Originally issued in America by Vee Jay records as a promotional release during the Beatles 1964 summer tour.
The copy above is the 1979 U.S. import, when it was re-promoted as "now being in stereo".
The chat through both sides is interspersed with some bizarre backing, consisting of sporadic drumming, random bongos, percussion and tubular bells. The sleeve identifies the culprits as, edited and scored by Lou Adler, percussion by Hal Blaine.
Side 1 (13:04)
John talks to Jim Steck in Los Angeles on 24th August 1964.
John discusses :
The crowd at the Hollywood Bowl
Origin of the name, The Beatles
Skiffle/Forming the band
Educational background and scholastic failures
The housing of Liverpool
All four Beatles are interviewed by Dave Hull. The interviews are conducted on 25th August 1964.
Discussion points :
Paul - Jane Asher and her family
John - Wife having a baby
George - His mother answering fan's letters/Patti Boyd
Paul - Giving away addresses
John - A Hard Day's Night/New house in Surrey
Ringo - Throat operation
Paul - His dad's racehorse, "Drake's Drum"
Ringo - Maureen/Disneyland
George - Disneyland
First Issue - U.S. 14th September 1964
Original first editions did NOT have the "PRO" prefix on the label. Copies are worth £200.
Second pressings of first issue - U.S. 1964
With the "PRO" prefix on the label. Copies are worth £100.
Second Issue - U.S. 12th December 1979
First U.K. issue - 20th February 1981
Shaped picture disc - U.S. 1st August 1987 (This version was actually edited, with Side 1 being 8:15 and Side 2 lasting 7:45)
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