Beatles – Reel Music 1982 sealed promo-only yellow vinyl LP

beatles - reel music yellow vinyl u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy (#8934/12,000) 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 1982 U.S. pressing on the Capitol label.

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

The wrap is largely intact, but there is an 8″ (20 cm) break in the wrap at the mouth of the cover.  We have secured this with tape to prevent further splitting.

There is a hype sticker attached to the shrink wrap that says “Includes 14 songs from their movies and special 12 page color souvenir program.”

The program should be inside.

A nice copy of a great Beatles collectible and the first U.S. copy we’ve had in a while.

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.

Allmusic.comg ave Reel Music this review:

As the first compilation of the Beatles’ music to show up after the murder of John Lennon, Reel Music was a pretty pathetic venture, and clear evidence that Capitol Records and its parent company, EMI, had run out of ideas when it came to marketing the group’s music. A single LP with a dull cover design, Reel Music was comprised entirely of previously released material, and it accomplished nothing except to add another cheap-looking repackaging to the Beatles catalog (which was already cluttered with the two-volume budget reissue of Rock & Roll Music), and get them represented for a few weeks in 1982 in new-release racks in record stores. The 14 songs represented were all fine, and a few were even important — all but a couple had been hits, in fact — but they had all long been available on other, mostly better LPs. … As it was, despite a game effort by Capitol’s publicity department and a few writers who could always scare up something to say about the Beatles, the album was ignored even by a lot of people who had bought the Rock & Roll Music and Love Songs repackagings.

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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 – White Album sealed U.S. white vinyl 2 LP set

beatles -white album white vinyl u.s. 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 U.S. pressing from 1978 on white vinyl, pressed on the then-current maroon Capitol label.

As 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 also an original price sticker attached to the wrap (not shown.)

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

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

A virtually perfect 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.

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: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SEBX-11841
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Meet the Beatles 1976 Japan white label promotional LP with obi

beatles - meet the beatles japan promo lp

Offered for sale is a Japanese white label promotional copy of Meet the Beatles, including the original obi.

The songs on this album are the same as the U.S. release.

About this copy: This copy of Meet the Beatles is a 1976 pressing on the Apple label of an album that was originally released in 1964 (but not until 1969 in Japan.)

The gatefold cover is VG, with slight general wear and moderate foxing.  The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

The white label promo disc is VG+ with a couple of faint marks on each side and a number of spindle marks on the labels.  It’s a clean disc that’s been well cared for.

A nice copy of a rare Beatles LP, as white label promo copies rarely turn up for sale.

Background: Released in January 1964, Meet the Beatles was the first album by the Beatles to be released by Capitol Records, and their second album overall.

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

Allmusic.com gave Meet the Beatles a 4 1/2 star review:

Meet the Beatles! …was indeed the LP where many millions of Americans were introduced to the Fab Four. As an introduction, there could hardly have been one better. Largely comprised of material released on their second U.K. LP, With the Beatles — the album art offers a blue-tinted spin on that late-1963 release — Meet the Beatles! contains nine of that album’s 14 songs, cutting out almost all the covers … as the years have passed, the emphasis on joyous, exuberant rock & roll means that Meet the Beatles! still sounds fresh and exciting on its own terms.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
EAS-80562
Year of Release: 1976
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Hey Jude original Japan red vinyl LP with obi

Beatles - Hey Jude red vinyl japan lp

Offered for sale is an original Japanese red vinyl pressing of Hey Jude by the Beatles, including the original die-cut obi.

About this copy: This copy of Hey Jude is a 1970 pressing on the Apple label.

The cover is VG++ and close to M- with slight corner and edge wear.  The die-cut “medallion” obi is VG+ with a few wrinkles and slight foxing.

 The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, has been removed.

The lyric insert is M-.  The black paper inner sleeve is M-.

The disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks and slight foxing on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  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 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:
AP-8940
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour Japan red vinyl Apple LP with obi

Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour Japan red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a red vinyl Japanese copy of Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Magical Mystery Tour is a 1970 Japanese Apple label second issue of an album that was originally released in 1967 on the Odeon label.

The cover is VG++ , with slight corner and edge wear.  The obi is VG+, with a few wrinkles and slight foxing. The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, has been removed.

The rare 5″x7″ one-sided track listing insert is missing, as is common with this LP.

This copy has a gatefold cover and photo booklet that’s identical to the U.S. issue.

The original black inner sleeve is included and has no splits.

The red vinyl disc is VG++ and close to M-, with an inaudible “blemish” in the first track that may be a pressing defect.  It plays fine and quietly.  There’s moderate foxing and many spindle marks on the labels, but the vinyl is clean.

A nice copy of a terrific LP and the first copy we’ve had in a couple of years.

Background:  Released in 1967, Magical Mystery Tour was a collection of songs from the film of the same name combined with some singles that had been released shortly before the album.

In the UK, the material from the film was released as a double EP set, but in Japan, the album was released in the U.S. format.  The album reached #1 in the U.S.

