Beatles – Yellow Submarine original 1968 U.S. promotional LP

beatles - yellow submarine us LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. promotional copy of Yellow Submarine by the Beatles, with the word “FREE” drilled into the upper right hand corner of the cover.

Promotional copies of this album had stock records with stock labels; copies marked for promotional use had the covers drilled with “FREE.”

About this copy: This copy of Yellow Submarine is an original 1968 U.S. pressing on the Apple label.

The cover is VG, with ring wear towards the bottom and a 1″ split at the bottom right hand edge of the cover.  The paper inner sleeve, which also has “FREE” drilled into it, is included; it has a split on one side.

The disc is VG-, with a number of marks.

A rare, if imperfect, example of a promotional Beatles LP.

Background: Yellow Submarine is one of the stranger LPs in the Beatles catalog, as it’s half a Beatles album and half a soundtrack album with orchestrations by George Martin. Each gets one side.

The Beatles side included four new songs along with two that had been previously released. The other side of the album contained all-new material.

Allmusic.com gave Yellow Submarine a 3 star review:

The only Beatles album that could really be classified as inessential, mostly because it wasn’t really a proper album at all, but a soundtrack that only utilized four new Beatles songs. (The rest of the album was filled out with “Yellow Submarine,” “All You Need Is Love,” and a George Martin score.) What’s more, two of the four new tracks were little more than pleasant throwaways that had been recorded during 1967 and early 1968. …. What is here, however, is a good enough reason for owning the record, though nothing rates it as anything near a high-priority purchase.

 

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
SW-153
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Yesterday and Today mono second state Butcher cover shrink

beatles - butcher cover mono LP

Offered for sale is an exceptionally nice mono copy of a second state Butcher cover pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.  The cover is still in the original shrink wrap.

About this copy:  The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 mono second state Butcher cover with the second “trunk” cover pasted over the original “Butcher” cover photo.

This copy is in particularly nice unpeeled condition, and the cover retains all of the original shrink wrap.

This particular copy was pressed at the Los Angeles pressing plant, as noted by the small number 6 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

Ringo’s “V” collar is clearly visible under the white portion of the cover to the right of the trunk. (see photo.)

The cover is M- and is nearly perfect, aside from trace wear at the two right hand corners.

The shrink wrap is complete, but it does have a tear on the back side that runs the full width of the cover.  We’ve secured that with a piece of cellophane tape.

This cover has:

  • No seam splits
  • Fully legible writing on the spine
  • No ring wear on the back cover
  • No writing on the front or back cover
  • No visible attempts to peel the cover

The mono disc is in good condition, with a number of marks.    The disc is a correct Los Angeles pressing, with a * symbol in the dead wax.  The original orange inner sleeve is included and has no seam splits.

We will include a photocopy of the original “recall” letter from Capitol Records announcing the recall of the album from the market.

A gorgeous example of a mono Second State Butcher cover and the nicest mono pasteover copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: There are millions of records that people could possibly collect, but few are as infamous as the original release of Yesterday and Today by the Beatles, which was first released with the cover now known as the “Butcher cover.”

This cover photo depicted the band dressed in butcher smocks, surrounded by plastic doll parts and pieces of raw meat.  When the original cover met with hostile responses from reviewers and distributors, Capitol Records made the decision to withdraw the cover and replace it with another one.

While a few copies with the original cover were kept by reviewers, the remaining copies were returned to Capitol Records prior to the album’s scheduled release date.  Capitol then pasted a new cover over the existing one, put new shrinkwrap on the cover, and shipped the records with the “pasteover” cover to record distributors.

Most copies sold around the time of the album’s release date actually had two covers, with a cover showing the band standing around a steamer trunk pasted over the original “Butcher cover” photo.  Over time, many of these copies have had the top cover removed, rendering original copies increasingly scarce as fewer intact examples remain.

Copies of Yesterday and Today with the original cover that have never had the second cover pasted over them are known as “first state” issues.  Copies that have the second cover still pasted on top of the first one are known as “second state” copies.

Second state copies are identifiable by looking at the white area on the cover just below the word “today” in the album title.  If that particular copy is a second state Butcher cover, a black triangular area can be faintly seen; this area is where Ringo’s black shirt collar appears on the cover underneath.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
T 2553
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour German rare true stereo “hot mix” LP

beatles - magical mystery tour german lp

Offered for sale is a German pressing of Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles, featuring all of the songs in true stereo as well as a cover that was unique to the German release.

This is the rare “hot mix” version of the album that is cut at a noticeably higher volume than most pressings and offers better sound quality.

About this copy:  This copy of Magical Mystery Tour is an issue from the early 1980s, and not the more common pressings with the “Hor Zu” logo on the label and cover.

