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09. Please Please Me (Japanese Edition) (OP-7548, AP-8675)
(Update: 3rd. July 2020)

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Odeon 1st. Sleeve


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

#9-1 The Beatles Vol.1 (1st. Press "G ¥1,800 / Custom Red Obi": OP-7458)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE The Beatles Vol.1 "please please me"
CATALOG NUMBER OP-7458
RELEASE DATE 25th. May.1966 / First Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Please Please Me
Twist And Shout
Anna (Go To Him)
A Taste Of Honey
I Saw Her Standing There
Love Me Do (sim.stereo)
Boys
Do You Want To Know A Secret
Misery
Baby It's You
Chains
There's A Place
Ask Me Why P.S. I Love You (sim.stereo)
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve label label label
INSIDE --> Click! INNER SLEEVE
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! The original colour "advert" inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
INNER SLEEVE CLOSE UP
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
label The words "Special Selection Records" was printed in blue.
The Beatles "Help!" (OP-7387) was added.
label
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label Odeon logomark, "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd.", and "G ¥1,800" were printed at the lower right corner of the back cover.
Custom Red OBI CLOSE UP
OBI: TOP
OBI: BOTTOM
Has a custom red / yellow obi.
Odeon logo mark, catalog No. "OP-7548", and priced "¥ 1,800" were printed on the front of the obi strip.
OBI: BACK
There is no order sheet on the back side of the Obi.
"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." was printed on the strip.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
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 NOT printed at the bottom of the label.
Catalog number and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd. re-named two albums "Please Please Me" and "With The Beatles" as "STEREO! This is the Beatles Vol.1" and "Vol.2", changing song orders to put the most popular songs in Japan at the first place of every record.
They made original covers, gatefold covers with photo books inside, and they emphasized that these were STEREO records (this might be an impact because stereo equipment had just become popular).
With attached 8-PAGE COLOR BOOKLET
P-1 P-2 P-3 P-4 P-5
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
P-6 P-7 P-8 Includes LP-sided 8-page full color picture book.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
OTHER ITEM: POSTCARD (Campaign Application Postcard)
POSTCARD: FRONT POSTCARD: BACK
CLOSE UP
At the time of this LP release, a campaign was held in which "Yeah Yeah Sale".
A campaign application postcard was attached to the first edition (part of?).

(Sorry, I don't have it.)
sleeve
sleeve sleeve
CAMPAIGN FLYER
sleeve
FLYER: CLOSE UP
sleeve sleeve
"The Beatles Yeah! Yeah! Sale" ad flyer.

RECORD LABEL Odeon Label Type-2 (without the words "LONG PLAYING")
MIX STEREO *except as noted
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX-94    3
SIDE 2 YEX-95-2    19
PRESS MARK E6
VINYL COLOR RED
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE G ¥1,800
LYRIC SHEET STYLE with attached 8-page color booklet
COVER FORM Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover
INNER SLEEVE
The original colour "advert" inner bag Type-4
OBI
The commemorative custom red obi of the Beatles' Japan visit.
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES -
COMMENTS
Like "Stereo! This is the Beatles Vol.2 (OP-7549)" this is a commemorative edition of Japan that was planned and edited according to the first visit to Japan.

The commemorative disks of the Beatles' Japan visit:
Toshiba EMI needed to make special commemorative disks, but the idea of making an original best album ("the Best of the Beatles" OP-7177), which they once planned to release in 1965, was turned down by E. M. I. in England again and this album remained unreleased.
therefore, they had to use existing albums to promote for the 'Yeah Yeah Sale'.
At the early stage of the sale, they advertised the then new album "Rubber Soul" (released on 15th March 1966 in Japan), but later they decided to release two albums "Please Please Me" and "With The Beatles", both of which had been unreleased in Japan.
They re-named them as "STEREO! This is the Beatles Vol.1" and "Vol.2", changing song orders to put the most popular songs in Japan at the first place of every record.
They made original covers, gatefold covers with photo books inside, and they emphasized that these were STEREO records (this might be an impact because stereo equipment had just become popular).
The jacket was replaced with a completely different photo.

