Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the rare U.S. LP The Original Greatest Hits by the Beatles.
This 1964 LP was the first unauthorized album of Beatles music to reach stores in the U.S. and was deleted shortly after release. Despite the fact that the word “Beatles” does not appear on the cover or label, the recordings on this album are by the Beatles.
About this copy: This copy of The Original Greatest Hits is a 1964 U.S. mono pressing on the Greatest Records label.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The wrap is largely intact, though there is a large tear near the top of the back cover and a 5″ (12 cm) split in the shrink wrap along the bottom edge. We have secured these with tape to prevent further tearing.
There is some residue on the wrap where a price sticker was removed.
An exceptionally nice copy of a very rare Beatles LP. This is the first copy we’ve ever had for sale as it’s the only copy we’ve ever seen that wasn’t in horrible condition.
Background: During the height of Beatlemania in 1964, record companies were all scrambling to find something that they could release to cash in on the band’s popularity.
Many companies licensed older recordings, such as the Tony Sheridan “My Bonnie” and other similar tracks.
A previously unknown record company, Greatest Records, took a different approach. They simply released an album of Beatles recordings without the permission of Capitol Records.
They thought they could get away with it by not mentioning “Beatles” on the cover, figuring that the public could figure out what the record was. This made the album appear very much like similar albums by Beatles cover bands that were then flooding the market.
Capitol Records did notice and likely threatened to sue and The Original Greatest Hits quickly disappeared from the market.
The address for the record company on the back cover is the same address used on the first issue of the later release The Savage Young Beatles, so this album is likely the work of the same people.
- Twist And Shout
- I Want To Hold Your Hand
- All My Loving
- Please Please Me
- From Me To You
- Do You Want To Know A Secret
- Love Me Do
- Can´t Buy Me Love
- Roll Over Beethoven
- Please Mister Postman
- I´ll Get You
- She Loves You
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|Country of origin:||U.S.|
|Record Label:||Greatest Records|
|Year of Release:||1965|