PROMOTIONAL RECORDS
VEE-JAY

PROMOTIONAL RECORDS WERE DISTRIBUTED FOR FREE IN ORDER TO PROMOTE A RECORDING THAT WOULD BE COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. "PROMO" RECORDS WERE SENT DIRECTLY TO BROADCASTERS, SUCH AS RADIO STATION DISC JOCKEYS, AND AT TIMES, MUSIC JOURNALISTS IN ADVANCE OF THE RELEASE OF COMMERCIAL "STOCK COPY" ISSUES, IN THE HOPE THAT AIRPLAY, REVIEWS, AND OTHER FORMS OF EXPOSURE WILL RESULT AND STIMULATE THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST IN THE COMMERCIAL RELEASE.

BECAUSE PROMOTIONAL RECORDS WERE PRODUCED IN SMALLER QUANTITY THAN RELEASES THAT WERE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, THEY ARE CONSIDERED EXTREMELY VALUABLE, FOR THEY WERE NEVER RELEASED IN RECORD STORES.

 


  PLEASE PLEASE ME B/W ASK ME WHY
VEE-JAY 498
RELEASED: 2/20/63

DISC JOCKEY ADVANCE COPY, WHITE LABEL WITH BLACK PRINT.

"BEATTLES" WITH "TT"

THE FIRST RECORD RELEASED IN THE UNITED STATES TO BEAR THE BEATLES NAME WAS "VJ 498". THE SINGLE CONTAINED THE GROUP'S SECOND BRITISH 45RPM SINGLE, "PLEASE PLEASE ME" BACKED WITH "ASK ME WHY". THIS "DISC JOCKEY" ADVANCE SAMPLE PROMOTIONAL ISSUE IS A TRUE RARITY, AND A CORNERSTONE IN ONE'S COLLECTION.

CONDITION: VG++
ITEM#: PR518
PRICE: ------



 
   










  FROM ME TO YOU B/W THANK YOU GIRL
VEE-JAY 522
RELEASED: 5/6/63

(ACTUAL SCANS)

DISC JOCKEY ADVANCE COPY, WHITE LABEL WITH BLACK PRINT.

THE PROMOTIONAL 45 PRESSING FOR VEE-JAY'S SECOND BEATLES' RELEASE IS SIMILAR IN APPEARANCE TO THE PROMO COPY OF THE FIRST SINGLE, VJ498. ITS TRAIL-OFF MARKINGS ARE IDENTICAL TO THOSE OF THE 522 STOCK COPY.

THE ARP LOGO SIGNIFIES THAT THE PROMO RECORD LIKE ITS PREDECESSOR WAS MANUFACTURED IN OWOSSO, MICHIGAN.

THE CONDITION OF THIS PROMO COPY IS VERY CLEAN AND THE GLOSSY HIGH SHEEN VINYL IS GRADED AT STRONG NEAR MINT MINUS ON THE A-SIDE AND A VERY RESPECTABLE VG+++ ON THE B-SIDE. THE LABELS REMAIN A BRIGHT "SNOW WHITE" WITHOUT AGE OR DIRT AND THE GRAY CIRCULAR BAND DISPLAYS VERY LITTLE OR NEARLY NO TURNTABLE WEAR AT ALL.

ACCOMPANIED BY ITS OWN ORIGINAL VEE-JAY 1963 GENERIC SLEEVE.

CONDITION: NM- / VG+++
ITEM#: PR389
PRICE: $2,000


 
   

 

  THE RECORD THAT STARTED "BEATLEMANIA"
"PLEASE PLEASE ME"  B/W  "FROM ME TO YOU"

VEE-JAY 581, SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL TITLE SLEEVE
ISSUED EARLY 1964

THIS BLUE AND WHITE PROMOTIONAL SLEEVE (OFTEN REFERRED TO AS "THE JACK PARR SLEEVE') THAT ACCOMPANIED A SMALL NUMBER OF THE "NOT FOR SALE" SINGLES, PROUDLY DESCRIBES THE RELEASE AS "THE RECORD THAT STARTED BEATLEMANIA". IT REFERS TO THE GROUP'S JANUARY 3, 1964 FILM CLIP ON "THE JACK PAAR SHOW " AND THEIR UPCOMING APPEARANCES ON THE FEBRUARY 9 AND FEBRUARY 16 EDITIONS OF "THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW ". IN ADDITION, THE GROUP WILL BE FEATURED IN TIME, LIFE AND NEWSWEEK MAGAZINES.

THIS SLEEVE'S HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE COMBINED WITH ITS LIMITED PRODUCTION, MAKES THIS EXAMPLE BEING OFFERED HERE, UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF THE FINEST AND CLEANEST FOUND IN RECENT YEARS.

CONDITION: NM
ITEM#: PR552
PRICE: $7,500

PAYMENT METHOD BY WIRE TRANSFER OR BANK CHECK ONLY.
CREDIT CARD NOT ACCEPTED FOR THIS ITEM.

