Both concerts sold out in advance. The first show, which had been added due to public demand for tickets, was dubbed “the rehearsal” by Lennon, owing to the band’s relative lack of experience performing live to such large audiences.
The full setlist was (as pieced together by The Amazing Kornyfone Label from amateur recordings):
- It’s So Hard
- Move on Fast
- Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
- Sisters, O Sisters
- Well, Well, Well
- Born In A Prison
- Instant Karma
- We’re All Water
- Come Together
- Open Your Box
- Cold Turkey
- Hound Dog
- Don’t Worry Kyoko (only performed at the matinee performance)
- Give Peace A Chance
"Give Peace A Chance" was the final song, and Lennon and Ono were joined on stage by the other stars and the organisers of the concerts.
During John Lennon's early solo years, he had recorded songs and made public statements about social injustice and the need for world peace, but in New York he became actively involved with political protests. Several of America's best-known left-wing radicals, including Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, were soon in touch with him, welcoming the support and publicity that his name brought to any cause. John and Yoko supported a protest for American Indian rights at Syracuse, gave a concert for the relatives of victims of a controversial tiot at Attica prison, and played a benefit for jailed activist John Sinclair.
|John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Elephants Memory Band|
The songs, some solo efforts written by John or Yoko, others collaborations, were aggressive and simplistic and focused on several radical issues of the day, including women's liberation, the war in Northern Ireland between the IRA and the British army, and the imprisonment of left-wing activists, and they illustrated rather acutely Lennon's naivety and lack of understanding about many of the issues involved.
The press were harsh in their comments when the LP was released in mid-1972, including Rolling Stone which described the work as, 'Disastrous . . . the politics are witless and the live jams mindless.' John seemed to have forgotten his wise words of the previous year about sweetening the message 'with a little honey', and would later agree that the songs weren't good - It became journalism and not poetry, and I basically feel that I'm a poet.'
Live in New York City" reached #55 in the UK, and surprised many with its US appeal where it peaked at #41 and eventually went gold. [extract from John Lennon: An Illustrated Biography by Richard Wootton, Hodder & Stoughton Books, 1984. p 108-109]
This post consists of FLACs and MP3's (320kps) ripped from my virgin vinyl (found at that Geelong Bazaar still in its shrink wrap) and includes full album artwork plus label scans.
Its nice to find a gem like this and only pay minimal $$.
Although not rare, its one recording I didn't have in my collection and so, I'm sharing with you folks - and always remember to Give Peace A Chance
01 - Power To The People_New York City
03 - Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
04 - Well, Well, Well
05 - Instant Karma (We All Shine On)
06 - Mother
07 - Come Together
08 - Imagine
09 - Cold Turkey
10 - Hound Dog
11 - Give Peace A Chance
Plastic Ono Elphants Memory Band
John Lennon (Guitar / Keyboards, Vocals)
Yoko Ono (Keyboards)
Stan Bronstein (Saxophone)
Wayne 'Tex' Gabriel (Lead guitar)
John Ward (Bass)
Gary Von Scyoc (Bass)
Jim Keltner (Drums)
Rick Frank (Drums)
Adam Ippolito (Keyboards)
Lennon Live In New Your City FLACs Link (277Mb)
Lennon Live In New York City MP3 Link (106Mb)