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The Beach Boys was Brain Wilson, and without him there would have been no 'band' or 'group'? Possibly. But then based on this assumption, one could dispute the existence of most bands, including the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Small Faces, etc. 

The Beach Boys are one of the most highly respected music artists - we'll overlook the Quo collaboration - and must rate in the top ten of groups originating from the 1960's. Therefore, as with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones LP's listed elsewhere, along with the information as standard, EMI's pressing identifications, up to the move to Reprise, are denoted. 

As a general guide, the letters GRAMOPHLTD located at 3 o'clock within the run-off represent 1 - 10, with G being 1, and at 9 o'clock are the 'Mother' stamper numbers. G1/ G1 (pressing identification of sides 1 + 2) is the very first 200 pressed by EMI, and would normally have been given to their sales representatives, disc jockeys, or reviewers. Further information that should be useful (and interesting?!) can be found on the Beatles dna page..

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The following is an original conception

Section 1
Original UK Capitol albums issued with the 'Rainbow' label
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Due to England's indifferent interest to surf and hot rod cars, several of the early Beach Boys American releases  were not issued in England until later, when the group became more 'popular' in the UK. However, this still did not guarantee a high degree of sales. In fact, six out of the first seven UK releases did not sell enough units to qualify entrance into the Top Albums Chart!

Moreover, from 1963 to 1967, ten of their UK albums were released in a different order to the American counterparts. Consequently, the date of issue (as stated within Section 1), of seven of the Beach Boys UK LP's, differ from the recording's publishing date printed on the label.

To confuse matters even further, the catalogue numbers of the Beach Boys albums were not automatically consecutive with the order of their timings of release.  This is because Capitol employed the same numbers in the UK as originally issued in the USA. This can be observed by the sequence of issues set out on this page.

Note that unlike most other EMI pressings, Beach Boys albums have the same catalogue prefix letters employed  for the Mono and the Stereo equivalent throughout. Only their debut album was issued in Mono only.

Okay, now that that's clearly understood, here is some more mud in your eye:

Unless otherwise stated, all LP's in this section are original pressings, with:     

 * the cover printed by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd 
 * the cover having a laminated front; and a matte back with x 3 flaps
 * up to 'Little Deuce Coupe':  back states "(Controlled by Electric & Musical Industries Ltd.)"
 * from 'Beach Boys Party ' onwards: back states "(The Gramophone Company Ltd)"
 * 'SOLD IN THE U.K...' conditions label
 * up to 'Best Of' 20856 having the 'Capitol'  logo on the label positioned at 9 o'clock
 * 'Surfer Girl' onwards having the 'Capitol'  logo on the label positioned at 12 o'clock

The following listing is in order of EMI's UK release schedule, with year stated.

ID = stock number  *   M/S = Mono/Stereo * 
Grade + Plays = Record Grading    
ID            M/S  End matrix Press 1/ 2  

Observations                                                                       

Grade Plays  Price
  ID -- M /S Press 1/2  Stampers ID

Observations

Grade Plays Price

 SURFIN' SAFARI  *  T 1808 1963

  46


.
.

M  


,
1N / 1N


.
T1 / H1


.

textured label * large Mono slve (no Stereo issued)
 This is the only LP issued with a large
'mono' slve
  Debut album; has David Marks instead of Al Jardine,
  who, at this time,  was attending College full time

slve front EX;
back VG+ /
disc VG-
.
VG+ to EX


.
40


.
.

.

SHUT DOWN VOL. 2  *  T 2027 1964

21 . M 1N / 1N GP1/ GG1

.  

VG-/ G- VG+ to mly NM 6

SHUT DOWN VOL. 2  *  T 2027 1964

29  beachboyslp_shutdownvolume229.jpg (85820 bytes) . M 1N / 1N GD1/ O1

.  