 
   






  PLEASE PLEASE ME B/W FROM ME TO YOU
VEE-JAY 581
RELEASED: JANUARY 30,1964

(ACTUAL SCANS)

BLUE & WHITE LABEL READS : "PROMOTIONAL COPY"

AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THIS VERY RARE PROMO 45. VINYL IS A SOLID AND GORGEOUS NEAR MINT !

A GLOSSY SHEEN REMAINS TO THE GROOVES, AND TRULY APPEARS THAT THIS RECORD HAS SEEN VERY LIMITED TURNTABLE TIME. IT HAS BEEN WELL PRESERVED AND CAREFULLY STORED OVER THE YEARS,

LABELS ARE EQUALLY AS BEAUTIFUL. BRILLIANT AND A HIGH-SHINE WHITE WITH NO WRITING AND NO HANDWRITTEN "X" THAT DESIGNATED THE AIR-PLAY SONG.

THE CLEANEST EXAMPLE OF THIS RARITY WE'VE ACQUIRED IN QUITE A WHILE !!

CONDITION: NM
ITEM#: PR099
PRICE: $2,750


 
   
PLEASE PLEASE ME B/W FROM ME TO YOU
VEE-JAY 581
RELEASED: JANUARY 30,1964

BLUE & WHITE LABEL READS : "PROMOTIONAL COPY"

(SEE IMAGES IN PREVIOUS ITEM ABOVE FOR REFERENCE).

ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THIS VERY RARE PROMO 45. VINYL IS GORGEOUS NEAR MINT MINUS, WITH JUST ONE LIGHT SUPERFICIAL LINES ON THE B-SIDE. A GLOSSY SHEEN REMAINS TO THE GROOVES, WITH MINIMAL PLAY TIME EVIDENT.

LABELS ARE EQUALLY AS BEAUTIFUL - STUNNING AND SHINY WHITE WITH NO WRITING AND NO HANDWRITTEN "X" THAT DESIGNATED THE AIR-PLAY SONG.

  CONDITION: NM-
ITEM#: PR489
PRICE: $2,000


 
   


  ASK ME WHY
VEE-JAY EI-903
RELEASED: MARCH 29, 1964

(ACTUAL SCANS)

ONE-SIDED PROMOTIONAL TITLE SLEEVE.

TO PROMOTE THEIR NEW AND ONLY BEATLES EP AND AS PART OF THEIR MARKETING STRATEGY, VEE-JAY ISSUED PROMOTIONAL COPIES OF THE RECORD PLUGGING "ASK ME WHY".

TO FURTHER PLUG "ASK ME WHY", VEE-JAY ISSUED AN EXTREMELY LIMITED NUMBER OF THE PROMOTIONAL RECORDS IN A ONE-SIDED BLACK & WHITE TITLE SLEEVE, THAT HAS THE OPEN END FOR THE RECORD TO SLIP IN ON THE BOTTOM EDGE.

AS THE DECISION WAS MADE TO FOCUS ON A SINGLE SONG, THE SPECIAL EP SLEEVE FEATURED ONLY "ASK ME WHY" AND DESCRIBED THE RECORD AS : "AN EP THAT IS SELLING LIKE A SINGLE . . . AT SINGLE RECORD PRICES".

THE SLEEVE ALSO HAS THE PHRASE "STILL ONLY #8 IN SALES".

THIS TITLE SLEEVE HAS UNDOUBTEDLY BECOME ONE THE RAREST AND MOST VALUABLE OF ALL BEATLES RECORD SLEEVES AMONG THE COLLECTORS' WORLD !

CONDITION: NM- / VG++
ITEM#: PR056
PRICE: ---


 
   






  SOUVENIR OF THEIR VISIT TO AMERICA
VEE-JAY EP 1-903
RELEASED: MARCH 1964

(ACTUAL SCANS)

BLUE & WHITE LABEL READS : "PROMOTIONAL COPY".

THIS PROMO COPY IS ACCOMPANIED BY IT'S ORIGINAL 1964 VEE-JAY "RIGHT BRACKETS" GENERIC RED & BLACK SLEEVE (VJ RS.02, SPIZER).

THESE PROMOTIONAL COPIES WERE ISSUED PRIMARILY TO RADIO STATIONS FOR AIRPLAY, AND MOST SURVIVING COPIES OF THESE SPECIAL ISSUED DISCS HAVE BEEN TREATED TO A WEALTH OF PLAY. THIS EXAMPLE IS A STELLAR UNPLAYED AS NEW MINT, SIMPLY GLORIOUS AND OBVIOUS THIS RECORD HAS NEVER BEEN ON A TURNTABLE.

