Offered for sale is a copy of the 1964 red vinyl Japanese LP Les Années De Pèlerinage by pianist Aldo Ciccolini, including the original “hankake” obi.
The “hankake obi,” or “half-obi” was briefly used from late 1963 through early 1964 and is usually missing from all titles that originally included one.
About this copy: this copy of Les Années De Pèlerinage is a 1964 Japanese pressing on the Angel label.
The cover is M-. The obi is VG + + with slight wear at the top edge. This LP was issued without an insert.
The red vinyl disc is M-, and may be unplayed. Clean disc!
A beautiful copy of a rare classical LP.
Background: Les Années De Pèlerinage was one of more than 100 recordings made by Italian pianist Aldo Ciccolini.
While disc columns.com gives this LP a release date of 1966, the catalog number and the presence of the hankake obi dates it definitely to 1964.
What makes this copy very unusual is that it is a first pressing that includes the ultra-rare “hankake obi”, also known as a “half obi” or a “three quarter obi.”
For a brief time in 1963 and 1964, Toshiba Records, who pressed albums for Liberty, Capitol, Warner Brothers and a few other labels, used what is known as a “hankake obi”. Instead of wrapping around the cover, this obi was a single strip of paper about nine inches long that simply hooked over the top of the cover via a 1/4″ fold of paper.
Usually, these were glued to the cover at the factory, but most of the time, they were quickly lost. It is also possible that retailers removed them at the point of sale so that they could use it to order another copy from the record company.
As a result, it is very rare today to find an album with the original hankake obi intact.
|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1964|