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Revised 18/10/11

APPLE
US Labels and Company Sleeves 1968-1976

Labels

"Mfd by Apple" on half side
"Mfd by Apple" on half side - no ridges
1800 - aug 1968
to
1831 - apr 1971
+ 2000 series issues
1816 - dec 1969
2276, 2654 and 2674
Contract pressings
Apple Records was started in August 1968 by The Beatles and has always been distributed by its parent company: Capitol Records. For a relatively “small” label its release to chart hit ratio is unusually high (87 releases to 63 chart hits, 
only the Philles label is higher, 28 out of 36). The label folded at the end of 1975.
In January 1976, all the Beatles 5000 and 2000 series releases, and Paul McCartney/Wings 1800 series reissues were moved to the Capitol label. John, George and Ringo’s reissues went over to the Starline label
Until the CD reissues all the “non-Beatle” artists catalogues remained in limbo for 11-12 years.
With the advent of the CD era the imprint was revived in 1987 and continues to this day.
"Mfd by Apple" on half side - "Star"-label
"Mfd by Capitol" on half side
1822 - oct 1970
to
1826 - dec 1970
Los Angeles pressings only
2000 series issues oct 1968 to oct 1970
also 1816 & 2969
"Mfd by Apple" on B-side
"Mfd by Apple" on whole side
1806, 2995, 1837
1837 as Jacksonville Illinois pressing only
1816 - dec 1970
to
1883 - dec 1974
+ 2000 & 5000 series reissues
"Mfd by Apple" on both sides - "Star" label
"Mfd by Apple" on both sides
2995 - 1970
Matrix numbers: S45-47403/S45-47404
2995 - 1970
Matrix numbers: S45-X47403/S45-X47404
"Mfd by Apple" on whole side - "Star"-label
"Mfd by Apple" on whole side - blue apple
1827 - jan 1971
to
1852 - sep 1972
+ 2000 & 5000 series reissues
Los Angeles pressings only
1849 - mar 1972
Initial pressing
Green thereafter
"Mfd by Apple" on whole side- "All Rights.." added
"Mfd by Apple" both sides
1885
+ 2000 & 5000 series reissues
Jan 1975 to dec 1975
1839, 1849 & 1853
Sep 1971 to dec 1975
Additional info
Singles issued with custom labels and Apple labels:
1842, 1870, 1872 & 1876
Singles issued with custom labels only:
1847, 1848, 1851, 1857, 1861, 1865, 1877, 1879, 1880, 1882 & 1884
Single issued as DJ copy only:
1883
Singles not issued:
1833, 1856, 1860 & 1866
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Singles previously issued on the Capitol label 5000 series and 2056 & 2138
are identified as “5000 series re-issues”.
Singles issued on the Apple label using Capitol catalogue numbers 
are identified as “2000 series” and “2000 series re-issues”.
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
Aug 1968
to
May 1970
2000 series Beatles releases only
The Beatles on Apple
"Printed in U.S.A."
back - bottom left
 Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 2
2276 - aug 1968
Possibly 2490 - Apr 1969
Los Angeles pressings only
The Beatles on Apple
"Printed in U.S.A."
back - bottom left
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  This sleeve is rare
No 3
Aug 1968
to
Mid 1972
Apple
"Printed in U.S.A."
back - bottom right
   Cut straight  Inside glued  
No 4
Aug 1968
to
Spring 1969
Los Angeles pressings only
Apple
"Printed in U.S.A."
back - bottom right
   Cut straight/notch  Inside glued  
No 5
Mid 1972
to
.
Apple
Light green logo
"Printed in U.S.A."
back - bottom right
   Curved top  Inside glued  
 
No 6
.
to
.
Apple
Dark green logo
"Printed in U.S.A."
back - bottom right
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 7
.
to
.
Apple
"Printed in U.S.A."
front - bottom right
   Curved top  Inside glued  
No 8
.
to
Dec 1975
Apple
No "Printed in U.S.A."
   Curved top  Inside glued  
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Contact for corrections : erlmehl@online.no
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Scans and info by John Villanova, New York
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Thanks to Steve Kolanjian, New York for great help in this section
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Thanks to Jim Ronat, Highland, Illinois for scans in this section
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