|UK Release Date||6 January 1967|
|UK Catalogue Number||Mono – Decca LK 4847
Stereo – Decca SKL 4847
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||Failed To Chart|
|Peak UK Chart Position||–|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||Mono – XARL7598-2A / XARL7599-2A
Stereo – XZAL-7598-2W / XZAL-7599-2W
This soundtrack to the film of the same name was released in the UK on 6 January 1967 and five months later in the US on 12 June 1967, failing to chart in both territories. It’s not strictly a Paul McCartney release but, as his name features quite clearly on the cover as the composer and it’s highly sought after by McCartney collectors, I’ve included it here.
Paul’s involvement was minimal, initially providing George Martin with a short piano piece which George arranged into a variety of musical styles, then a further piece, Love In The Open Air, for the films main love scene. Recording by the George Martin Orchestra commenced on 15 December 1967 at CTS sudios in London and lasted 3 days.
It was the first time that Paul’s name had appeared as a composer without John.
I have 2 copies on vinyl as shown below
UK First Press Mono
The pictures below are of my mono first press which has the matrix numbers XARL7598-2A and XARL7599-2A stamped into the run outs. Visually the record looks to be in lovely condition, pristine labels and just the odd light mark on the playing areas, whilst playing wise I’d say it rates as very good – just some very light crackle throughout though no jumps or sticks.
The cover is laminated on the front only but unfortunately is not in too good a shape – It is torn towards the top at the front and on both front and back someone has used a blue biro to colour in some of the white areas (see pics). On the plus side the spine is fully readable. The original inner has a few creases but no splits or tears at all.
Estimated Value : £30 – £40
2015 US Record Store Day Press
The pictures below are of my Limited Collector’s Edition that was released in the US by Varèse Sarabande Records on 18 April 2015 for Record Store Day. It has the matrix numbers 3020670951 and 23529.1(2) etched into side 1 and 3020670951-B and 23529.2(2) etched into side 2. Visually the record has the odd light mark, particularly on side 1, but plays through beautifully. The cover and white inner are in perfect condition.
Estimated Value : £20 – £30