Beatles – White Album complete early U.S. issue with numbered cover

beatles - white album numbered u.s. 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.

This is the somewhat scarcer variation with the Capitol logo at the bottom of the label on sides two and four.

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 (A2441062) and unlike most early U.S. copies, this cover has no seam splits!

The cover is VG+ with slight general wear.  There are two tiny staple holes in the upper left hand corner of the cover, as the original retailer apparently stapled the price tag to the cover.

The poster is M- with no holes or tears.

The four photos are M-.

The discs are M-; they look like they’ve been in and out of the paper sleeves a couple of times but show no signs of play.  There are no spindle marks on the labels.

A nice 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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Beatles – 1962-1966/1967-1970 France red/blue vinyl 4 LP set

Offered for sale is a limited edition set of two albums (4 discs) by the Beatles:

The red vinyl pressing of the double album The Beatles – 1962-1966.
The blue vinyl pressing of the double album The Beatles – 1967-1970 by the Beatles,

Both albums were released in France in 1978.

About this copy: These copies of The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970 are limited edition French pressings on the Apple label.

The Beatles 1962-1966:

The cover is VG++, with slight corner wear and a small corner dent.  There is a hype sticker attached to the front cover that says “Disques Rouges Tirage Limite” (Limited edition red discs).

The two custom lyric inner sleeves are M- and have no splits.

The two red vinyl discs are M- and look unplayed.

The cover is VG+, with slight wear at the edges and corners.  There is a hype sticker attached to the front cover that says “Disques Bleus Tirage Limite” (Limited edition blue discs).

The two custom lyric inner sleeves are M- and have no splits.

The two blue vinyl discs are M- and look unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a nice colored vinyl Beatles set.  The French issues are much harder to find than the American ones.

Background: To combat the release of a pirate box set called The Beatles – Alpha and Omega, Capitol Records released two double albums of Beatles songs in 1973 – The Beatles – 1962-1966, which had a red cover, and The Beatles – 1967-1970, which had a blue one.

Both albums topped the charts in a number of countries.

In 1978, those albums were issued on red and blue vinyl, respectively, as limited editions in a number of countries, including the U.S., the UK, France, Canada, and Japan.

The French pressings are relatively scarce.

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 was released in the wake of a pair of widely advertised quadruple-LP bootlegs, Alpha Omega, Vols. 1-2: The Story of the Beatles, which had appeared early in 1973. And like its companion volume, this set contains a mixture of hits… 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: France
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
2C 162 05.309/10
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Revolver Japan red vinyl LP with obi

beatles - revolver red vinyl japan lp

Offered for sale is a rare Japanese red vinyl of Revolver by the Beatles, complete with the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Revolver is a 1967 Japanese pressing of an album that was originally issued in 1966, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl and including the original obi, lyric insert, and inner sleeve.

This is technically the second issue; 1966 issue had a blue obi and this issue has a green one with a different catalog number.

This version is the same as the UK version of the album, with 14 tracks.

The cover is VG+, with slight corner wear.  This is a thick cover, unlike most 1960s Japanese covers, which were pressed from ultra-thin posterboard.

The rare original obi is VG, with wrinkles and a repaired tear at the bottom edge.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still  attached.

Lyric insert is M-.  The original envelope-style inner sleeve is VG++, with a few wrinkles, but no tears.

The red vinyl disc is M-, with a single spindle mark on the side two label.  Beautiful disc!

A beautiful copy of a terrific record and one that almost never turns up with an original obi.

Background: 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: Odeon
Catalog Number:
OP-8443
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night 1967 Japan red vinyl LP with obi

Beatles - a hard day's night red vinyl japan lp

Offered for sale is a rare complete 1967 red vinyl Japanese pressing of A Hard Day’s Night by the Beatles, including the original obi and a cover that was unique to the Japanese release.

This album contains the same track listing as the UK version of the album.

About this copy: This copy of A Hard Day’s Night is a 1967 Japanese pressing of an album that was originally issued in 1964, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

Technically, this is the third pressing of the album, following the original 1964 issue with the hankake “half-obi” and the 1966 issue with the blue obi.

This copy is in astonishing condition and looks virtually new.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M- with a minor fold on the “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, which is still attached.

The insert is M- with no fading but a very minor fold in one corner.

The red vinyl disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP and likely the nicest copy we’ll ever see.

Background: Originally released in 1964, A Hard Day’s Night was the third UK Beatles album and the soundtrack to their first film.

The original Japanese issue had a cover photo that was taken from the film that was unique to the Japanese release.

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

Allmusic.com gave A Hard Day’s Night a 5 star review:

Considering the quality of the original material on With the Beatles, it shouldn’t have been a surprise that Lennon & McCartney decided to devote their third album to all-original material. Nevertheless, that decision still impresses, not only because the album is so strong, but because it was written and recorded at a time when the Beatles were constantly touring, giving regular BBC concerts, appearing on television and releasing non-LP singles and EPs, as well as filming their first motion picture. In that context, the achievement of A Hard Day’s Night is all the more astounding. Not only was the record the de facto soundtrack for their movie, not only was it filled with nothing but Lennon-McCartney originals, but it found the Beatles truly coming into their own as a band by performing a uniformly excellent set of songs. …It’s the pinnacle of their early years.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
OP-8147
Year of Release: 1967
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 U.S. pressing of the Beatles self-titled 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.

