All Those Years Ago / Writing’s On The Wall 7″ Single

 

UK Release Date 15 May 1981
UK Catalogue Number Dark Horse K 17807
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 7
Peak UK Chart Position 13
Lowest Matrix Numbers K 17807 A4 / K 17807 B4

 

The first of two singles issued from the Somewhere In England album, All Those Years Ago was released on 15 May 1981 in the UK and 11 May 1981 in the US. It spent seven weeks in the UK charts, peaking at number 13, whilst in the US it reached number 2 during a sixteen week run. It was George’s first UK top twenty hit for eight years, the previous one being Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) back in June 1973!

The track was originally written for Ringo and a version of it was recorded at George’s Home Studios with Ringo drumming and singing in November 1980 but then rejected by Ringo. Following John’s death in December 1980 George returned to the track and re wrote the lyrics as a tribute to John. George sang the new lyrics over the original November 1980 track, keeping Ringo’s original drumming, and Paul and Linda, along with Denny Laine, provided backing vocals. This was the first time since 1970 that Paul, George and Ringo had appeared on the same recording and it wouldn’t happen again until Free As A Bird in 1995.

I have 2 slightly different versions on 7″ single shown below

Version 1

The pictures below are of my solid centre first press copy (there were no push out centre copies) which has the matrix numbers K-17807 A5 and K-17807B5. It also has TONE hand etched on the A side run off. The record is in perfect condition, playing through beautifully on both sides. It is housed in it’s original picture sleeve which is in excellent condition, just a touch of ringwear.

Estimated Value : £3 – £5

 

Version 2

The pictures below are of another solid centre first press copy though this time, if you look at the label, you’ll see that there’s a rim around the centre. This one has the matrix numbers K-17807 A5 and K-17807B6 and also has TONE hand etched on the A side run off. The record is in very good to excellent condition, playing through with some occasional very feint crackle and a couple of feint ticks 0n the B side. It is housed in it’s original picture sleeve which is in excellent condition, just a touch of ringwear.

Estimated Value : £3 – £5

 

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