|UK Release Date||19 November 2002|
|UK Catalogue Number||Dark Horse/Parlophone 7243 5 41969 1 1|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||9|
|Peak UK Chart Position||29|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||Only the one press|
Released on 19 November 2002 in the UK and 18 November 2002 in the US, George’s final studio album, released one year after his death, had a nine week stay in the UK charts peaking at number 29 whilst in the US it managed to reach number 18.
The album was recorded at George’s home studios at Friar Park off and on between 1997 and 2002. During this time George was treated for throat cancer (1997), was attacked and nearly killed in his home (December 1999) and was treated for lung cancer (2001) that would spread to his brain and lead to his death on 29 November 2001. Although George died before the album was completed he had left full instructions of what was required, including the album artwork, with his son, Dhani, and Jeff Lynne who duly added the final touches to George’s work to complete it. Other musicians who appear on the album include Jim Keltner, Joe Brown, Jon Lord, Herbie Flowers and Jools Holland.
The album comes in a textured gatefold sleeve that has some crash test dummies on the front holding a television. The rear just has the tracklisting whilst the inside gatefold is just a picture of some bushes (from Friar Park I presume) with a blue effect. It comes with a very thick card inner and a 12 page booklet containing pictures, including a centre spread picture of George, the lyrics and acknowledgements. It also contains the quote “There was never a time when you or I did not exist. Nor will there be any future when we shall cease to be”.
Details of my copy are shown below
The pictures below are of my hard to get hold of, one and only European press which has the stamped matrix numbers 5419691 A-1-1 on side 1 and 5419691 B-1-1 on side 2. It then has etched matrix numbers 541969-1A on side 1 and 541969-1B on side 2. It is on the Dark Horse and Parlophone labels which is a first! Visually the 180g record looks in immaculate condition, hardly a sleeve removal mark to be seen, and it plays through beautifully apart from 3 or 4 light ticks on the very last track of side 2. The sleeve is in excellent condition, just the lightest touch of creasing and very light shelfwear on the corners. The inner sleeve and the booklet are both in excellent condition, no problems whatsoever.
Estimated Value : £60 – £100