Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the U.S. limited edition picture disc of Abbey Road by the Beatles.
About this copy: 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 mostly intact, except for very tiny (1/8″ or .3 cm) breaks at the two right hand corners. An original price sticker is attached to the wrap on the back of the cover.
Unlike many copies, this one does not have a punch hole, saw mark, or cut corner.
A beautiful copy of a great-looking picture disc and one of the nicest copies we’ve ever had for sale.
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.
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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