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Sometime in Ny City Live, Original recording reissued, Import

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  • Audio CD (4 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live, Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000002UW9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 637,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
  2. Sisters, O Sisters
  3. Attica State
  4. Born In A Prison
  5. New York City
  6. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  7. The Luck Of The Irish
  8. John Sinclair
  9. Angela
  10. We're All Water

Disc: 2

  1. Cold Turkey
  2. Don't Worry Kyoko
  3. Well (Baby Please Don't Go)
  4. Jamrag
  5. Scumbag
  6. Au

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
This is a hard album to review. It has moments of brilliance and moments of let down for sure, but then so do an awful lot of other albums. It is tempting on occasions to separate the peerless vocals and the superb musical backing (courtesy of the Elephant's Memory Band) from the lyrics which are mostly political and covering pretty dangerous ground. But as with any Lennon album, this is impossible. Because he draws you in so that if you listen to 'Luck Of The Irish' you end up singing along with the lyrics. Accusing the British government of genocide no less. Of the Irish people. I try to respect political views of anyone, particularly musicians, but when the slant is so one sided and exaggerated, it is pretty hard to take. But more importantly, Lennon's best work will always be when he sings of his own experience, his own pain, his own struggle to come to terms with difficult (or easy) situations. Such as, most obviously, on his 'Plastic Ono Band' debut solo album when he deals with the traumatic effect of the Beatles break up, the thoroughly negative side of fame, the loss of his mother when aged 15 and at the same time his new found hope...in his relationship with Yoko Ono.
Here he sings of pretty specific political events of 1971-2, which although important in their own way undoubtedly, are not the stuff of which great Lennon albums are made. These lyrics are, for the most part, the weakest in the Lennon solo canon. He attached himself to various causes in these years, later changed his mind, then later tried to defend them. A tad inconsistent me thinks. But anyway, to the songs. The opener 'Woman Is The Nigger Of The World' one can say for sure is thoroughly genuine in its passion and commitment (helped not insignificantly by Yoko to give credit where it's due).
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Format: Audio CD
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.
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cd arrived prompt well packaged in very good condition plays like a dream good quality sound recomend to any music fan out there lookin for a cheap deal
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Following Imagine, John and Yoko had gone to live in New York City, any interviews/ comments in the uk music papers were exciting, as at the time, it felt as they were along way from home. This album was delayed in the UK, the reviews were awful, yet there was for me defining moments.
New York City blasted as one of JL's finest rock moments, a diary of their time in NYC. "Woman is the Nigger of the World" incredibly brave, lyrics and singing superb! John Sinclair great slide guitar and singing.
"The Luck of the Irish" was superb, lyrically biased, but after the
shootings in Derry, someone (brave) had to say something. "Sunday Bloody Sunday", is not remembered in the same way as the U2 track, the lyrics are hard, but it does bite as a track .
The "Live Jam" cd has the heaviest version of "Cold Turkey" you will ever hear plus the excellent " Well Baby Please Dont Go", with the
the opener "something I used to play at the Cavern !"
So, what about the rest? Too much Yoko for popular opinion (although
some of the songs are better than given credit for ) too much "sloganeering", sure .
The package is of its time, the vinyl better than the modern cd, but interesting!
Not for the casual fan, but if you want an album from 1972 that
speaks (and sings )from the heart. try it!
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