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5.0 out of 5 stars Sometime In New York City
Title : Sometime In New York City
Released ; 1972
Highest chart position. 11 in uk and 48 in usa.

The Band :
John Lennon: guitar and vocal
Yoko Ono: percussion, vocals, piano
Jim Keltner: drums, percussion
Klaus Voormann: bass guitar

Elephant's Memory:
Stan Bronstein: flute, saxophone
Wayne 'Tex' Gabriel:...
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by Raymond Porter

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No no no
I originally bought this on vinyl when it was released but have listened to it no more than half a dozen times. Every so often I dig it out to give it another whirl but can't get far into it before it becomes too unbearable. The live tracks are just awful.The only positive I can say about it is that it did make me look into the some of the issues covered in the studio...
Published on 27 Dec 2010 by mike half


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No no no, 27 Dec 2010
I originally bought this on vinyl when it was released but have listened to it no more than half a dozen times. Every so often I dig it out to give it another whirl but can't get far into it before it becomes too unbearable. The live tracks are just awful.The only positive I can say about it is that it did make me look into the some of the issues covered in the studio album.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometime In New York City, 26 Oct 2011
This review is from: Some Time In New York City (Audio CD)
Title : Sometime In New York City
Released ; 1972
Highest chart position. 11 in uk and 48 in usa.

The Band :
John Lennon: guitar and vocal
Yoko Ono: percussion, vocals, piano
Jim Keltner: drums, percussion
Klaus Voormann: bass guitar

Elephant's Memory:
Stan Bronstein: flute, saxophone
Wayne 'Tex' Gabriel: guitar
Richard Frank Jr.: drums, percussion
Adam Ippolito: keyboards, piano
Gary Van Scyoc: bass guitar

Coming after Imagine, Some Time In New York City proved a sharp about-face for Lennon fans expecting more of the same when the double album appeared that summer. Critics were not impressed. Although the UK release managed a #11 chart peak, it only went to #48 in the US. Lennon was reportedly stunned by the album's failure and consequently did not record new music for almost a year.

The opening song of the studio album, "Woman Is the Nigger of the World" (a phrase Ono had coined in the late 1960s), was intended as a negation of sexism and was also issued as a single in the US to controversial reaction, and - as a consequence - little airplay and much banning. The Lennons went to great lengths (including a press conference attended by staff from Jet and Ebony magazines) to explain that the word "nigger" was being used in an allegorical sense and not as an affront to black people.

Lennon's other tracks include the biographical "New York City", a Chuck Berry-styled rocker that details the Lennons' early months in their new home, as well as "John Sinclair", his musical plea for Sinclair's release from a ten-year sentence for giving two marijuana joints to an undercover policewoman.

Yoko Ono, very much a feminist supporter, responds musically with "Sisters O Sisters", tackles the lacking education system with "Born in a Prison", and celebrates a culture of one in "We're All Water". In fact, this album is generally seen as the beginning of Ono's emergence as a songwriter after her rather challenging previous two releases.

Together, Lennon and Ono lament police brutality in "Attica State", the hardships of war-torn Northern Ireland in "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "The Luck of the Irish", and pay tribute to Angela Davis with "Angela".

Some Time In New York City was packaged like a newspaper of the events covered in the album, causing even more consternation with an altered photo of Richard Nixon and Mao Tse Tung dancing nude together. (The photo was stickered over on many of the issued copies, with a non-removable seal).

Track listing along with my song ratings.

1."Woman Is The Nigger Of The World" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) 4/5
2."Sisters O Sisters" (Yoko Ono) 2/5
3."Attica State" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) 2/5
4."Born In A Prison" (Yoko Ono) 3/5
5."New York City" (John Lennon) 3/5
6."Sunday Bloody Sunday" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) 4/5
7."The Luck Of The Irish" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) 4/5
8."John Sinclair" (John Lennon) 4/5
9."Angela" (John Lennon/Yoko Ono) 2/5
10."We're All Water" (Yoko Ono) 2/5
11."Cold Turkey [Live Jam]" (John Lennon) 3/5
12."Don't Worry Kyoko" (Yoko Ono) 2/5
13."Well (Baby Please Don't Go)" 3/5

