Offered for sale is an original red vinyl Japanese pressing of Rubber Soul by the Beatles, including the rare original obi.
About this copy: This copy of Rubber Soul is a 1965 Japanese pressing on the Odeon label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.
The cover is VG++ with a few minor creases. There is a mark through the ¥1800 price on the back.
The original blue and white obi with the ¥1800 price is VG, with a few wrinkles on the back and a small repaired tear on the back. The printed price on the obi is ¥1800; there is a stain there suggesting that a ¥1750 sticker has been removed. This version of the obi did not originally include a “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag.)
The lyric insert is VG+ with slight foxing. The original “envelope” inner sleeve is VG++.
The red vinyl disc is VG+, with a couple of scuffs from the paper inner sleeve, but no significant marks. There are many spindle marks on the labels. It’s an album that has been played a lot, but has been well cared for. It plays with some surface noise.
A nice copy of a rare Beatles item a difficult album to find as a complete first pressing.
Background: Released in December, 1965, Rubber Soul was the seventh Beatles album to be released by Capitol Records. The U.S. version of the album, which had a different track lineup from the UK version, reached #1 on the U.S. album charts.
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