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 VG++, and very close to M-, with a couple of minor creases and a tiny corner dent.
The original “envelope” style inner sleeve is included and is VG+, with a few wrinkles, but 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 obi is VG, with a number of wrinkles, but no tears. The “hojyuhyo,” or re-order tag, is still attached.
The red vinyl disc is M- with a number of spindle marks on the labels. There’s a very tiny inaudible mark at the beginning of “Getting Better.” Other than that, there are no marks on either side of the vinyl.
A beautiful copy of an iconic Beatles LP and a very difficult album to find in this kind of condition, as most copies are worn out and missing the obi.
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|