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The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Kingston Trio Flexi-disc
Capitol / Evatone 8464

This compilation 7" tri-fold card has various LP ads and a photo of The Beatles. Inserted in magazines in 1964, the vinyl-coated middle section includes The Beatles Roll Over Beethoven, The Beach Boys Little Deuce Coupe, and The Kingston Trio The Saints. This very difficult to find disc sells for up to $500 in near mint condition, and a little higher if the center spindle hole has not been punched. It is usually referred to by collectors as "The Kingston Trio flexi".

The same 3 songs were also released in a 5" round version flexi-disc with black vinyl and white print. NM copies of this version are in the $300 range. But of far greater value is the envelope that the latter was issued in. Designed as a mailer-sleeve (see below), size 9-1/2" x 6", it featured black and red lettering along with a black and white photo of each Beatle. On the front it says A BEATLES RECORD FREE and on the back FREE BEATLES RECORD INSIDE. One of the rarest of all Beatles sleeves, only one copy known to exist.

[ Photo Map of Mailer ] The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Kingston Trio 5" Flexi-disc
Mailing Envelope and Advertising Insert "Click on Photos for a Larger View" 5" Black Flexi-disc

Thanks to Mitch McGeary and Perry Cox for contributions.

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