EX/VG+ VG+ to EX 40

THE BEACH BOYS' CHRISTMAS ALBUM  *  T 2164 1964

- . M 1N / 1N -

 o/s

- - -

BEACH BOYS CONCERT  *  T 2198 1965

26  beachboyslp_concert26.jpg (80864 bytes) . M 1N / 1N GR1/ GO1

Heading = FIRST "LIVE" ALBUM.

VG/EX+ VG+ to EX 22

BEACH BOYS CONCERT  *  T 2198 1965

2

.
. M

.
1N / 1N

.
GD- / RD1

.

Heading = FIRST "LIVE" ALBUM
Yes, even though is a studio pose cover, is 'live' ...
... excluding the over-dubs, add-ons'  etc! :)

VG+/VG-

.
1 = VG+ to EX
2 = VG to VG+
-
12

-

BEACH BOYS CONCERT  *  T 2198 1965

44 . M 1N / 1N GH1 / RH1

Heading = FIRST "LIVE" ALBUM

EX+/VG+ EX to NM   40

BEACH BOYS CONCERT  *  ST 2198 1965

32 . S A7/ A7 T1/ H1

Heading = FIRST "LIVE" ALBUM * Capitol  logo at 12 o'clock

VG+/G VG+ to mly NM   12

  ID -- M /S Press 1/2  Stampers ID

Observations

Grade Plays Price

ALL SUMMER LONG  *  T 2110 1965

11  beachboyslp_allsummerlong11.jpg (97789 bytes) . M 1 / 1 A1/ R1

.

VG+/VG VG+ 20

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SURFIN' U.S.A.  *  T 1890 1965

beachboyslp_surfinus3.jpg (78768 bytes) , M 1 / 1 GM1/ GO1

 textured  label * medium Mono slve 

M-/M- NM ***

LITTLE DEUCE COUPE  *  T 1998 1965

47 . M 1G/ 1G GM1 / GH1

David Marks included on back cover (no Al Jardine)

VG+/G+ EX to NM 20

 BEACH BOYS PARTY !  *  T 2398 1966

31 . M 1/ 1 GL2/ M1

For Beach Boys completists only :(

G/VG- VG+ to mly EX 6

 BEACH BOYS PARTY !  *  T 2398 1966

20  beachboyslp_party20.jpg (73776 bytes) . M 1/ 1 RH2/ RG2

 sleeve central area EX

VG/VG VG+ to EX 10

 BEACH BOYS PARTY !  *  T 2398 1966

22 . M 1/ 1 RD2/ GR2

 MT tax code *  name in pen on s2 and back cover

VG+/NM VG+ to EX 15

 BEACH BOYS PARTY !  *  ST 2398 1966

23  beachboyslp_party23.jpg (73424 bytes) . S A13/ A13 A1/ R1

 

VG+/NM EX to NM **

 THE BEACH BOYS TODAY !  *  T 2269 1966

45 . M 1G / 1G GO1 / GO1

name written on back at top left

EX/VG- EX- to mly NM 20

-

 SUMMER DAYS (And Summer Nights!)  *  T 2354 1966

- . - - -

o/s

- - -

 PET SOUNDS  *  T 2458 1966

42 . M 1 / 1 AH1 / RT3

-

EX+/VG+ VG+ to EX+ 60

 PET SOUNDS  *  T 2458 1966

428 . M 1 / 1 AH1 / RT3

-

VG+/VG+ VG 20

  ID -- M /S Press 1/2  Stampers ID

Observations

Grade Plays Price

 BEST OF THE BEACH BOYS  *  T 20856 1966

9a . M 1/ 1 GD1 / GML4 

 a non-USA issue.

VG/VG VG+ to mly NM 8

 BEST OF THE BEACH BOYS  *  T 20856 1966

beachboyslp_bestofthebeachboys9.jpg (73162 bytes) . M 1/ 1 GR1/ GH1

 a non-USA issue.

