Lesley Gore – I’ll Cry If I Want To original 1963 Japan stereo LP with obi


Free U.S. shipping!  A complete original Japanese stereo pressing of the 1963 LP I’ll Cry If I Want To by Lesley Gore, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a complete original Japanese stereo pressing of the 1963 LP I’ll Cry If I Want To by Lesley Gore, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of I’ll Cry If I Want To is a 1963 Japanese pressing on the Mercury label.  The album was briefly available in Japan in 1963 and was never reissued there on vinyl.

Note: While the title is printed in English on the cover, the title printed in Japanese is “Tears Song Diary.”

The flipback cover is VG++ and close to M- with some discoloration from age near the flaps on the back and a faint record impression.  There is a punch hole in the upper left hand corner.

The obi is VG++, with a couple of minor wrinkles and a couple of light foxing spots, but no tears.  There is a punch hole through the obi.

This LP was issued without an insert.

The disc is VG++ and close to M- with one or two very faint hairlines on each side.  There are one or two spindle marks on the labels.  This record has probably been played just a few times.  Clean disc!

A beautiful copy of an astonishingly rare Lesley Gore LP.   This is the only the second copy of this album that we’ve ever seen, and the only one to include the obi.

Background: Released in June, 1963, I’ll Cry If I Want To was the debut LP by then-16 year old Lesley Gore.

The album reached #24 on the U.S. album charts, helped by the hits, “It’s My Party” and “Judy’s Turn to Cry.”

Allmusic.com gave I’ll Cry If I Want To this review:

Lesley Gore’s debut album was rushed out on the heels of her debut smash, “It’s My Party,” and suffered from being made into a contrived concept album of sorts. Most of the songs were about — as the title indicated — crying, since the key hook of “It’s My Party” had Gore boasting that she could cry if she wanted to. …Aside from the hits, nothing here rocked respectably, or swung as Quincy Jones’ arrangements were capable of doing, though “Cry Me a River” wasn’t too bad. Gore would, perhaps to the surprise of many, go on to establish a respectable career with a series of hits that didn’t always milk the self-pity bucket, though this first effort gave all the indication of her being a one-hit wonder.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Mercury
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1963
Format: Stereo
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Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in