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.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AP – 9728
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – 1980 Chicago Souvenir Record sealed picture disc with Butcher Cover photo

Beatles - 1980 Chicago Souvenir Record picture disc LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the awkwardly-titled Chicago Beatles Souvenir Record picture disc LP, available only at the 4th Annual Beatles Convention held in Chicago, Illinois on August 8-9, 1980.

This LP contains live performances from the Beatles’ 1965 concert at Shea Stadium in New York and features a photo of the Yesterday and Today “Butcher Cover” on side one of the disc.

About this copy: This copy of Chicago Beatles Souvenir Record is an original 1980 pressing.  Production information is unknown; there is no record company information on the disc and the cover is a generic die-cut black cover with no printing.

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

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes.  A couple of the corners are slightly “pushed.”

A nice copy of a rare Beatles picture disc and only the second copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Chicago Beatles Souvenir Record was one of the earliest unauthorized Beatles picture discs, being issued as a souvenir of the 4th Annual Beatles Convention held in Chicago, Illinois on August 8-9, 1980.

We do not know if this item was a giveaway item or if it was sold as a souvenir.  We do know that they didn’t press very many of them and that they rarely turn up for sale.

The material on the LP is taken from the Beatles’ August 15, 1965 performance at Shea Stadium in New York.

Tracks are:

  • Twist And Shout
  • I Feel Fine
  • Dizzy Miss Lissie
  • Ticket To Ride
  • Act Naturally
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Baby’s In Black
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Help!
  • I’m Down
  • Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: none
Catalog Number:
SHEA-1/2
Year of Release: 1980
Format: Mono
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Residents – Meet the Residents original 1974 U.S. LP with Beatles parody cover

residents - meet the residents u.s. LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. pressing of Meet the Residents by the Residents, featuring the original cover that parodied the cover of Meet the Beatles.

This original 1974 pressing was limited to 1000 copies, as stated on the back cover.

About this copy: This copy of Meet the Residents is a 1974 pressing on the Ralph Records label.

The cover is VG+ with light ring wear and a bit of discoloration from age, but no splits or writing.  There is trace wear at the two left hand corners.

The disc is VG++, with some minor scuffs from being removed from the inner sleeve that are common to 1970s LPs.  There are no other marks on the vinyl and no spindle marks on the labels.  The LP has clearly had very little play.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a rare Residents LP and only the second copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Released in 1974, Meet the Residents was the debut album by the Residents.

The album did not chart.

The cover, which is a distortion of the artwork for Meet the Beatles,  is often described as “banned” or “withdrawn due to a Beatles lawsuit,” but in fact, the pressing was intentionally limited to 1000 copies, making any potential threats of a lawsuit irrelevant, as the album essentially went out of print immediately upon release.

Subsequent reissues had a different cover, though recent reissues have restored the original “parody” cover.

Allmusic.com gave Meet the Residents a 4 star review:

The Residents are true avant-garde crazies. Their earliest albums (of which this is the first) have precedents in Captain Beefheart’s experimental albums, Frank Zappa’s conceptual numbers from Freak Out!, the work of Steve Reich, and the compositions of chance music tonemeister John Cage — yet the Residents’ work of this time really sounds like nothing else that exists. …This is an utterly bizarre platter that may appeal to very adventurous listeners.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Ralph Records
Catalog Number:
RR-0274
Year of Release: 1974
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Abbey Road Japan picture disc LP with obi

Beatles - Abbey Road Japan picture disc LP

Offered for sale is a scarce Japanese picture disc issue of the Beatles’ Abbey Road LP, including the original obi.

The Japanese pressings of this picture disc are much rarer than the American pressing.

About this copy: This copy of Abbey Road is an original 1978 Japanese issue on the Apple label.

The cover is M- with trace corner wear.  The obi is M-.  The lyric insert is M-.

The clear plastic inner sleeve has been replaced.

The disc is M- and may be unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a terrific LP..

Background: During the picture disc craze of the late 1970s, two Beatles LPs were officially released in that format – Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road.  Capitol overpressed the Sgt. Pepper LP in the United States, and it became difficult to sell.  As a result, the later release of Abbey Road. sold in significantly fewer numbers, as many retailers didn’t bother to stock it, fearing that they would be stuck with them.

Both titles were also released in Japan, and the Japanese pressings are much harder to find than their American counterparts, particularly so for Abbey Road. 

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:
EAS-90072
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Yellow Submarine Japan red vinyl LP with obi – new old stock

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.

This copy is new old stock and is new and unplayed!

About this copy: This copy of Yellow Submarine is a 1986 pressing on the EMI/Odeon label.

This edition has the “It Was 20 Years Ago Today” obi that commemorates the band’s 1966 Japan tour.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.  This copy includes a postcard that could be sent to the record company to join their mailing list.

The red vinyl disc is M- and is unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a scarce LP and one that is likely to be your final upgrade.

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 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: 1986
Format: Stereo
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