Beatles EMI albums that were pressed in Norway:

In the '60's, Beatles LP's released in Norway were usually imported from the U.K. However, some LP's from other countries (like Germany and U.S.A.) were also available in the shops from time to time. The notorius U.K. export issues of american albums were also available in this country.  

Still, demands for some LP's was so high that domestic pressings of the records had to be made, although the covers still had to be imported. We do not know if this was due to a shortage of foreign pressings, a simple way to cut cost on transport or both. What we do know, is that this means that there are norwegian pressings of Beatles LP's for the pleasure of us collectors.  

All norwegian pressings are from U.K. LP's. We have also concluded that there never was a norwegian stereo pressing of “Rubber Soul”, only mono ones.  This is confirmed by the many danish stereo “Rubber Soul” albums found in Norway.  

Apparently, the stereo “Help!” had trouble selling out, and the company opted for importing stereo versions of “Rubber Soul” from Denmark to accompany the domestic mono-only release.  

The Let It Be boxed set had norwegian records inserted, but this set is hard to come by in Norway, as it sold very poorly in this country. Eventually, EMI Norsk A/S grew tired of the boxes taking up precious space on the shelves and exported them to Greece, where demand was higher. However, we don’t know if the norwegian records were removed when the remainder of the boxed sets were shipped to Greece. Greek collectors are advised to check out their Let It Be boxes and report to us if the records are norwegian.

LABEL

COMPANY

STYLE

COLOUR

COMMENT

L

Parlophone/Odeon

Old

Purple/Silver

Used in 1964

M

Parlophone

Old

Black/Gold

Used in 1965.

N

Parlophone

Old

Black/Silver

same as above but silver lettering

O

Parlophone

New

Black/Silver

from 1967-

P

Apple

Norway

Green/B/W

Dark green apple, bold small letters

 

The following albums exist as norwegian pressings:

1964: A Hard Day's Night (mono):  Album cover printed in Sweden.

Label L

1964: Beatles For Sale (mono): Album cover printed in the UK.

Label L

1965: Help! (mono): Album cover printed in the UK

Label M 

Label N

1965: Help! (stereo): Album cover printed in the UK

Label M 

Label N 

Label O 

1965: Rubber Soul (mono): Album cover printed in the UK

Label N

1966: Revolver (mono and stereo): Album cover printed in the UK

Label N

1967: Sgt Pepper (stereo): Album cover printed in the UK, some copies printed in Germany

  Label O

1969: Abbey Road (stereo): Album cover printed in the UK

Label P side 1

Label P side 2

1970: Let It Be (stereo): Album cover printed in the UK

The boxed set was also available

Label P side 1

Label P side 2

1971: Beatles' Greatest (stereo): Album cover printed in Sweden

Label O