The Beatles ‎– Please Please Me

Parlophone ‎– PMC 1202
Vinyl, LP, Mono, Album, Gold & Black Label, Dick James Credits

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A1 I Saw Her Standing There
Written-By – McCartney-Lennon*
A2 Misery
Written-By – McCartney-Lennon*
A3 Anna (Go To Him)
Written-By – Alexander*
A4 Chains
Written-By – Goffin-King*
A5 Boys
Written-By – Dixon*, Farrell*
A6 Ask Me Why
Written-By – McCartney-Lennon*
A7 Please Please Me
Written-By – McCartney-Lennon*
B1 Love Me Do
Written-By – McCartney-Lennon*
B2 P.S. I Love You
Written-By – McCartney-Lennon*
B3 Baby It's You
Written-By – Williams*, Bacharach*, David*
B4 Do You Want To Know A Secret
Written-By – McCartney-Lennon*
B5 A Taste Of Honey
Written-By – Scott*, Marlow*
B6 There's A Place
Written-By – McCartney-Lennon*
B7 Twist And Shout
Written-By – Russell*, Medley*

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Also released in stereo (# PCS 3042).
Short-lived first press with black/gold labels, the main pressing with classic Parlophone black & yellow labels was released a couple of months later.

Issues with the Below Stampers Signify Very First Release of 1500 copies
Side A - 1 (9 o'clock) 0 (3 o'clock)
Side B - 1 (9 o'clock) M (3 o'clock)

Northern Songs credits variation can be found here: The Beatles - Please Please Me

Made in Gt. Britain.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): XEX.421
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): XEX.422
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): XEX 421-1N 1 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): XEX 422-1N 1 M
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamper at 9/3 o'clock (Side A)): 1 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamper at 9/3 o'clock (Side B)): 1 M

Other Versions (5 of 537) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PMCM.1202 The Beatles Please Please Me(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Apple Records PMCM.1202 New Zealand 1969 Sell This Version
746435-4 The Beatles Please Please Me(Cass, Album, RP, Cle) Parlophone 746435-4 Turkey 1992 Sell This Version
14C-26204219 The Beatles Please Please Me(Cass, Album) EMI 14C-26204219 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
0946 3 82416 2 1 The Beatles Please Please Me(CD, Album, Mono, Enh, RE, RM) Parlophone, Apple Records, Capitol Records 0946 3 82416 2 1 US 2009 Sell This Version
1A 062-04219, 1C 072-04 219 The Beatles Please Please Me(LP, Album, RE) Apple Records, Parlophone, EMI Electrola 1A 062-04219, 1C 072-04 219 Europe Unknown Sell This Version


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July 2, 2018
The utter nonsence that some people list and turns into foke law as verbaturm fact:
1. The "original" labels are GOLD text on Dark Brown Gloss NOT Black ugh
2. All that changed in April-May 1963 was the music publishing from DJM to NS so when the next batch of label pairs were ordered and printed the credits were changed not the stampers not the masters so they are NOT repressings but label changes
3. The then basic and crude two track wide Stereo mix came out 18th May 1963 with a single batch of Gold Text on Dark Brown gloss labels + large stereo banners . this is also not a repressing but a first one
4 Confusion rains as as this firsr run stereo pressings came out the EMI family labels changed Columbia had Blue with Silver text on Black gloss, HMV Red with Silver text on Black Gloss Parlophone Yellow with Silver text on Black Gloss $tateside Green with silver text on black gloss (MGM continued with their bright yellow labels with black text)
The Parlophone Yellow and silver on black labelStereo pairs just continued as part of that First Stereo run and are not represses or 2nd press and as the publishing change came at the same time they only had the NS credits! Just a new batch of labels fed by hand in pairs on to the stampers. The mono label change to Yellow/silver on black came slightly after the Stereo's as many more Gold on Brown blanks were in stock and were naturally used up first (these blanks were for all available mono Parlophone titles not just the PPM album)
5 The "sold in the UK" text did not come into force until 1st January 1964 and ran until mid July 1969 across all EMI pressed product.
6 All first pressed have tax code embossings from the stamper lugs inserted Mono's only till May 1963 KT Mono and First Stereo's (Gold on Brown and Yellow/Silver on Black) 18th May 1963+ ZMT

I hope this info has helped explain the confusion
A repress is when a production run has ended stampers removed label pairs removed and then a new order from Manchester Sq came in to Blythe Road Hayes and the presses were tooled up again and repressing began a label change in text or finish durring a pressing run is NOT a 2nd 3rd 4th 5th or repress its just that......a label change.

Back to the album! Well 55+ years on those two original mix pressings Mono and Stereo still sound exciting fresh crisp and clear and do indeed sound LiVe!
I get and run with mono mix because it was how it was done and first out back then However the final Stereo make over and done for and paid for by Diagnosti collection blows your head off and that crude 3 track wide stereo becomes a full 180 degree soundstage multi track. , From the moment that stylus hits that groove "1234" there is no looking back I don't think that there is another first album from any group anywhere that can come close to the pure raw energy that was captured on those tapes. Flawless album that every home should have.



June 26, 2018
Are The counterfeits entered here? I got one with the name below the hole.


April 11, 2018
Can anyone who has this post images of the labels and matrix runout please? There's not enough information.


February 18, 2018
I'd like to know whether this label has a small credit of "33 1/3" beside the matrix number at the left side of the label.


November 25, 2017
I have a two boxed EMI, Parlophone, Made In France on labels, UK sleeve without flipbacks.


October 31, 2017
This is the first edition with the yellow and black labels in late 1963. The cover is the same as the first black and gold pressing, printed by Ernest J. Day LTD with the misaligned photo credit on the front. The vinyl still carries the same -1N matrix as the first black and gold pressings, though this new label style pressing is more common.


September 16, 2017
Is this a duplicate pressing ? Not enough information to explain.


September 12, 2017
What is the logic of having Introducing and Songs Pictures... as part of this master when it's a different track listing (and 2 different variations for that!) ?


August 10, 2017
Hi I have a copy PMC 1202 xex 422-IN MONO GOLD PARLOPHONE ....PHOTO ANGUS MCBEAN BOTTOM RIGHT HAND COVER . Am just a little confused about the value .
the sleeve is in VG condition and the record is in VG condition .


March 2, 2015
I'm not sure what version I have of the record. I bought it in 1995 and it says mono on both the cover and on the record label but it's the stereo mix.
PMC 1202. Anyone who can help me?