Walls And Bridges CD

 

Initial UK Release Date 20 July 1987
Initial UK Catalogue Number EMI CD PCTC 253
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 10 (All releases)
Peak UK Chart Position 6

 

Originally released on 4 October 1974 in the UK and a week earlier on 26 September 1974 in the US, Walls And Bridges was recorded during John’s “Lost Weekend” where he was seperated from Yoko and living with May Pang. Two tracks were lifted from the album for singles, Whatever Gets You Thru The Night and #9 Dream, the first of these giving John a US number one which was his only US or UK single chart topper in his lifetime.

The picture of the football match on the cover is one John did in 1952 when he was 11 years old and the colours of the teams are those of Arsenal and Newcastle who contested the FA Cup final that year. One of the players is wearing the number 9, John’s favourite number.

It received it’s initial official release on CD in the UK/Europe on 20 July 1987 on the EMI label under international catalogue number CDP 7 46768 2 and UK catalogue number CD PCTC 253 and contained the same tracks as the original album. It came with a 16 page booklet of lyrics and pictures.

A new remixed and remastered version was released in the UK/Europe and in the US on 22 November 2005 with three bonus tracks of Whatever Gets You Thru The Night (Live with Elton John), a previously unreleased acoustic version of Nobody Loves You (When You’re Down And Out) and a promotional interview with Bob Mercer. This version also has a different cover, using one of the pictures taken of John for the album shoot where he’s wearing five pairs of glasses The UK/Europe version was on the Parlophone/Apple label with catalogue number 0946 3 40971 2 3/340 9712 .

Finally, on 4 October 2010, to celebrate John’s 70th birthday, a further release was issued on EMI/Apple with barcode number 5099990650826. This version was digitally remastered from the original recording 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 case (usual slight storage marks) and disc are in excellent condition as is the included 16 page booklet.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

2005 Release

The pictures below are of my remixed and remastered 2005 copy that has the different front cover. The case (usual slight storage marks) and disc are in excellent condition as is the included 12 page booklet.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

 

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