Holy Grails, Upgrades & Reconstructions Vol. 3

John Lennon
Holy Grails, Upgrades & Reconstructions Vol. 3 (DVD) - Front cover Holy Grails, Upgrades & Reconstructions Vol. 3 (DVD) - Rear Cover
Holy Grails, Upgrades & Reconstructions Vol. 3 (DVD/CD) - Front Cover Holy Grails, Upgrades & Reconstructions Vol. 3 (DVD/CD) - Rear Cover

Label His Master's Choice
Catalogue No.   HMC 048
Release date May 2018
Total time The DVD - 79 minutes 10 seconds
The C.D. - 73 minutes 37 seconds
Comments :                            TMOQ Gazette - Volume 36

Contains Previously Unreleased Video Material
This is the third volume in a continuing series of exquisite Lennon audio and video releases
that contain extremely rare or previously unheard/unseen material.
This volume covers the period of April to November 1973 and includes
the events centred around the "Mind Games" album.
Plus the beginning of John's 18-month lost weekend in Los Angeles.

It contains a DVD of press conferences, public appearances, promotional videos, TV adverts, Television appearances and outtakes.
The CD features the studio session for the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band song "Remember" appearing in
substantially upgraded quality and for the first time in true stereo.
Recorded on John's 30th birthday - 9th October 1970

The 24 page stiff card booklet for the TMOQ Gazette has a much more detailed write-up from which the above was extracted.
It also has a more detailed page about the the DVD and one of the C.D.
The bulk of the booklet is taken up with an allegedly unpublished interview with John from early spring of 1975.

My copy has page 24 (the back cover) printed exactly like on the back where page 20 should be, and I have no page 22 ?

The D.V.D.

No. Title Track Detail Time
"Games Of The Mind"

9 Chapters - total: 79:10
1 Mind Games TV Commercial Recorded 24/10/1973 in L.A. 0:30
2 Mind Games TV Commercial Taping Session Recorded 24/10/1973 in L.A.
About eight minutes of take after take of a fake Queen holding John's album.
Then John appears (although not in the finished version) horsing about with "the queen".
Elton John is then seen taking polaroids, plus John with May Pang and Elliot Mintz
3 "Nutopia" Press Conference Recorded 2/04/1973 at the NYC Bar Association
As well as reading their statement regarding Nutopia, the press conference
mainly talks about John's immigration problems and the search for Kyoko.
4 Weekend World Recorded 6th April 1973 in LA, Broadcast 8th April 1973 (UK)
A more interesting interview than above as John discusses aspects of The Beatles
5 John Interviewed Recorded 1st November 1973 walking along Malibu Beach.
John is interviewed by Elliot Mintz for KABC-TV
Broadcast in three parts, all of which are included here.
Part 1 - John talks about Beatlemania and touring, Epstein's death and the break-up
Part 2 - John talks about the latest album, Mind Games
Part 3 - The Beatles reforming
6 KABC Interview Outtakes Recorded 1st November 1973 walking along Malibu Beach.
Several sources combined to create the longest and best quality version of the outtakes to appear.
7 March of Dimes Rally Source 1 with native audio
28th April 1973 with Harry Nilsson
8 March of Dimes Rally Source 2 with "Intuition" soundtrack
28th April 1973 with Harry Nilsson
9 Mind Games Promo 1992 Version 4:18

The C.D.

No. Title Comments Time
"Audio Clean Up Time Volume 3"
1 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Final vocal overdub over Remake Take 7
Out of place here, but included simply because it didn't fit on the previous Holy Grails set.
2 Remember Take 1  
An extended intro, with the bass finding it's place,
followed by a rough vocal take which breaks down as John stops and curses
3 Remember Chatter - plus John plays a few bars of "God" on piano 0:40
4 Remember Take 2  
A brief faster version as they try to work out the correct tempo.
"It's getting a bit fast ... effin hell"
(Edited version of this is on Anthology)
5 Remember Take 3
At start, "Here's a story about you and me, and me and you .... "
Slower than previous take ... too slow.
John has a good laugh at the dragging pace which eventually stops at 2:47
6 Remember Take 4
John at start, "Put them louder in the ears, I want to hear the boomp boomp"
A slightly fuller performance, which starts again better at about 4:20,
So should this have labelled as two takes ?
7 Remember Take 5
Another full performance (or two), after which ...
George Harrison arrives at 9:26
8 Remember Take 6   - breakdown
John sings "you're on fire" after which they stop,
"piano sounds a bit bassy to me" ...
9 Remember Take 7  
John at start: "Everything sounds a little better"
John stops it and says, "the voice is about 10 miles behind ...
It's the wrong kind of echo, sweetie"
10 Remember Happy Birthday to me .... echo test
"I should have been a ventriloquist"
11 Remember Take 8
A very long run-through, at end John does an Eric Morecambe impression (?),
and says, "I gotta, I gotta, I gotta"
12 Remember Take 9 - Brief Instrumental piece 0:32
13 Remember Take 10  
"1,2,3" ... John, "What ? .. you gave us 4 last time"
Poor attempt going nowhere, "I wasn't quite happy with that, it's too gay"
14 Remember Bass and drums - Intro timing check 0:33
15 Remember Take 11  
Bad count ins - false start - "Funky Broadway"
16 Remember Take 12
John calls a halt, "Not quite right, it quickened up straight away"
17 Remember False start
"And again, I did a marmalade"
18 Remember Take 13
As it breaks down, John, "I was concentrating on the beat not the singing"
19 Remember Take 14
John breaks down laughing, probably as it's so poor.
20 Remember Take 15  
First with jaw's harp - John stops singing at 4:37
Jam ending - John starts singing at 6:15, "She was rolling and polling .... ".
This track features the final backing track of the recorded version.
21 Remember Take 16
At start, "Limit the piano and let's hear it in the ears"
At breakdown, "Bring me the words and get Mal to bring the electric piano"
22 Remember With Cool Jerk bass lick
"Do you want to know the chords Klaus, it might help ?"
23 Remember Take 17  
Slow tempo start - ragged run-through, not serious at all
24 Remember Reviewing the arrangement 3:28

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