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes.

There is a minor bend in the lower left-hand corner.

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.

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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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SEBX-11841
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Help! 1982 Japan red vinyl mono LP with obi

beatles - help red vinyl japan mono lp

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

This LP contains the UK cover and track listing of the album.

About this copy: This copy of Help! is a 1982 Japanese  pressing on the EMI/Odeon label.

The cover is M- with a tiny corner dent.  The obi is M-.

The insert is VG+, with no wear or tears, but a fair amount of discoloration, as though it was exposed to sunlight.

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

A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP.

Background: Help! was the fifth studio album by the Beatles, reaching #1 on both the UK and U.S. charts.

Allmusic.com gave Help! a five 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.

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 this one.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-70134
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Mono
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Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night red vinyl mono Japan LP with obi

beatles - a hard day's night red vinyl japan mono lp

Offered for sale is a limited edition red vinyl mono Japanese pressing of A Hard Day’s Night by the Beatles, including the original obi.

The cover and track lineup on this album are the same as the original UK version of the LP.

About this copy: This copy of A Hard Day’s Night is a 1982 Japanese pressing on the EMI/Odeon label.

The cover is M-, with trace foxing on the back cover.  The obi is M-.

The insert is VG+, with no tears or holes, but it has discolored quite a bit, probably due to exposure to light.

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

A beautiful copy of a scarce Beatles LP.

Background: Originally released in 1964, A Hard Day’s Night was the third UK Beatles album and the soundtrack to their first film.

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

Allmusic.com gave A Hard Day’s Night a 5 star review:

Considering the quality of the original material on With the Beatles, it shouldn’t have been a surprise that Lennon & McCartney decided to devote their third album to all-original material. Nevertheless, that decision still impresses, not only because the album is so strong, but because it was written and recorded at a time when the Beatles were constantly touring, giving regular BBC concerts, appearing on television and releasing non-LP singles and EPs, as well as filming their first motion picture. In that context, the achievement of A Hard Day’s Night is all the more astounding. Not only was the record the de facto soundtrack for their movie, not only was it filled with nothing but Lennon-McCartney originals, but it found the Beatles truly coming into their own as a band by performing a uniformly excellent set of songs. …It’s the pinnacle of their early years.

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 this one.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-71032
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Sgt. Pepper 1982 Japan red vinyl mono LP with obi

beatles - sgt pepper japan red vinyl mono lp

Offered for sale is a limited edition red vinyl mono 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 was part of a limited edition series of mono LPs released in Japan in 1982.  This was the first mono Japanese issue, as the original 1967 release was stereo only.

All of the discs in this series were pressed on red vinyl.

The cover is M-.  This LP was issued without the cutout insert that was included in U.S. and UK copies.

The lyric insert is included.

The obi looks M- with no wear or wrinkles, but it does have a small tear at the top edge.

The red vinyl disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a fairly scarce colored vinyl Beatles LP and the first copy of this that we’ve had for sale in decades.

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 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 this one.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-70137
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Mono
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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 M- with trace wear on a couple of corners.  The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

The disc is M- and looks like it may have been played once.  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.

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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 – Live at the BBC sealed U.S. 2 LP set

beatles - live at the bbc u.s lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. pressing of the 2 LP set Live at the BBC by the Beatles.

About this copy:  This copy of Live at the BBC is an original 1994 U.S. release.

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

The shrink wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears or holes.  Beautiful copy!

A nice copy of a terrific album.

Background: The Beatles appeared on BBC radio programs more than 50 times between 1962 and 1965 and during that time, they performed more than 80 songs, 36 of which were never released on their albums.

For years, some of the material appeared on bootlegs, but in 1994, the band’s label worked to release a definitive collection of material, offering a diverse selection of songs with surprisingly good sound quality, given that the BBC did not save tapes of the sessions themselves.

The resulting album, Live at the BBC, was released as a 2 LP set only in the UK for a limited time and included 69 tracks.

Allmusic.com gave Live at the BBC a 4 1/2 star review:

From 1962 to 1965, the Beatles made 52 appearances on the BBC, recording live-in-the-studio performances of both their official releases and several dozen songs that they never issued on disc. This magnificent two-disc compilation features 56 of these tracks, including 29 covers of early rock, R&B, soul, and pop tunes that never appeared on their official releases, as well as the Lennon-McCartney original “I’ll Be on My Way,” which they gave in 1963 to Billy J. Kramer rather than record it themselves. These performances are nothing less than electrifying, especially the previously unavailable covers, which feature quite a few versions of classics by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley.

Country of origin: US
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol/Apple
Catalog Number:
C1 7243 8 31796 1 9
Year of Release: 1994
Format: Stereo
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