Penny Lane (RM11)
(Capitol Promo)



Bruce Spizer interview for The World Beatles Forum

QUESTION: "...but why did Capitol not issue promo singles until the release of the Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane single?"

BRUCE SPIZER: "Capitol Records was the first company to prepare promotional singles for disc jockeys. When they began doing this in the forties, other record companies were trying to minimize airplay of their records because they thought airplay would hurt sales! Their thinking was why would someone pay for a record when they could hear it for free on the radio? Capitol correctly thought people would want to buy a record if they kept hearing it on the radio."

"That being the case, it is somewhat ironic that Capitol did not issue promo records for its first 15 Beatles singles. Perhaps it was a case of not having the time to prepare separate promo labels. From 1964 through 1966, it was always a case of rushing the next Beatles single out. Capitol just sent stock copies of the records to disc jockeys. At the time, all promo discs were pressed by Capitol's LA factory. Perhaps Capitol wanted to keep it simple for the plant so that it could press as many copies of Beatles singles as possible, without changing labels to press some promo discs. The key thing to remember is that even though most Capitol Beatles records were not given special promo labels, Capitol still sent out thousands of records to radio stations for promotional purposes."

"It is also ironic that the first time Capitol put out a promo Beatles single, it unknowingly created a near instant collectible. The version of Penny Lane on the promo 45 is different than the stock copy because Capitol received a different mix prior to manufacturing the stock copies of the record."
RECORDING HISTORY:

E62558 4T
29 December 1966
Penny Lane (TK1-TK6) b
30 Dec 1966
4 January 1967
5 January 1967
6 January 1967
Penny Lane (TK7) b

E62559 A (remix)
29 December 1966
Penny Lane (ROUGH REMIX (RM1-RM2) B
30 December 1966
(FOR DEMO) (RM1-RM2)

E61647 4T
9 Jan 1967
10 Jan 1967
12 Jan 1967
17 January 1967
Penny Lane (TK8-TK9) B

E62822 A (remix)
9 January 1967
Penny Lane (ROUGH REMIX) (RM5-RM6)
12 January 1967
(FOR DEMO) (RM7-RM8)
17 January 1967
(RM9-RM11) B
TAPE-TAPE COPY FOR AMERICA DONE AFTERWARDS
RM11 CUT OUT TO E63021-A

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From this point, further work was done on the song, however, none of the work is featured on this disc

E63073 A (remix)
25 January 1967
26 January 1967
Penny Lane (RM12-RM14) M
(TAPE COPY FOR AMERICA + G. MARTIN) CUT OUT TO E63021 RM14)

E63021 A
26 January 1967
Penny Lane (RM11)
AMERICAN DEMO VERSION WITH EXTRA TRUMPET
SCRAPPED SEP 1971
Penny Lane (RM14) (7XCE 18416)
STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER + PENNY LANE (RM14) CUT OUT TO TL21180

TL21180 S
17 Feruaryb 1967
Penny Lane (7XCE 18416)

E63590 A?
March 1967
Penny Lane (BACKWARDS BRASS FIGURES, TO BE PUT ONTO 4T)

E100418 Z (remix)
30 September 1971
Penny Lane *CUT ONTO LP YEX 909 "1967-1970" SIDE ONE?