|UK Release Date||17 November 1980|
|UK Catalogue Number||Geffen K 99131|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||36|
|Peak UK Chart Position||1 (For 2 weeks)|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||Not sure but mine are
Side 1 – GH5-1-2001-UK-SET-2 and W-16 K 99131 A-2
Side 2 – GH8-2-2001-RE1-UK-SET-1 and W-22kD K 99131 B1
Released on 17 November 1980 in both the UK and the US, Double Fantasy initially peaked at number 14 in the UK charts and had slipped down to number 46 after it’s fourth week of release which is when John was murdered. It then spent another thirty two weeks in the UK charts, spending nine weeks at number 2 and two weeks in February 1981 at number 1. In the US it initially peaked at number 11 but then went on to spend eight weeks at number 1 following John’s death.
This was John’s first release following his five year break as a house husband during which time he had accrued a large backlog of songs he’d recorded in demo form. Recording started in secret on 4 August 1980 at the Hit Factory in New York before a record deal had even been put in place and once it was decided that the songs laid down were of good quality a record deal was sought. Despite offers from all the major record labels, Geffen Records, who had only formed that year, were chosen.
The last release in John’s lifetime, Double Fantasy won Album Of The Year for 1981 at the annual Grammy Awards.
I have two copies, shown below (and a third in a box set) – one I bought on it’s day of release and one I think used to belong to my sister.
The pictures below are of my first press copy, bought on the day of release, which has the hand etched matrix numbers GH5-1-2001-UK-SET-2 and W-16 K 99131 A-2 on side 1 and GH8-2-2001-RE1-UK-SET-1 and W-22kD K 99131 B1 (or B4 -not sure) on side 2. There is also a 1 stamped on each side where I’m used to mothers/stampers appearing. The record is in excellent condition, playing through immaculately with no background noise whatsoever. The sleeve is also in excellent condition, just some very minor corner rubbing, whilst the inner would rate very good to excellent, no splits or rips, just some minor marks as can be seen in the pictures.
Estimated Value : £10 – £15
The pictures below are of my later press copy which has the hand etched matrix numbers GH5-1-2001-UK-SET-6 and K 99131 A6 on side 1 and GH8-2-2001-RE1-UK-SET-2 and K 99131 B2 on side 2. The word STERLING is also stamped on each side. I’m assuming it’s a later press as the vinyl on this copy is noticably thinner than my copy above and the sleeve and inner also appear to be flimsier. The record is in excellent condition, playing through with only a tiny hint of crackle here and there which is only really noticable if you’re listening out for it. The sleeve is in very good condition, it has more rubbing than the copy above, whilst the inner would rate very good to excellent, no splits or rips, just some minor marks as can be seen in the pictures.
Estimated Value : £5 – £10