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13. A Collection Of Beatles Oldies (OP/AP-8016)
(Update: 2nd. October 2018)

sleeve
Odeon 1st. Sleeve


Notice* Click the label of each photo, so you can see the large picture image.

#13-1 A Beatles Collection Of Oldies (Promotional Record: OP-8016)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE A BEATLES COLLECTION OF OLDIES
CATALOG NUMBER OP-8016
RELEASE DATE Promotional Record (First Press: 5th February.1967)
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
She Loves You
Can't Buy Me Love
From Me To You
Bad Boy
We Can Work It Out
Day Tripper
Help!
A Hard Day's Night
Michelle
Ticket To Ride
Yesterday
Paperback Writer
I Feel Fine Eleanor Rioby
Yellow Submarine
I Want To Hold Your Hand
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve
label label label
INNER SLEEVE
LYRIC SHEET (Bifold Type)
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
LYRIC SHEET CLOSE UP
label label label
Catalog number "OP 8016" was printed.
Liner notes: Ichiro Fukuda. 
"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." was printed on the lyric sheet.
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
Japanese Press
U.K. Press U.K. Pressings: The photo on the back cover is backwards. It was taken in Tokyo, Japan in 1966; the clue is on Paul's kimono-the lettering "KOTOBUKI" is backwards. Japanese issue of the LP have corrected the photo.
cover-up cover-up cover-up
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label label Odeon logo mark and catalog number "OR 8016" were printed on both sides of the cover.
"EverClean" record logo mark was printed at the upper right corner of the back cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H-¥2,000" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Odeon white label (promotional use only).
The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
The release date was not printed on both labels.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label Here is a close-up of the circled text: "Sample under Article 10, Clause 2 of the Commodity Tax Law". label The words "LONG PLAYING" was printed at the bottom of the label.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label The print in black has unusual "hand lettered" look to it quite unlike the regular commercial version. Catalog number and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
OTHER ITEM
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RECORD LABEL Odeon White Label (for promotional use only)
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX-619   1S    1
SIDE 2 YEX-620   1S    1
PRESS MARK None
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 Bifold Type
COVER FORM Single type. Hard cover.
INNER SLEEVE
Plain White Inner bag
OBI
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COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Cover: David Christian
Back Cover Photo: Robert Whittaker
Liner Notes: Ichio Fukuda
COMMENTS
Odeon white label (promotional use only).
The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.

Odeon promo LPs feature the perimeter print, Odeon logo, and circled text in red and all other printing in "hand lettered" black.
Note the release date above the Odeon logo.
The label design is similar to that used for the regular commercial Odeon LPs. These are most commonly found on red vinyl.

In Japan, promotional records have traditionally been provided at no charge to radio stations, record shops, and the mass media to increase the sales of a record or in some cases to promote a tour.
There are two types of promotional releases.
Type-1: This type is called the white label promo for which a unique label has been made. The label design of Odeon white label singles is very similar to that of regular commercial Odeon singles. The promo version, however, features the perimeter print, Odeon logo, and circled text in red and all other printing in black. The print in black has an unusual "hand lettered" look to it quite unlike the regular commercial version. The release date is in black and appears above and to the left of the title. Most usually, the regular cover is used with appropriate alterations to prohibit commercial sale.
Type-2: The second type of promo record is less elaborate and is called a sticker promo. It is simply a regular commercial release that has a promo sticker affixed to the cover. This type of promo is occasionally found on post-1975 releases.

The front cover is similar to its U.K. counterpart, but the back cover photo is reversed (Japanese edition is correct).
These copies mistitled the album title "A collection..." as "A Beatles collection..." on the spine of the cover and the label.



#13-2 A Beatles Collection Of Oldies (1st. Press "H ¥2,000 / V-shape Obi": OP-8016)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE A BEATLES COLLECTION OF OLDIES
CATALOG NUMBER OP-8016
RELEASE DATE 5th February.1967 / First Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
She Loves You
Can't Buy Me Love
From Me To You
Bad Boy
We Can Work It Out
Day Tripper
Help!
A Hard Day's Night
Michelle
Ticket To Ride
Yesterday
Paperback Writer
I Feel Fine
Eleanor Rigby
Yellow Submarine
I Want To Hold Your Hand
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve
label label label
INNER SLEEVE
INNER SLEEVE CLOSE UP
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click!
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.
LYRIC SHEET (Bifold Type)
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve The lyric sheet is bifold type.
LYRIC SHEET CLOSE UP
label label label
Catalog number "OP 8016" was printed.
Liner notes: Ichiro Fukuda. 
"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." was printed on the lyric sheet.
Light Blue / Yellow OBI CLOSE UP
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click!
sleeve label 1st. pressing had a light blue / Yellow OBI and priced ¥2,000 on obi strip. The word "STEREO" and Odeon logo mark and catalog number "OP-8016" were printed on the front.
sleeve The obi remains intactwith the order form on the back uncut.
FRONT AND BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label
label label Odeon logo mark and catalog number "OP 8016" were printed on both sides of the cover.
"EverClean records" logo mark was printed at the upper right corner of the back cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label "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 and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
OTHER ITEM 
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RECORD LABEL Odeon Label Type-2 (without the words "LONG PLAYING")
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX-619    1S    45
SIDE 2 YEX-620    1S    46
PRESS MARK F8
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 Bifold Type
COVER FORM Single type. Hard cover.
INNER SLEEVE
The original colour "advert" inner bag Type-6-1
OBI
Light blue / Yellow so called "Sankaku" (triangle) or "V-shape" OBI
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Cover: David Christian
Back Cover Photo: Robert Whittaker
Liner Notes: Ichio Fukuda
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.

