Offered for sale is a red vinyl Japanese pressing of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, complete with original obi.
About this copy: This copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the second Japanese issue, released in late 1969. Like the first version, the disc was pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl, but was issued on the Apple label, rather than the Odeon label that was used for the 1967 first issue.
The second issue is actually harder to find on red vinyl than the first one.
The cover is M-. This LP was issued without the cutout insert that was included in U.S. and UK copies. It was also issued without a lyric insert.
The obi is VG++, with a couple of wringles on the “hojyuhyo,” or re-order tag, which is still attached.
The original black paper inner sleeve is included. While it has a few wrinkles, it has no tears or splits.
The red vinyl disc is M-, with a few spindle marks on the labels.
A beautiful copy of a fairly scarce colored vinyl Beatles LP and the nicest copy we’ve ever had for sale.
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:||1969|