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As previously mentioned in other reviews, this is Lennon and a full backing band recorded live in NYC during a rare concert performance in Aug of 1972.
The track listing is nice, with selections from his first two solo albums including the classic "Imagine," "Mother" and also early singles like "Instant Karma!" and "Cold Turkey" plus a lone Beatles song, "Come Together".
The problem is that the overall sound is muddled. Yes, this is 1972 and I wonder if anyone had any intention that this would be a live album when it was originally recorded (probably not), so who knows what it was recorded with, but the overall sound suffers. Perhaps a remixing with today's technology could improve it. Additionally, there are two drummers in the backing band and at times they don't sound like they are fully in synch. Either that or they have entirely too much delay and other effects on their drums. Either way, the end result is that the drums sound far from tight and at times are obtrusive. So this just isn't a very good SOUNDING performance.Read more ›
As for sound quality, the music sounds surprisingly good considering that this was recorded in 1972. John's backing band sounds OK, but not exactly well-rehearsed. Of course, in typical John Lennon fashion, he screams each and every vocal (with the exception of "Imagine") and says goofy things between songs ("this song is from one of those albums I made since I left the Rolling Stones").
A problem with some live albums is that the songs sound too much like their original studio versions. That is not the case with this one (except for "Instant Karma," but that's not surprising considering the rawness of the original), partially due to the fact that most of the songs have a touch of saxophone in them. In "It's So Hard," the lead guitar can be heard more clearly than in the studio version, which is a plus. The somewhat excessive "Well, Well, Well" has been cut down to about four minutes here. "Mother," unfortunately, sounds absolutely horrid live. "Come Together" & the uptempo version of "Cold Turkey" are the clear highlights of this disc and are enough to make it worth buying. The cover of "Hound Dog" is pretty good, too (he makes it sound just like one of his own songs). "Give Peace A Chance" is simply the audience chanting the line over and over for about a minute, so don't expect to hear a live version of this song here.
Oh yeah, and Yoko's contributions to the concert are minimal, a HUGE plus. ;-)
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When I was very young, I put a cassette recorder next to the TV and recorded the 'One To One' concert when it was broadcast on ABC. Read morePublished 11 days ago by G. Glosser
John Lennon and NYC are redundants. I had this lp but lost it. The whole enjoyment is back..Published 5 months ago by Washington B. Filho
Opens with 3 of the most phenomenal performances of Lennon's career.
From there it slides into disappointing mediocrity, no matter what kind of
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John was always at home in New York and this album shows it. Not all original Lennon songs but it consist of songs that he liked. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Randy Bowers
This being the only time John actually prepared for a concert after the Beatles.It comes off well not great but well. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by MusicLover