|UK Release Date||27 November 1989|
|UK Catalogue Number||Dark Horse W 2696|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||Failed to chart|
|Peak UK Chart Position||–|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||W2696 A-1 / W2696 B-1|
Cheer Down was released in the UK on 27 November 1989 to help promote the Best Of Dark Horse album that had been released the previous month. Unfortunately neither the album nor this single charted in the UK. In the US it was released three months earlier on 22 August 1989, possibly to coincide with the release of the film Lethal Weapon 2 that appeared in the cinema in July 1989 and on which Cheer Down appears over the closing credits. The US version, which had That’s What It Takes from Cloud Nine on the B side, also failed to chart.
Initial recording of the track took place during the Cloud Nine sessions in 1987 then finished in March 1989 when Eric Clapton, who’d initially been offered the track for his Journeyman album, decided to put it on the Lethal Weapon 2 soundtrack he was working on. Although the track was co written with Tom Petty he does not appear on the recording, though Jeff Lynne and Deep Purple’s Ian Paice do.
It would be George’s last single as a solo artist in his lifetime.
UK First Press
The pictures below are of my UK first press copy that has a solid centre (there were no push out centre copies) and matrix numbers W2696 A-1 and W2696 B-1. The record is in lovely condition visually and plays through great on both sides, just some odd bits of light static. It is housed in it’s original picture sleeve which is in beautiful condition, hardly a mark to be seen.
Notice on the back of the sleeve, shown below, it reads “ALL TRACKS TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM BEST OF DARK HORSE 1976-1989” – then look at the European copy below.
Estimated Value : £25 – £30
European First Press
The pictures below are of my European first press copy that was manufactured in Germany. It has a solid centre (there were no push out centre copies) and matrix numbers R/S Alsdorf 759 922696-7-A and R/S Alsdorf 759 922696-7-B. The record is in lovely condition visually and plays through beautifully on both sides. It is housed in it’s original picture sleeve which is in excellent condition, just a touch of very light ringwear and a hardly noticable sticker removal mark.
One fun thing to note is on the back of the sleeve, shown below, that reads “ALL TRACKS TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM BEST OF DANCE HOUSE 1976-1989”! Dance House? Really?
Estimated Value : £15 – £20