Extra Texture (Read All About It) LP

 

UK Release Date 3 October 1975
UK Catalogue Number Apple PAS 10009
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 4
Peak UK Chart Position 16
Lowest Matrix Numbers YEX 947-1U / YEX 948-1U

 

Released on 3 October 1975 in the UK and 22 September 1975 in the US, Extra Texture was George’s last album to appear on the Apple label and was, in fact, the last studio album Apple released. It spent just four weeks in the UK charts peaking at number 16 whilst in the US it managed to climb to number 8.

The majority of the recording was done at the A&M Sudios in LA between April and June 1975 and amongst the contributing musicians are Klaus Voormann, Leon Russell, Billy Preston, Jesse Ed Davis, Jim Keltner and Nicky Hopkins.

The cover is a bright orange textured affair with just George’s name, the album title and an embossed Om symbol on the front. US copies had the album title die cut revealing the inner underneath. The colour and feel of the cover reminds me of the orange fruit (opposite of apple?). On both the back cover and the labels the Apple symbol is shown as just an eaten away core. It comes with an inner sleeve with a picture of George on each side and the caption OHNOTHIMAGEN (Oh not him again) which was George’s original choice as title of the album.

My copy is shown below

UK First Press

The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers YEX 947-1U and YEX 948-1U. It also has A PORKY NONE PRIME CUT hand etched on side one and OOH GEORGE YOU’RE SUCH A DARK HORSE LUV GEORGE hand etched on side two. George Peckham (the vinyl cutter known as Porky) left that second message for George. The mothers/stampers are 2/MP (I think it’s an M) and 1/O. Visually the record looks excellent, just some odd light sleeve removal marks, and plays through beautifully, just some occasional very light crackle and a couple of light ticks on side two. The unlaminated sleeve, which has a pinched spine, is in very good plus condition, some very light ringwear and some shelfwear, most noticable on the corners. Due to the textured nature of the sleeve you’ll do well to pick one up in excellent condition. The thick cardboard 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 that was common at this time.

Estimated Value : £10 – £20

 

 

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