While this LP was pressed several times over the years, most pressings have A1/B3 stampers.  They sound nice, but the A1/B1 pressings are louder and, to most ears, sound considerably better than the A1/B3 version.  They’re also quite a bit harder to find.

The cover is M- and retains the original shrink wrap.  There is a sticker from an importer on the back cover.

The disc is M- with no spindle marks on the labels.  It does have a couple of ultra-faint sleeve scuffs on side 2.  The LP has clearly only been played a couple of times.

Matrix numbers:

Side one: 04449-A1+C

Side two: 04449-B1+C

A nice copy of a terrific record.

Background: As Magical Mystery Tour was a soundtrack to a film that contained only six new songs, EMI Records in Britain decided to release the material as a set of two 7″ EPs.  In the U.S., Capitol Records issued the material as a full album, by combining A and B sides of then-current singles.  As there were no true stereo mixes of those singles at the time, most of the second side of the album was issued in the United States in Capitol’s “Duophonic” fake stereo.

In the early 1970s, true stereo mixes of those songs became available, and Apple Records released the full LP in Germany using those stereo mixes.  On this version only, the entire album was in true stereo with the exception of the second half of “I Am the Walrus,” for which no true stereo mix exists.

The German album was also issued with a unique cover, though without the gatefold cover and book that accompanied the U.S. album and the UK EP release.

Most of the German copies of Magical Mystery Tour  that we’ve seen over the years were sold through Hörzu, a German television listings magazine.  These copies have the Hörzu logo on both the cover and record label, and seem to be more common than those purchased elsewhere.

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Country of origin: Germany
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
1C 072-04 449
Year of Release: 1981
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – With the Beatles Japan red vinyl LP with obi

beatles - with the beatles red vinyl japan lp

Offered for sale is a Japanese red vinyl pressing of With the Beatles, complete with original obi and a cover and photo booklet that was unique to the Japanese release.

About this copy: This copy of With the Beatles is a Japanese second issue, released in 1969 on the Apple label.

The cover is VG++, with slight wear at the edges and corners.   The obi is in VG- condition, with a few wrinkles and a couple of repaired tears.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

This LP was issued without an insert, as it has a gatefold cover and an 8 page photo booklet inside.  The black paper inner sleeve is included; it has a few wrinkles but no splits.

The disc is VG++, and very close to M-, with a few very faint sleeve scuffs, but no marks.  The disc has clearly been played just a few times and has been well cared for.

A beautiful copy of a scarce Beatles LP and the only copy of this particular album that we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: With the Beatles was the second album by the Beatles, issued in the UK in November, 1963.  An altered version of the album was released in the U.S. in January, 1964 as Meet the Beatles.

Oddly enough, the album was not released in Japan until May, 1966.  The album was issued to commemorate the Beatles’ tour of Japan in June, 1966, where they played five concerts at the Budokan hall.

The Japanese version of the album had the same songs as the UK version, but the songs had a different running order.  The gatefold cover and cover art were unique to the Japanese release.

The album was released in Japan in May, 1966 on the Odeon label and reissued in September, 1969 on the Apple label, with both pressings originally pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

Allmusic.com gave With the Beatles a 5 star review:

With the Beatles is a sequel of the highest order — one that betters the original by developing its own tone and adding depth. While it may share several similarities with its predecessor — there is an equal ratio of covers-to-originals, a familiar blend of girl group, Motown, R&B, pop, and rock, and a show tune that interrupts the flow of the album — With the Beatles is a better record that not only rocks harder, it’s considerably more sophisticated. .. Still, the heart of With the Beatles lies not in the covers, but the originals, where it was clear that, even at this early stage, the Beatles were rapidly maturing and changing, turning into expert craftsmen and musical innovators.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AP-9678
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour German true stereo LP

beatles - magical mystery tour german lp

Offered for sale is a German pressing of Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles, featuring all of the songs in true stereo as well as a cover that was unique to the German release.

About this copy:  This copy of Magical Mystery Tour is an issue from the early 1980s, and not the more common pressings with the “Hor Zu” logo on the label and cover.

The cover is M- with a couple of very minor corner dents.  There is a tiny tear on the lower right hand corner of the back cover where a sticker was removed.

The disc is M- and may be unplayed.

Matrix numbers are 04449-A-1 and 04449–B-3.  This is not the very rare “hot” pressing.

A nice copy of a terrific record.

Background: As Magical Mystery Tour was a soundtrack to a film that contained only six new songs, EMI Records in Britain decided to release the material as a set of two 7″ EPs.  In the U.S., Capitol Records issued the material as a full album, by combining A and B sides of then-current singles.  As there were no true stereo mixes of those singles at the time, most of the second side of the album was issued in the United States in Capitol’s “Duophonic” fake stereo.

