Jethro Tull – This Was 1971 Japan LP

jethro tull - this was japan lp

Offered for sale is a Japanese copy of This Was by Jethro Tull, complete with lyric insert

About this copy: This copy of This Was is a 1971 Japanese issue of an album that was originally released in 1968.

The cover is VG+, with wear at the corners and edges.   The lyric insert is VG++, with a bit of foxing.

The obi is missing.

The disc is M-.  There’s a single spindle mark on the label and a faint inaudible mark through the last track.  It might have been played once or twice at the most.

A nice copy of a very rare Jethro Tull LP, as the band’s albums sold quite poorly in Japan.

Background: Originally released in 1968, This Was was the debut LP by Jethro Tull.  The album reached #10 on the UK charts and #62 on the U.S. charts.

Allmusic.com gave This Was a 3 star review:

Jethro Tull was very much a blues band on their debut album, vaguely reminiscent of the Graham Bond Organization only more cohesive, and with greater commercial sense. The revelations about the group’s roots on This Was — which was recorded during the summer of 1968 — can be astonishing, even 30 years after the fact. … This would be the last album of its kind by the group, as Abrahams’ departure and the lure of more fertile inspiration tugged them toward English folk music.

 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Reprise
Catalog Number:
P-8074R
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge rare 1988 Japan promo LP with obi

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Offered for sale is an ultra-rare Japanese promotional copy of Melissa Etheridge, the debut LP by Melissa Etheridge, complete with original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Melissa Etheridge is an original 1988 Japanese pressing, complete with obi and insert.  This is a promotional copy with “sample” on both labels in Japanese and a promotional sticker on the back cover.

Cover, insert, obi, and disc are all M-.  The disc shows no signs of play.

A beautiful copy of a very rare Melissa Etheridge LP.

Background: This LP isn’t supposed to exist.  In 1989, we were buying records regularly from a Japanese wholesaler and we inquired as to whether Melissa Etheridge had been pressed on vinyl in Japan, as we liked this album a lot.

Our source said that someone at the record company told them the album had been issued in Japan only on compact disc and that there was no vinyl.

And then, fifteen years later, we found this copy.  We’ve since seen one other, and both were promotional copies.  We have no idea if any stock copies were pressed, but there likely are a few, as promo-only releases were usually issued without an obi.  Regardless, it’s a very rare LP, and it’s likely that only a few hundred copies were pressed.

It’s also the only Melissa Etheridge album to have been released on vinyl in Japan.

Melissa Etheridge was the debut LP by Melissa Etheridge, and the album reached #22 on the U.S. charts, with the single “Like the Way I Do” reaching #42 on the U.S. singles charts.

Allmusic.com gave Melissa Etheridge a 4 1/2 star review:

This was one of the most stunning debut albums of the 1980s. Given the domination of synthesizer pop on the radio, Melissa Etheridge was a breath of fresh air when she burst out of the gate with this roots rock album sung with a sensitive bravado often compared to Janis Joplin. … Etheridge’s true talent, however, is reconciling uncontrollable emotions such as jealousy with a strong and fiercely independent spirit (“Similar Features,” “Like the Way I Do”). Perhaps that’s why Etheridge became a role model for a generation of young women who found her to be an uncompromising artist unafraid to expose (and celebrate) her strengths and weaknesses. This is a fine introduction to Melissa Etheridge, and it is one of her most enjoyable albums.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Island
Catalog Number:
R28D 2115
Year of Release: 1988
Format: Stereo
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Miles Davis – Miles in Berlin Japan LP with obi

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Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Miles in Berlin by Miles Davis, complete with original “cap” obi.

About this copy: This copy of Miles in Berlin is a 1983 Japanese issue of an album that was originally released in 1965.

The cover and obi are M-; the “cap” obi is usually missing as it folds over the cover, instead of wrapping around it.

The insert is M-.

The disc is M- and looks like it may have been played once.

A nice copy of a highly regarded jazz LP.

Background: Originally released in 1965, Miles in Berlin was the first live album by Davis to feature Wayne Shorter in the band.

Allmusic.com gave Miles in Berlin a 4 1/2 star review:

Recorded live in Germany at the Berlin Philharmonic, Miles in Berlin represents the first recording of trumpeter Miles Davis with tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter. ..Eventually known as the “second great quintet,” most of the players here, including pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams, had been with Davis for just under a year. In that time, they had taken his traditional repertoire of standards and originals and reworked them with a more adventurous, edgy approach that flirted with the avant-garde.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
22AP 2565
Year of Release: 1983
Format: Stereo
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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River red vinyl Japan LP with obi

ccr - green river japan red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is a rare red vinyl Japanese pressing of Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival, complete with the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Green River is an original 1969 Japanese issue, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl and including the original “New Rock” obi.

The cover is VG++, with trace wear at the corners and edges.  The obi is M-, and the “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

The insert is included and is M-.

