|UK Release Date||9 December 1977|
|UK Catalogue Number||Polydor 2480 429|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||Failed To Chart|
|Peak UK Chart Position||–|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||2480429 A//1V420 04 / 2480429 B//1V420 04|
Scouse The Mouse is a children’s album that was released in the UK only on 9 December 1977 and failed to chart. Though not strictly a Ringo album it did count towards the contract Ringo had with Polydor at the time.
The album was written and directed by the English actor Donald Pleasence, who also provides the narration, with Ringo playing the title character who emigrates from Liverpool to the US. Also appearing, amongst others, are Adam Faith, Barbara Dickson and Ruby Wax.
Of the fifteen songs on the album, Ringo provides lead vocal on eight of them which were recorded at the Berwick Street Studios, Soho, London in July 1977.
One of the session musicians is the drummer, Henry Spinetti, who also played on Paul’s Ram album, George’s Gone Troppo album and appeared at the Concert For George concert in 2002. A further Beatle connection is that he’s the younger brother of the actor Victor Spinetti who appeared in A Hard Day’s Night, Help and Magical Mystery Tour as well as numerous other Beatles projects.
UK First Press
The pictures below are of my first press copy (there was only the one press) which has the matrix numbers 2480429 A//1∇420 04 and 2480429 B//1∇420 04. Visually there is hardly a mark to be seen on the record which plays back immaculately. The sleeve is in great condition for it’s age, just some slight shelfwear around the corners. The often missing colouring competition insert is present and has not been touched at all, though it does have a few aging marks on it. The sticker that would have been on the front of the album sleeve is attached to the emitex style inner though, as can be seen from the picture, is not quite complete. Overall one of the best copies I’ve seen of this very rare album.
Estimated Value : £80 – £100