Offered for sale is a complete original Japanese red vinyl box set pressing of Let It Be by the Beatles, including the original obi and 164 page book.
About this copy: This copy of Let It Be is a 1970 Japanese pressing on the Apple label.
This is the limited edition box set that included the 164 page softcover book titled “The Beatles Get Back.”
This set consists of:
- An outer box with a removable slipcover
- An obi around the box
- A tray to hold the book
- A copy of the 164 page softcover “The Beatles Get Back” book. This book was printed in the UK and has English text. There is a sticker on the back.
- A non-gatefold cover for the LP itself
- A lyric insert
- A red vinyl copy of the Let It Be album
The box itself is VG++ and close to M- with trace edge wear. The die-cut “medallion” obi is M-. The “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is still attached. There are no tears in the obi.
The tray for the book is VG+ with a few wrinkles on one of the flaps. There are no tears.
The book is VG+ with slight edge wear. It’s tightly bound and has no loose pages.
The LP cover is VG+ with slight edge and corner wear. The lyric insert is M-.
The red vinyl disc is M- on side one and VG++ (and close to M-) on side two with two faint scuffs through the first two tracks. There are a number of spindle marks on the labels, but the record is exceptionally clean.
A beautiful copy of a set that’s hard to find complete and is usually found in terrible condition. The original retail price of this box set was close to $100 in today’s dollars. As it was quite expensive, it did not sell well.
Background: Let It Be was the final studio album by the Beatles, issued just as they were breaking up in early 1970. Containing the hits “Let It Be” and “The Long and Winding Road,” the album reached #1 on the album charts in both the U.S. and the UK.
In Japan, as in the UK and Canada, the album was released as both a box set with a 164 page book and a regular issue with a gatefold cover, similar to the U.S. release. First pressings were issued on “Everclean” red vinyl.
Allmusic.com gave Let It Be a 4 1/2 star review:
The only Beatles album to occasion negative, even hostile reviews, there are few other rock records as controversial as Let It Be. … All that said, the album is on the whole underrated, even discounting the fact that a sub-standard Beatles record is better than almost any other group’s best work. …As flawed and bumpy as it is, it’s an album well worth having, as when the Beatles were in top form here, they were as good as ever.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1970|