THIS LABEL VARIATION IS THE VERY FIRST ISSUE OF THE PROMO EP WHERE ALL FOUR SONGS ARE IN THE SAME SIZE PRINT. (VJEP903.DJ1, SPIZER). THIS DISC WAS MANUFACTURED BY MONARCH RECORDS, AND WERE DISTRIBUTED WITHOUT THE SPECIAL CARDBOARD JACKETS (WHICH ONLY ACCOMPANIED THE STOCK COPIES).

CONDITION: M
UNPLAYED
ITEM#: PR119
PRICE: $2,500


 
   






  SOUVENIR OF THEIR VISIT TO AMERICA
VEE-JAY EP 1-903
RELEASED: MARCH 1964

(ACTUAL SCANS)

BLUE & WHITE LABEL READS : "PROMOTIONAL COPY".

THIS PROMO COPY IS ACCOMPANIED BY IT'S ORIGINAL 1964 VEE-JAY "RIGHT BRACKETS" GENERIC RED & BLACK SLEEVE (VJ RS.02, SPIZER).

THESE PROMOTIONAL COPIES WERE ISSUED PRIMARILY TO RADIO STATIONS FOR AIRPLAY, AND MOST SURVIVING COPIES OF THESE SPECIAL ISSUED DISCS HAVE BEEN TREATED TO A WEALTH OF PLAY. THIS EXAMPLE IS A STUNNING NEAR MINT MINUS WITH A SHINY GLEAM STILL EVIDENT, AND ONE SUPERFICIAL LINE. IT IS OBVIOUS THIS RECORD HAS HAD VERY LIMITED PLAY TIME - AND WELL PRESERVED OVER THE YEARS.

THIS LABEL VARIATION USES THE ROMAN NUMERAL STYLE LISTING "SIDE I" AND "SIDE II" . "ASK ME WHY" IS IN LARGER AND TALLER BOLDER PRINT THAN THE OTHER TITLES. (VJEP903.DJ2A, SPIZER). THIS DISC WAS MANUFACTURED BY ARP, AND WERE DISTRIBUTED WITHOUT THE SPECIAL CARDBOARD JACKETS (WHICH ONLY ACCOMPANIED THE STOCK COPIES).

CONDITION: NM-
ITEM#: PR009
PRICE: $1,850


 
   






  SOUVENIR OF THEIR VISIT TO AMERICA
VEE-JAY EP 1-903
RELEASED: MARCH 1964

(ACTUAL SCANS)

BLUE & WHITE LABEL READS : "PROMOTIONAL COPY".

THIS PROMO COPY IS ACCOMPANIED BY IT'S ORIGINAL 1964 VEE-JAY "RIGHT BRACKETS" GENERIC RED & BLACK SLEEVE (VJ RS.02, SPIZER).

THESE PROMOTIONAL COPIES WERE ISSUED PRIMARILY TO RADIO STATIONS FOR AIRPLAY, AND MOST SURVIVING COPIES OF THESE SPECIAL ISSUED DISCS HAVE BEEN TREATED TO A WEALTH OF PLAY. DISPLAYING LITTLE PLAY TIME, IT IS ABSOLUTELY IN A MOST RESPECTABLE NEAR MINT MINUS CONDITION, ON BOTH THE VINYL AND LABELS. IT STILL RETAINS A BEAUTIFUL SHEEN TO THE GROOVES.

THIS LABEL VARIATION LISTS "SIDE 1" AND "SIDE 2" AND HAS "ASK ME WHY" IN LARGER AND BOLDER PRINT THAN THE OTHER TITLES. (VJEP903.DJ2B, SPIZER). THIS STYRENE DISC WAS MANUFACTURED BY MONARCH, AND WERE DISTRIBUTED WITHOUT THE SPECIAL CARDBOARD JACKETS (WHICH ONLY ACCOMPANIED THE STOCK COPIES).

CONDITION: NM-
ITEM#: PR128
PRICE: $1,850


 
   






  DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET B/W THANK YOU GIRL
VEE-JAY 587
RELEASED: MARCH 23, 1964

(ACTUAL SCANS)

DISC JOCKEY ADVANCE COPY.
BLUE & WHITE LABEL READS: "PROMOTIONAL COPY"

A REALLY BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THIS ULTRA RARE PROMO 45. VINYL IS A GREAT AND GLEAMING NEAR MINT MINUS WITH VERY MINIMAL PLAY TIME EVIDENT.

A BRILLIANT SHEEN REMAINS TO THE GROOVES, AND TRULY APPEARS THAT IT HAS BEEN WELL PRESERVED AND CAREFULLY STORED OVER THE YEARS ! THE NEAR MINT MINUS LABELS ARE EQUALLY AS BEAUTIFUL, WITH A NICE WHITE TONE. NO WRITING AND NO HANDWRITTEN "X" THAT DESIGNATED THE AIR-PLAY SONG. WE HAVE NOT HAD THIS RARITY IN INVENTORY IN QUITE A WHILE AND THIS ONE IS JUST A WONDERFUL HIGH-END EXAMPLE.

CONDITION: NM-
ITEM#: PR193
PRICE: $2,550


 

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