|UK Release Date||5 June 1981|
|UK Catalogue Number||Dark Horse K56870|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||4|
|Peak UK Chart Position||13|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||K 56870 A3 / K 56870 B2|
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.
On first look it may appear that the front cover is George lying on a pavement next to the road but the rear of the cover shows he was standing in front of a painting – Mark Boyle’s “Holland Park Avenue Study” which hung in the Tate Gallery, London. The inner contains a picture of George with needles in his face along with the lyrics, thanks and list of musicians. There is also a dedication to John – “There was never a time when I did not exist, nor you. Nor will there be any future when we cease to be.” J.O.L.1940 – 1980.
My copy is shown below
UK First Press
The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers K 56870 A3 and K 56870 B3. It also has DHK-1-3492 on side one and DHK–2-3492 and W-6 on side two. Visually the record looks excellent, just some odd light sleeve removal marks, and it plays through beautifully with only the odd spot of very light crackle and a couple of very light ticks. The sleeve is in excellent condition, just some very light shelfwear, most noticable on the corners. The inner sleeve is also in excellent condition, just a few light finger marks but no tears or seam splits.
Estimated Value : £10 – £20