Beatles – Abbey Road Japan Pro-Use audiophile LP with obi

beatles - abbey road japan pro-use lp

Offered for sale is a copy of the limited edition Japanese “Pro-Use” pressing of Abbey Road by the Beatles, including the original obi.

This is possibly the best-sounding version of Abbey Road ever released on vinyl anywhere.

About this copy: This copy of Abbey Road is a 1978 Japanese issue on the Apple label with the “Pro-Use Series” obi.

The cover is VG++ and close to M-, with trace wear on a couple of corners.  The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

The disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Beautiful disc!

A beautiful copy of a great-sounding classic LP.

Background: In 1978, EMI-Toshiba introduced a limited edition audiophile series of albums in Japan.  Most of the titles were classical or Jazz titles by artists who were not well known, but the series also included Abbey Road by the Beatles and The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.

Both titles offered exceptionally good sound and have long been sought out by audiophiles.

There’s not much to say about Abbey Road that hasn’t already been said; the album reached #1 on the album charts in 7 different countries, and has sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Allmusic.com gave Abbey Road a 5 star review:

 In many ways, Abbey Road stands apart from the rest of the Beatles’ catalog, an album that gains considerable strength from its lush, enveloping production — a recording so luxuriant, it glosses over aesthetic differences between the group’s main three songwriters and ties together a series of disconnected unfinished songs into a complete suite. Where Sgt. Pepper pioneered such mind-bending aural techniques, Abbey Road truly seized the possibilities of the studio and, in doing so, pointed the way forward to the album rock era of the 1970s. Many of the studio tricks arrive during that brilliant suite of songs, a sequence that lasts nearly a full side of an album. … While a single song or segment can be dazzling, having a succession of marvelous, occasionally intertwined moments is not only a marvel but indeed a summation of everything that made the Beatles great.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
EALF-97001
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – With the Beatles limited edition red vinyl Japan mono LP with obi

beatles - with the beatles red vinyl japan lp

Offered for sale is a limited edition red vinyl mono Japanese pressing of With the Beatles by the Beatles, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of With the Beatles is a 1986 mono pressing on the EMI/Odeon label.

The cover is M-.  The obi is VG+ with some fading, but no tears..  The lyric insert is VG+, with slight fading, but no tears.

The red vinyl disc is M- and looks like it may have been played once.  Beautiful disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP.

Background: In the 1960s, most Japanese LPs were issued in stereo only, so most Japanese buyers never had the opportunity to hear the original mono mixes of most of the Beatles songs.

In 1982, EMI records released limited edition red vinyl pressings in mono of all of the Beatles albums from Please Please Me through Yellow Submarine.  This series was reissued in 1986 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s 1966 visit to Japan.

Released in November, 1963, With the Beatles was the second album by the Beatles to be released in the UK.  It was released in the United States in 1964 with a different track lineup as Meet the Beatles.

The album reached #1 on the album charts in both the U.S. and the UK.

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: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-70131
Year of Release: 1986
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour 1978 limited edition UK yellow vinyl LP

beatles - magical mystery tour uk yellow vinyl LP

Offered for sale is a limited edition yellow vinyl pressing of Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles, issued in Great Britain in 1978.

About this copy: The copy of Magical Mystery Tour offered for sale is a 1978 UK copy on the Parlophone label, pressed exclusively for export to the United States and pressed on beautiful yellow vinyl.

The cover is VG++, with slight edge wear at the mouth of the cover.  The booklet is included and is still attached.

The yellow vinyl disc is M- and may be unplayed.  Beautiful disc!

A nice copy of a Beatles LP that has become quite hard to find.

Background:  Magical Mystery Tour was released in 1967, originally as a U.S.-only release.  The album contained tracks from their film of the same name, along with tracks from a few recent singles.

In the UK, the tracks from the film (without the extra singles) were released as a double 7″ EP.

The album reached #1 on the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Magical Mystery Tour a 5 star review:

The U.S. version of the soundtrack for the Beatles’ ill-fated British television special embellished the six songs that were found on the British Magical Mystery Tour double EP with five other cuts from their 1967 singles. The psychedelic sound is very much in the vein of Sgt. Pepper’s, and even spacier in parts (especially the sound collages of “I Am the Walrus”). Unlike Sgt. Pepper’s, there’s no vague overall conceptual/thematic unity to the material, which has made Magical Mystery Tour suffer slightly in comparison. Still, the music is mostly great, and “Penny Lane,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “Hello Goodbye” were all huge, glorious, and innovative singles. The ballad “The Fool on the Hill,” though only a part of the Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack, is also one of the most popular Beatles tunes from the era.

