looks odd seeing Demos instead of Stock Copies. Demos are not 'real' records to those buying at the time, they were free copies & beyond chart hits demos are usually easier to find of Pop & Rock tracks especially post Beatles. I don't really like the Demos, want the Stock Copies & on some titles you'll likely never find one!
Don't blame the drink for this nonsense. "Co-founder Jo Rice has defended the book's choice of source material on the grounds that Record Retailer was the only chart to consistently publish a Top 50 from 1960 onwards." Obviously he , his brother Tim, Paul "arrived in the Seventies" Gambaccini and Mike Read did not foresee the success of the book, so we're landed with an inaccurate memoir of the sixties. The Official Charts Company now own the NME charts so their "truth" can continue.
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