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Warner Bros. Rutles Releases in Japan

Cover of Japanese Warner Bros LP Label of Japanese Warner Bros LP

The LP issued in Japan (Warner Bros P-10534W) is almost identical to its United States counterpart, with just a few small differences owing to its having been manufactured in Japan. Most obvious is the colorful red OBI band. The album was issued in Japan on July 25, 1978, a few months after its release in the US, UK, and Canada.

Japan is a natural market for The Rutles. It has a vibrant and enthusiatic Beatles fan base which has been around since the early days of Beatlemania, and Beatles fans there have fervently embraced The Rutles as well.

(Grateful Thanks to Takashi Watanabe for the scans of the LP, above, and single pictured on the next page!)

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