Classic Albums: John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band

Study of Lennon's first post-Beatles LP
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Documenting John Lennon’s first proper album after the messy split of The Beatles, this release covers his 1970 album; Plastic Ono Band.

As with most similar studies, the interesting stories surrounding the recording are too briefly touched upon and concentrate instead on producers gushing about studio trickery they employed.

The story behind the music would have been much more entertaining; Lennon’s heroin withdrawal, his and Yoko’s four months of primal scream therapy whilst making the album, working with the maverick producer Phil Spector and wanting to move out of the shadows of his former band by making a raw rock record featuring some of his most personal lyrics such as, "I was the walrus but now I'm just John".

With extensive archived interviews of Lennon and all the main players involved from Ringo to Yoko and other Plastic Ono band members, it’s a comprehensive account - just not an interesting one.

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