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Japanese LPsGuide to Reference

The Toshiba EMI Recordings
Odeon Label
(Update: 18th. November 2018)
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Example:LP's List

TITLE A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
CATALOG NUMBER OP-7123
RELEASE DATE 5th September.1964/First Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
A Hard Day's Night
Any Time At All
I Should Have Known Better
I'll Cry Instead
If I Fell
Things We Said Today
I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
When I Get Home
And I Love Her
You Can't Do That
Tell Me Why
I'll Be Back
Can't Buy Me Love
FRONT COVER
BACK COVER
LABEL
DISK
sleeve sleeve label label label
INNER SLEEVE
LYRIC SHEET (Slip Sheet Type)
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve The original plain white inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.
The lyric sheet is slip sheet type.
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
label label label
Odeon logo mark and catalog number "OP 7123" were printed on the front sleeve.
Issues with a "STEREO" banner across the top of the cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label Toshiba pressed a lot of their records on red, "Everclean" vinyl. The Everclean vinyl was designed to be less prone to collecting static electricity and dust than the more common black vinyl. label label Odeon logo mark was printed at the lower left corner of the back cover.
The words "PAT." was embossed at the bottom of the back cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (round type).

"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "F-¥1,800" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Toshiba pressed a lot of their records on red, "Everclean" vinyl from 1958 through 1974 (maybe).  The Everclean vinyl was designed to be less prone to collecting static electricity and dust than the more common black vinyl. The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label The words "LONG PLAYING" was printed at the bottom of the label.
Catalog number and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
OTHER ITEM
-

RECORD LABEL Odeon Label Type-1 (with the words "LONG PLAYING")
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX 126 - 4
SIDE 2 YEX 127 - 11
PRESS MARK H4
VINYL COLOR RED
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE F - ¥1,800
LYRIC SHEET STYLE Slip Sheet Type
COVER FORM Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (round type)
INNER SLEEVE
Plain White Inner bag
OBI
"Hankake" Obi
White in design with dark blue Japanese text. Obis draped from the top, not forming a loop.
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Notes: Ichiro Takasaki
COMMENTS
Black Odeon label with silver print.
The words "LONG PLAYING" was printed at the bottom of the label.

Toshiba released the first Japanese record featuring the Beatles.
When this record was released in 1964, Toshiba's official name was "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and they used the Odeon label for this and subsequent Beatles releases.

Red vinyl:
Besides good sound and quality printing, Japanese records also offered some other things of interest to the collector.  One of the primary manufacturing companies in Japan, Toshiba, pressed a lot of their records on red, “Everclean” vinyl from 1958 through 1974 (maybe).  While not pressed as collectors’ items, these red vinyl pressings are more sought out by collectors than their black vinyl counterparts.  The Everclean vinyl was designed to be less prone to collecting static electricity and dust than the more common black vinyl.

The obi: A. K. A."Hankake" Obi
It is made from very thin paper stock. It is white in design with dark blue Japanese text. It also features an Odeon logo, catalogue number and price information.
While most Japanese records feature local music, a lot of music fans there like foreign music, as well.  The language barrier in Japan presented a problem – should foreign album covers be changed for Japanese albums?  The solution was the obi, which means “belt” or “sash”.  The obi is a strip of paper, usually about two inches wide, that wraps vertically around the album cover, containing information about the artist and album in Japanese.  As these strips of paper were fragile and easily torn, they are often missing, especially since consumers in the 1950s and 1960s attached little significance to them.  Finding Japanese records made prior to 1970 that still have the obi intact can be quite difficult, and for some albums, nearly impossible.  The inclusion of the obi can dramatically affect the price of some Japanese records, sometimes increasing the price by a factor of ten.

While usually found in a wraparound strip, there are other versions of the obi that have occasionally been used.  In the early 1960s, a short-lived hankake obi, or “half obi” was used. These were small strips of paper that simply folded over the top of the cover.  These were problematic for retailers, as they tended to easily fall off of the record.











