Beatles – Rubber Soul original 1965 Japan red vinyl LP with obi

beatles rubber soul red vinyl japan odeon lp

Offered for sale is an original  red vinyl Japanese pressing of Rubber Soul by the Beatles, including the rare original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Rubber Soul is a 1965 Japanese pressing on the Odeon label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

The cover is VG++ with a few minor creases.  There is a ¥1750 sticker over the printed ¥1800 price on the back.

The original blue and white obi with the ¥1800 price is VG+, with a few wrinkles and a stain on the front where a ¥1750 sticker has been removed.  This version of the obi did not originally include a “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag.)

The lyric insert is VG++ with slight foxing.  The original “envelope” inner sleeve is VG++.

The red vinyl disc is visually M-, with no marks at all on the vinyl.  There are many spindle marks on the labels.  It’s an album that has been played a lot, but has been well cared for.  It plays with some surface noise.

A nice copy of a rare Beatles item a difficult album to find as a complete first pressing.

Background: Released in December, 1965, Rubber Soul was the seventh Beatles album to be released by Capitol Records.  The U.S. version of the album, which had a different track lineup from the UK version, reached #1 on the U.S. album charts.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
OP-7450
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – White Album white vinyl 1978 France 2 LP set with all inserts

beatles white album white vinyl france lp

Offered for sale is a copy of the 1978 limited edition white vinyl French copy of The Beatles, also known as “The White Album” by the Beatles, complete with all inserts.

About this copy: The record offered for sale is a 1978 French pressing on the Apple label of an album that was originally released in 1968.

The covers on these pressings had “The Beatles” embossed on the front cover, but the covers were not numbered.

This white vinyl pressing was issued with three different stickers – an apple-shaped sticker, a yellow sticker that read “Disque en Couleur,” and a red sticker that says “Special Edition Pressed on Colored Vinyl.”

This is the pressing with an apple-shaped sticker on the front cover that reads “Disques en Pate Blanche” and “Tirage Limite,” indicating that this is a limited edition pressing with white vinyl records.

The cover is M- with a tiny dents in the two right hand corners.  The poster is VG+ with a couple of minor wrinkles, but no rips, tears, or holes.  The photos are VG++; Paul has slight foxing at the bottom edge.  John and Ringo have minor creases at the top left corner.

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

A beautiful copy of a scarce colored vinyl Beatles album.

Background:

The Beatles 1967 LP, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was wildly influential for both the music and the cover, and they took the opposite approach with their 1968 follow-up, making the cover all white and simply titling the album The Beatles. It quickly became known as The White Album, due to the simple, all-white cover.

In 1978, the White Album was released as a limited edition pressing on white vinyl in several countries, including the U.S., the UK, and France. The French pressings of the White Album are much harder to find than the U.S. version, as few were exported.

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: France
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
SMO 2051/2
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Yellow Submarine 1982 Japan red vinyl mono LP with obi

beatles yellow submarine japan red vinyl mono lp

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

About this copy: This copy of Yellow Submarine is a 1982 pressing on the EMI/Odeon label.

The cover is VG+ with no wear, but with moderate foxing on the front and back .

The obi is M-.  The insert is M-.

The red vinyl disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP.

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

In 1982, EMI records released limited edition red vinyl pressings in mono of all of the Beatles albums from Please Please Me through Yellow Submarine.

Released in 1969, Yellow Submarine was the tenth studio album by the Beatles.

The album reached #3 on the UK charts and #2 on the U.S. charts.

Allmusic.com gave Yellow Submarine a 3 star review:

The only Beatles album that could really be classified as inessential, mostly because it wasn’t really a proper album at all, but a soundtrack that only utilized four new Beatles songs….. What is here, however, is a good enough reason for owning the record, though nothing rates it as anything near a high-priority purchase. The album would have been far better value if it had been released as a four-song EP (an idea the Beatles even considered at one point, with the addition of a bonus track in “Across the Universe” but ultimately discarded).

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
EAS-70138
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – White Album sealed 1978 U.S. promotional white vinyl 2 LP set

beatles white album white vinyl u.s. 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.

Note: This is a promotional copy; Capitol Records marked those with clean punch holes in the upper right hand corner of the cover.

