|UK Release Date||12 December 1975|
|UK Catalogue Number||Apple PCS 7170|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||Failed To Chart|
|Peak UK Chart Position||–|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||YEX 951-1 / YEX 952-1|
This compilation album from Ringo was released in the UK on 12 December 1975 whilst the US release was a little earlier on 25 November 1975. Surprisingly it failed to chart in the UK though it made number 30 in the US during an eleven week run. It was the last album to be released on the Apple label (until it’s relaunch in the 90’s) .
Of the ten tracks on the album, five had been both US and UK singles ( It Don’t Come Easy, Back Off Boogaloo, Photograph, You’re Sixteen and Only You, ), three more had been US singles only (Beaucoups of Blues, Oh My My and No No Song) one was a B side (Early 1970) and one was an album track (I’m The Greatest). It may surprise you to know that in the US seven of the eight singles had previously made the top 10 with two of them, photograph and You’re Sixteen, making number 1. With just ten tracks and a running time of just over 31 minutes the album may be a little on the short side but the quality is surprisingly high.
The cover, designed by Roy Kohara, features a fuzzy picture of Ringo on both sides together with the track listing. It also came with an inner sleeve which has the lyrics on one side and nine strips of pictures of Ringo on the other.
Details of the two vinyl copies I own are shown below.
UK First Press
The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers YEX 951-1 and YEX 952-1. It also has BLAIR’s hand etched on side one – this refers to Chris Blair of Abbey Road studios who cut the vinyl. Visually the record looks excellent, just some odd light sleeve removal marks, whilst playing wise I’d rate it as very good to excellent, just some occasional very light crackle. The sleeve is in excellent condition, just some very light shelfwear and a little light ringwear. The inner sleeve has just the faintest touch of ringwer but, apart from that, is in excellent condition – no tears or seam splits.
Estimated Value : £10 – £15
The pictures below are of my Music For Pleasure copy which was released in the UK on 25 November 1981. It has the matrix numbers YEX 951-2 and YEX 952-3 and also has HTM hand etched on side one. HTM is Harry Moss who was a mastering engineer at Abbey Road studios. The record is in excellent condition visually and plays through beautifully. The cover, which, like George’s MFP Best Of, now sports Ringo’s White Album photo, is in very good to excellent condition, just some minor ringwear and a little shelf wear. There is no special inner with this release.
Estimated Value : £5 – £10