EMI withdraw Beatles Love Me Do

The Beatles / Love Me Do 2012 50th Anniversary reissue

What was to be a wonderful celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first ever single release, has turned into a farce as EMI withdraw the commemorative reissue of Love Me Do days before release, telling dealers that the pressed records are ‘faulty’.

The reissue was due out tomorrow, 50 years to the day from the first release in 1962. The ‘fault’ with the disc is rumoured to be the usage of the ‘wrong’ version of Love Me Do.

Ringo drummed on the track when recorded on the 4th September 1962, but George Martin brought in session man Andy White a week later, on 11th September, apparently not happy with Ringo’s performance. This second version has Ringo playing tambourine. In the end, the Ringo version was used on early pressings of the seven-inch, but not on the Please Please Me album. It is therefore correct, both technically and politically, that the Ringo version should be used on this celebratory seven-inch release.

EMI have told dealers “It is yet to be decided whether the single will be re-pressed”, although there is some confusion, with online retailers such as amazon, currently promising deliver of the item for early next week.

Let’s hope there are no problems with the other forthcoming Beatles releases. Monday 8 October also sees the release of Magical Mystery Tour in a deluxe box set and a month later, in early November, a complete box set of the remastered Stereo Vinyl Albums is also due for release.


10 responses to EMI withdraw Beatles Love Me Do

  1. Hummm êtes vous sûr de ce que vous nous affirmez ?

  2. Un immense merci à l’admin de ce site internet

  3. says:

    Très bon post : pérennise de cette façon

  4. Est-il possible de copier certaines lignes pour mon blog personnel ?

  5. Shekespeare says:

    I pre ordered my copy on Ebay UK and was nervous because thought would not have my copy to learn that they had been canceled, but the seller notified me that my copy was sent one day before launch. People living in the UK who made the purchase with the same vendor have described the operation as successful and are very satisfied with the seller. I’m waiting for my copy of Love Me Do arrive to my country!

  6. jo says:

    I hope i will get one of the Faulty singles. It would be a “hell” of a collectors itém in the future. Maybe EMI did this deliberately??? to make this a collectors item and a legendary single again????

  7. richard says:

    already on ebay with a £45 asking price

  8. Richard John says:

    So today was the release day of “Love Me Do” AND “Dr. No” in 1962 – two massive cultural juggernauts were born 50 years ago today. Wow.

  9. PT says:

    Well… I pre-ordered it over at the beatles website and got an email this morning saying it was dispatched:

    “Dear Customer,

    This is an automated email to let you know that the items below from order C612636 have been dispatched from our warehouse and should arrive soon.”

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