AMS 7335 UK 7″ Picture Sleeve (Copyright Control Label)
Take Me I’m Yours / Night Nurse
Released in February 1978, this version was edited down to 2:45 from the “Squeeze” LP. The same brilliant pink cover with a picture of Mr. Universe (Arnold Schwarzeneggar) as on the first LP was used on the single, with the words The Squeeze Single in black on the back. The sleeve design carried over onto the labels, which also had Arnie on them. It cost 75 pence.
There are four versions of the label on the UK pressing of ‘Take Me I’m Yours’. The publisher on the label of this one is ‘Copyright Control’. The other three show: Smeg Music Ltd as the publisher, one with the title as ‘Take Me I’m Yours’, and one with the title as ‘Take Me I’m Yours (edit) and one with the publisher as Rondor Music (London) Limited / Deptford Songs.
The pressing plate number etched into the runoff groove on my copy here is AMS 7335 A1 on the A side and AMS 7335 B1 on the B side. What does yours say?
Take Me, I’m Yours spent a total of 9 weeks in the UK charts, and eventually reached number 19. their first Top Of The Pops performance had Jools playing both cigar and keyboards and Chris and Glenn in “Today Deptford, Tomorrow the World” sweatshirts. A later TOTP appearance with dancing camels added a distinctively 1970’s touch. It first hit the UK chart on 8 April 1978. The b-side is “Night Nurse”, a fabulous slice of piano and saxophone boogie with a Jools Holland lead vocal. Take Me, I’m Yours was originally due for release on BTM Records in 1976, in a significantly different version. An advert in Sounds in 1979, had a blue vinyl copy of Take Me, I’m Yours for sale, so I’m told, although I’ve never seen a copy. Take Me was also included on the A&M compilation LP No Wave which appeared as a pizza picture disc in the USA with [[Strong In Reason]] as well.
Take Me, I’m Yours was also released in Australia (June 1978), Austria (March 1978), Denmark (June 1978), France (March 1978), Holland (April 1978), South Africa (May 1978), Sweden (March 1978) and New Zealand (August 1978), although copies may well not have been pressed in all these countries. Try to search out the Spain single if you want a marvellous Squeeze curiosity. The song has been covered several times, notably by Tim Curry. Also, a “fascinatingly fractured and atmospheric travesty” cover version was recorded by The Cage and released on the Hybrid Kids LP on Cherry Red. Then there was that awful heavy metal version…