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01. Meet The Beatles! (OR-7041, OR/AR-8026)
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#1-1 Meet The Beatles! (1st. Press "F ¥1,500 / Hankake Obi": OR-7041)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE MEET THE BEATLES!
CATALOG NUMBER OP-7041
RELEASE DATE 15th. April 1964 / First Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Please Please Me
She Loves You
I Saw Her Standing There
From Me To You
P.S. I Love You
Twist And Shout
Little Child
Love Me Do
All My Loving
Baby, It's You
Hold Me Tight
Don't Bother Me Please Mister Postman
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 --> Click!
Sorry, I don't have it.
sleeve
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 BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label label 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.
Odeon logo mark and catalog number "OR 7041" were printed on the front sleeve.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (round type).

"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "F-¥1,500" 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 MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 2EJ-13  11
SIDE 2 2EJ-14  14
PRESS MARK D4
VINYL COLOR RED
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE F - ¥1,500
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.

This is the first album released in Japan.
The Japanese version looks similar to the U.S. version but has a different track listing, a red and orange (rather than brown and blue) front cover title, and a different back cover.

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.



#1-2 Meet The Beatles! (2nd. Press "G ¥1,500 / V-Shape Obi": OR-7041)
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#1-3 Meet The Beatles! (3rd. Press "H ¥1,700 / Green Arrow Obi": OR-8026)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE MEET THE BEATLES!
CATALOG NUMBER OR-8026
RELEASE DATE December 1968? / 3rd. Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Please Please Me
She Loves You
I Saw Her Standing There
From Me To You
P.S. I Love You
Twist And Shout
Little Child
Love Me Do
All My Loving
Baby, It's You
Hold Me Tight
Don't Bother Me
Please Mister Postman
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 "OR-8026" 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 UPBACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label label 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.
Odeon logo mark and Catalog number "OR-8026" were printed on the front sleeve.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (straight type).

"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H-¥1,700" 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 "OR-8026" 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 MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 2EJ-13   2S   2
SIDE 2 2EJ-14   2S   4
PRESS MARK 8M
VINYL COLOR RED
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE H - ¥1,700
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-6
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
3rd. pressing had a green / white so called "Arrow" OBI and priced ¥1700 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.



#1-4 Meet The Beatles! (3rd. Press "H ¥1,700 / Odeon Type-3 Label / Green Arrow Obi / Black Vinyl: Gramophone Contract Press": OR-8026)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE MEET THE BEATLES!
CATALOG NUMBER OR-8026
RELEASE DATE May 1968? / Gramophone Contract Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Please Please Me
She Loves You
I Saw Her Standing There
From Me To You
P.S. I Love You
Twist And Shout
Little Child
Love Me Do
All My Loving
Baby, It's You
Hold Me Tight
Don't Bother Me
Please Mister Postman
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 "OR-8026" and the company name "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." were printed on the lyric sheet.
Odeon Green Arrow OBI CLOSE UP
FRONT BACK
Sorry, I don't have it.
FRONT COVER CLOSE UPBACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label label 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.
Odeon logo mark and Catalog number "OR-8026" were printed on the front sleeve.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (straight type).

"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H-¥1,700" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Sometimes Toshiba had problems to press enough records to keep up with the demand. To increase production they turned to other companies (ex. Gramophone, Victor, King Records, and SONY)  to press up some copies of a particular release.
 The words "MFD. UNDER LICENCE 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 "OR-8026" and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
OTHER ITEM
-

RECORD LABEL Odeon Label Type-3 ("MFD. UNDER LICENCE BY TOSHIBA" rim)
Gramophone Contract Press
MIX MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 2EJ-13   2S     2
SIDE 2 2EJ-14   2S     1
PRESS MARK EG8
VINYL COLOR RED
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. UNDER LICENCE BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE H - ¥1,700
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-6
OBI
Green / white so called "Odeon Arrow" OBI
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Notes: Ichiro Takasaki
COMMENTS
Black Odeon Type-3 label with silver print.
The words "MFD. UNDER LICENCE BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
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.

Sometimes Toshiba had problems to press enough records to keep up with the demand. To increase production they turned to other companies (ex. Gramophone, Victor, King Records, and SONY)  to press up some copies of a particular release.

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
3rd. pressing had a green / white so called "Arrow" OBI and priced ¥1700 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.



#1-5 Meet The Beatles! (4th. Press "H ¥1,700 / Apple Green Arrow Obi / Red Vinyl": AR-8026)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE MEET THE BEATLES!
CATALOG NUMBER AR-8026
RELEASE DATE March 1970? / 4th. Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Please Please Me
She Loves You
I Saw Her Standing There
From Me To You
P.S. I Love You
Twist And Shout
Little Child
Love Me Do
All My Loving
Baby, It's You
Hold Me Tight
Don't Bother Me
Please Mister Postman
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
LYRIC SHEET CLOSE UP
label label Catalog number "AR-8026" 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 4th. pressing had a green  "arrow" OBI and priced ¥1,700 on rear sleeve and obi strip. sleeve The obi remains intactwith the order form on the back uncut.
FRONT COVER CLOSE UPBACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label label label "Ever Clean" logo was removed from the back cover.
Liner notes by Yoshiji Kizaki.
"H-¥1,700" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
Apple logo mark and Catalog number "AR-8026" were printed on the front sleeve.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (straight type).

The company name "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." were printed on 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 "AR-8026" and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
OTHER ITEM
With a track list sheet.
(Sorry, I don't have it.)

RECORD LABEL Dark Green Apple label Type-1
MIX MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 2EJ-13-   2S2   3
SIDE 2 2EJ-14    2S2   4
PRESS MARK B0 -> 0C
VINYL COLOR RED
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE H - ¥1,700
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
3th. and 4th. pressing had a green / white so called "Arrow" OBI and priced ¥1700 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.



#1-6 Meet The Beatles! (4th. Press "H ¥1,700 / Apple Green Arrow Obi / Black Vinyl": AR-8026)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE MEET THE BEATLES!
CATALOG NUMBER AR-8026
RELEASE DATE February 1972? / 4th. Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Please Please Me
She Loves You
I Saw Her Standing There
From Me To You
P.S. I Love You
Twist And Shout
Little Child
Love Me Do
All My Loving
Baby, It's You
Hold Me Tight
Don't Bother Me
Please Mister Postman
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
LYRIC SHEET CLOSE UP
label label Catalog number "AR-8026" 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 4th. pressing had a green  "arrow" OBI and priced ¥1,700 on rear sleeve and obi strip. sleeve The obi remains intactwith the order form on the back uncut.
FRONT COVER CLOSE UPBACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label label label "Ever Clean" logo was removed from the back cover.
Liner notes by Yoshiji Kizaki.
"H-¥1,700" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
Apple logo mark and Catalog number "AR-8026" were printed on the front sleeve.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
Twin-flipback cover (straight type).

The company name "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." were printed on 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 "AR-8026" and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
OTHER ITEM
With a track list sheet.
(Sorry, I don't have it.)

RECORD LABEL Dark Green Apple label Type-1
MIX MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 2EJ-13-   2S2   16
SIDE 2 2EJ-14    2S2 3   1
PRESS MARK 2B
VINYL COLOR BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE H - ¥1,700
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
3th. and 4th. pressing had a green / white so called "Arrow" OBI and priced ¥1700 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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