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The Beatles released their 12th and final LP “Let It Be” on May 8th, 1970. It was released almost a month after the group had broke-up.

The album started out being named “Get Back” where the band was hoping to return to their earlier, less complicated approach to music. It was recorded and projected for release before their album “Abbey Road,” which came out in 1969. Paul McCartney said a new edit of the Beatles movie Let It Be could enter production in the near future.

The original 1970 documentary hasn’t been available in home formats since 1982 as a result of scenes that showed the band in a negative light as the members moved toward their split.

McCartney had been asked about the movie during a recent radio interview. “We keep talking about that,” he said. “We have meetings. … People have been looking at the footage.” He added that he’d been told that a great deal of the unused material showed “a bunch of guys making music and enjoying it.” “Who knows, that may be happening in a year or two,” he noted.

The report also quoted Let It Be cinematographer Tony Richmond, who’d previously said a proposed DVD remaster had been blocked “by George’s Harrison’s estate and his wife and Yoko Ono, because they don’t want the acrimony shown.” In 2007, Apple Corps boss Neil Aspinall said “the film was so controversial when it first came out. When we got halfway through restoring it, we looked at the outtakes and realized: this stuff is still controversial. It raised a lot of old issues.”

Discussing a potential re-release in 2018, McCartney said that he’d had no objection to the idea, though he added that the “objection should be me. I don’t come off well.” He went on to explain that he was “one of the votes” on the board of Apple Corps, and that Ringo Starr, Ono and Olivia Harrison counted as much as he did.

“That’s the secret of the Beatles – can’t do three to one,” he said. “During the breakup was when it got screwed up – we did three against one. But now it has to be unanimous. The two girls are Beatles.”

Because “Let It Be” was supposed to be released before “Abbey Road”, there are those who say that some Abbey Road should be considered the group’s final album.

Happy 46th Birthday to The Beatles’ LP “Let It Be”!!!

The news that John Lennon‘s 1971 album Imagine is to be reissued as a six-disc super deluxe edition box set, with outtakes, sessions, quad mix, demos etc., is exciting for a number of reasons.

First off, it’s one of only a handful of albums from ex-Beatles that truly approach ‘classic’ status. Lennon’s own John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is another and Paul McCartney’s Band on the Run and the RAM albums could also probably be included.

Secondly, it sounds as if Imagine is getting a proper, almost forensic, examination. McCartney has reissued both albums mentioned above (Band on the Run twice) but he’s very stingy with bonus material (no ‘sessions’) and hasn’t bothered at all with surround sound, since the start of his long-running ‘archive collection’ campaign in 2010.

Being so close to the break-up of The Beatles and with Lennon and McCartney still exchanging jibes at each other through their music (‘Too Many People’/’How Do You Sleep?’) and beyond (early editions ofImagineincluded a postcard featuring Lennon holding a pig, mocking the cover of the RAM cover) John’s second solo studio album still feels part of the tail end of a Beatles narrative, rather than the start of his solo career.

Imagineset to be released on October 5th. The new John Lennon Imagine box set will include 140 tracks spread over four CDs and two Blu-rays including rare outtake recordings, previously unreleased demos, isolated recording track elements, and much more. In addition to the deluxe box set’s audio element, Imagine — The Ultimate Collection will include a lengthy book about the making of the album.

The deluxe box set, whose creation was overseen by Lennon’s widow and musical collaborator, Yoko Ono, aims to paint the complete picture of John’s creative process on the monumental LP. As engineer Paul Hicks explains in the accompanying book,

When John Lennon headed into the studio in 1971 to make his solo classic Imagine, wth Yoko Ono and Phil Spector, he had a lot to prove. He wanted to shake off the shadow of the Beatles, yet also build on the band’s legacy. He was itching to leave his ex-bandmates in the dust — Imagine has his notorious attack on Paul McCartney, “How Do You Sleep?” But he also wanted to come to terms with his past and embrace his future with Yoko. He wanted both raging protest songs and tender love ballads. He wanted it all. As he explained at the time, “I was still full of wanting my own space after being in the room with four guys, and always having to share everything, share shirts, share the same dry cleaner, the same everything.”

