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Auction: BEATLES I Feel Fine 45 1st UK PRESS 1964 AUTHENTIC Factory Sample STICKER MINT-

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Title BEATLES I Feel Fine 45 1st UK PRESS 1964 AUTHENTIC Factory Sample STICKER MINT-
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Baby's good to me, you know,
She's happy as can be, you know,
She said so,
I'm in love with her and I feel fine.

Baby says she's mine, you know,
She tells me all the time, you know,
She said so,
I'm in love with her and I feel fine.

I'm so glad that she's my little girl,
She's so glad, she's telling all the world.

That her baby buys her things, you know,
He buys her diamond rings, you know,
She said so,
She's in love with me and I feel fine.

Baby says she's mine, you know,
She tells me all the time, you know,
She said so,
I'm in love with her and I feel fine.

I'm so glad that she's my little girl,
She's so glad, she's telling all the world.

That her baby buys her things, you know,
He buys her diamond rings, you know,
She said so,
She's in love with me and I feel fine,
She's in love with me and I feel fine.

 

  THE BEATLES: "I Feel Fine" / "She's A Woman" 45, IN MONO, FIRST UK PRESSING, 5th DECEMBER,1964.
THIS WAS NOT SOLD IN A  RECORD SHOP, BUT RETAINED BY EMI / PARLOPHONE AS A RARE 'Factory Sample.'
  SIDE 1's LABEL HAS AN AUTHENTIC EMI RED & WHITE STICKER WITH;

Factory Sample - Not For Sale

Please see my close up picture for how an authentic 53 year old, EMI "Factory Sample" sticker looks like, unlike fake stickers
appearing daily on ebay, the paper is thickly textured and no copy ever made looks like the real thing.  There simply was not
the number of records with 'Factory Sample' or 'Manufacturers Property' stickers, made or used in the 60's and 70's, listed
on ebay every day, even on totally different record companies!   What you see in close up on this "I Feel Fine" label, cannot be
artificially photo copied to con buyers, hopefully that picture will prevent a buyer being fooled.  Ebay will deal with sellers
with counterfeit items .... but only if you report it, then they have to implement their most basic rule.  The facts are, stickers
  with 'Factory Sample' or 'Manufacturers Property' do NOT make the records selected for retention by record companies,
 Promo's or Demo's, as sellers state.  They were selected at random and certainly not pressed specifically to be Demo's or
Promo's, EMI and most major's had specific labels made for Demo's and Promo's.  A record like this with a "Factory Sample"
  sticker is....a 'Factory Sample.'  The earlier 60's stickers in the 60's like this, were very small and that is another way to
identify the fakes.  Also look out for signs of disturbed, picked at edges, because sellers remove them from records of low values
  and glue them on standard records that are desirable. Now I can concentrate on a stunning condition "I Feel Fine" first pressing.


  PARLOPHONE: R 5200.
 

  MAITRIX: YXCE 18171 - 1N / YXCE 18172 - 1N.


  EMI STAMPING CODES: GTA  1 /  GMP  ?*
  * Unclearly stamped, possibly '3' but I only type digits or letters when there is no doubt, I can say, this is a first pressing
and once again, the most important factor of all here is the absolutely stunning condition of the labels and the vinyl.


  THE EXCEPTIONALLY THICK TEXTURED LABELS HAVE;
"Sold In UK" ON THE PUSH-OUT CENTRES
"Recording First Published 1964"
"PARLOPHONE CO. LTD." ON THE RIMS.

Ebay and the internet have become obsessed by contractual pressings, just about anything with textured paper finds announcements
about 'Oriole' pressings.  In reality all 60's label paper was as noted above, thickly textured, printers made the labels and not
the pressing plants!  This has exceptionally deep texturing but there is no doubting the vinyl and all the machine stamping in
the run-out grooves, positively originated in EMI's Hayes, Middlesex pressing plant....not 'Oriole's!'


THE UK TAX CODE "KT"  IS EMBOSSED ON THE B-SIDE AND  WAS ALWAYS STAMPED IN THE RUN-OUT GROOVES.
IN 1964 THE RUN-OUT GROOVES STILL HAD AN EARLIER "KT" PLACEMENT, STAMPED IN THE 9 O'CLOCK  POSITION
AND NOT YET MOVED TO 12 O'CLOCK .


ORIGINAL 1964 PARLOPHONE SLEEVE, IN SUPERB EXCELLENT+++  CONDITION.
Even the Parlophone sleeve is the actual one the record was first inserted in at  EMI's Middlesex pressing plant.  In the front
top right white oblong box, designed for indexing, 'R5200' was hand written in blue ink.  This time not by a 60's record shop,
it had to be an EMI employee due to the the "Factory Sample" sticker. Just a few gentle creases and a few minor 'ruffles on the
  front die-cut centre and a tiny nick at 6 o'clock, light edge rubbing but hardly aged, in other words, correct for a 1964 sleeve.
  I will stress this is NOT a fake sleeve, but a 'R5200' catalogue number and positive signs of being 53 years of age, verify that.
 