Black Odeon label with silver print.
The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter on the label.
The words "LONG PLAYING" was NOT printed at the bottom of the label.

Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover with attached 8-page color booklet.

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: Custom Red obi.
The commemorative custom red obi of the Beatles' Japan visit. 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.



#9-2 The Beatles Vol.1 (Gramophone Contract Press "G ¥1,800 / Black Vinyl": OP-7458)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE The Beatles Vol.1 "please please me"
CATALOG NUMBER OP-7458
RELEASE DATE 1966 / Gramophone Contract Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Please Please Me
Twist And Shout
Anna (Go To Him)
A Taste Of Honey
I Saw Her Standing There
Love Me Do (sim.stereo)
Boys
Do You Want To Know A Secret
Misery
Baby It's You
Chains
There's A Place
Ask Me Why P.S. I Love You (sim.stereo)
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve label label label
INSIDE --> Click! INNER SLEEVE
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! The original colour "advert" inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
INNER SLEEVE CLOSE UP
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
label The words "Special Selection Records" was printed in blue.
The Beatles "Help!" (OP-7387) was added.
label
FRONT AND BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label Odeon logomark, "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd.", and "G ¥1,800" were printed at the lower right corner of the back cover.
Custom Red OBI CLOSE UP
Has a custom red / yellow obi.
Odeon logo mark, catalog No. "OP-7548", and priced "¥ 1,800" were printed on the front of the obi strip.
There is no order sheet on the back side of the Obi.
"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." was printed on the strip.
(Sorry, I don't have it.)

LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Rare Black Vinyl.
Sometimes Toshiba had problems to press enough records to keep up with the demand. To increase production they turned to other companies (Gramophone, Sony etc.) to press up some copies of a particular release.
Gramophone contract press:
There is a ridge approximately 12mm out from the centre hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
Catalog No. and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label Changing song orders to put the most popular songs in Japan at the first place of every record.
The words "LONG PLAYING" was NOT printed at the bottom of the label.
With attached 8-PAGE COLOR BOOKLET
P-1 P-2 P-3 P-4 P-5
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
P-6 P-7 P-8 Includes LP-sided 8-page full color picture book.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
OTHER ITEM

RECORD LABEL Odeon Label Type-2 (without the words "LONG PLAYING")
MIX STEREO *except as noted
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX-94     6
SIDE 2 YEX-95-5    2
PRESS MARK None
VINYL COLOR BLACK (Gramophone Contract Press) 
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE G ¥1,800
LYRIC SHEET STYLE with attached 8-page color booklet
COVER FORM Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover
INNER SLEEVE
The original colour "advert" inner bag Type-4
OBI
The commemorative custom red obi of the Beatles' Japan visit.
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES -
COMMENTS
Like "Stereo! This is the Beatles Vol.2 (OP-7549)" this is a commemorative edition of Japan that was planned and edited according to the first visit to Japan.

The commemorative disks of the Beatles' Japan visit:
Toshiba EMI needed to make special commemorative disks, but the idea of making an original best album ("the Best of the Beatles" OP-7177), which they once planned to release in 1965, was turned down by E. M. I. in England again and this album remained unreleased.
therefore, they had to use existing albums to promote for the 'Yeah Yeah Sale'.
At the early stage of the sale, they advertised the then new album "Rubber Soul" (released on 15th March 1966 in Japan), but later they decided to release two albums "Please Please Me" and "With The Beatles", both of which had been unreleased in Japan.
They re-named them as "STEREO! This is the Beatles Vol.1" and "Vol.2", changing song orders to put the most popular songs in Japan at the first place of every record.
They made original covers, gatefold covers with photo books inside, and they emphasized that these were STEREO records (this might be an impact because stereo equipment had just become popular).
The jacket was replaced with a completely different photo.

