Offered for sale is a rare original Japanese red vinyl pressing of Under the Jasmin Tree by the Modern Jazz Quartet with a reproduction obi.
About this copy: This copy of Under the Jasmin Tree is an example of the first and only Japanese pressing, released in 1968 and pressed on red vinyl. This copy includes a reproduction of the original (and very rare) 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 black paper inner sleeve that was originally included with the album is missing.
The cover is VG+, with some minor corner dings and some foxing, due to age. The album has no insert, but we’re pretty sure it never had one from the factory, 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.
Background: 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.