Offered for sale is a limited edition Japanese picture disc pressing of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, including the original obi.
About this copy: This copy of Sgt. Pepper is a 1978 Japanese pressing on the Capitol label.
The cover is M-. The obi is M-. The insert is M-.
The disc is M- and may be unplayed.
A nice copy of a picture disc that’s quite hard to find and perhaps the nicest copy we’ve ever had for sale.
Background: Due to collector interest in picture discs, which were then mostly promotional items, many record companies started issuing limited edition picture discs of popular albums in 1978.
The large-scale production of picture disc LPs was short-lived, as most buyers weren’t interested in paying nearly twice as much money for records that usually didn’t sound as good as the regular black vinyl pressings.
During this time, the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road, and Band on the Run by Paul McCartney & Wings were released as picture discs in both the U.S. and Japan.
The Japanese pressings are much harder to find than the American versions.
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:||1978|