A previously unheard “raw studio mix” of John Lennon recording ‘How Do You Sleep?’ has been released. Stripped to the raw recording, with no effects like reverb or echo, it brings the listener into the studio during the recording of a classic Imagine track.

The “raw studio mix” captures all the intimacy of the recording session at Tittenhurt Park in Ascot, England. Present at the session were George Harrison, playing electric slide on Lennon’s pale blue Fender Strat; Rod Lynton with Ted Turner from Wishbone Ash, on twelve string acoustic guitars; Lennon and Harrison’s old friend Klaus Voormann on his hand-painted Fender Precision bass; Alan White on drums; John Tout, from Renaissance, on the Steinway upright piano; and Nicky Hopkins improvising on the red-top Wurlitzer Electric Piano, literally days before he leaves for Nellcôte to play on Exile On Main St with The Rolling Stones. Listening to the outtake is like being in the room as the track is captured.

Yoko was very keen that these Ultimate Mixes should achieve three things – to be totally faithful and respectful to the originals, be generally sonically clearer overall and should increase the clarity of John’s vocals. It’s about John’ she said. And she was right. His voice brings the biggest emotional impact to the album.

Here’s our pick of the eight most revelatory moments on Imagine: The Ultimate Collection.

“Imagine” (The Evolution Mix)
John’s most famous solo song expands on “Evolution Mix,” from the raw piano demo he taped in his bedroom to a polished studio confection. One fantastic version has John Tout’s vibes, John Barham’s harmonium and Nicky Hopkins’ electric piano for a droning feel. John marveled that such a politically outspoken song became a hit. As John says here, “The idea came like a child’s song, you know, and I wanted to keep it that way so a child could understand it. I sort of think of it as ‘Working Class Hero,’ only in child language … It’s the same story in a way, but it’s just sort of say it with, you know, powder paints.”

“Gimme Some Truth” (Take 4)
A gentle folk-rock approach, with John’s chiming guitar. At the end, John says defiantly, “This is the truth.” Phil Spector sneers dismissively: “It’s gettin’ there.” John replies, “Oh — wasn’t that it?”

“Jealous Guy” (Take 9)
A powerful version with acoustic guitar from Joey Molland and Tom Evans of Badfinger. Basing it on the White Album outtake “Child of Nature,” written in India with the Maharishi, John saw “Jealous Guy” as his anti-sentimental love song. “I think, ‘Get away from this romantic knight on horseback galloping in,’” John says in his commentary. “The parents, they were fed this guff about the knight in shining armor. And what happened was they got Sid and his braces and it wasn’t the same. He didn’t get Veronica Lake, he got Maggie and her hair curlers. That’s just as beautiful to me — that is love, too.”

“It’s So Hard” (Take 6)
An early bash with a raw guitar solo from John — “well, that was not bad” he admits at the end. The complete studio jam has soul legend King Curtis on sax — one of the Beatles’ Fifties rock & roll heroes — just before his tragic death. King Curtis was murdered on the streets of New York, a month after playing his sax solo. Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder sang at his funeral.

“Oh Yoko!” (Bahamas, 1969)
This may be most emotionally affecting moment in this collection. John and Yoko were in the Bahamas, en route to Montreal to stage their famous Bed-In for Peace. He busks the brand-new song for his friend and publicist Derek Taylor, just strumming his acoustic guitar with Yoko improvising harmonies. John toys with the song as he goes along, adding a bridge (“I want youuuu, baby!”) and lines that got cut, including “In the middle of the sea,” a touching in-joke given the ocean-child double meaning of Yoko Ono’s name. Halfway through the song, he explodes into a shout from his idol Little Richard: “A wop bop a loo bop, a lop bam boom!”

“How Do You Sleep?” (Takes 5 & 6)
A looser, funkier slink through John’s attack on his longtime songwriter partner, although John admits it’s more a song about conflicts within himself. “If I can’t have a fight with my best friend I don’t know who I can have a fight with.”

“I Don’t Wanna Be a Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die” (Take 11)
A reggae jam, with Bobby Keys honkin’ on sax while Jim Keltner and Klaus Voorman sink into the groove. In one take, John apologizes in formal tones: “I’m sorry, gentlemen. I’m incapable of following my own head.”

