Unfinished Music No.1 : Two Virgins CD


Initial UK Release Date 9 June 1997
Initial UK Catalogue Number Rykodisc RCD 10411
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) Failed To Chart
Peak UK Chart Position


Recorded over one night on 19 May 1968 and originally released in the UK on 29 November 1968 (11 November 1968 in the US) this album is made up of tape loops of various sound effects and instruments plus snippets of conversation between John and Yoko.

The big talking point, of course, was the cover, the pictures for which John took himself with a time delay camera. Because of the nature of the cover the only way it got to be distributed was by being placed in a brown paper bag and, even then, there were problems with printers refusing to print it, record shops refusing to stock it and the press refusing to accept adverts for it.

It received it’s initial official release on CD in the UK on 9 June 1997 and on 3 June 1997 in the US and, not surprisingly, failed to chart. It was issued on the Rykodisc label under catalogue number RCD 10411 and included Yoko’s Remember Love as a bonus track. Each copy had it’s own individual edition number and came in a green tinted case with a slip sleeve covering 3 sides of the case which replicated the “brown paper bag”.

There was a further CD release on 11 November 2016. Along with Life With The Lions and Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, which were re released on the same day, it is the first of eleven Yoko albums to be remastered and released by the Secretly Canadian label. The track listing is the same as the earlier Rykodisc release.

The pictures below are of my Rykodisc copy which is edition number 20741. This edition number is shown on a card insert inside the case (see pic). The case, all inserts and the disc are in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £10 – £15




  • Mark Lackey says:


    My name is Mark and I own the site myBeatlescollection.com cataloging my own Beatles collection. I like how you’ve organized your site.

    This is a shot in the dark but I was wondering if you knew of any source of a vinyl or even needledrop CD copy of the mono Two Virgins. It’s the one missing piece to my otherwise complete collection. Would love to hear if you have any leads.

    All the best…

    • Newspapertaxi says:

      Hi Mark

      The only copy I’ve seen is currently on Discogs but you’re going to need a whopping £3000 to secure it!


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.