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 mostly intact; there is a tiny tear at the upper part of the back cover (1 cm) and a small break and a gray stain at the lower right hand corner of the front cover.

A nice copy of an increasingly scarce LP, and one we rarely have in stock for very long.

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 1978 Japan red vinyl white label promotional 2 LP set with obi

beatles 1962-1966 japan red vinyl promo lp

Offered for sale is a limited edition Japanese red vinyl white label promotional pressing of the double album The Beatles 1962-1966 by the Beatles, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of The Beatles 1962-1966 is a 1978 Japanese pressing on the Apple label of an album that was originally released (on black vinyl only) in 1973.

The cover is M-, aside from very slight wear at the lower left hand corner.

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

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

A gorgeous copy of a scarce Beatles LP and the only promotional copy we’ve ever had for sale.

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.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
EAS-50021~22
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Abbey Road 1976 Japan LP with obi

beatles abbey road japan lp

Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Abbey Road by the Beatles, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Abbey Road is a 1976 pressing on the Apple label of an album that was originally released in 1969.

The cover is VG++, with slight edge and corner wear.  The obi is VG, with a few wrinkles and a small repaired tear on the back.

The lyric insert is M- with slight foxing.

The disc is VG++ with no marks on the vinyl but with a number of spindle marks on the labels.  It’s a clean disc that has been well cared for.

A nice copy of a classic LP.

Background: 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.

 

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
EAS-80560
Year of Release: 1976
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Komm, Gib Mir/Sie Liebt Dich 1978 U.S. red vinyl “promotional” 12″ single

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Offered for sale is a red vinyl “promotional” U.S. 12″ single by the Beatles, featuring two songs sung in German – “Sie Liebt Dich,” and “Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand.” (“She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”)

About this copy: This is a 1978 12″ U.S. pressing  on the Capitol label, containing “Sie Liebt Dich” on one side and “Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand” on the other.

The labels read “DEMONSTRATION – NOT FOR SALE.” “Mastered by Capitol” is faintly visible in the dead wax area.

The disc is M-, with no marks on the vinyl.  There’s a single spindle mark on the labels, so the record has likely only been played once or twice.  Clean disc!

This disc was issued in a generic white cover.  The cover is VG+ with some discoloration from age, but no tears, wear, or splits.

A nice copy of a fascinating Beatles item.

Background: We’ve put the word “promotional” in quotes in the title because while this item appears at a glance to be a legitimate Beatles promotional item, its manufacture was not authorized by Capitol Records.

In all likelihood, these discs were discreetly pressed by a Capitol employee for their own use.

This odd 12″ single appeared on the market in 1978, and at that time it was offered to collectors as a “promo-only” item, and all copies were pressed on colored vinyl (most were either red or clear, though we’ve seen one or two with an orange/clear mix, a couple of pink ones, and one, and only one, that was black.)

The provenance of this item is unusual; the labels appear to be legitimate Capitol labels but the label is an odd black variation that mentions Paul McCartney’s company MPL Communications at the bottom, and this version of the Capitol label was only used for McCartney titles and never for Beatles records.

The labels say “Demonstration – Not for Sale,” and the record was widely represented by sellers at the time of release as a legitimate promotional item.

Still, it’s an interesting Beatles artifact, and the only time these two German-language songs (German versions of “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” have appeared together on a single.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
AS444
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Abbey Road sealed 1978 U.S. half speed mastered Mobile Fidelity LP

beatles - abbey road u.s. mobile fidelity lp

Offered for sale is a still sealed half speed mastered limited edition U.S. pressing of Abbey Road by the Beatles, released by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs.

About this copy: This copy of Abbey Road is a 1978 U.S. pressing on the Mobile Fidelity label of an album that was originally released in 1969.

While the album is technically a U.S. release, the disc was pressed in Japan by JVC using their proprietary “Supervinyl” compound.

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

The loose wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes.  There is a hype sticker on the wrap that says “Half Speed Mastered Super High Fidelity Limited Edition.”

A beautiful copy of a scarce Beatles LP.

Background: 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.