The red vinyl disc is M- and looks like it’s been played only once or twice.

A beautiful copy of an LP that is rarely found in this condition.

Background: Released in late 1969, Green River was the third album by CCR.  The LP reached #1 on the U.S. album charts, helped by the singles “Green River” and “Bad Moon Rising.”

Allmusic.com gave Green River a 5 star review:

If anything, CCR’s third album Green River represents the full flower of their classic sound initially essayed on its predecessor, Bayou Country. One of the differences between the two albums is that Green River is tighter, with none of the five-minute-plus jams that filled out both their debut and Bayou Country, but the true key to its success is a peak in John Fogerty’s creativity. … For all its darkness, Green River is ultimately welcoming music, since the band rocks hard and bright and the melancholy feels comforting, not alienating.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Liberty
Catalog Number:
LP-8816
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Willy and the Poor Boys red vinyl Japan LP with obi

ccr - willy and the poor boys red vinyl japan lp

Offered for sale is an original red vinyl Japanese pressing of Willy and the Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival, complete with original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Willy and the Poor Boys is an original 1969 Japanese issue, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

The cover is VG++, with slight wear at the corners and a small corner bend.

The obi is VG+, with some wrinkles and a bit of foxing on the back side.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

This LP was issued without an insert, as it has a gatefold cover that contains the information that would have been on the insert.

The disc is M-, with one or two faint scuffs and a couple of spindle marks on the labels.  The disc has clearly only been played a couple of times.

A beautiful copy of a rare CCR LP and the only copy of this one that we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Released in late 1969, Willy and the Poor Boys was the third of three LPs that CCR would release that year.  The album reached #3 on the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Willy and the Poor Boys a 5 star review:

Make no mistake, Willy & the Poor Boys is a fun record, perhaps the breeziest album CCR ever made. Apart from the eerie minor-key closer “Effigy” (one of John Fogerty’s most haunting numbers), there is little of the doom that colored Green River. Fogerty’s rage remains, blazing to the forefront on “Fortunate Son,” a working-class protest song that cuts harder than any of the explicit Vietnam protest songs of the era, which is one of the reasons that it hasn’t aged where its peers have. Also, there’s that unbridled vocal from Fogerty and the ferocious playing on CCR, which both sound fresh as they did upon release. …It all adds up to one of the greatest pure rock & roll records ever cut.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Liberty
Catalog Number:
LP-8880
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country red vinyl Japan LP with obi

ccr - bayou country red vinyl japan lp

Offered for sale is an original red vinyl Japanese pressing of Bayou Country by Creedence Clearwater Revival, complete with original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Bayou Country is an original 1969 Japanese issue, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

The cover is VG+, with slight wear at the corners and edges and a small corner bend.

The obi is VG+, with some wrinkles and a bit of foxing on the back side.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, has been removed but reattached with tape.

The insert is included and is M-.

The disc is VG+, with a few light scuffs and a couple of minor marks.

A beautiful copy of a rare CCR LP and the only copy of this one that we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Released in late 1969, Bayou Country was the second of three LPs that CCR would release that year.  The album reached #7 on the U.S. album charts.

Allmusic.com gave Bayou Country a 4 1/2 star review:

Opening slowly with the dark, swampy “Born on the Bayou,” Bayou Country reveals an assured Creedence Clearwater Revival, a band that has found its voice between their first and second album. It’s not just that “Born on the Bayou” announces that CCR has discovered its sound — it reveals the extent of John Fogerty’s myth-making. With this song, he sketches out his persona; it makes him sound as if he crawled out of the backwoods of Louisiana instead of being a native San Franciscan. … All the songs add up to a superb statement of purpose, a record that captures Creedence Clearwater Revival’s muscular, spare, deceptively simple sound as an evocative portrait of America.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Liberty
Catalog Number:
LP-8680
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Yardbirds – Yardbirds (Roger the Engineer) Japan promo LP with obi

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Offered for sale is a Japanese white label promotional copy of The Yardbirds by the Yardbirds, complete with original obi.

This LP is also known as Roger the Engineer.

About this copy: This copy of The Yardbirds is a 1977 Japanese white label promo copy of an album that was originally released in 1977.

The cover is VG+, with a bit of general wear and some wear at the corners and edges.

The obi is VG+, with a bit of foxing, and a small piece missing to the right of the “ear” at the top.

The insert is M-.

The white label promo disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A beautiful copy of one of our favorite LPs.

Background: Originally released in 1966, The Yardbirds was the first album by the band that was specifically recorded as an album.

The LP is popularly known as Roger the Engineer, after the drawing by drummer Jim McCarty on the cover.

In the U.S., the album was released as Over, Under, Sideways, Down with a different cover and with two tracks (“Rack My Mind” and “The Nazz Are Blue”) removed.

