|UK Release Date||22 June 1973|
|UK Catalogue Number||Apple PAS 10006|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||12|
|Peak UK Chart Position||2|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||YEX 917-4U / YEX 918-2U|
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.
The packaging for the album was a lovely affair – the deep black sleeve was gatefold and laminated both outside and inside the gatefold. The pictures both front and back are of George’s hand holding some sort of Indian medallion (front) and some US coins (back) whilst the inside picture looks like George’s take on The Last Supper. It came with a custom designed brown inner sleeve and a four page insert containing the lyrics. My favourite bit, however, is on the rear at the bottom that reads “JIM KELTNER FAN CLUB. For all information send a stamped undressed elephant to 5112 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California” with “JIM KELTNER” having a picture of wings either side. Compare it to Paul’s Red Rose Speedway released earlier in the year which, in exactly the same place, reads “Wings FUN CLUB for all information send a stamped addressed envelope to London W1 4UP England” with the “Wings” at the beginning being the bands logo (see pics below).
I have 2 copies on vinyl shown below
UK First Press
The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers YEX 917-4U and YEX 918-2U. It also has HARE KRSNA hand etched on side one and HARE RAMA hand etched on side two. The mothers/stampers are 2/OP and 3/UT (I think). If you have a look at the outer text on the label you’ll see it starts “The Gramophone Company Ltd…..” which means that the labels must have been printed early as this text was discontinued from March 1973! The record has the usual very light sleeve removal marks but plays through beautifully, just the odd bit of very light, hardly noticable crackle. The sleeve is in very good to excellent condition, some odd light laminate creasing and a touch of shelfwear, most noticable on the corners, but nothing else. The inner shows some light ringwear, light wear around the opening and has a couple of small seam splits. I have two copies of the insert, both in excellent condition.
Estimated Value : £10 – £20
2006 Remastered Press
The pictures below are of my 2006 remastered copy that was released on vinyl in October 2006, the remastered CD coming a month earler. It includes two bonus tracks, Deep Blue and Miss O’Dell, which had previously only been available as the B sides to the singles Bangla Desh and Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) respectively. It comes with a beautiful LP sized 16 page booklet and an inner sleeve that is a reproduction of the original’s lyric booklet. The 180 gram record, which has the matrix numbers 3668991 A-3 and 3668991 B-3, has light marks on it but plays through great. There’s the odd feint tick and some occasional light crackle but nothing to spoil the playback. The cover (still in it’s shrinkwrap with only the opening exposed), inner sleeve and the booklet are in more than excellent condition.
Estimated Value : £30 – £40