|UK Release Date||23 January 1984|
|UK Catalogue Number||Polydor POLH 5|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||13|
|Peak UK Chart Position||3|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||POLH 5 A//1▽ 130 / POLH 5 B//2▽ 130|
Released on 23 January 1984 in the UK and on 27 January 1984 in the US, Milk And Honey reached number 3 in the UK charts with a thirteen week stay whilst it managed to climb to number 11 in the US charts. This was to be the follow up to Double Fantasy but John’s death caused it to be delayed by 3 years when Yoko returned to the project. John’s songs were recorded during and after the Double Fantasy sessions whilst Yoko’s songs were mainly recorded during 1983. The front and back cover photographs come from the same session that produced the Double Fantasy album cover though this time they are in colour.
Details of the two vinyl copies I own (though there’s a third in a box set) are below together with a few extras.
The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers POLH 5 A//1▽ 130 and POLH 5 B//2▽ 130. Also appearing on the run out of side one is an hand etched 422-817 160-1 AS whilst on side 2 is an hand etched 422-817 160-1 BS. The record is in excellent condition playing beautifully throughout. Both the cover and the inner cover are in excellent condition – the cover does have the smallest amount of corner rubbing and the odd mark whilst the inner has a couple of small marks.
Estimated Value : £5 – £10
On 23 March 1984, two months after it’s original release, a limited edition picture disc was released, limited to 3000 copies. Mine is pictured below and has the matrix numbers POLHP 5 A and POLHP 5 B. Being a pictute disc I’ve never played it though it appears to be in excellent condition.
Estimated Value : £25
Not long after it’s released I was in a local record shop and the owner/manager was taking down a display for Milk And Honey so I asked if I could have the salvagable bits and bobs. You’ll see below that I managed to get 5 album covers which have been stored in a box since I’ve had them so are in perfect, as new, condition, an advertising poster which, apart from the folds, is in immaculate condition and a small poster which was given away with the 12″ single of Borrowed Time.