Got My Mind Set On You / Lay His Head 7″ Single

 

UK Release Date 12 October 1987
UK Catalogue Number Dark Horse W 8178
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 15
Peak UK Chart Position 2
Lowest Matrix Numbers W-8178 A-1 / W-8178 B-1

 

As a taster for the Cloud Nine album due out on 2 November 1987, Got My Mind Set On You was released as a single in the UK on 12 October 1987 and spent fifteen weeks in the charts. It spent four of those weeks at number 2, kept off the top spot by T’Pau’s China In Your Hands. In the US it was released on 3 October 1987 and managed to reach the top spot during it’s 22 week run in the chart. This would be the last US number 1 from any of the ex Beatles making George the first and last solo Beatle to have had a US number 1 – My Sweet Lord being the first.

The song was not actually written by George, it was written by Rudy Clark and recorded by James Ray back in 1962. Apparently George bought a copy of this single when he was visiting his sister, Louise, in Illinois in 1963.

The B side, Lay His Head, is a remixed version of one of the four tracks rejected by Warner Brothers when George originally submitted his Somewhere In England album.

I have 6 different UK versions on 7″ single shown below. I believe the ones with the paper labels were released before the ones with injection labels.

I also have a copy on 12″ single, details here.

Paper Label, 3 Horses

The pictures below are of my copy that has the traditional Dark Horse label displaying the 3 horses at the top. The matrix numbers are *W-8178 A-1* and *W-8178 B-1* and there’s also a very feint DAMONT hand etched in the run off on both sides, meaning it was pressed at the Damont pressing plant in Hayes, Middlesex. The record is in excellent condition, both visually and playing wise, just the odd bit of hardly noticable very light crackle. The thick glossy picture sleeve is also in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £3 – £5

 

Paper Label, 1 Horse

The pictures below are of my copy that has a paper label displaying only 1 horse at the top, something not seen before on a Dark Horse label. Like the 3 horse copy above the matrix numbers are *W-8178 A-1* and *W-8178 B-1* and the feint DAMONT appears on both sides. The record is in excellent condition, both visually and playing wise. This picture sleeve is a thinner than the one above and is matt rather than glossy. Apart from some ringwear it is in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £3 – £5

 

Silver Injection Label

The pictures below are of my copy that has a blueish silver injection label . The matrix numbers on this copy are W 8178 A // 2 ∇ 420 R and W 8178 B // 2 ∇ 420 R whilst the feint DAMONT does not appear on either side. The record is in excellent condition, both visually and playing wise. This picture sleeve is another thinner matt one which is in very good condition – it has some ringwear and a 2″ split on one side.

Estimated Value : £3 – £5

 

Red Injection Labels

The pictures below are of my copy that has a red injection label . As per the silver copy above the matrix numbers on this copy are W 8178 A // 2 ∇ 420 R and W 8178 B // 2 ∇ 420 R and the feint DAMONT does not appear on either side. The record is in excellent condition, both visually and playing wise, just a touch of occasional light crackle. There is no picture sleeve with this copy though it’s housed in it’s original 7″ Single sleeve which is also in excellent condition, just a touch of ringwear and a small sticker still attached on the rear.

Estimated Value : £3 – £5

 

Green Injection Labels

The pictures below are of my copy that has a green injection label . As per the two injection copies above the matrix numbers on this copy are W 8178 A // 2 ∇ 420 R and W 8178 B // 2 ∇ 420 R and the feint DAMONT does not appear on either side. Visually the record is in excellent condition, just the odd very light sleeve removal mark, though I can’t play test it as the spindle hole is very tight and it won’t go on my deck without me forcing it which I obviously don’t want to do. There is no picture sleeve with this copy though it’s housed in it’s original 7″ Single sleeve which is also in excellent condition, just a touch of ringwear.

I have only ever seen one other green injection copy of this single that appeared on eBay for a Buy It Now of £10 and was snapped up immediately. There is nothing on Discogs so I have put in a submission for it today. Estimate below is therefore a total guess!

Estimated Value : £20 – £25

 

Limited Edition Boxset

This limited edition boxset contains the single and two postcards and was released at the same time as the standard single. The box itself shows a catalogue number of W 8178 B though the single enclosed keeps the standard W 8178 catalogue number. The box is in excellent condition, just a touch of minor yellowing, whilst the 2 postcards are also in excellent condition. There are no tears and no writing on the box or postcards. The enclosed single has silver labels, more silver than those listed above, and has the same matrix numbers as the other injection copies – W 8178 A // 2 ∇ 420 R and W 8178 B // 2 ∇ 420 R. Visually it has a few very light marks but it plays through beautifully. It is housed in a plain black sleeve which is in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £10 – £15

 

 

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