“Oh My Love” (Take 6)
A stripped-down early version of the album’s most intimate love ballad, co-written with Yoko, featuring George Harrison on guitar. John’s voice cracks as he gets to the line “I see the clouds.” It’s a moment that sums up the songwriting collaboration between John and Yoko at full blast — and the joy of John discovering his own strength as a solo artist. Imagine remains as fresh and timely as it was in 1971 — all over this box set, you can hear why.

John Lennon

Back in 1971, Jim Keltner closed his eyes as he laid down the drums to John Lennon’s bittersweet ballad “Jealous Guy.” He knew he shouldn’t do it blind — the song was just so mesmerizing. He almost forgot that he was collaborating with the former Beatle.

“But when I opened my eyes and saw John singing on the microphone…” he trails off, recalling the moment . “That’s something I’ll never forget. It still gives me that same feeling today.” Beatles fans may know these songs by heart, but over the course of six discs, this box set dives deep into Lennon’s No. 1 solo album and brings listeners right into the studio. Throughout it all, however, one element stands the test of time and studio trickery: Lennon’s voice.

It all started at Ascot Studios, the London recording space built by Lennon and Yoko Ono on the grounds near their country home, Tittenhurst Park. Finally freed from public pressure, bureaucracy and bad vibes, the newly emancipated Beatle could work on his own terms.

Ono sees the studio as a mini-rebellion against the trappings of a mainstream pop band — and for a holistic “us.” “Both of us understood that it was very important to be honest and open,” she remembers. “Not for other people, but for ourselves.”

John Lennon photographed circa 1970.

Lennon’s first solo album,John Lennon/Plastic Ono Bandwas tortured, didactic and consumed with grief. With its follow-up, Imagine, he was ready to deliver similar messages in a more accessible package. The result was Lennon’s most commercially successful album, hung on its startling title track, which became a modern standard by earnestly depicting a world without hierarchy or dogma.

And its satellite songs were nearly as good: the elegant ballad “How?”, the apologetic “Jealous Guy,” and the bile-filled indictment of manipulative political figures “Gimme Some Truth.”

But even as those songs have saturated the public consciousness over nearly five decades, it turns out there were still ways to flatter the sound. Specifically, Lennon was notoriously insecure about his vocal ability, leading to lots of double-tracking and tape delay on the 1971 mixes.

And Phil Spector’s production, while forward-thinking, sometimes bore his mark a little too much; “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama,” in particular, swims in reverb and buries its powerful live-in-the-studio performance between Lennon, Keltner and bassist Klaus Voormann.

Engineers Paul Hicks and Rob Stevens took a unique, double-faced perspective to The Ultimate Collection. Hicks, a long-time Beatle comrade who worked on projects like Cirque du Soleil’s Love show, the remix album Let It Be… Naked and the Beatles’ 2009 remaster campaign, handled Disc 1’s Ultimate Mixes. He simply shone the original 1971 mix to a 2018 clarity without making it overly slick or modernized.

Stevens, who co-produced 1998’s The John Lennon Anthology with Ono, took Disc 3, called Raw Studio Mixes, which feature no strings, overdubs or decoration: simply the barest, driest version of the music, as if the listener was sitting in with the band. According to Stevens, the only way to access this ultra-pure version of Imagine was to drop his own ego.

“Let’s bring up these faders, let’s forget who it is, let’s forget it’s a legend,” he remembers of the process behind Raw Studio Mixes. “Otherwise, you’re listening through a filter of ‘This is freaking John from the Beatles. This is John who sang ‘No one, I think, is in my tree,’ and made me sit there with my jaw dropped.’”

While Hicks’ presentation of Imagine is simmering and subtle, recommended for acolytes of the original mix, it’s by design that Stevens would go deepest into what actually happened in the room. Lennon’s living bandmates on Imagine — Keltner, Voormann and drummer Alan White — all hear John’s sweet-and-sour voice, accompanied by guitar or piano, as all you need from the man.

“It was always a mistake,” says Voormann, now one of John’s oldest friends and collaborators in the visual and musical realms. “He hated his voice. He told me he didn’t like his voice. But you can get much more into John’s feelings when you don’t have those effects.”

