Vertical Man CD


Initial UK Release Date 3 August 1998
Initial UK Catalogue Number Mercury 558 598-2
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 1
Peak UK Chart Position 85


Ringo’s first studio album for six years was released in the UK on 3 August 1998 where, for a change, it managed to spend one week in the charts at number 85. In the US it was released over a month earlier on 16 June 1998 where it reached number 61 during a four week stay. It was Ringo’s first release on the Mercury label and would be CD only – no vinyl.

The album was recorded between February 1997 and February 1998 at various studios in LA and the UK, including George’s studios at his Friar Park home and Paul’s The Mill studio. Paul provides bass and/or backing vocals on three tracks – What In The World, I Was Walkin’ and La De Da – whilst George provides guitars on two tracks – King Of Broken Hearts and I’ll Be Fine Anywhere. George Martin also helps out doing the string arrangement for I’m Yours!

Also appearing on the album, amongst others, were Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, Steven Tyler, Alanis Morissette. Ozzy Osbourne, Brian Wilson, Scott Weiland, Nils Lofgren and Timothy B Schmit. Even Ringo’s wife Barbara and his son Lee help out with backing vocals on La De Da.

The catalogue number for the UK/Europe release was 558 598-2 whilst in the US there were two different releases, the standard release had catalogue number 314 558 598-2 whilst a limited edition digipak release had catalogue number 314 558 400-2. Anyone in the US pre ordering the album from Best Buy were given a bonus CD of three tracks that weren’t on the album – this bonus CD has it’s own catalogue number MECP 424.

My copy is shown below

UK Release

The pictures below are of my UK copy which, as was common practice by now, was made in the EU (in this case Germany) for a European wide release.  The case (usual slight storage marks) and disc are in excellent condition as is the included fold out insert.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10




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