John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

DIGITALLY REMIXED AND REMASTERED

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First Released: December 11, 1970 (US & UK).
Recorded: October, 1970
Produced by: John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Phil Spector
Engineered by: Phil MacDonald, Richard Lush,
John Lickie, Andy Stevens and Eddie
Cover Photo by: Dan Richter
Reissued on CD: October 9, 2000; EMI Records 7243 5 28740 2 6

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band je Lennonův první sólový projekt(nepočítáme- li ovšem jeho tři předešlá avantgardní alba), který vydal po rozpadu Beatles. Toto album bývá také někdy nazýváno "albem prvotního křiku" a Lennon se při jeho nahrávání naštěstí obešel bez Yoko. Podle slov Johnova psychoterapeuta Dr. Arthura Janova, u kterého se léčil, John Lennon použil toto album aby vyhnal ze sebe některé své démony. Ve své knize The Primal Scream(Prvotní křik) propaguje Dr.Arthur Janov jako prostředek k poznání sebe sama návrat k prapůvodnímu já, návrat k pocitům a zážitkům z dětství. John s Yoko nadšeni touto knihou pozvali Janova k sobě a s prvotním křikem experimentovali(v průběhu "léčby" se John, mimo jiné, válel po zemi a křičel jméno své matky a otce). Patrně nejvíce ho asi tížila smrt matky, což prezentuje na tomto albu úvodní a závěrečnou písní. To, že léčba byla nakonec úspěšná by měla dokazovat fotografie z předního obalu alba, kde John s Yoko sedí v klidu a míru pod stromem.
  Mezi jednotlivými skladbami tohoto alba se nacházejí např. překrásná balada jen pro kytaru Working Class Hero nebo Look At Me, vypalovačka Well Well Well anebo jemná God, ve které se John vyznává z toho komu a čemu už nevěří. Někteří kritici dokonce uvádějí, že toto album v době svého vzniku předstihlo dobu a lze je pokládat za první punkové! album v historii populární hudby. Také John Lennon se o něm vyjádřil, že je jeho nejoblíbenější a dával mu přednost i před uhlazeným Imagine.
Pro jeho první vydání si cenzura EMI vynutila vypuštění některých veršů z I Found Out a Working Class Hero z přiloženého bookletu s texty. Ve stejné době jako John vydala Yoko Ono desku s téměř stejným názvem Yoko Ono/ Plastic Ono Band, která se umístila až na 182. místě.
9.října 2000 v den nedožitých Lennonových šedesátin vyšla reedice tohoto alba, kde byly přidány 2 tracky a přiložen booklet s fotografiemi Johna a Yoko včetně ručně psaných textů. Fotografie z tohoto bookletu si můžete prohlédnou ve VOLUME 8.




Highest U.S. chart position(after first release)
10


Track Listing

  1. Mother {Lennon} (5:37)
  2. Hold On (John) {Lennon} (1:52)
  3. I Found Out {Lennon} (3:37)
  4. Working Class Hero {Lennon} (3:50)
  5. Isolation {Lennon} (2:51)
  6. Remember {Lennon} (4:36)
  7. Love {Lennon} (3:24)
  8. Well Well Well {Lennon} (5:59)
  9. Look At Me {Lennon} (2:55)
  10. God {Lennon} (4:10)
  11. My Mummy's Dead {Lennon} (0:59)
  12. Power To The People {John Lennon} (3:22)(Special CD Bonus Track)
  13. Do The Oz {John Lennon & Yoko Ono} (3:07)(Special CD Bonus Track)


The Plastic Ono Band
John Lennon - guitar, piano, vocals
Yoko Ono - wind
Ringo Starr - drums
Klaus Voormann - bass
Phil Spector - piano on "Love"
Billy Preston - piano on "God"
Mal Evans - tea and sympathy






Mother
John Lennon

Mother, you had me, but I never had you
I wanted you, you didn't want me
So I, I just got to tell you
Goodbye, goodbye.

Father, you left me, but I never left you
I needed you, you didn't need me
So I, I just got to tell you, mm
Goodbye, goodbye.

Children, don't do what I have done
I couldn't walk and I tried to runSo I, I just got to tell you
Goodbye, goodbye.

Mama don't go
Daddy come home...

©Northern Songs Ltd.



Hold On (John)
John Lennon

Hold on, John
John, hold on
It's gonna be alright.
You gonna win the fight.

Hold on, Yoko
Yoko, hold on
It's gonna be alright
You gonna make the flight

When you're by yourself
. And there's no-one else
You just have yourself
And you tell yourself
Just to hold on.

Cookie!

Hold on, world
World, hold on
It's gonna be alright
You gonna see the light.

Oh, when you're one
Really one
Well you get things done
Like they've never been done
So hold on.

©Northern Songs Ltd



I Found Out
John Lennon

I told you before, stay away from my door
Don't give me that brother, brother, brother, brother.

The freaks on the phone, won't leave me alone
So don't give me that brother, brother, brother, brother.

No!

I, I found out!
I, I found out!

Now that I showed you what I been through
Don't take nobody's word what you can do
There ain't no Jesus gonna come from the sky
Now that I found out, I know I can cry.

I, I found out!
I, I found out!

Some of you sittin´ there with your cock in your hand
Don't get you nowhere don't make you a man
I heard something 'bout my Ma and my Pa
They didn't want me so they made me a star.

I, I found out!
I, I found out!

Old Hare Krishna got nothing on you
Just keep you crazy with nothing to do
Keep you occupied with pie in the sky
There ain't no guru who can see through your eyes.

I, I found out!
I, I found out!
I seen through junkies, I been through it all
I seen religion from Jesus to Paul
Don't let them fool you with dope and cocaine
No one can harm you, feel your own pain.

