Ringo’s Rotogravure LP

 

UK Release Date  17 September 1976
UK Catalogue Number Polydor 2302 040
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) Failed To Chart
Peak UK Chart Position
Lowest Matrix Numbers 2302040 A//5 and 2302040 B//5

 

This was Ringo’s first album under his new contract with Polydor in the UK and Atlantic in the US. It was released in the UK on 17 September 1976 where it failed to crack the charts whilst in the US it was released on 27 September 1976 and peaked at number 28 during a nine week stay.

The album was recorded between April and July 1976, initially at Sunset Sound in LA before moving on to Cherokee Recording Studios, also in LA, and Atlantic Studios in New York. On 12 June 1976 John joined Ringo in the studio to play piano on Cookin’ (In The Kitchen Of Love) a song he had especially written for Ringo. This session in the studio would be John’s last until he returned for the Double Fantasy sessions in August 1980. On 19 June 1976 Paul and Linda dropped in to provide backing vocals to Pure Gold, which Paul had also written. George did not appear on the album but did provide the track I’ll Still Love You which he’d had for a while and had tried to record with other artists previously.

Also appearing on the album were, amongst others, Klaus Voormann, Peter Frampton, Eric Clapton, who wrote the track This Be Called A Song, Harry Nilsson, Dr John, Jim Keltner, Jesse Ed Davis, Bobby Keys, Lon Van Eaton and Vini Poncia. Special mention should also go to Los Galleros who are a Mariachi band Ringo found in a local Mexican restaurant and who play on the track Las Brisas.

The gatefold sleeve features a picture of Ringo on the front holding a small magnifying glass (I originally thought it was a monocle), pictures of all those involved in the album in the centre spread – mainly eating shots – and a picture of a graffiti strewn door at the Apple Offices on Saville Row on the back. Initial copies of the album came with a small magnifying glass to aid in the reading of the graffiti. There is also an inner sleeve which has several pictures of Ringo plus the lyrics and album thanks/credits etc.

Details of my copy are shown below

UK First Press

The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers 2302040 A//5 and 2302040 B//5. There’s also some figures hand etched on each side which I can’t read as they are heavily crossed out though they end in A-5 and B-5. Visually the record looks great, just the odd light mark/scuff, and it plays through excellently, maybe the odd touch of very light crackle here and there. The gatefold sleeves for this album, being unlaminated, are incredibly hard to locate in fantastic condition and I’d probably class mine as very good, not far off excellent, just some light shelfwear, most noticable along the edges, and some light ringwear. The inner sleeve would probably rate as excellent, just the odd yellowish age mark but no splits. Unfortunately I don’t have the free magnifying glass.

Estimated Value : £10 – £15

 

 

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