|UK Release Date||27 November 1989|
|UK Catalogue Number||Dark Horse W 2696 T|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||Failed to chart|
|Peak UK Chart Position||–|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||W 2696(T) A2 / W 2696 (T) B2|
Cheer Down was released in the UK on 27 November 1989 to help promote the Best Of Dark Horse album that had been released the previous month. Unfortunately neither the album nor this single charted in the UK. In the US it was released three months earlier on 22 August 1989, possibly to coincide with the release of the film Lethal Weapon 2 that appeared in the cinema in July 1989 and on which Cheer Down appears over the closing credits. The US version, which had That’s What It Takes from Cloud Nine on the B side, also failed to chart.
Initial recording of the track took place during the Cloud Nine sessions in 1987 then finished in March 1989 when Eric Clapton, who’d initially been offered the track for his Journeyman album, decided to put it on the Lethal Weapon 2 soundtrack he was working on. Although the track was co written with Tom Petty he does not appear on the recording, though Jeff Lynne and Deep Purple’s Ian Paice do.
It would be George’s last single as a solo artist in his lifetime.
This 12″ version was issued in the UK on the same day as the 7″ single and features the same two tracks, Cheer Down and Poor Little Girl, plus Crackerbox Palace. Although the single is promoting the album Best Of Dark Horse 1976 – 1989 you’ll see that both labels don’t quite get the album title right and say the tracks are “from the album Dark Horse Records 1976 – 1989”. The sleeve, however, unlike the 7″ version, does get the album title correct on the rear.
The pictures below are of my UK 12″ copy which has the matrix numbers W 2696(T) A2 and W 2696 (T) B2. The record is in beautiful condition visually and plays through just about perfectly, just a little crackle on the run in on the A side. The top opening sleeve is in excellent condition, just some very light ringwear but no rips, splits or writing etc.
Estimated Value : £25 – £30