Allmusic.com gave The Yardbirds a 4 1/2 star review:

Once Jeff Beck joined the Yardbirds, the group began to explore uncharted territory, expanding their blues-rock into wild sonic permutations of psychedelia, Indian music, and avant-garde white noise. Each subsequent single displayed a new direction, one that expanded on the ideas of the previous single, so it would seem that Roger the Engineer — Beck’s first full album with the group and the band’s first album of all-original material — would have offered them the opportunity to fully explore their adventurous inclinations. Despite a handful of brilliant moments, Roger the Engineer falls short of expectations, partially because the band is reluctant to leave their blues roots behind and partially because they simply can’t write a consistent set of songs. … Nevertheless, it is the Yardbirds’ best individual studio album, offering some of their very best psychedelia, even if it doesn’t rank among the great albums of its era.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI
Catalog Number:
EMS-80790
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Deep Purple – Purple Passages Japan promo 2 LP set with obi

deep purple - purple passages japan promo lp

Offered for sale is an original Japanese white label promotional copy of Purple Passages by Deep Purple, complete with original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Purple Passages is an original 1972 Japanese issue on the Warner Brothers label.

The cover is VG+, with a bit of general wear and some slight wear at the edges and corners.  The lyric insert is M-.

The obi is VG++, with a couple of wrinkles on the back side.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

The two white label promo discs are M- and look unplayed.

A nice copy of a scarce Deep Purple compilation.

Background: Released in 1972, Purple Passages was a double album that was prepared for the American market, as it collected tracks from Deep Purple’s first three albums – Shades of Deep Purple, The Book of Taliesyn, and Deep Purple.

These LPs were deleted in the United States when the band’s American label, Tetragrammaton Records, went out of business in late 1969.

Rather than reissue the three LPs, the band’s new label, Warner Brothers, elected to release a double album containing the best of those three LPs, plus the non-LP track “Emmeretta.”

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog Number:
P-5171~2W
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Stereo
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Jimi Hendrix – Isle of Wight Japan promo LP with obi and alternate cover

jimi hendrix - isle of wight japan promo lp

Offered for sale is an original Japanese white label promotional pressing of the Jimi Hendrix live album Isle of Wight, complete with original obi and unique cover.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is an original Japanese promo pressing, complete with obi and insert.

The cover is VG++, with a bit of wear at the corners.  It’s close to M-.

The obi is M-, with no rips, tears, or wrinkles, but slight foxing on the back.  The “hojyuhyo”, or reorder tag, is still attached.

The white label promo disc is M- and may be unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a Hendrix rarity.

Background: For reasons unknown, the original pressings of several Jimi Hendrix albums had covers that were markedly different from their UK and U.S. counterparts.  While Axis: Bold as Love is probably the best known of these, Electric Ladyland, Smash Hits, and Isle of Wight also had covers that were unique to Japan.

In the case of Isle of Wight, it’s also a gatefold cover.

Allmusic.com gave Isle of Wight this review:

Jimi Hendrix’s August 8, 1970 set at the Isle of Wight festival in England resulted in two types of posthumous LPs in the 1970s: illegal bootlegs from various underground labels, and legal releases from Polydor. One of the legal releases that Polydor put out in England was Isle of Wight, a single LP that is consistently exciting but doesn’t tell the whole story. Hendrix’s performances of “Foxy Lady,” “Lover Man,” “Midnight Lightning,” “All Along the Watchtower,” “In from the Storm” and “Freedom” are excellent and made Isle of Wight well worth the price of admission when it first came out in 1971.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Polydor
Catalog Number:
MP 2217
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Olivia Newton- John – Olivia Newton-John 1971 UK LP

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Offered for sale is an original UK pressing of the self-titled debut LP by Olivia Newton-John, released elsewhere as If Not For You.

About this copy: This copy of Olivia Newton-John is an original UK pressing on the Pye International label.

The cover is VG, with some general wear and a repaired split on the bottom edge.

The disc is VG, with a number of light marks.  It should play well.

A nice copy of a fairly scarce Olivia Newton-John item.

Background: Released in 1971, If Not For You was the first solo album by Olivia Newton- John.  Released without a title in the UK, the album reached #158 on the U.S. charts, and #14 in Australia, but did not chart in the UK.

The album was quickly deleted most everywhere and is hard to find today.

Allmusic.com gave the album a 4 star review:

Olivia Newton-John’s If Not for You covers Gordon Lightfoot, the Band, Leslie Duncan, David Gates, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Rush, and others. Though “If” is a pedestrian cover of Bread’s song which hit this same year, it would be a mistake to think these are all mere “covers.” The production and arrangements by Bruce Welch and John Farrar are innovative and worthwhile. …The musicianship by Lou Reed/David Bowie sessionman Herbie Flowers along with Dave Richmond, John Farrar, and the ever present Brian Bennett is top notch. After all her own hit records, hearing this superstar sing so many familiar tunes, and performing them so well, is utterly charming.

Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: PYE International
Catalog Number:
NSPL.28155
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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