The Beatles ‎– Free As A Bird

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Free As A Bird 2:42
Christmas Time (Is Here Again) 3:02

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
R 6422, 7243 8 82587 7 7 The Beatles Free As A Bird(7", Single) Apple Records, Apple Records R 6422, 7243 8 82587 7 7 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
NR 7243 8 58497 7 0 The Beatles Free As A Bird(7", Single) Apple Records NR 7243 8 58497 7 0 US 1995 Sell This Version
R 6422 The Beatles Free As A Bird(7", Single, Jukebox) Apple Records R 6422 UK 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 82587 7 7, R 6422 The Beatles Free As A Bird(7", Single, Pic, Unofficial) Apple Records (3), Apple Records (3) 7243 8 82587 7 7, R 6422 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
C2 7243 8 58497 2 5 The Beatles Free As A Bird(CD, Maxi) Apple Records, Capitol Records C2 7243 8 58497 2 5 US 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 82587 2 2, CDR 6422 The Beatles Free As A Bird(CD, Single) Apple Records, Apple Records 7243 8 82587 2 2, CDR 6422 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 82587 2 2, CDR 6422 The Beatles Free As A Bird(CD, Single) Apple Records, Apple Records 7243 8 82587 2 2, CDR 6422 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 82587 2 2, 8825872 The Beatles Free As A Bird(CD, Single) Apple Records, Apple Records 7243 8 82587 2 2, 8825872 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 82588 2 1 The Beatles Free As A Bird(CD, Single) Apple Records 7243 8 82588 2 1 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 82587 2 2, CDR 6422 The Beatles Free As A Bird(CD, Single) Apple Records, Apple Records 7243 8 82587 2 2, CDR 6422 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 82587 2 2, CDR 6422 The Beatles Free As A Bird(CD, Single) Apple Records, Apple Records 7243 8 82587 2 2, CDR 6422 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 82587 2 2, CDR 6422 The Beatles Free As A Bird(CD, Single) Apple Records, Apple Records 7243 8 82587 2 2, CDR 6422 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
DPRO-11153 The Beatles Free As A Bird(CD, Single, Promo) Capitol Records, Apple Records DPRO-11153 US 1995 Sell This Version
CDFREEDJ 1 The Beatles Free As A Bird(CD, Single, Promo) Apple Records CDFREEDJ 1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
TCR 6422, 7243 8 82587 4 6 The Beatles Free As A Bird(Cass, Single) Apple Records, Apple Records TCR 6422, 7243 8 82587 4 6 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
4KM 7243 8 58497 4 9 The Beatles Free As A Bird(Cass, Single) Capitol Records, Apple Records 4KM 7243 8 58497 4 9 US 1995 Sell This Version
TOCP-8715 The Beatles Free As A Bird(CD, Maxi) Apple Records TOCP-8715 Japan 1996 Sell This Version

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Groovemaster-DJ

Groovemaster-DJ

January 19, 2013
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Free As A Bird, 7", Single, NR 7243 8 58497 7 0
For the first time in Capitol's interfering, butchering, re-eq-ing and tampering with Beatles recordings/releases appalling Hi$tory, they actually got this one 100% correct. This release has it's proper and wonderful paper label. something that sadly EMI's UK release did and does not have!

To save costs, further reduce the status, be-little and value of the UK 7" 45s and put more in the share holders coffers, EMI United Kingdom followed Philips' Phonogram IEP automated manufacturing division (Integral Embossed & Painted) and changed their remaining 7" presses to fully automated IEP manufacturing and used silver paint across all the brands.

Capitol clearly knew what EMI were now pressing and realised they could finally cock-a-snoop at UK EMI a release a vastly superior and desirable pressing and by opting to ignore the USA 7" 45 patent of a large hole 1 1/2" die-cut for RCA changers and going for a more globally appealing standard small hole for the world's turntables. (Clearly RCA's patented 7" 45 law has now been consigned to industry history, and the amazing 1949-1950 format war between Columbia Inc and RCA truly ended?

For those with those RCA Changers or Juke Boxes that naturally had no option but to fit a 1 1/2" centre cone to play USA patented 45's then thank goodness there are drill bits and the alike out there!

This USA release must have caused great embarrassment back at Brook Green and over at Blythe Road.

It is quite interesting that the finish of the UK release was not picked up by the Beatle's fans at the time, but there it is, the proof's in the pressings.

The UK custom Juke Box run pressings are unpainted IEPs and have the designated prefix of RLH 6422, these records were pre-ordered by Telstar Distribution who managed the UK Juke Box industry (Vinyl) and then were die-cut in house by Telstar. Unpainted IEPs with a die-cut LH but only have the commercial R 6422 prefix are from a later run and are just unpainted commercial copies.
slendersausage

slendersausage

March 14, 2011
referencing Free As A Bird, 7", Single, R 6422, 7243 8 82587 7 7
I have a copy and its Cat number is R 6422 with Q4 matrix
vestef58

vestef58

September 23, 2010
referencing Free As A Bird, 7", Single, R 6422, 7243 8 82587 7 7
Are you sure of this information:
Catalog#: R 6442

I think is Catalog#: R 6422