|UK Release Date||24 October 1980|
|UK Catalogue Number||Geffen K 79186|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||15|
|Peak UK Chart Position||1 (For 1 week only)|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||K 79186 A / K 79186 B|
John’s comeback single after five years away and the last single he released in his lifetime, (Just Like) Starting Over was released on 24 October 1980 in the UK and four days earlier on 20 October 1980 in the US. The UK release date is exactly 5 years to the day that his last single, Imagine, was released. Initially it peaked at number 8 in the UK chart and number 6 in the US chart and was on it’s way down in both when his death then shot it to the top of both charts. In total it spent fifteen weeks in the UK charts, with one week at number 1, whilst in the US it eventually became his biggest solo single spending 5 weeks at number 1.
John did not consider this to be the best track from the forthcoming Double Fantasy but, after five years away, wanted it to be the first single as it was the most appropriate. Even the bells that start the track were meant to be an optimistic opposite of the bells that started Mother from the Plastic Ono Band album to show that he was, indeed, “starting over”. Incidentally it was originally to be called just “Starting Over” but the “(Just Like)” was added late as Tammy Wynette released a single called Starting Over just before John.
I remember buying the single, shown below, on the day of release and playing it over and over in my bedroom. I can also remember that our local radio station, Radio Nottingham, used to do a poll each Friday of three new releases inviting the listeners to vote for which they thought best and this lost out to David Bowie’s Fashion!
Details of the two copies I own are shown below. I also have a CEMA coloured vinyl copy where, this time, it’s backed by Watching The Wheels. Details can be found here
The pictures below are of my first press copy with the white/cream solid Geffen labels and has the matrix numbers K79186
BA and K79186 AB. It also has STERLING, a hand etched GEF-1-49604-UK-SET-2 and a hand etched ONEWORLD.ONEPEOPLE in the run outs on the A side and STERLING and a hand etched GEF-2-49604-UK-SET-1 on the B side. The record is in excellent condition, playing through perfectly on both sides. It comes with the original picture sleeve which is also in excellent condition, maybe some very minor storage wear.
Estimated Value : £5
The pictures below are of my later press copy with the silver injection labels and the matrix numbers K79186
BA and K79186 B. It also has, not quite the same as the copy above, STERLING, a hand etched GEF-1-49604-UK-SET-2 and a hand etched ONEWORLD.ONEPEOPLE in the run outs on the A side and a hand etched GEF-2-49604-UK-SET-2 on the B side. The record is in excellent condition, just the odd spot of very minor crackle, and is housed in a plain white sleeve.
Estimated Value : £3