Beatles – Revolver 1986 Japan red vinyl mono LP with obi

beatles revolver japan red vinyl mono lp

Offered for sale is a Japanese red vinyl mono pressing of Revolver by the Beatles, including the original obi, insert, and record company postcard.

Note: Original 1966 Japanese pressings of Revolver were issued in stereo only.  The album was made available in mono as a limited edition in 1982 and again in 1986.

About this copy: This copy of Revolver is a 1986 mono pressing on the EMI/Odeon label of an album that was originally released in Japan in 1966 in stereo only.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.  The lyric insert is VG+ with some discoloration from age.  The nearly-always-missing postcard is M-.

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

A beautiful copy of a terrific record and one of the hardest titles to find in the red vinyl mono series.

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.

Revolver, released in August, 1966, was the seventh studio album by the Beatles.  The album reached #1 in the U.S. and UK and has never gone out of print.

Allmusic.com gave Revolver a 5 star review:

All the rules fell by the wayside with Revolver, as the Beatles began exploring new sonic territory, lyrical subjects, and styles of composition. … The biggest miracle of Revolver may be that the Beatles covered so much new stylistic ground and executed it perfectly on one record, or it may be that all of it holds together perfectly. Either way, its daring sonic adventures and consistently stunning songcraft set the standard for what pop/rock could achieve. Even after Sgt. Pepper, Revolver stands as the ultimate modern pop album and it’s still as emulated as it was upon its original release.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-70136
Year of Release: 1986
Format: Mono
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Beatles – White Album sealed white vinyl German DMM 2 LP set

beatles white album german white vinyl dmm lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition white vinyl pressing of the limited edition direct metal mastered German pressing of the The Beatles (aka the White Album) by the Beatles, including all original inserts.

Note: This pressing is regarded by many as the best-sounding version of The White Album ever released on vinyl. (see below)

About this copy: This copy of The White Album is a 1985 German pressing on the Apple label.

As the album is still sealed, the records are presumably new and unplayed.  The four photos of the band members and the poster should be inside.

The wrap is mostly intact; there is a split in the shrink wrap at the mouth that measures about 2″ (5 cm).  This was secured with tape by a previous owner; the tape has yellowed with age.

The cover is M- with no splits; there is a tiny dent in the upper left hand corner.

There is a small hype sticker on the cover that says “Pressung Weiss – Direct Metal DMM Mastering.”

“No. 104970” is faintly embossed on the front cover.

A beautiful copy of a rare and desirable pressing of The White Album.

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 counts as two albums sold.

Analog Planet had this to say about this particular pressing of The White Album:

Our next contestant, the 1985 German white vinyl direct-metal-mastered/DMM reissue (1C 172-04 173/74), is one of my favorite ways to listen to the The White Album in stereo. Compared to the 1978 UK white vinyl export, it is more dynamic and has greater clarity and definition. Listening to “Birthday”, the driving bass is phenomenally deep, taut and tuneful. Ambience retrieval is exceptional, with a layered soundstage and a believable presence on even the more difficult to reproduce tracks. The subtle inner details of the guitars on “Back in the USSR” are revealed, and Ringo’s double tracked drum fills are conveyed with powerful energy on “Glass Onion”. The cymbals can sound a little splashy at times, and on some systems this pressing may not be as laid back as you might like. But I believe it’s a mastering that fits the majority of the songs on this recording. Try listening to Lennon’s “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide But Me And My Monkey”. This LP cuts through the confusion, rendering the dueling guitars brilliantly and the ringing hand-bell distinctly and realistically.

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: Germany
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
1C 172-04 173/74
Year of Release: 1985
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Hey Jude 1976 Japan LP with obi

beatles hey jude japan lp

Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Hey Jude by the Beatles, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Hey Jude is a 1976 Japanese pressing on the Apple label of an album that was originally released in 1970.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.  The lyric insert is M-.

The disc is M- and may be unplayed.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP.

Background: Hey Jude was a compilation LP put together by Beatles management, rather than Capitol or Parlophone Records.  The release was intended to capitalize on the success of the group’s then-recent #1 single, “Hey Jude.”

The album consisted of a number of songs that had either been previously released as singles or which had not previously been released on Capitol/Apple albums.