In the early 1970s, true stereo mixes of those songs became available, and Apple Records released the full LP in Germany using those stereo mixes.  On this version only, the entire album was in true stereo with the exception of the second half of “I Am the Walrus,” for which no true stereo mix exists.

The German album was also issued with a unique cover, though without the gatefold cover and book that accompanied the U.S. album and the UK EP release.

Most of the German copies of Magical Mystery Tour  that we’ve seen over the years were sold through Hörzu, a German television listings magazine.  These copies have the Hörzu logo on both the cover and record label, and seem to be more common than those purchased elsewhere.

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Country of origin: Germany
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
1C 072-04 449
Year of Release: 1981
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Sgt. Pepper Japan first issue red vinyl LP with obi

beatles - sgt pepper japan red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a rare red vinyl first pressing Japanese pressing of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, complete with original obi.

About this copy:  This copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the original Japanese issue, released in July 1967.

The disc was pressed on  “Everclean” red vinyl, and was issued on the Odeon label, rather than the Apple label that was used for the 1969 second pressing.

The cover is VG++, with trace wear at the corners and a bit of foxing on the inside.  It’s very close to M-.

The original “envelope” style inner sleeve is included.  This LP was issued without the cutout insert that was included in U.S. and UK copies.  It was also issued without a lyric insert.

The obi is VG+, with a couple of wrinkles and a tiny 1/4″ tear near the top edge.  The “hojyuhyo,” or re-order tag, has been removed.

The red vinyl disc is M-, and appears to have been played no more than twice.  Beautiful disc!

A beautiful copy of an iconic Beatles LP and a very difficult album to find in this kind of condition.  It’s likely to be your final upgrade.

Background:  There’s not much point in writing about Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; entire books have been written about the album.  It’s not only the best-known album of the Beatles’ catalog, but it’s regarded as one of the most influential albums ever released.

This LP, like nearly all Beatles albums issued in Japan in the 1960s, was pressed on both red and black vinyl, with the red vinyl pressings being more highly sought out by collectors.

Allmusic.com gave Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band a 5 star review:

With Revolver, the Beatles made the Great Leap Forward, reaching a previously unheard-of level of sophistication and fearless experimentation. Sgt. Pepper, in many ways, refines that breakthrough, as the Beatles consciously synthesized such disparate influences as psychedelia, art-song, classical music, rock & roll, and music hall, often in the course of one song. Not once does the diversity seem forced — the genius of the record is how the vaudevillian “When I’m 64” seems like a logical extension of “Within You Without You” and how it provides a gateway to the chiming guitars of “Lovely Rita.”… It’s possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this. After Sgt. Pepper, there were no rules to follow — rock and pop bands could try anything, for better or worse. Ironically, few tried to achieve the sweeping, all-encompassing embrace of music as the Beatles did here.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
OP-8163
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – White Album sealed 1978 white vinyl 2 LP set

beatles - white album white vinyl LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition white vinyl pressing of the Beatles self-titled 1968 LP, The Beatles, also known as the White Album, complete with poster and four photo inserts.

About this copy:  This copy of the White Album is a limited edition pressing from 1978 on white vinyl, pressed on the then-current maroon Capitol label.

The album is still sealed; the records are presumably new and unplayed.  The poster and four photo inserts are included.

There is a hype sticker on the shrink wrap indicating that the album is a white vinyl limited edition.  There is a tiny tear in the sticker perhaps 1/4″ long.

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes, though there is a slight “break” in the wrap near the top right.  This appears to be a defect in the wrap from the factory.   An original price sticker is still on the shrink wrap (not shown in photo.)

Unlike most sealed copies that are found today, this one does not have a promotional hole punched in the cover.

A beautiful copy of an increasingly scarce LP and perhaps the nicest copy we’ve ever had for sale.  Beautiful copy!

Background: In 1978, collectors were showing a lot of interest in both picture discs and colored vinyl records, so record companies worldwide issued a number of new and older titles in those formats to satisfy collector demand.

In the United States, Capitol Records pressed three different albums by the Beatles on colored vinyl – The Beatles 1962-1966 on red vinyl, The Beatles 1967-1970 on blue vinyl, and The Beatles, or The White Album on white vinyl.

All three pressings are collectible, though the White Album seems to be the one that attracts the most demand from collectors today.  For some reason, the White Album is one of the most sought-out colored vinyl LPs.  It’s also the hardest one to find in good condition, as the white cover is easily prone to wear.

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Beatles – White Album original Japan 2 LP red vinyl with numbered cover

Beatles - White Album japan red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is an early Japanese red vinyl pressing of The Beatles (aka the “White Album”) by the Beatles, with a numbered cover, poster, bonus photos and rare original obi.

About this copy: This copy of The Beatles is an early Japanese pressing on the Apple label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

This set is complete with the exception of the small card that lists the song titles in Japanese.  This card is nearly always missing and we’ve never actually seen one.

