Scorpions – Virgin Killer 1977 first issue Japan LP with obi


An original Japanese pressing of Virgin Killer by the Scorpions, complete with notorious cover art and the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a rare 1977 first issue Japanese pressing of Virgin Killer by the Scorpions, complete with the infamous cover and the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Virgin Killer is the rare 1977 Japanese first pressing, complete with obi and lyric insert.

The album was reissued in 1982 as the Scorpions became popular.  The more common second issue looks nearly identical, but has a different catalog number (RPL-3034).

This copy features the notorious cover that record companies in most countries declined to use and which the band has since decided probably wasn’t the best idea.  We’ve obscured it, as we figure if you’re looking for the album, you already know what it looks like.

The cover is M-, with a tiny bit of wear on one corner.  The obi and insert are M-.

The disc is M- and looks unplayed.

A nice copy of a rare Scorpions LP and the only first issue of this LP that we’ve ever seen.

Background: Virgin Killer, released in 1976, was the fourth album by the Scorpions.  The album failed to chart in most countries, though it did reach #32 on the Japanese charts.

While the album was well-received by critics, most of the attention was devoted to the original cover art, which depicted a nude girl.  Common sense prevailed, and most countries, including the U.S. and the UK, declined to use the original cover art and instead used the album’s back cover photo (a picture of the band) as the front cover.

Cover issues aside, the album did get good critical reviews, and gave Virgin Killer a 4 star review:

Recorded just before the band began cranking out their earliest hits on classic albums like Lovedrive and Animal Magnetism, Virgin Killer is the first of four studio releases that really defined the Scorpions and their urgent metallic sound that was to become highly influential. While there are no tracks recognizable to the casual fan like “Blackout” and “Another Piece of Meat,” on Virgin Killer, serious fans of the group treasure this 1977 collection.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: RCA
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1977
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in