The Beatles Million Sellers EP

 

UK Release Date 6 December 1965
UK Catalogue Number Parlophone GEP 8946
Weeks On UK EP Chart 26
Peak UK EP Chart Position 1 (For 4 weeks)
Lowest Matrix Numbers 7TCE 888-1 / 7TCE 889-1

 

Released on 6 December 1965 this EP spent 26 weeks in the EP chart, four of those weeks at number 1. It was originally going to be released a year earlier under the title Golden Discs (with catalogue number GEP 8899) and this release was to bear the same name until a late change. The sleeve reflects the new name, Million Sellers, though the labels on the original release have the old Golden Discs on them. At the time of release it contained four of their five UK million sellers (A Hard Day’s Night was the fifth).

I have 2 copies on vinyl, the one shown below and one more in a box set. The one below is in a Garrod & Lofthouse sleeve with rounded flaps at the back but I also have a spare Ernest J Day sleeve which has angular flaps.

First Press

The pictures below are of my first press copy. It has (p) 1963 on side 1 and (p) 1964 on side 2 at 9 o’clock on the label and has SOLD IN THE UK…text across the centre of the record. The perimeter text starts THE GRAMOPHONE CO LTD….. The matrix numbers on this copy are 7TCE 888-1 and 7TCE 889-1 and it has a KT tax code. The record plays very well throughout though there is some light crackle that doesn’t overwhelm the music. The original sleeve is in excellent condition as can be seen by the pictures, just some minor ring wear. The extra sleeve is in very good to excellent condition, some ring and a sticker removal mark at the top right.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

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