Mexican Long Play Releases

Identification Guide

Last Updated: 02 Nv 14

Musart Albums

Since Mexico is part of North America, Capitol Records USA (whose role it was to oversee Beatles releases in North America) was able to dictate how their records were marketed in Mexico. However, prior to 1965, Capitol had no record company offices in Mexico and therefore licensed its releases to the Musart label, a prominent Mexican record label. All Mexican LP's on the Musart label are somewhat scarce, most appearing in covers that are unique to Mexico. The Beatles' Musart LP's are particularly hard to find in VG+ or better condition.

LP's originally released
on this label style
Catalog Number Value
in NM Condition
Conozca a the Beatles! D-892 $150
The Beatles Vol. 2 D-922 $200
The Beatles Vol. 3 D-928 $200
The Beatles Vol. 4 D-945 $250
Boxed Set, Vols 1 - 3 DC-993 $800
Beatles for Sale, Vol. 5 (mono) D-1018 $250
Beatles for Sale, Vol. 5 (stereo) ED-1018 $1000

NOTE: The boxed set LP's have labels using the new title, The Beatles, and the new number.

Capitol Albums

Capitol Records established a factory and offices in Mexico in May, 1965. They repressed the Musart LP's onto their own label and began to issue new Beatles LP's (below) on a style of Capitol rainbow label that had been used on LP's in the United States in the late 1950's and early 1960's.

There are at least three styles of inner sleeve available on the Capitol Mexico LP's. Two of these are black and white with photos of various Capitol artists, including the Beatles. On the earlier of the two, the Beatles appear in the second photo from the top; they appear in the second from the bottom on the later sleeve. Additionally, records pressed for Capitol Mexico are also found with plastic inner sleeves, similar to those once used by Columbia Records in the USA. Since the plastic sleeves often caused great damage to the LP covers, covers to many albums pressed by Discos Capitol de Mexico are often found with seam splits.

LP's originally released
on this label style
Catalog Number
Help! LEM-004
Conozca a the Beatles! LEM-007
The Beatles, Vol. 4 LEM-008
Rubber Soul LEM-020
The Beatles Vol. II LEM-044
The Beatles Vol. III LEM-045
Beatles For Sale LEM-046
Yesterday...and Today LEM-051
Revolver LEM-056
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LEM-081

NOTE 1: On copies pressed before and including Sgt. Pepper's LHCB in 1967, the catalog number on the right side of the label is in a serifed font, with the exception of Yesterday...and Today and Revolver, which have the title, artist name, and catalog number in a thin sans serif font. The labels for those two LP's also have the side number printed on each side. Apparently the labels for those two LP's were made by a different company than their usual printer.

NOTE 2: On LP's pressed before Yesterday...and Today, the matrix number underneath the catalog number (on the label) is NOT enclosed in parentheses. In mid-1966, Capitol began to use parentheses around the matrix number. Therefore, from Y & T on, the matrix number is contained in parentheses.

NOTE 3: Copies pressed from 1965 to 1967 have the original year of issue printed on the label.

NOTE 4: When Discos Capitol de Mexico began, they used the same Capitol logo as used in the USA. The English word "records" appears under the Capitol dome, along with "Reg. US Pat. Off." In early 1966, Capitol-Mexico designed their own version of the logo. Some LP's that were first released after early 1966 have the new logo on the front or back cover. At first (as on the back of Rubber Soul, only the US patent information was replaced, but by mid-1966 the new logo has the Spanish word "discos" and the Spanish expression "Marca Registrada" underneath the Capitol dome. While the redesigned Capitol logo was used on both singles and EP's beginning in late 1966, all rainbow label LP's were pressed using the original logo with "records" underneath the Capitol dome.

NOTE 5: Both the Musart and Capitol Mexico releases of Conozca a the Beatles feature the mono mix of "From Me to You." Not only did Capitol-USA not release the song on any LP during the 60's, but also Capitol-USA never released the mono mix of the song.

NOTE 6: The Revolver LP contains channeled-down stereo mixes of all of the songs except for "Here, There, and Everywhere." Additionally, the introduction to "Taxman" has been trimmed off. While the French Revolver LP is also missing the introductory count-in, that album features the mono mix of the song.

Possibly in late 1967, Capitol Mexico began to release the earlier albums in stereo for the first time, with back covers that have the "New Improved Full Dimensional Stereo" logo wrapping around to the front. By this time, a sans serif font was being used for the catalog number and matrix number on the label. Mono copies made during this period have the same (new) label style.

LP's originally released
on this label style
Catalog Number
Collection of Beatles Oldies LEM-090
Magical Mystery Tour LEM-103 (mono)
Magical Mystery Tour SLEM-103 (stereo)

NOTE 1: Copies pressed on the rainbow label after mid-1967 do NOT have the year printed on the label. Often, later copies are found with the date of mastering etched into the matrix of the record.

NOTE 2: When the labels for Vol. 4 were redone in '67, they misspelled Paul McCartney's last name as "MacCartney" all but one time on the label. The first issue has his name spelled correctly every time.

NOTE 3: Stereo reissues of Sgt. Pepper on the rainbow label are dated 1968.

Apple Albums

In 1968, the Beatles switched to the Apple label. The LP's on Capitol did not switch to Apple but remained on Capitol. The printing around the rim of the label on the Apple LP's is almost identical to what was used on the Capitol rainbow label albums. However, at the bottom of the label "Marca Registrada" has been changed from the singular to the plural: the rim print on the Apple LP's reads "Marcas Registradas."

LP's originally released
on this label style
Catalog Number
The Beatles SLEMB-134
Yellow Submarine SLEM-138
Abbey Road SLEM-179
Hey Jude! SLEM-200
Let It Be (boxed set) SLEM-216
Let It Be (standard cover) SLEM-216

Polydor Albums

One LP was released in Mexico on the red Polydor label (as in other countries).

LP's originally released
on this label style
Catalog Number
The Beatles First! 20-021

A Word About Condition

The condition of a record is all-important as to determining its value. The values shown are drastically reduced for lesser condition copies, as shown below:

Near Mint, or NM, condition records are unscratched. If the label has stickers or tape, this must be noted. Essentially, they look like they just came from the store.

Very Good Plus, or VG+, condition records will have very few scratches. Without close inspection, they might pass for Near Mint copies. A VG+ record normally sells for half what a NM copy goes for.

Very Good, or VG, condition records have a fair amount of scratches, but they by no means appear "beat up". A VG condition record normally sells for one fourth of the NM price.

Very Good Minus, or VG-, condition records are starting to appear quite scratched. Still, when played, they play through, although the surface noise is becoming distracting. Many singles are commonly found in this condition. A VG- condition record normally sells for one sixth of the NM price.

Good, or G, condition records look scratched--basically all over, but they'll play through well enough to enjoy the song. A G condition record sells for one tenth of the NM price. [Some dealers also use a grade of G+, which sells for one eighth of the NM price.]

Fair, or fr, condition records are generally worthless unless the record is rare. They're scratched up and have distracting surface noise, but they're not completely ruined. No chips missing, and not cracked. They sell for one twentieth of the NM price or less.

Poor, or pr, condition records are basically ruined. They may be warped, cracked, chipped, or otherwise unsuitable for collecting.

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