|UK Release Date||27 March 1970|
|UK Catalogue Number||Apple PCS 7101|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||6|
|Peak UK Chart Position||7|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||YEX 771-1U / YEX 772-1U|
Ringo’s debut solo album was released in the UK on 27 March 1970 whilst the US had to wait until 24 April 1970. It spent six weeks in the UK charts, peaking at number 7, whilst in the US it managed to climb to number 22. Considering the content and that it was up against Paul’s first solo album, released 17 April 1970, and the Let It Be album, released 8 May 1970, it didn’t do too bad chart wise.
Recording took place between October 1969 and December 1969 then, after some Let It Be duties, again on 14 January 1970 then various sessions in February and March 1970. During the sessions in February and March It Don’t Come Easy was recorded though this wouldn’t be released as a single until a year later. The songs on the album were old standards chosen by Ringo’s family and each one was arranged by a different musician, including Paul McCartney who arranged Stardust. Apart from Ringo himself the other musicians on the album are George Martin and his orchestra.
The cover for the album features a picture of Ringo’s local pub in Liverpool, The Empress, with pictures of his family superimposed in the windows.
My copy is shown below
UK First Press
The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers YEX 771-1U and YEX 772-1U. Visually the record looks excellent, just the odd light mark, whilst playing wise side 1 is just about perfect whilst side 2 has some feint background crackle. The fully laminated sleeve is in very good to excellent condition, it has some light shelfwear, most noticable on the bottom edge, some light ringwear and a little creasing. There was no special inner sleeve with this release, mine is in a white EMI inner.
Estimated Value : £15 – £25