Keltner, who drummed on “Jealous Guy” and “I Don’t Wanna Be a Soldier,” agrees that less is more with Lennon: “He had one of the greatest voices ever. But he was a searcher. He loved to have things not how they were.” Voormann, who’s perhaps known Lennon the longest of the Imagine crew, agrees. “You can get much more into John’s feelings when you don’t have those effects.”

Despite being apprehensive about his voice, Lennon was, by all accounts, more relaxed than ever at Ascot. Alan White, who drums on most of Imagine, recalls a “homey” atmosphere where all involved shared meals around a big wooden table. “It was informal,” White says, “But there was a sense of the meaningfulness of the songs. John would give us the lyrics beforehand to make sure we knew what they meant and what we were saying to the world.”

The Ultimate Collection is not the first re-release of Imagine, but it is by far the most extensive, spanning four CDs and two Blu-Ray discs in a visually arresting, Ono-curated package. “This is it for Imagine, as far as I can… imagine,” Hicks says with a chuckle. “There’s nothing else. We’ve gone through all the tapes.”

Stevens also sees this box set as the logical finish line for an album that has continued to ensnare new fans over the last several decades. “The reason the word ‘ultimate’ was used was because that was the intention,” he says. “If you wanted to put out an Imagine that was more comprehensive and artistic than this one, good luck.”

In addition to the announcement of the box set, John Lennon’s camp is revisiting the video components of the album’s initial release. The Imagine film and its companion documentary, Gimme Some Truth, were re-mastered frame-by-frame from the original film negative and completely remixed from the ground up from the original audio multi-tracks in stunning Dolby Atmos and 7.1 Surround Sound, this collage of colour, sound, dream and reality and star John Lennon and Yoko Ono with George Harrison, Fred Astaire, Jack Nicholson, Andy Warhol, Dick Cavett, and many more.

The ground-breaking music film directed by John and Yoko is coming to cinemas on September 17th

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Gems covered John Lennon’s album Imagine in its entirety.  The full album is available to order now from Turntable Kitchen. It is only available on vinyl but the vinyl comes with a digital download

When we envisioned our SOUNDS DELICIOUS series we had high hopes. We wanted to hear our favorite bands lovingly reinterpreting art that meant something to them. We wanted music that would be fun, inventive, and exciting. We wanted covers that respect the album format as an art form instead of just focusing on a few hit singles. Yet, while we had high expectations, we couldn’t imagine just how great the results would be.

We never imagined Yumi Zouma’s dreamy reinterpretation of Oasis. We never imagined Jonthan Rado of Foxygen’s loose and free-wheeling take on Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run. And yet, time and time again, each and every one of the artists we’ve worked with have completely blown us out of the water with their contributions.

For our latest release in the series, GEMS keep the streak alive in a big way as the duo treat us to their track-by-track reinvention of John Lennon’s solo masterwork Imagine. From an epic, rumbling makeover of the bigger-than-life title track to their evocative and shimmering interpretation of album closer “Oh Yoko!” – they approach each track with reverence and respect even as they nail their flag to the mast.


Here is what Lindsay from GEMS had to say about their version of the album:

“’All I want is the truth! Just give me some truth!’”

I listened to John Lennon’s album Imagine all the way through for the first time last year and that line just hit something deep within me. The inescapable sadness of life.The despair of feeling totally alone and calling out into the void, just searching for some kind of solid ground to stand on. It feels like the whole world is calling out right now from this place of hurt, calling out for truth. But we’re so divided and continue putting up false walls between us.


I feel honored that we had the chance to record our own interpretations of these courageous, albeit conflicted songs. In some ways Lennon’s vision seems impossibly naive today. But don’t we need something to strive for? We need connection, we need communication, forgiveness and healing. I know I need the type of enchanted dream where we try to lift up humanity together. Even if it’s just in our own small, personal way.

I’m restless. I’m yearning for something real. I have to believe that we can still use our short time here on earth to put some kind of goodness into the world. And maybe while we’re at it, we can share the same dream.”

We’re also excited to announce that we’re teaming up with Seattle-based illustrator Teresa Grasseschi for the next several releases in the series! That’s her work that we’re featuring on the album art for this release.

