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    The Beatles Vee Jay Records 1963 Please Please Me Reference Mono Acetate. This 12" 14-track acetate is the first pressing of any Beatles material in America.
    Let that soak in for a minute. How often would a pressing of this magnitude come up for sale? We are honored and excited to be able to offer this rare gem.

    Believe it or not back in 1963 the Beatles could not get arrested in America. Their popularity was growing back in the U.K. Capitol Records was offered the song "Please Please Me," but had turned it down. In fact, they turned down offers to sign the whole group named the Beatles three times, so it was up to Transglobal, an EMI associate that placed foreign releases with US labels, to find the Beatles a home in America. Blues and R&B label Vee Jay showed an interest in the band. The label was founded by Vivian Carter and James C. Bracken, a husband-and-wife team who used their initials for the label's name. At that time they featured artists such as The Four Seasons and Jimmy Reed. Not what you would call Rock N Roll, but they had nothing to loose so why not take a chance.

    In April/May 1963, EMI gave the Please Please Me master mono tape to Vee Jay Records. They then pressed this 14 track vinyl reference acetate with the same running order as the UK album release. This very acetate was used to produce a couple of singles: "Please Please Me"/"Ask Me Why" (with early pressings misspelling Beatles as "Beattles" and "From Me To You"/"Thank You Girl." The singles fell on deaf ears. By the end of 1963 the Beatles were starting to get traction. Even Capitol records released "I Want To Hold Your Hand." When Capitol starting heavily marketing the group Vee Jay decided to release the LP Introducing The Beatles riding on the publicity generated by Capitol, Vee Jay had finally hit gold. Before it was over by legal action from Capitol Records, Vee Jay released four albums, six singles, four reissue singles, and one EP. All from this acetate. Wow indeed!

    The stampers used to press Vee Jay records were made by Universal Recording Corp. Prior to manufacturing a stamper Universal would cut an acetate to evaluate quality. The label on the acetate is a type written blue and white "Universal Recording Corp" label affixed to both sides. Please note that originally the song Cut 1 on side two was misspelled "Love Me So." They marked over the S and put a D.

    This Please Please Me acetate did not surface for a while. It seems someone was going through the wheelie discard bins at the old Vee Jay offices in LA and discovered the pressing. (can you imagine throwing something like this away?) The disc was then taken into Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard and traded for five sealed albums. We cannot stress enough the rarity and historical importance of this acetate. This is the only known copy in the world. A true cornerstone of any collection and I would venture to guess a sound investment for the future. This lot also includes the article about the acetate offered in this auction. Record is heavy vinyl and in VG 5 overall condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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    November, 2020
    14th Saturday
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