John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

John Lennon
 
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - Front Cover John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - Rear Cover
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John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - Inner Sleeve
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - Inner Sleeve

Label Apple
Catalogue No. PCS 7124
TCPCS 7124
Release Date 11th December 1970
Total time 39:47
U.K. L.P. Chart Detail :
Entry Date :16th January 1971
Highest Position :11
Weeks in Chart :11 Weeks
Detail : John Lennon's fifth official L.P. release.
Credited as titled: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Personnel :
John - Vocals, guitar, piano
Yoko - Wind
Ringo Starr - Drums
Klaus Voorman - Bass
Billy Preston - Piano (on "God")
Phil Spector - Piano (on "Love").
Tea and sympathy: Mal Evans.

Produced by John and Yoko and Phil Spector. Emgineers: Phil Macdonald, Richard Lush, John Lickie, Andy Stevens and Eddie.

Recording Details.
"Look At Me" was left over from the "White Album" sessions", and "My Mummy's Dead" was recorded by John alone with a cassette recorder. Initial demo's of the other songs for this album are created during John and Yoko's "Primal Therapy" course with Dr. Arthur Janov, firstly in London in April 1970, and then in California in June-August. "God" demos were first performed on 26th July 1970.
Studio recordings of the tracks for this album commence on 26th September at Abbey Road at which several other tracks are jammed including, "When A Boy Meets A Girl", "Don't Be Cruel", "Glad All Over", "Honey Don't", "Hound Dog", "Matchbox", and "That's Alright (Mama)". Sessions are completed on 23rd October, with the final mixes ready by the 27th.

Front cover photograph is by Dan Richter. Sleeve Design by John and Yoko. The ineer sleeve (side one pictured above) includes the lyrics, except for two words in "Working Class Hero" which are replaced by astericks. Underneath it says, "Omitted at the insistence of E.M.I."
Also on the inner sleeve John has written, "for Yoko with love from John 9/10/70" which John must have written on the occasion of his 30th birthday.

In 2008 an excellent DVD was issued as part of the Classic Albums T.V. series.
See Classic Albums - Plastic Ono Band


Side 1

Track Composer Time
Mother Lennon 5:33
Hold On Lennon 1:52
I Found Out Lennon 3:35
Working Class Hero Lennon 3:49
Isolation Lennon 2:51

Side 2

Track Composer Time
Remember Lennon 4:33
Love Lennon 3:21
Well Well Well Lennon 5:58
Look At Me Lennon 2:53
God Lennon 4:09
My Mummy's Dead Lennon 0:50


Released Versions (Rarities)

First pressings (1970) ... are worth 15.

The album was deleted January 1976.

The album was re-issued on the Fame label in June 1984 catalogue number 41 3102 1, plus cassette 41 3102 4.

C.D.

5th April 1988, the first C.D. issue occurs with international catalogue number of CDP 7 46770 2 this has the usual tracklisting.

November 1994, second C.D. issue, this time on the Fame label ... catalogue number CDFA 3310 (normal tracks again).

9th October 2000, a new CD was put out to commemorate what would have been John's 60th Birthday.
This version is digitally remixed and remastered, and adds two bonus tracks giving it a runtime of 46:27.

The Bonus Tracks :

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Power To The People Lennon Recorded February 1971 3:21
Do The Oz Lennon-Ono Recorded 1st June 1971 at John's Ascot studio.
Released by "The Elastic Oz Band" as the B-side of "God Save Us"
3:07

It is released on the E.M.I. Label (I can't see any mention of "Apple" anywhere !),
with a catalogue number of 528 7402

The C.D. also comes with a 12 page booklet, which has some very rare photographs of John coupled with pictures of the original hand-written lyrics (as seen below)
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - CD Cover John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - CD Cover
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - CD Cover John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - CD Cover
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - Sample Page John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - Sample Page
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - Page 3 of Booklet John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - Page 10 of Booklet

4th October 2010, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of John's birth a campaign was launched with all John's original albums remastered.
They were each available singularly or as part of the eleven c.d. boxset: The Signature Box
This album was issued with no extra tracks on EMI with a catalogue number of 906 5052
It failed to chart.


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