The numbered cover  (A155155) is in VG++, with faint foxing at the top of the cover.  It’s very close to M-.

The original “medallion” obi is VG++ with a few minor wrinkles, but no tears.  There are no folds in the die-cut portion.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, has been removed.

The poster is included; it’s VG++, with slight wear at the folds, but no holes or tears.  The original black inner sleeves are included, and are VG++, with a few wrinkles, but no splits.

The four bonus photos are VG++, with a bit of foxing, but no holes or tears.

The two red vinyl discs are M-.  There are a few spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  The records have clearly been played only a few times.

A gorgeous copy of a classic LP that almost never turns up in this condition.  This one will be hard to upgrade.

Background:  The Beatles, aka the “White Album”, was the ninth studio album by the Beatles (by the UK method of counting, anyway.)  Released in late 1968, the album reached #1 on the charts pretty much everywhere and is the largest-selling album in the band’s history, as a sale of a double album counted as two albums sold.

Allmusic.com gave The Beatles a 5 star review:

Each song on the sprawling double album The Beatles is an entity to itself, as the band touches on anything and everything it can. This makes for a frustratingly scattershot record or a singularly gripping musical experience, depending on your view, but what makes the so-called White Album interesting is its mess. …None of it sounds like it was meant to share album space together, but somehow The Beatles creates its own style and sound through its mess.

 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AP-8570/71
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – White Album early Japan 2 LP set with numbered cover

Beatles - White Album japan lp

Offered for sale is an early Japanese pressing of The Beatles (aka the “White Album”) by the Beatles, with a numbered cover and poster insert.

 

About this copy: This copy of The Beatles is an early Japanese pressing on the Apple label.

This pressing is on black vinyl.

The numbered cover has a relatively low number (A043408) and is in VG+ condition, with slight wear at the edges and corners.

The poster is included; it’s VG++, with slight wear at the folds.  The original black inner sleeves are included, and are VG+, with a few wrinkles, but no splits.

The four individual photos, the card listing the song titles in Japanese and the obi are missing.

The two black vinyl discs are M-.  There are a few spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  The records have clearly been played only a few times.

A nice copy of an early Japanese pressing that should make a great play copy of this classic LP.

Background:  The Beatles, aka the “White Album”, was the ninth studio album by the Beatles (by the UK method of counting, anyway.)  Released in late 1968, the album reached #1 on the charts pretty much everywhere and is the largest-selling album in the band’s history, as a sale of a double album counted as two albums sold.

Allmusic.com gave The Beatles a 5 star review:

Each song on the sprawling double album The Beatles is an entity to itself, as the band touches on anything and everything it can. This makes for a frustratingly scattershot record or a singularly gripping musical experience, depending on your view, but what makes the so-called White Album interesting is its mess. …None of it sounds like it was meant to share album space together, but somehow The Beatles creates its own style and sound through its mess.

 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AP-8570/71
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – White Album complete early U.S. issue with numbered cover in shrink!

Beatles - White Album lp

Offered for sale is an early U.S. pressing of The Beatles (aka the “White Album”) by the Beatles, with a numbered cover and all inserts.

The album is still in the original shrink wrap.

About this copy: This copy of The Beatles is an early U.S. pressing from Capitol’s Winchester, Virginia pressing plant, so it likely dates from 1969 or so.

This issue does have the numbered cover (A1511669) and the cover retains the original shrink wrap!  The gatefold cover has never been opened.

The cover is VG++, with some foxing and a bit of wear at the corners near the mouth.  The wrap is mostly intact, but it’s missing on the front near the mouth of the cover.  The foxing is mostly present at the breathe holes in the shrink wrap.

It’s about as clean a cover as you’ll ever find on an opened copy of this album, as the plain white covers were prone to wear.

The poster is likely unused, and has no pin holes, but does have wear at the folded seams.

The four photos are M-.

The discs are VG++; they look like they’ve been in and out of the paper sleeves a couple of times but appear to have had little play.  Side one has a couple of faint scuffs; the other three sides are super clean and may be unplayed.

A beautiful copy of an LP that’s usually found in terrible condition.

Background:  The Beatles, aka the “White Album”, was the ninth studio album by the Beatles (by the UK method of counting, anyway.)  Released in late 1968, the album reached #1 on the charts pretty much everywhere and is the largest-selling album in the band’s history, as a sale of a double album counted as two albums sold.

Allmusic.com gave The Beatles a 5 star review:

Each song on the sprawling double album The Beatles is an entity to itself, as the band touches on anything and everything it can. This makes for a frustratingly scattershot record or a singularly gripping musical experience, depending on your view, but what makes the so-called White Album interesting is its mess. …None of it sounds like it was meant to share album space together, but somehow The Beatles creates its own style and sound through its mess.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
SWBO-101
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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