A rare red vinyl white label promo copy of the Japan-only release, The Best of Jan & Dean
Offered for sale is a rare red vinyl white label promotional copy of the Japan-only release The Best of Jan & Dean complete with the original obi.
Jan & Dean sold a lot of records worldwide during the 1960s, but one market where they were never particularly popular was Japan. The Japanese liked the Beach Boys well enough, but Jan & Dean never really drew any interest there. As a result, their records, particularly their albums, are nearly impossible to find as Japanese pressings.
The record offered for sale, The Best of Jan & Dean is the only Japanese album by the duo that we have ever seen. This compilation was released only in Japan, probably about 1970 or so. It includes a gatefold cover with a lyric booklet that has a nice, full color photo of Jan & Dean. The record is pressed on red “Everclean” vinyl and is a white label promotional copy, issued for radio station use. Both the original obi and the reorder tag, or “hojyuhyo” are present, as is the original white envelope inner sleeve.
The Little Old Lady from Pasadena
The New Girl in School
Hey Little Freshmen
Rock and Roll Music
Dead Man’s Curve
Little Deuce Coupe
A Surfer’s Dream
Ride the Wild Surf
I Get Around
The record is M-, and looks as though it may be unplayed. The gatefold cover is VG++, with a couple of minor bends in the corners. There’s a small (repaired) seam split in the middle of the bottom of the cover that’s barely noticeable. The obi is VG+, with just slight wear. There was no insert issued with this LP; the booklet contains the information normally found on an insert.
A beautiful copy of a terrific record that’s quite rare.
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- circa 1970
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