Beatles – Sgt. Pepper Japan red vinyl Apple LP with obi

beatles - sgt. pepper red vinyl japan lp

Offered for sale is a red vinyl 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 second Japanese issue, released in late 1969.  Like the first version, the disc was pressed on  “Everclean” red vinyl, but was issued on the Apple label, rather than the Odeon label that was used for the 1967 first issue.

The second issue is actually harder to find on red vinyl than the first one.

The cover is M-.  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 no wrinkles or holes.  The “hojyuhyo,” or re-order tag, has been removed.

The original black paper inner sleeve is included.  While it has a few wrinkles, it has no tears or splits.

The red vinyl disc is M-, with a couple of very faint sleeve scuffs and a few spindle marks on the labels.

A beautiful copy of a fairly scarce colored vinyl Beatles LP.

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.

In 1978, collectors were showing a lot of interest in colored vinyl LPs, and record companies around the world released a number of then-new and older titles on colored vinyl as limited edition pressings.

While The Beatles 1962-1966, The Beatles 1967-1970, and The Beatles were released on colored vinyl in the United States at that time, there were two titles released by Capitol on colored vinyl only in Canada – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, on gray marbled vinyl, and Love Songs, which was pressed on yellow vinyl.

Neither album was widely imported at the time, and they’re both somewhat hard to find today.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AP-8163
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Yellow Matter Custard blue vinyl Trademark of Quality LP

beatles - yellow matter custard tmoq lp

Offered for sale is a limited edition blue vinyl pressing of Yellow Matter Custard by the Beatles, issued by the Trademark of Quality label in 1972.

About this copy: This copy of Yellow Matter Custard is an early TMOQ pressing, with labels reading “1” and “2,” rather than showing the company’s pig logo.

The cover is VG+, with a bit of fading along the spine and a bit of general wear.  The original insert has been glued to the back cover.  There is an orange sticker attached to the cover with a pig and the words “Trade Mark of Quality.

The blue vinyl disc is VG++, with a few sleeve scuffs.  The record has clearly been played only a couple of times.

A nice copy of a seldom-seen Beatles LP.

Background: Yellow Matter Custard, an album of studio outtakes, was the seventh Beatles LP to be released on the Trademark of Quality label in the early 1970s.  The LP was pressed multiple times, with several label variations and it was pressed on both black and colored vinyl.

Tracks are:

  • I Got A Woman
  • Glad All Over
  • I Just Don’t Understand
  • Slow Down
  • Don’t Ever Change
  • Get A Shot Of R&B
  • Sure To Fall
  • Nothin’ Shakin’
  • Lonesome Tears
  • So How Come
  • Gonna Sit Right Down
  • Cryin’ Waitin’ Hopin’
  • To Know Her
  • The Honeymoon Song

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Trademark of Quality
Catalog Number:
71032
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Reel Music 1982 sealed promo-only yellow vinyl LP

beatles - reel music yellow vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy (#5877/12,000) of the numbered, promo-only yellow vinyl release of the Beatles’ 1982 LP, Reel Music.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a still sealed, numbered, promo-only copy, pressed on yellow vinyl. This copy is numbered 5877 out of 12,000 copies.

The shrink wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears or holes.  There’s a tiny corner bend in the upper right hand corner.  There is a hype sticker attached to the shrink wrap.

As the album is still sealed, the yellow vinyl disc is presumably new and unplayed.

A nice copy of a great Beatles collectible.

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. 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 – Last Live Show blue vinyl Trademark of Quality LP

beatles - last live show tmoq lp

Offered for sale is an early blue vinyl pressing of Last Live Show by the Beatles, issued on the Trademark of Quality label.

About this copy: This copy of Last Live Show is an early TMOQ pressing, with labels bearing only the numbers “1” and “2,” rather than the pig logo that appeared on later pressing.

The cover is white with a pink “Trade Mark of Quality” sticker attached.  The cover is VG+, with a bit of ring wear, but no tears, holes, or splits.

The insert is a reproduction, though the originals were themselves photocopies.

The blue vinyl disc is M- and appears to have had little, if any, play.

A nice copy of a scarce Beatles live LP.

Background: Last Live Show, released in 1972, was one of a dozen Beatles titles issued by the Famous Trademark of Quality label.

The album was pressed several times, with various labels, though the first pressings had only the side number printed on them.

The title is a bit misleading; “last live show” would suggest that the material comes from their August, 1966 performance in San Francisco, which was, in fact, their last live show.

