Update: The first pressings of the special 50th Anniversary re-release of the “Love Me Do” single (described in original post below) was withdrawn due to manufacturing errors and then reissued. The first run of the discs have two specific discrepancies. The first is that they used the Please Please Me album version on the record instead of the original single version. The album version as you may be aware has Andy White on drums and Ringo Starr on tambourine, whereas the correct single version has Ringo on drums. Secondly, the label on the a-side (with “Love Me Do”), has the record number used on the original release, which is R-4949, but the b-side (with “P.S. I Love You”), has the number listed as R-4714. That number was originally used on the Parlophone Records single “Portrait of My Love” by Matt Monro. Some erred copies have gotten out from TheBeatles.com online store and possibly other retailers. Corrected copies were issued with a re-release date of Oct. 22, 2012 that contain the correct version of “Love Me Do” but the b-side labels still have the incorrect catalog number. To determine if you have a corrected version without playing the disc you will need to check out the trail off area of the “Love Me Do” side. Corrected copies have the number BC91232 – 01 while the original erred discs have BC88858 0111 instead.
To commemorate the October 5, 1962 release of the very first Beatles single on Parlophone records, the disc is being faithfully reproduced as an extremely limited replica of the original release. Parlophone R-4949 contained “Love Me Do” on the a-side and “P.S. I Love You” on the b-side and will be available on it’s 50th Anniversary date of October 5, 2012 at selected Beatles merchandise outlets including Amazon.com (order/pre-order here). Just like the originals it will contain the red label and multicolored striped beachtowel-styled record sleeve. The appearance of the re-issue differs from the originals only by having a solid center with small center hole. The originals had a “punch-out” center designed in case you wanted to create the larger 45rpm adapter sized center hole (see photo). The single topped the charts in America on the Tollie label in 1964, but this will be the first U.S. release of the Parlophone version of the record and unlike the Tollie record features Ringo Starr instead of Andy White on drums. More info on the original single is available in the Collector’s Corner article here.
Here are Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, other Beatles items:
1) Love Me Do (7") – 50th Anniversary replica vinyl single of Parlophone “Love Me Do” c/w “P.S. I Love You” – preorder only until October 5, 2012
2) Magical Mystery Tour [Blu-ray] – 2012 Blu-Ray remaster of original full color stereo film with extras and deleted scenes (DVD available too) – pre-order only before Oct. 9, 2012.
3) Paul McCartney: Live Kisses – pre-order only until Nov. 13, 2012. DVD or BluRay version of Paul McCartney’s 2012 live performance of his Kisses On The Bottom album with the Diana Krall band at Capitol Studios.