THE 1969 STARLINE
"WE CAN WORK IT OUT"


[ starline logo ]
This is the only Beatles single to feature this Capitol Starline series label style. Released in 1969, it was discontinued very shortly after production when it was realized the label was not correct for the title - making this disc one of the rarest and hardest to find of all Beatle records.

The Capitol Starline series design was created to issue other non-Beatle records. The mistake was quickly realized and the change was made. Only a very small amount of this mistaken labeled versions got out. I am now the proud owner of a VG++ version of this disk and jacket.

This disk is one of the most rarest Beatle disk that exist. From my experience Near Mint copies are selling anywhere from $1200-$2500. Note: I think $2500.00 is too much but have heard this price in talking to other collectors.

According to the 1993 Record Price Guide the prices are $275 (G); $700 (VG); $1500 (NM). There's no price or separate entry for the sleeve, so it must be a generic Starline sleeve common to all issues. Based on the other entries, it seems Capitol was using its red/orange target label at the time, with either "dome style" logo (early 69) or "round style" logo (late 69). They didn't switch the back catalogue singles to the Apple label until early 1971. The label that was being used in 1969 had different color, wider, concentric bands.

Click Here Larger View of the Starline
Click Here Original 1960's Picture Sleeve.
Click photo for a larger view of the disc.

One of the few releases that Capitol purposely used this label for was the Beach Boys "Surfin' U.S.A. #6094 -
Flip Side - SHUT DOWN

The label marked at the bottom as "Originally released March 1963" is another label variation. The other label doesn't have this designation.

Click Here Alternate cover for this Starline series with the Capitol "C" logo.
Courtesy of Perry Cox
Click Here Another example of this label design is "Merle Haggard and The Strangers"
Titles include "Mama Tried" & "I Take A Lot of Pride in What I Am"
Starline #6142
Click Here More on this starline. Located at "Songs, Pictures and Stories" web site.
Click Here Original 1960's Sheet Music for "We Can Work It Out".


My speculation, first, is that only one factory was pressing the 5555 StarLines.

Due to the fact that TM and not (R) is in the rim print, the label was designed before the "C" logo target label. The style of printing on the label (for the titles, etc.) also indicates this. That label printing more closely resembles the print used near the end of the "swirl label with extra print" run and throughout the run of the "target label with dome logo." The red/white target also physically resembles the red/orange target label. My opinion is that the target labels (StarLine and mainline) were designed together.

I suppose the label could have been used "temporarily" in or around April of 1969, when the change was taking place. But one thing you can't miss is this: the writing on the label is in a different position on the StarLine issue than on either of the main line issues. In other words, they actually re-typeset the label, instead of just printing the label format they had on the wrong label style. (The Capitol logo intervenes on the right side of the label, where it had not done so before.) Whoever put the 5555 single onto the StarLine label must have done so deliberately, although following the wrong orders from somewhere.

My conclusion is that the StarLine 5555 single came out in April and May of 1969, when the target/dome singles were issued. It is probably the case that they were the first issues of 5555 on the new label. Then, Capitol realized their error and switched the single back to the mainline. Since the target/dome label was only out for 2 to 2-1/2 months, the StarLine 5555 must have been out for only a portion of that time, explaining their rarity. _IF_ they were only issued by one factory, there would be only 1/3 the normal quantity out there, making them even more rare.

More about the starline series

The Starline records first came out in the 50's. LP's were gold label, then grey. During the Beatle period, StarLine singles were the green/dark green swirl label, on which 5 Beatles singles appear. In early 1969, the LP label switched to a target, as did the singles. Quickly, the LP label was replaced with one resembling a red/white star. No Beatles albums and only one Beatles single, 5555, appear on this StarLine configuration.

Then, both album and single switched to a tan/brown label with the C logo, followed in 1977 by a tan/brown label with the dome logo. A couple of solo singles appear on this label.

In 1981, the tan label was replaced by blue. In 1983, these labels were again replaced by rainbow labels with the StarLine logo. Finally, purple labels with the SL logo were issued. All Beatles singles originally in the 5000 series appear on these labels. Genuine StarLine singles are all supposed to be in the 6000 series.

Thanks to Frank, Perry, Mitch and Roy for helping me with the content on this page.
For more on Label Variations on both LPs and 45s.

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