Beatles – Yellow Submarine original Japan red vinyl LP with obi

beatles - yellow submarine red vinyl japan lp

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

About this copy: This copy of the Yellow Submarine soundtrack is an original 1969 Japanese issue on the Apple label and pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl

The cover is M- with trace corner wear.  The lyric insert is M-.  The black inner sleeve is M- and has no splits.

The obi is VG++, with slight foxing on the back.  The “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is still attached.

The red vinyl record is VG++ and close to M- on side one, as it has a faint scuff through the first two tracks that do not affect play. Side two is M-. There are no spindle marks on the labels; the record may be unplayed.  Clean disc!

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

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

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

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

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
AP-8610
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – White Album original Japan 2 LP red vinyl with numbered cover

beatles - white album japan red vinyl 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 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.

This set is complete with the exception of the small card that lists the song titles in Japanese.  This card is nearly always missing and we’ve never actually seen one.

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 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.

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 – White Album 1981 UK mono 2 LP set complete

beatles -white album uk mono lp

Offered for sale is a 1981 UK limited edition mono pressing of the double album The Beatles, also known as The White Album by the Beatles, complete with all inserts.

The mono mix of the album is considerably different from the stereo version and was not released in the U.S.

About this copy: This copy of The Beatles is a 1981 UK mono pressing on the Apple label.

This version differs from the original 1968 release in that the labels say “Mono” on them, the front cover is not numbered, and the records remove from the cover on the right side, rather than the top.

The cover is VG+, with some minor creases and a bent corner at the lower right.  This cover is embossed with the title of the album, but is not numbered.

The poster and photos are M-.

The discs are VG++ with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs and a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no significant marks on the vinyl.  Clean discs!

A nice copy of a fairly scarce Beatles 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 counts 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: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
PMC 7067-8
Year of Release: 1981
Format: Mono
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Beatles – With the Beatles Japan red vinyl LP with obi

beatles -with the beatles japan red vinyl lp

Offered for sale is an original 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.

The 1966 release is the first time the album was released in Japan; it had a special cover to commemorate the band’s tour of the country that year.

About this copy: This copy of With the Beatles is a 1966 Japanese pressing on the Odeon label.

The cover is VG++ with slight foxing on the inside of the gatefold cover.   The obi is M-.

This LP was issued without an insert, as it has a gatefold cover and an 8 page photo booklet inside.  The original “envelope” style paper inner sleeve is M-.

The red vinyl disc is VG, with a lot of faint small marks and a number of spindle marks on the labels, but no deep scratches.  It will play with surface noise.

A nice, if imperfect, 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 – A Hard Day’s Night red vinyl mono Japan LP with obi

Beatles - A Hard Day's Night red vinyl mono Japan LP

Offered for sale is a limited edition red vinyl mono Japanese pressing of A Hard Day’s Night by the Beatles, including the original obi.

The cover and track lineup on this album are the same as the original UK version of the LP. This copy is new old stock and is new and unplayed!

About this copy: This copy of A Hard Day’s Night is a 1982 pressing on the EMI/Odeon label.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-, though it does have a repaired tear at the top edge..  The insert is VG+, with some discoloration from age.

The red vinyl disc is M- with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl. Clean disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP.

Background: Originally released in 1964, A Hard Day’s Night was the third UK Beatles album and the soundtrack to their first film.

The album reached #1 on both the UK and U.S. charts.

Allmusic.com gave A Hard Day’s Night a 5 star review:

Considering the quality of the original material on With the Beatles, it shouldn’t have been a surprise that Lennon & McCartney decided to devote their third album to all-original material. Nevertheless, that decision still impresses, not only because the album is so strong, but because it was written and recorded at a time when the Beatles were constantly touring, giving regular BBC concerts, appearing on television and releasing non-LP singles and EPs, as well as filming their first motion picture. In that context, the achievement of A Hard Day’s Night is all the more astounding. Not only was the record the de facto soundtrack for their movie, not only was it filled with nothing but Lennon-McCartney originals, but it found the Beatles truly coming into their own as a band by performing a uniformly excellent set of songs. …It’s the pinnacle of their early years.

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-71032
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Reel Music 1982 sealed promo-only yellow vinyl LP

beatles - reel music yellow vinyl u.s. lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy (#8934/12,000) of the numbered, promo-only yellow vinyl release of the Beatles’ 1982 LP, Reel Music.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a 1982 U.S. pressing on the Capitol label.

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

The wrap is largely intact, but there is an 8″ (20 cm) break in the wrap at the mouth of the cover.  We have secured this with tape to prevent further splitting.

There is a hype sticker attached to the shrink wrap that says “Includes 14 songs from their movies and special 12 page color souvenir program.”

The program should be inside.

A nice copy of a great Beatles collectible and the first U.S. copy we’ve had in a while.

Background: Reel Music was a compilation album released in 1982 by Capitol Records that contained songs that had appeared in the Beatles’ films A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine and Let It Be.

To promote the album, Capitol pressed 12,000 numbered copies on yellow vinyl. These were issued strictly as promotional items and were not offered for sale to the public.

The album featured stereo mixes that were rare to the US or previously unavailable (per Wikipedia):

  • The first US release of the British stereo mix of “I Am the Walrus”. Previous American releases of the song had the intro edited like the mono mix, although an edit of the British version appeared on Rarities two years before
  • The official American debut of the songs “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Ticket to Ride” in true stereo
  • A unique stereo edit of “I Should Have Known Better”, with the harmonica error in the intro fixed. This version was issued only on the Capitol pressing and has never appeared on any other record.

