Shaved Fish LP

 

UK Release Date 24 October 1975
UK Catalogue Number Apple PCS 7173
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 29
Peak UK Chart Position 8
Lowest Matrix Numbers YEX 949-1U / YEX 950-1U

 

Released on 24 October 1975 in the UK and 4 days earlier on 20 October 1975 in the US, Shaved Fish reached number 8 in the UK charts, and had an initial seventeen week run (it had a further twelve weeks in the chart between January and April 1981, peaking at number 11, following John’s death), whilst it also reached number 12 in the US charts. This was John’s last release on Apple Records and contained all his singles to date with the exception of Stand By Me that had been released earlier in the year. Imagine was obviously also included and, though it hadn’t previously appeared as a single in the UK, it was released on the same date as Shaved Fish having an eleven week run in the charts peaking at number 6.

It’s interesting to note that Give Peace A Chance was credited to Lennon & McCartney on the original 1969 single release and on initial releases of Shaved Fish but was later changed to Lennon only on later releases (see below).

Details of the three vinyl copies I own are below.

 

First Press

The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers YEX 949-1U and YEX 950-1U and mothers/stampers 1 GHG(?) and 3 HO. Also on side one is a hand etched SW-1-3421-Z9 whilst a hand etched SW-2-3429-Z9 appears on side two – these are the American matrixes which were now appearing on UK Apple pressings. Also appearing on both sides is a hand etched MCR which stands for ‘Master Cutting Room, NYC’. The record is in excellent condition, playing through with no skips or jumps, though I did notice a couple of light pops.

The original sleeve is probably good to very good – a little light ringwear and a touch grubby in places and also coming away slightly at the top which I really should glue. The spine is fully readable. You’ll see from the picture below that Give Peace A Chance has the Lennon & McCartney credit. The inner sleeve would probably rate as very good – although it is fully intact the non lyric side does show signs of age. Notice that three of the corners on the inner are finished off at non 90 degree angles, this is another sign of a first press as later presses, like the one further down, have rounded corners.

Estimated Value : £10

 

Later Press

The pictures below are of my later press copy which has the matrix numbers XEX(?) YEX 949-3 and YEX 950-2 and mothers/stampers 1 11 and 1 251. The hand etched American matrixes which are on the first press copy above do not appear on this press. The vinyl is also noticably thinner compared to the above first press. The record is in excellent condition, playing through with no skips or jumps, though I did notice two or three light clicks on Mother.

The sleeve is in excellent condition, just a touch of shelfwear, and the spine is fully readable. You’ll see from the picture below that Give Peace A Chance is now listed as “Edited Version” and is credited to Lennon only. The inner sleeve is also in excellent condition, just a few marks on the non lyric side. Notice that all the corners on the inner are finished off with rounded edges, as is the opening.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

2014 Back To Black Press

The pictures below are of my 2014 reissue that was part of Universal’s Back To Black series and is pressed on heavyweight 180g vinyl. The matrix numbers on side one are 119583E1 and A www.gzvinyl.com – 5351112 – A whilst on side two they are 119583E2 and A 5351112 – B. The barcode number on the back of the cover, which again only has Lennon credited for Give Peace A Chance, is 600753511121. It comes with a coded voucher which you can redeem to download an MP3 version. Everything, album, cover, inner and voucher, is in mint condition.

Estimated Value : £15

 

 

 

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