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04. A Hard Day's Night (OP-7123, OP/AP-8147)
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#4-1 A Hard Day's Night (1st. Press "F ¥1,800 / Hankake Obi": OP-7123)
Back to the top of the line
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 --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve
label label label
INNER SLEEVE
LYRIC SHEET (Slip Sheet Type)
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 --> Click! BACK --> Click! FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click!
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
LYRIC SHEET CLOSE UP
label label Catalog number and the company name "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." were printed on the lyric sheet.
"HANKAKE" OBI CLOSE UP
FRONT BACK
label label label
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.
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
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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.



#4-2 A Hard Day's Night (2nd. Press "G ¥1,800 / V-Shape Obi?": OP-7123)
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#4-3 A Hard Day's Night (3rd. Press "H ¥1,750 / V-Shape Obi": OP-7123)
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TITLE A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
CATALOG NUMBER OP-7123
RELEASE DATE April 1967? / Third 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 --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve
label label label
INNER SLEEVE
LYRIC SHEET (Slip Sheet Type)
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 lyric sheet is slip sheet type.
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click!
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
INNER SLEEVE CLOSE UP
LYRIC SHEET CLOSE UP
label label label
Catalog number and the company name "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." were printed on the lyric sheet.
"LIGHT BLUE" OBI CLOSE UP
FRONT BACK --> Click!
label label 2nd. pressing had a light blue / white so called "Sankaku"(triangle) or "V-shape" OBI and priced ¥1750 on rear sleeve and obi strip. sleeve The obi remains intactwith the order form on the back uncut.
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. (italic type)" was embossed at the bottom of the back cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (straight type).

"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H-¥1,750" 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 erased 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-2 (without the words "LONG PLAYING")
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX 126 - 21  6
SIDE 2 YEX 127 - 3     8
PRESS MARK 7B -> 7C -> 7D
VINYL COLOR RED
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE H - ¥1,750
LYRIC SHEET STYLE Slip Sheet Type
COVER FORM Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (straight type)
INNER SLEEVE
The original colour "advert" inner bag Type-4
OBI
Light blue / white so called "Sankaku" (triangle) or "V-shape" OBI
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Notes: Ichiro Takasaki
COMMENTS
Black Odeon label with silver print.
The words "LONG PLAYING" was erased at the bottom of the label.

Toshiba released the first Japanese record featuring the Beatles.
When this record was released, 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."V-shape" Obi
2nd. pressing had a light blue/white so called "Sankaku"(triangle) or "V-shape" OBI and priced ¥1750 on rear sleeve and obi strip.
It also features an Odeon logo, catalogue number and price information.
Only issued briefly in 1966 August till November. Soon, price changed ¥2,000 (stickered on old price, subsequently printed on rear sleeve) with different obi (green arrow obi) and different catalog number (OP-8147).
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.



#4-4 A Hard Day's Night (4th. Press "H ¥2,000 / Green Arrow Obi": OP-8147)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
CATALOG NUMBER OP-8147
RELEASE DATE September 1967? / 4th. 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 --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve
label label label
INNER SLEEVE
LYRIC SHEET (Slip Sheet Type)
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 lyric sheet is slip sheet type.
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click!
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
INNER SLEEVE CLOSE UP
LYRIC SHEET CLOSE UP
label label label
Catalog number "OP-8147" and the company name "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." were printed on the lyric sheet.
Odeon Green Arrow OBI CLOSE UP
FRONT BACK --> Click!
label label 4th. pressing had a green  "arrow" OBI and priced ¥2,000 on rear sleeve and obi strip. sleeve The obi remains intactwith the order form on the back uncut.
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
label Odeon logo mark was printed at the left side of the front sleeve.
label Catalog number "OP-8147" were printed on the front sleeve.
This version does not have the word "STEREO" across the top front cover, as does OP-7123.
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. (italic type)" was embossed at the bottom of the back cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (straight type).

"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H-¥2,000" 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 erased at the bottom of the label.
Catalog number "OP-8147" and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
OTHER ITEM
-

RECORD LABEL Odeon Label Type-2 (without the words "LONG PLAYING")
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX 126 -21    8
SIDE 2 YEX 127 -3   9
PRESS MARK 7E -> 7J
VINYL COLOR RED
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE H - ¥2,000
LYRIC SHEET STYLE Slip Sheet Type
COVER FORM Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (straight type)
INNER SLEEVE
The original colour "advert" inner bag Type-4
OBI
Green / white so called "Odeon Arrow" OBI
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Notes: Ichiro Takasaki
COMMENTS
Black Odeon label with silver print.
The words "LONG PLAYING" was erased at the bottom of the label.

Toshiba released the first Japanese record featuring the Beatles.
When this record was released, 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."Arrow" Obi
4th. pressing had a green / white so called "Arrow" OBI and priced ¥2000 on rear sleeve and obi strip.
On June 1967, starting with "Oldies (OP-8016)", numbering for new Odeon LPs changed to the 8000 range numbers. So Obis were renew, A.K.A. Odeon "Arrow Obi" in green and with the same design as the Apple Obis.
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.



