Offered for sale is a red vinyl Japanese 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 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 or lyric insert that were included in U.S. and UK copies.
The obi is VG+ , with a tiny tear at the bottom edge and a few wrinkles on the back. The “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is still attached.
The original black paper inner sleeve is included and has no splits.
The red vinyl disc is M- and looks virtually unplayed.
A beautiful copy of a fairly scarce colored vinyl Beatles LP. This is the first copy of this version that we’ve had in several years.
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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