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03. Beatles No.5 (OR-7103, OR/AR-8028)
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#3-1 Beatles No.5 (1st. Press "F ¥1,500 / Light Blue Obi": OR-7103)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE Beatles No.5
CATALOG NUMBER OR-7103
RELEASE DATE 5th May.1965 / First Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Long Tall Sally
I Feel Fine
Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)
Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand (I Want To Hold Your Hand)
Anna (Go To Him)
Chains
Matchbox
Slow Down
You Really Got A Hold On Me
All I've Got To Do
She's A Woman
I Call Your Name
Ask Me Why

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 and the company name "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." were printed on the lyric sheet.
Light Blue OBI CLOSE UP
FRONT BACK --> Click!
label label 1st. pressing had a light blue / white OBI and priced ¥1,500 on obi strip. Odeon logo mark and catalog number "OR 7103" were printed on the front.
sleeve There is no order sheet on the back side of the Obi.
FRONT AND BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label
label "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "F-¥1,500" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
label
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 / Promotional Poster --> Click!
sleeve This is an extremely rare original Japanese promotional poster, printed and issued in 1965 for the "Beatles No.5" LP. (maybe)

RECORD LABEL Odeon Label Type-1 (with the words "LONG PLAYING")
MIX MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 2EJ-29   3
SIDE 2 2EJ-30   5
PRESS MARK D5
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 Bifold Type
COVER FORM Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
INNER SLEEVE
The original colour "advert" inner bag Type-2
OBI
Light blue Obi / without Order sheet
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Notes: Yoshiji Kizaki
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, Toshiba's official name was "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and they used the Odeon label for this and subsequent Beatles releases.

The Japanese-only release "Beatles No. 5", using similar front art to the US jacket for "Beatles '65" but different title and track line-up. Originally released May 1965.

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: "Light blue" Obi
It is light blue / white in design with light 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.



#3-2 Beatles No.5 (2nd. Press "G ¥1,500 / Light Blue Obi": OR-7103)
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#3-3 Beatles No.5 (3rd. Press "H ¥1,700 / Green Arrow Obi": OR-8028)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE Beatles No.5
CATALOG NUMBER OR-8028
RELEASE DATE August 1968 ? / Third Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Long Tall Sally
I Feel Fine
Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)
Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand (I Want To Hold Your Hand)
Anna (Go To Him)
Chains
Matchbox
Slow Down
You Really Got A Hold On Me
All I've Got To Do
She's A Woman
I Call Your Name
Ask Me Why

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 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 3rd. pressing had a green  "arrow" OBI and priced ¥1,700 on rear sleeve and obi strip.
sleeve There is order sheet on the back side of the Obi.
FRONT AND BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label
label "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H-¥1,700" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
label
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 MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 2EJ-29-2     6
SIDE 2 2EJ-30-2S    1
PRESS MARK 7E -> 7M -> 8H
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 Bifold Type
COVER FORM Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
INNER SLEEVE
The original colour "advert" inner bag Type-6
OBI
Green / white so called "Odeon Arrow" OBI
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Notes: Yoshiji Kizaki
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, Toshiba's official name was "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and they used the Odeon label for this and subsequent Beatles releases.

The Japanese-only release "Beatles No. 5", using similar front art to the US jacket for "Beatles '65" but different title and track line-up. Originally released May 1965.

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. 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.

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.



#3-4 Beatles No.5 (3rd. Press "H ¥1,700 / Green Arrow Obi / Black Vinyl": OR-8028)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE Beatles No.5
CATALOG NUMBER OR-8028
RELEASE DATE September 1969 ? / Third Press (Toshiba Press)
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Long Tall Sally
I Feel Fine
Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)
Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand (I Want To Hold Your Hand)
Anna (Go To Him)
Chains
Matchbox
Slow Down
You Really Got A Hold On Me
All I've Got To Do
She's A Woman
I Call Your Name
Ask Me Why

