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  • Vinyl
  • Original Release Date: 1964
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: VeeJay
  • Run Time: 33 minutes
  • ASIN: B000MVF7ZU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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First Of All There are several realeases of this album! I have two! the differences are, last song on side "A" and the First song on side "B". One album has Love Me Do You while the other has Ask Me Why. One has P.S. I Love You, While The Other has Please, Please Me respectively! These are the Black label not the colored "VJ" which is a LATER pressing! Both are in great Shape and rare! I am seeling both! One in Stereo and One Mono!

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This one turned out to be one of the very best.
Timothy Swan
The Single album CD is Version 1 and it is in STEREO, and the audio difference is amazing.
David Fechtmeyer
Must have for your "Beatles collection" of Albums, Cd's.
Anne White

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By David Fechtmeyer on February 7, 2008
Format: Vinyl
This is the first album of the BEATLES music released in the USA. There are two versions to this album. Version One has Love Me Do and P.S. I Love You on it. Version Two substituted Please Please Me and Ask Me Why for the aformentioned songs - probably because PLEASE PLEASE ME was a number one hit, and LOVE ME DO only hit #20 on the charts.

The Russian two/fer CD has Version 2 on it. In addition, the Russian CD was released in mono. The Single album CD is Version 1 and it is in STEREO, and the audio difference is amazing. There are two versions to the Version 1 CD. One has the AD back - the other has the column back. The column back shows the track listing on the back of the jewel case, the Ad back shows the earliest cover used by VJ on the back of the jewel case. There is also a Version 2 of the album available. It has Please Please Me, and Ask Me Why. It is also in stereo.

Take note that the songs LOVE ME DO, and P.S. I LOVE YOU are only available in mono no matter what collection or compilation you find them on. They were the earliest recordings done by the BEATLES and no stereo recordings have survived.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 19, 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Does your copy of INTRODUCING THE BEATLES have a STEREOPHONIC banner across the top of the front cover? If so, chances are 98.4 to 1 you have a knock-off of the original 1964 VEE JAY album. Does it have a black label with silver print and/or do the words THE BEATLES appear below the record's spindle hole? Yup, you've got a bootleg. Listen to your stereo "Introducing" with headphones. Is it in mono? Alas, it's a pirate copy.

There's various non-VEE JAY versions out there, from the 1960s and beyond. Mine has a black label, a playlist that includes "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" (which means it's a dub of the pre-Ed Sullivan show LP), and SR 1062 on the front cover but VJLP 1062 on the back. The front looks good (includes George's faint shadow on the right) and the sound is OK. If you can find a similar used copy for a ten spot or so, hey go for it.

Even with the genuine VEE JAY article there's so many variations. Take Version #1, as an example. This one has "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" on it and was briefly available in January of '64. A court order instigated by CAPITOL Records halted the LP's production after only 80,000 copies were shipped (that includes 2,000 in stereo, or 1.6%) because of their rights to the two songs. The earliest have photos of 25 VEE JAY albums on the back instead of a playlist. This one's selling for the price of a small house. Then there's the version that's all-white on the back-- another mega bucks LP if you can find it. Finally, the one with the playlist, which is most of that version's run, is still incredibly valuable.

Realizing that the Beatles were a goldmine in the making, VEE JAY overcame CAPITOL's legal objection by substituting "Ask Me Why" and "Please Please Me" for the two previously mentioned tracks.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Swan on April 12, 2010
Format: Vinyl
For many people who are full-fledged fans of the fab four from Liverpool, this remarkable album, entitled "Introducing The Beatles", sums up a lot of great memories from that bygone time in musical history when these 4 talented boys from England totally shook up the music world and set off an international frenzy that would become the epidemic known as "Beatlemania". This classic LP was first released in early January of 1964, just a few weeks prior to them landing in New York to make their historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in February. Originally, the album contained the songs "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" as part of its line-up. However, due to a series of legal wrangling with EMI's American subsidiary label, Capitol records, Vee-Jay were forced to remove these songs. Fortunately for all of us, they only had to substitute 2 other recordings, "Ask Me Why" and "Please, Please Me" in their place. The result is a brilliant American debut album that still holds a lot of great memories for so many people. The official line-up on this album is practically identical to the same track order on the British album "Please Please Me". It is as follows ;

side one :
1. I Saw Her Standing There
2. Misery
3. Anna (Go To Him)
4. Chains
5. Boys
6. Ask Me Why

side two :
1. Please, Please Me
2. Baby It's You
3. Do You Want To Know A Secret?
4. A Taste Of Honey
5. There's A Place
6. Twist And Shout

The contents of this album were also featured in 2 other albums issued by Vee-Jay during 1964: "Songs, Pictures And Stories Of The Fabulous Beatles" and "The Beatles Vs. The Four Seasons".

By 1965, Vee-Jay's rights to distribute Beatles records had expired, leaving Capitol to completely take over.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Navy Vet...VT town TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 10, 2014
Format: Vinyl
Once again, looking through my old records and I came across this one. It is Version 1 of the Vee Jay recording. I paid $2.75 for it and it has the following songs on it....

Side One

I Saw Her Standing There
Misery
Anna
Chains
Boys
Love Me Do

Side Two

P.S. I love you
Baby It's You
Do You Want to Know a Secret?
A Taste of Honey
There's a Place
Twist and Shout

Just read some of the reviews and didn't realize this was such a hot item to counterfeit. I do remember when I bought it that $2.75 was a lot of money for me as I was just a teenager!

The really strange thing is that I never played this record. Shrink wrap still intact and never opened it. I think it was because the majority of the songs were not known as well. Who knows what goes through the mind of a teenager? The other ones I own have all been played over and over again. I also had the most popular ones on 45's so not much of a reason to listen to this one.

Most highly recommended.
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