THE E.M.I. OUTAKES
Matrix Number: MR-1371-A / MR-1371-B (first pressing)
Release date: late 1974
1. JOHN INTERVIEW
2. WHAT'S THE NEW MARY JANE
3. PAUL INTERVIEW
4. PENNY LANE
5. GEORGE INTERVIEW
6. BLUE JAY WAY
7. FANS INTERVIEW
8. ALL MY LOVING
9. ED SULLIVAN INTERVIEW
10. SIE LIEBT DICH
11. FANS INTERVIEWS
12. TWIST AND SHOUT
13. ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN
14. I WANNA BE YOUR MAN
15. LONG TALL SALLY
16. Paul intro - Medley: LOVE ME DO/PLEASE PLEASE ME/ FROM ME TO YOU/SHE LOVES YOU/ I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND
17. CAN'T BUY ME LOVE
source & sound quality:
1: Chicago press conference, August 12, 1966 (VG)
2: unreleased Plastic Ono Band, December 5, 1969 (EX-stereo)
3,5: US tour interviews by Ken Douglas, August 1966 (VG)
4: USA promo version, with trumpet finale (VG)
6: mono mix, no backwards tape (VG)
7,9,11: from Ed Rudy's 1964 interview record (VG)
8: hi-hat version (EX-stereo)
10: officially released version (EX-stereo)
12 to 17: Associated Rediffusion TV "Around the Beatles'', May 6, 1964 (G-mono)
This was quite an interesting release when it appeared. Side A features an EX-stereo appearance of What's the New Mary Jane, plus interviews and some rarities. The song is also available, in slightly better quality, on LIVE AT SHEA-STADIUM by Benbecula Records, a record that was anyway very difficult to find in the US. Side B contains a slightly better quality version of the "Around the Beatles'' TV show (taken from tape and not from previous bootlegs); unfortunately, it lacks the only officially unreleased song, Shout!
1. Late 1974 (photo below the title). The insert of the first pressing was prepared on September 21, 1974, as shown on the bottom left. This has the initials "LJF", possibly a reference to one of the bootleggers. This group of L.A. bootleggers loved to add some hidden personal references in their releases. The acronym"MR" in the matrix suggests the label "Mushroom Records", that formally appeared in 1976 from the same bootleggers. The insert featured a photograph of the Beatles in a frame, the correct track listing and the Phonygraph logo. It was printed in black or reddish-brown on yellow paper. The disc had blank yellow labels with side indications were used. Some copies had some tiny bubbles on the vinyl or tiny pits, mainly on side B. No more releases have been found from these original stampers.
Several different stamper sets were produced from the original masters. These were used for other releases. A very similar insert was also prepared.
January, 1975. The second version of this record had the same insert and labels of the first release, but the record was pressed from new stampers, with 1115-A / 1115-B added to the original matrix numbers.
Early 1975. The TMOQ-Smoking Pig version. This version had the same insert, printed in red-brownish color on light yellow paper. The mothers from which the stampers were made had the original MR-1371 numbers scratched out with the numbers 1115-A / 1115-B added on the left of the scratched out numbers (different from the second version here above listed). The disc had the very pale blue TMOQ-Smoking pig labels, and its pressing was of better quality.
1975. The second TAKRL version. New mothers were derived from the original master tapes of the first version for side a. Also, in this case, MR-1371-A is scratched out (differently from the way the number was scratched out for the TMOQ-Smoking pig version), and TPGRL-1115-A 1374-A is added. It seems as 1374-A was added on the stampers and was not present on the mother, or that two mothers were made, one without 1374-A. For side B the same stampers of the TMOQ-Smoking pig version were used, with the addition of 1374-B. The insert was modified with LJF 74.0921 replaced by 1374, and the Phonygraph logo was erased, leaving a blank area on the frame. It is not known why the references to the Phonygraph company were deleted. The record had the same yellow TAKRL labels as the first release.
1976-1977. A new insert was derived from the original typographic master, that is, lacking both the Phonygraph logo and the LJF indication, and with the addition of the number 1374 on bottom left, similar to (but different from) the 1975 TAKRL version was used. This version had various reissues, possibly from diffrerent stampers. One release had the black World labels (the matrix is unknown). For the 1977 versions new pressing material was prepared. The mother with MR-1371-A scratched of the 1975 TAKRL version was used for side A. It had also TPGRL-1115-A scratched but there is no 1374-A (so these records were not pressed from the TAKRL stamper renumbered, but from a new stamper). In addition, the stamper had 1371-A, scratched and, not scratched, 1374-B A (with the B scratched). Side B is from the mother with MR-1371-B scratched used by TMOQ-Smoking pig version, with TPGRL (not scratched) 1115-B (numbers are scratched), 1371-B scratched and finally 1374-B not scratched. A 1976 release had the usual yellow labels with side indications, whereas a 1977 release had the Spindizzie label.
1977. The same stampers of the record issued under the Spindizzie label were used; the disc had either white blank labels, or the yellow labels with "Blank" and fake titles; they were pressed at a plant whose pressing mark is a ring at 12 mm from the hole. Two versions exist. One used the original print of the drawing used for the Spindizzie version, directly printed on the jacket, and the story of Dr. Terrence H. "Telly" Fone printed on the back. The other version had the same story printed on an insert (in the photo below enlarged to show the text), and a copy of the original insert with the Phonygraph logo and the LJF 74.0921 numbers.
1980. Toasted Records Release. The stampers from the last version were used in 1980 for the second record of a double LP titled RENAISSANCE, on Toasted Records, that will have its own entry. This was also released as a single LP. It had all the old matrix numbers erased and the new numbers 2S-911-C / 2S 911-D added, and the labels were orange Toasted with titles. Same pressing plant as the Blank version, with a ring at 12 mm from the central hole.
1986. Fake Phonygraph release. The LP RENAISSANCE was repressed under EVA labels. Again the second record was also distributed as a single LP, with a copy of the original Phonygraph insert and Phonygraph labels. All old matrix numbers were completely erased and made unreadable, and the new numbers 2R-71 C / 2R-71 D were added. This has the same pressing plant as the previous version. This is of course a fake Phonygraph release.
INTEREST. This is still a quite common record because of the large number of repressings; however, the first pressing is uncommon (***), wheres some of the reissues were distibuted in a large number of copies (**/*). The 1980 and 1986 versions are uncommon later repressings (**).
Late seventies. A counterfeit copy was released by Blockhead Records. This was released in a black jacket, with a reproduction in lesser quality of the insert of the 1977 version. It had white labels with Blockhead Records, and the matrix number is 42 BE EMI A / BE EMI B 42. This record may have been produced in the UK.
INTEREST. Useless counterfeit. *
THE JAPANESE JL RECORDS COUNTERFEIT
1976. The japanese JL record released a counterfeit, with the copy of the US version directly printed in red on the jacket, and counterfeit black World labels. It had the number JL 531 printed in the bottom right, and the number 1374 of the original insert was deleted. This is a scarce JL release.
INTEREST. Useful for japanese collectors and for completists. **