Beatles – Beatles for Sale limited edition red vinyl Japan mono LP with obi and rare sticker


A 1986 mono red vinyl limited edition pressing of Beatles for Sale by the Beatles, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a limited edition red vinyl mono Japanese pressing of Beatles for Sale by the Beatles, including the original obi.

This copy also includes a rare “It Was 20 Years Ago Today” promotional sticker that was given to buyers at the time of purchase.

About this copy: This copy of Beatles for Sale is a 1986 mono pressing on the EMI/Odeon label.

The cover is M-.  The obi is M-.  The lyric insert is VG+, with slight foxing.

The sticker, which measures 5″ x 6″ (12.5 cm x 15 cm) is M-.  Also included is the record company survey postcard, which is M-.

The red vinyl disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Beautiful disc!

A nearly perfect copy of a scarce Beatles LP and the only copy from this entire series that we’ve ever seen with the sticker.

Background: In the 1960s, most Japanese LPs were issued in stereo only, so most Japanese buyers never had the opportunity to hear the original mono mixes of most of the Beatles songs.

In 1982, EMI records released limited edition red vinyl pressings in mono of all of the Beatles albums from Please Please Me through Yellow Submarine.  This series was reissued in 1986 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s 1966 visit to Japan.

Released in December, 1964, Beatles for Sale was the fourth album by the Beatles to be released in the UK, though the album was not released in the United States.

The album reached #1 on the UK album charts. gave Beatles for Sale a 5 star review:

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. …This spirit winds up overshadowing McCartney’s cheery “I’ll Follow the Sun” or the thundering covers of “Rock & Roll Music,” “Honey Don’t,” and “Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!,” and the weariness creeps up in unexpected places — “Every Little Thing,” “What You’re Doing,” even George’s cover of Carl Perkins’ “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby” — 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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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: EMI/Odeon
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1986
Format: Mono
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Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in