On June 12, 1972, John Lenno and Yoko Ono, along with Elephant’s Memory released…

Written by on June 16, 2018

On June 12, 1972, John Lenno and Yoko Ono, along with Elephant’s Memory released the studio LP “Some Time in New York City.” It was paired with the live album Live Jam as a double album.

It is Lennon’s third post-Beatles solo album, fifth with Ono, and third with producer Phil Spector. “Some Time in New York City” fared poorly critically and commercially compared to Lennon’s previous two albums, “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” and ‘Imagine.”

Here is some background from wikipedia: John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved to New York City in September 1971 and continued their involvement in political, peace and social justice causes of the counterculture era. When they eventually settled in Greenwich Village, in October, they were quickly contacted by activists Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman who persuaded them to appear at a rally for left-wing writer John Sinclair, who was jailed for possession of two marijuana joints. The Lennons also spoke out on the Attica Prison riots, jailing of Angela Davis and oppression of women. On Nov. 12th, Lennon taped numerous demos of “The Luck of the Irish”, which was filmed, and titled Luck of the Irish – A Videotape by John Reilly. On Dec. 9th, Lennon and Ono flew to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the John Sinclair rally, which was due to start the following day. On the morning before the rally, Lennon was recorded playing the song “Chords of Fame” with Phil Ochs. At the rally itself, Lennon and Ono played tracks that would end up on Some Time in New York City: “Attica State”, “The Luck of the Irish”, “Sisters O Sisters” and “John Sinclair”. The performance was filmed, and included in the short film Ten for Two which was shown at Ann Arbor sometime in December.

It was a different record than people expected from an ex-Beatle. So you know we have to ask do you remember your thoughts on the record when it came out, and, did you own a copy of it?

Happy 46th Birthday to the LP “Some Time In New York City”!!

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