Imagine / Working Class Hero 7″ Single

 

UK Release Date 24 October 1975
UK Catalogue Number Apple R 6009
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 47
Peak UK Chart Position 1 (For 4 weeks)
Lowest Matrix Numbers 7YCE 21775-2 / 7YCE 21776-2

 

Released on 11 October 1971 in the US, where it peaked at number 3, Imagine was not released as a single in the UK until 24 October 1975 where it was used to promote the Shaved Fish album. At that time it had an eleven week run, peaking at number 6 where it spent three weeks. It was re released in December 1980 following John’s death and went on to spend thirteen weeks in the charts, four of those in the top spot. There was a further major re release on 13 December 1999, this time backed by Happy Xmas (War Is Over) and Give Peace A Chance), where it was hoped it would top the charts as we went from 1999 to 2000 but, unfortunately, it stalled at number 3 during it’s eleven week run. It has had other appearances in the UK charts in various formats, even as recently as August 2012 – following it’s use during the London Olympics closing ceremony – where it managed number 18, and to date has had a total run of forty seven weeks! As of June 2014 it was ranked as the twentieth best selling single of all time in the UK with sales of 1.64 million.

Imagine has obviously gone on to be John’s signature tune and if you look at any “Top tracks of all time” list you will probably find it in there. If you’ve ever been to Liverpool John Lennon Airport you’ll have seen that the line “Above us only sky” features in all the signage.

Details of the seven copies I own are shown below. I’m assuming those I’ve marked out as a first press are just that though I wouldn’t be surprised to find that more than one is a 1980 press.

I also have two 1988 copies of Imagine on 7″ single and picture disc where it’s backed by Jealous Guy and Happy Xmas (War Is Over). Details can be found here. The 12″ version of that release is here.

A further version on green vinyl from 2003 where it backs Happy Xmas (War Is Over) can be found here

I also have a US copy, backed by It’s So Hard, in the 2010 US Record Store Day John Lennon Singles Bag here

First Press Push Out

The pictures below are of my first press copy which has a push out centre and the matrix numbers 7YCE 21775 2 and 7YCE 21776 2. It also has a hand etched Nick W in the run outs on both sides. The record is in very good to excellent condition, just some occasional feint crackle on both sides, though it does have the previous owner’s (my ex wife) name on the A side label. It comes with the original hard to find 1975 picture sleeve which is in excellent condition – it would be hard to find better (apart from the one below).

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

First Press Push Out Variation

The pictures below are of my push out centre first press copy which has the same matrix number 7YCE 21775 2 on the A side though has the different matrix number 7YCE 21776 1 on the B side. It also has the hand etched Nick W in the run out on the A side only. The record is in very good to excellent condition, just some occasional feint crackle on both sides. Again it comes with the original hard to find 1975 picture sleeve which is in excellent condition – it would be hard to find better (apart from the one above).

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

First Press Push Out 2nd Variation

The pictures below are of my push out centre first press copy which this time has the matrix number 7YCE 21775 1 on the A side and 7YCE 21776 2 on the B side. It still has a hand etched Nick W but this time it is in the run out on the B side only. The record is in excellent condition, maybe the odd bit of feint crackle. It is housed in a plain black sleeve.

Estimated Value : £5

 

First Press Push Out 3rd Variation

The pictures below are of my push out centre first press copy which this time has the matrix number 7YCE 21775 1 on the A side and 7YCE 21776 1 on the B side but this time the hand etched Nick W does not appear on either side. The record is in excellent condition, just the odd bit of feint crackle on the B side. It is housed in a plain black sleeve.

Estimated Value : £5

 

First Press Solid Centre

The pictures below are of my first press copy which this time has the rarer solid centre. The matrix numbers on this copy are both hand etched and are  7YCE 21775 3 and 7YCE 21776 3. It also has a hand etched R6009 A-1 on the A side and R6009 B-1 on the B side in the run outs. The record is in very good condition, just some occasional light crackle on both sides. It is housed in a plain black sleeve.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

Early 80’s Press Solid Centre

I’m not 100% certain but I believe the copy below is from the early 80’s when there was a rush on the single following John’s death. It has a solid centre and it’s the rim around the centre that makes me think it’s from around 1981. The matrix numbers are 7YCE 21775 1 on the A side and 7YCE 21776 2 on the B side. This has a hand etched Nick W in the run out on the B side only. The record plays excellent on the A side whilst the quieter B side would probably rate as good to very good, playing with some light crackle and the odd light tick. It is housed in a plain black sleeve.

Estimated Value : £5

 

Mid 80’s Press With Moulded Label

The pictures below are of my hard to find copy released in the mid eighties. It has the silver moulded Parlophone labels though it does say “An Apple Record” at around 8 o’clock. The matrix numbers on this copy are 7YCE 21775-1-1-Q1 and 7YCE 21776-1 Q2. The record is in very good to excellent condition, just some occasional very light crackle on both sides. It is housed in a plain black sleeve which still has the HMV price sticker, with details, attached.

Estimated Value : £10 – £15

 

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