Some Time In New York City
REVIEW BY: David Bowling
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 12/09/2008
John Lennon released Some Time In New York City (1972) on the heels of John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970) and Imagine (1971).
I have to admit that I had not played this album in years or probably decades when I agreed to review it for the Daily Vault. After playing the original release several times, though, I came to realize why it has remained on the shelf.
I am old enough to have lived through John Sinclair, Angela Davis, and
The only real enjoyable track is “
The Yoko Ono songs, “Sister O Sister” and “We’re All Water,” are fairly good tracks. Ono keeps her excessive impulses under control. This is about as melodic as she will get during her career. Having said that, when the second and third best tracks on an album are by Yoko Ono, that should signify a problem with the disc itself.
“The Luck Of The Irish” has a beautiful melody that is completely spoiled by the vocal duet. Such songs as “
There was also a bonus disc included although I seem to remember that I paid double album prices. Side one consists of two live songs recorded at the Lyceum Ballroom in
The second side finds Lennon and Ono on stage with Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention at the Fillmore East. The agreement between Lennon and Zappa was that they would both have the rights to the music. What Lennon did not tell Zappa was that he would edit the tracks and take writing credit for his “King Kong.” Zappa later released the unedited tracks on his Playground Psychotics album.
It seems that even John Lennon was surprised by the negative reaction to this release. He quickly left the album behind and moved in other musical directions. And now, Sometime In New York City returns to my shelf.