E.P. - The Beatles Million Sellers

The Beatles
The Beatles Million Sellers - Front Cover The Beatles Million Sellers - Rear Cover
The Beatles Million Sellers - Front Cover The Beatles Million Sellers - Rear Cover

Label Parlophone
Catalogue No. GEP 8946
Matrix No.'s
 A-side B-Side
First Issue :7TCE 888-1 7TCE 889-1
     (Plus Tax code of KT on both sides)
Release Date 6th December 1965
U.K. E.P. Chart Detail : 
Entry Date :11 December 1965
Highest Position :1 ... for 4 weeks ... 2 stints, as ...
             2 weeks from 5th February 1966, then,
             2 weeks from 12th March 1966.
Weeks in Chart :26 Weeks
The Tracks :
Side 1    Side 2
She Loves You     Can't Buy Me Love
I Want To Hold Your Hand     I Feel Fine
Detail : The Beatles tenth official E.P.

In 1964 an E.P. had been planned (it was even issued a catalogue number) which was going to contain the "Gold Discs" up to that point. One year later and this E.P. was the result of that planning.
How do we know ? ... because first pressings actually had "Golden Discs" on the label !!, although not on the cover.
After the first batch had been pressed, EMI quickly spotted their faux pas, and reverted to the correct title on the cover AND the label. This of course, makes copies from that first batch quite collectable.

The release of this E.P. was obviously aimed at extra business of the Christmas market, and contained four of the five million sellers up to that point in time. The fifth being "A Hard Days Night". Just fourteen days after this release, they received their sixth U.K. million seller, for "Day Tripper".
At the time of this release, the combined sales of the four singles it represented had exceeded Five and a quarter million.
1,600,000 for She Loves You
1,500,000 for I Want To Hold Your Hand
1,250,000 for Can't Buy Me Love
1,000,000 for I Feel Fine

Even more phenomenal is that the total world sales for these for singles (at this time!) was over 27 MILLION copies !
13,000,000 for I Want To Hold Your Hand
  6,000,000 for Can't Buy Me Love
  5,000,000 for She Loves You
  3,000,000 for I Feel Fine

The E.P. was released in a picture sleeve with a photograph by Robert Whitaker.

First pressings had the "Golden Discs" label reference, with around the edge of the label, the words stating the rights of the publishers starting with "The Gramophone Co. Ltd." and across the press-out centre the words, "sold in U.K. subject to resale price conditions, see price lists" are present.
Second pressings were the same except the label correction as mentioned above.
Re-pressings were also made in the 1970's, these do NOT have "Sold in the U.K. ...".

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