The album reached #1 in the U.S., but wasn’t released in the UK until a few years later.

Allmusic.com gave Hey Jude a 3 star review:

Appearing in the U.S. just two months prior to the band’s April 1970 breakup, Hey Jude is one of the odder Beatles records released during the group’s lifespan. Essentially a clearinghouse for singles that never appeared on album, the record relies heavily on songs released between 1968 and 1969, but it also stretches back to get both sides of the 1966 single “Paperback Writer”/”Rain” and “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “I Should Have Known Better,” two 1964 songs that never appeared on a Capitol LP (but did show up on the soundtrack to A Hard Day’s Night, which was released by United Artists in 1964). This scope inadvertently showcases the Beatles’ versatility and growth, as they move from the exuberance of Beatlemania to the intense psychedelia of the mid-’60s and then settle into rich post-Pepper days, where John, Paul, and George (Ringo sings no songs here) were all pursuing their own obsessions.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
EAS-80570
Year of Release: 1976
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Rock ‘n’ Roll Music 1976 Japan white label promotional 2 LP set complete!

beatles - rock 'n' roll music japan promo lp

Offered for sale is an original Japanese white label promotional copy of the double compilation album Rock ‘n’ Roll Music by the Beatles, including the original obi, booklet, and poster.

About this copy: This copy of Rock ‘n’ Roll Music is a 1976 Japanese pressing on the Odeon label.  This album was released with different mixes in various countries; this version contains the same mixes as the original UK release.

The cover is VG++, with slight edge wear.  The obi is M-.

The 24 page lyric booklet is VG++ with a few minor wrinkles.  The poster is VG++ with slight wear at the folds, but with no rips, tears, or holes.  The original black paper inner sleeves are included.

The two white label promo discs are M- with one or two spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean discs!

A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP, as Japanese promotional pressings were quite limited.

Background: Released in 1976, Rock ‘n’ Roll Music was a double compilation album containing more rock-oriented tracks by the Beatles.

The album reached #2 on the U.S. album chart and #11 on the UK chart.  The album was the first Beatles LP with worldwide release to contain “I’m Down,” a track originally released as the B-side to the “Help” single.

Allmusic.com gave Rock ‘n’ Roll Music a 3 1/2 star review:

On toward the mid-’70s, it dawned on the powers-that-were at Capitol/EMI that millions of listeners had come of age since the breakup of the Beatles in 1970 and, thus, had never experienced the group except in a historical context….And so the company decided to try a similar repackaging/re-marketing scheme with the Beatles. And the result was Rock & Roll Music, complete with an accompanying single release of “Got to Get You into My Life.” …Even focusing on their originals, the results were impressive, with the first LP appearance of the Paul McCartney-authored Little Richard homage “I’m Down,” originally a single B-side that had also been their concert closer on the 1965 tour; “Anytime at All”; and the delightful late-era “Birthday,” which was an opposite of sorts to the darker “Helter Skelter” from the same original album. … But Rock & Roll Music did work as a marketing concept, the album rising to number two on the U.S. charts (and kept out of the top spot only by — rather fittingly — Wings at the Speed of Sound).

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-77009~10
Year of Release: 1976
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Rock ‘n’ Roll Music 1976 Japan 2 LP set with obi

beatles - rock 'n' roll music japan lp

Offered for sale is an original Japanese copy of the double compilation album Rock ‘n’ Roll Music by the Beatles, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Rock ‘n’ Roll Music is a 1976 Japanese pressing on the Odeon label.  This album was released with different mixes in various countries; this version contains the same mixes as the original UK release.

The cover is VG+, with slight general wear and a couple of minor creases.  The obi is M-.

The booklet and poster are missing.

The two discs are M- and look unplayed.  Clean discs!

A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP.

Background: Released in 1976, Rock ‘n’ Roll Music was a double compilation album containing more rock-oriented tracks by the Beatles.

The album reached #2 on the U.S. album chart and #11 on the UK chart.  The album was the first Beatles LP with worldwide release to contain “I’m Down,” a track originally released as the B-side to the “Help” single.

