Sometime In New York City CD (2005)

Artist: John Lennon

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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.


Label Capitol
SKU 64013801
UPC 094634097628
UPC 14 00094634097628
Format CD
Release Date 11/22/2005
Author John Lennon
Associated Artist/Work Beatles (The)
Associated Artist/Work Elephant's Memory
Associated Artist/Work Nilsson, Harry
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Shine On
Technical Info
Engineer Roy Cicala
Producer John Lennon; Yoko Ono; Phil Spector; John Lennon; Yoko Ono; Phil Spector
CatalogID 3409762
Lable Name Capitol
Released 11/07/2005
Original Release 1972
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 76m : 48s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00094634097628
Musical Guests
George Harrison
Eric Clapton
Keith Moon
Frank Zappa
Billy Preston
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: John Lennon (vocals, guitar, National guitar); John Lennon; Ian Underwood (vocals, keyboards, wind); Bob Harris (vocals, keyboards); Frank Zappa (guitar, background vocals); Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Wayne "Tex" Gabriel (guitar); Bobby Keys (saxophone); Nicky Hopkins, Billy Preston (keyboards); Don Preston (synthesizer); Jim Pons (bass instrument, background vocals); Gary VanScyoc (bass instrument); Jim Keltner, Rick Frank (drums, percussion); Keith Moon (drums); Yoko Ono (vocals, drums); Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman (vocals); Stan Bronstein (flute, saxophone); Adam Ippolito (piano, organ); John Labosca (piano); Aynsley Dunbar (drums).
Audio Remixer: Paul Hicks.
Recording information: London, England; New York, NY.
Photographers: Bob Gruen; Joe Sia.
Arrangers: John Lennon; Yoko Ono.
While Lennon claimed to have always been politically minded, given his working-class upbringing in class-conscious England ("I've been satirizing the system since my childhood," he once mused), rock-pop sensibilities, clever wordplay, or matters of the heart usually took precedence in his musical output. But here Lennon and Yoko, accompanied by New York's Elephant's Memory, sing and scream freely against sexism in "Woman Is the Nigger Of The World" and "Sisters, O Sisters." They protest incarceration in "John Sinclair," "Attica State," and "Born In A Prison," colonialism in "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "The Luck Of The Irish," and racism in "Angela."
The richness of Phil Spector's production fills out the danceable grooves on nearly every track. Also featured is Lennon's paean to his adopted home, "New York City," with allusions to doping clerics and transsexual rockers as well as the highly quotable line, "What a bad-ass city!" On the bonus disc, Lennon and Ono get it on with Zappa and the Mothers in live sets from London and New York. Things heat up considerably with "Cold Turkey," freak out with "Don't Worry Kyoko," and veer into the ridiculous with audience participation on "Scumbag." SOMETIME IN NEW YORK CITY is some of the groovin'-est, most tuneful agit-prop ever committed to disc.
Disc 1
1 Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
2 Sisters, O Sisters
3 Attica State
4 Born In A Prison
5 New York City
6 Sunday Bloody Sunday
7 Luck Of The Irish, The
8 John Sinclair
9 Angela
10 We're All Water
11 Cold Turkey - (live, bonus track)
12 Don't Worry Kyoko - (live, bonus track)
13 Well Baby Please Don't Go - (live, bonus track)
14 Listen the Snow Is Falling - (bonus track)
15 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - (bonus track)
Product Attributes
Artist Lennon,John
Label Capitol Records
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