GEMS’ version of Imagine is only available by subscribing to SOUNDS DELICIOUS. In addition to a deluxe edition for our Kickstarter supporters, it’s available on amber colored vinyl for recurring subscribers and gift orders of 6-months or more (while supplies last) and on black vinyl for all other orders. As always, each copies comes packaged with a digital download of the album. Only 1000 copies were pressed in total! These are expected to begin shipping next week!

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Plastic Ono Band - Cold Turkey single artwork

Recorded on This Day – In 1969, John Lennon recorded the track ‘Cold Turkey’, with Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman and Yoko. Lennon presented the song to Paul McCartney as a potential single by The Beatles, as they were finishing recording for their Abbey Road album but was refused and released it as a Plastic Ono Band single with sole writing credits to him. There are other versions besides the single, several of which are acoustic, It was the second solo single issued by Lennon , The single was released with a standard green Apple label, with the words “Play Loud” printed on the spindle plug of the UK pressing. This song is about drug withdrawal. Quitting “Cold Turkey” means abruptly stopping drug use and the effect it has on your body and mind. John Lennon quit cold turkey because he wanted to get off drugs and start a family with Yoko. Eric Clapton and John played guitar on this, Ringo drummed, and Klaus Voormann played the bass, It was released as a single in 1969 as The Plastic Ono Band.

The song’s first appearance on an album was Live Peace in Toronto 1969 where the song had been performed live on 13th September 1969 with Lennon reading the lyrics off a clip-board  Here is a super live performance of Cold Turkey by Lennon with the Plastic Ono Band in New York City. More bluesy, more jazzy and more rock than the single version.

Enjoy Lennon performing the track live in New York City.

This was Lennon’s second single away from The Beatles. “Give Peace A Chance” was released a few months earlier. This was also the first song John Lennon took complete credit for as he dropped the McCartney from Lennon and McCartney. Its first public performance on September 13, 1969, was recorded and released on the Live Peace in Toronto 1969 album by the Plastic Ono Band.

John Lennon: Cold Turkey was banned. They thought it was a pro-drugs song. But I’ve always expressed what I’ve been feeling or thinking at the time. So I was just writing the experience I’d had of withdrawing from heroin. To some it was a rock ‘n’ roll version of The Man With The Golden Arm because it showed Frank Sinatra suffering from drug withdrawal.”

Original John Lennon “Cold Turkey” Complete Promo

Lennon performed this on September 13th, 1969 at The Toronto Rock and Revival Show, where he introduced his Plastic Ono Band (at least the configuration of it for this show). Eric Clapton was on guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass, and Alan White on drums. Yoko Ono was also part of the act, and she made an impact during “Cold Turkey.” As the song played, she emerged from a bag on stage, stepped up to a microphone, and made turkey-sounding noises (not out of character). The set was released as a live album called Live Peace In Toronto 1969.

Eric Clapton played some of the guitar on this. Lennon asked Clapton to join The Plastic Ono Band, but Eric declined. Lennon wrote and recorded this song before attending Arthur Janov’s Primal Scream therapy workshop, which played a part in his song “Mother.” The screams he used in “Cold Turkey,” he was actually emulating Yoko singing.

When John Lennon decided to return his MBE (Member of the British Empire) award on November 25, 1969, he sent it to Queen Elizabeth II with a note explaining, “I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts.”

47 Years Ago: The Beatles End An Era With Final Rooftop Concert | Society Of Rock Videos

January 30th 1969 Marks The Event’s 47th Anniversary

The Beatles Rooftop Concert took place on January 30th, 1969, at infamous Abbey Road Studios, George Harrison was several weeks shy of his 26th birthday on February 25th. The rooftop concert was performed at the end of January 1969 at Apple Studios, Saville Row, London. Abbey Road Studios, located in the fashionable London district of St. John’s Wood is where the Beatles recorded most of their albums, as well as the final one, “Abbey Road”. It is here where the iconic album cover pictures the Beatles crossing the street outside o the studio.

It’s hard to believe that it’s 47 years since The Beatles said goodbye with their final – albeit explosive – public appearance, perched on top of the Apple headquarters in London.