Odeon Label Variation...Back to the LP List
label Toshiba released the first Japanese record featuring the Beatles.
When this record was released in 1964, Toshiba's official name was "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and they used the Odeon label for this and subsequent Beatles releases.

Company name "LONG PLAYING"
credit
Company Name credit Variation Mix
Mono
Stereo
TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. Yes MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
Odeon Type-1 Yes
Yes
-
Odeon Type-2 Yes
Yes
MFD. UNDER LICENCE BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
Odeon Type-3 ?
Yes

Mix
Odeon Type-1
Odeon Type-2 Odeon Type-3
MONO
label Sorry,
I don't have it.
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STEREO
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Label Variation #1...The Words "LONG PLAYING" credit

Early Odeon label issues, the words "LONG PLAYNG" was printed at the bottom of the label. But in 1966, this credit was removed from the label.

MONO
Odeon Type-1 Odeon Type-2 and Type-3
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STEREO
"LONG PLAYING" was printed.
"LONG PLAYING" was removed.
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Label Variation #2..."Company Name" credit

All of the Odeon label issues, its company name "TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD." was printed at the perimeter of the label.

In middle 1968 to early 1969, Odeon label was changed from type-2 to type-3.
The words "MFD. UNDER LICENCE BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
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MONO
Odeon Type-1 and Type-2
Odeon Type-3
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STEREO
"MFD.BY" at perimeter
"MFD.UNDER LICENCE BY" at perimeter
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Album
Catalog Number
Odeon Type-1
Odeon Type-2
Odeon Type-3
Meet The Beatles (Japanese Edition) OR-7041 Yes
Yes
-
OR-8026-
Yes
Yes
The Beatles' Second Album (Japanese Edition) OR-7058 Yes
Yes
-
OR-8027-
Yes
Yes
Beatles No.5 (Japanese Edition) OR-7103 Yes
Yes
-
OR-8028-
Yes
?
A Hard Day's Night OP-7123 Yes
Yes
-
OP-8147-
Yes
?
Beatles For Sale OP-7179 Yes
Yes
-
OP-8442-
Yes
Yes
Help! (UK Edition) OP-7387 Yes
Yes
-
OP-8151-
Yes
?
Rubber Soul OP-7450 -
Yes
-
OP-8156-
Yes
?
Please Please Me (Japanese Edition) OP-7548 -
Yes
?
With The Beatles (Japanese Edition) OP-7549 -
Yes
?
The Beatles' Story OP-7553-4 -
Yes
?
Revolver OP-7600 -
Yes
-
OP-8443-

Yes
Oldies OP-8016 -
Yes
?
Sgt. Peppers OP-8163 -
Yes
?
Magical Mytery Tour (US Edition) OP-9728 -
Yes
Yes



Mixing...Mono and Stereo...Back to the LP List

Odeon "OR-****" series were issued on Mono, "OP-****" series were always issued on Stereo.

Album
Catalog Number
Mono
Stereo
Meet The Beatles (Japanese Edition) OR-7041
Yes
-
OR-8026
The Beatles' Second Album (Japanese Edition) OR-7058
Yes
-
OR-8027
Beatles No.5 (Japanese Edition) OR-7103
Yes
-
OR-8028
A Hard Day's Night OP-7123
-
Yes
OP-8147
Beatles For Sale OP-7179
-
Yes
OP-8442
Help! (UK Edition) OP-7387
-
Yes
OP-8151
Rubber Soul OP-7450
-
Yes
OP-8156
Please Please Me (Japanese Edition) OP-7548
-
Yes
With The Beatles (Japanese Edition) OP-7549
-
Yes
The Beatles' Story OP-7553-4
-
Yes
Revolver OP-7600
-
Yes
OP-8443
Oldies OP-8016
-
Yes
Sgt. Peppers OP-8163
-
Yes
Magical Mytery Tour (US Edition) OP-9728
-
Yes

MONO STEREO
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There is no mixing type credit on the label. The word "STEREO" was printed on the label.



