Beatles – Abbey Road sealed limited edition picture disc LP

beatles - abbey road u.s. picture disc LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the U.S. limited edition picture disc of Abbey Road by the Beatles.

About this copy: This copy of Abbey Road is an original 1979 U.S. release from Capitol Records.  As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The shrink wrap is completely intact, with no rips, tears, or holes, aside from two small breathe holes in the wrap near the mouth of the cover.

Unlike many copies, this one does not have a punch hole, saw mark, or cut corner.

A beautiful copy of a great-looking picture disc, and one that may be your final upgrade.

Background: During the late 1970s, record companies started sending out picture discs of new albums as promotional items.  These records soon became popular with collectors and the record companies, seeing an opportunity for extra money, began issuing limited edition picture discs commercially of then-new and older popular titles.

This fad didn’t last long, as buyers soon grew wary of paying twice the price for a picture disc of an album they likely already owned, and by 1980, releases of picture disc LPs in the United States became somewhat of a rare occurrence.

Among the titles released at the time were two titles by the Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road.  The Sgt. Pepper disc was released first and sold quite well.  By the time Abbey Road was released, buyers had become reluctant to pay big bucks for picture discs, and a lot of stores didn’t even bother to stock it.

As a result, the Abbey Road picture disc is considerably rarer than the Sgt. Pepper version.

Released in 1969, Abbey Road was the final studio album recorded by the Beatles.  The album reached #1 on both the U.S. and UK album charts.

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: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SEAX-11900
Year of Release: 1979
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 – 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.

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 an original price sticker (not shown in photos) attached to the shrink wrap.

The wrap is almost completely intact except for a small 1/2″ (1.25 cm) tear in the lower part of the front cover.

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

A beautiful copy of an increasingly scarce LP.

Background: In 1978, collectors were showing a lot of interest in both picture discs and colored vinyl records, so record companies worldwide issued a number of new and older titles in those formats to satisfy collector demand.

In the United States, Capitol Records pressed three different albums by the Beatles on colored vinyl – The Beatles 1962-1966 on red vinyl, The Beatles 1967-1970 on blue vinyl, and The Beatles, or The White Album on white vinyl.

All three pressings are collectible, though the White Album seems to be the one that attracts the most demand from collectors today.  For some reason, the White Album is one of the most sought-out colored vinyl LPs.  It’s also the hardest one to find in good condition, as the white cover is easily prone to wear.

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 – Abbey Road sealed limited edition picture disc LP

beatles - abbey road picture disc LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the U.S. limited edition picture disc of Abbey Road by the Beatles.

About this copy: This copy of Abbey Road is an original 1979 U.S. release from Capitol Records.  As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The shrink wrap is mostly intact, except for a 4 inch (10 cm) split in the wrap in the upper left hand corner.  There’s a bit of corner wear there.

Unlike many copies, this one does not have a punch hole, saw mark, or cut corner.

A beautiful copy of a great-looking picture disc, and the first sealed U.S. copy we’ve had in quite a while.

Background: During the late 1970s, record companies started sending out picture discs of new albums as promotional items.  These records soon became popular with collectors and the record companies, seeing an opportunity for extra money, began issuing limited edition picture discs commercially of then-new and older popular titles.

This fad didn’t last long, as buyers soon grew wary of paying twice the price for a picture disc of an album they likely already owned, and by 1980, releases of picture disc LPs in the United States became somewhat of a rare occurrence.

Among the titles released at the time were two titles by the Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road.  The Sgt. Pepper disc was released first and sold quite well.  By the time Abbey Road was released, buyers had become reluctant to pay big bucks for picture discs, and a lot of stores didn’t even bother to stock it.

As a result, the Abbey Road picture disc is considerably rarer than the Sgt. Pepper version.

Released in 1969, Abbey Road was the final studio album recorded by the Beatles.  The album reached #1 on both the U.S. and UK album charts.

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: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SEAX-11900
Year of Release: 1979
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – White Album complete Japan 2 LP set with obi

beatles - white album japan lp

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

This 1976 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 1976 pressing on the Apple label of an album that was originally released in 1968.

The cover is M-, and has the number “A386925” printed on it in the lower right hand corner.

The obi is M-.  The poster is M-, with no rips, tears, or holes.  The four photos are M-.

The discs are M-, with one or two spindle holes on the labels but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean discs!

A beautiful, and nearly perfect, 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.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
EAS-77001-2
Year of Release: 1976
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Yesterday and Today stereo second state Butcher cover shrink

beatles - yesterday and today stereo butcher cover lp

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 with the cover retaining most of the original shrink wrap.

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 Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as noted by the small number 2 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover. (see photo)

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

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
  • A pure white cover with no yellowing

The cover retains most of the original shrink wrap.  A small piece is missing in the lower right hand corner of the front.

There is a small stain in the upper right hand corner of the cover where there was once a piece of cellophane tape.  There is a tiny tear in the slick at the mouth of the cover about 3 inches (8 cm) from the bottom.

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 somewhat better than average at VG.  It has a few small scratches but will play well. The record is a correct Scranton disc.

The original orange inner sleeve is included.  It has small splits on three sides.

We will include a photocopy of the original “recall” letter from Capitol Records announcing the recall of the album from the market.

