|UK Release Date||15 September 1972|
|UK Catalogue Number||Apple PCSP 716|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||6|
|Peak UK Chart Position||11|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||YEX 893-1 / YEX 894-1 / YEX 895-1 / YEX 896-1|
Released on 15 September 1972 in the UK and an amazing three months earlier on 12 June 1972 in the US, Some Time In New York City spent six weeks in the UK charts, peaking at number 11 in it’s first week (48 was it’s highest position in the US). The reason for the delay in a UK release was that Northern Songs refused to believe that Yoko had co written some of the songs with John.
It was originally intended to be a single album with a free live album thrown in but the money men soon put a stop to that and it was released, and priced, as a double album. Album one was recorded in New York by John, Yoko, Jim Keltmer and The Elephant’s Memory Band and is John protesting about anything he can protest about. Album two is two seperate live recordings, side one from The Lyceum, London on 15 December 1969 and features, amongst others, John, Yoko, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Klaus Voormann, Alan White and Billy Preston. Side two is from the Fillmore East, New York on 6 June 1971 when John and Yoko appeared with Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention.
With the nature of the songs and John’s involvement with a number of protest rallies and demonstrations it wasn’t long before the FBI began their surveillance and the US government began deportation proceedings against him – using his 1968 conviction for possession of pot as the reason.
Despite it’s very poor reviews, at the time of release and even now, I actually quite like the album. I can remember being at the Imperial rock disco in Nottingham the night after John died, asking the DJ to play the track New York City and having a good bop with my mates.
The pictures below are of my copy which has the matrix numbers YEX 893-1 and YEX 894-1 and mothers/stampers 1R and 2U (or 211) on record one and YEX 895-1 and YEX 896-1 and mothers/stampers 1 (with a 2 underneath) C (with an A underneath) and 3CC . The sleeve is in very good condition, just some very minor ringwear, a little discolouring and a sticker removal mark top right. Both inner sleeves are in great shape, again some minor ringwear but fully intact. The records themselves play beautifully all the way through, all I heard was 3 or 4 very feint ticks on Luck Of The Irish. It even has the hard to find postcard that came with early issues with it which is in great condition, just a crease on the top left.
Estimated Value : £15