True Love / Pure Smokey 7″ Single

 

UK Release Date 11 February 1977
UK Catalogue Number Dark Horse K 16896
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) Failed to chart
Peak UK Chart Position
Lowest Matrix Numbers K16896-A-1 / K16896-B-1

 

Released in the UK on 11 February 1977, True Love was the second of three singles released from the Thirty Three and 1/3 album, all of which failed to chart in the UK. It was not released as a single in the US – Crackerbox Palace was released there around the same time (24 January 1977) and went on to make number 19 in the charts.

Recorded at George’s home studios at Friar Park, the song is a cover of the Cole Porter standard that was initially recorded by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly for the film High Society. The B side is the second of George’s tributes to one of his favourite singers, Smokey Robinson, the first being Ooh Baby (You Know I Love You) on Extra Texture.

The pictures below are of my solid centre first press copy (there were no push out centre copies) which has the matrix numbers K16896-A-1 and K16896-B1. It also has ALLEN hand etched into the A side run off and AL hand etched into the B side run off – both left by Allen Landau, the master vinyl cutter . The record has one or two light marks but plays excellent on the A side and very good on the B side where a little light crackle can be heard. It is housed in a WEA/A&M/Warner Bros company sleeve (there was no picture sleeve with this release) that is in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

 

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