Somewhere In England CD

 

Initial UK Release Date 1 March 2004
Initial UK Catalogue Number Dark Horse/Parlophone/EMI 5940 882
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 4
Peak UK Chart Position 13

 

Originally released on 5 June 1981 in the UK and 1 June 1981 in the US, Somewhere In England spent four weeks in the UK charts peaking at number 13 whilst in the US it managed to climb to number 11.

Recording originally took place at Friar Park between March and October 1980 but the results submitted to Warner Bros were rejected for not being commercial enough, along with George’s idea for the record cover which was his head superimposed onto a map of Britain (later used for the 2004 remastered reissue). Recording therefore resumed in November 1980 with four of the original tracks, Tears Of The World, Lay His Head, Flying Hour and Sat Singing, being dropped to be replaced by Blood From A Clone, Teardrops, That Which I Have Lost and All Those Years Ago. Ironically, Blood From A Clone is George’s attack on the executives who rejected his original album submission.

During the second bout of recording between November 1980 and February 1981 the murder of John took place and George, as a tribute, re wrote the lyrics to All Those Years Ago (the original version was written for Ringo to record). Ringo plays drums on the track and Paul and Linda, along with Denny Laine, provide backing vocals. Other musicians to appear on the album include Gary Brooker, Jim Keltner and Herbie Flowers.

It received it’s initial official release on CD in the UK when a newly remastered version was released on 1 March 2004 on Dark Horse/Parlophone/EMI under UK catalogue number 5940 882 with international catalogue number 7243 5 94088 2 8. This release contained a demo of Save The World as a bonus track. George’s original artwork was restored to provide the cover for this release though the four rejected tracks weren’t. It could either be bought seperately or as part of the Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 box set.

The initial US CD release was on 11 June 1991, on Dark Horse/Warner Bros under catalogue number 9 26614-2. It contained the same tracks as the original vinyl release and carried the same cover. This was followed by the 2004 remastered version around the same time as the UK release on Capitol under catalogue number CDP 7243 5 94088 2 8.

I have one copy on CD which can be found in my Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 box set here.

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