Many people thought Lennon had gone completely bonkers when he released this politcally inspired album in 1972, the year after the almighty Imagine album. Whereas Imagine was polished, quiet, melodious and truly peaceful album, Sometime in New York City, was loud, brash and full of political chanting and slogans of the day. Lennon was living in Greenwich village, New York City at the time and teamed upwith Stan Bronstein's Elephants Memory, who had also recently played on Yoko's album. What really annoyed fans about this album, if we're honest, is the fact that Yoko is on it. In big chunks. Half of the songs are warbled by Yoko and the rest feature her in the background. The songs themselves, whether you agree with their political stance or not, are interesting and different and record some of the more controversial things that were happening in the US at the time. Woman is the Nigger of the World is truly awesome, with some excellent production from Phil Spector and vibrant musicianship. New York City itself shows Lennon's true love: all the political chanting doesn't hide the fact that Lennon was a rocker at heart, and New York City he belts out in fine style. The second slice of this album is all live material recorded at the Filmore East with Frank Zappa and his band. Some of it is mere noise, some of it is good, and Well (Baby Please Don't Go) is very very good.