Beatles – Abbey Road UK green vinyl LP

Beatles - Abbey Road UK green vinyl LP

Offered for sale is a limited edition green vinyl pressing of Abbey Road by the Beatles, issued in the UK in 1978.

These green vinyl pressings were made for export only and were not sold in the UK when new.

About this copy: This copy of Abbey Road is a 1978 UK issue on the Apple label.

The cover is VG with slight ring wear on the front cover, but no rips, tears or writing.

The disc is VG++ and very close to M-, with a couple of very faint sleeve scuffs and a few spindle marks on the labels.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a terrific album and the first one we’ve had for sale in quite a while.

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.

In the late 1970s, collectors were showing a lot of interest in both picture discs and colored vinyl, so record companies worldwide released a number of their popular titles, both old and new, in these formats as limited edition items.

In the UK, four titles by the Beatles were pressed on colored vinyl for export to the United States – Magical Mystery Tour, Let It Be, the White Album, and Abbey Road.  These titles were all available only for a limited time before being deleted, and all four are somewhat hard to find today.

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: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
PCS 7088
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – White Album sealed U.S. white vinyl 2 LP set

beatles - white album u.s. 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 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.

The wrap is almost completely intact except for a 2″ (5 cm) break at the mouth of the cover near the upper right hand corner.  We have secured this with tape to prevent further splitting in the wrap.

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 nice 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 – 1962-1966/1967-1970 Japan red/blue vinyl 4 LP set with obi

Offered for sale is a set of two colored vinyl albums by the Beatles – Japanese pressings of The Beatles 1962-1966 on red vinyl and The Beatles 1967-1970 on blue vinyl, issued in Japan in 1982.

About these copies: This is a set of two different Japanese colored vinyl albums by the Beatles, The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970 pressed on red and blue vinyl, respectively.

The Beatles 1962-1966 – 

This copy of The Beatles 1962-1966 is a 1982 pressing on the EMI/Odeon label.

The cover is VG++, and close to M-, with trace corner wear and a couple of minor foxing spots on the inside of the cover.

The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.  The custom inner sleeves are M- with no splits.

The red vinyl discs are M- and appear to have only been played once or twice.  Clean discs!

The Beatles 1967-1970 – This copy of The Beatles 1967-1970 is a 1978 Japanese issue, pressed on the EMI/Odeon label.

The cover is VG++, with no wear, but with slight foxing inside the gatefold cover.

The obi is M- with no rips or tears.  The custom lyric inner sleeves are included and have no splits.  The Japanese lyric insert is M-.

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

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. and Japan.  In Japan, the LPs were reissued in 1982 on blue vinyl with the same catalog number and a different obi.

Allmusic.com gave The Beatles 1962-1966 a 4 1/2 star review:

Assembling a compilation of the Beatles is a difficult task, not only because they had an enormous number of hits, but also because singles didn’t tell the full story; many of their album tracks were as important as the singles, if not more so. The double-album 1962-1966, commonly called The Red Album, does the job surprisingly well, hitting most of the group’s major early hits and adding important album tracks like “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “Drive My Car,” “Norwegian Wood,” and “In My Life.”

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 …contains a mixture of hits, including singles like “Lady Madonna,” “Hey Jude,” and “Revolution” — which had originally appeared only as 45s — plus important album tracks like “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “A Day in the Life,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and “Come Together,” as well as orphaned tracks such as the single versions of “Let It Be” and “Get Back,” which had never been on any LP before. … 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.

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. and Japan.

In 1982, due to public demand, the Beatles Japanese record company, EMI/Odeon, reissued the two albums, again on red and blue vinyl.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-50021-24
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – 1962-1966/1967-1970 Japan red/blue vinyl 4 LP set with obi

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

This set was reissued in 1982 with the same catalog number but with a different obi.  This is the original colored vinyl release of these LPs.

About these copies: This is a set of two different Japanese colored vinyl albums by the Beatles, The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970 pressed on red and blue vinyl, respectively.

The Beatles 1962-1966This copy of The Beatles 1962-1966 is a 1978 pressing on the EMI/Odeon label.

The cover is VG++with slight corner and edge wear.

The obi is VG++ with a couple of minor wrinkles.  The insert is VG++ with slight foxing.  The custom inner sleeves are VG+ with a couple of minor wrinkles and a small split on the bottom edge.

The red vinyl discs are M- with a number of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean discs!

The Beatles 1967-1970 – This copy of The Beatles 1967-1970 is a 1978 Japanese issue, pressed on the EMI/Odeon label.

The cover is VG++, with slight corner wear and a bit of foxing on the inside of the gatefold.

The obi is M- with no rips or tears.  The custom lyric inner sleeves are included and have no splits.  The Japanese lyric insert is M-.

The blue vinyl discs are M- and look like they may have been played once.

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. and Japan.  In Japan, the LPs were reissued in 1982 on blue vinyl with the same catalog number and a different obi.