Black Odeon label with silver print.
The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter on the label.
The words "LONG PLAYING" was NOT printed at the bottom of the label.

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

OP-7548 contract pressings: There are three variations;
1) Gramophone Contract Press
PM=none
There is a ridge approximately 12mm out from the centre hole.
2) Victor Records Contract Press
PM=F6
There is a ridge approximately 30mm out from the centre hole.
3) King Records Contract Press
PM=F6
There is a ridge approximately 31.5mm out from the centre hole.

Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover with attached 8-page color booklet.

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: Custom Red obi.
The commemorative custom red obi of the Beatles' Japan visit. 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.



#9-3 The Beatles Vol.1 (Victor Contract Press "G ¥1,800 / Black Vinyl": OP-7458)
Back to the top of the line


#9-4 The Beatles Vol.1 (King Records Contract Press "G ¥1,800 / Black Vinyl": OP-7458)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE The Beatles Vol.1 "please please me"
CATALOG NUMBER OP-7458
RELEASE DATE 1966 / King Records Contract Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Please Please Me
Twist And Shout
Anna (Go To Him)
A Taste Of Honey
I Saw Her Standing There
Love Me Do (sim.stereo)
Boys
Do You Want To Know A Secret
Misery
Baby It's You
Chains
There's A Place
Ask Me Why P.S. I Love You (sim.stereo)
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve label label label
INSIDE --> Click! INNER SLEEVE
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! The original colour "advert" inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
INNER SLEEVE CLOSE UP
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
label The words "Special Selection Records" was printed in blue.
The Beatles "Help!" (OP-7387) was added.
label
FRONT AND BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label label Odeon logomark, "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd.", and "G ¥1,800" were printed at the lower right corner of the back cover.
Custom Red OBI CLOSE UP
Has a custom red / yellow obi.
Odeon logo mark, catalog No. "OP-7548", and priced "¥ 1,800" were printed on the front of the obi strip.
There is no order sheet on the back side of the Obi.
"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." was printed on the strip.
(Sorry, I don't have it.)

LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Rare Black Vinyl.
Sometimes Toshiba had problems to press enough records to keep up with the demand. To increase production they turned to other companies (King Records, Sony etc.) to press up some copies of a particular release.
King Records Contract Press:
There is a ridge approximately 31.5mm out from the centre hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
Catalog No. and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label Changing song orders to put the most popular songs in Japan at the first place of every record.
The words "LONG PLAYING" was NOT printed at the bottom of the label.
With attached 8-PAGE COLOR BOOKLET
P-1 P-2 P-3 P-4 P-5
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
P-6 P-7 P-8 Includes LP-sided 8-page full color picture book.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
OTHER ITEM

RECORD LABEL Odeon Label Type-2 (without the words "LONG PLAYING")
MIX STEREO *except as noted
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX-94-2      8
SIDE 2 YEX-95-2      6   9   
PRESS MARK E6
VINYL COLOR BLACK (King Records Contract Press) 
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE Toshiba Ongaku kogyo Kabusikigaisha
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE G ¥1,800
LYRIC SHEET STYLE with attached 8-page color booklet
COVER FORM Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover
INNER SLEEVE
The original colour "advert" inner bag Type-4
OBI
The commemorative custom red obi of the Beatles' Japan visit.
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES -
COMMENTS
Like "Stereo! This is the Beatles Vol.2 (OP-7549)" this is a commemorative edition of Japan that was planned and edited according to the first visit to Japan.

