Borrowed Time / Your Hands 7″ Single

 

UK Release Date 9 March 1984
UK Catalogue Number Polydor POSP 701
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 6
Peak UK Chart Position 32
Lowest Matrix Numbers POSP 701 A//1∇420 and POSP 701 B//3∇420

 

The second single issued from the Milk And Honey album, Borrowed Time was released in the UK on 9 March 1984 but not until two months later on 11 May 1984 in the US. It spent a total of six weeks in the UK charts, peaking at number 32, whilst in the US it failed to break the top 100, stalling at number 108.

John was inspired to write the song following a 1980 sailing trip when his yacht was caught in a severe storm. Most of the crew went down with seasickness and/or fatigue so John was forced to take the wheel for several hours and found it to be both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. He later said that the whole experience was one of the stimuli for his return to the spotlight.

Details of the three different copies I own are shown below. I also have a 12″ version that adds Yoko’s Never Say Goodbye to the B side – details can be found here

First Press

The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers POSP 701 A//1∇420 and POSP 701 B//3∇420. Notice that the catalogue number on the label is POSP 701. The record is in excellent condition, playing through with only the mearest hint of light crackle at the start of the B side. The sleeve is also in excellent condition, just a touch of very light ringwear.

Estimated Value : £3 – £5

 

Poster Sleeve Copy

The pictures below are of my copy that came housed in a poster sleeve and has the matrix numbers POSP 701 A//3∇420 and POSP 701 B//4∇420W. Notice that the catalogue number on the label is POSP 701 as per the copy above but on the rear of the sleeve it is POSPG 701. The 14″ x 21″ poster contains the lyrics to both sides and a nude picture of John Yoko from the 1980 Annie Liebowitz session. The record is in excellent condition, playing through with no problems whatsoever. The poster/sleeve is also in excellent condition, just a touch of very light ringwear. There is also a plain white inner sleeve for the single.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

DJ Copy

The pictures below are of my DJ Use Only copy which has the matrix numbers PODJ 701 A//2∇420 and POSP 701 B//4∇420. Notice that the catalogue number on the label this time is PODJ 701 and at around 10 o’clock on the label it reads “For DJ Use Only”. The record is in excellent condition, playing through with only odd bits of light crackle. The sleeve is in very good to excellent condition, some ringwear and wear around the opening.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

 

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