Blow Away / Soft Touch 7″ Single

 

UK Release Date 16 February 1979
UK Catalogue Number Dark Horse K 17327
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 5
Peak UK Chart Position 51
Lowest Matrix Numbers K17327-A2 / K17327-B1

 

Released on 16 February 1979 in the UK and 14 February 1979 in the US, where it was backed by Soft Hearted Hana, Blow Away was the first single taken from the George Harrison album that was released around the same time. It was George’s first appearance in the UK charts, where it peaked at number 51 during a five week stay, since You back in October 1975. In the US it spent fourteen weeks in the charts peaking at number 16.

George has said that the song came about when he was letting a leaking roof at Friar Park get him down. He then realised that the worrying only made things worse and that he should look to be more positive and “be happy”.

I have 2 slightly different copies shown below

First Press

The pictures below are of my solid centre first press copy (there were no push out centre copies) which has the matrix numbers K17327-A2 and K17327-B1. It also has STRAWBERRY hand etched into the run off on both sides which means it was mastered at Strawberry Studios which was owned by Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman of 10cc and named after Eric’s favourite Beatle song Strawberry Fields Forever. Notice that at the bottom of the red rim on the outer of the label it says A WARNER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY. Visually the record looks in excellent condition and it plays beautifully on both sides. It is housed in it’s original picture sleeve which is also in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

Second Press

The pictures below are of my solid centre second press copy (again, there were no push out centre copies) which has the matrix numbers K17327-A3 and K17327-B3. This also has STRAWBERRY hand etched into the run off on both sides. Notice that at the bottom of the red rim on the outer of the label on this copy that A WARNER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY is no longer present. Visually the record has the odd very feint mark but it plays excellent on both sides. It is housed in a WEA/A&M/Warner Bros company sleeve that is in very good condition – a little shelfwear but no splits, tears or writing.

Estimated Value : £3 – £5

 

 

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