Introducing the Beatles - Vee Jay LP

 
At least half of the Introducing the Beatles albums I see for sale are fakes. Most are stereo version 1 copies. Some sellers insist their copy is a "reprint" or "reissue" ... this record was NOT reissued by Vee-Jay International, unlike Hear the Beatles Tell All.

In addition to what's shown below, here are two other characteristics of fakes:

Sleeve has red, blue and yellow dots under the top of the back slick
Disk label without the rainbow border is printed on glossy paper

To see what style Vee-Jay label was issued with various albums, go to the "Disc Labels & Company 45 Sleeves" in the main menu.


 

This sleeve is the most obvious fake. No genuine front slick has a brown border or the rounded picture corners. These imitations commonly sell in factory sealed condition and occasionally framed.

The lettering in the bottom right corner should be black and read "LP 1062".

Most fake sleeves are version 1 stereo copies like this one. Many are still sealed or in shrink wrap. Some sport realistic looking but generic price stickers. What's the easiest way to tell a fake?

The shadow to George's right is missing.
The colors are washed out.
The skin tone has an unnatural pink hue.
The image lacks the detail of an original.

On some the front of the sleeve shows catalog number SR 1062 (which is correct for a stereo copy) while the back has catalog number VJLP 1062 (which would be correct for a mono copy).

Originals have very slight but noticeable color separation on the borders of the title letters - fakes don't.

On originals, the back of the sleeve is glued to a one-quarter inch flap on the front (see image). On fakes, the flap is missing entirely or is too long. Additionally, the cardboard on fakes is usually thinner.
You should be a little cautious of a mono version 1 "column back" sleeve. You have to be extremely cautious if it's a stereo copy - only a handful of stereo copies in this style are known to exist.

Any copy with a back slick printed on flat (vice glossy) stock paper is a fake.

Here, an original version 2 sleeve was photocopied and (for whatever reason) enlarged about 5 percent. The catalog number and the word "STEREO" below the Vee-Jay logo were added in a serif font. This text is all that's not blurry.

There is no spine printing and because the photo was enlarged, part of the "S" in "THE BEATLES" is trimmed away. The background colors are yellow/orange instead of a tan/brown color. The face colors in this fake almost match the background color.

The glossy back slick is better made but close examination of the lettering reveals unevenness. It may be off center or crooked. LP 1062 is in again in a serif font

A few stereo copies of Introducing the Beatles  were packaged in mono sleeves. Most are identified with a variety of stereo stickers. On a few, "STEREOPHONIC" is printed in the upper right corner but never below the Vee-Jay logo.

The top image shows a fake song sticker pasted onto a common fake sleeve. This variety has only shown up recently and may be one-of-a-kind, perhaps generated on a home computer.

A genuine song sticker, found only on version 2 LPs, is shown below. Because the fake is a version 1 LP (which doesn't include Please, Please Me on the track list), the counterfeiter listed P.S. I Love You instead.

 

The all black label with silver print and brackets logo is by far the most common fake. Ironically, it's the rarest of genuine Vee-Jay LP labels.

While this one appears to be a mono version 1 disk (with P.S. I Love You), version 1 mono copies were not pressed with this label style. Additionally, "THE BEATLES" is printed below the spindle hole. It is always above the spindle hole directly beneath the title on genuine records.

Another property of a fake is the width of the trail-off (dead wax) area. On all genuine discs it's one inch (2.5 cm) or less. Here it's about 1 1/4 inches (3.2 cm).

Here's a fake with the colorband and brackets logo. Like in the previous example, "THE BEATLES" is printed below the spindle hole, a dead giveaway. Not only is the colorband  far too narrow and off center, it lacks any green.
This fake has "THE BEATLES" printed above the spindle hole.

The font, text location, and logo are identical to an original but not as sharp. The real identifier is the colorband - the splotchy colors do not blend together smoothly and the color green is missing.

fake label

genuine label

Another fake label with "THE BEATLES" printed above the spindle hole. What gives it away is the Vee-Jay logo ... it's twice the size it should be.

This fake variation is rare.