Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Loving The Starline!

In January, 1962, Capitol Records launched it's "Starline" series as a vehicle for reissuing old hit singles. The 45's feature a greenish version of the classic yellow and orange swirl label which adorned Capitol's regular singles in the 1960's. IMHO, I think this label is more attractive, and, yes, their rarity does add to it. :)

The six Beatles singles released in Capitol's Starline series were:

1. Twist And Shout / There's A Place (6061)
2. Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You (6062)
3. Please Please Me / From Me To You (6063)
4. Do You Want To Know A Secret / Thank You Girl (6064)
5. Roll Over Beethoven / Misery (6065)
6. Boys / Kansas City (6066)

The first four were reissues of singles which were released earlier on the Vee Jay and Tollie labels. The last two were unique creations by Capitol. For whatever stupid reason, three tunes: "Misery", "There's A Place" and "From Me To You" had not been released by the label until their appearance on these 45's. What is also strange (and stupid) is that Capitol was sent stereo masters of many songs from EMI and were forced to "fold down" the stereo mixes for the mono albums. I'd love to know who's dopey decision it was to send only stereo tapes. Anyway, a few Capitol mono Beatles LP's have these silly mixes scattered throughout: "Meet The Beatles", "The Beatles Second Album""The Early Beatles" and "Help!". A few stragglers trickled out on a few other albums as well. Of the twelve songs released in the Starline series, only one features a dedicated mono mix ("Kansas City"). To make matters more bizarre, the records were released on October 11, 1965 and deleted from the catalog on December 31, 1965! This means the records were available for a mere two months. Silliness abounds! This also means, in the USA, "From Me To You" had to wait until 1973's "1962-1966" compilation to reappear. The other two, "Misery" and "There's A Place" had an even longer wait. Finally, in March, 1980, they were included on the US "Rarities" LP. From the entire batch of singles, the only song to chart was "Boys" which bubbled under the "Hot 100" at #102 (weird). Hence the reason that single is the most common of the lot.

Since none of these records sold well and were only briefly available in late, 1965, they are scarce. In nice condition, each one commands a premium from collectors.

Here's a photo of The Beatles green "Starline" singles (Los Angeles pressings):

And audio of my favorite song of the all it's silly fold-down glory!

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