|UK Release Date||13 March 1981|
|UK Catalogue Number||DJM Records DJS 10965|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||4|
|Peak UK Chart Position||40|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||DJS 10965-A / DJS 10965-B|
Released on 13 March 1981 in the UK, though unreleased in the US, this single spent four weeks in the charts peaking at number 40 where it spent two weeks. I’ve classed it as a single rather than an EP even though it has 3 tracks and plays at 33 1/3. All 3 tracks were recorded live on 28th November 1974 when John joined Elton John on stage at Madison Square Gardens after losing a bet with Elton about his single Whatever Gets You Through The Night reaching number 1 in the charts.
Two of the tracks were obvious choices for the pair to perform – Whatever Gets You Through The Night, as Elton had played on the original recording, and Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, as Elton had previously covered it. The third, and the A side of this single, I Saw Her Standing There, was an odd choice as it is one of Paul’s tracks. John’s introduction to the number went as follows “I’d like to thank Elton and the boys for having me on tonight. We tried to think of a number to finish off with so I can get out of here and be sick, and we thought we’d do a number of an old, estranged fiancé of mine, called Paul. This is one I never sang, it’s an old Beatle number, and we just about know it.” It would be the last song John would ever perform live on a concert stage.
Details of the copy I own are shown below along with Elton John’s Philadelphia Freedom. I also have a Colombian 12″ version on transparent green vinyl, details can be found here
The pictures below are of my copy which has a solid centre and the matrix numbers DJS-10965-A2 and DJS-10965-B1. The record is in excellent condition, playing beautifully throughout, as is the sleeve which has only a touch of ringwear.
Estimated Value : £5 – £10
I also have a copy of Elton’s Philadelphia Freedom single on which the live recording of I Saw Her Standing There first appeared as a B side in 1975 (see pictures below). It has the matrix numbers DJS 354 A-2 and DJS 354 B-1 and also has DEDICATED TO B.J.C on the run out of side 1. The record is in excellent condition, maybe just a touch of feint crackle here and there, whilst the sleeve is probably rated very good, some light storage wear and a little ringwear.
Estimated Value : £5