Made in Japan

I began searching for mint-condition Skynyrd’s LPs pressed and released in Japan, a number of years ago. I consider these gems to be the holy grail for vinyl junkies like me.

Skynyrd’s final studio LP, Street Survivors, fell into my lap recently in perfect condition. It is hard to describe the quality, sublime is the only word that springs to mind. Every word, every instrumental sound jumps from the speakers with stunning clarity.

The LP, with the flames cover, is housed in a sleeve of thickened card with the original Japanese OBI strip acting as the front cover’s stamp of authenticity. Inside, there is a beautiful eight-page booklet in Japanese and English – the lyrics of each song are included.

MCA Records licensed Tokyo-based record company and pressing plant Victor Musical Industries (VIM) to manufacture the Skynyrd catalogue. VIM was adventurous and went about changing the layout and added new photos. The end result bears little resemblance to the US release. I’ve attached a couple of pics below from the booklet.