Power To The People / Open Your Box 7″ Single

 

UK Release Date 12 March 1971
UK Catalogue Number Apple R 5892
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 9
Peak UK Chart Position 7
Lowest Matrix Numbers 7YCE 21527-1U / 7YCE 21528-2U

 

Released on 12 March 1971 in the UK and 22 March 1971 in the US, Power To The People spent nine weeks in the UK charts peaking at number 7 whilst it managed to climb to number 11 in the US charts. It is credited to John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and was recorded between January and February 1971 during the early sessions for the Imagine album.

The single was originally slated for release on 5 March 1971 in the UK but was delayed by one week as the then managing director of EMI, Philip Brodie, found the lyrics to Yoko’s B side to be “distasteful”. The offending lyrics were “Open your box, open your legs…..” – in the US the word “box” could also mean, as Yoko put it, “a certain part of a woman’s body”. Rather than change the lyrics echo was added to disguise them. When the single was released in the US a different B side, Yoko’s Touch Me, was used anyway!

When it was released in the UK, instead of having the full apple design on the label A side and the half apple design on the label B side it had the full apple on both sides!

Details of the 3 different copies I own are shown below

First Press, Solid Centre

The pictures below are of my solid centre first press which has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21527-1U and 7YCE 21528-2U. It has a KT tax code in the run off on each side and also has PORKY in the run off on the A side. Note that on the left of the label under Northern Songs NCB the wording “Copyright also claimed by Maclen (Music) Ltd” is present. The record is in excellent condition, playing through great whilst the original picture sleeve is in very good condition, just some wear at the opening and some ringwear.

Estimated Value : £10

Second Press, Solid Centre

The pictures below are of my solid centre later (though not by much) press which has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21527-2U and 7YCE 21528-2U. This time it has PECKO in the run out on the A side and again has a KT tax code on each side in the run off. Note that on the left of the label it just says “Northern Songs NCB” under the catalogue number, the Maclen reference is no longer there. The record is in excellent condition, just some occasional very light crackle on the B side and, at the moment, is in just a plain black sleeve.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

Second Press, Push Out Centre

The pictures below are of my push out centre later (though not by much) press which has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21527-1U and 7YCE 21528-2U. This one has PORKY in the run out on the A side and again has a KT tax code on each side in the run off. Note that on the left of the label it just says “Northern Songs NCB” under the catalogue number, the Maclen reference is no longer there. The record is in excellent condition, just some occasional very light crackle and, at the moment, is in just a plain black sleeve.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

1975 Press (?), Push Out Centre

The pictures below are of my later, possibly 1975, press which has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21527-2U and 7YCE 21528-2U. This too has PECKO in the run out on the A side and again has a KT tax code on each side in the run off. Note that on the left of the label it still just says “Northern Songs NCB” under the catalogue number, no Maclen reference. The label on the B side has also changed – the above copies just had “Ono Music” below the catalogue number on the left hand side but this copy has the added “Essex Int MCPS Britco NCB”. Also it reverts back to the traditional full apple/half apple labels for each side but, oddly, Power To The People has the half apple which normally has the B side on! The record is in excellent condition, playing through with no problems, and, at the moment, is in just a plain black sleeve.

I’ve noticed that Discogs have this down as a mispress and there’s only one for sale at £50 but a look around eBay shows quite a few for sale cheaply enough.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

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