A beautiful example of a stereo Butcher cover, and  perhaps the nicest example of a third-state stereo Butcher cover we’ve ever had for sale.

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 – With the Beatles Japan red vinyl LP with obi

beatles - with the beatles japan red vinyl apple lp

Offered for sale is a Japanese red vinyl pressing of With the Beatles, including the original obi and a cover and photo booklet that was unique to the Japanese release.

About this copy: This copy of With the Beatles is a 1969 pressing on the Apple label of an album that was originally released in Japan in 1966.

The cover is VG++, and close to M-, with slight wear on the back cover.   The obi is M-.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached, but has a bit of writing on it.

This LP was issued without an insert, as it has a gatefold cover and an 8 page photo booklet inside.  The black paper inner sleeve is included; it has a small tear near the center hole but no splits.

The disc is M- with one or two spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  The disc has clearly been played only a couple of times and has been well cared for.

A beautiful copy of a scarce Beatles LP that’s hard to find complete.

Background: With the Beatles was the second album by the Beatles, issued in the UK in November, 1963.  An altered version of the album was released in the U.S. in January, 1964 as Meet the Beatles.

Oddly enough, the album was not released in Japan until May, 1966.  The album was issued to commemorate the Beatles’ tour of Japan in June, 1966, where they played five concerts at the Budokan hall.

The Japanese version of the album had the same songs as the UK version, but the songs had a different running order.  The gatefold cover and cover art were unique to the Japanese release.

The album was released in Japan in May, 1966 on the Odeon label and reissued in September, 1969 on the Apple label, with both pressings originally pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

Allmusic.com gave With the Beatles a 5 star review:

With the Beatles is a sequel of the highest order — one that betters the original by developing its own tone and adding depth. While it may share several similarities with its predecessor — there is an equal ratio of covers-to-originals, a familiar blend of girl group, Motown, R&B, pop, and rock, and a show tune that interrupts the flow of the album — With the Beatles is a better record that not only rocks harder, it’s considerably more sophisticated. .. Still, the heart of With the Beatles lies not in the covers, but the originals, where it was clear that, even at this early stage, the Beatles were rapidly maturing and changing, turning into expert craftsmen and musical innovators.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AP-9678
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour 1978 limited edition UK yellow vinyl LP

beatles - magical mystery tour uk yellow vinyl LP

Offered for sale is a limited edition yellow vinyl pressing of Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles, issued in Great Britain in 1978.

About this copy: The copy of Magical Mystery Tour offered for sale is a 1978 UK copy on the Parlophone label, pressed exclusively for export to the United States and pressed on beautiful yellow vinyl.

The cover is VG++ and close to M-, with a couple of small corner bends.  The booklet is included and is still attached.

The yellow vinyl disc has a couple of black spots mixed in with the yellow and is M- and may be unplayed.  Beautiful disc!

A nice copy of a Beatles LP that has become quite hard to find.

Background:  Magical Mystery Tour was released in 1967, originally as a U.S.-only release.  The album contained tracks from their film of the same name, along with tracks from a few recent singles.

In the UK, the tracks from the film (without the extra singles) were released as a double 7″ EP.

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

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, and “Penny Lane,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “Hello Goodbye” were all huge, glorious, and innovative singles. The ballad “The Fool on the Hill,” though only a part of the Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack, is also one of the most popular Beatles tunes from the era.

In 1978, collectors seemed to go crazy for both colored vinyl and picture discs, and record companies in both the United States and Europe pressed a number of limited edition titles to keep them happy.  For the Beatles, Parlophone Records in Britain pressed four titles on colored vinyl, but made them for export only:  Let It Be (white), Abbey Road (green), the White Album (white) and Magical Mystery Tour (yellow.)  Most of those discs, and possibly all of them, were shipped to the United States.

All four are quite hard to find today, as they sold in relatively small numbers when new.

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Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Parlophone
Catalog Number:
PCTC 255
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Help! 1986 Japan red vinyl mono LP with obi

beatles - help japan red vinyl mono lp

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

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

About this copy: This copy of Help! is a 1986 Japanese  pressing on the EMI/Odeon label.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.

The insert is VG+, with no wear or tears, but with a bit of fading.

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

A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP.

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

Allmusic.com gave Help! a five star review:

Considering that Help! functions as the Beatles’ fifth album and as the soundtrack to their second film — while filming, they continued to release non-LP singles on a regular basis — it’s not entirely surprising that it still has some of the weariness of Beatles for Sale. Again, they pad the album with covers, but the Bakersfield bounce of “Act Naturally” adds new flavor (along with an ideal showcase for Ringo’s amiable vocals) and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” gives John an opportunity to flex his rock & roll muscle. George is writing again and if his two contributions don’t touch Lennon and McCartney’s originals, they hold their own against much of their British pop peers.

In the 1960s, most Japanese LPs were issued in stereo only, so most Japanese buyers never had the opportunity to hear the original mono mixes of most of the Beatles songs.

In 1982, EMI records released limited edition red vinyl pressings in mono of all of the Beatles albums from Please Please Me through Yellow Submarine.  This series was reissued in 1986, though that series featured a different obi from this one.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-70134
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Mono
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