THE RECORD WAS ONLY PLAYED ONCE / THREE TIMES WITH THE GREATEST CARE,  THAT HAD TO BE BY AN EMI
EXCEUTIVE,  TOTALLY UNMARKED AND IN A MINIMUM OF MINT- CONDITION.
Personally I do not think there is any difference between 'Near Mint' and 'Mint-', they both represent a barely played record
  without any damage or anything affecting it still looking virtually like how it was first bought.  So a few faint spindle traces
  on the labels, above all else, the sound quality has be as perfect as it was first pressed, even if  that means now 52 years ago
for "I Feel Fine"!

 

"Turn Me On When I Get Lonely."

 

  The Beatles recording schedule in 1964 was unbelievable, just completing the "A Hard Day's Night" album and the film in the
June, should have been enough for the year, but they were more than capable of coping with heavy demands placed on them.
By the middle of August they were back in Abbey Road Studio to start work on the "Beatles For Sale" album, that was only half
the story because there was no such thing as concentrating on one project at a time.  19th August, they left the recording studio
  and flew to America for touring during the next four weeks, the second of two 1964 USA tours, once completed they had to return
immediately to Abbey Road's 'EMI Studio,' where this single's pair of tracks would be written and recorded.

I have been writing a great deal about the Beatles recording's in 1964 lately, so I will concentrate mostly on this single today.
  On the 6th October while recording "Eight Days A Week", John wrote a guitar riff that would become the A-side for their next
single, "I Feel Fine."   This was also the very first time feedback was used on one of the Beatles tracks, they were now edging
away from their earliest sound, considering how little time was available, the Beatles music was undergoing a natural process
of development.  It was only the rather busy schedule that  prevented more original songs being written for their fourth album
in only two years, "Beatles For Sale" contained some superb original material but also several cover versions.  With the A-side
a freshly written song, regardless of mounting pressures, for the single's B-side only new material was good enough, so now it
was time for some Lennon & McCartney magic, conjure up a song form nowhere!   No time to go home and sit at a piano or with a
guitar and wait for inspiration to come, Paul and John wrote "She's A Woman" in the recording studio and mostly improvised it all
with one eye on the continuous and unrelenting touring.  As I always write when listing a "Hollywood Bowl" LP, the Beatles might
  have had to contend with hysterical screaming that all but drowned their live sets out, but they still took great pride in how and
what they performed for their fans, even if they were too hysterical to even appreciate that.  The B-side's new song was written
with a dual purpose, as Paul said, "We needed a real screamer for the live act."
 
  The track was recorded on the 8th October and it became the first Beatles song with a positive reference to drugs in the lyrics.
"Turn me on when I get lonely," was a direct link to them smoking marijuana for the first time, which had taken place only five
weeks earlier. John  Lennon was quite pleased they had managed to slip that past the strict censorship of the era, in three years
time a similar phrase,"I'd love to turn you on" was sung on "A Day In The Life," but immediately noticed and given a media ban.
While they were in America and met Bob Dylan for the first time, he introduced them to marijuana and Dylan told them it was so
  good how they got away with singing "I get high" on the 1963 "I Want To Hold Your Hand" 45, or as it was in America, current to
  early 1964. They laughed and told him it was actually "I can't hide," but the mischievous Lennon was particularly taken with the
  idea of slipping in such references and of course, there was no time like the present!  He now realised they could add some spice
  to apparently innocent sounding lyrics, "I can't hide" was the repeated last three words on the verse;

 

"And when I touch you I feel happy, inside,
  It's such a feeling, that my love,
  I can't hide, I can't hide, I can't hide."

 

  As soon as it was released "I Feel Fine" become a huge selling single and made No.1 in the British charts, identifying them right
  back to the first pressings made out of those millions and presenting them as close to how they were bought then, is never easy.
By that I am referring to the condition of the record, I'm not interested in the average condition, deeply scratched and plain worn
out vinyl. The details given in my above headings apply to all the first pressings made in late 1964, I never have and never will
  accept the records only exist today in terrible condition, I want to see and to hear them as near as possible to how I was first
  handed the latest Beatles record in a record shop during the 60's.  This does indeed come very close to that, both side's labels
around the centre holes are completely unworn, only the faintest traces of two spindle alignments for the B-side and three traces
  for the A-side. Textured labels like this instantly marked on a 60's protruding spring / auto play 60's spindles, you can easily
  actually count the plays when they are really low, but so few are!  Both labels are in remarkable condition, even the embossed or
raised 'KT' lettering on either side of Side 1's centre hole does not have any of the black paper worn away.  Although hard to get
  a digital camera to distinguish such detail on thick textured paper in a uniform black colour, in my pictures the label centres do
  do not show the tiny radiating outwards, spoke like lines in a pattern, from the pressing process when the labels were fixed on
before the centre hole was cut out.  Like a bullet hole, they are unrelated to playing, handling or spindles, as I just said, in this
era the records were stacked on top each other on the just described spindles, they were designed to auto change them, that is a
  rare event for LP's as well, to only have the minutest traces of handling & playing on the labels. Onlya few careful plays is really
  low for a 53 year old first pressing of a Beatles single without being unplayed, which in 1964 rarely happened.  The heavyweight
  record is gleaming with a deep glossy shine of mint vinyl, without any needle marks or scratches on either side, on the subject of
  the very faintest to near invisible surface handling signs on a record or a CD/DVD. They all simply had to be handled and this is
  an openly honest description of an exceptional, top condition first pressed 1964 record.  A really beautiful looking record that
  I am certain will have outstanding sound quality on both sides, I left playing this until now because intuition alone tells me it
  will be something very special.  After all, this record contains the most exposed jntro to crackles and general noise, Beatles
  A-side ever recorded & released in the first half of the 1960's, a single guitar note quietly feeding back, it would not be until
  1968 for the next single with such potential for horrific crackles and clicks, "Hey Jude's" intro of only lone piano notes.
 