The commemorative disks of the Beatles' Japan visit:
Toshiba EMI needed to make special commemorative disks, but the idea of making an original best album ("the Best of the Beatles" OP-7177), which they once planned to release in 1965, was turned down by E. M. I. in England again and this album remained unreleased.
therefore, they had to use existing albums to promote for the 'Yeah Yeah Sale'.
At the early stage of the sale, they advertised the then new album "Rubber Soul" (released on 15th March 1966 in Japan), but later they decided to release two albums "Please Please Me" and "With The Beatles", both of which had been unreleased in Japan.
They re-named them as "STEREO! This is the Beatles Vol.1" and "Vol.2", changing song orders to put the most popular songs in Japan at the first place of every record.
They made original covers, gatefold covers with photo books inside, and they emphasized that these were STEREO records (this might be an impact because stereo equipment had just become popular).
The jacket was replaced with a completely different photo.

Black Odeon label with silver print.
The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter on the label.
The words "LONG PLAYING" was NOT printed at the bottom of the label.

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

OP-7548 contract pressings: There are three variations;
1) Gramophone Contract Press
PM=none
There is a ridge approximately 12mm out from the centre hole.
2) Victor Records Contract Press
PM=F6
There is a ridge approximately 30mm out from the centre hole.
3) King Records Contract Press
PM=F6
There is a ridge approximately 31.5mm out from the centre hole.

Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover with attached 8-page color booklet.

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: Custom Red obi.
The commemorative custom red obi of the Beatles' Japan visit. 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.



#9-5 The Beatles Vol.1 (2nd. Press? "H ¥2,000 / Custom Orange Obi / Red Vinyl": AP-8675)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE The Beatles Vol.1 "please please me"
CATALOG NUMBER AP-8675
RELEASE DATE 10th September.1969 / Second Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Please Please Me
Twist And Shout
Anna (Go To Him)
A Taste Of Honey
I Saw Her Standing There
Love Me Do (sim.stereo)
Boys
Do You Want To Know A Secret
Misery
Baby It's You
Chains
There's A Place
Ask Me Why P.S. I Love You (sim.stereo)
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve label label label
INSIDE --> Click! INNER SLEEVE
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! The original colour "advert" inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
label Catalog number and the word "STEREO" were printed at the upper right corner of the front cover. label Apple logomark was printed at the lower left corner of the front cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label Apple logomark, "Toshiba Musical IndustriesLtd.", and "H ¥2,000" were printed at the lower right corner of the back cover.
Custom Orange OBI CLOSE UP
OBI: TOP
OB: BOTTOM
Very early Pressings have a custom  ORANGE / yellow obi (maybe).
Apple logo mark, catalog No. "AP-8675", and priced "¥ 2,000" were printed on the front of the obi strip.
OBI: BACK Has a order sheet on the back side of the Obi.
Catalog No, price "¥2,000" and "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." were printed at the order sheet.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label 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 The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
Catalog No. and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
With attached 8-PAGE COLOR BOOKLET
P-1 P-2 P-3 P-4 P-5
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
P-6 P-7 P-8 Includes LP-sided 8-page full color picture book.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
OTHER ITEM

RECORD LABEL Dark Green Apple Label Type-1
MIX STEREO *except as noted
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX-94-21   3
SIDE 2 YEX-95       14   
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 with attached 8-page color booklet
COVER FORM Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover
INNER SLEEVE
Apple custom black sleeve
OBI
The commemorative custom Orange obi of the Beatles' Japan visit.
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES -
COMMENTS
Like "Stereo! This is the Beatles Vol.2 (AP-8678)" this is a commemorative edition of Japan that was planned and edited according to the first visit to Japan.

The commemorative disks of the Beatles' Japan visit:
Toshiba EMI needed to make special commemorative disks, but the idea of making an original best album ("the Best of the Beatles" OP-7177), which they once planned to release in 1965, was turned down by E. M. I. in England again and this album remained unreleased.
therefore, they had to use existing albums to promote for the 'Yeah Yeah Sale'.
At the early stage of the sale, they advertised the then new album "Rubber Soul" (released on 15th March 1966 in Japan), but later they decided to release two albums "Please Please Me" and "With The Beatles", both of which had been unreleased in Japan.
They re-named them as "STEREO! This is the Beatles Vol.1" and "Vol.2", changing song orders to put the most popular songs in Japan at the first place of every record.
They made original covers, gatefold covers with photo books inside, and they emphasized that these were STEREO records (this might be an impact because stereo equipment had just become popular).
The jacket was replaced with a completely different photo.

