Carnival – The Carnival 1969 Japan red vinyl promotional Bossa Nova LP with obi


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Free U.S. shipping!  An original Japanese red vinyl white label promotional copy of The Carnival, the 1969 self-titled debut LP by the Carnival, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese red vinyl white label promotional copy of The Carnival, the 1969 self-titled debut LP by the Carnival, including the original obi.

This LP has a slightly different track order than the U.S. version of the LP.

About this copy: This copy of The Carnival is an original 1969 Japanese pressing on the World Pacific label.

The cover is VG, with general wear on the back cover and moderate edge wear.  The obi is VG, with a couple of tiny tears.  It’s somewhat dirty, but otherwise in good shape.  The “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is still attached.

The original white paper insert used for promotional copies is included; the plastic liner is missing.

This LP has no insert; we don’t know if it originally included one or not.

The red vinyl white label promotional disc is M- and looks unplayed.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a terrific and underrated pop/bossa nova LP.  This is the only copy we’ve ever seen; this pressing is not listed at Discogs.

Background: In 1968, Sergio Mendes decided to revamp his Brasil ’66 group and in doing so let singer Janis Hansen and percussionist José Soares, along with bassist Tommy Neal and Terry Fischer, formerly of the Murmaids.

The band’s only LP was produced by Bones Howe, who was looking to create sort of a combination of the 5th Dimension and Brasil ’66.  Other instruments were provided by L.A.’s famed Wrecking crew.

The result was a terrific record that was purchased by absolutely no one. gave The Carnival a 4 star review:

The Carnival’s self-titled album from 1969 sounds quite a bit like the sunny blend of L.A. sunshine pop and easy Brazilian rhythms that Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 were dishing out at the time. …The group covers pop tunes almost exclusively, wrapping “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Walk On By,” “Sweets for My Sweet,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and the Beatles’ “The Word” in their silky embrace, sounding like some of the classiest, most swinging elevator music you’d ever want to hear. The songs that aren’t pop hits of the day come off well also; the group-penned “Canto de Carnival” and the very bossa “Laia Ladaia” start the album off with a fizzy kick.

You can listen to “Laia Ledaia” here:

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: World Pacific
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in