The run-in grooves to "I Feel Fine" are those of Mint UK EMI 60's 45's, exceptionally quiet with only the natural static of empty
  non musical grooves rotating at the fast 45 RPM.  Too minor to mention really but I always include the whole of the listening
  experience from the first contact of a stylus.   Instantly into fantastic audio clarity, I will comment about the opening sentence
  because I insist on my descriptions always being totally honest and accurate.  Even allowing for a declared lifetime's love of the
Beatles records since a young kid, or the selected unworn top condition first issue Beatles records I present, it seems ridiculous
   to include trivial surface sound/static in the bands without any music, they have to have some static by spinning so fast against
  a modern stereo stylus. Mono records were intended for mono equipment and this 1964 vinyl stands up superbly to the exposure
  my stereo stylus gives the sound, besides, natural static was induced right from the initial pressing, as ever I am looking for
   perfection and why not? I sincerely believe that is beneficial for sound descriptions, being hyper critical for every part of the
  record keeps me from becoming complacent.  Of greater importance, once the music begins "I Feel Fine" plays without the usual
  thunderously loud crackles and horrendous clicks, particularly for the A-side because the intro is just a lone guitar's feedback.
  As clean and clear as vinyl can be, the massively powerful mono sound of this first pressing is just superb, with amazing sharp
   edged sound during the opening feedback.  'Feedback' sound was accidentally discovered by John Lennon, the Who had still yet to
  record Pete Townshend's extraordinary use of feedback on stage, this was much too early to be discussing psychedelia, but the
   experimental sound movement had begun this early and those innovative new sounds were always sought after in the 1960's.
   John Lennon's lead vocal is backed by wonderfully harmonised vocals from George and Paul, the guitar sound keeps the sharpest
  edge throughout the whole of the track, the audio definition is truly outstanding, precisely as pressed. The music signals are at
  their fullest original strength and my honesty about mere static in the initial blank and non musical grooves must never detract
from the absolutely stunning sound quality for the whole duration of "I Feel Fine."
 

  The B-side's run-in grooves are also exceptionally smooth and virtually silent, same record, different stamping/pressing discs.
  John Lennon's really emphatic, very powerful r&b/blues guitar riff intro, is being fully enjoyed as anticipated from Mint- vinyl.
  In perfectly clear and clean sound quality, confirming the Mint- grading was more than accurate now I am hearing such pristine
sound reproduction, which is great news for this normally crackling & distorting high energy rock side to this fantastic single.
Pure melody allied to strong electric instruments on the A-side, then the Beatles rocking hard when you turn it over, what more
could ask from one of the greatest Beatles singles from the first half of the 60's decade. "She's A Woman" really is getting off
  to an electrifying start, when all of mono's power is heard from a first pressing, although I am playing this on a stereo system,
  there's no mistaking the fantastic impact of a such an overwhelming mono record. Their sheer energy is perfectly captured here
as the strident and very striking impact of the guitar is now joined by pulsating percussion and huge Paul McCartney bass guitar,
with George and John doubling up on the incessant riff.  Paul was at his most potent on the rock vocals, the improvisations used
to create a really exciting track were all built around a basic theme, the rest was the pure magic of the Beatles ability to write
  something very special by utilising their unique musical chemistry. I often feel any attempt at describing these brilliant singles
is a bit pointless when they are so well known and loved around the world. I know how few people have actually heard a totally
unworn first UK pressing, once this amazing sound is revealed, it becomes like a revelation because it is like hearing the tracks
for the first time. This is how we first heard and were blown away by latest Beatles singles in late 1964, so I just love playing
them and when I can locate this immaculate condition, there is no need for lengthy descriptions about the contents, such stunning
  sound quality only needs to be heard and enjoyed.
  {Roy}

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statistics for auctions of this release
Release Name I Feel Fine
Catalogue R 5200
Sold auctions 27
Running auctions 7
Maximum paid $57.65
Minimum paid $1.25
Average paid $9.46
Popularity 32% of all auctions for this release were sold.