Beatles – Sgt. Pepper/Abbey Road sealed U.S. limited edition picture disc LP set

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Free U.S. shipping!  A still sealed set of U.S. 1978 limited edition picture discs of Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles.

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Offered for sale is a still sealed set of 1978/1979 U.S. limited edition picture discs of Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles.

These two picture disc LPs, issued separately in 1978 and 1979, are the only two Beatles album to be released as authorized picture disc LPs.  We’re selling these two as a pair.

About this set:

Abbey Road: This copy of Abbey Road is an original 1979 U.S. release from Capitol Records.  As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The shrink wrap is completely intact, with no rips, tears, or holes, aside from two small breathe holes in the wrap near the mouth of the cover.

Unlike many copies, this one does not have a punch hole, saw mark, or cut corner.

Sgt. Pepper:  This copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is an original 1978 U.S. release from Capitol Records.  As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The shrink wrap is completely intact, with no rips, tears, or holes, aside from two small breathe holes in the wrap near the mouth of the cover.

Unlike many copies, this one does not have a punch hole, saw mark, or cut corner.

Both LPs are essentially perfect, and this represents a great opportunity to get them together.

Background: During the late 1970s, record companies started sending out picture discs of new albums as promotional items.  These records soon became popular with collectors and the record companies, seeing an opportunity for extra money, began issuing limited edition picture discs commercially of then-new and older popular titles.

This fad didn’t last long, as buyers soon grew wary of paying twice the price for a picture disc of an album they likely already owned, and by 1980, releases of picture disc LPs in the United States became somewhat of a rare occurrence.

Among the titles released at the time were two titles by the Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road.  The Sgt. Pepper disc was released first and sold quite well.  By the time Abbey Road was released, buyers had become reluctant to pay big bucks for picture discs, and a lot of stores didn’t even bother to stock it.

As a result, the Abbey Road picture disc is considerably rarer than the Sgt. Pepper version.

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.

Allmusic.com gave Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band a 5 star review:

With Revolver, the Beatles made the Great Leap Forward, reaching a previously unheard-of level of sophistication and fearless experimentation. Sgt. Pepper, in many ways, refines that breakthrough, as the Beatles consciously synthesized such disparate influences as psychedelia, art-song, classical music, rock & roll, and music hall, often in the course of one song. Not once does the diversity seem forced — the genius of the record is how the vaudevillian “When I’m 64” seems like a logical extension of “Within You Without You” and how it provides a gateway to the chiming guitars of “Lovely Rita.”… It’s possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this. After Sgt. Pepper, there were no rules to follow — rock and pop bands could try anything, for better or worse. Ironically, few tried to achieve the sweeping, all-encompassing embrace of music as the Beatles did here.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
SEAX-11840
SEAX-11900
Year of Release: 1978/1979
Format: Stereo
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Weight 20 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.4 in