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Live in New York City [Vinyl]

3.8 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. New York City
  2. It's So Hard
  3. Woman Is the Nigger of the World
  4. Well, Well, Well
  5. Instant Karma!
  6. Mother
  7. Come Together
  8. Imagine
  9. Cold Turkey
  10. Hound Dog
  11. Give Peace a Chance


Product Details

  • Vinyl (October 17, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00008ET58
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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By Robert on June 29, 2012
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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 enjoy. John revisits his Beatle years once, with a decent version of "Come Together", after which he jokes that he nearly got all the words. He also performs a string of his well known hit singles, like "Imagine", "Cold Turkey", "Mother" and "Give Peace A Chance". This CD belongs in every Lennon fan's collection. It does need to be remastered. On the positive side, it seems that someone almost completely removed Yoko Ono's vocals from this. Since this one credits Yoko Ono as producer, maybe it was her?

Since there were two performances of this show, I think it's time to give this the deluxe treatment. They should give us the afternoon show on CD 1, the evening show on CD 2, and a 3rd CD of rehearsals.
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This being the only time John actually prepared for a concert after the Beatles.It comes off well not great but well.This is during the period when he just went to far very song was a cause.But it is a good reflection of of times and John Performance are of course great.
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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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