Wrack My Brain / Drumming Is My Madness 7″ Single

 

UK Release Date 13 November 1981
UK Catalogue Number RCA 166
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) Failed to chart
Peak UK Chart Position
Lowest Matrix Numbers RCA 166 A-1U / RCA 166 B-1U

 

This was Ringo’s first single for over three years and was released to promote the Stop And Smell The Roses album. It came out in the UK on 13 November 1981, where it failed to chart, and 27 October 1981 in the US, where it managed to reach number 38 during an 11 week run.

The A side was written and produced by George Harrison who originally wrote the song for himself to convey his frustrations over Warner Brothers instructions about what type of songs they wanted from him (see Somewhere In England). George also plays guitar and provides backing vocals whilst Al Kooper also appears playing keyboards. The B side was written and produced by Harry Nilsson.

I have 3 versions as shown below and also a CEMA Special Markets release on red vinyl shown here.

First Press, Push Out Centre

The pictures below are of my first, and only, press copy which has the matrix numbers RCA 166 A-1U and RCA 166 B-1U. It also has JA TAPE ONE etched into the run out on each side which refers to Jack Adams who was a cutting engineer at RCA at this time. The record has a few light marks but plays through immaculately on both sides. It is housed in it’s original picture sleeve which has a little shelfwear and probably rates very good.

Estimated Value : £3– £5

 

First Press, Push Out Centre

The pictures below are of another first press copy which, again, has the matrix numbers RCA 166 A-1U and RCA 166 B-1U and JA TAPE ONE etched into the run out on each side. There is hardly a mark to be seen on this copy and it plays through immaculately on both sides. It is housed in a RCA company sleeve which is in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £3– £5

 

First Press, Push Out Centre, Label Variation

The pictures below are of another first press copy which, again, has the matrix numbers RCA 166 A-1U and RCA 166 B-1U and JA TAPE ONE etched into the run out on each side but has a slight variation on the A side label. At 9 o’clock on the label on the above 2 copies you’ll see that it says “Produced by George Harrison assisted by Ray Cooper & Phil McDonald….”. On this copy the “Assisted By…” credits are no longer shown. Visually this copy appears to be in excellent condition though probably rates VG+ playing wise due to the occasional bit of very light crackle. It is housed in a plain white sleeve.

Estimated Value : £3– £5

 

 

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