I see it is 'tagged' as 'reaching No.2' in the UK chart, this is wrong, only Record Retailer, put it at 'No. 2, whereas the 'Charts that counted' ie the NME, Record Mirror, Melody Maker, the 'real charts' that the record buying public went by had it at No. 1, as did 208 Radio Luxembourg, the only 'Pop' Radio station broadcasting at the time.
EMI couldn't give a toss as been proved many times, simply pulling out tapes closest to them as opposed to digging into the archive and transferring anew. As the recent 6 CD Hollies set proves, they'll simply pull out digital masters and use them again as opposed to remastering anew. Not good when one remembers how they used NoNoise a lot and screwed up various remasters so the mistakes get used again and again. It's sheer bone idleness.
Absolutely agree and a serious serious MONO casualty there has been no excuse whatsoever by EMI to have not re-released this in the late 70's in its stereo mix either on Columbia or their replacement generic EMI or even as one of the PMS Past Masters series
Again EMI ripping off the great British public for decades