Offered for sale is a set of two colored vinyl double albums by the Beatles – Japanese pressings of The Beatles 1962-1966 on red vinyl and The Beatles 1967-1970 on blue vinyl, with both including the original obi and inserts.
These are the original 1978 colored vinyl pressings and not the more common 1982 reissues.
About these copies: This is a set of two different Japanese colored vinyl albums by the Beatles, The Beatles 1962-1966 and The Beatles 1967-1970 pressed on red and blue vinyl, respectively.
The Beatles 1962-1966 – This copy of The Beatles 1962-1966 is a 1978 pressing on the EMI/Odeon label.
The cover is VG+ with slight corner and edge wear and slight foxing on the inside of the cover.
The obi is VG+ with a repaired tear at the top edge. The insert is VG++ with slight foxing. The custom inner sleeves are VG++ with a couple of minor wrinkles.
The red vinyl discs are M- with a number of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl. Clean discs!
The Beatles 1967-1970 – This copy of The Beatles 1967-1970 is a 1978 Japanese issue, pressed on the EMI/Odeon label.
The cover is VG+, with slight corner wear and a bit of foxing on the inside of the gatefold.
The obi is M- with no rips or tears. The custom lyric inner sleeves are included and have no splits. The Japanese lyric insert is M-.
The blue vinyl discs are M- on sides 1, 2, and 4, with a number of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl. Side 3 is VG++ with a couple of faint scuffs. Clean discs!
A nice copy of a set that’s hard to find complete.
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.
Assembling a compilation of the Beatles is a difficult task, not only because they had an enormous number of hits, but also because singles didn’t tell the full story; many of their album tracks were as important as the singles, if not more so. The double-album 1962-1966, commonly called The Red Album, does the job surprisingly well, hitting most of the group’s major early hits and adding important album tracks like “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “Drive My Car,” “Norwegian Wood,” and “In My Life.”
Picking up where 1962-1966 left off, the double-album compilation 1967-1970, commonly called The Blue Album, covers the Beatles’ later records, from Sgt. Pepper’s through Let It Be. Like The Red Album, The Blue Album …contains a mixture of hits, including singles like “Lady Madonna,” “Hey Jude,” and “Revolution” — which had originally appeared only as 45s — plus important album tracks like “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “A Day in the Life,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and “Come Together,” as well as orphaned tracks such as the single versions of “Let It Be” and “Get Back,” which had never been on any LP before. … As a précis of the group’s final 36 months, it’s all mightily impressive, even if 1967-1970 misses several great songs. But like its predecessor, this set does capture the essence (if not the full range) of the Beatles’ later recordings.
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 1982, due to public demand, the Beatles Japanese record company, EMI/Odeon, reissued the two albums, again on red and blue vinyl.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1978|