Beatles – Help! rare 1965 red vinyl Japan LP with original obi


A rare original red vinyl pressing of Help! by the Beatles, complete with original obi.

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Offered for sale is a beautiful original red vinyl 1965 Japanese pressing of Help! by the Beatles, complete with original obi, lyric insert and pinup photo.

About this copy: This copy of Help! is an original 1965 Japanese pressing, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl and including the rare original obi, lyric insert, and pinup photo.

The cover is VG++, with trace wear at the corners. The lyric insert is included and is M- .  The original paper inner sleeve that advertised other Odeon albums is included.

The ultra-rare obi is VG+, with a few wrinkles and a 1/2″ tear at the top edge.

The pinup photo is VG++, with some foxing on the back but no wear of note.

The red vinyl disc is VG+, with a few minor scuffs and a few spindle marks on the label. The disc is the correct first issue, with “Long Playing” at the bottom of the label.

A nice copy of an album that’s very difficult to find complete.


Released in 1965, Help! was the fifth UK album release by the Beatles.    Released in different configurations in the UK and the U.S., both versions reached #1 on their respective album charts. gave Help! a 5 star review:

Considering that Help! functions as the Beatles’ fifth album and as the soundtrack to their second film — while filming, they continued to release non-LP singles on a regular basis — it’s not entirely surprising that it still has some of the weariness of Beatles for Sale. Again, they pad the album with covers, but the Bakersfield bounce of “Act Naturally” adds new flavor (along with an ideal showcase for Ringo’s amiable vocals) and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” gives John an opportunity to flex his rock & roll muscle. George is writing again and if his two contributions don’t touch Lennon and McCartney’s originals, they hold their own against much of their British pop peers.

As with A Hard Day’s Night a year earlier, the 1965 album Help! had different configurations in the U.S. and elsewhere.  In the U.S., the album was a true soundtrack album, with seven Beatles songs and the rest filled in by orchestral instrumentation conducted by Ken Thorne.

In the UK, the album contained 14 tracks by the Beatles and had a different cover.

In Japan, the album was released in September, 1965, with a gatefold cover and it included a large photo of the group.  First pressings were issued on red vinyl, as were original pressings of most Beatles albums sold in Japan.

Help! was released in Japan three different times in the 1960s – in 1965 with a blue obi, in 1967 with a green obi with an Odeon Records logo, and in 1969 with a green obi with an Apple Reccords logo.

All are rare, but the original 1965 issue is by far the most difficult of the three to find complete.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1965
Format: Stereo
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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in