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    The Beatles - "The Beatles and Frank Ifield On Stage" Portrait Cover LP Vee-Jay 1085 Stereo (1964) The rarest of all the Vee-Jay Beatles releases, this "Portrait Cover" edition was actually the second version. Vee-Jay was working hard to sell Beatles 45s and LPs any way they could. The original "Jolly What!" woodcut art version of this hybrid LP racked up a lot of returns by August of 1964, so the enterprising label added a new cover featuring a painted portrait of the lads (based on a famous photo by Devo Hoffmann). Vee-Jay listed only the Beatles tunes on the new cover, in an effort to convince buyers this was a new release. Only four cuts were by the Beatles, with the remaining eight songs by Frank Ifield, who was the first artist to ever have three consecutive number one hits in Britain ("I Remember You" being the best-known in America). This album most likely came out in September, 1964, only a few weeks before Vee-Jay lost the rights to the Beatles catalog. Not much is known on how many were pressed, but it's a sure bet only a few thousand mono copies were released, and perhaps only a few hundred stereo copies. This superb stereo example may well be the finest ever offered at auction; the original opened shrink wrap is still firmly in place, although there is a very minor corner crunch at the lower right that detracts very little to the overall eye-appeal, and the disk still looks and sounds brand new. Condition: NM 8/NM 8.



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