Beatles – Hey Jude 1970 Japan red vinyl LP with obi


Free U.S. shipping!  An original red vinyl Japanese pressing of Hey Jude by the Beatles, including the original die-cut “medallion” obi.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese red vinyl pressing of Hey Jude by the Beatles, including the original die-cut obi.

About this copy: This copy of Hey Jude is a 1970 Japanese pressing on the Apple label.

The cover is VG+ with slight corner and edge wear.  The die-cut “medallion” obi is VG+ with a few wrinkles and slight foxing, but no tears.  The “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is still attached.

The lyric insert is M-.  The black paper inner sleeve is M-.

The disc is M- with a few spindle marks and slight foxing on the side two label, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Beatles LP and the first copy we’ve had for sale in several years.

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. gave Hey Jude a 3 star review:

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
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in