Manufacturer's Catalog Number...Back to the LP List

Prefix Label Vinyl Color
OR,OP Odeon Black
Red (Ever Clean)
AR,AP,EAP Apple Black
Red (Ever Clean)
EAS Apple Black
Red
Blue
EMI/Odeon Black
Red
Blue

From 1964-1966, Odeon LPs were issued with catalog numbers in the from "OR-7XXX" or "OP-7XXX", where XXX is a 3-digit number. In 1967, starting with "A Collection of Beatles' Oldies", numbering for new Odeon LPs changed to the form "OP-8XXX", and the older LPs were reissued with new "OR-8XXX" or "OP-8XXX"numbers.
In late 1968, numbering for new LPs was changed again and "Magical Mystery Tour" was issued with an "OP-9XXX" number.
This time, however, no other LPs were reissued with "OP-9XXX" numbers.
When the Odeon Label changed to Apple, LP numbering in the form "AP-8XXX" began and all LPs with numbers in the form "OR-8XXX", "OP-8XXX" and "OP-9XXX" were reissued in the form "AR-8XXX", "AP-8XXX" and "AP-9XXX", respectively.
There are a few cases of unusual Apple LP numbering worth mentioning. In 1970, the "LET IT BE Box" was first issued as "AP-9009" but reissued as the gatefold U.S. edition "AP-80189" a few months later.
In 1973, the LPs "Magical Mystery Tour", "THE BEATLES 1962-1966" and "THE BEATLES 1967-1970" were issued with the unusual EAP prefix and unique numbers. And in 1976, certain US LPs were issued with five-digit numbers in the form "AP-800XX".
When the label changed again to EMI/Odeon in 1976, the LPs were renumbered more or less sequentially with EAS prefixes. Finally, the LPs were sequentially renumbered with TOJP prefixes for the recent 1992 reissues.

Catalog Number
MONO
STEREO
SLEEVE
LABEL
SLEEVE
LABEL
OR-7XXX or OP-7XXX label label label label
OR-8XXX or OP-8XXX label label label label
OP-9XXX -
-

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Vinyl Color...Back to the LP List
Besides good sound and quality printing, Japanese records also offered some other things of interest to the collector.  One of the primary manufacturing companies in Japan, Toshiba, pressed a lot of their records on red, “Everclean” vinyl from 1958 through 1974 (maybe).  While not pressed as collectors’ items, these red vinyl pressings are more sought out by collectors than their black vinyl counterparts.  The Everclean vinyl was designed to be less prone to collecting static electricity and dust than the more common black vinyl.
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Toshiba Kawaguchi Factory, in Saitama
All of the Toshiba's red vinyl records were exclusively manufactured by its factory in Kawaguchi, Saitama.

Color
Vinyl
Comments
Red Vinyl
(Ever Clean Records)
label Most if not all of the red vinyl OR and OP Odeon LPs were manufactured with an ingredient intended to prevent the buildup of static electricity on the disks. TOSHIBA's trademark for records manufactured with this ingredient is "Ever Clean", and special efforts were made to promote this feature.
Black Vinyl
(Almost
Contract Pressings)
label Sometimes Toshiba had problems to press enough records to keep up with the demand. To increase production they turned to other companies (Gramophone, Sony etc.) to press up some copies of a particular release, however, the majority of copies were pressed by Toshiba themselves.

Album
Catalog Number
Red Vinyl
Black Vinyl
Meet The Beatles (Japanese Edition) OR-7041 Yes
-
OR-8026 Yes
Yes
(Gramophone)
The Beatles' Second Album (Japanese Edition) OR-7058 Yes
-
OR-8027 Yes
Yes
(Gramophone)
Beatles No.5 (Japanese Edition) OR-7103 Yes
-
OR-8028 Yes
Yes
(Toshiba)
A Hard Day's Night OP-7123 Yes
-
OP-8147 Yes
-
Beatles For Sale OP-7179 Yes
Yes
(Gramophone)
OP-8442 Yes
-
Help! (UK Edition) OP-7387 Yes
-
OP-8151 Yes
Yes
(Sony)
Rubber Soul OP-7450 Yes
-
OP-8156 Yes
-
Please Please Me (Japanese Edition) OP-7548 Yes
Yes
(Gramophone / King)
With The Beatles (Japanese Edition) OP-7549 Yes
Yes
(Gramophone / King / Victor)
The Beatles' Story OP-7553-4 Yes
-
Revolver OP-7600 Yes
-
OP-8443 Yes
-
Oldies OP-8016 Yes
-
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
OP-8163 Yes
-
Magical Mytery Tour (US Edition) OP-9728 Yes
-


