|UK Release Date||21 April 1978|
|UK Catalogue Number||Polydor 2310 599|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||Failed To Chart|
|Peak UK Chart Position||–|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||2310599 A//4 and 2310599 B//4|
Bad Boy was released in the UK on 21 April 1978 where, like his two previous albums, it failed to chart. The US had to wait a couple of months before it was released on 16 June 1978 where it only reached number 129 during a six week stay. After three poor showings Ringo was dropped from his contract with Polydor in the UK.
The album was recorded at Elite Recording Studios in The Bahamas and Can-Base Studios in Vancouver, Canada in only ten days of sessions between November and December 1977. Again there were no superstar names to help Ringo along, Dr John and Lon Van Eaton perhaps the best known. Also worth noting is that Ringo only had a hand in writing two tracks on the album – Who Needs A Heart and Old Time Relovin’ – both written with Vini Poncia.
The front cover picture was taken by Ringo’s then fiancee Nancy Andrews and features a picture of Ringo’s hands, one holding a glass of something, whilst the back cover is an outdoor headshot of Ringo which, according to the inner’s notes, was taken by Ringo himself. There is also an inner sleeve which has a full length black and white picture of Ringo on one side, again taken by Nancy Andrews, and the album’s lyrics, credits, acknowledgements etc on the other.
Details of my copy are shown below
UK First Press
The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers 2310599 A//4 SL and 2310599 B//4 SL. Visually the record looks in beautiful condition and it plays through just about perfectly. The unlaminated sleeve has hardly any signs of wear and tear apart from the white rear which has a little rubbing. The inner has a little ringwear but has no splits or rips, though the black lyric side shows signs of age.
Estimated Value : £10 – £15