Ventures – The Original Greatest Hits 1964 red vinyl Japan test pressing with hankake obi


Free US shipping! An original Japanese red vinyl test pressing of The Ventures Original Hits by the Ventures, including the original hankake obi.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese red vinyl test pressing of The Ventures Original Hits by the Ventures, including the original hankake obi. This LP was issued only in Japan.

The “hankake obi,” or “half-obi” was briefly used on albums pressed by Toshiba from late 1963 through early 1964 and is usually missing from all titles that originally included one.

About this copy: This copy of The Ventures Original Hits is a 1964 Japanese pressing on the Liberty label, pressed on “Everclean” red vinyl.

The cover is VG ++ and close to M -, with no wear but with slight discoloration from age.

The obi is VG ++ and close to M-, with slight discoloration from age.

This LP was issued without an insert.

The red vinyl test pressing disc is VG++, with a couple of faint scuffs on each side. There are two spindle marks on each label. It’s a clean disk that has had very little play.

A beautiful copy of a very rare Ventures album.

Background: Released in early 1964, The Ventures Original Hits was one of many compilation albums by the band to be issued in Japan.

What makes this copy very unusual is that it is a first pressing that includes the ultra-rare “hankake obi”, also known as a “half obi” or a “three quarter obi.”

For a brief time in 1963 and 1964, Toshiba Records, who pressed albums for Liberty, Capitol, Warner Brothers and a few other labels, used what is known as a “hankake obi”.  Instead of wrapping around the cover, this obi was a single strip of paper about nine inches long that simply hooked over the top of the cover via a 1/4″ fold of paper.

These were glued to the cover at the factory, but most of the time, they were quickly lost.  It is also possible that retailers removed them at the point of sale so that they could use it to order another copy from the record company.

As a result, it is very rare today to find an album with the original hankake obi intact.

Tracks are:

  • Walk Don’t Run ‘
  • Surf Rider
  • Driving Guitars
  • Sunny River
  • Bumble Bee Twist
  • Ten Over
  • Wild Night
  • Yellow Jacket
  • Orange Fire
  • Party In Raguna
  • Barefoot Ventures
  • Cruncher

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Liberty
Catalog Number:
LP 7121
Year of Release: 1964
Format: Stereo
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Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in