Offered for sale is a scarce Japanese picture disc issue of the Beatles’ Abbey Road LP, including the original obi.
The Japanese pressings of this picture disc are much rarer than the American pressing.
About this copy: This copy of Abbey Road is an original 1978 Japanese issue on the Apple label.
The cover is M- with trace corner wear. The obi is M-. The lyric insert is M-.
The clear plastic inner sleeve has been replaced.
The disc is M- and may be unplayed.
A beautiful copy of a terrific LP..
Background: During the picture disc craze of the late 1970s, two Beatles LPs were officially released in that format – Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road. Capitol overpressed the Sgt. Pepper LP in the United States, and it became difficult to sell. As a result, the later release of Abbey Road. sold in significantly fewer numbers, as many retailers didn’t bother to stock it, fearing that they would be stuck with them.
Both titles were also released in Japan, and the Japanese pressings are much harder to find than their American counterparts, particularly so for Abbey Road.
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.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1978|