|Initial UK Release Date||10 August 1987|
|Initial UK Catalogue Number||EMI CDPCSP 716|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||6 (All releases)|
|Peak UK Chart Position||11|
Some Time In New York City was originally released on 15 September 1972 in the UK and an amazing three months earlier on 12 June 1972 in the US. The reason for the delay in a UK release was that Northern Songs refused to believe that Yoko had co written some of the songs with John.
It was originally intended to be a single album with a free live album thrown in but the money men soon put a stop to that and it was released, and priced, as a double album. Album one was recorded in New York by John, Yoko, Jim Keltmer and The Elephant’s Memory Band and is John protesting about anything he can protest about. Album two is two seperate live recordings, side one from The Lyceum, London on 15 December 1969 and features, amongst others, John, Yoko, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Klaus Voormann, Alan White and Billy Preston. Side two is from the Fillmore East, New York on 6 June 1971 when John and Yoko appeared with Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention.
With the nature of the songs and John’s involvement with a number of protest rallies and demonstrations it wasn’t long before the FBI began their surveillance and the US government began deportation proceedings against him – using his 1968 conviction for possession of pot as the reason.
Despite it’s very poor reviews, at the time of release and even now, I actually quite like the album. I can remember being at the Imperial rock disco in Nottingham the night after John died, asking the DJ to play the track New York City and having a good bop with my mates.
It received it’s initial official release on CD in the UK on 10 August 1987. It was a “UK and Europe” release issued on the EMI label under international catalogue number CDP 7 46782 2 and UK catalogue number CD PCSP 716 and contained the same tracks as the original album. It was a double CD release made in Holland and interestingly the Live Jam CD has it’s own slightly different international catalogue number CDP 7 46783 2 though the given UK catalogue number remains the same. The CD was re released in the UK in 1991 with the same catalogue number.
A new remixed and remastered version was released in a single CD version in November 2005 with the last three tracks of the Live Jam, Jamrag, Scumbag and Au, removed and Happy Xmas (War Is Over) and Listen The Snow Is Falling added. This was on the Parlophone/Apple label with catalogue number 0946 3 40976 2 8.
Finally, on 4 October 2010, to celebrate John’s 70th birthday, a further release was issued on EMI/Apple with barcode number 5099990650727. This version was digitally remastered from the original audio mix and was back to being a double CD version as per the original release with no bonus tracks. It could either be bought seperately or as part of the Signature box set.
I have 3 copies of the album on CD, the two shown below and one in the Signature box set.
Original 1987 Release
The pictures below are of my original 1987 copy. The “fatbox” case (usual slight storage marks) and discs are in excellent condition. It also includes a sixteen page booklet that replicates the original artwork which is also in excellent condition.
Estimated Value : £10 – £15
2005 Remastered Single Disc Release
The pictures below are of my 2005 remastered single disc copy. Both the inserts and the disc are made in the EU. The case (usual slight storage marks) and disc are in excellent condition. It also includes the sixteen page booklet that replicates the original artwork which is also in excellent condition.
Estimated Value : £10 – £15