Allmusic.com gave Rock ‘n’ Roll Music a 3 1/2 star review:

On toward the mid-’70s, it dawned on the powers-that-were at Capitol/EMI that millions of listeners had come of age since the breakup of the Beatles in 1970 and, thus, had never experienced the group except in a historical context….And so the company decided to try a similar repackaging/re-marketing scheme with the Beatles. And the result was Rock & Roll Music, complete with an accompanying single release of “Got to Get You into My Life.” …Even focusing on their originals, the results were impressive, with the first LP appearance of the Paul McCartney-authored Little Richard homage “I’m Down,” originally a single B-side that had also been their concert closer on the 1965 tour; “Anytime at All”; and the delightful late-era “Birthday,” which was an opposite of sorts to the darker “Helter Skelter” from the same original album. … But Rock & Roll Music did work as a marketing concept, the album rising to number two on the U.S. charts (and kept out of the top spot only by — rather fittingly — Wings at the Speed of Sound).

 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-77009~10
Year of Release: 1976
Format: Stereo
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The Beatles – 1962-1966/1967-1970 1976 Japan 4 LP set with obi and posters

Offered for sale is a set of Japanese pressings of the double compilation albums The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970, with both albums including the original obi and a poster that was included only in this release.

About these copies:

The Beatles 1962-1966: This copy of Beatles Beatles 1962-1966, is a 1976 Japanese pressing on the Apple label of an album that was originally released in 1973.

The cover is M- with trace corner wear.  The obi is VG++ and close to M- with a tiny (.5 cm) tear near the top edge.

The 22 page liner note/lyric booklet is M-.  The 12 page discography booklet is M-.  The two custom inner sleeves are M-.

The poster is M- with no rips, tears, or holes.

The two discs are M- with one or two spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean discs!

The Beatles 1967-1970: This copy of Beatles Beatles 1967-1970, is a 1976 Japanese pressing on the Apple label of an album that was originally released in 1973.

The cover is VG++ with slight edge and corner wear.  The obi is M-.

The 22 page liner note/lyric booklet is M-.  The 12 page discography booklet is M-.  The two custom inner sleeves are M-.

The poster is M- with no rips, tears, or holes.

The two discs are M- and look unplayed.  Clean discs!

A nice copy of a nice Beatles set that is rarely found complete.

Background: Released in 1973, The Beatles 1962-1966 is a 2 LP compilation album by the Beatles.

The album reached #3 on both the U.S. and UK album charts.

Allmusic.com gave The Beatles 1962-1966 a 4 1/2 star review:

Assembling a compilation of the Beatles is a difficult task, not only because they had an enormous number of hits, but also because singles didn’t tell the full story; many of their album tracks were as important as the singles, if not more so. The double-album 1962-1966, commonly called The Red Album, does the job surprisingly well, hitting most of the group’s major early hits and adding important album tracks like “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “Drive My Car,” “Norwegian Wood,” and “In My Life.”

Released in 1973, The Beatles 1967-1970, is a 2 LP compilation album by the Beatles.

The album reached #1 on the U.S. album chart and #2 on the UK chart.

Allmusic.com gave The Beatles 1967-1970 a 4 1/2 star review:

Picking up where 1962-1966 left off, the double-album compilation 1967-1970, commonly called The Blue Album, covers the Beatles’ later records, from Sgt. Pepper’s through Let It Be. Like The Red Album, The Blue Album …contains a mixture of hits, including singles like “Lady Madonna,” “Hey Jude,” and “Revolution” — which had originally appeared only as 45s — plus important album tracks like “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “A Day in the Life,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and “Come Together,” as well as orphaned tracks such as the single versions of “Let It Be” and “Get Back,” which had never been on any LP before. … As a précis of the group’s final 36 months, it’s all mightily impressive, even if 1967-1970 misses several great songs. But like its predecessor, this set does capture the essence (if not the full range) of the Beatles’ later recordings.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
EAS-77005~6
Year of Release: 1976
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Rubber Soul original 1965 Japan red vinyl LP with obi

beatles rubber soul red vinyl japan odeon lp

Offered for sale is an original  red vinyl Japanese pressing of Rubber Soul by the Beatles, including the rare original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Rubber Soul is a 1965 Japanese pressing on the Odeon label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

The cover is VG++ with a few minor creases.  There is a mark through the ¥1800 price on the back.

