|UK Release Date||5 October 1962|
|UK Catalogue Number||Parlophone 45-R 4949|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||25 (All releases)|
|Peak UK Chart Position||4 (In Oct 1982)|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||7XCE 17144-1N / 7XCE 17145-1N|
Released 5 October 1962 this was the the first official EMI release and reached no 17 in the UK charts (the 1982 reissue managed to climb to number 4). As well as being famous for being the first single there’s also the matter of if Ringo plays drums or not on it – lots has been written about that so an internet search should sort you out. I have 10 copies on 7″ single, the 8 listed below (2 copies of the same picture disc) and 2 more in singles box sets. I also have a copy on 12″ single, details here
First Press Red Label
This is the version with Ringo on drums. The matrix numbers on this are 7XCE 17144-1N and 7XCE 17145-1N and it has a ZT tax code. There are actually 2 versions of the red label, some have MADE IN GT BRITAIN below the £ sign at 3 o’clock on the label and some, like mine, don’t.
The record is in good condition playing through with crackle but no sticks, skips or jumps and I’d also describe the original Parlophone sleeve as being in good, maybe very good, condition. There’s some creasing and a couple of tears but it’s holding up well for it’s age. Unfortunately “Duncan”, bless him, has written his name on both sides of the label (see pics).
Estimated Value : £50 – £75
Fourth Press (Green Sleeve)
In March 1976 all the Beatles singles were re released in new picture sleeves. I believe there is no difference at all in any of these pressings but, for the record, mine has the matrix numbers Side A: 7XCE 17144-2, Side B: 7XCE 17145-2. I’d describe the sleeve as being in very good condition, some ring wear and scuffing, whilst the record plays through excellent, just the odd spot of very feint crackle.
Estimated Value : £5
Released on 4 October 1982 as part of the It Was Twenty Years Ago Today series I have 2 copies of the 7″ picture disc. Being picture discs I have never played either of them but they appear to be in excellent condition.
Estimated Value : £10 Each
Released on 5 October 2012 to mark the 50th anniversary of the original release, I have 2 versions of this.
This version was sent to record retailers prior to the 5 October release and then recalled by EMI when they realised that they’d mistakenly used the Andy White version of the track. It also has the wrong catalogue number R 4714 on the B side. Apple made it very clear to EMI that they wanted all copies of this version destroying.
The matrix numbers for this copy are BC88258-01A1 0174017 and BC88258-01B1 0174017. Both the sleeve and unplayed record are in perfect condition
Estimated Value : £25
This is the version with Ringo drumming and made it into the shops towards the end of October 2012. The labels on this correct version have brighter, clearer silver print but curiously, as they’ve obviously been reprinted, still have the incorrect catalogue number on the B side.
The matrix numbers for this copy are BC91232-01A1 0174017 and BC88258-01B1 0174017. Both the sleeve and unplayed record are in perfect condition
Estimated Value : £15
Capitol For Jukebox Only Red Vinyl
In 1992 Capitol issued the first of a set of Beatles singles on coloured vinyl in jukebox only style under their CEMA banner. They issued a further 15 in 1994 and another 15 in 1996. Below is my copy of Love Me Do on red vinyl which is one of the rarer hard to find issues (see here for further details). It is in excellent condition, just a touch of light crackle that you’d expect on coloured vinyl, and comes in a plain white sleeve.
Estimated Value : £50
Capitol For Jukebox Only Black Vinyl
As detailed above, this is my copy of Love Me Do which is on black vinyl. It is in excellent condition and comes in a plain white sleeve.
Estimated Value : £10