Beatles – White Album complete Japan 2 LP set with obi

beatles white album japan lp

Offered for sale is a Japanese copy of The Beatles, also known as, The White Album by the Beatles, including the poster and the original obi.

This 1972 pressing had a numbered cover, unlike U.S. or UK issues of that time.

About this copy: This copy of the White Album is a 1972 pressing on the Apple label of an album that was originally released in 1968.

The cover is VG+ with moderate foxing, but no wear. The number “A 142653” printed on it in the lower right hand corner.

The obi is M-; the “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is attached.   The poster is VG+ with moderate foxing, but no rips, tears, or holes.. 

The four photos and the song title card are missing.

The discs are M- with slight foxing and a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean discs!

A nice, if imperfect, copy of a classic LP.

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.

 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AP-8570~71
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – White Album 1968 Japan 2 LP red vinyl with obi – low number #3007!

beatles white album red vinyl japan lp

Offered for sale is an original Japanese red vinyl pressing of The Beatles (aka the “White Album”) by the Beatles, with a numbered cover, poster, bonus photos, song title card, and the original die-cut “medallion” obi.

Original pressings were individually numbered to at least 50,000; this copy is number 3007!

About this copy: This copy of The Beatles is a 1968 Japanese pressing on the Apple label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

The numbered cover  (A003007) is in VG condition, with slight ring wear, moderate foxing, and a small tear in the lower right hand corner of the back cover where a sticker was removed.

The original “medallion” obi is VG- with a number of wrinkles and fading at the top and bottom edge.   The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

The poster is M- with no rips, tears, or holes.  The original black inner sleeves are included, and are M-.

The four bonus photos are M- with no rips, holes, or tears.  The song title card is missing

The two red vinyl discs are VG++  with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs and a few spindle marks on the labels.  There is a small inaudible mark through the last track on side one.   These are clean discs that have have clearly been played only a few times.  There is a bit of surface noise in between tracks.

A nice copy of a classic LP that is almost always found in terrible condition and far and away the lowest-numbered copy we’ve ever had for sale.

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: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AP-8570/71
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Live at the Star Club 1977 Japan white label promotional 2 LP set with obi

beatles live at the star club japan promo lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. test pressing of the 1977 double live album Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany by the Beatles.

About this copy: This copy of Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany is a 1977 Japanese pressing on the Victor label.

The cover is VG with slight ring wear and moderate edge and corner wear.  The obi is VG, with three small tears on the right hand edge and some foxing on the back.

The booklet is missing.

The two white label promotional discs are M- with one or two spindle marks and a couple of foxing spots on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean discs!

A nice copy of a rare Beatles promotional LP.

Background:  Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany is a recording of one of the Beatles’ last performances in Hamburg in late 1962, right before they became famous.

As Ringo Starr had joined the band the previous August, he was playing during the band’s two week stay in Germany.

The manager for another band brought a tape recorder to one of the performances and recorded both his band and the Beatles, using a tape recorder with a single microphone.

The tapes were largely forgotten for years, but in 1977, the then owners of the tapes spent $100,000 cleaning up the sound and released them as a double album on the newly-formed Lingasong label.

The album, while poor in sound quality, did have some artistic significance and the album’s release also inspired Capitol Records to release the Live at the Hollywood Bowl album later that same year.   It also sold reasonably well, reaching #111 on the U.S. album charts.

Though most promotional copies of Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany were pressed on black vinyl, a few were pressed on either red or blue vinyl.  Both the blue vinyl and the red vinyl pressings are quite rare.

The album reached #111 on the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany a 2 star review:

The historical interest of this album is considerable: The Beatles, on the precipice of fame, playing their last Hamburg club show on December 31, 1962 (contrary to the 1961 date given on some liner notes). The problem, from a latter-day perspective, was that the Beatles didn’t play all that well, and, more importantly, the sound is not up to par in the least, as it was captured on a primitive portable recorder. That said, it’s interesting to hear the Beatles as they were in their club days, with a set list (almost exclusively covers) of early rock & roll tunes, several of which never made their way onto any official Beatle release.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Victor
Catalog Number:
VIP-9523~24
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – White Album 1968 Japan 2 LP red vinyl with numbered cover and obi

beatles - white album japan red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a complete original Japanese red vinyl pressing of The Beatles (aka the “White Album”) by the Beatles, with a numbered cover, poster, bonus photos, song title card, and the original die-cut “medallion” obi.

About this copy: This copy of The Beatles is a 1968 Japanese pressing on the Apple label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

The numbered cover  (A048316) is in VG+ , with a stain at the bottom of the cover and a smaller one at the top edge, but no significant wear or splits.

The original “medallion” obi is VG with a few wrinkles and a couple of repaired tears on the back side.   The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

The poster is M- with no rips, tears, or holes..  The original black inner sleeves are included, and are VG+ , with a few wrinkles, but no splits.

The four bonus photos are M- with no rips, holes, or tears.  The nearly-always-missing song listing card is M-.

The two red vinyl discs are VG++ and close to M-, with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs  The records have clearly been played only a few times.  There is a bit of surface noise in between tracks.

A nice copy of a classic LP that is almost always found in terrible condition and the only complete copy we’ve ever had for sale.