Ever Clean(TM) RECORD...Back to the LP List

Most if not all of the red vinyl OR and OP Odeon LPs were manufactured with an ingredient intended to prevent the buildup of static electricity on the disks. TOSHIBA's trademark for records manufactured with this ingredient is "Ever Clean", and special efforts were made to promote this feature. The "Ever Clean" trademark appears as shown below on the back cover or (if applicable ) inside the gatefold of an LP.

"Ever Clean" seems to have been used on LPs only. EPs or Singles bearing the trademark cannot be found.
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Matrix Number ...Back to the Single List
Matrix numbers are alphanumeric codes (and on occasion, other symbols) stamped or hand written (or a combination of the two) into the run-out groove area of a gramophone record. This is the non-grooved area between the end of the final song on a record's side and the label, also known as the run-off groove area, end-groove area, matrix area, or "dead wax".
There are two parts of the matrix number to be considered: the "main number", which is usually printed on the label as well, and "extra information" which can include a cut or take number.
The most important part of the "extra information" is usually the cut number, which is a suffix to the main number. For example, matrix number 12345 is seen on a label, but examination of the run-out groove area reveals number 12345–3, which indicates this is the third cut of this side. It is not unusual to find records with a different cut number on each side. (From "Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia")
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Matrix Number: YEX - 605 - 2


Press Mark ...Back to the LP List
According to "The Illustrated Guide To The '60s Japanese LP With Obi (Published by: Shinko Music Entertainment Co., Ltd.)", the inscription area may also contain cutting dates.
The press mark can be almost found stamped into the deadwax at the 9 o'clock position of side-1.

from October  1961 to  May 1973
Press Mark: Alphabet + Number
ex.)  "E4"=1964 May
ex.)  "M5"=December 1965
A B C D E F
January February March April May June

G H J K L M
July August September October November December
from June 1973 - 
Press Mark: Number + Number, or Number + Alphabet
ex.)  "3-7"=1973 July
ex.)  "4-X"=1974 October
1 2 3 4 5 6
January February March April May June

7 8 9 X Y Z
July August September October November December

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Press Mark:
7L=1967 November

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Press Mark:
9J=1969 September


  Inner Sleeve ...Back to the LP List
The original company inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.
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Pain White Sleeve (1964)
sleeve sleeve label The original plain white inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.
Company Sleeve Type-1 (early 1965?)




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Company Sleeve Type-2 (early 1965 - mid. 1965?)
sleeve sleeve label The original colour "advert" inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.
The words "Special Selection Records" was printed in black
Company Sleeve Type-3 (mid. 1965 - early 1966?)




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Company Sleeve Type-4 (mid. 1966 - mid 1967?)
sleeve sleeve label The original colour "advert" inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.
The words "Special Selection Records" was printed in blue.
Company Sleeve Type-5 (mid 1967 - early 1968?)
sleeve sleeve label The original colour "advert" inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.
The words "Special Selection Records" was printed in blue.
Company Sleeve Type-6-1 (mid. 1968?)
sleeve sleeve label The original colour "advert" inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.
The words "Special Selection Records" was printed in blue.
Company Sleeve Type-6-2 (late 1968?)
sleeve sleeve label The original colour "advert" inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.
The phonograph needle "Ultra C" information was removed.
Company Sleeve Type-7 (late 1968 - early 1969?)
sleeve sleeve label The original colour "advert" inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.










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