The original blue and white obi with the ¥1800 price is VG, with a few wrinkles on the back and a small repaired tear on the back.  The printed price on the obi is ¥1800; there is a stain there suggesting that a ¥1750 sticker has been removed.  This version of the obi did not originally include a “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag.)

The lyric insert is VG+ with slight foxing.  The original “envelope” inner sleeve is VG++.

The red vinyl disc is VG+, with a couple of scuffs from the paper inner sleeve, but no significant marks.  There are many spindle marks on the labels.  It’s an album that has been played a lot, but has been well cared for.  It plays with some surface noise.

A nice copy of a rare Beatles item a difficult album to find as a complete first pressing.

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

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
OP-7450
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Rubber Soul original 1965 Japan red vinyl LP with obi

beatles rubber soul red vinyl japan odeon lp

Offered for sale is an original  red vinyl Japanese pressing of Rubber Soul by the Beatles, including the rare original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Rubber Soul is a 1965 Japanese pressing on the Odeon label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

The cover is VG++ with a few minor creases.  There is a ¥1750 sticker over the printed ¥1800 price on the back.

The original blue and white obi with the ¥1800 price is VG+, with a few wrinkles and a stain on the front where a ¥1750 sticker has been removed.  This version of the obi did not originally include a “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag.)

The lyric insert is VG++ with slight foxing.  The original “envelope” inner sleeve is VG++.

The red vinyl disc is visually M-, with no marks at all on the vinyl.  There are many spindle marks on the labels.  It’s an album that has been played a lot, but has been well cared for.  It plays with some surface noise.

A nice copy of a rare Beatles item a difficult album to find as a complete first pressing.

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

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
OP-7450
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – White Album white vinyl 1978 France 2 LP set with all inserts

beatles white album white vinyl france lp

Offered for sale is a copy of the 1978 limited edition white vinyl French copy of The Beatles, also known as “The White Album” by the Beatles, complete with all inserts.

About this copy: The record offered for sale is a 1978 French pressing on the Apple label of an album that was originally released in 1968.

The covers on these pressings had “The Beatles” embossed on the front cover, but the covers were not numbered.

This white vinyl pressing was issued with three different stickers – an apple-shaped sticker, a yellow sticker that read “Disque en Couleur,” and a red sticker that says “Special Edition Pressed on Colored Vinyl.”

This is the pressing with an apple-shaped sticker on the front cover that reads “Disques en Pate Blanche” and “Tirage Limite,” indicating that this is a limited edition pressing with white vinyl records.

The cover is M- with a tiny dents in the two right hand corners.  The poster is VG+ with a couple of minor wrinkles, but no rips, tears, or holes.  The photos are VG++; Paul has slight foxing at the bottom edge.  John and Ringo have minor creases at the top left corner.

The two white vinyl records are M- with one or two spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean discs!

A beautiful copy of a scarce colored vinyl Beatles album.

Background:

The Beatles 1967 LP, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was wildly influential for both the music and the cover, and they took the opposite approach with their 1968 follow-up, making the cover all white and simply titling the album The Beatles. It quickly became known as The White Album, due to the simple, all-white cover.

In 1978, the White Album was released as a limited edition pressing on white vinyl in several countries, including the U.S., the UK, and France. The French pressings of the White Album are much harder to find than the U.S. version, as few were exported.

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: France
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
SMO 2051/2
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Yellow Submarine 1982 Japan red vinyl mono LP with obi

beatles yellow submarine japan red vinyl mono lp

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

About this copy: This copy of Yellow Submarine is a 1982 pressing on the EMI/Odeon label.

The cover is VG+ with no wear, but with moderate foxing on the front and back .

The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

The red vinyl disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Clean 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.

Released in 1969, Yellow Submarine was the tenth studio album by the Beatles.

The album reached #3 on the UK charts and #2 on the U.S. charts.

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….. What is here, however, is a good enough reason for owning the record, though nothing rates it as anything near a high-priority purchase. The album would have been far better value if it had been released as a four-song EP (an idea the Beatles even considered at one point, with the addition of a bonus track in “Across the Universe” but ultimately discarded).

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-70138
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Stereo
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