Thursday, April 29, 2010


Well, here we are with "the group that started it all for us, the Beatles," as was so eloquently said by Michael Nesmith on one of the Monkees' TV episodes.

And although he was probably referring to the debt he and his bandmates owed to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr for the Monkees' existence, he essentially was talking about all of us.

There is not much to add to the story that has been part of every record collectors' consciousness since 1964 (or in England, probably since 1962 or so), so I won't do that here.

I will say that I wish I had more Beatles picture sleeves. I have so many of their singles, but alas, I don't have a heck of a lot of their picture sleeves. Like most kids, I didn't take much care of what I had, so those sleeves have gone onto picture sleeve heaven.

But I do have a lot of sleeves, both from their original Capitol issues and the later, repackaged reissues that Capitol was putting out with a lot of frequency in the 1980s.

So here is what I have. I hope you enjoy them. Most of them are pretty much by the book sleeves, but the Capitol sleeves are more impressive, if you ask me.

They knew what they had, and they ran with it.

And ran with it into the 1990s and beyond. The "Love Me Do" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" sleeves are reissues. I believe they commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' entrance into our lives.

One way to notice that "Hand" is a reissue is on the original sleeve, Paul was holding a cigarette. He isn't here. I guess Capitol figured he should give up smoking. Of course, "Love Me Do" promoted a new greatest hits compilation, so it was obviously a reissue.

Beatles - Beatles Movie Medley.mp3
Beatles - I'm Happy Just To Dance With You.mp3


  1. I like the art work on Movie Medley. It looks familiar though.

  2. At least they created something original. I have to tell you, I listened to the single the other day for the first time in years, and it really isn't very good. Why the whole medley "craze" took off like it did is beyond me. I plan on posting the entire single this weekend if I get the chance.



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