Dark green Apple label Type-1with black print.

The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. JAPAN" was printed at the bottom of the label.
In Novemver 1968, that was the date when Apple Corp Ltd. of England and Toshiba came to an agreement on the manufacturing and distribution of the Beatles' records in Japan.
As part of that agreement, Toshiba had to reissue on the Apple label all the records previously issued on the Odeon label. The sleeves also had to be altered to desplay the Apple logo. Futher still, all the Odeon catalog number prefixes were changed to ones with Apple prefixes. In most cases, only the prefixes were changed and the catalog numbers were left intanct. Odeon singles, EPs, and LPs with the OR or OP prefixes were changed to Apple singles, EPs, and LPs with the AR or AP prefixes, respectively.
But Toshiba did not instantly implement all these changes and did not immediately withdraw all Odeon label records. In fact, the phasing out of the Odeon label products and the phasing in of the Apple label was a lengthy process taking several months at least.
The very first record in Japan issued under the Toshiba/Apple contract and bearing the Apple label was "The Beatles double LP (the White Album)", released on 21th. January 1969. And unlike elsewhere in the world, the first single in Japan to bear the Apple label was not "Hey Jude / Revolution" but rather "Ob- La-Di, Ob-La-Da / While My Guitar Gently Weeps", released on 10th. March, 1969.
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.

Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover with attached 8-page color booklet.

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: Custom ORANGE / Yellow obi.
The commemorative custom orange obi of the Beatles' Japan visit. It also features an Apple logo, catalogue number and price information.
Very early Pressings have a custom Orange / yellow obi (maybe).
Regular pressings, the obi color returned to RED (maybe).
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.



#9-6 The Beatles Vol.1 (2nd. Press? "H ¥2,000 / Custom Orange Obi / Black Vinyl": AP-8675)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE The Beatles Vol.1 "please please me"
CATALOG NUMBER AP-8675
RELEASE DATE 10th September.1969 / Second Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Please Please Me
Twist And Shout
Anna (Go To Him)
A Taste Of Honey
I Saw Her Standing There
Love Me Do (sim.stereo)
Boys
Do You Want To Know A Secret
Misery
Baby It's You
Chains
There's A Place
Ask Me Why P.S. I Love You (sim.stereo)
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve label label label
INSIDE --> Click! INNER SLEEVE
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! The original colour "advert" inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
label Catalog number and the word "STEREO" were printed at the upper right corner of the front cover. label Apple logomark was printed at the lower left corner of the front cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label Apple logomark, "Toshiba Musical IndustriesLtd.", and "H ¥2,000" were printed at the lower right corner of the back cover.
Custom Orange OBI CLOSE UP
OBI: TOP
OB: BOTTOM
Very early Pressings have a custom  ORANGE / yellow obi (maybe).
Apple logo mark, catalog No. "AP-8675", and priced "¥ 2,000" were printed on the front of the obi strip.
OBI: BACK Has a order sheet on the back side of the Obi.
Catalog No, price "¥2,000" and "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." were printed at the order sheet.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label 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 The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
Catalog No. and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
With attached 8-PAGE COLOR BOOKLET
P-1 P-2 P-3 P-4 P-5
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
P-6 P-7 P-8 Includes LP-sided 8-page full color picture book.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
OTHER ITEM

RECORD LABEL Dark Green Apple Label Type-1
MIX STEREO *except as noted
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX-94-21     2
SIDE 2 YEX-95        14 
PRESS MARK 0A (?)
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 with attached 8-page color booklet
COVER FORM Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover
INNER SLEEVE
Apple custom black sleeve
OBI
The commemorative custom Orange obi of the Beatles' Japan visit.
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES -
COMMENTS
Like "Stereo! This is the Beatles Vol.2 (AP-8678)" this is a commemorative edition of Japan that was planned and edited according to the first visit to Japan.

