|UK Release Date||12 May 2003|
|UK Catalogue Number||Parlophone R6601|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||2|
|Peak UK Chart Position||37|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||R 6601 A-2-1 / R 6601 B-2-1|
George’s first single for nearly fourteen years, and his last, to date, was released in the UK on the Parlophone label on 12 May 2003 and spent two weeks in the charts at numbers 37 and 51. It was not released in the US.
George’s son, Dhani, has said that the inspiration for the song came whilst he and George were in Hawaii They were walking by a beach and saw a sign that read, “If the wind blows, you can always adjust your sails, but, if you don’t know where you’re going, then any road will take you there”.
It was nominated for a Grammy in 2004 and, although it lost out to Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me A River in the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category, the B side, Marwa Blues, won in the Best Pop Instrumental Performance category.
The song is notable for being one of the last songs George ever performed in public when he appeared on a VH1 special with Ravi Shankar in 1997 to help promote Ravi’s Chants Of India album. He did this song, the Traveling Wilburys song If You Belong To Me (which Bob Dylan sang on the album) and All Things Must Pass.
The pictures below are of my solid centre first press copy (there was only the one press and no push out centres) that has the matrix numbers R 6601 A-2-1 and R 6601 B-2-1. It also has ADAM and PS etched in the run off on the A side and PS etched on the B side. Visually the record looks beautiful and plays likewise on the A side whilst the B side suffers from a touch of light crackle. The picture sleeve is in excellent condition, just a touch of light ringwear.
Estimated Value : £25 – £30