Modern Jazz Quartet – Under the Jasmin Tree red vinyl Japan LP with obi

An ultra rare Japanese red vinyl pressing of Under the Jasmin Tree by the Modern Jazz Quartet, complete with obi



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Offered for sale is a rare original Japanese red vinyl pressing of Under the Jasmin Tree by the Modern Jazz Quartet, complete with original obi.

The Modern Jazz Quartet seemed like an odd fit for the Beatles’ Apple Records, but in the late 1960s, the group released two albums for the label – Under the Jasmin Tree, and Space.  Both are rather hard to find, as neither album sold well in any country.

While most of the non-Beatles Apple LPs were issued in Japan, most are quite rare, and not all of them were issued on colored vinyl.

Under the Jasmin Tree was released in Japan in 1968, and as far as we know it was only available one time for a short print run.  Copies were pressed on both the regular black as well as the red “Everclean” vinyl, which was formulated to minimize static electricity.

About this record:  This copy of Under the Jasmin Tree is an example of the first and only Japanese pressing, pressed on red vinyl and including the original obi.

The record is hard to grade; it appears to have had little, if any play.  Side 2 is pristine, without so much as a spindle mark.  It’s easily M-.  Side 1 would be M-, but it has a heavy scuff through tracks 2-4.  The record plays just fine, but the marks are there.  We’ll call side 1 VG, just to be safe.

The cover is VG+, with some minor corner dings and some foxing, due to age.  The obi is VG+, with a tiny 1/4″ tear at the bottom.  The “hojyuhyo”, or reorder tag, is still attached.  The album has no insert, but we’re not sure if it originally included one or not, as the information that would normally be included on the insert is printed on the back cover.

A nice, though imperfect, copy of a very rare record, and the only copy we’ve ever seen to include the ultra-rare obi.

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