The commemorative disks of the Beatles' Japan visit:
Toshiba EMI needed to make special commemorative disks, but the idea of making an original best album ("the Best of the Beatles" OP-7177), which they once planned to release in 1965, was turned down by E. M. I. in England again and this album remained unreleased.
therefore, they had to use existing albums to promote for the 'Yeah Yeah Sale'.
At the early stage of the sale, they advertised the then new album "Rubber Soul" (released on 15th March 1966 in Japan), but later they decided to release two albums "Please Please Me" and "With The Beatles", both of which had been unreleased in Japan.
They re-named them as "STEREO! This is the Beatles Vol.1" and "Vol.2", changing song orders to put the most popular songs in Japan at the first place of every record.
They made original covers, gatefold covers with photo books inside, and they emphasized that these were STEREO records (this might be an impact because stereo equipment had just become popular).
The jacket was replaced with a completely different photo.

Dark green Apple label Type-1with black print.

The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. JAPAN" was printed at the bottom of the label.
In Novemver 1968, that was the date when Apple Corp Ltd. of England and Toshiba came to an agreement on the manufacturing and distribution of the Beatles' records in Japan.
As part of that agreement, Toshiba had to reissue on the Apple label all the records previously issued on the Odeon label. The sleeves also had to be altered to desplay the Apple logo. Futher still, all the Odeon catalog number prefixes were changed to ones with Apple prefixes. In most cases, only the prefixes were changed and the catalog numbers were left intanct. Odeon singles, EPs, and LPs with the OR or OP prefixes were changed to Apple singles, EPs, and LPs with the AR or AP prefixes, respectively.
But Toshiba did not instantly implement all these changes and did not immediately withdraw all Odeon label records. In fact, the phasing out of the Odeon label products and the phasing in of the Apple label was a lengthy process taking several months at least.
The very first record in Japan issued under the Toshiba/Apple contract and bearing the Apple label was "The Beatles double LP (the White Album)", released on 21th. January 1969. And unlike elsewhere in the world, the first single in Japan to bear the Apple label was not "Hey Jude / Revolution" but rather "Ob- La-Di, Ob-La-Da / While My Guitar Gently Weeps", released on 10th. March, 1969.
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.

Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover with attached 8-page color booklet.

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: Custom ORANGE / Yellow obi.
The commemorative custom orange obi of the Beatles' Japan visit. It also features an Apple logo, catalogue number and price information.
Very early Pressings have a custom Orange / yellow obi (maybe).
Regular pressings, the obi color returned to RED (maybe).
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.



#9-7 The Beatles Vol.1 (3rd. Press? "H ¥2,000 / Custom Red Obi / Light Green Apple Label / Black Vinyl": AP-8675)
Back to the top of the line
TITLE The Beatles Vol.1 "please please me"
CATALOG NUMBER AP-8675
RELEASE DATE February 1972 ? / 3rd. Press?
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Please Please Me
Twist And Shout
Anna (Go To Him)
A Taste Of Honey
I Saw Her Standing There
Love Me Do (sim.stereo)
Boys
Do You Want To Know A Secret
Misery
Baby It's You
Chains
There's A Place
Ask Me Why P.S. I Love You (sim.stereo)
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve label label label
INSIDE --> Click! INNER SLEEVE
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! The original colour "advert" inner bag has a fold-over flap at the top of the bag to prevent the record from falling out.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP
label Catalog number and the word "STEREO" were printed at the upper right corner of the front cover. label Apple logomark was printed at the lower left corner of the front cover.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
label Apple logomark, "Toshiba Musical IndustriesLtd.", and "H ¥2,000" were printed at the lower right corner of the back cover.
Custom Orange OBI CLOSE UP
OBI: TOP
OB: BOTTOM
Very early Pressings have a custom  ORANGE / yellow obi (maybe).
Apple logo mark, catalog No. "AP-8675", and priced "¥ 2,000" were printed on the front of the obi strip.
OBI: BACK Has a order sheet on the back side of the Obi.
Catalog No, price "¥2,000" and "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." were printed at the order sheet.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label 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 The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
Catalog No. and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
With attached 8-PAGE COLOR BOOKLET
P-1 P-2 P-3 P-4 P-5
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
P-6 P-7 P-8 Includes LP-sided 8-page full color picture book.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
OTHER ITEM

