Offered for sale is a Japanese white label promotional pressing of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, including the original obi.
About this copy: This copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is a 1976 issue on the Apple label of an album that was originally issued in 1967 on the Odeon label.
Unlike earlier pressings of the album released in Japan, this copy does include the cutout insert sheet.
The cover is VG++ and close to M- with slight edge wear. The obi is M-.
The insert and cutout sheet are M-.
The white label promo disc is M- on side one and VG++ on side two with a couple of light scuffs. It’s a clean disc that’s only been played a couple of times.
A nice copy of a rare Beatles LP.
Background: There’s not much point in writing about Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; entire books have been written about the album. It’s not only the best-known album of the Beatles’ catalog, but it’s regarded as one of the most influential albums ever released.
This LP, like nearly all Beatles albums issued in Japan in the 1960s, was pressed on both red and black vinyl, with the red vinyl pressings being more highly sought out by collectors.
With Revolver, the Beatles made the Great Leap Forward, reaching a previously unheard-of level of sophistication and fearless experimentation. Sgt. Pepper, in many ways, refines that breakthrough, as the Beatles consciously synthesized such disparate influences as psychedelia, art-song, classical music, rock & roll, and music hall, often in the course of one song. Not once does the diversity seem forced — the genius of the record is how the vaudevillian “When I’m 64” seems like a logical extension of “Within You Without You” and how it provides a gateway to the chiming guitars of “Lovely Rita.”… It’s possible to argue that there are better Beatles albums, yet no album is as historically important as this. After Sgt. Pepper, there were no rules to follow — rock and pop bands could try anything, for better or worse. Ironically, few tried to achieve the sweeping, all-encompassing embrace of music as the Beatles did here.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1972|