|UK Release Date||20 November 1976|
|UK Catalogue Number||Parlophone PAS 10011|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||1|
|Peak UK Chart Position||100|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||YEX 951-2 / YEX 952-1|
Released on 20 November 1976 in the UK and 8 November 1976 in the US, this best of collection initially failed to chart in the UK (it would spend one week in the UK charts at number 100 in January 2002 following George’s death) but did manage to make number 31 in the US.
George’s contract with EMI/Capitol, along with those of John and Ringo (Paul renewed his with Capitol), had expired on 26 January 1976 so both companies were now free to do what they wanted with his back catalogue and, unfairly, released this collection within days of his new Thirty Three and 1/3 album. Unusually, and unlike John’s Shaved Fish collection and Ringo’s Blast From Your Past collection, they chose to fill side one with a selection of his Beatles songs and give only side two, just six tracks, to his solo efforts. George, who at one point had provided his own alternative track list, was obviously furious that his solo output had been ignored and would have nothing to do with this release.
The UK cover features George in front of a hot rod type car and has the track listing on the back. The inner has a picture of George on the beach at Cannes on one side and the covers and track listings of four of his solo albums on the other. In the US, and some other territories, a different, tacky I think, cover was used featuring a black and white photo of a miserable looking George surrounded by stars.
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 951-2 and YEX 952-1. It also has A NICKY CUT hand etched on side one and NICK W hand etched on side two. Visually the record looks excellent, just some odd light sleeve removal marks, and plays through very well, just some occasional very light crackle, most noticable on side 2, and the odd very light tick. The sleeve is in excellent condition, just some light shelfwear, most noticable on the corners, and 3.29 written in biro on the top left of the reverse. The inner sleeve has just the faintest touch of ringwer but, apart from that, is in excellent condition – no tears or seam splits.
Estimated Value : £10 – £15
The pictures below are of my Music For Pleasure copy which was released in the UK on 25 November 1981. It has the matrix numbers YEX 951-3 and YEX 952-2 and mothers/stampers 3 35 and 2 30. Also on side two is a hand etched HrM which refers to Harry Moss who was a mastering engineer at Abbey Road studios. The record is in excellent condition, just the odd touch of ultra light crackle on side 2, whilst I’d describe the sleeve, which, like Ringo’s MFP Blast From Your Past, now sports George’s White Album photo, as very good, just some minor ringwear and shelf wear. It also has a sticker removal mark on the front top right. It comes with a plain white inner.
Estimated Value : £5 – £10