On this day in 30th January 1969 The Beatles delivered what was to be their final public performance; they’d planned on doing a live show during their Get Back sessions but it wasn’t until days before the actual event took place that the idea of performing on the roof of Apple headquarters really came together.

Written by John Lennon as an expression of his love for Yoko Ono, the song is heartfelt and passionate. As John told Rolling Stone magazine in 1970, “When it gets down to it, when you’re drowning, you don’t say, ‘I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,’ you just scream.”

During filming on the roof of Apple, two days after the recording of the track, the band played ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ right after doing two versions of ‘Get Back’ and it led straight into ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’. Michael Lindsay-Hogg was once again directing a Beatles’ shoot. He and Paul met regularly at the tail end of 1968, while Hogg was directing The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, to discuss the filming of The Beatles’ session in January. By the time that fateful Thursday came around, the penultimate day of January would be the last time The Beatles ever played together in front of any kind of audience.

This is not the version of ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ heard on the single but the version from the Let It Be… Naked album – a composite of both versions that were performed on the roof of Apple in Savile Row

Late Beatle George Harrison explained in the liner notes for The Beatles’ Anthology,

“We went on the roof in order to resolve the live concert idea, because it was much simpler than going anywhere else; also nobody had ever done that, so it would be interesting to see what happened when we started playing up there. It was a nice little social study.

With a 5-song set list that included “Get Back” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” The Beatles did a total of 9 takes live from the rooftop before London’s Metropolitan Police Service was dispatched to break up the concert, citing “noise complaints” from tenants on the same block.

The concert effectively signaled the end of an era for both the band and their fans; despite Abbey Road’s release in September of that year the band had unofficially disbanded, never to reunite as a 4-piece again. While there’s a slight note of sadness to The Beatles’ final public appearance, there’s a note of something electric, too. In a way, they left us the same way they found us; in absolute chaos and unable to make heads or tails of our emotions and somehow, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

The concerts documented on “Live in New York City” were John Lennon’s only rehearsed and full-length live performances in his solo career, and his first – and last – formal, full-fledged live concerts since the Beatles retired from the road in 1966. Lennon never mounted a tour during his post-Beatles career. The concerts also marked the last time he performed live with Ono, as also with Elephant’s Memory.

Two concerts took place, in the afternoon and evening of 30 August 1972 . John Lennon Live In New York City was released simultaneously as an album and video in 1986, with different performances from the two shows on each.

The Concerts were held to raise money for children with mental challenges at friend Geraldo Rivera’s request. Rivera introduces Lennon and Ono at the beginning of the album, and he is referenced in Lennon’s impromptu revised lyrics in the opening song, “New York City.”

The benefit concerts, billed as “One to One” , also featured other performers in addition to Lennon, including Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Melanie Safka and Sha-Na-Na, although their performances are not included on this album, nor on the simultaneous video release.


“Live in New York City” captures John Lennon’s last full-length concert performance, coming right after the release of “Some Time in New York City”, which was a commercial failure in the United States. Perhaps as a result, Lennon’s stage talk, while humorous, is self-deprecating and slightly nervous in tone. Backing Lennon and Ono were Elephant’s Memory, who had served as Lennon and Ono’s backing band on Some Time in New York City. Although the material Lennon performed was largely drawn from his three most recent albums of the period (John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Imagine and Some Time in New York City), he also included in the set list his Beatles hit “Come Together” and paid tribute to Elvis Presley with “Hound Dog” before leading the audience in a sing along of “Give Peace a Chance”. “Come Together”, originally in the key of D minor, was performed in E minor.


Set list: 1. Power To The People, 2. New York City, 3. It’s So Hard, 4. Woman is The Nigger Of The World, 5. Sisters O Sisters, 6. Well Well Well, 7. Instant Karma!, 8. Mother, 9. Born In A Prison, 10.Come Together, 11.Imagine, 12.Cold Turkey, 13.Hound Dog, 14.Give Peace A Chance,

John Lennon: vocals, rhythm guitar and keyboard
Yoko Ono: keyboard and vocal
Wayne ‘Tex’ Gabriel: lead guitar
Adam Ippolito: keyboards
Jim Keltner: drums
Richard Frank Jr: drums
Gary Van Scyoc: bass guitar
Stan Bronstein: saxophone