In 1978, collectors seemed to go crazy for both colored vinyl and picture discs, and record companies in both the United States and Europe pressed a number of limited edition titles to keep them happy.  For the Beatles, Parlophone Records in Britain pressed four titles on colored vinyl, but made them for export only:  Let It Be (white), Abbey Road (green), the White Album (white) and Magical Mystery Tour (yellow.)  Most of those discs, and possibly all of them, were shipped to the United States.

All four are quite hard to find today, as they sold in relatively small numbers when new.

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Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Parlophone
Catalog Number:
PCTC 255
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Complete Christmas Collection 1963-1969 yellow vinyl TMOQ LP

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Offered for sale is a copy of The Complete Christmas Collection 1963-1969 by the Beatles, pressed on yellow vinyl and issued by the collectible Trademark of Quality label.

About this copy:  This copy of The Complete Christmas Collection 1963-1969 is an original pressing on the Trademark of Quality label, likely released in 1972.

This copy is a fairly early one,with labels that have a large “1” or “2” on the labels, rather than the pig logo that appeared on later pressings.

The cover is an orange cover that has the title rubber stamped on it, along with a green and a yellow sticker that says “Trademark of Quality” and features a pig logo.  The cover is M- and looks virtually new.

The paper title insert is a reproduction.  An original Trademark of Quality catalog is included.

The yellow vinyl disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a Beatles rarity that seldom turns up in this condition.

Background: The Trademark of Quality record label, based in California, was one of the earliest manufacturers of what were then called “underground” records. Many of their titles were pressed on colored vinyl and all of them are scarce today.

This title is unusual for the TMOQ label, which specialized in releasing live and previously unreleased studio recordings.  The Complete Christmas Collection 1963-1969 is actually a reissue of an album that had been released in 1970 to members of the Beatles fan club.

The material came from individual singles that were sent out every year at Christmas to members of the Beatles fan club in the U.S. and the UK, with the Beatles offering Christmas greetings to their fans.  Both the U.S. and UK versions of the original album are quite rare, so TMOQ opted to reissue it to make it more generally available.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Trademark of Quality
Catalog Number:
71015
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Reel Music sealed promo-only yellow vinyl Canada LP low number 10!

beatles - reel music yellow vinyl promo canada lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed Canadian copy of the numbered, yellow vinyl release of the Beatles’ 1982 LP, Reel Music.

As with the U.S. pressings, the yellow vinyl Canadian pressings were issued only for promotional use; all copies sold in stores were on black vinyl.

This copy is number 10 of an edition of 3000 copies.

About this copy: This copy of Reel Music is a 1982 pressing on the Capitol label.

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is fully intact except for a small missing piece near the center of the bottom edge.

There is a hype sticker on the wrap advertising the included photo booklet.

While the U.S. copies had the numbers printed on the back cover in a white area where the UPC would normally appear, the Canadian copies had the numbers printed in the lower left-hand corner of the front cover.

This copy says, “LIMITED EDITION SERIAL No. 0010.”

A beautiful copy of a rare Beatles LP.

Background: Reel Music was a compilation album released in 1982 by Capitol Records that contained songs that had appeared in the Beatles’ films A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine and Let It Be.

To promote the album, Capitol pressed 12,000 numbered copies on yellow vinyl in the United States and 3000 copies in Canada.

These were issued strictly as promotional items and were not offered for sale to the public.

The album featured stereo mixes that were rare to the US or previously unavailable (per Wikipedia):

  • The first US release of the British stereo mix of “I Am the Walrus”. Previous American releases of the song had the intro edited like the mono mix, although an edit of the British version appeared on Rarities two years before
  • The official American debut of the songs “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Ticket to Ride” in true stereo
  • A unique stereo edit of “I Should Have Known Better”, with the harmonica error in the intro fixed. This version was issued only on the Capitol pressing and has never appeared on any other record.

 

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SV-12199
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Rubber Soul limited edition red vinyl mono LP with obi

beatles -rubber soul red vinyl japan mono lp

Offered for sale is a limited edition red vinyl mono Japanese pressing of Rubber Soul by the Beatles, including the original obi.

This album features the UK track listing.

About this copy: This copy of Rubber Soul is a 1986 mono pressing on the Odeon label of an album that was originally released in 1966 (in stereo.)

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.  The lyric insert is VG++, with no wear, but with a bit of fading.

The red vinyl disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Beautiful disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP.

Background: Released in December, 1965, Rubber Soul was the seventh Beatles album to be released by Capitol Records.  The album, which had a different track lineup from the UK version, reached #1 on the U.S. album charts.

