Beaucoups Of Blues LP

UK Release Date 25 September 1970
UK Catalogue Number Apple PAS 10002
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) Failed to chart
Peak UK Chart Position
Lowest Matrix Numbers YEX 799-1U / YEX 800-1U

 

 

Ringo’s second solo album was released in the UK on 25 September 1970 and three days later in the US on 28 September 1970. Surprisingly it failed to chart in the UK whilst in the US it managed to climb to number 65. This poor showing led to Ringo not releasing another album for three years (Ringo in November 1973) and only releasing two singles in the same period (It Don’t Come Easy in April 1971 and Back Off Boogaloo in March 1972). He preferred instead to concentrate on his acting career.

The idea for the album came about when country and western fan Ringo met Nashville musician Peter Drake during sessions for George’s All Things Must Pass album. Drake convinced Ringo that the album should be recorded in Nashville and arranged for local writers to compose a selection of songs especially for him. Ringo flew out to Nashville on 22 June 1970 and recording took place at Music City Recorders on 30 June and 1 July when all Ringo had to do was sing, which he did so over pre prepared backing vocals that helped him stay in tune. The engineer on the sessions was Scotty Moore who is best known as Elvis’s guitarist in his early years.

Twelve of the songs recorded during these sessions made it on to the album. Of those that didn’t make it, Early 1970 would end up as the B side of the single It Don’t Come Easy, whilst Coochy Coochy and Nashville Jam would appear on the CD reissue. (Coochy Coochy also appeared on the B side of the single Beaucoups Of Blues that was released in the US at the same time as the album but did not get a UK release).

The front cover is a picture of Ringo taken outside musician Tracey Nelson’s smokehouse in Nashville whilst the back cover features a photo of most and list of all the musicians who appeared on the album. Inside the gatefold are the lyrics and pictures of Ringo.

My copy is shown below

UK First Press

The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers YEX 799-1U and YEX 800-1U. It also has PAS 10002 A-1U crossed out on side 1 and PAS 10002 B-1U crossed out on side 2. Visually the record appears to be in excellent condition though it plays through with some feint crackle, most noticable on track 1, and the odd tick here and there. The fully laminated gatefold sleeve is in very good to excellent condition, it has some light shelfwear, most noticable on the corners, and some light ringwear. There was no special inner sleeve with this release, mine is in the correct white “patent” inner.

Estimated Value : £15 – £25

 

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