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The Toshiba EMI Recordings / Original Stereo Version
09. Please Please Me (Japanese Edition) (OP-7548, AP-8675)
(Update: 4th. May 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)
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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, however, the majority of copies were pressed by Toshiba themselves.
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
approximately 12mm out from the centre hole
2) Victor Records Contract Press
PM=F6
approximately 30mm out from the centre hole
3) King Records Contract Press
PM=F6
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)
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#9-4 The Beatles Vol.1 (King Records Contract Press "G ¥1,800 / Black Vinyl": OP-7458)
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#9-5 Back to the top of the line
TITLE
please please me (Japanese Edition)
RELEASE DATE
10th September.1969/Second Press
FRONT BACK LABEL -->Click! DISK
please pleaseback label disk
INSIDE INNER SLEEVE OBI -->Click!
pleaseinside pleaseinside sleeve
obi obi
BACK COVER CLOSE UP LABEL CLOSE UP OTHER ITEM (8-page booklet)
COVER
book BOOK book
"Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H-\2,000" was printed at the bottom of the back cover.
The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the bottom of the label.

TRACK LISTING CATALOG NUMBER
SIDE 1 SIDE 2 AP-8675
Please please me
Anna (go to him)
I saw her standing there
Boys
Misery
Chains
Ask me why
Twist and shout
A taste of honey
Love me do (sim.stereo)
Do you want to know a secret
Baby it's you
There's a place
P.S. I love you (sim.stereo)

LABEL
APPLE type 1

MIX
STEREO except as noted

VINYL COLOR
RED
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
Cover: "Toshiba Ongakukogyo Kabusikigaisya"
Label: MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE
H-2,000YEN
OBI
The commemorative red Obi / with Order sheet
COVER FORM
Gatefold with attached 8-page color booklet/Thick cover
COMMENTS
Dark Green Apple label:
with "TOSHIBA MUSICAL..." credit.

Gatefold cover with unique front and back.
Comes with 8-page photo booklet.
The song orders were different from U.K. press.

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).



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