The UK version reached #1 in that country.

In the 1960s, most Japanese LPs were issued in stereo only, so most Japanese buyers never had the opportunity to hear the original mono mixes of most of the Beatles songs.

In 1982, EMI records released limited edition red vinyl pressings in mono of all of the Beatles albums from Please Please Me through Yellow Submarine.  This series was reissued in 1986, though that series featured a different obi from that issue.

Allmusic.com gave Rubber Soul a 5 star review:

While the Beatles still largely stuck to love songs on Rubber Soul, the lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities. Musically, too, it was a substantial leap forward, with intricate folk-rock arrangements that reflected the increasing influence of Dylan and the Byrds. The group and George Martin were also beginning to expand the conventional instrumental parameters of the rock group, using a sitar on “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown),” Greek-like guitar lines on “Michelle” and “Girl,” fuzz bass on “Think for Yourself,” and a piano made to sound like a harpsichord on the instrumental break of “In My Life.”

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-70135
Year of Release: 1986
Format: Mono
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Beatles – 1962-1966/1967-1970 Japan red/blue vinyl 4 LP set with obi

Offered for sale is a set of two colored vinyl albums by the Beatles – Japanese pressings of The Beatles 1962-1966 on red vinyl and The Beatles 1967-1970 on blue vinyl, issued in Japan in 1978.

This set was reissued in 1982 with the same catalog number but with a different obi.  This is the original colored vinyl release of these LPs.

About these copies: This is a set of two different Japanese colored vinyl albums by the Beatles, The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970 pressed on red and blue vinyl, respectively.

The Beatles 1962-1966 – A Japanese two-record set pressed on red vinyl and including the original obi.

The cover is VG+, with slight corner and edge wear and a bit of foxing on the inside.  The obi is M-.  The custom inner sleeves are M-.  The Japanese insert is M-.

The red vinyl discs are M- with a number of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean discs!

The Beatles 1967-1970 – A Japanese two-record set pressed on blue vinyl and including the original obi.

Cover is VG+, with slight corner and edge wear.   The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.  One custom inner sleeve is M-; the other is VG+, as it has a slight (1/2″ or 1 cm) tear at the top edge.

The red vinyl discs are M- with a number of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean discs!

A beautiful set of terrific records and only the second time we’ve ever had these as a set.

Background: In 1973, a company in the U.S. illegally created a “best of” box set by the Beatles called The Beatles – Alpha and Omega.  That album was heavily advertised on television and sold well, but it attracted the attention of the Beatles’ record company, Capitol Records.  They sued to have the album removed from the market.

Seeing a good opportunity, Capitol then issued four discs of Beatles hits themselves as two separate albums with the same cover photos:

The Beatles 1962-1966 covered the band’s early years and had a cover with a red border.  The Beatles 1967-1970 covered the band’s later years and had a cover with a blue border.

In 1978, the two albums were released as limited editions on red and blue vinyl, respectively, in a number of countries around the world, including the U.S. and Japan.

In 1982, due to public demand, the Beatles Japanese record company, EMI/Odeon, reissued the two albums, again on red and blue vinyl.

Both are hard to find today, especially complete, so we’re offering both of them together as a set.  The Japanese colored vinyl versions are far harder to find than the American colored vinyl pressings.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-50021-24
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Help! red vinyl Japan Apple LP with obi

beatles - help red vinyl japan apple lp

Offered for sale is a red vinyl Japanese pressing of Help! by the Beatles, including a Japan-only gatefold cover and the original obi.

The content on this album is the same as that of the UK release.

About this copy: This copy of Help! is a 1969 pressing on the Apple label of an album that was originally released on the Odeon label in 1965.  The album was pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

This version of the album did not include the bonus photo that came with the 1965 pressing.

The cover is VG+, with faint general wear and a fair amount of foxing on the inside.  The obi is VG+, with some foxing, a fold on the attached “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, and a number (4718) written on the reorder tag in ballpoint pen.

The original black inner sleeve is included.  It has a small 1/2″ tear on one side.  The lyric insert is VG+, with some foxing, but no tears or writing.

The red vinyl disc is VG++ and close to M-, with a couple of faint scuffs and a number of spindle marks on the labels.  While the album has received quite a bit of play, it’s been well cared for.

A nice copy of a terrific album that is hard to find complete.

