This Day in Music

Classic Albums - John Lennon - And The Plastic Ono Band





Released December 1970, UK No.11 and US No.6. "I don't believe in Beatles."
Intense first solo effort produced by John & Yoko and Phil Spector. Features Mother, God, Working Class Hero, Well Well Well
"It's the simplest record I've ever heard and it comes off so well." Jim Lea, Slade 1973
"...he takes on basic issues: death, isolation, anger, class, fear. He attacks what he saw as the illusions of the Sixties, bidding goodbye to that decade with the unsentimental announcement "The dream is over." And when he declares, "Now I'm reborn," in "God" it couldn't be any plainer: the Beatles are dead, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono are standing alone." Rolling Stone

"He did not want to make a production with lots of instruments and great arrangements. The main thing was that he wanted to do something as fresh and direct as possible. Just the fact that he asked Ringo and myself to play on the album meant to me that he wanted it be a real close, intimate atmosphere.

He did not say very much about what we played. He just played the song, and Ringo and I played the simple way we both enjoy playing. And it seemed to be exactly what he was looking for. We did mostly one or two takes. There's a lot of mistakes on there and timing changes, but it was just like a pulse, exactly what John wanted. He loved it." bass player Klaus Voorman.

"One has to completely humiliate oneself to be what the Beatles were, and that's what I resent. I mean I did it, I didn't know, I didn't foresee; it just happened bit by bit, gradually, until this complete craziness is surrounding you and you're doing exactly what you don't want to do with people you can't stand, the people you hated when you were ten.

And that's what I'm saying on this album - I remember what it's all about now, you fuckers - fuck you! That's what I'm saying, you don't get me twice." John Lennon talking to Rolling Stone


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