Offered for sale is a limited edition white vinyl pressing of Let It Be by the Beatles, issued in Great Britain in 1978 for export only.
About this copy: This copy of Let It Be is a 1978 pressing on the Apple label.
The cover is VG++, with slight lamination wear at the mouth of the cover. For some reason, this title is prone to lamination issues. The cover retains the original shrink wrap, though it does have several tears.
The white vinyl disc is M-, and the record has clearly had very little play.
A beautiful copy of a record that’s become quite hard to find in recent years.
Background: In the late 1970s, collectors were showing a lot of interest in colored vinyl, so record companies around the world began pressing both old and (then-) new titles on colored vinyl as limited edition pressings.
In Great Britain, EMI Records pressed four different titles by the Beatles on colored vinyl: Magical Mystery Tour (yellow), Abbey Road (green), The Beatles (white), and Let It Be, which was also pressed on white vinyl.
All four titles were pressed for export only, and were not sold within the United Kingdom. Most, if not all, of those titles were exported to the United States, where they were readily available for the short time they were in print.
All four titles are scarce today.
Let It Be was the final studio album by the Beatles, released in May, 1970. As the album was technically a soundtrack album to the film of the same name, distribution of the album was handled by ABCKO, the company that belonged to Beatles manager Allen Klein, rather than Capitol Records.
When Apple Records was dissolved in 1975, Let It Be became the only Beatles studio album to go out of print, and it was actually out of print for several years in the late 1970s and occasionally turned up for sale in discount bins.
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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