Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. stereo first pressing of Meet the Beatles, issued in 1964 on Capitol Records.
This copy is in exceptional condition, and is likely the nicest copy you’ll ever see.
About this copy: This copy of Meet the Beatles is a still sealed 1964 stereo pressing, pressed at the Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as indicated by the number “2” in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.
This is a rarer stereo copy; when the album was first released, mono copies outsold stereo copies by a ratio of about 50:1.
A blue inner sleeve is visible at the mouth of the cover; this is consistent with early releases, as later pressings had orange sleeves.
The title of the album appears on the front cover in brown.
The credit “Produced by George Martin” does not appear in the lower left hand corner of the back cover. This is correct for first pressings.
The cover does not have an RIAA “Gold Record Award” logo, as was found on later pressings.
Like many copies of this album, the record was sealed by a retailer, and is packaged in a loose plastic wrap, rather than tight shrink wrap. An original price sticker is still attached to the back. The sticker has yellowed a bit with age.
As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The cover is pure white, and has no dents, holes, cuts, tears, or anything else to detract from it. The loose-wrap is fully intact, with no holes, rips, or tears.
As the album is sealed, we cannot verify the label variation. The labels may or may not have publishing credits.
This LP is extraordinarily well preserved and looks like it left the factory yesterday. Someone has obviously stored this LP very carefully over the years. We acquired it from a dealer of rare books and not someone who regularly deals in records.
Sealed early pressings of Meet the Beatles are quite rare, as they were sold at the height of Beatlemania and nearly all of them were sold to buyers who immediately opened them and played them.
This is the nicest copy of this album we’ve ever seen, and it’s certain to be your final upgrade.
Background: Meet the Beatles was the first Beatles album to be issued by Capitol Records, and it quickly rose to the top of the charts on the strength of the lead single, “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”
The album was issued in both mono and stereo with several minor cover variations, including printing the word “Beatles” on the front cover in various colors. First issues had the name of the group in brown, and later versions used a shade of green.
First pressings did not list publishing credits, with no mention of either “BMI” or “ASCAP” on either label. Later pressings corrected this.
Meet the Beatles! wasn’t the first Beatles album released in the U.S. (that would’ve been Introducing the Beatles, on Vee Jay), but as the first Beatles album released by Capitol Records, it was indeed the LP where many millions of Americans were introduced to the Fab Four. As an introduction, there could hardly have been one better. … The revisions make Meet the Beatles! slightly more of a frenetic rock & roll record than its parent LP — there isn’t much R&B or as many ballads — which, at the time, made it an appropriate soundtrack for the wild heyday of Beatlemania but, as the years have passed, the emphasis on joyous, exuberant rock & roll means that Meet the Beatles! still sounds fresh and exciting on its own terms.
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