Jethro Tull – Living in the Past 1972 Japan white label promo 2 LP set with obi


An original Japanese white label promotional copy of the 1972 2 LP set Living in the Past by Jethro Tull, complete with original obi.

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Offered for sale is a rare Japanese white label promotional copy of the 1972 2 LP set Living in the Past by Jethro Tull, complete with the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Living in the Past is a promotional copy of the 1972 first issue of this 2 LP set.  It’s the same package as the American release, with a heavy textured cover and booklet, along with a Japanese lyric insert and obi.

Japanese promotional issues are far harder to find than American issues, as they were pressed in far smaller numbers, perhaps as few as 100-200 copies per title.

The cover is VG++, with faint wear at the corners.

The obi is M-, with a bit of foxing on the back, but no rips, tears, or holes.

The discs are M-.  The first disc has a couple of spindle marks on the label, and the second disc appears to be unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a very rare Jethro Tull LP, as their records sold very poorly in Japan.

Background: Living in the Past is technically a compilation LP, consisting largely of songs that were originally released in the UK as singles or on EPs, but which were largely unknown in the U.S. at the time of the album’s release in late 1972.

From the perspective of American buyers, it was essentially a new Jethro Tull album, and it sold well, reaching #3 on the U.S. charts.  It even did well in the UK, where the material wasn’t new to British ears, reaching #8 there. gave Living In the Past a 4 1/2 star review:

Listen to this collection, put together to capitalize on the explosive growth in the group’s audience after Aqualung, and it’s easy to understand just how fine a group Jethro Tull was in the early ’70s. Most of the songs, apart from a few heavily played album tracks (“Song for Jeffrey,” etc.) and a pair of live tracks from a 1970 Carnegie Hall show, came off of singles and EPs that, apart from the title song, were scarcely known in America, and it’s all so solid that it needs no apology or explanation. Not only was Ian Anderson writing solid songs every time out, but the group’s rhythm section was about the best in progressive rock’s pop division. Along with any of the group’s first five albums, this collection is seminal and essential to any Tull collection, and the only compilation by the group that is a must-own disc.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Reprise
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 22 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.4 in