|UK Release Date||8 November 1982|
|UK Catalogue Number||Dark Horse 923734 1|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||Failed to chart|
|Peak UK Chart Position||–|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||923734-1 A1 / 923734-1 B1|
Released on 8 November 1982 in the UK and 5 November 1982 in the US, Gone Troppo failed to bother the UK charts at all whilst in the US it only managed to climb to number 108. It wasn’t helped by the fact that George did no publicity whatsoever to promote the album and the only UK single from it, Wake Up My Love, also failed to chart. George was fed up with the music business by this time so, as it was the last album due on his contract with Warner Bros, it’s thought he just went through the motions to get it out of the way. It would be his last studio album for five years.
Recording took place at George’s home studios at Friar Park between May and August 1982 and amongst the contributing musicians are Henry Spinetti, Herbie Flowers, Billy Preston, Joe Brown, Jim Keltner and Jon Lord.
I love the bright yellow cover, designed by Legs Larry Smith of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, that only the pictures can really describe! It comes with an inner sleeve that includes the lyrics, participating musicians and thanks and also includes a long repeating recipe for making cement – is this how George saw the treadmill of the music business at the time?
My copy is shown below
UK First Press
The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers 923734-1 A1 and 923734-1 B1. It also has 1-23734-2-UK-SET1-RE2 on side one and 1-23734-2-UK-SET1-RE2 on side two. Visually the record looks immaculate, hardly a sleeve removal mark to be seen, and it plays through beautifully – no background noise at all and just a couple of ultra light ticks. The sleeve is in excellent condition, just some very light shelfwear on the corners. The inner sleeve is also in excellent condition, just some light creasing but no tears or seam splits.
Estimated Value : £15 – £30