|UK Release Date||3 November 1986|
|UK Catalogue Number||Parlophone PCS 7308|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||Failed to chart|
|Peak UK Chart Position||–|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||PCS 7308 A-1-1-1 / PCS 7308 B-1-1|
Released on 3 November 1986 in the UK and a week earlier on 27 October 1986 in the US, Menlove Ave failed to chart in the UK and only managed to peak at number 127 in the US making it John’s least successful album. Side one features unused tracks from the Rock n Roll sessions with Phil Spector in 1973 plus Rock ‘n’ Roll People from the Mind Games sessions the same year, whilst side two features early takes of tracks from Walls And Bridges from 1974. Interestingly the first track on the album – Here We Go Again – is credited to John and Phil Spector! The cover illustration is by Andy Warhol and was used again, in black and white format, for the cover of the Working Class Hero : The Definitive Lennon greatest hits package in 2005.
Menlove Avenue is the name of the street in Liverpool John grew up in with his Aunt Mimi and Uncle George.
The pictures below are of my first press copy, though there was only the one press, which has the matrix numbers PCS 7308 A-1-1-1- and PCS 7308 B-1-1-. The record is in very good to excellent condition, playing through with only a touch of light crackle here and there and the odd very light click. The cover is also in very good to excellent condition, just the smallest amount of corner rubbing and light ringwear. You’ll see from the pictures that mine has a “Manufacturers Property Not For Sale” sticker on the rear together with an EMI “With Compliments” sticker which may slightly increase it’s value. It comes with a plain white inner.
Estimated Value : £15 – £25