Published on October 6th, 2012 | by Daniel0
EMI Recalls Vinyl Re-release of The Beatles’ ‘Love Me Do’
Pressing an incorrect version
of the song proved to be a
major mistake for the record
EMI has recalled the vinyl re-release of ‘Love Me Do,’ The Beatles’ first single. The record label admitted that it conducted a major mistake when it picked a version of the hit song that did not feature drummer Ringo Starr. The company revealed that it received strict instructions from Apple Records (The Beatles’ own label) to pull out and destroy all copies of the vinyl. EMI is yet to confirm any plan to make and release the correct version.
There were two versions of the track, both recorded in 1962. The first version was recorded in September 4 of that year. The second one was done in September 11 as a track for the album ‘Please, Please Me.’ On the latter version, drummer Andy White, who was hand-picked by producer George Martin, played the drums. According to sources, Martin brought in White because he was unhappy by the performance of former drummer Pete Best and later on by Starr on the track.
The version of the single with White on drums was the one promoted and distributed in the US. However, the commemorative re-issue of it was supposed to feature the version with the full band line-up on it, which was the track released in the UK.
It has not been disclosed how many copies of the vinyl were actually released and later on recalled. ‘Love Me Do’ has been re-issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary on October 6 of the great band’s first ever single. But it was immediately pulled out of the market when EMI realized the mistake.
The Beatles, formed in 1960, was the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful act in pop music history. EMI estimates total sales of the group’s albums to be more than 1 billion worldwide. The ‘Fab Four,’ a nickname given to the band, led British invasion of the US pop market in the 1960s.