Back Off Boogaloo / Blindman 7″ Single

 

UK Release Date 17 March 1972
UK Catalogue Number Apple R 5944
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 10
Peak UK Chart Position 2
Lowest Matrix Numbers 7YCE 21635 -3U / 7YCE 21636 -1U

 

Released on 17 March 1972 in the UK and 20 March 1972 in the US, Back Off Boogaloo spent ten weeks in the UK charts, two of these at number 2, and ten weeks in the US charts, with a peak of number 9.

It’s often been said that the song is an attack on Paul (Boogaloo) with the lyrics referring to the legal battle at the time, Paul’s then sub standard output of music, his over indulgence on cannabis and even the “Paul is dead” rumours. Ringo has always denied this stating that the inspiration came from Marc Bolan who used the term Boogaloo a lot at the time. It was recorded at the Apple studios in London in September 1971 with George, Klaus Voormann and Gary Wright and, like his previous single, it’s credited as being written solely by Ringo though, again, he has acknowledged that George, who acts as producer, gave him a lot of help.

Details of the 3 copies I own are shown below. I also have a “Golden 45” single where Back Off Boogaloo is paired with It Don’t Come Easy – details can be found here.

First Press, Solid Centre

The pictures below are of my solid centre first press copy which has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21635 -3U and 7YCE 21636 -1U and also has a KT tax code in the run off on each side. The record has some light marks but plays through great, just some occasional very light crackle. The original thick card picture sleeve is showing it’s age with some ringwear and a lot of shelfwear.

Estimated Value : £3– £5

 

First Press, Push Out Centre

The pictures below are of my push out centre first press copy which, like the above copy, has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21635 -3U and 7YCE 21636 -1U and a KT tax code in the run off on each side. The record visually is in excellent shape and plays likewise. This copy is in an Apple which has some creasing, a tear at the centre and a small 1″ tear on one side.

Estimated Value : £3– £5

 

US First Press

The pictures below are of my US pushed out centre first press copy which has the matrix numbers S-45-X-47782 Z1 1849 #4 and S-45X 47783 Z2 1849 #5. The A side of the record is in excellent shape, both visually and playing wise, but, unfortunately, the B side has what looks like a very small patch of paper stuck to it right at the end so I haven’t played it. Apart from that th B side vinyl looks great. It has it’s original very thin paper sleeve which is in excellent condition, just a touch of light ringwear.

Estimated Value : £3– £5

 

 

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