|Initial UK Release Date||26 May 1987|
|Initial UK Catalogue Number||Parlophone CDP 7 46707 2|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||28 (All releases)|
|Peak UK Chart Position||6|
Rock ‘n’ Roll was originally released on 21 February 1975 in the UK and 4 days earlier on 17 February 1975 in the US. Part of the reason for making the album was because it had been deemed that Come Together from Abbey Road paid more than a passing resemblance to Chuck Berry’s You Can’t Catch Me and, rather than go to court over it, John agreed in 1973 to cover three of the music publisher’s songs on his next album
Recording for the album commenced in October 1973 in Hollywood but soon got out of hand due to excessive partying in the studio. It was shelved altogether when an elusive Phil Spector made off with the master tapes and, in March 1974, fell into a coma following a car accident. John then went on to record and release Walls And Bridges before returning to and completing the project over four days in October 1974. Only four tracks from the 1973 sessions – You Can’t Catch Me, Sweet Little Sixteen, Bony Moronie and Just Because – made the final cut. Four tracks that were recorded for the album but not included – Angel Baby, My Baby Left Me, To Know Her Is To Love Her and Here We Go Again – were later released on Menlove Ave. Three other tracks – That’ll Be The Day, Thirty Days and C’mon Everybody remain unreleased.
As it was an oldies album the cover was originally going to contain some of John’s childhood drawings but, because of the delay, they were used on the Walls And Bridges album. John then chose a picture of himself taken in Hamburg in 1961 with three blurred people passing by who are three from Paul, George, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe.
Rock ‘n’ Roll received it’s initial official release on CD in the UK on 26 May 1987 on the Parlophone label under catalogue number CDP 7 46707 2 and contained the same tracks as the original album. Discogs has the first US release as being as late as 2004 which I find hard to believe as this release had no bonus tracks like the UK version and the new remixed/remastered version came out in this year. I have this first US release (see below) and can’t find a date on it anywhere.
A new remixed and remastered version was released in the UK/Europe on 27 September 2004 and in the US on 2 November 2004 with four bonus tracks of Angel Baby, To Know Her Is To Love Her, Since My Baby Left Me and Just Because (Reprise). All four of these tracks had already been seen before on Menlove Ave and as part of the Anthology Box Set. The UK/Europe version was on the Parlophone/Apple label with catalogue number 7243 8 74329 2 5/874 3292 .
Finally, on 4 October 2010, to celebrate John’s 70th birthday, a further release was issued on EMI/Apple with barcode number 5099990650628. This version was digitally remastered from the original recording with no bonus tracks. It could either be bought seperately or as part of the Signature box set.
I have 3 copies of the album on CD, the two shown below and one in the Signature box set.
Original US Release
The pictures below are of my original US copy for which I’m unable to find a release date. The case (usual slight storage marks) and disc are in excellent condition as is the included 4 page insert.
Estimated Value : £3 – £5
2004 UK/Europe Release
The pictures below are of my 2004 remixed and remastered version. The case (usual slight storage marks), 4 page insert and disc are in excellent condition.
Estimated Value : £3 – £5