I, I found out!
I, I found this out!
I, I found out!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh!

©Northern Songs Ltd



Working Class Hero
John Lennon

As soon as you're born, they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool
Till you're so fucking crazy, you can't follow their rules
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can't really function, you're so full of fear
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

There's room at the top, they are telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

If you want to be a hero, well just follow me
If you want to be a hero, well just follow me

©Northern Songs Ltd



Isolation
John Lennon

People say we got it made
Don't they know we're so afraid?
Isolation.

We're afraid to be alone
Everybody got to have a home
Isolation.

Just a boy and a little girl
Trying to change the whole wide world
Isolation.

The world is just a little town
Everybody trying to put us down
Isolation

I don't expect you to understand
After you've caused so much pain
But then again, you're not to blame
You're just a human, a victim of the insane.

We're afraid of everyone
Afraid of the sun
Isolation.
The sun will never disappear
But the world may not have many years
Isolation.

©Northern Songs Ltd



Remember
John Lennon

Remember, when you were young
How the hero was never hung
Always got away.

Remember, how the man
Used to leave you empty handed
Always, always let you down.

If you ever change your mind
About leaving it all behind
Remember, remember, today, hey, hey.
And don't feel sorry
The way it's gone
Don't you worry
'Bout what you've done.

Just remember when you were small
How people seemed so tall
Always had their way, hey, hey.

Do you remember your Ma and Pa
Just wishing for movie stardom
Always, always playing a part.

If you ever feel so sad
And the whole world is driving you mad
Remember, remember, today, hey, hey.

And don't feel sorry
'Bout the way it's gone
Don't you worry
'Bout what you've done.

No, no, remember, remember
The fifth of November!

©Northern Songs Ltd



Love
John Lennon

Love is real, real is love
Love is feeling, feeling love
Love is wanting to be loved.

Love is touch, touch is love
Love is reaching, reaching love
Love is asking to be loved.

Love is you
You and me
Love is knowing
We can be.

Love is free, free is love
Love is living, living love
Love is needing to be loved.

©Lenono Music Ltd.



Well Well Well
John Lennon

Well, well, well, oh well
Well, well, well, oh well.

I took my loved one out to dinner
So we could get a bite to eat
And though we both had been much thinner
She looked so beautiful I could eat her.

Well, well, well, oh well
Well, well, well, oh well.

I took my loved one to a big field
So we could watch the English sky
We both were nervous, feeling guilty
And neither one of us knew just why.

Well, well, well, oh well
Well, well, well, oh well
Well, well, well, well ...

We sat and talked of revolution
Just like two liberals in the sun
We talked of women's liberation
And how the hell we could get things done.

Well, well, well, oh well
Well, well, well, oh well.

I took my loved one to a big field
So we could catch the English sky
We both were nervous, feeling guilty
And neither one of us knew just why.

Well, well, well, oh well...

Ha-Ha! That´s grateful!

©Northern Songs Ltd.



Look At Me
John Lennon

Look at me
Who am I supposed to be?
Who am I supposed to be?
Look at me
What am I supposed to be?
What am I supposed to be?
Look at me oh my love-oh my love.

Here I am
What am I supposed to do?
What am I supposed to do?
Here I am
What can I do for you?
What can I do for you?
Here I am oh my love-oh my love.

Look at me
Oh please, look at me, my love
Here I am oh my love.

Who am I?
Nobody knows but me
Nobody knows but me.
Who am I?
Nobody else can see
Just you and me.Who are we?
Oh my love
Oh my love
Oh my love.

©Northern Songs Ltd.



God
John Lennon

God is a concept by which we measure our pain
I'll say it again
God is a concept by which we measure our pain
Yeah, pain, yeah.

I don't believe in magic
I don't believe in I-ching
Don't believe in Bible
Don't believe in tarot
Don't believe in Hitler
Don't believe in Jesus
I don't believe in Kennedy
I don't believe in Buddah
I don't believe in Mantra
I don't believe in Gita
I don't believe in Yoga
I don't believe in kings
I don't believe in Elvis
I don't believe in Zimmerman
I don't believe in Beatles

I just believe in me
Yoko and me.

And that's reality.

The dream is over
What can I say?
The dream is over
Yesterday.

I was the Dreamweaver
But now I'm reborn
I was the Walrus
But now I'm John
And so, dear friends
You'll just have to carry on
The dream is over.

©Northern Songs Ltd.



My Mummy´s Dead
John Lennon

My mummy's dead
I can't get it through my head
Though it's been so many years
My mummy's dead.

I can't explain
So much pain
I could never show it
My mummy's dead.

©Northern Songs Ltd.



Power To The People
John Lennon

Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

Say we want a revolution
We better get on right away
Well you get on your feet
And out on the street

Singing power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

A million workers working for nothing
You better give 'em what they really own
We got to put you down
When we come into town

Singing power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people right on

I gotta ask you comrades and brothers
How do you treat you own woman back home
She got to be herself
So she can give us help

Singing power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

Now, now, now, now

Oh well, power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

Yeah, power to the people!
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

Yeah, yeah, yeah, power to the people
Power to the people
Oh well power to the people
Power to the people
Oh well power to the people.

©Northern Songs Ltd.



Do the Oz
John Lennon/Yoko Ono

Do the oz

Put your left hand in
Your right hand out
Do the oz, babe
Dance all about.

Do the oz

Pull your right leg up
Your left leg down
Do the oz, babe
Get it all around.

Do the oz
Do it
Do the oz

Pull your left wing in
And put your right wing out
Do the oz, baby
Spread it all about!

Do the oz.
Do
Now
Do it
Yeah, do the oz, oz, baby...

Do it!

©Lenono Music Ltd.

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