It Don’t Come Easy / Early 1970 7″ Single

 

UK Release Date 9 April 1971
UK Catalogue Number Apple R 5898
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 11
Peak UK Chart Position 4
Lowest Matrix Numbers 7YCE 21542 A-1U / 7YCE 21543 B-1U

 

It Don’t Come Easy was Ringo’s first UK single, although a lot of other territories, including the US, had Beaucoup Of Blues as their debut Ringo single the previous year. It was released here on 9 April 1971 and spent 11 weeks in the charts peaking at number 4, where it spent 3 consecutive weeks. In the US it was released on 16 April 1971 and spent 12 weeks in the charts, again peaking at number 4.

The released version was recorded on 8 March 1970, with overdubs later added on 11 March 1970 and in October 1970, although there had been two previous attempts at recording it on 18 and 19 February 1970, one with Eric Clapton playing guitar. Other artists appearing on the released version include George, Klaus Voormann, Stephen Stills, Gary Wright, Pete Han and Tom Evans from Badfinger and Mal Evans. Although credited as being written solely by Ringo he has acknowledged that George, who acts as producer, gave him a lot of help.

The B side, again written by Ringo, consists of four verses, the first 3 describing each Beatle’s circumstances at that time and the fourth describing his own musical ability. Each verse ends with Ringo hoping he’ll play with all three again. George produces and plays on the track along with Klaus Voormann.

Details of the 4 copies I own are shown below. I also have a “Golden 45” single where It Don’t Come Easy is paired with Back Off Boogaloo – details can be found here.

First Press, Solid Centre

The pictures below are of my solid centre first press copy which has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21542 A-1U and 7YCE 21543 B-1U and also has a KT tax code in the run off on each side. It also has PECKO hand etched into the A side run off and PORKY hand etched into the B side run off – both left by George Peckham, the vinyl cutter known as Porky. The record has some light marks but plays through great, just some occasional light distortion on the louder parts. The original thick card picture sleeve is in very good condition, just some light ringwear and shelfwear.

Estimated Value : £5– £10

 

First Press, Push Out Centre

The pictures below are of my push out centre first press copy which, like the copy above, has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21542 A-1U and 7YCE 21543 B-1U, a KT tax code in the run off on each side and PECKO hand etched into the A side run off and PORKY hand etched into the B side run off. The record has some light marks but plays through great, the A side is probably VG, just some occasional light crackle, whilst the B side is Ex, hardly any noise to be heard at all. It comes in an Apple sleeve that’s in very good condition, just some light ringwear and a small 1″ rip at the bottom where the record has rubbed.

Estimated Value : £3– £5

 

Solid Centre, Label Error

The pictures below are of my solid centre copy which has the producer shown as Ringo on the B side when it should show George. Apart from that it is the same as the copies above with the matrix numbers 7YCE 21542 A-1U and 7YCE 21543 B-1U, a KT tax code in the run off on each side and PECKO hand etched into the A side run off and PORKY hand etched into the B side run off. The record has some light marks but plays through more than great, just some odd bits off very feint crackle on the B side. It comes in a plain black sleeve.

Estimated Value : £3– £5

 

Push Out Centre, Label Error

The pictures below are of my push out centre copy which again has the producer shown as Ringo on the B side when it should show George. Apart from that it is the same as the copies above with the matrix numbers 7YCE 21542 A-1U and 7YCE 21543 B-1U, a KT tax code in the run off on each side and PECKO hand etched into the A side run off and PORKY hand etched into the B side run off. The record is in excellent condition both visually and playing wise, maybe the odd touch of ultra light crackle. It comes in a plain black sleeve.

Estimated Value : £3– £5

 

 

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