Offered for sale is a complete original Japanese red vinyl pressing of The Beatles (aka the “White Album”) by the Beatles, with a numbered cover, poster, bonus photos, song title card, and the original die-cut “medallion” obi.
Note: This copy includes the song title card, which is usually missing. Most sellers aren’t even aware that the card was included with the album when it was new.
About this copy: This copy of The Beatles is a 1968 Japanese pressing on the Apple label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.
The numbered cover (A048316) is in VG+ , with a stain at the bottom of the cover and a smaller one at the top edge, but no significant wear or splits.
The original “medallion” obi is VG with a few wrinkles and a couple of repaired tears on the back side. The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.
The poster is M- with no rips, tears, or holes.. The original black inner sleeves are included, and are VG+ , with a few wrinkles, but no splits.
The four bonus photos are M- with no rips, holes, or tears. The nearly-always-missing song listing card is M-.
The two red vinyl discs are VG++ and close to M-, with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs The records have clearly been played only a few times. There is a bit of surface noise in between tracks.
A nice copy of a classic LP that is almost always found in terrible condition and the only complete copy we’ve ever had for sale.
Background: The Beatles, aka the “White Album”, was the ninth studio album by the Beatles (by the UK method of counting, anyway.) Released in late 1968, the album reached #1 on the charts pretty much everywhere and is the largest-selling album in the band’s history, as a sale of a double album counted as two albums sold.
Each song on the sprawling double album The Beatles is an entity to itself, as the band touches on anything and everything it can. This makes for a frustratingly scattershot record or a singularly gripping musical experience, depending on your view, but what makes the so-called White Album interesting is its mess. …None of it sounds like it was meant to share album space together, but somehow The Beatles creates its own style and sound through its mess.
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