Many people hate this album but there a few must have tracks om it and they are.
tracks 1,4,5,6,7, and 8
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Luck of the Lennons, 25 Feb 2006
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Kevin Lee (Burlington, Ontario) - See all my reviews
John's third conventional solo studio album had a lot to live up to. Following 'John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band' and the now classic 'Imagine', and the Lennon's move from their peaceful country home in Ascot to the constant buzz and bustle of New York City, 'Some Time In New York City' seemed to reflect the experience of John's move to an entirely different environment. Being influenced by radical poitics and emersing himself in the raw rock and roll power or Elephants memory, John wrote songs about topics, moreso than feelings, with mixed results. 'Luck of the Irish', a beautiful irish type ballad with a very pointed message which works well with Yoko's singing, was one extreme to 'New York City', a rocking story of his arrival on the New York shores. 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' sounds shrill in comparison to 'Born in a Prison' or 'Angela'.
When the record come out in 1972, it was touted as John's nadir, just as Paul McCartney was getting pummeled by the press for his album 'Wild Life'. John's record was critisized for replacing poetry with sloganeering while Paul's was critisized for sloppiness and being generally light weight. Both records deserve a fresh look today.
Yoko has remixed Some Time in New York City and to her credit it is a great improvement. Her mixing has reduced the chaotic echo feel of the Phil Spector production. The 2005 CD has a presence the 1980s issue of the CD lacks, no doubt to the improvements in technology at Yoko's disposal and her own underestimated ear for sound and production skill. The remixed CD has a warmth and clarity it lacked in all orther incarnations, and the Lennon's Zappa number, now edited to John's performance only (a wise move given that the 'Au' and 'Scumbag' numbers were tough to sit through) you can now hear Flo and Eddie's back up vocals on the track. the Slide guitar on 'John Sinclair' jumps out at you, and the single, 'Woman is the Nigger of the World' remains on of his better collaborations with Phil Spector.
I would suggest that anyone interested in learning about Lennon's music pick up this CD. It is side of John Lennon that was just as interesting as his confessional side, and in hindsight, not so very much removed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lennon's Best post-Beatles album, 4 Nov 2012
This review is from: Some Time In New York City (Audio CD)
It's true the average Beatles fan is not going to like this. The music of The Beatles covered many genres but generally inhabits the realm of pop music. One of the reasons this LP gets so many bad reviews is this is largely an avant-garde LP and is in many ways very different to the music of the Beatles or Lennon's other solo stuff. It's not for pop fans.

This is an amazing album. I actually can't understand why people dislike it so much. Anyone familiar with avant-garde rock, punk, the music of Zappa, the music of Sonic Youth will have no trouble processing these sounds. The songs are strong, direct, punchy, catchy and sometimes noisy. The more experimental songs are noisier, rawer and stronger. There is not much wrong with this LP.

It's true Yoko Ono can't sing but again experimental-rock fans will have no trouble with that. In fact her voice often lends a little bit of edge to some of the songs. Fans of Poly Styrene won't mind her voice one bit and weirdly Sisters, O Sisters sounds remarkably like a Poly Styrene song with Poly singing. People often criticise Yoko's songs the most but they really shouldn't. They are often well written with a thoughtful-yet-child-like charm to them. Lyrics like "wood becomes a flute when it's loved" are sweet but still poignant.

It's the more experimental songs that most people will have problems with. But Lennon, Ono and Zappa performing together! And improvising the genius song Scumbag! This is gold dust. Lennon and Zappa collaborating is something that was meant to be. Lennon's voice on many of the live tracks is raw and superb. It's a real shame he didn't delve into the avant-garde more. I would have loved to have heard more experimental Lennon. Why wasn't Ono's influence on him stronger? Because although Ono certainly brings a more arty, avant-garde nature to the album, her output is often limited. She too often makes screeching noises throughout songs - which is fine - but considering she is one of the pioneers of conceptual art it's surprising how unimaginative she often is.

I think the political nature of this album is also something people will have trouble with. But this is nothing new from Lennon. If the press are always hounding you, what better way to piss them off than to write songs about things they don't want to hear? Lennon and Ono attack Britain, the British, the USA, etc. This is all part of Lennon asserting Lennon the Man over Lennon the Beatle. The LP John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band does this also. This is Lennon destroying the Beatles myth and trying to be seen as more than just a product or even some god-like song writer. And post-Beatles Lennon was able to do things musically he never would have been able to get away with as a Beatles member. This includes experimentation and a political voice. It's just a shame he didn't indulge in the experimentation further.

