|UK Release Date||2 November 1987|
|UK Catalogue Number||Dark Horse WX 123|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||23|
|Peak UK Chart Position||10|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||R/S Alsdorf 925643-1-A / R/S Alsdorf 925643-1-B|
Cloud Nine was George’s first album for five years and was released on 2 November 1987 in the UK and 3 November 1987 in the US. The success of the lead single from it (Got My Mind Set On You) and the fact that George put a lot of effort into promoted it helped the album climb to number 10 in the UK charts with a healthy 23 week stay whilst in the US it managed to climb to number 8.
Recording took place at George’s home studios at Friar Park between January and August 1987 and amongst the contributing musicians are Ringo, Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Elton John, Gary Wright and Jim Keltner. Jeff Lynne also assisted George with the highly polished production of the album.
The cover picture is of a very happy looking George with his fully restored 1957 Gretsch guitar that he originally bought in 1961. The inner sleeve has a similar shot to the cover on one side, together with the thanks list (that includes John, Paul and Ringo), then smaller shots and a list of the contributing musicians on the other.
This would be the last studio album George would release in his lifetime.
My copy is shown below
UK First Press
By this time all UK Warner/WEA records were being pressed in Germany to UK specifications so to be sure you have a UK release look out for the following :
UK: WX 123 appears below the barcode on the back of the cover, top right (see picture below)
UK: WK 123 appears on the spine at the top
UK: WX 123 appears on the back of the inner sleeve, top right (see picture below)
WX 123 appears at 3 o’clock on both side 1 and side 2 labels (see picture below)
A hand etched UK appears in the run off of side 1 afer the matrix number
The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers R/S Alsdorf 925643-1-A, then a hand etched UK on side 1 and R/S Alsdorf 925643-1-B on side 2. Visually the record looks in excellent condition, hardly a sleeve removal mark to be seen, and it plays through beautifully – no background noise at all apart from just three or four light ticks between tracks 3 and 4. The sleeve is in excellent condition, just the lightest touch of ringwear but no sign of any shelfwear. The inner sleeve is also in excellent condition, again just the lightest touch of ringwear but no tears or seam splits.
Estimated Value : £10 – £20