Dark Horse LP

 

UK Release Date 20 December 1974
UK Catalogue Number Apple PAS 10008
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) Failed to chart
Peak UK Chart Position
Lowest Matrix Numbers YEX 941-2U / YEX 942-2U

 

Released on 20 December 1974 in the UK and 9 December 1974 in the US, Dark Horse failed to chart in the UK, quite amazing really since George’s previous three releases had reached 1,1 and 2. It faired better in the US where it  managed to reach number 4 during a seventeen week stay.

Recording of the album commenced in November 1973 at George’s Friar Park home studios then continued sporadically until they were finished at the A&M sudios, LA in October 1974. Amongst the musicians who appear on the album are Ringo, Ron Wood, Alvin Lee, Klaus Voormann, Billy Preston, Jim Keltner, Nicky Hopkins and Mick Jones (of Foreigner)

The front cover photograph mainly features a colourised and amended version of one of George’s school photos whilst the inside photo, George and Peter Sellers strolling by a lake, and the back cover, George on a bench, were taken at Friar Park. It came with a lyric sheet and an inner sleeve with George’s hand written track credits and doodles.

I have 3 copies on vinyl shown below

UK First Press

The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers YEX 941-2U and YEX 942-2U. As was normal for the time it also has the Apple US matrix number SMAS-1-3418-Z12 hand etched on side one and SMAS-2-3418-Z12 hand etched on side two. The mothers/stampers are 1/O and 1/A marking it down as a very early press. Visually the record looks excellent, maybe the odd very light sleeve removal mark, and plays through beautifully. The unlaminated sleeve is in very good condition, some ringwear, most noticably on the rear, and a touch of shelfwear, most noticable on the corners, but nothing else. The soft textured paper inner sleeve shows some light ringwear but, apart from that, is in excellent condition – no tears or seam splits. Notice that 3 of the corners are at angles, something else that was common at this time. The lyric insert is also in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £10 – £20

 

UK Second Press

The pictures below are of my second press copy from 1975 which this time has black and white labels as opposed to the light blue and white labels of the first press. Like the first press it bears the matrix numbers YEX 941-2U and YEX 942-2U and the Apple US hand etched matrix number SMAS-1-3418-Z12 and SMAS-2-3418-Z12. The mothers/stampers are 3/PG and 1/LA. Visually the record has quite a few light scuffs, nothing serious, but it plays through very well, just some touches of light crackle here and there that a proper clean would probably clear up. The unlaminated sleeve is in very good condition, some ringwear, most noticably on the rear, and a touch of shelfwear, most noticable on the corners, but nothing else. The inner sleeve shows some light ringwear and has a couple of small splits either side. The paper for it is not as soft as the first press and interestingly it still has 3 of the corners at angles, though the 45 degree angle is now on the other side. The lyric insert is still present and is in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £10 – £20

MFP Press

The pictures below are of my Music For Pleasure (EMI’s budget label) copy which was released in the UK on 27 November 1980. You’ll see that the back cover from the original release is now used as the front cover for this release. It has the matrix numbers YEX 941-4 and YEX 942-4  and stampers  1 / 14 on side one and 1 / 25 on side two. The record plays well throughout, just some occasional light crackle, though I heard a couple of ticks on the first track and a couple on side two. The non gatefold sleeve is in very good condition, just some minor ringwear and a sticker removal mark on the front, whilst the inner – a standard EMI inner for this release – is in great shape.

Estimated Value : £5

 

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