Beatles – White Album sealed white vinyl France 2 LP set

beatles - white album france white vinyl

Offered for sale is a still sealed white vinyl copy of the Beatles White Album, released in France in 1978 as a limited edition pressing, complete with four bonus photos and poster.

About this copy: The record offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition white vinyl 2 LP pressing of the White Album, issued in France in 1978.

The covers on these pressings had “The Beatles” embossed on the front cover, but the covers were not numbered.  The poster and four bonus photos are presumably included as they were included in all opened copies we’ve seen.

This white vinyl pressing was issued with three different hype 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 copy has the red sticker, which was presumably used for export copies, as the text is printed entirely in English.

The wrap is fully intact except for a 2″ break just above the sticker, small (1/4″ or so) breaks at two of the corners, and a 1/2″ break in the center of the mouth of the cover.

The upper right hand corner has a tiny bend in it.

A beautiful copy of a scarce colored vinyl Beatles album and the only sealed copy we’ve ever seen.

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.

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Country of origin: France
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
SMO 2052
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Yesterday and Today mono second state Butcher cover

beatles yesterday and today butcher cover mono

Offered for sale is a nice mono copy of a second 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 second state Butcher cover with the second “trunk” cover pasted over the original “Butcher” cover photo.

This particular copy was pressed at the Los Angeles pressing plant, as noted by the small number 6 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

Ringo’s “V” collar is clearly visible under the white portion of the cover to the right of the trunk. (see photo.)

This copy is a bit unusual in that the top “trunk” slick was misaligned when being applied at the pressing plant.  The Butcher cover slick underneath is plainly visible across the entire bottom edge of the cover. (see photo)

It can sometimes be difficult to spot a Butcher cover, but the misaligned slick makes this one immediately obvious even at a casual glance.

This cover has:

  • No seam splits
  • Fully legible writing on the spine
  • No ring wear on the back cover
  • No writing on the front or back cover
  • No visible attempts to peel the cover

The cover has little wear across the front slick.  There’s some ring wear and some discoloration on the back, along with a name written in pen in the upper left hand corner of the back cover.

The spine is fully intact and legible.  There’s some wear at the top edge; it’s a little fuzzy, but not split.  Near the mouth there’s a very tiny (1/4″ or so) split.

These are all fairly minor issues on a cover that is otherwise in better than average condition.  We rarely see a Butcher cover with solid seams all the way around.

The record is rough and is likely in good condition, at best.  The disc is a correct Los Angeles pressing.  The original inner sleeve is included, though it does have a 2″ split on the bottom edge.

A nice example of a record that’s usually found in poor condition.

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:
T 2553
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Mono
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Beatles – 1962-1966/1967-1970 UK red/blue vinyl 4 LP set

beatles 1962-1970 red blue vinyl uk

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

About these copies: This is a set of two different UK colored vinyl albums by the Beatles, The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970 pressed on red and blue vinyl, respectively.  These were a limited edition issue released in 1978.

The Beatles 1962-1966 – A UK two-record set pressed on red vinyl.  Cover is M-, with faint wear at the corners.  The custom inner sleeves are included and have no splits.

The red vinyl discs are M- and appear to be unplayed.

The Beatles 1967-1970 – A UK two-record set pressed on blue vinyl.  Cover is M-, with faint wear at the corners.

Side 1 has a couple of spindle marks and an inaudible mark through the first track, “Strawberry Fields Forever.”  Side 2 is M-.  The second disc is M- and appears to be unplayed.  The custom inner sleeves are included and have no splits.

A beautiful set of terrific records and the first time we’ve had either of these pressings.

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., the UK and Japan.

The UK pressings are rather scarce, as the albums were also issued on colored vinyl in the United States, so few copies were imported.  These titles are harder to find than the colored vinyl issues of Magical Mystery Tour, Let It Be, or Abbey Road, which were widely exported to the U.S.

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Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
PCSPR 717/PCSPB 718
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Yellow Submarine original Japan red vinyl LP with obi

beatles - yellow submarine japan red vinyl LP

Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of the soundtrack to Yellow Submarine by the Beatles, pressed on red vinyl and including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of the Yellow Submarine soundtrack is an original Japanese issue, pressed on Everclean red vinylThis pressing was released in 1969 and including the original obi and lyric insert. The original black paper inner sleeve is included.

The cover is VG+ with a small area scraped at the lower left hand corner.  The obi is VG, with a few wrinkles and a repaired tear at the bottom. The “hojyuhyo”, or reorder tag, is still attached to the obi.

The red vinyl record is very close to M-; Side 1 has a faint scuff through “Only a Northern Song” that does not affect play and Side 2 is M-. The record has clearly been played only a couple of times.

A beautiful copy of an album that’s hard to find in either collectible condition or with the original obi.

Background:  Yellow Submarine is one of the stranger LPs in the Beatles catalog, as it’s half a Beatles album and half a soundtrack album with orchestrations by George Martin. Each gets one side.

The Beatles side included four new songs along with two that had been previously released. The other side of the album contained all-new material.

In Japan, first pressings of the album were pressed on beautiful “Everclean” red vinyl, while later pressings were issued on black vinyl.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AP-8610
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Beatles for Sale red vinyl Japan Apple LP with obi

beatles for sale japan red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a red vinyl 1969 Japanese pressing of Beatles for Sale by the Beatles, complete with original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Beatles for Sale is a 1969 second issue of an album that was originally released in 1965.  This pressing is on the Apple label, where originals were on the Odeon label.

The original obi, lyric insert, and black paper inner sleeve are included.

The cover is M-.  The obi is VG, with a few wrinkles, a repaired tear, and some cellophane tape residue on the back. The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

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

A beautiful copy of an album that rarely turns up complete or in this nice condition.