Background: Released in 1965, Help! was the fifth UK album release by the Beatles.    Released in different configurations in the UK and the U.S., both versions reached #1 on their respective album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Help! a 5 star review:

Considering that Help! functions as the Beatles’ fifth album and as the soundtrack to their second film — while filming, they continued to release non-LP singles on a regular basis — it’s not entirely surprising that it still has some of the weariness of Beatles for Sale. Again, they pad the album with covers, but the Bakersfield bounce of “Act Naturally” adds new flavor (along with an ideal showcase for Ringo’s amiable vocals) and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” gives John an opportunity to flex his rock & roll muscle. George is writing again and if his two contributions don’t touch Lennon and McCartney’s originals, they hold their own against much of their British pop peers.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AP-8151
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Second Album 1967 Japan red vinyl mono LP with obi

beatles - second album japan red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a red vinyl mono Japanese pressing of The Beatles Second Album by the Beatles, including the original obi.

Note: This album is a completely different album from the U.S. LP with the same title and is also a different album from the 1971 Japanese reissue (which was the same as the U.S. LP.)

About this copy: This mono LP is a 1967 pressing on the Odeon label of an album that was originally released in 1964.

The album is titled Beatles No. 2 on the back cover.

The cover is VG++ and very close to M-.  It has no wear, but a faint disc impression and a slight stain near the spine where a sticker was removed.

The obi is VG++ with a few minor wrinkles.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, has been removed.

The insert and envelope-style inner sleeve are M-.

The red vinyl disc is M- on side one and VG++ (and very close to M-) on side two, with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs.

There are a number of spindle marks on the labels, but they vinyl is very clean.

A beautiful copy of a rare Beatles LP.

Background: The Beatles Second Album was released several times in Japan, with major differences in covers and track listings.

The original pressings were released in June 1964, with the subtitle (Beatles No. 2), a single-pocket cover, and these tracks in mono:

  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Do You Want To Know A Secret
  • Thank You Girl
  • A Taste Of Honey
  • It Won’t Be Long
  • I Wanna Be Your Man
  • There’s A Place
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Misery
  • Boys
  • Devil In Her Heart
  • Not A Second Time
  • Money
  • Till There Was You

That version was released again in 1966, 1967, and 1970.

In 1971, another album was released with the same title – The Beatles Second Album.  This version had a gatefold cover, was pressed in stereo, and contained the same tracks as the American pressings of The Beatles Second Album:

  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Thank You Girl
  • You Really Got a Hold on Me
  • Devil in Her Heart
  • Money (That’s What I Want)
  • You Can’t Do That
  • Long Tall Sally
  • I Call Your Name
  • Please Mr. Postman
  • I’ll Get You
  • She Loves You

Confusing?  Indeed.  This last version was part of the “U.S. Edition Series” and was only issued one time in Japan.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
OR-8027
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Second Album 1967 Japan red vinyl mono LP

beatles - second album japan red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a red vinyl mono Japanese pressing of The Beatles Second Album by the Beatles.

Note: This album is a completely different album from the U.S. LP with the same title and is also a different album from the 1971 Japanese reissue (which was the same as the U.S. LP.)

About this copy: This mono LP is a 1967 pressing on the Odeon label of an album that was originally released in 1964.

The album is titled Beatles No. 2 on the back cover.

The cover is VG++ and very close to M-.  It has no wear, but a faint disc impression and a few wrinkles along the spine

The obi is missing

The insert and envelope-style inner sleeve are VG, with a stain on the insert and foxing on both the insert and sleeve.

The red vinyl disc is VG, with a lot of scuffing, but no major scratches.  It will likely play with noise.

Background: The Beatles Second Album was released several times in Japan, with major differences in covers and track listings.

The original pressings were released in June 1964, with the subtitle (Beatles No. 2), a single-pocket cover, and these tracks in mono:

  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Do You Want To Know A Secret
  • Thank You Girl
  • A Taste Of Honey
  • It Won’t Be Long
  • I Wanna Be Your Man
  • There’s A Place
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Misery
  • Boys
  • Devil In Her Heart
  • Not A Second Time
  • Money
  • Till There Was You

That version was released again in 1966, 1967, and 1970.

In 1971, another album was released with the same title – The Beatles Second Album.  This version had a gatefold cover, was pressed in stereo, and contained the same tracks as the American pressings of The Beatles Second Album:

  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Thank You Girl
  • You Really Got a Hold on Me
  • Devil in Her Heart
  • Money (That’s What I Want)
  • You Can’t Do That
  • Long Tall Sally
  • I Call Your Name
  • Please Mr. Postman
  • I’ll Get You
  • She Loves You

Confusing?  Indeed.  This last version was part of the “U.S. Edition Series” and was only issued one time in Japan.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
OR-8027
Year of Release: 1967
Format: Mono
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