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 and the company name "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." were printed on the lyric sheet.
Odeon Green Arrow OBI CLOSE UP
FRONT BACK --> Click!
Sorry, I don't have it.
FRONT AND BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label
label "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H-¥1,700" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
label
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 MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 2EJ-29-2S   5
SIDE 2 2EJ-30-2S   6
PRESS MARK 9A -> 9J
VINYL COLOR BLACK (Toshiba Press)
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 Bifold Type
COVER FORM Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
INNER SLEEVE
The original colour "advert" inner bag Type-5
OBI
Green / white so called "Odeon Arrow" OBI
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Notes: Yoshiji Kizaki
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, Toshiba's official name was "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and they used the Odeon label for this and subsequent Beatles releases.

The Japanese-only release "Beatles No. 5", using similar front art to the US jacket for "Beatles '65" but different title and track line-up. Originally released May 1965.

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. 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.

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.



#3-5 Beatles No.5 (4th. Press "H ¥1,700 / Apple Green Arrow Obi / Red Vinyl": AR-8028)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE Beatles No.5
CATALOG NUMBER AR-8028
RELEASE DATE July 1971 ? / 4th. Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Long Tall Sally
I Feel Fine
Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)
Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand (I Want To Hold Your Hand)
Anna (Go To Him)
Chains
Matchbox
Slow Down
You Really Got A Hold On Me
All I've Got To Do
She's A Woman
I Call Your Name
Ask Me Why

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 Catalog number and Apple logomark were printed on the front page.
label label
Liner notes by Yoshiji Kizaki.
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 (pasted sticker "¥2,000") on obi strip.
sleeve There is order sheet on the back side of the Obi.
FRONT AND BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label
label "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H-¥1,700" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
label
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-8028" and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
OTHER ITEM
sleeve With a track list sheet.

RECORD LABEL Dark Green Apple label Type-1
MIX MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 2EJ-29   2S     16
SIDE 2 2EJ-30   2S    14
PRESS MARK 1G
VINYL COLOR RED
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES
LTD. JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE H - ¥1,700
LYRIC SHEET STYLE Bifold Type
COVER FORM Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
INNER SLEEVE
Apple custom black sleeve
OBI
Green / white so called "Apple Arrow" OBI
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Notes: Yoshiji Kizaki
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 Japanese-only release "Beatles No. 5", using similar front art to the US jacket for "Beatles '65" but different title and track line-up. Originally released May 1965.

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. pressings 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.



#3-6 Beatles No.5 (5th. Press "H ¥1,700 / Apple Green Arrow Obi / Black Vinyl": AR-8028)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE Beatles No.5
CATALOG NUMBER AR-8028
RELEASE DATE December 1972 ? / 5th. Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Long Tall Sally
I Feel Fine
Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)
Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand (I Want To Hold Your Hand)
Anna (Go To Him)
Chains
Matchbox
Slow Down
You Really Got A Hold On Me
All I've Got To Do
She's A Woman
I Call Your Name
Ask Me Why

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 Catalog number and Apple logomark were printed on the front page.
label label
Liner notes by Yoshiji Kizaki.
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 obi strip.
sleeve There is order sheet on the back side of the Obi.
FRONT AND BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label
label "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H-¥1,700" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
label
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-8028" and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
OTHER ITEM
sleeve With a track list sheet.

RECORD LABEL Dark Green Apple label Type-2-1
MIX MONO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 2EJ-29   3S     6
SIDE 2 2EJ-30   2S    20
PRESS MARK 2MW
VINYL COLOR BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES
LTD. JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE H - ¥1,700
LYRIC SHEET STYLE Bifold Type
COVER FORM Single type. Full laminated soft cover.
INNER SLEEVE
Apple custom black sleeve
OBI
Green / white so called "Apple Arrow" OBI
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Notes: Yoshiji Kizaki
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 Japanese-only release "Beatles No. 5", using similar front art to the US jacket for "Beatles '65" but different title and track line-up. Originally released May 1965.

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. pressings 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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