Wedding Album CD

 

Initial UK Release Date 9 June 1997
Initial UK Catalogue Number Rykodisc RCD 10413
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) Failed To Chart
Peak UK Chart Position

 

The third and final release of experimental albums by John and Yoko was originally released on 7 November 1969 in the UK and 20 October 1969 in the US to commemerate their wedding in Gibraltar on 20 March 1969. It is credited to simply John and Yoko, their surnames do not appear anywhere on the sleeve or record. Like the previous 2 releases it did not chart in the UK but did manage number 178 in the US.

The original side 1 of the album is 22 minutes of John and Yoko shouting out each others names in various ways whilst side 2 was recorded during their bed-in at the Amsterdam Hilton and mainly consists of interviews with reporters explaining their peace campaign. There are four “musical” interludes on this side, John singing “Goodbye Amsterdam Goodbye”, Yoko singing “Grow Your Hair”, John singing an a cappela version of “Good Night” from the White Album and them both singing “Bed Peace, Hair Peace”.

It’s been reported many times but I’ve got to finish off with the story of Richard Williams who was a reviewer for Melody Maker. Promo copies of the album were sent out on two discs, each disc containing one side of the album and one side of an engineer’s test signal. Williams reviewed the album as a double and reported that “”constant listening reveals a curious point: the pitch of the tones alters frequency, but only by microtones or, at most, a semitone. This oscillation produces an almost subliminal, uneven ‘beat’ which maintains interest. On a more basic level, you could have a ball by improvising your very own raga, plainsong, or even Gaelic mouth music against the drone.” Of course John thought this was wildly amusing and sent the following telegram to Williams:

DEAR RICHARD THANK YOU FOR YOUR FANTASTIC REVIEW ON OUR WEDDING ALBUM INCLUDING C-AND-D SIDES STOP WE ARE CONSIDERING IT FOR OUR NEXT RELEASE STOP MAYBE YOU ARE RIGHT IN SAYING THAT THEY ARE THE BEST SIDES STOP WE BOTH FEEL THAT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME A CRITIC TOPPED THE ARTIST STOP WE ARE NOT JOKING STOP LOVE AND PEACE STOP JOHN AND YOKO LENNON

The Wedding Album 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 10413 and came in a green tinted case. It included Yoko’s Who Has Seen The Wind, Listen The Snow Is Falling and Don’t Worry Kyoko as bonus tracks.

On 22 March 2019, to celebrate John and Yoko’s 50th wedding anniversary (which was 20 March), there was a further remastered CD release on the Secretly Canadian label under catalogue number SC291. This version contained the original album tracks only, not the bonus tracks as per the 1997 release.

I have the 1997 Rykodisc copy only as shown below

1997 Rykodisc Copy

The pictures below are of my Rykodisc copy. The case (has a small sticker removal mark), inserts and disc are in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £10 – £15

 

 

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