Every title ever issued by Mobile Fidelity is collectible in its own right; their pressings from 1978 through 1989 were pressed in Japan by JVC on their proprietary Super Vinyl, an exceptionally resilient, dead-quiet vinyl compound, with later issues pressed in the U.S. by RTI on 200 gram vinyl. These records were mastered at half speed; both the tape and the cutting lathe were run at half the normal speed, allowing the cutting head to cut a more accurate groove in the acetate. The finished product featured dead-quiet vinyl, with improved dynamics, better imaging, and tighter bass.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Mobile Fidelity
Catalog Number:
MFSL 1-023
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Beatles – Yesterday and Today 1966 U.S. mono Second State Butcher cover LP COA

beatles yesterday and today u.s. mono butcher cover lp

Offered for sale is an original U.S. mono “Second State” “Butcher Cover” pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles.

These Second State issues are sometimes called “pasteover” versions, as the second “Trunk Cover” slick is still intact, covering the original “Butcher” slick underneath it.

This copy includes a Certificate of Authenticity from Blue Jay Way Galleries, a well-known U.S. dealer in Beatles Butcher covers.

About this copy:  The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 mono Second State Butcher cover.  issued by Capitol Records.

This particular cover was printed at Capitol Records’ Los Angeles, California pressing plant, as noted by the small number 6 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

The cover is VG, mostly due to slight water damage in the lower right hand corner of the back cover and a stain near the mouth on the front cover.  The cover has moderate general wear.  As the damage is almost entirely on the back cover, the cover will present well.

The seams on the cover are all intact, though there’s a bit of “cracking” along the spine.  The spine text is legible except for the “2” in the T 2553 catalog number.

This cover has:

  • No seam splits
  • Legible writing on the spine
  • No writing on the cover
  • No cutout holes

While the cover was pressed at Capitol’s Los Angeles pressing plant, the included mono disc was pressed at Capitol’s Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as there is a small triangle with the letters “IAM” inside it in the dead wax.

The disc is in Good condition, with numerous marks on both sides.  A name has been written on the side two label.  The disc is playable, but it will be noisy.

The original orange-colored inner sleeve is included.  There are no splits.

Along with the Certificate of Authenticity, we will include a photocopy of the original “recall” letter from Capitol Records announcing the recall of the album from the market.

A nice, if imperfect, example of the world’s most sought-after Beatles album.

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:
T-2553
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Mono
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Beatles – Yesterday and Today 1966 U.S. mono Second State Butcher cover LP shrink

beatles yesterday and today mono butcher cover lp

Offered for sale is an exceptionally nice example of an original U.S. mono “Second State” “Butcher Cover” pressing of the 1966 LP Yesterday and Today by the Beatles with the cover still in the original shrink wrap.

These Second State issues are sometimes called “pasteover” versions, as the second “Trunk Cover” slick is still intact, covering the original “Butcher” slick underneath it.

While we’re not inclined to peel Second State Butcher covers that are this nice, this copy would produce a virtually perfect example of a Third State Butcher cover if it were to be professionally peeled.

About this copy:  The copy of Yesterday and Today offered for sale is an original 1966 mono Second State Butcher cover.  issued by Capitol Records.

This particular cover was printed at Capitol Records’ Scranton, Pennsylvania pressing plant, as noted by the small number 3 in the lower right hand corner of the back cover.

The cover is VG++ and close to M- with very slight foxing along the mouth of the cover.

The wrap is fully intact with no tears, and an original price sticker is attached.

While the sticker covers the area of the cover where Ringo’s “V” collar would appear, it is partially visible below the price sticker.  In addition, the “trunk” slick was slightly misaligned when applied at the factory, so a tiny bit of the “butcher” slick below is visible just below the “T2553” catalog number in the top right hand corner.

This cover has:

  • No seam splits
  • Fully legible writing on the spine
  • No writing on the cover
  • No cutout holes
  • No ring wear

The disc is a correct Scranton-pressed mono disc with a triangle etched in the dead wax.  The mono disc is VG, and close to VG+-, with a few light marks but plenty of shine.   This is the nicest disc we’ve seen in a while to accompany a Butcher cover.

The original olive-colored inner sleeve is included.  There are no splits.

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

A gorgeous copy of a very rare and desirable Beatles LP.  This is the nicest Second State example of a Butcher cover that 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:
T-2553
Year of Release: 1966
Format: Mono
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