Disc one opens with a set of demos recorded in Spain in late 1966. These
embryonic versions of Strawberry Fields were known at the time as
It's Not Too Bad. Next, is an early piano demo of Hey Bulldog called
at this early stage She Can Talk To Me. The track Cry Baby
Cry is comprised of early piano and electric guitar demo fragments. From
May 1968 Two Virgins outtakes, we hear John and Yoko playing around in his Surrey
home studio. Next, is a sendup of fifties rockabilly, called by us, a Plastic
Ono Band Jam. From the sessions of the album of the same name, comes Look
At Me, with alternate vocals. Next are four piano demos recorded in
December 1970: I'm The Greatest, a medley of How?/Child
Of Nature, Oh Yoko!, Oh Yoko, and Sally
And Billy. Sally And Billy is a song he would return to
six years later. That 1976 version is heard on disc two. Come Together
is from the August 1972 One To One rehearsals. From just before the Mind Games
era, we have call and response songs, an idea that John and Yoko would return to in 1980
for Double Fantasy. These are Yoko's Happy Girl, and
John's I'll Make You Happy (which includes some lyrics borrowed from
Cold Turkey). At this point we go back a couple of years to the Imagine
sessions of July 1971. How Do You Sleep? is a session
rehearsal, while It's So Hard and I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier I
Don't Wanna Die are run-throughs from the King Curtis sax overdub sessions in New
York. Two demos for the Mind Games LP are next, Intuition
is take four of a series of piano demos. I Know is take two of a series
of guitar demos, and this is followed by an alternate mix of the finished song. Aisumasen
(I'm Sorry) is a near-final mix, but with great dual lead guitar work near the
end. An early demo from the Walls And Bridges era follows, a dark, piano
version of Steel And Glass, featuring extra lyrics. To promote Walls
And Bridges, John called a Canadian radio station and gave them a rundown of the
album's contents. Closing disc one of this set, from the fall of 1977, is take two
of the piano demos for Mirror Mirror On The Wall.
Disc two leads off with three home demos from 1976, the beginning of John's
house-husband years, Tennessee, Memories, and Sally
And Billy. Memories has John recording guitar over an
earlier piano demo. She Is A Friend Of Dorothy's, New York slang
for lesbians, dates from 1977 and is a very polished song compared to many of John's home
demos. John explores a nautical theme in the next three demos, The Boat Song,
Pedro The Fisherman, and Many Rivers To Cross. Many
Rivers To Cross ends with John doodling on the old Motown song My Girl.
Next up is an instrumental from the Great Wok himself recorded sometime in 1979.
On August 6, 1980, the recording of Double Fantasy LP began with tuning up
and this incomplete take of I'm Stepping Out. Dear Yoko
is another incomplete take, this one interrupted by John breaking a string on his guitar.
Woman is presented next in three stages of development. First we hear the
song in rehearsal stage followed by John recording his vocals. The last version has
John doing the finishing touch, adding the whispered intro. Clean Up Time
is a rehearsal and is followed by the unlisted studio doodle, Let's Get Peculiar.
More recordings from August 1980 follow. John and the band run-through a
different take of the song destined for the Milk And Honey LP, Nobody
Told Me. Next is a rehearsal take of Watching The Wheels,
preceded by a brief parody of I Am The Walrus. This instrumental
version of Woman is a guitar overdub and it was often used in the series
as background music. Next is an alternate take with interesting backing vocals.
Another song which didn't surface until Milk And Honey is Borrowed
Time, represented here by an early take. Closing this disc is an alternate
take of I'm Losing You followed by some session studio talk. Hope
you enjoyed this trek through the Lost Lennon archives.