Offered for sale is a red vinyl Japanese pressing of Beatles for Sale by the Beatles, including the original obi.
About this copy: This copy of Beatles for Sale is a 1967 pressing on the Odeon label of an album that was originally released in 1965.
The cover is VG++, with some discoloration from age on the inside, but no wear. The obi is VG, with some wrinkles and repaired tears at the top and bottom edge. The “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is still attached.
The lyric insert is VG++ with slight discoloration from age. The envelope-style inner sleeve is VG++ with a few minor wrinkles.
The red vinyl disc is VG++ and close to M- with a couple of very faint sleeve scuffs. There are a few spindle marks on the labels. The disc plays with slight surface noise, as is common for these red vinyl LPs.
A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP and the only copy of this particular pressing we’ve ever had for sale.
Background: Beatles for Sale was the fourth studio album by the Beatles, released in December 1964 in the UK and in early 1965 in Japan. The LP was not released in the U.S., but tracks from the album were spread across several U.S.-only LPs.
The album reached #1 on the UK charts.
It was inevitable that the constant grind of touring, writing, promoting, and recording would grate on the Beatles, but the weariness of Beatles for Sale comes as something of a shock. Only five months before, the group released the joyous A Hard Day’s Night. Now, they sound beaten, worn, and, in Lennon’s case, bitter and self-loathing… leaving the impression that Beatlemania may have been fun but now the group is exhausted. That exhaustion results in the group’s most uneven album, but its best moments find them moving from Merseybeat to the sophisticated pop/rock they developed in mid-career.
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