|Initial UK Release Date||4 March 1991|
|Initial UK Catalogue Number||Apple CDEMS 1386/CDP 7 95884 2|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||20|
|Peak UK Chart Position||7|
Ringo’s first album for three years was originally released in the UK on 23 November 1973 and three weeks earlier in the US on 2 November 1973. Helped by the stellar cast of musicians, including the three other Beatles, and the success of the lead single, Photograph, it spent twenty weeks in the UK charts, peaking at number 7, whilst in the US it managed thirty seven weeks in the charts peaking at number 2.
The majority of the album was recorded over March and April 1973 at various studios in LA and at Apple Studios in London. Further overdubs were added in July 1973 at Sunset Sound in LA where the album was also mixed. On 13 March 1973, I’m The Greatest, written by John, was recorded by Ringo, John, George, Klaus Voormann and Billy Preston sending the worldwide press into a frenzy about The Beatles reuniting with Voormann replacing Paul! On 16 April 1973, Six O’Clock, written by Paul, was recorded at Apple studios with Paul providing keyboards and backing vocals and Linda adding backing vocals.
As well as all four Beatles, Klaus Voormann and Billy Preston appearing on the album as mentioned above, there were a multitude of other stars including Marc Bolan, Jim Keltner, Robbie Robertson, Nicky Hopkins, Bobby Keys, Lon & Derrek Van Eaton (Apple artists), Harry Nilsson, Martha Reeves, Vini Poncia and Richard Perry.
It received it’s official release on CD in the UK/Europe on 4 March 1991 when it was released on Apple under catalogue number CDEMS 1386/CDP 7 95884 2. The US CD release was on 6 May 1991 on Apple/Capitol under catalogue number CDP 7 95637 2. Both releases contained 3 bonus tracks – Down And Out, It Don’t Come Easy and Early 1970.
1994 saw an interesting CD release in the US when the album, with the 3 bonus tracks, was issued by Capitol’s CEMA division on a 24 Karat gold disc. This was on the DCC Compact Classics/Capitol/Apple label under catalogue number GZS-1066/S21-17831.
My copy is shown below
UK/Europe 1991 Release
The pictures below are of my original 1991 UK/Europe copy. The case (usual slight storage marks) and disc are in excellent condition as is the included 12 page insert.
Estimated Value : £5 – £10