|UK Release Date||4 October 1974|
|UK Catalogue Number||Apple PCTC 253|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||10|
|Peak UK Chart Position||6|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||YEX 937-Z5 / YEX 938-Z6|
Released on 4 October 1974 in the UK and a week earlier on 26 September 1974 in the US, Walls And Bridges reached number 6 in the UK charts, and had a ten week run, whilst it managed to top the US charts. It was recorded during John’s “Lost Weekend” where he was seperated from Yoko and living with May Pang. Two tracks were lifted from the album for singles, Whatever Gets You Thru The Night and #9 Dream, the first of these giving John a US number one which was his only US or UK single chart topper in his lifetime.
The picture of the football match on the cover is one John did in 1952 when he was 11 years old and the colours of the teams are those of Arsenal and Newcastle who contested the FA Cup final that year. One of the players is wearing the number 9, John’s favourite number.
Details of the two vinyl copies I own (though there’s a third in a box set) are below.
The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers YEX 937-Z5 and YEX 938-Z6 and mothers/stampers 1 RG and 1 AA. Underneath the matrix on side one is a crossed out hand etched
SW 1-3416 Z-5 whilst a crossed out hand etched SW 2-3416-Z6 appears underneath the matrix on side two. These are the American matrixes which were now appearing on UK Apple first pressings and were added at the initial mastering stage in 1973. Also appearing on side one is a hand etched MCR which stands for ‘Master Cutting Room, NYC’. The record is in excellent condition, just a few very feint ticks on Going Down On Love.
The sleeve is in very good to excellent condition which is unusual for these notably flimsy covers, it does have some minor shelf wear on the bottom and the feintest touch of feathering at the opening, but no writing or rips. The writing on the spine is fully legible which, again, is unusual with these as the spine is really small and the writing is actually printed on the flap’s hinging positions. The sepia tinged inner sleeve is in excellent condition, just the odd feint mark which hardly shows in the pictures. Something to look out for on a first press copy is the inner – this inner is made from thick cardboard (thicker than some album covers I’ve seen) and the top corners are finished at a 45 degree angle whilst the bottom corners are at 90 degrees, later presses have thin inners and all the corners are finished off with rounded edges. Also included is the eight page lyric booklet, which includes pictures of John’s from when he was 11/12 years old, and is in excellent condition – again no writing or rips.
Estimated Value : £20
Released in 1999 as part of EMI’s limited edition “The Millennium Vinyl Collection” series though I’m struggling to find the exact release date and how many it was limited to. The record is pressed on heavywight 180g vinyl and all the artwork – sleeve, inner sleeve, booklet – is faithfully reproduced and protected by a custom plastic wallet bearing a blue Millenium sticker on the front. The matrix numbers are 4994641 A-02-01-1- on side one and 4994641 B-03-1-1- on side two. There is also a “Promotional Copy, Not For Sale” sticker on the rear of the sleeve.
Everything – record, sleeve, inner sleeve, booklet, plastic wallet – is in pristine condition.
Estimated Value £30 – £50