#4-5 A Hard Day's Night (5th. Press "H ¥2,000 / Apple Green Arrow Obi / Red Vinyl": AP-8147)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
CATALOG NUMBER AP-8147
RELEASE DATE October 1969? / 4th. 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 --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve
label label label
INNER SLEEVE
LYRIC SHEET (Slip Sheet Type)
With Apple custom black inner sleeve.
The lyric sheet is slip sheet type.
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click!
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
INNER SLEEVE CLOSE UP
LYRIC SHEET CLOSE UP
label label Catalog number "AP-8147" and the company name "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." were printed on the lyric sheet.
Apple Green Arrow OBI CLOSE UP
FRONT BACK --> Click!
label label 5th. pressing had a Apple "arrow" OBI and priced ¥2,000 on rear sleeve and obi strip. sleeve The obi remains intactwith the order form on the back uncut.
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
label Apple logo mark was printed at the left side of the front sleeve.
label Catalog number "AP-8147" were printed on the front sleeve.
This version does not have the word "STEREO" across the top front cover, as does OP-7123.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label "Ever Clean" logo mark was removed on the back cover.
label label Apple logo mark was printed at the lower left corner of the back cover.
The words "PAT." was removed at the bottom of the back cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (straight type).

"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H-¥2,000" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label In 1969, Toshiba had to reissue on the Apple label all the records previously issued on the Odeon label.
The phrase "Apple Records - All Rights of the Manufacturer and of the Owner of the Recorded work Reserved." was printed at the perimeter.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. JAPAN" was printed at the bottom of the label.
Catalog number "AP-8147" and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
OTHER ITEM
-

RECORD LABEL Dark Green Apple label Type-1
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX 126 -21   16
SIDE 2 YEX 127 -3     22
PRESS MARK 9K
VINYL COLOR RED
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE H - ¥2,000
LYRIC SHEET STYLE Slip Sheet Type
COVER FORM Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (straight type)
INNER SLEEVE
Apple custom black sleeve
OBI
Green / white so called "Apple Arrow" OBI
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Notes: Ichiro Takasaki
COMMENTS
Dark green Apple label Type-1with black print.

In late (September?)1969, Toshiba had to reissue on the Apple label all the records previously issued on the Odeon label.
And in the Apple label, there are two subtypes, TOSHIBA MUSIC and TOSHIBA EMI. Further more, the early copies of the APPLE-TOSHIBA MUSIC type have dark Apple on its label, though the late copies have light one.

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.
This LP was manufactured two ways: both Black and Red vinyl.

The obi: A. K. A."Arrow" Obi
4th. and 5th. pressings had a green / white so called "Arrow" OBI and priced ¥2000 on rear sleeve and obi strip.
On June 1967, starting with "Oldies (OP-8016)", numbering for new Odeon LPs changed to the 8000 range numbers. So Obis were renew, A.K.A. Odeon "Arrow Obi" in green and with the same design as the Apple Obis.
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.



#4-6 A Hard Day's Night (5th. Press "H ¥2,000 / Apple Green Arrow Obi / Black Vinyl": AP-8147)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
CATALOG NUMBER AP-8147
RELEASE DATE February 1971? / 4th. 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 --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve
label label label
INNER SLEEVE
LYRIC SHEET (Slip Sheet Type)
With Apple custom black inner sleeve.
The lyric sheet is slip sheet type.
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click!
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
INNER SLEEVE CLOSE UP
LYRIC SHEET CLOSE UP
label label Catalog number "AP-8147" and the company name "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." were printed on the lyric sheet.
Apple Green Arrow OBI CLOSE UP
FRONT BACK --> Click!
label label 5th. pressing had a Apple "arrow" OBI and priced ¥2,000 on rear sleeve and obi strip. sleeve The obi remains intactwith the order form on the back uncut.
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
label Apple logo mark was printed at the left side of the front sleeve.
label Catalog number "AP-8147" were printed on the front sleeve.
This version does not have the word "STEREO" across the top front cover, as does OP-7123.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label "Ever Clean" logo mark was removed on the back cover.
label label Apple logo mark was printed at the lower left corner of the back cover.
The words "PAT." was removed at the bottom of the back cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (straight type).

"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H-¥2,000" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label In 1969, Toshiba had to reissue on the Apple label all the records previously issued on the Odeon label.
The phrase "Apple Records - All Rights of the Manufacturer and of the Owner of the Recorded work Reserved." was printed at the perimeter.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. JAPAN" was printed at the bottom of the label.
Catalog number "AP-8147" and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
OTHER ITEM
-

RECORD LABEL Dark Green Apple label Type-1
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX 126 -21    22
SIDE 2 YEX 127 -3    31
PRESS MARK 1B
VINYL COLOR BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE H - ¥2,000
LYRIC SHEET STYLE Slip Sheet Type
COVER FORM Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (straight type)
INNER SLEEVE
Apple custom black sleeve
OBI
Green / white so called "Apple Arrow" OBI
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Notes: Ichiro Takasaki
COMMENTS
Dark green Apple label Type-1with black print. Black vinyl.

In late (September?)1969, Toshiba had to reissue on the Apple label all the records previously issued on the Odeon label.
And in the Apple label, there are two subtypes, TOSHIBA MUSIC and TOSHIBA EMI. Further more, the early copies of the APPLE-TOSHIBA MUSIC type have dark Apple on its label, though the late copies have light one.

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.
This LP was manufactured two ways: both Black and Red vinyl.

The obi: A. K. A."Arrow" Obi
4th. and 5th. pressings had a green / white so called "Arrow" OBI and priced ¥2000 on rear sleeve and obi strip.
On June 1967, starting with "Oldies (OP-8016)", numbering for new Odeon LPs changed to the 8000 range numbers. So Obis were renew, A.K.A. Odeon "Arrow Obi" in green and with the same design as the Apple Obis.
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.



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