|I Want To Hold Your Hand - Label Detail||I Want To Hold Your Hand - Decca Pressing Label|
|I Want To Hold Your Hand - Promo A-side||I Want To Hold Your Hand - Promo B-side|
|Catalogue No.||R 5084|
|Recording Details||17 Takes on 17th October 1963|
|Release Date||29th November 1963|
|U.K. Chart Detail :|
(of standard issue)
|£5 (as at Feb.2000) ... (a promo would be significantly higher !)|
|Detail :||The fifth official EMI release.
"I Want To Hold Your Hand" was the first to sell one million copies on British advance orders alone !
Not surprisingly therefore it entered the chart with a bullet, whilst "She Loves You" was enjoying it's second spell at number 1. The following week moving to number 1, with "She Loves You" now at number 2. At this time The Four Moptops were also at number 1 and 2 in the LP charts !
As there are no significant sleeve changes, I've concentrated the scan above on the label detail.
For the first time, the small "rights of the manufacturer" writing is in UPPER CASE only.
Some copies at the original time were pressed by Decca Records to assist EMI who could not keep up with the demand for this Beatles release. EMI sub-contracted Decca to run off a small batch at their Pressing Plant. As you can see from the detailed scan above there is a distinct difference between the routine EMI pressing of I Want To Hold Your Hand and the slightly rarer Decca contract pressing. The Decca version has a push-out centre with four Prongs and wider spacings.
And finally, the picture disc version released in England as part of the,
|The Picture Disc A-side||The Picture Disc B-side|