John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band red vinyl Japan LP with obi


An original Japanese pressing of Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon, pressed on red vinyl and including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon, pressed on red vinyl and including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Plastic Ono Band is a complete original Japanese first issue, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl and including the original obi, lyric insert, and custom inner sleeve.

The cover is VG++, with slight wear at the corners.  The obi is VG++, with slight wear at the top and bottom edges, but no wrinkles or tears, which is rare for this die-cut “medallion” obi style.

The custom inner sleeve has two small splits.

The red vinyl disc is M- and appears to have had little, if any, play.

A beautiful copy of an album that’s rarely found either complete or in this condition.

Background: Depending on how you’re counting, Plastic Ono Band is either John Lennon’s first solo album, or his first, as the four “solo” albums that preceded this one all included Yoko Ono and all but Live Peace in Toronto failed to include any actual music.

The deeply personal Plastic Ono Band didn’t include any hits, with the only single (“Mother”) peaking at #43 on the U.S. charts.

The album still sold well, reaching #6 in the U.S. and #8 in the UK. gave Plastic Ono Band a rare 5 star review:

The cliché about singer/songwriters is that they sing confessionals direct from their heart, but John Lennon exploded the myth behind that cliché, as well as many others, on his first official solo record, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. Inspired by his primal scream therapy with Dr. Arthur Janov, Lennon created a harrowing set of unflinchingly personal songs, laying out all of his fears and angers for everyone to hear. It was a revolutionary record — never before had a record been so explicitly introspective, and very few records made absolutely no concession to the audience’s expectations, daring the listeners to meet all the artist’s demands….Few albums are ever as harrowing, difficult, and rewarding as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

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

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in