Offered for sale is a rare compilation LP by the Animals, All About the Animals, released only in Japan and including the original obi.
While a number of English-language artists were popular in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s, few of them, aside from the Beatles, sold a significant number of records there. In the case of most artists, their albums would be released in limited quantities and deleted shortly thereafter and reissued at a later date, if demand warranted it. Instead of keeping catalog titles in print, the Japanese record companies often released compilation LPs instead, figuring that most Japanese consumers would be happy just to own greatest hits albums. As a result of this, there were hundreds of unusual compilation LPs by English language artists that were released in Japan only.
The album offered for sale is one such compilation. All About the Animals was released in 1968, and contains most of the Animals’ biggest hits:
House of the Rising SunBring it on Home to Me
Baby Let Me Take You Home
The Right Time
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place
Around and Around
Gonna Send You Back to Walker
Hallelujah I Love Her So
It’s My Life
This copy, with a gatefold cover, is pressed on black vinyl and includes the original lyric insert and original obi. The record is M- and appears to have had very little play.
In our experience, the black vinyl copies of this particular album sound better than the more collectible (and more expensive) red vinyl ones. The cover is VG++, with just traces of wear at the corners. There is some writing on the front cover. The obi is M-, and includes the “hojyuhyo”, or reorder tag, which is often missing.
This is a beautiful copy of a record which is often found in terrible condition.