|UK Release Date||21 February 1975|
|UK Catalogue Number||Apple PCS 7169|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||28|
|Peak UK Chart Position||6|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||YEX 943-1U / YEX 944-1U|
Released on 21 February 1975 in the UK and 4 days earlier on 17 February 1975 in the US, Rock ‘n’ Roll reached number 6 in the UK charts, and had an initial twenty five week run (it had a further three weeks in the chart in Jan/Feb 1981 following John’s death), whilst it also reached number 6 in the US charts. 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.
Details of the two vinyl copies I own (though there’s a fourth in a box set) are below.
The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers YEX 943-1U and YEX 944-1U and mothers/stampers 1 HT and 5 HT. Also on side one is a hand etched SK-1-3419-Z9
whilst a hand etched SK-2-3419-Z9 appears on side two – these are the American matrixes which were now appearing on UK Apple pressings. The record is in excellent condition, playing through with no problems whatsoever, whilst I’d describe the sleeve as very good to excellent, just some minor shelf wear. It comes with a plain white inner.
Estimated Value : £10 – £15
The pictures below are of my Music For Pleasure copy which was released on 25 November 1981. It has the matrix numbers YEX 943-4 and YEX 944-4 and mothers/stampers 1 11 and 1 25. Also on side two is a hand etched 4rm. The record is in excellent condition, just a couple of feint ticks on Just Because, whilst I’d describe the sleeve as very good to excellent, just some minor ringwear and shelf wear. It comes with a plain white inner.
Estimated Value : £5 – £10