Offered for sale is a rare red vinyl white label promotional copy of the Japan-only release The Best of Jan & Dean complete with the original obi.
Jan & Dean sold a lot of records worldwide during the 1960s, but one market where they were never particularly popular was Japan. The Japanese liked the Beach Boys well enough, but Jan & Dean never really drew any interest there. As a result, their records, particularly their albums, are nearly impossible to find as Japanese pressings.
The Best of Jan & Dean is the only Japanese album by the duo that we have ever seen. This compilation was released only in Japan, probably about 1970 or so.
- The Little Old Lady from Pasadena
- Surf City
- Honolulu Lulu
- The New Girl in School
- Hey Little Freshmen
- Rock and Roll Music
- Dead Man’s Curve
- Little Deuce Coupe
- Drag City
- School Days
- A Surfer’s Dream
- Ride the Wild Surf
- I Get Around
You can listen to “Drag City” here:
About this copy: This copy of The Best of Jan & Dean is an original Japanese promotional copy, pressed on red vinyl and including the original obi.
The album includes a gatefold cover with a lyric booklet that has a nice, full color photo of Jan & Dean. Both the original obi and the “hojyuhyo”, or reorder tag, are present, as is the original white envelope inner sleeve.
The gatefold cover is VG++, with a couple of minor bends in the corners. There’s a small (repaired) seam split in the middle of the bottom of the cover that’s barely noticeable.
The obi is VG+, with just slight wear. There was no insert issued with this LP; the booklet contains the information normally found on an insert.
The red vinyl record is M-, and looks as though it may be unplayed.
A beautiful copy of a terrific record that’s quite rare.
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