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10. The Beatles Vol.2 (With The Beatles) (OP-7459, AP-8678)
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#10-1 The Beatles Vol.2 (Promotional Record: OP-7459)
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TITLE The Beatles Vol.2 "WITH the BEATLES"
CATALOG NUMBER OP-7459
RELEASE DATE Promotional Record (First Press: 30th? May.1966)
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
All My Loving
All Over Beethoven
Please Mister Postman
Money
Don't Bother Me
I Wanna Be Your Man
It Won't Be Long
Hold Me Tight
All I've Got To Do
Devil In Her Heart
Little Child
Not A Second Time
Till There Was You You Really Gotta Hold On Me
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve label label label
INNER SLEEVE
COVER CLOSE UP (INSIDE)
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click!
sleeve sleeve sleeve Promotional white sleeves are reused by turning over existing record covers.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label Odeon white label (promotional use only).
The print in black has unusual "hand lettered" look to it quite unlike the regular commercial version. 
The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Catalog number and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole. label Here is a close-up of the circled text: "Sample under Article 10, Clause 2 of the Commodity Tax Law".
LABEL CLOSE UP
label The release date "25th. May." is in black and appears above the Odeon logo.
However, according to the general catalog, the release date of this record is 30th. May.
label The words "LONG PLAYING" was printed at the bottom of the label.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label The song title of the 1st. song on side-2, this label was misprinted "ALL OVER BEETHOVEN" instead of "ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN".
Track  as "YOU REALLY GOTTA HOLD ON ME".
OTHER ITEM
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RECORD LABEL Odeon White Label (for promotional use only)
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX-110    1
SIDE 2 YEX-111    1
PRESS MARK -
VINYL COLOR RED
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME SLEEVE -
LABEL MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN
SYMBOL/PRICE -
LYRIC SHEET STYLE -
COVER FORM Plain white sleeve
INNER SLEEVE
Plain White Inner bag
OBI
-
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES -
COMMENTS
Like "Stereo! This is the Beatles Vol.1 (OP-7548)" 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.

The release date "25th. May." is in black and appears above the Odeon logo on the label.
However, according to the general catalog, the release date of this record is 30th. May.

Odeon white label (promotional use only).
The words "MFD. BY TOSHIBA MUSICAL INDUSTRIES LTD. IN JAPAN" was printed at the perimeter on the label.
The words "LONG PLAYING" was printed at the bottom of the label.
The song title of the 1st. song on side-2, this label was misprinted "ALL OVER BEETHOVEN" instead of "ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN".
Track  as "YOU REALLY GOTTA HOLD ON ME".

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

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



#10-2 The Beatles Vol.2 (1st. Press "G ¥1,800 / Custom Red Obi": OP-7459)
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TITLE The Beatles Vol.2 "WITH the BEATLES"
CATALOG NUMBER OP-7459
RELEASE DATE 30th? May.1966 / First Press
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
All My Loving
All Over Beethoven
Please Mister Postman
Money
Don't Bother Me
I Wanna Be Your Man
It Won't Be Long
Hold Me Tight
All I've Got To Do
Devil In Her Heart
Little Child
Not A Second Time
Till There Was You You've Really Gotta Hold On Me
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
label The words "Special Selection Records" was printed in blue.
The Beatles "Help!" (OP-7387) was added.
FRONT AND BACK CLOSE UP
label label "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "G ¥1,800" were printed at the bottom 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-7549", 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 The song title of the 1st. song on side-2, this label was corrected "ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN".
Track  as "YOU REALLY GOTTA HOLD ON ME".
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 P-8: CLOSE UP
Includes LP-sided 8-page full color picture book.
On the booklet, this issue was mistitled the track "You really got..." as "You've really got..".
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
OTHER ITEM: POSTCARD (Campaign Application Postcard)
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.

CAMPAIGN FLYER
sleeve FLYER: CLOSE UP From "TOSHIBA Records Monthly Supplement" in June 1966.
sleeve sleeve

RECORD LABEL Odeon Label Type-2 (without the words "LONG PLAYING")
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX-110-2    21
SIDE 2 YEX-111-2    10
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.1 (OP-7548)" 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.

The release date "25th. May." appears on the sample record.
However, according to the general catalog, the release date of this record is 30th. May.

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.
The song title of the 1st. song on side-2, this label was corrected "ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN". Track  as "YOU REALLY GOTTA HOLD ON ME".

Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover with attached 8-page color booklet.
On the booklet, this issue was mistitled the track "You Really Got A Hold On Me" as "You've Really Got. A Hold On Me.".

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.



