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Classic Albums: John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
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(Paul Simon's 'Graceland', Bob Marley's 'Catch a Fire', Fleetwood
Mac's 'Rumours', to name but a few of the previous releases) through
interviews with participants and associates and the playing of master
tapes (more on that later). This new 52' feature documents the making
of John Lennon's first 'proper' (i.e. accessible to the public at
large) studio album, 'John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band', recorded in the
fall of 1970 and released in December of that year.
Although light on the rare video side of things - there appears to be
no available footage of the sessions, so the producers have collected
little-seen (but previously circulating) clips of John attending the
Alexandra Palace psychedelic event in London (29 April 1967) and
sequences from the BBC '24 Hour' documentary (shown on 15 December
1969) -, the real treat for Beatles videos collectors are
previously-unseen excerpts of John and Yoko's appearance on
'Parkinson' (17 July 1971) which, to my knowledge, haven't been seen
since the original transmission. Other clips from that show have been
included in various programmes over the years, notably 'Imagine'
(1972) and 'Imagine, John Lennon' (1988) but the ones on this DVD are
We also get new interviews with people involved in the making of the
album (Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Klaus Vormann, engineers Phil McDonald
and John Leckie), music critics (Jann Wenner, who interviewed Lennon
at length in December 1970 for 'Rolling Stone,' and Richard Williams),
the man responsible for inspiring the album (Dr.Read more ›
Still having the alternative version of "Instant Karma" from "Top Of The Pops" and the film segments from "Live In New York City" the One To One concert (pristine quality ones hopes the full concert will see the light of day soon!) is shall we say a redeeming factor that can be justidified in the purchase of this product.
That being said this is the best Lennon video to date IMO, better than other docs such as Give Peace a Song, Imagine John Lennon or Lennon vs the U.S. The positives are the interviews with Klaus Voorman and Ringo Starr who are both very insightful and have great comments throughout.Read more ›
Any attempt to explain his genius is, I think, worth seeing.
The lp "Plastic Ono Band" is in my opinion his greatest lp and one of the greatest rock and roll records of all time.
In this program, Klaus Voormann, one of the two original bass players in the Beatles, lends his insights, as does the Beatles' second drummer (Ringo Starr), Yoko, and others.
The collages are very well done. Watch them at 1/8th speed and see the images run backwards to his childhood.
The extras are worth watching too. I didn't know that the explosion at the end of "Remember" was a last-minute add on.
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This is a very informative DVD that I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about the intracacies of the recording of the Plastic Ono Band album.Published 2 months ago by B. C. Lorenson
John lennon is truly a great master of music. A lot of people got upset over him with yoko but she took him to a better level of music. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by richard
Any Beatle/John Lennon fan will enjoy this. I first heard the album when I was 11 when it came out and this DVD gives you the back ground with all the major players.Published on April 28, 2013 by David H. Neale
Yes, I did a mistake by buying. This DVD discuss everything about Lennon and around Lennon trying make impression on me but no luck. Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by aferdman
Just finished watching the main portion for the DVD, so finding a email request to review this item is quite timely. Read morePublished on January 8, 2012 by Rude McKrude
Its non-commercial music might surprise those who always heard the 1970 John Lennon album JOHN LENNON/PLASTIC ONO BAND was supposed to be so great. Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by Jim LaRegina
The "Classic Albums" series brings us documentaries on the making of some of the great rock albums of all time. Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by T. Fisher
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