Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Hey Jude by the Beatles, including the original die-cut “medallion” obi.
This pressing is black vinyl.
About this copy: This copy of Hey Jude is a 1970 Japanese pressing on the Apple label.
The cover is VG+ slight general wear. The die-cut “medallion” obi is VG, with a couple of wrinkles on the apple, but no tears. The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.
The lyric insert is missing is VG with slight fading and the number of wrinkles. The black paper inner sleeve is M-.
The disc is VG + with a couple of slight scuffs on each side. There are a few spindle marks on each label.
A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP that is hard to find complete.
Background: Hey Jude was a compilation LP put together by Beatles management, rather than Capitol or Parlophone Records. The release was intended to capitalize on the success of the group’s recent #1 single, “Hey Jude.”
The album consisted of a number of songs that had either been previously released as singles or which had not previously been released on Capitol/Apple albums.
The album reached #1 in the U.S., but wasn’t released in the UK until a few years later.
Appearing in the U.S. just two months prior to the band’s April 1970 breakup, Hey Jude is one of the odder Beatles records released during the group’s lifespan. Essentially a clearinghouse for singles that never appeared on album, the record relies heavily on songs released between 1968 and 1969, but it also stretches back to get both sides of the 1966 single “Paperback Writer”/”Rain” and “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “I Should Have Known Better,” two 1964 songs that never appeared on a Capitol LP (but did show up on the soundtrack to A Hard Day’s Night, which was released by United Artists in 1964). This scope inadvertently showcases the Beatles’ versatility and growth, as they move from the exuberance of Beatlemania to the intense psychedelia of the mid-’60s and then settle into rich post-Pepper days, where John, Paul, and George (Ringo sings no songs here) were all pursuing their own obsessions.
|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1970|