|Initial UK Release Date||1 May 1995|
|Initial UK Catalogue Number||EMI/Apple CD PAS 10002|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||Failed To Chart|
|Peak UK Chart Position||–|
Ringo’s second solo album was originally released in the UK on 25 September 1970 and three days later in the US on 28 September 1970. Surprisingly it failed to chart in the UK whilst in the US it managed to climb to number 65. This poor showing led to Ringo not releasing another album for three years (Ringo in November 1973) and only releasing two singles in the same period (It Don’t Come Easy in April 1971 and Back Off Boogaloo in March 1972). He preferred instead to concentrate on his acting career.
The idea for the album came about when country and western fan Ringo met Nashville musician Peter Drake during sessions for George’s All Things Must Pass album. Drake convinced Ringo that the album should be recorded in Nashville and arranged for local writers to compose a selection of songs especially for him. Ringo flew out to Nashville on 22 June 1970 and recording took place at Music City Recorders on 30 June and 1 July when all Ringo had to do was sing, which he did so over pre prepared backing vocals that helped him stay in tune. The engineer on the sessions was Scotty Moore who is best known as Elvis’s guitarist in his early years.
Twelve of the songs recorded during these sessions made it on to the original vinyl album. Of those that didn’t make it, Early 1970 would end up as the B side of the single It Don’t Come Easy, whilst Coochy Coochy and Nashville Jam would appear on the CD reissue. (Coochy Coochy also appeared on the B side of the single Beaucoups Of Blues that was released in the US at the same time as the album but did not get a UK release).
It received it’s official release on CD in the UK on 1 May 1995 when it was released on Apple/EMI under UK catalogue number CD PAS 10002. The US CD release was on 1 August 1995 on Capitol under catalogue number CDP 7243 8 32675 2 1. Both releases contained the 2 bonus tracks as mentioned above.
My copy is shown below
Original 1995 Release
The pictures below are of my original 1995 UK copy. The case (usual slight storage marks) and disc are in excellent condition as is the included 12 page insert.
Estimated Value : £5 – £10