|UK Release Date||1 November 1982|
|UK Catalogue Number||Parlophone EMTV 37|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||54 (All releases)|
|Peak UK Chart Position||1 (For 6 weeks)|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||EMTV 37 A-1-1-1 / EMTV 37 B-1-1-1|
Released on 1 November 1982 in the UK (by Parlophone) this collection topped the charts for 6 weeks and spent a total of 42 weeks in the top 100 between it’s release date and February 1984 (CD releases in the nineties pushed it’s stay in the charts to 54 weeks). It was released on 8 November 1982 in the US (by Geffen Records) peaking at number 33. I don’t know why but the US copy had 2 fewer tracks than the UK copy, those being Happy Xmas (War Is Over) and Stand By Me. It was originally intended to be released in late 1981 but the fact that EMI owned half the tracks and Geffen the other half meant that it was delayed whilst the legalities were sorted out. Despite the delay it was a massive seller on both sides of the pond – it had sold a million copies in the UK alone by it’s third week of release.
The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers EMTV 37 A-1-1-1 and EMTV 37 B-3-1-1. Despite having few light surface marks it plays through exceptionally well, just some feint crackle occasionally and mainly on side 1. The sleeve and the inner sleeve are both in excellent condition.
Estimated Value : £10