Background: Beatles for Sale was the fourth studio album by the Beatles, released in December 1964 in the UK and in early 1965 in Japan.  The LP was not released in the U.S., but tracks from the album were spread across several U.S.-only LPs.

The album reached #1 on the UK charts.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AP-8442
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – White Album white vinyl France 2 LP set

Beatles - white album white vinyl france LP

Offered for sale is a white vinyl copy of the Beatles White Album, released in France in 1978 as a limited edition pressing, complete with four bonus photos and poster.

About this copy: The record offered for sale is a limited edition white vinyl 2 LP pressing of the White Album, issued in France in 1978. 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- and like all French white vinyl copies, has an off-white, marbled appearance.

The records are M- and may be unplayed. The poster and four bonus photos are near mint.

A beautiful copy of a scarce colored vinyl Beatles album and the nicest copy we’ve ever seen.

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.

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Country of origin: France
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
SMO 2052
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Yesterday and Today stereo second state Butcher cover

beatles - butcher cover pasteover stereo

Offered for sale is an exceptionally nice stereo copy of a second 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 stereo second state Butcher cover with the second “trunk” cover pasted over the original “Butcher” cover photo.

Stereo copies are much rarer than their mono counterparts; only about one in ten Butcher covers are stereo.

This particular copy was pressed at the Los Angeles pressing plant, as noted by the small number 5 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

Ringo’s “V” collar is clearly visible under the white portion of the cover to the right of the trunk. (see photo.)

This copy is a bit unusual in that the top “trunk” slick was misaligned when being applied at the pressing plant.  The Butcher cover slick underneath is plainly visible at the top left of the cover.  It can sometimes be difficult to spot a Butcher cover, but the misaligned slick makes this one immediately obvious even at a casual glance.

This cover has:

  • No seam splits
  • Fully legible writing on the spine
  • No ring wear on the back cover
  • No writing on the front or back cover
  • No visible attempts to peel the cover

The cover has slight wear in the white areas; we’ll call it VG+, just to be safe.  There is a stain on the back cover over the title “Yesterday,” and a scraped spot next to the title of “Doctor Robert.”

These are all very minor issues on a cover that is otherwise in exceptional condition.  We rarely see a Butcher cover with solid seams all the way around.

The record is rough and is likely in good condition, at best.  The disc is a correct Los Angeles pressing.  The original inner sleeve is included, though it does have splits on all three sides.

This is about as nice a copy as you’ll ever see of a Second State Butcher cover, aside from finding one in the shrink wrap.

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: Stereo
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Beatles – Let It Be sealed 1970 U.S. Apple LP

Beatles Let It Be sealed LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. pressing of Let It Be by the Beatles, complete with gatefold cover.

About this copy: This copy of Let It Be is a still sealed original U.S. copy, complete with the original gatefold cover that was dropped for later reissue pressings.

The wrap is fully intact with no rips or tears.  This copy is not a cutout and has no cut corner or punch hole.

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

A nice copy of an album that’s getting quite hard to find as a sealed copy and likely your final upgrade

Background:  Let It Be was the final studio album by the Beatles, released in May, 1970.  As the album was technically a soundtrack album to the film of the same name, distribution of the album was handled by ABCKO, the company that belonged to Beatles manager Allen Klein, rather than Capitol Records.

When Apple Records was dissolved in 1975, Let It Be became the only Beatles studio album to go out of print, and it was actually out of print for several years in the late 1970s and occasionally turned up for sale in discount bins.

Allmusic.com gave Let It Be a 4 1/2 star review:

The only Beatles album to occasion negative, even hostile reviews, there are few other rock records as controversial as Let It Be.   … All that said, the album is on the whole underrated, even discounting the fact that a sub-standard Beatles record is better than almost any other group’s best work. …As flawed and bumpy as it is, it’s an album well worth having, as when the Beatles were in top form here, they were as good as ever.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AR 34001
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Shea at Last! red vinyl live LP

beatles - shea at last red vinyl

Offered for sale is a red vinyl pressing of the limited edition live album Shea at Last! by the Beatles, released in about 1975.

About this copy:   This copy of Shea at Last! is a red vinyl pressing of a live recording of the Beatles from Shea Stadium in 1965.   While the cover insert has a TMOQ catalog number, there is no label on the disc, and the material on this LP differs from that on the Trademark of Quality LP with that number (Last Live Show.)

The cover is M- and still has the original shrink wrap, which has been held in place with cellophane tape at the mouth.  The title insert, which says “Collector’s Edition – Colored Vinyl,” is M-.

The red vinyl disc is VG+, with a few sleeve scuffs but no significant wear.

A nice copy of an interesting Beatles artifact.

Background: Shea at Last! was taken from a video recorded for television from the Beatles’ August 15, 1965 performance at Shea Stadium in New York.

That performance was televised in Britain in 1966 on BBC1 and in the United States in early 1967 on ABC.  The material from this concert has been released a number of times on vinyl.

Track listing:

  • Twist & 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
Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: none
Catalog Number:
TMQ 71012
Year of Release: 1975
Format: mono
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Beatles – Revolver original Japan red vinyl LP with obi

beatles revolver japan red vinyl lp

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

About this copy: This copy of Revolver is an original 1966 Japanese first pressing, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl and including the original obi, lyric insert, and inner sleeve.

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

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

The rare original obi is VG, with some creases and some foxing on the back.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is missing.

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

The red vinyl disc is VG++, and close to M-.  There are a few very faint sleeve scuffs and a few spindle marks.  This LP hasn’t had a lot of play and has clearly been well cared for.

A beautiful copy of a terrific record and one that almost never turns up with an original obi and the only complete copy we’ve ever seen.

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-7600
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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