|UK Release Date||6 December 1974|
|UK Catalogue Number||Apple R 6002|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||5|
|Peak UK Chart Position||38|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||7YCE 21757-1U / 7YCE 21756-2U|
George’s attempt at a Christmas hit was released in the UK on 6 December 1974 and had a five week run in the charts peaking at number 38. In the US, where it had Hari’s On Tour (Express) as the B side, it was not released until 23 December 1974, which was probably too late for cashing in on the holiday season, but still managed to reach number 36 in the charts.
Initial recordings for the basic track took place the previous year in November 1973 at George’s home studios then overdubs were added in September/ October 1974. Amongst the musicians who appear on the track are Ringo, Klaus Voormann, Ron Wood, Alvin Lee, Jim Keltner and Mick Jones (Foreigner).
George took the lyrics from carvings found around Friar Park. Ring Out The Old, Ring In The New and Ring Out The False, Ring In The True were on either side of the fireplace in the drawing room whilst Yesterday, today was tomorrow and And tomorrow, today will be yesterday were found in one of the outbuildings. All George had to come up with was the chorus which is Ding, Dong repeated.
The UK B side, I Don’t Care Anymore, is an oddity in that only George himself appears on the track – there are no other musicians. Looking at the lyrics it appears to be about his love for a woman who was with someone else. Until the Apple Years box set in 2014 this track was only ever available as this B side.
The pictures below are of my push out centre first press copy (there were no solid centre copies) which has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21757-1U and 7YCE 21756-2U. It also has X-48946-Z5 hand etched into the B side run off. The A side of the record is in excellent condition, both visually and playing wise, whilst the B side has a few light marks which produce a little very light crackle on playback. It is housed in a plain black sleeve.
Estimated Value : £3 – £5