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: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AP-8570/71
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Sgt. Pepper 1978 Canada gray marbled vinyl LP

beatles sgt. pepper canada gray marble vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a limited edition gray 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 1978 Canadian pressing on the purple Capitol label.

The cover is M- with a small bend in the upper right hand corner and is still in the original shrink wrap.  The cover has a hype sticker that says “Limited Edition Marble Vinyl The Official Sgt. Pepper.”

The cutout insert is missing.

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

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.

Allmusic.com gave Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band a 5 star review:

With Revolver, the Beatles made the Great Leap Forward, reaching a previously unheard-of level of sophistication and fearless experimentation. Sgt. Pepper, in many ways, refines that breakthrough, as the Beatles consciously synthesized such disparate influences as psychedelia, art-song, classical music, rock & roll, and music hall, often in the course of one song. Not once does the diversity seem forced — the genius of the record is how the vaudevillian “When I’m 64” seems like a logical extension of “Within You Without You” and how it provides a gateway to the chiming guitars of “Lovely Rita.”… It’s possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this. After Sgt. Pepper, there were no rules to follow — rock and pop bands could try anything, for better or worse. Ironically, few tried to achieve the sweeping, all-encompassing embrace of music as the Beatles did here.

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 exported 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 – Revolver 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.

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 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 – Let It Be sealed 1970 U.S. Apple LP

beatles let it be u.s. lp

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

About this copy: This copy of Let It Be is a still sealed 1970 U.S. pressing on the Apple label, including the gatefold cover that was dropped for later reissue pressings.

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

The wrap is fully intact except for the lower right hand corner, which has been clipped.  There is a breathe hole in the wrap on the front side.

A nice copy of a classic LP that’s hard to find as a sealed original pressing.

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 – Let It Be red vinyl Japan LP with 2 obi

Beatles - Let It Be red vinyl Japan LP

Offered for sale is an original red vinyl Japanese pressing of Let It Be by the Beatles, including the original set of two obi.

About this copy: This copy of Let It Be is a 19701 Japanese pressing on the Apple label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

This is the standard release that followed the limited box set issue.

The cover is VG++, with slight edge wear and a bit of wear inside the gatefold.  The two obi are M-.  The insert is VG++ with slight foxing.

The disc is VG++ with a couple of faint scuffs.  There are a number of spindle marks on the labels; the record has been played often but has been treated with care.

A nice copy of an a pressing that we rarely see complete and the first copy we’ve had for sale in several years.

Background: Let It Be was the final studio album by the Beatles, issued just as they were breaking up in early 1970.  Containing the hits “Let It Be” and “The Long and Winding Road,” the album reached #1 on the album charts in both the U.S. and the UK.

In Japan, the album was released as both a box set with a book and a regular issue with a gatefold cover, similar to the U.S. release.  First pressings were issued on “Everclean” red vinyl, and included 2 obi, rather than the customary one.

 

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AP-80189
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Sgt. Pepper 1986 Japan red vinyl mono LP with obi

Beatles - Sgt. Pepper 1986 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, including the original obi.

About this copy:  This copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band us a 1986 Japanese pressing on the EMI/Odeon label of an album that was originally released in 1967.

This release was part of a limited edition series of mono LPs released in Japan in 1986 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the band’s 1966 tour.

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

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

This LP was issued without the cutout insert that was included in U.S. and UK copies.

The red vinyl disc is M-.  There is a single spindle mark on the side two label and none on the side one label.  There are no marks on the vinyl  Clean disc!

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 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: 1986
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Beatles Story 1966 Japan red vinyl 2 LP box set with obi

Beatles - Beatles Story 1966 Japan red vinyl LP

Offered for sale is an original Japanese red vinyl copy of the Beatles Story 2 LP box set, including the original obi and all inserts.

This rare 1966 pressing was the album’s original release in Japan.

About this copy: This copy of the Beatles Story is a 1966 Japanese pressing on the Odeon label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

The box is in VG + condition, with slight discoloration along the right-hand edge of the front. The obi is VG + +, with slight foxing.

The 24 page booklet contains the entire script of the album in both English and Japanese, along with a few photos. The booklet is M-.

The two custom inner sleeves and the two envelope-style inner sleeves are M-.

The two red vinyl discs are M- on sides one, two, and four. Side three is VG + + with a very tiny inaudible mark.

A beautiful copy of a very rare Beatles LP, as the 1966 Japanese pressings were very limited in production.

Background: At the height of Beatlemania, record companies couldn’t get enough Beatles product out on the shelves to satisfy consumers.  When Vee Jay records issued the interview-only album Hear the Beatles Tell All, Capitol issued their own documentary album as a two-record set, entitled The Beatles Story.  This album featured interviews, press conference excerpts, narration about the history of the band, and brief snippets of some of their songs.

The album reached number seven on the US albums chart and was certified gold by the RIAA.

AllMusic.com gave the Beatles Story this review:

The strangest of all albums released during the Beatles’ lifetime, The Beatles Story appeared in November 1964, during the thick of Beatlemania. In fact, Beatlemania, not the Beatles, is the very topic of The Beatles Story, a tedious neo-documentary record that tells the tale of the Fab Four’s rise to power via a collection of musical snippets, interview excerpts, and scripted narrative. …It’s an artifact and it’s interesting because it captures some of the madness surrounding Beatlemania, but it’s not something to hear more than once.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
OP-7553-4
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Stereo
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