Unfinished Music No.2: Life With The Lions

 

UK Release Date 9 May 1969
UK Catalogue Number Apple ZAPPLE 01
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) Failed to chart
Peak UK Chart Position
Lowest Matrix Numbers ZAPPLE 01 A 1 / ZAPPLE 01 B 1

 

This follow up to Two Virgins was released on 9 May 1969 in the UK and 26 May 1969 in the US and was the first album to be released on the Apple subsidiary label Zapple which was intended for budget releases. Like Two Virgins it did not chart in the UK, selling only 5000 copies, whilst in the US it made number 174 selling around 60,000 copies.

Side 1 of the album was recorded on 2 March 1969 before a live audience of 500 at Cambridge university and features Yoko wailing and John producing feedback from his guitar. Saxophonist John Tchicai and percussionist John Stevens join them towards the end. Side 2 was recorded between 4 November 1968 and 25 November 1968 during Yoko’s stay at Queen Charlotte Hospital in Hammersmith and is made up of John and Yoko singing snippets of newspaper reports about themselves, a recording of their unborn child, 2 minutes of silence and finishes with 12 minutes of a radio being turned on and off though John can be heard making a phone call in the background.

The front cover photgraph is of the couple in their hospital room whilst the rear is of them outside Marylebone Magistrates Court on 19 October 1968 following their arrest for hashish possession the previous day – something that would cause John problems with the US immigration authorities during the early seventies.

Details of the 2 copies I own are shown below.

 

Original UK Press

The pictures below are of my original UK stereo press which is in excellent condition. The catalogue number is ZAPPLE 01 and the matrix numbers are  ZAPPLE 01 A 1 and ZAPPLE 01 B 1. The Mothers/Stampers on side one are 11 and on side two are 1P. The record is in beautiful condition – though not play tested the vinyl appears to be in excellent condition on both sides. The labels are perfect and there are no signs of spindle marks whatsoever. The fully laminated sleeve is also in great condition, the only slight blemishes being a small amount of rubbing at the top (2 inches) and a small hole punch on the front near the opening that has been skilfully repaired. It also has it’s original inner which again is in great shape. There is a small tear (2 inches) on one side and a small mark on the other which coincides with the hole punch mentioned above.

Though only selling the same amount of copies in the UK this album does not appear to be as collectable as Two Virgins.

Estimated Value : £80 – £100

 

2016 US Remastered Press

Released on 11 November 2016 this, along with Two Virgins and Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, is the first of eleven Yoko albums to be remastered and released by the Secretly Canadian label. It comes with a replica of the original cover, a War Is Over poster, a sixteen page booklet and a digital download card. The record is housed in a replica of the original inner. The record label, instead of showing an apple, shows a full grapefruit one side and sliced grapefruit on the other. My copy has SC290LP/CHIM27-A, 22436.1(2) and RKS STERLING etched on side one and SC290LP/CHIM27-B, 22436.2(2) and RKS STERLING etched on side two. The record has some very light scuffs, which annoyed me as it’s brand new, but I’ve tested it and it plays perfectly. All the packaging is in mint condition.

Estimated Value : £15 – £20

 

 

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