Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of the Wedding Album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, complete with original obi.
About this copy: This copy of Wedding Album is an original Japanese issue, though the 1969 LP wasn’t commercially released in Japan until 1977. This copy includes the original obi and all inserts.
The box is VG++, with faint wear at the corners. The obi is VG+, with slight wear.
The box includes:
- Box with reproduction marriage license on the inside of the cover
- LP and cover
- “The Press” Booklet
- Strip of photos
- Photo of wedding cake
- Fold out poster
- Japanese lyric insert
All are M-; the record shows a couple of spindle marks but no other signs of play.
The cover has two small seam splits in the center of the top and the bottom from the record shifting over time. We have repaired those.
A beautiful copy of a box set that rarely turns up anymore.
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 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 new reissue by Secretly Canadian makes the material accessible once again, though they were likely smart to make it a limited edition, as this is still not an album for everyone, or even for all Beatles collectors.
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:||1977|