Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus original 1971 Japan LP with obi


An original 1971 Japanese pressing of Tarkus by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is an original 1971 Japanese pressing of Tarkus by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, including the original obi and lyric insert.

About this copy: This copy of Tarkus is a 1971 Japanese pressing on the Atlantic label with the original P-8133A catalog number and not the more common 1976 pressing.

The cover is VG++, with trace edge and corner wear and faint foxing on the inside.  The obi is M- and the “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

The pink lyric insert is M-.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed, with no marks of any kind on either the labels or the vinyl.  Beautiful disc!

A gorgeous copy of a terrific album that’s quite hard to find as a Japanese first pressing.

Background: Released in 1971, Tarkus was the second studio album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

The album reached #1 on the UK charts and #9 in the U.S., where it was certified gold by the RIAA.

Allmusic.com gave Tarkus a 3 1/2 star review:

Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s 1970 eponymous LP was only a rehearsal. It hit hard because of the novelty of the act (allegedly the first supergroup in rock history), but felt more like a collection of individual efforts and ideas than a collective work. All doubts were dissipated by the release of Tarkus in 1971. …Tarkus makes a very solid album, especially to the ears of prog rock fans — no Greg Lake acoustic ballads, no lengthy jazz interludes. More accomplished than the trio’s first album, but not quite as polished as Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus is nevertheless a must-have.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1971
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 14 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × .25 in