VG/VG VG+ to mly NM 8

 BEST OF THE BEACH BOYS  *  T 20856 1966

30  beachboyslp_bestofthebeachboys30.jpg (76154 bytes) . M 1/ 1 GR1/ RD1

  a non-USA issue. * s1 VG; s2 EX-

VG/ as VG+ to mly NM 14

 BEST OF THE BEACH BOYS  *  T 20856 1966

28  . S 1/ 1 GM1 / GH1

  a non-USA issue. * fresh cover

EX/EX- EX to mly NM 24

 SURFER GIRL  *  ST 1981 1967

beachboyslp_surfergirl4.jpg (67271 bytes) , S A9/ A9 A1/ G1

.

VG+/VG+ NM

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 SURFER GIRL  *  T 1981 1967

beachboyslp_surfergirl2.jpg (80316 bytes) , M 1 / 1 A1/ H1

VG+/EX+ VG+ to mly NM

BEST OF THE BEACH BOYS Vol. 2  *  ST 20956 1967

10  beachboyslp_bestofthebeachboys10.jpg (58236 bytes)
.
. S
.
1 / 1
. 
GR1/ GH1
.

  a non-USA issue  *  wobc (as indicated)
  scuff mark on s1; o/w would be NM


EX/EX-

EX to mly NM

18

BEST OF THE BEACH BOYS Vol. 2  *  ST 20956 1967

10a . S 1 / 1 A1/ A1

  a non-USA issue

VG+/VG- 1=VG / 2=EX- free
.

.

  ID -- M /S Press 1/2  Stampers ID

Observations

Grade Plays Price

WILD HONEY  *  T 2859 1968

17  / M 1/ 1 GL2/ R1

 light edge creasing; central area EX

VG/EX- VG+ to EX 25

WILD HONEY  *  T 2859 1968

47 . M 1/ 1 M1 / A1

.

VG-/ G VG 10
.

.

FRIENDS  *  T 2859 1968

23  beachboyslp_friends33.jpg (81662 bytes) . M 1/ 1 L1/ O1

 s2 label: track listing correct * s1 plays VG to VG+

VG/EX- S2 VG+ to EX 16

FRIENDS  *  T 2859 1968

24  beachboyslp_friends24.jpg (75444 bytes) . M 1/ 1 P1/ P1

 s2 label: tracks are incorrect order

VG/NM VG+ to EX 24

FRIENDS  *  ST 2859 1968

43 . S 1/ 1 G1/ G1

 s2 label: tracks are incorrect order * Factory Sample sticker

NM/EX EX to mly NM 80

BEST OF THE BEACH BOYS Vol. 3  *  ST 21142 1968

15  beachboyslp_bestofthebeachboysvol3.jpg (85154 bytes) . S 10 / 10 GD1/ L2

  a non-USA issue *  Long Tall Texan = live

VG+/VG+ EX to mly NM 18

BEST OF THE BEACH BOYS Vol. 3  *  ST 21142 1968

29 . S 1G/ 1G R1/ G1

  a non-USA issue * Long Tall Texan = live

VG+/VG EX 12

BEST OF THE BEACH BOYS Vol. 3  *  ST 21142 1968

27 . S 10 / 10 R1/ G1

  a non-USA issue * Long Tall Texan = live

VG+/VG+ VG+ to mly NM 16

20/20  *  E-ST 133 1969

18  beachboyslp_2020_18.jpg (92128 bytes) . S A5/ A7 T1/ T1

  E. J. Day lam. g/f sleeve * Brian on right within g/f 

VG/VG+ VG+ 12

20/20  *  E-ST 133 1969

55 . S A5 / A7 GH1 / RG1

  E. J. Day lam. g/f sleeve * Brian on left within g/f 

EX/ VG+ EX+ to NM 18

20/20  *  E-ST 133 1969

19  beachboyslp_2020_19.jpg (86073 bytes) . S A5/ A7 01/ P1

  E. J. Day lam. g/f sleeve * Brian on left within g/f

VG+/M- VG+ to NM 18

'Cottonfields' version on 20 /20  is  unique to this album


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