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1. First pressing, August 30, 1968. It is first record of The Beatles on Apple Records. This is why Hey Jude and other Beatles 45s released with Apple labels in the U.K. have record numbers in Parlophone R 5000 series. The records were housed in glossy black sleeves with green Apple logos and with a die-cut circular opening on both sides. Early sleeves have wave cut at the top.

Dark green label with an image of an apple on side 1 and sliced apple on side 2. First label variation have“Sold In U.K. subject to resale price conditions, see price lists” text. Publishing year printed with small copyright symbol (p). The labels are quite dark although the actual shade of green varies greatly among copies. With or without KT or JKT tax code. Push-out or solid center. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE.21185-1, Side B: 7XCE.21186-1.

EMI pressing with push-out center:

Later variation with JKT tax code:

Missprint with Jackie Lomax label on the Side 2. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE.21185-1, Side B: 7XCE.21186-1. Side 2 plays as Revolution.

EMI pressing with solid center:

CBS contract pressing (see details on Contract pressings).

Push-out center:

Solid center:

Philips contract pressing (see details on Contract pressings).

Push-out center:

Solid center:

Pye contract pressing (see details on Contract pressings). Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE.21185-1 (hand-etched letter), Side B: 7XCE.21186-1 (hand-etched letter).

Push-out center:

Solid center:

2. Second pressing, summer 1969 – September 1970. Dark green label with publishing year printed with small copyright symbol (p). With or without KT tax code. Push-out or solid center. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE.21185-1, Side B: 7XCE.21186-1.

3. Third pressing, October 1970 – 1973. Mat green label with publishing year printed with big copyright symbol (P). Without tax code. Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE.21185-1, Side B: 7XCE.21186-1.

4. Fourth pressing, March 6, 1976. From “The Beatles’ Singles Collection 1962-1970” box set (BS-24). These pressings have original top-opening sleeve with green front and pictures back.

Light green label with publishing year printed with big copyright symbol (P). Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE.21185-2, Side B: 7XCE.21186-2.

5. Fifth pressing, December 6, 1982. From “The Beatles Singles Collection” blue box set (BSCP-1). These pressings have original top-opening pictures sleeve.

Light green-yellow label with publishing year printed with big copyright symbol (P). Matrix numbers: Side A: 7XCE.21185-2, Side B: 7XCE.21186-2.

6. Sixth pressing, August 30, 1988. 20th Anniversary edition. Light yellow-green lebels with solid center and original pictures sleeve.

Version 1: “An E.M.I. recording” large font.

Version 2: “An E.M.I. recording” small font.

7. Seventh pressing, August 30, 1988. 20th Anniversary 12″ single edition, Parlophone 12R5722. Black labels & silver print with small Parlophone logos, but without EMI logos. Sleeve design similar to the design of the sleeve 7 “single (see above), but has a different number. We do not know why this edition appeared on the Parlophone label, not the label, Apple. Maybe it was a mistake.

8. Eigth pressing, beginning of the 90s. The final pressing has silver label with black textur print and logo. Rimtext embossed on the trail off area. The rimtext wording is: “UNAUTHORISED COPYING, HIRING, RENTING, PUBLIC PERFORMANCE AND BROADCASTING…”. Matrix numbers: Side A: R5722 A-1-1-Q1, Side B: R5722 A-1-1-Q1.

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