|Initial UK Release Date||28 April 1986|
|Initial UK Catalogue Number||Parlophone CDP 7 46196 2|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||3 (All releases)|
|Peak UK Chart Position||55|
Originally released on 24 February 1986 in the UK and two weeks earlier on 10 February 1986 in the US, Live In New York City was recorded during two benefit shows for mentally challanged children at Madison Square Gardens, one afternoon and one evening, on 30 August 1972. Other performers on the bill, though not featured on this album, were Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Sha Na Na and Melanie Safka. Although Yoko performed six songs during the concerts they do not feature here and her vocals on John’s songs have also been removed from the mix.
Although John made several live appearances after The Beatles split these two concerts were his only full length, fully rehearsed performances as a solo artist.
It received it’s initial official release on CD in the UK on 28 April 1986 on the Parlophone label. It was a UK/Europe release under catalogue number CDP 7 46196 2 and had the same track listing as the album that was released two months earlier. The first US CD release was 26 May 1986 on the Capitol label with the same catalogue number as the UK/Europe release. There were a lot of complaints about this release due to it’s poor sound reproduction.
A much improved digitally remastered version was released in the UK in mid 1990, again on Parlophone and again with catalogue number CDP 7 46196 2. This version was also released in the US on 1 May 1990 on Capitol, catalogue number CDP 7 93850 2.
My copy below is the 1990 UK release. You may be able to make out that it says “Made In The UK” at 9 o’clock on the CD. The case (usual slight storage marks), 8 page insert and disc are in excellent condition.
Estimated Value : £3 – £5