In truth, the material on the LP comes from a 1965 live performance at New York’s Shea Stadium.

Tracks are:

  • I’m Down
  • Twist And Shout
  • I Feel Fine
  • Dizzy Miss Lizzy
  • Ticket To Ride
  • Act Naturally
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Baby’s In Black
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Help
  • I’m Down (Again)

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Trademark of Quality
Catalog Number:
71012
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Live at the Hollywood Bowl original Japan promo LP with obi

beatles - hollywood bowl japan lp

Offered for sale is an original Japanese promotional copy of the 1977 LP Live at the Hollywood Bowl by the Beatles.

About this copy: This copy of Live at the Hollywood Bowl is an original Japanese promotional copy, with promotional markings printed on the labels.

The cover is VG, with no tears or splits, but moderate wear and foxing.  The obi is VG, with wrinkles and small tears at the top and bottom edge.

The lyric insert and custom inner sleeve are included and are both M-.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A nice copy of a terrific LP that’s quite hard to find as a promotional copy.

Background: While the material on Live at the Hollywood Bowl was recorded in 1964 and 1965, the album wasn’t released until 1977, due to technical issues with the recording.  It might not have been released at all if not for the earlier release of the Live at the Star Club LP, which inspired Capitol to finally issue an “official” Beatles live album.

Despite the long time in reaching store shelves, the album reached #1 on the UK charts and #2 in the U.S.

Allmusic.com gave Live at the Hollywood Bowl a 4 star review:

Capitol Records initially planned to release a live album from the Beatles in 1964, recording the band’s August 23 concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Nobody at the label found the results satisfactory so they attempted it again almost exactly a year later, taping the August 29 and 30, 1965 shows at the Hollywood Bowl but, once again, it proved hard to hear the Fab Four from underneath the roar of the crowd, so those tapes were also shelved. They remained in the vaults until 1977, when Capitol president Bhaskar Menon asked George Martin to assemble a listenable live album from the two sets of Hollywood Bowl tapes, all with the idea of combating the rise of bootlegs and quasi-legit Beatles live albums. It was a difficult task, yet Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick managed to assemble a 13-track LP of highlights that was quite well received upon its 1977 release yet managed to earn a reputation as something of a disappointment in part due to the screams that overwhelmed the band…. Perhaps the Beatles weren’t able to hear themselves well on-stage but that’s hard to discern from these performances, which are tight and swinging with the band clearly deriving energy from the audience.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
EAS-80830
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Abbey Road original Japan red vinyl LP with obi

beatles - abbey road red vinyl japan lp

Offered for sale is an original red vinyl Japanese pressing of Abbey Road by the Beatles, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Abbey Road is an original 1969 Japanese pressing, pressed on red vinyl and including the nearly-always-missing original die-cut “medallion” obi.

The cover is VG+, with no general wear, but wear at the edges and a 1/2″ split at the top near the mouth.

The original obi is M-, with no tears or folds. The “hojyuhyo”, or reorder tag, has been removed.

The original black inner sleeve and lyric insert are included.

The red vinyl disc is VG++, with a couple of very faint sleeve scuffs and a number of spindle marks on the label.  It’s very close to M- and has clearly been well cared for.

A beautiful copy of an album that’s hard to find complete.

Background: 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.

As with every other album by the Beatles that was released in Japan in the 1960s, original pressings of Abbey Road were pressed on red “Everclean” vinyl, a compound that was created with hopes that the vinyl would be less prone to static electricity than the standard black vinyl of the day.

Some Beatles LPs were issued multiple times on red vinyl in Japan; A Hard Day’s Night, for instance, was released four times in the 1960s on red vinyl, and each pressing had a different obi on the cover.

Abbey Road, on the other hand, was only pressed on red vinyl one time, for the original release and those copies were only available for a few months before the record company changed the pressings to black vinyl.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AP-8815
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Yesterday and Today mono Third State Butcher cover

beatles mono third state butcher cover LP

Offered for sale is a nice example of an original mono peeled, or “Third State,” Butcher cover pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.

About this copy:  The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 mono Third State Butcher cover.  The trunk cover that was pasted over the Butcher cover at the factory has been removed by a previous owner.

This particular copy was pressed at the Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as noted by the small number 3 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

This is a nicer-than-average example of a third state issue; most peeled copies have significant damage to the front cover and one or more split seams.

This cover has:

  • No seam splits
  • Fully legible writing on the spine
  • No ring wear on the back cover

There is a name written in ball point pen on the back cover just to the right of the album title.