RECORD LABEL Light Green Apple Label Type-2-1
MIX STEREO *except as noted
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX-94-21     7
SIDE 2 YEX-95         19
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 ¥2,000
LYRIC SHEET STYLE with attached 8-page color booklet
COVER FORM Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover
INNER SLEEVE
Apple custom black sleeve
OBI
The commemorative custom Red obi of the Beatles' Japan visit.
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES -
COMMENTS
Like "Stereo! This is the Beatles Vol.2 (AP-8678)" this is a commemorative edition of Japan that was planned and edited according to the first visit to Japan.

The commemorative disks of the Beatles' Japan visit:
Toshiba EMI needed to make special commemorative disks, but the idea of making an original best album ("the Best of the Beatles" OP-7177), which they once planned to release in 1965, was turned down by E. M. I. in England again and this album remained unreleased.
therefore, they had to use existing albums to promote for the 'Yeah Yeah Sale'.
At the early stage of the sale, they advertised the then new album "Rubber Soul" (released on 15th March 1966 in Japan), but later they decided to release two albums "Please Please Me" and "With The Beatles", both of which had been unreleased in Japan.
They re-named them as "STEREO! This is the Beatles Vol.1" and "Vol.2", changing song orders to put the most popular songs in Japan at the first place of every record.
They made original covers, gatefold covers with photo books inside, and they emphasized that these were STEREO records (this might be an impact because stereo equipment had just become popular).
The jacket was replaced with a completely different photo.

Dark green Apple label Type-1with black print.

The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. JAPAN" was printed at the bottom of the label.
In Novemver 1968, that was the date when Apple Corp Ltd. of England and Toshiba came to an agreement on the manufacturing and distribution of the Beatles' records in Japan.
As part of that agreement, Toshiba had to reissue on the Apple label all the records previously issued on the Odeon label. The sleeves also had to be altered to desplay the Apple logo. Futher still, all the Odeon catalog number prefixes were changed to ones with Apple prefixes. In most cases, only the prefixes were changed and the catalog numbers were left intanct. Odeon singles, EPs, and LPs with the OR or OP prefixes were changed to Apple singles, EPs, and LPs with the AR or AP prefixes, respectively.
But Toshiba did not instantly implement all these changes and did not immediately withdraw all Odeon label records. In fact, the phasing out of the Odeon label products and the phasing in of the Apple label was a lengthy process taking several months at least.
The very first record in Japan issued under the Toshiba/Apple contract and bearing the Apple label was "The Beatles double LP (the White Album)", released on 21th. January 1969. And unlike elsewhere in the world, the first single in Japan to bear the Apple label was not "Hey Jude / Revolution" but rather "Ob- La-Di, Ob-La-Da / While My Guitar Gently Weeps", released on 10th. March, 1969.
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.

Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover with attached 8-page color booklet.

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: Custom RED / Yellow obi.
The commemorative custom orange obi of the Beatles' Japan visit. It also features an Apple logo, catalogue number and price information.
Very early Pressings have a custom Orange / yellow obi (maybe).
Regular pressings, the obi color returned to RED (maybe).
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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