The front cover is similar to its U.K. counterpart, but the back cover photo is reversed (Japanese edition is correct).
These copies mistitled the album title "A collection..." as "A Beatles collection..." on the spine of the cover and the label.

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
1st. pressing had a light blue / yellow so called "Sankaku"(triangle) or "V-shape" OBI and priced ¥2,000 on rear sleeve and obi strip.
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.



#13-3 A Beatles Collection Of Oldies
(2nd. Press "H ¥2,000 / Apple V-shape Obi / Red Vinyl with Ever Clean logo": AP-8016)

Back to the top of the line
TITLE A BEATLES COLLECTION OF OLDIES
CATALOG NUMBER AP-8016
RELEASE DATE May1969? / Second Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
She Loves You
Can't Buy Me Love
From Me To You
Bad Boy
We Can Work It Out
Day Tripper
Help!
A Hard Day's Night
Michelle
Ticket To Ride
Yesterday
Paperback Writer
I Feel Fine
Eleanor Rigby
Yellow Submarine
I Want To Hold Your Hand
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve
label label label
INNER SLEEVE LYRIC SHEET (Bifold Type)
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
LYRIC SHEET CLOSE UP
label label label
Catalog number "AP 8016" was printed.
Liner notes: Ichiro Fukuda. 
"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." was printed on the lyric sheet.
Light Blue / Yellow OBI CLOSE UP (Sorry, I don't have it)
FRONT BACK
2nd. pressing had a light blue / Yellow OBI and priced ¥2,000 on obi strip. The word "STEREO" and Apple logo mark and catalog number "AP-8016" were printed on the front.
With the order form on the back.
FRONT AND BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label
label label Catalog number "AP 8016" and the word "STEREO" were printed in black at the upper right corner of the front cover.
"EverClean records" logo mark was printed at the upper right corner of the back cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H-¥2,000" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
LABEL CLOSE UP
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.
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 perimeter.
Catalog number "AP-8016" 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-619    1S    53
SIDE 2 YEX-620    1S    46
PRESS MARK 8M -> 9A -> 9E
VINYL COLOR RED
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES
LTD. JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE H - ¥2,000
LYRIC SHEET STYLE Bifold Type
COVER FORM Single type. Hard cover.
INNER SLEEVE
Apple custom black sleeve
OBI
Apple Light blue / Yellow so called "Sankaku" (triangle) or "V-shape" OBI
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Cover: David Christian
Back Cover Photo: Robert Whittaker
Liner Notes: Ichio Fukuda
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.

The front cover is similar to its U.K. counterpart, but the back cover photo is reversed (Japanese edition is correct).
These copies mistitled the album title "A collection..." as "A Beatles collection..." on the spine of the cover and the label.

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 / yellow so called "Sankaku"(triangle) or "V-shape" OBI with Apple logo and priced ¥2,000 on rear sleeve and obi strip.
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.



#13-4 A Beatles Collection Of Oldies
(3rd. Press "H ¥2,000 / Apple V-shape Obi / Black Vinyl": AP-8016)

