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Live in NYC [Live]

John LennonAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1986
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002U9I
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. New York City
2. It's So Hard
3. Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
4. Well, Well, Well
5. Instant Karma (We All Shine On)
6. Mother
7. Come Together
8. Imagine
9. Cold Turkey
10. Hound Dog
11. Give Peace A Chance

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Not to be confused with the dire Sometime in New York City, this live document was recorded at Madison Square Garden on August 30, 1972--Lennon's last full-length concert performance--but remained in the can until 1986. There's nothing definitive here (with and without the Beatles, Lennon did his best work in the studio), but it's still a real treat to hear passionate live renditions of underappreciated solo numbers such as "Woman Is the Nigger of the World," "Well Well Well," and "It's So Hard," along with righteous run-throughs of "Instant Karma" and "Cold Turkey." John and Yoko's tag-team evisceration of "Hound Dog" is admittedly a little hard to take, and the backing band (Elephant's Memory) rarely catches fire, but the man himself is in top form. Kind of makes you sad that he didn't get out more often. --Dan Epstein

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good album October 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
A lot of the time live albums are not good because they sound thin, and/or the studio versions of the songs are just better. With this album the performances of the songs do not sound thin and the quality of the recording is excellent. The songs sound neither better nor worse than the versions that appear on the studio albums, they just sound different. Most of the songs are tinged with a saxophone, which works well. The saxophone in "Imagine" sounds especially cool. The backup band, The Plastic Ono Elephants Memory Band gels with Lennon and plays everything fine. The song selection is good, with highlights from Lennon's first three post Beatles albums, "Plastic Ono Band", "Imagine", and "Sometime in New York City". There is also a cool version of "Hound Dog." Lennon's singing on this album has been criticized. I think that he sounds very good live. He may not sound as smooth as he does on his studio albums, be he still can carry all of the songs fine live. My only complaint with this album is its length. It could have been a bit longer. Perhaps bonus tracks from other shows could have been added. Still, it's a strong album nonetheless and most fans of Lennon will dig it. There are also cool pictures and liner notes by Yoko Ono that are in the booklet.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real rock'n'roll -- live, loud and a little scary September 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
John really puts the exclamation point on "I don't believe in Beatles" with this brief but amazing performance. His voice is harsh, the band is sloppy, and John turns every song (including "Hound Dog") into a rebellious therapy session. It's that very unpolished rawness that makes this set so good. At this point (1972) Lennon had released solo albums that were intensely personal statements reflecting his involvement in primal therapy, and here onstage he really goes back to the rock'n'roll he grew up listening to -- his own songs are screamers and shouters mostly, owing more in their style and subject to Little Richard than to Buddy Holly. It shouldn't be surprising that his best songs here are full of venom and bite, abrasive and noisy. Yes the album is short but there's no room for filler here, just passion, as another reviewer states. It's definitely not The Beatles, and it may not be very pretty, but "Live in New York City" is real rock'n'roll as it used to be -- live, loud and a little scary. Get this before it disappears from the catalog altogether.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the list price... December 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is not an essential recording, but at least an interesting one.
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Lennon completists only April 17, 2008
By zlh67
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The short story here is that if you love John Lennon's solo music and feel like you have to have this, buy it. If you're primarily a Beatles fan or casual fan only of Lennon's solo material, this isn't for you. Stick with one of his first two studio albums ("Plastic Ono Band" from 1970 or "Imagine" from 1971) or 1980's "Double Fantasy" (or get "Legend" for a single cd compiling some of the best from all of his studio albums).

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical...
A must have for every collection
Published 1 month ago by Cryss
3.0 out of 5 stars First 3 Tracks Belong in Every Serious Music Collection....
Opens with 3 of the most phenomenal performances of Lennon's career.
From there it slides into disappointing mediocrity, no matter what kind of
fan of Lennon's you may be... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Constant Traveler
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE John Lennon
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 more
Published 6 months ago by Randy Bowers
4.0 out of 5 stars Captures a moment...............
This being the only time John actually prepared for a concert after the Beatles.It comes off well not great but well. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MusicLover
5.0 out of 5 stars John Lennon Live And Having A Good Time
I remember riding my bike quite a ways to the video rental place when I was a kid to rent the video version of this on VHS tape. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Darren O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic and rock and roll people!
So many nay sayers here! It's Lennon live and solo! Raw and unpolished. ROCK and ROLL without the over produced late Beatle days. Yeah he screams a lot! Read more
Published on September 21, 2012 by J. Spring
4.0 out of 5 stars Bravo
With John Lennon concerts being a rare event, this concert recording is easily the best of the few. Although the performance has its' rough edges, there are many highlights to... Read more
Published on June 29, 2012 by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Alternate with other solo Beatles 'live', and it's even better
Let's face it. Most of us come to the solo Beatles albums as major Beatles fans. We're used to hearing a Paul song or two, then a John, then a George, another John, then a... Read more
Published on April 8, 2011 by Jeff Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars How?
As far as I'm concerned, this is unheard of in Rock History.
Although no one could ever know, the two Madison Square Garden performances from August 30th 1972, were John... Read more
Published on March 7, 2011 by Andre Nunes
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as can be
John Lennon is John Lennon - more than ever alive. Good stuff well preserved. Mint.
Published on July 6, 2009 by Hellstrăm Per
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