Company: Contra Band Music
Matrix Number: WEC 3906-A / WEC 3906-B
Release Date: September 1973
1. Paul intro - Medley: LOVE ME DO/PLEASE PLEASE ME/FROM ME TO YOU/SHE LOVES YOU/ I WANT TO HOLD
YOUR HAND 4:16
2. CAN'T BUY ME LOVE 2:13
3. LONG TALL SALLY 1:50
4. SHE LOVES YOU 2:21
5. Murray the K intro - Paul intro ACT NATURALLY 2:38
6. Paul intro CAN'T BUY ME LOVE 2:14
7. John intro BABY'S IN BLACK 2:17
8. Paul intro HELP! 2:26
9. I'M DOWN 2:10
10. TWIST AND SHOUT 1:20
11. Paul intro I FEEL FINE 2:13
12. John intro DIZZY MISS LIZZIE 2:58
13. Paul intro TICKET TO RIDE 2:22
Sound Quality: F-mono
1 to 3: Associated Rediffusion TV "Around the Beatles'' May 6, 1964
4: from RENAISSANCE MINSTRELS I
5 (intros only) to 13: New York Shea Stadium, August 15, 1965 (G mono - slow)
5: officially released version
This record includes the last part of the "Around the Beatles'' TV show (tracks 1 and 2, the other tracks previously appearing on SOME OTHER GUY) plus the Shea Stadium Concert, except for A Hard Day's Night, which is here squeezed into Side B with decreased sound quality compared to the original releases. No tracks from the Cavern Club appear here, so the title may have scammed fans who bought it thinking they would find some rare recordings from the famous club.
1. September 1973 (photo below the title). The first pressing came with a green-printed insert with the title. The label was orange, and the record was pressed at the first plant used by the CBM group, indicated by a ring at 7 mm from the hole and thinner, flexible vinyl of good quality.
Late, 1973. In late 1973 the producer moved from Virginia, so he had to use different pressing plants. The pressing mark of the new plant is a ring at 12 mm from the spindle hole and the vinyl is heavier, thicker, and of overall lower quality. The first subsequent release, probably almost simultaneously distributed, had a folder-type jacket, and blank white labels. From October, 1973 the records were pressed with blue-green labels. The inserts were always green.
December, 1973-1974. From December, 1973 a new blue insert, with the number 3906 added on the top left, was used. The first release with this blue insert had the white label with the red pirate and the record had the inner sleeve in brown paper.
In summer 1974 the records, always with the blue insert, had green labels with the pirate logo, and the jacket had the Fish drawing printed on the back. In 1975 the records usually had a blank white label (they can be distinguished from those released in 1973 with blank labels for the blue insert with the number 3906 printed on top left). In early 1976 the records again had a green insert, and the label was red with black pirate.
INTEREST. Less interesting then some of the previous CBM releases for what concerns the musical content, the first release has always a good value for specialized collectors (***), whereas the subsequent releases are mainly for completists (**/*).