Living In The Material World CD


Initial UK Release Date 27 January 1992
Initial UK Catalogue Number Parlophone/Apple CD PAS 10006
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 12
Peak UK Chart Position 2


Originally released on 22 June 1973 in the UK and 30 May 1973 in the US, Living In The Material World spent twelve weeks in the UK charts, peaking at number 2 (behind the soundtrack to That’ll Be The Day featuring Ringo), whilst in the US it spent five weeks at number 1 (knocking Paul’s Red Rose Speedway off the top spot). Interestingly, George managed to do the double in the US for the second time when Give Me Love topped the single charts at the same time this album was number 1 (All Things Must Pass and My Sweet Lord being the first time). The only other ex Beatle to do the double in the US was Paul and he only managed it once with Red Rose Speedway and My Love earlier in the year.

The album was recorded between October 1972 and early March 1973 at both the Apple studios and George’s home studio and featured a core band of George, Klaus Voormann, Nicky Hopkins and Jim Keltner, though Ringo, Leon Russell and Pete Ham, amongst others, do contribute to the odd track.

It received it’s initial official release on CD in the UK on 27 January 1992 when it was released on Parlophone/Apple under UK catalogue number CD PAS 10006 with international catalogue number CDP 7941102. I assume the initial US CD release, which was on Capitol with catalogue numcer CDP 7 94110 2, was around the same time. These releases contained the same tracks as the original album.

On 25 September 2006 in the UK and 27 September 2006 in the US a new remastered version of the album was released containing two bonus tracks – Miss O’Dell and Deep Blue – both only available previously as B sides to the singles Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) and Bangla-Desh respectively. It was available as a standard single CD with a 16 page booklet on Parlophone/Apple in the UK and Capitol/Apple/EMI in the US, both carrying catalogue number 0946 3 66899 2 0. Alternatively there was a box set available in both the UK (Europe) and US containing the CD plus a DVD featuring Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) – Recorded at Tokyo Dome on 15 December 1991, alternative versions of Miss O’Dell and Sue Me, Sue You Blues set to some old photos and footage and a new video for the track Living In The Material World. This set also contained a 40 page booklet containing previously unseen photos from the cover’s original photo shoot and the lyrics to all the songs. The UK/European release was on Apple/Parlophone under catalogue number 0946 3 66900 2 5 whilst the US release was on Capitol under catalogue number 0946 3 70276 2 2.

The album was remastered again for release on 22 September 2014 in the UK and 23 September 2014 in the US along with all of George’s other Apple albums. Both releases carry the catalogue number 0602537914104. This version included the same two bonus tracks as the 2006 release and added a third, the single Bangla-Desh. It could either be bought seperately or as part of the Apple Years 1968-1975 box set.

I have 3 copies of the album on CD, the two shown below and one in the Apple Years box set.


Original 1992 Release

The pictures below are of my original 1992 copy. The case (usual slight storage marks) and disc are in excellent condition as is the included 8 page insert.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10


2006 Box Set

The pictures below are of my 2006 release that came in a box with a DVD. Everything – box, CD, DVD, inner fold out case and booklet – is in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £15 – £20


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