#10-3 The Beatles Vol.2 (Gramophone Contract Press "G ¥1,800 / Custom Red Obi / Black Vinyl": OP-7459)
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#10-4 The Beatles Vol.2 (Victor Contract Press "G ¥1,800 / Custom Red Obi / Black Vinyl": OP-7459)
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#10-5 The Beatles Vol.2 (King Records Contract Press "G ¥1,800 / Custom Red Obi / Black Vinyl": OP-7459)
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#10-6 The Beatles Vol.2 (2nd. Press? "H ¥2,000 / Custom Orange Obi / Red Vinyl": AP-8678)
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TITLE The Beatles Vol.2 "WITH the BEATLES"
CATALOG NUMBER AP-8678
RELEASE DATE 10th September.1969 / Second Press?
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
All My Loving
All Over Beethoven
Please Mister Postman
Money
Don't Bother Me
I Wanna Be Your Man
It Won't Be Long
Hold Me Tight
All I've Got To Do
Devil In Her Heart
Little Child
Not A Second Time
Till There Was You You've Really Gotta Hold On Me
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve label label label
INSIDE --> Click! INNER SLEEVE
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover.

With Apple custom black inner sleeve.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
FRONT AND BACK CLOSE UP
label label "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H ¥2,000" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
Custom ORANGE OBI CLOSE UP
OBI: TOP
OBI: BOTTOM
Very early Pressings Have a custom ORANGE / yellow obi (maybe).
Apple logo mark, catalog No. "AP-8678", and priced "¥ 2,000" 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.
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 and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label The order of the songs on the UK version "WITH THE BEATLES" has been significantly changed, and songs popular in Japan have been placed at the top of the A and B sides. Track  as "YOU REALLY GOTTA HOLD ON ME".
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 P-6: CLOSE UP
Includes LP-sided 8-page full color picture book.
On the booklet, this issue was mistitled the track "You really got..." as "You've really got..".
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
COLOR BOOK LET: P-6: CLOSE UP
label Catalog number was not printed at the lower right corner of the color booklet.
OTHER ITEM
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RECORD LABEL Dark Green Apple label Type-1
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX-110    37
SIDE 2 YEX-111    33
PRESS MARK 9M
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.1 (OP-7548)" this is a commemorative edition of Japan that was planned and edited according to the first visit to Japan
The order of the songs on the UK version "WITH THE BEATLES" has been significantly changed, and songs popular in Japan have been placed at the top of the A and B sides.
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.

The song title of the 7th. song on side-2 was printed "YOU REALLY GOTTA HOLD ON ME".
Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover with attached 8-page color booklet.
On the booklet, this issue was mistitled the track "You Really Got A Hold On Me" as "You've Really Got. A Hold On Me.".

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.



#10-7 The Beatles Vol.2 (3rd. Press? "H ¥2,000 / Custom Red Obi": AP-8678)
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#10-8 The Beatles Vol.2 (4th. Press? "H ¥2,000 / Custom Red Obi / Light green Apple Label": AP-8678)
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TITLE The Beatles Vol.2 "WITH the BEATLES"
CATALOG NUMBER AP-8678
RELEASE DATE December 1971? / 4th. Press?
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
All My Loving
All Over Beethoven
Please Mister Postman
Money
Don't Bother Me
I Wanna Be Your Man
It Won't Be Long
Hold Me Tight
All I've Got To Do
Devil In Her Heart
Little Child
Not A Second Time
Till There Was You You've Really Gotta Hold On Me
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve label label label
INSIDE --> Click! INNER SLEEVE
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover.

With Apple custom black inner sleeve.
sleeve sleeve sleeve
FRONT AND BACK CLOSE UP
label label "Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd." and "H ¥2,000" were printed at the bottom of the back cover.
Custom ORANGE OBI CLOSE UP
OBI: TOP
OBI: BOTTOM
Very early Pressings Have a custom RED / yellow obi (maybe).
Apple logo mark, catalog No. "AP-8678", and priced "¥ 2,000" 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 The early copies of the APPLE-TOSHIBA MUSIC type have dark Apple on its label, though the late copies have light one.
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 and matrix number were printed at the right side of the center hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label label The order of the songs on the UK version "WITH THE BEATLES" has been significantly changed, and songs popular in Japan have been placed at the top of the A and B sides. Track  as "YOU REALLY GOTTA HOLD ON ME".
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 P-6: CLOSE UP
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
Includes LP-sided 8-page full color picture book.On the booklet, this issue was mistitled the track "You really got..." as "You've really got..".
COLOR BOOK LET: CLOSE UP
P-3 P-4 P-5 P-6 P-8
sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve sleeve
Catalog number was added at the lower right corner of the color booklet.

OTHER ITEM
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RECORD LABEL Light Green Apple label Type-2-1
MIX STEREO
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 YEX-110-2     31      JIS
SIDE 2 YEX-111-2     25      JIS
PRESS MARK 1M
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.1 (OP-7548)" this is a commemorative edition of Japan that was planned and edited according to the first visit to Japan
The order of the songs on the UK version "WITH THE BEATLES" has been significantly changed, and songs popular in Japan have been placed at the top of the A and B sides.
The jacket was replaced with a completely different photo.

Light green Apple label Type-2-1 with 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.

The song title of the 7th. song on side-2 was printed "YOU REALLY GOTTA HOLD ON ME".
Gatefold type. Full laminated soft cover with attached 8-page color booklet.
On the booklet, this issue was mistitled the track "You Really Got A Hold On Me" as "You've Really Got. A Hold On Me.".

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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