It would grade mint if not for 1 or 2 minor pressing dimples which was normal as VJ records were never the highest quality. The labels are pristine, with NO writing, NO rips/tears, NO stickers, NO glue residue, and NO fading. Original 1964 red Vee-Jay right brackets record sleeves have a wide tab at the top of the front side of the sleeve.
This tab was cut into the sleeve to facilitate the removal of the record from the sleeve. These tab-cut sleeves were printed and manufactured by Bert-Co Enterprises of Los Angeles. Companies, notes and bar codes.Black label with VJ and VEE JAY RECORDS in silver print variation. With "VEE JAY RECORDS" printed in small print below large "VJ" letters. AudioMatrix stamped in runouts, all other data is etched. Matrix / Runout (Label A): 63-2967. Matrix / Runout (Label B): 63-3218. Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, runout A): Audio Matrix 63-2967. Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, runout B): Audio Matrix 63-3218. Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, runout A): Audio Matrix 63-2967 RA. Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, runout B): Audio Matrix 63-3218 RA. On the "Please Please Me" side, the trail off area has the marking (stamped Audio Matrix logo and hand etched master number 63-2967 and initial "RA"), this record was made by Southern Plastics. "Please, Please Me" label includes comma. A: Please, Please Me 2:00.
B: From Me To You 1:49. Vee Jay Records was the most successful Black owned and operated record company before Motown.
Founded in 1953 by Vivian Carter (the "Vee") and her husband, Jimmy Bracken (the "Jay") in Gary, Indiana, Vee Jay contributed a tremendous catalog of blues, rhythm and blues, doo-wop, jazz, soul, pop, and rock n' roll music. The label started as an outgrowth of the Bracken's successful record shop, and Vivian's stint as a disc jockey at WGRY in Gary. The black music Vivial was playing on her radio show at the time was not generally available on records. The Brackens decided to start recording some of these artists, and Vee Jay was born.
The couple felt they could get a label together that could get radio play and sales through their broadcasting and retail contacts. The first artists signed to the label were the Spaniels and Jimmy Reed. Their first release,'Jolly What!The Beatles And Frank Ifield On Stage' (VJ 1085), appeared on 26 February 1964. This LP was nothing more than a compilation of the two Beatles singles released in early and mid 1963, and eight Frank Ifield tracks, all studio recordings. Frank Ifield was best known for his version of'I Remember You'. Vee Jay tried to stimulate poor sales and chart action of the album by changing the cover art to make a more appealing package to Beatle buyers. Dropping the original art, featuring an old man with a Beatle haircut, Vee Jay used a full color Beatle portrait in hopes of capturing more unsuspecting buyers.
The album reached #104 in the charts. This item is in the category "Music\Vinyl Records". The seller is "thefifthbeatle" and is located in this country: US.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan, Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Republic of Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion.