Offered for sale is a rare original red vinyl 1965 Japanese pressing of Help! by the Beatles, complete with original obi, lyric insert and pinup photo.
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.
About this copy: This copy of Help! is an original 1965 Japanese pressing, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl and including the original obi, lyric insert, and pinup photo.
The cover is VG+, with slightly dented corners and a bit of wear on the inside of the gatefold cover. The lyric insert is included and is VG. No wear on the insert, but it does have some foxing (discoloration). 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 writing on it ballpoint pen by a previous owner.
The red vinyl disc is VG+, with a number of sleeve scuffs. It’s had a fair amount of play, but has been well cared for. It does play with some noise. 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.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1965|