Remixed and/or Remastered, Sometime in New York City features bonus cuts and now appears as a single CD, condensed from the original double.
Sometime in New York City was originally released in 1972. Tackling a range of issues including feminism, black activism and unrest in Northern Ireland, the album reflected the fact that Lennon and Yoko Ono had settled in New York and were part of a radical, highly politicized arts scene centered around their Greenwich Village apartment. It also reflected John's newfound love for New York, a city he fondly called "a big Liverpool."
Sometime in New York City was recorded with the group Elephant's Memory, featured several Yoko compositions, and originally featured a bonus disc, "Live Jam," culled from two sources. The first was a December 1969 gig by the Plastic Ono Band at London's Lyceum. Billed as a "peace for Christmas" event, the night saw John and Yoko joined onstage by guests including George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Keith Moon.
The remaining tracks on the original double album were taken from a surprise appearance at Frank Zappa's Fillmore East show in June 1971. It's these tracks that Yoko Ono has decided to edit, making the new version of the album a concise single CD.
For this new single CD, "Listen, The Snow is Falling" and "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" have been added. "Happy Xmas" did not feature on the original album, although it preceded its release when it was released as a single, backed with "Listen, The Snow is Falling" in the U.S. in 1971 and in the U.K. a year later. "Happy Xmas" has gone on to become one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time and was the fulcrum around which John and Yoko built their highly visible billboard peace campaigns, which would dominate the most populated areas of major cities with the slogan "War is over! If you want it. Happy Christmas from John and Yoko". Yoko continues this idea to this day, often using billboards and newspaper ads to spread the peace message.