Back to the top of the line
TITLE A BEATLES COLLECTION OF OLDIES
CATALOG NUMBER AP-8016
RELEASE DATE November1972? / Third Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
She Loves You
Can't Buy Me Love
From Me To You
Bad Boy
We Can Work It Out
Day Tripper
Help!
A Hard Day's Night
Michelle
Ticket To Ride
Yesterday
Paperback Writer
I Feel Fine
Eleanor Rigby
Yellow Submarine
I Want To Hold Your Hand
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve
label label label
INNER SLEEVE LYRIC SHEET (Bifold Type)
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
LYRIC SHEET CLOSE UP
label label label
Catalog number "AP 8016" was printed.
Liner notes: Ichiro Fukuda. 
"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." was printed on the lyric sheet.
Apple Light Blue / Yellow OBI CLOSE UP
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click!
sleeve sleeve 2nd. and 3rd. pressing had a light blue / Yellow OBI and priced ¥2,000 on obi strip. The word "STEREO" and Apple logo mark and catalog number "AP-8016" were printed on the front. sleeve The obi remains intactwith the order form on the back uncut.
FRONT AND BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label
label label Catalog number "AP 8016" and the word "STEREO" were printed in pink at the upper right corner of the front cover.
"EverClean records" logo mark was removed at the upper right corner of the back cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H-¥2,000" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
LABEL CLOSE UP
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 perimeter.
Catalog number "AP-8016" and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
OTHER ITEM 
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RECORD LABEL Light Green Apple label Type-2-1
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX-619    3S    32
SIDE 2 YEX-620    2S    59
PRESS MARK 2L
VINYL COLOR BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES
LTD. JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE H - ¥2,000
LYRIC SHEET STYLE Bifold Type
COVER FORM Single type. Hard cover.
INNER SLEEVE
Apple custom black sleeve
OBI
Apple Light blue / Yellow so called "Sankaku" (triangle) or "V-shape" OBI
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Cover: David Christian
Back Cover Photo: Robert Whittaker
Liner Notes: Ichio Fukuda
COMMENTS
Light green Apple label Type-2-1with 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.

The front cover is similar to its U.K. counterpart, but the back cover photo is reversed (Japanese edition is correct).
These copies mistitled the album title "A collection..." as "A Beatles collection..." on the spine of the cover and the label.

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. and 3rd. pressing had a light blue / yellow so called "Sankaku"(triangle) or "V-shape" OBI with Apple logo and priced ¥2,000 on rear sleeve and obi strip.
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.



#13-5 A Beatles Collection Of Oldies (4th. Press "Toshiba-EMI H ¥2,200 / Apple V-shape Obi": AP-8016)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE A BEATLES COLLECTION OF OLDIES
CATALOG NUMBER AP-8016
RELEASE DATE October1974? / 4th. Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
She Loves You
Can't Buy Me Love
From Me To You
Bad Boy
We Can Work It Out
Day Tripper
Help!
A Hard Day's Night
Michelle
Ticket To Ride
Yesterday
Paperback Writer
I Feel Fine
Eleanor Rigby
Yellow Submarine
I Want To Hold Your Hand
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve
label label label
INNER SLEEVE LYRIC SHEET (Bifold Type)
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
LYRIC SHEET CLOSE UP
label label label
Catalog number "AP 8016" was printed.
Liner notes: Ichiro Fukuda. 
"Toshiba EMI Ltd." was printed on the lyric sheet.
Apple Light Blue / Yellow OBI CLOSE UP
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click!
sleeve sleeve 2nd. and 3rd. pressing had a light blue / Yellow OBI and priced ¥2,200 on obi strip. The word "STEREO" and Apple logo mark and catalog number "AP-8016" were printed on the front. sleeve The o order form was not printed on the back uncut.
FRONT AND BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label
label label Catalog number "AP 8016" and the word "STEREO" were printed in pink at the upper right corner of the front cover.
"EverClean records" logo mark was not printed at the upper right corner of the back cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label "Toshiba EMI Ltd." and "H-¥2,200" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
LABEL CLOSE UP
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-EMI LTD. JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
Catalog number "AP-8016" and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
OTHER ITEM 
-

RECORD LABEL Light Green Apple label Type-2-2
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX-619    3S2    40
SIDE 2 YEX-620    2S     129
PRESS MARK 4-9WXW
VINYL COLOR BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba EMI Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL -EMI.  JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE H - ¥2,200
LYRIC SHEET STYLE Bifold Type
COVER FORM Single type. Hard cover.
INNER SLEEVE
Apple custom black sleeve
OBI
Apple Light blue / Yellow so called "Sankaku" (triangle) or "V-shape" OBI
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Cover: David Christian
Back Cover Photo: Robert Whittaker
Liner Notes: Ichio Fukuda
COMMENTS
Light green Apple label Type-2-2 with 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.
* On 1st. October 1973, Toshiba Musical Industries was changed its name to Toshiba-EMI Ltd.

The front cover is similar to its U.K. counterpart, but the back cover photo is reversed (Japanese edition is correct).
These copies mistitled the album title "A collection..." as "A Beatles collection..." on the spine of the cover and the label.

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. and 3rd. pressing had a light blue / yellow so called "Sankaku"(triangle) or "V-shape" OBI with Apple logo and priced ¥2,000 on rear sleeve and obi strip.
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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