Allmusic.com gave The Beatles 1962-1966 a 4 1/2 star review:

Assembling a compilation of the Beatles is a difficult task, not only because they had an enormous number of hits, but also because singles didn’t tell the full story; many of their album tracks were as important as the singles, if not more so. The double-album 1962-1966, commonly called The Red Album, does the job surprisingly well, hitting most of the group’s major early hits and adding important album tracks like “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “Drive My Car,” “Norwegian Wood,” and “In My Life.”

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 …contains a mixture of hits, including singles like “Lady Madonna,” “Hey Jude,” and “Revolution” — which had originally appeared only as 45s — plus important album tracks like “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “A Day in the Life,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and “Come Together,” as well as orphaned tracks such as the single versions of “Let It Be” and “Get Back,” which had never been on any LP before. … 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.

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. and Japan.

In 1982, due to public demand, the Beatles Japanese record company, EMI/Odeon, reissued the two albums, again on red and blue vinyl.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-50021-24
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Let It Be Japan LP with obi

Beatles - Let It Be Japan LP

Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Let It Be by the Beatles, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Let It Be is a 1976 pressing on the Apple label of an album that was originally released in 1970.

The cover is VG+, with slight edge and corner wear.  The obi is VG, with slight foxing and a small tear at the back flap.

The record is visually M- with slight foxing and many spindle marks on the labels.  The album has been played often, but has been well cared for.  The vinyl itself is clean with no marks of any kind.

A nice copy of a classic LP..

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.

 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
EAS-80561
Year of Release: 1976
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Let It Be UK white vinyl LP

beatles - let it be uk white vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a limited edition white vinyl pressing of Let It Be by the Beatles, issued in Great Britain in 1978 for export only.

About this copy: This copy of Let It Be is a 1978 pressing on the Apple label.

The cover is VG+, with slight edge and corner wear and a few minor cracks in the lamination.   For some reason, this title is prone to lamination issues.

The white vinyl disc is M- on side one.  Side two is VG+ with a hairline scratch across the entire side.  The scratch is inaudible, but there are many spindle marks on both labels, suggesting that the record, while well cared for, has been played quite a bit.

It plays with light surface noise.

A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP.

Background: In the late 1970s, collectors were showing a lot of interest in colored vinyl, so record companies around the world began pressing both old and (then-) new titles on colored vinyl as limited edition pressings.

In Great Britain, EMI Records pressed four different titles by the Beatles on colored vinyl: Magical Mystery Tour (yellow), Abbey Road (green), The Beatles (white), and Let It Be, which was also pressed on white vinyl.

All four titles were pressed for export only, and were not sold within the United Kingdom.  Most, if not all, of those titles were exported to the United States, where they were readily available for the short time they were in print.

All four titles are scarce today.

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: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
PCS 7096
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour Japan Apple LP with obi

Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour Japan LP

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

About this copy: This copy of Magical Mystery Tour is a 1976 Japanese Apple label issue of an album that was originally released in 1967 on the Odeon label.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.

This version did not include the black paper inner sleeve used on earlier issues.

The booklet and lyric insert are M-.  Unlike earlier issues, the booklet in this one is not attached to the cover.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A nice copy of a terrific Beatles LP.

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.

 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
EAS-80569
Year of Release: 1976
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour Japan Apple LP with obi

Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour Japan

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

About this copy: This copy of Magical Mystery Tour is a 1972 Japanese Apple label issue of an album that was originally released in 1967 on the Odeon label.

The cover is VG++ with slight edge and corner wear.

The obi is M-.

The original black inner sleeve is M-.   The lyric insert and song title card are missing.

The disc is VG++, with a two light inaudible marks on each side.

A nice copy of a terrific Beatles LP.

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:
EAP-9030X
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Hey Jude original Japan red vinyl LP with medallion obi

Beatles - Hey Jude original Japan red vinyl 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+ with slight edge and corner wear and a bit of foxing.  The die-cut “medallion” obi is VG+, with moderate foxing, but no tears.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, has been removed.

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

The disc is M-  on side one with a few spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl. Side two is VG++ with a couple of inaudible scuffs through the last minor or so of “Hey Jude.”   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 Apple LP with obi

Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour Japan LP

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

This version is complete and includes the rare song title card that is usually missing.

About this copy: This copy of Magical Mystery Tour is a 1972 Japanese Apple label issue of an album that was originally released in 1967 on the Odeon label.

The cover is M- with a tiny corner dent in the upper left hand corner.

The obi is VG++ with a fold on the “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, which is still attached.

The booklet and lyric insert are M-.  This copy also includes the rare card listing the song titles in Japanese.  The card is M-.

The original black inner sleeve is M-.

The disc is M- on side one and VG++ on side two with a couple of very faint inaudible scuffs.

A nice copy of a terrific Beatles LP.

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.

 

 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
EAP-9030X
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Stereo
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