While there is a bit of “cracking” on the spine and bottom seam, there are no splits.

The “fuzzy” look to the cover comes from the fact that there are still some tiny bits of the removed cover attached.  The only tear on the front cover is near Ringo’s right knee.  It’s a small tear that measures about 1/2″ wide (see photo.)

The record is a correct Scranton mono pressing, though the disc is in poor condition.  A name is written on the perimeter of the Side 1 label.

The included inner sleeve is plain white.

A nice copy of a well-peeled mono Butcher cover.

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:
ST-2553
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Sgt. Pepper 1978 Canada gray/pink marbled vinyl LP

beatles - sgt pepper marbled vinyl canada lp

Offered for sale is a limited edition gray/pink marbled vinyl pressing of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, issued in Canada in 1978.

About this copy:  This copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is a limited edition Canadian-only release.

The cover is M-.  The cutout insert is included.

The marbled vinyl disc is M- and shows no signs of play.

A beautiful copy of a fairly scarce colored vinyl Beatles LP.

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.

In 1978, collectors were showing a lot of interest in colored vinyl LPs, and record companies around the world released a number of then-new and older titles on colored vinyl as limited edition pressings.

While The Beatles 1962-1966, The Beatles 1967-1970, and The Beatles were released on colored vinyl in the United States at that time, there were two titles released by Capitol on colored vinyl only in Canada – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, on gray marbled vinyl, and Love Songs, which was pressed on yellow vinyl.

Neither album was widely imported at the time, and they’re both somewhat hard to find today.

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Country of origin: Canada
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SEAV-11840
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – 1967-1970 sealed 1978 blue vinyl 2 LP set

beatles - 1967-1970 blue vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the limited edition, 2 LP blue vinyl pressing of the Beatles 1967-1970, released in 1978 by Capitol Records.

About this copy: The copy of Beatles Beatles 1967-1970, offered for sale is a still sealed blue vinyl pressing, with a “Limited Edition” hype sticker on the front shrink wrap and a sticker listing song titles on the back shrink wrap.

Unlike most sealed copies that turn up these days, this is a stock copy; it does not have a promotional punch hole in the cover.

As the album is still sealed, the two blue vinyl discs are presumably new and unplayed.

The shrink wrap is fully intact except for two 2″ breaks along the top edge.

A nice copy of an album that’s becoming quite hard to find still sealed.

Background: In 1978, during the “colored vinyl and picture disc boom”, Capitol Records released two Beatles picture discs and three colored vinyl albums – the Beatles 1962-1966 on red vinyl, Beatles 1967-1970 on blue vinyl, and The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) on white vinyl. All were limited editions, and were out of print within a year.

While this album has been reissued several times on blue vinyl in other countries, the 1978 issue is the only U.S. release.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SEBX-11843
Year of Release: 978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Help! rare 1965 red vinyl Japan LP with original obi

beatles - help japan red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a beautiful original red vinyl 1965 Japanese pressing of Help! by the Beatles, complete with original obi, lyric insert and pinup photo.

About this copy: This copy of Help! is an original 1965 Japanese pressing, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl and including the rare original obi, lyric insert, and pinup photo.

The cover is VG++, with trace wear at the corners. The lyric insert is included and is M- .  The original paper inner sleeve that advertised other Odeon albums is included.

The ultra-rare obi is VG+, with a few wrinkles and a 1/2″ tear at the top edge.

The pinup photo is VG++, with some foxing on the back but no wear of note.

The red vinyl disc is VG+, with a few minor scuffs and a few spindle marks on the label. The disc is the correct first issue, with “Long Playing” at the bottom of the label.

A nice copy of an album that’s very difficult to find complete.

Background: As with A Hard Day’s Night a year earlier, the 1965 album Help! had different configurations in the U.S. and elsewhere.  In the U.S., the album was a true soundtrack album, with seven Beatles songs and the rest filled in by orchestral instrumentation conducted by Ken Thorne.

In the UK, the album contained 14 tracks by the Beatles and had a different cover.

In Japan, the album was released in September, 1965, with a gatefold cover and it included a large photo of the group.  First pressings were issued on red vinyl, as were original pressings of most Beatles albums sold in Japan.

Help! was released in Japan three different times in the 1960s – in 1965 with a blue obi, in 1967 with a green obi with an Odeon Records logo, and in 1969 with a green obi with an Apple Reccords logo.

All are rare, but the original 1965 issue is by far the most difficult of the three to find complete.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
OP-7387
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo
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