A truly great album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't worry, 20 April 2014
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Simon Barrett "Il penseroso" (london, england) - See all my reviews
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This is a solid record (well, record and a half) and I don't care what anyone says. The conviction is genuine, the tunes are great and the naivete is part of the charm ('millions of political prisoners'? but maybe he meant 'political' broadly and 'prisoners' metaphorically). My kids grew up with it, along with X-Ray Spex and, um, Leslie Sarony
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK if your a hardened Lennon fan, 28 Nov 2013
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bit too much of Yoko's Plastic Ono Band on for my taste but it does grow on you if you give it a chance
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lennon - Some Time in New York City, 5 April 2013
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I bought this CD to complete my Lennon Collection. I liked it very much.

Everything was perfect with the acquisition itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lennon's Best post-Beatles album, 3 Nov 2012
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It's true the average Beatles fan is not going to like this. The music of The Beatles covered many genres but generally inhabits the realm of pop music. One of the reasons this LP gets so many bad reviews is this is largely an avant-garde LP and is in many ways very different to the music of the Beatles or Lennon's other solo stuff. It's not for pop fans.

This is an amazing album. I actually can't understand why people dislike it so much. Anyone familiar with avant-garde rock, punk, the music of Zappa, the music of Sonic Youth will have no trouble processing these sounds. The songs are strong, direct, punchy, catchy and sometimes noisy. The more experimental songs are noisier, rawer and stronger. There is not much wrong with this LP.

It's true Yoko Ono can't sing but again experimental-rock fans will have no trouble with that. In fact her voice often lends a little bit of edge to some of the songs. Fans of Poly Styrene won't mind her voice one bit and weirdly Sisters, O Sisters sounds remarkably like a Poly Styrene song with Poly singing. People often criticise Yoko's songs the most but they really shouldn't. They are often well written with a thoughtful-yet-child-like charm to them. Lyrics like "wood becomes a flute when it's loved" are sweet but still poignant.

It's the more experimental songs that most people will have problems with. But Lennon, Ono and Zappa performing together! And improvising the genius song Scumbag! This is gold dust. Lennon and Zappa collaborating is something that was meant to be. Lennon's voice on many of the live tracks is raw and superb. It's a real shame he didn't delve into the avant-garde more. I would have loved to have heard more experimental Lennon. Why wasn't Ono's influence on him stronger? Because although Ono certainly brings a more arty, avant-garde nature to the album, her output is often limited. She too often makes screeching noises throughout songs - which is fine - but considering she is one of the pioneers of conceptual art it's surprising how unimaginative she often is.

I think the political nature of this album is also something people will have trouble with. But this is nothing new from Lennon. If the press are always hounding you, what better way to piss them off than to write songs about things they don't want to hear? Lennon and Ono attack Britain, the British, the USA, etc. This is all part of Lennon asserting Lennon the Man over Lennon the Beatle. The LP John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band does this also. This is Lennon destroying the Beatles myth and trying to be seen as more than just a product or even some god-like song writer. And post-Beatles Lennon was able to do things musically he never would have been able to get away with as a Beatles member. This includes experimentation and a political voice. It's just a shame he didn't indulge in the experimentation further.

A truly great album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of course it's 5 stars., 6 Sep 2014
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Peter Thomsen (Denmark) - See all my reviews
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Critics and people seems to forget how entertaining this 2LP is. Especially the newspaper-cover and the changing Len/Ono labels which is a brillant idea.

The strange things is that the critics always praises the comic acoustic "John Sinclair", but forget how fantastic "Woman is the Nigger of the world, NYC, Irish and Angela etc." sounds

I recently bought the original UK1972 vinyl with the perhaps unknown black and white innersleeves (for the records).

5 stars because they don't make it like that anymore.
I remember back in my city at the library in 75, this seemed to be the record which was most lend. They got 3 of it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Lennon's worst recording !, 21 Oct 2010
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Ross J. Warren "Ross" (Wonderful Swindon) - See all my reviews
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Not Lennon's worst recording !

Lets be honest Lennon lost touch with the rest of humanity in the late 60's and early 70's. He issued a number of appalling records which even the most die hard of Beatles Fans didn't like. In comparison with say "the wedding album" or "life with the Lions" this is a vast improvement. Lets be honest some of the music is really rather good at least on the studio set. However the lyrics will not make much sense, unless you recall the period well or have studied late 60 early 70's History. This is the miss guided politics of a wealthy capitalist playing at revolutionary. The live set with Zappa is just horrific "jam rag" is about menstruation on the surface, but seems to be the smacked soaked Lennon and Ono seeing how far they can push making a din. Unless you are a die hard Lennon fan there is very little here to recommend. "Angela" has a very decent melody and is about a real woman, and remains a good song despite the dodgy politics. The rest of the recording is lamentable !
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