Allmusic.comg ave Reel Music this review:

As the first compilation of the Beatles’ music to show up after the murder of John Lennon, Reel Music was a pretty pathetic venture, and clear evidence that Capitol Records and its parent company, EMI, had run out of ideas when it came to marketing the group’s music. A single LP with a dull cover design, Reel Music was comprised entirely of previously released material, and it accomplished nothing except to add another cheap-looking repackaging to the Beatles catalog (which was already cluttered with the two-volume budget reissue of Rock & Roll Music), and get them represented for a few weeks in 1982 in new-release racks in record stores. The 14 songs represented were all fine, and a few were even important — all but a couple had been hits, in fact — but they had all long been available on other, mostly better LPs. … As it was, despite a game effort by Capitol’s publicity department and a few writers who could always scare up something to say about the Beatles, the album was ignored even by a lot of people who had bought the Rock & Roll Music and Love Songs repackagings.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SV-12199
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour Japan red vinyl Apple LP with obi

Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour Japan red vinyl lp

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

About this copy: This copy of Magical Mystery Tour is a 1970 Japanese Apple label second issue of an album that was originally released in 1967 on the Odeon label.

The cover is VG++ , with slight corner and edge wear.  The obi is VG+, with a few wrinkles and slight foxing. The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, has been removed.

The rare 5″x7″ one-sided track listing insert is missing, as is common with this LP.

This copy has a gatefold cover and photo booklet that’s identical to the U.S. issue.

The original black inner sleeve is included and has no splits.

The red vinyl disc is VG++ and close to M-, with an inaudible “blemish” in the first track that may be a pressing defect.  It plays fine and quietly.  There’s moderate foxing and many spindle marks on the labels, but the vinyl is clean.

A nice copy of a terrific LP and the first copy we’ve had in a couple of years.

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:
AP – 9728
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – 1980 Chicago Souvenir Record sealed picture disc with Butcher Cover photo

Beatles - 1980 Chicago Souvenir Record picture disc LP

Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the awkwardly-titled Chicago Beatles Souvenir Record picture disc LP, available only at the 4th Annual Beatles Convention held in Chicago, Illinois on August 8-9, 1980.

This LP contains live performances from the Beatles’ 1965 concert at Shea Stadium in New York and features a photo of the Yesterday and Today “Butcher Cover” on side one of the disc.

About this copy: This copy of Chicago Beatles Souvenir Record is an original 1980 pressing.  Production information is unknown; there is no record company information on the disc and the cover is a generic die-cut black cover with no printing.

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

The wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears, or holes.  A couple of the corners are slightly “pushed.”

A nice copy of a rare Beatles picture disc and only the second copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Chicago Beatles Souvenir Record was one of the earliest unauthorized Beatles picture discs, being issued as a souvenir of the 4th Annual Beatles Convention held in Chicago, Illinois on August 8-9, 1980.

We do not know if this item was a giveaway item or if it was sold as a souvenir.  We do know that they didn’t press very many of them and that they rarely turn up for sale.

The material on the LP is taken from the Beatles’ August 15, 1965 performance at Shea Stadium in New York.

Tracks are:

  • Twist And Shout
  • I Feel Fine
  • Dizzy Miss Lissie
  • Ticket To Ride
  • Act Naturally
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Baby’s In Black
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Help!
  • I’m Down
  • Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: none
Catalog Number:
SHEA-1/2
Year of Release: 1980
Format: Mono
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Residents – Meet the Residents original 1974 U.S. LP with Beatles parody cover

residents - meet the residents u.s. LP

Offered for sale is an original U.S. pressing of Meet the Residents by the Residents, featuring the original cover that parodied the cover of Meet the Beatles.

This original 1974 pressing was limited to 1000 copies, as stated on the back cover.

About this copy: This copy of Meet the Residents is a 1974 pressing on the Ralph Records label.

The cover is VG+ with light ring wear and a bit of discoloration from age, but no splits or writing.  There is trace wear at the two left hand corners.

The disc is VG++, with some minor scuffs from being removed from the inner sleeve that are common to 1970s LPs.  There are no other marks on the vinyl and no spindle marks on the labels.  The LP has clearly had very little play.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a rare Residents LP and only the second copy we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Released in 1974, Meet the Residents was the debut album by the Residents.

The album did not chart.

The cover, which is a distortion of the artwork for Meet the Beatles,  is often described as “banned” or “withdrawn due to a Beatles lawsuit,” but in fact, the pressing was intentionally limited to 1000 copies, making any potential threats of a lawsuit irrelevant, as the album essentially went out of print immediately upon release.

Subsequent reissues had a different cover, though recent reissues have restored the original “parody” cover.

Allmusic.com gave Meet the Residents a 4 star review:

The Residents are true avant-garde crazies. Their earliest albums (of which this is the first) have precedents in Captain Beefheart’s experimental albums, Frank Zappa’s conceptual numbers from Freak Out!, the work of Steve Reich, and the compositions of chance music tonemeister John Cage — yet the Residents’ work of this time really sounds like nothing else that exists. …This is an utterly bizarre platter that may appeal to very adventurous listeners.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Ralph Records
Catalog Number:
RR-0274
Year of Release: 1974
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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