Beatles – Sgt. Pepper Japan first issue red vinyl LP with obi


Free U.S. shipping!  An original 1967 Japanese red vinyl pressing of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, including the  original obi.

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Offered for sale is an original 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 original Japanese issue, released in July 1967.

The disc was pressed on  “Everclean” red vinyl, and was issued on the Odeon label, rather than the Apple label that was used for the 1969 second pressing.

The cover is M- with one or two minor foxing spots on the inside of the gatefold.

The obi is VG+ with moderate foxing, mostly on the back, but no tears.  The “hojyuhyo,” or re-order tag, is still attached.

The original “envelope” style inner sleeve is included  and is M- with no tears or splits.

This LP was issued without a lyric insert and without the cutout insert that was included in U.S. and UK copies. 

The red vinyl disc is M- with a few spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.

A beautiful copy of an iconic 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. gave Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band a 5 star review:

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
Size: 12″
Record Label: Odeon
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in