Ides of March – Vehicle 1970 red vinyl Japan promotional LP with obi


Free U.S. shipping!  An original Japanese red vinyl white label promotional copy of Vehicle by the Ides of March, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese red vinyl white label promotional copy of Vehicle by the Ides of March, including the original obi.

Note: Red vinyl copies of this album were issued for promotional use only.  All copies sold in stores were pressed on black vinyl.

About this copy:  This copy of Vehicle is a  1970 Japanese pressing on the Warner Brothers label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

The cover is VG+, with slight edge and corner wear.  The obi is VG+ with a few wrinkles, but no tears.  The “hojyuhyo” (reorder tag) is still attached.

The lyric insert is missing.

The red vinyl white label promo disc is M- with some spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl. There are many spindle marks on the side two label and only a couple of them on the side one label, suggesting that former owners mostly played side one.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a very rare (and pretty good) LP by the Ides of March.

Background: Chicago’s the Ides of March released four albums in the early 1970s and put three songs on the Billboard charts, but they’re best remembered for their #2 hit, “Vehicle,” which reminded more than a few listeners of a harder-edged Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

Unfortunately, “Vehicle” was the band’s only Top 40 hit, and they broke up in the mid-1970s.  Founder Jim Peterik later found success as a founding member of Survivor.

Vehicle reached #55 on the U.S. album chart. gave Vehicle a 3 star review:

A canny mixture of rock and soul, “Vehicle” was fortified with the group’s powerful horn section, which gave the tune more than a passing resemblance to the sound of Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago, both of whom were also enjoying major chart success at the time. After the single hit the charts, the Ides of March were rushed into the studio to cut an album, and Vehicle was supposedly recorded and mixed within the space of a week. To their credit, the band’s barnstorming days in Chicago certainly paid off; despite the tight deadline, the band sounds tight, enthusiastic, and emphatic on all ten tracks, and the songs cover a broader range than just the punchy sound of “Vehicle.” . Ultimately, Vehicle documents this band’s limitations as well as its strengths, but ultimately it’s a good week’s work, and shows the Ides of March had more up their sleeve than their only hit.

You can listen to “Vehicle” here:



Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in