Offered for sale is an ultra-rare original red vinyl Japanese pressing of the Wedding Album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, complete with original obi.
This copy is complete, clean, and all original!
About this copy: This copy of Wedding Album is an original 1969 Japanese pressing on the Apple label, catalog number AP-9010 and pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.
The box is VG++, with a “nick” near the upper right hand corner. All of the corners are intact.
The obi is VG++, with a few faint wrinkles, but no tears. The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.
The box includes:
- Reproduction marriage license on the inside of the cover
- LP and gatefold cover
- “The Press” booklet
- “The Wedding” booklet
- Strip of photos
- Photo of wedding cake
- Fold out poster
- Japanese lyric/liner notes insert
- Black paper inner sleeve (no splits!)
All inserts are original and have the original AP-9010 catalog number on them except the cake photo, which has no number.
The gatefold cover is M-, with trace corner wear. All of the inserts are M-.
The red vinyl disc is M- with a faint 1/2″ inaudible scuff on side one and a couple of minor sleeve scuffs on side two. There is a single spindle mark on the side two label, suggesting that the record might have been played once.
A beautiful copy of an ultra-rare John Lennon item. Until we found this copy, we weren’t even sure this album existed on red vinyl. Even the black vinyl copies are nearly impossible to find.
Background: Originally released in 1969, Wedding Album was the second of three experimental albums released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Buyers expecting Beatle-esque music were likely disappointed, as side one of the album consists of John and Yoko simply repeating each other’s names, while side two features a press conference.
The packaging of the album was interesting, however, coming in a box set that included a copy of their marriage license, a plastic bag containing a photo of a slice of wedding cake, a strip of photos, and a booklet of press clippings.
The album did not chart in the UK and peaked at #178 on the U.S. album charts. Wedding Album was quite a rarity at one time until a small quantity of sealed U.S. copies turned up in a warehouse in the early 1980s. Of course, all of those copies were grabbed up long ago, and the album is again rather hard to find, especially in completely intact condition.
The box set was briefly available in Japan in 1969, pressed on both black and red vinyl; both versions are extremely rare. The album was reissued in Japan in 1978 on a different label and with a different catalog number and obi.
Allmusic.com gave Wedding Album a somewhat generous 1 1/2 star review:
The record itself contained two selections, one of which consisted of nearly 25 minutes of Yoko Ono’s wailing, while the other, “John and Yoko,” featured the two, one in each stereo speaker, calling out the other’s name for more than 22 minutes. Employing such limited lyrics, Lennon is the more expressive, Ono the more penetrating.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1969|