|UK Release Date||1 November 1968|
|UK Catalogue Number||Mono – Apple APCOR 1
Stereo – Apple SAPCOR 1
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||Failed to chart|
|Peak UK Chart Position||–|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||Mono APCOR 1A-1 / APCOR 1B-1
Stereo SAPCOR 1A-1 / SAPCOR 1B-2
Released on 1 November 1968 in the UK and 2 December 1968 in the US, this was the first album to appear on the Apple label and the first solo release by any Beatle (Yes, The Family Way was released in 1967 but Paul only composed the music – he did not appear on it at all). Although it didn’t trouble the UK charts it did manage to make number 49 in the US.
It was the soundtrack to the film Wonderwall and was recorded in London and Bombay between December 1967 and January 1968 by a variety of Western and Indian musicians. Among the Western musicians were Ringo, Eric Clapton and Peter Tork of The Monkees, who were uncredited, and the Liverpool band The Remo Four, who were credited individually. It was originally thought that George did not appear on the album at all as his name did not appear anywhere on the list of performers on the insert but the 2014 reissue has him listed as contributing piano and guitar.
The front cover is a painting by US artist Bob Gill whilst the rear is a mirrored picture of the Berlin wall made to look like a corner. Oddly, the rear of the sleeve appears upside down in relation to the front.
I have 2 copies on vinyl shown below
Mono First Press
The pictures below are of my very hard to find original UK mono press which is in close to mint condition. The catalogue number is Apple APCOR 1 and the matrix numbers are APCOR 1A -1 and APCOR 1B -1. Also in the run out on each side but crossed out is AP 1A-1 and AP 1B-1.’The Mothers/Stampers on side one are 1/M and on side two are 1/H (I think). The record is in practically perfect condition – pristine vinyl on both sides, with impeccable audio reproduction throughout – just the tiniest bit of occasional, hard to notice crackle. The labels are perfect with just side 2 showing any sign of spindle marks. The fully laminated sleeve is also in near perfect condition, only the odd small crease. The original insert is also perfect, just some odd fingermarks on the hard to keep unmarked black side. I don’t have the original black inner so the record is housed in just a plain white one.
Estimated Value : £200 – £250
Stereo First Press
The pictures below are of my original UK stereo press which is in very good to excellent condition. The catalogue number is Apple SAPCOR 1 and the matrix numbers are SAPCOR 1A -1 and SAPCOR 1B -2. Also in the run out on each side but crossed out is STAP 1A-1 and STAP 1B-2.’The Mothers/Stampers on side one are 1/G and on side two are 1/G which are the earliest you can find. The record has some light scratches and plays through with some light background crackle though it’s not really annoying. The labels are perfect with only the slightest touch of spindle wear. The fully laminated sleeve is in excellent condition, only the odd small crease and some minor rubbing around the opening. The original insert is also in excellent condition, just some minor creasing and the odd fingermark on the hard to keep unmarked black side. The original black inner is present though beginning to show it’s age with a couple of seam splits on two sides.
Estimated Value : £60 – £80