THE GRAMOPHONE CO LTD…. which came in late 1966. The matrix numbers on this copy are 7TCE 762-2N and 7TCE 763-1N and has a KT tax code. The record plays excellent throughout, just some occasional feint crackle and 3 or 4 feint ticks on There’s A Place (visually there’s a mark on this track). The original sleeve (later sleeves have a tab cut out on the rear at the opening) is in very good condition as can be seen by the pictures, just some minor ring wear and creasing.
Estimated Value : £5 – £10