Holy Grails, Upgrades & Reconstructions Vol. 2

John Lennon
 
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Label His Master's Choice
Catalogue No.   HMC 046
Release date December 2017
Total time The DVD - 79 minutes 10 seconds
The C.D. - 64 minutes 42 seconds
Comments :                            TMOQ Gazette - Volume 34

Contains Previously Unreleased Video Material
This is the second volume in a continuing series of exquisite Lennon audio and video releases
that contain extremely rare or previously unheard/unseen material.
This volume covers the period of December 1974 to November 1975 and includes
the events centred around the "Walls and Bridges" album.
Plus the second half of John's 18-month lost weekend in Los Angeles,
his return to New York, and his reconciliation with Yoko.

The 24 page stiff card booklet for the TMOQ Gazette has a much more detailed write-up from which the above was extracted.
It also has a page about the background to John's "lost weekend", a write-up about the DVD and the C.D.
An interview with John for Hit Parader magazine with Lisa Robinson in December 1975 and a nice letter from John to George.


The D.V.D.

No. Title Track Detail Time
"Walls, Bridges, Brandy & Blow"

6 Chapters - total: 79:10
1 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Video outtakes
Silent BBC footage of John roaming around New York
Some in a horse-drawn carriage as John stops to sign autographs.
The soundtrack is the Remake Take 1.
3:14
2 Move Over Ms. L Video outtakes
John appears at the Beacon Theatre, at Tiffany's, and on the street with a street performer.
The audio soundtrack can be found on Oddities Vol.3
2:39
3 Beef Jerky Video outtakes
Filmed around Broadway, John is absent from the footage.
3:29
4 Steel And Glass Video outtakes
Filmed 17th October 1974, this includes footage in Central Park.
Plus more at Tiffany's and the Beacon Theatre with Bruce Scott,
who will appear in Sgt. Pepper the show which will premiere 14th Nov.
5:15
5 What You Got Video outtakes
More shots in Central Park, the horse-drawn carriage and the Sgt. Pepper show.
4:11
6 Goodnight Vienna Video outtakes
John seen in his Dakota office, then different footage with the Sgt. Pepper poster
2:06
7 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Video outtakes (set to the audio outtake that didn't fit on the CD)
More footage around Central Park.
IMPORTANT NOTE :
The pristine, stereo version of the "final vocal overdub onto remake take 7" did not fit on the c.d.
So it is included here as the audio to this video outtake.
3:41
8 Walls And Bridges T.V. Ad. T.V. Ad (narrated by Ringo) 0:57
9 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Original film promo
Assembled from the time of filming from the above outtakes, but different pieces.
2:01
10 #9 Dream 1992 Promo
John and Yoko footage, mostly from earlier than 1974.
4:49
11 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night 1992 Promo
Cartoon version
3:34
12 The Today Show 17th December 1974
John discusses the Beatles, and maybe working again with George or even all four.
17:30
13 Monday Night Football 9th December 1974
John with Howard Cosell, briefly talks of rugby and Beatles re-uniting
1:50
14 Goodnight Vienna TV Ad - short version
John provides some voice-over
0:49
15 Goodnight Vienna TV Ad - long version 1:20
16 Pussy Cats TV Ad 0:42
17 The Grammy Awards 1st March 1975
John jokes with Andy Williams and announces Record of the Year
3:55
18 Un Jour Futur 18th March 1975
At the Dakota, John records his second interview with the journalist Jean-Francois Vallee
(his first being on December 14, 1971), this time for inclusion in the French television programme Un Jour Futur.
His piece, entitled "Il Etait Une Fois John Lennon (Once Upon A Time There Was John Lennon)",
is produced by Michael Lancelot and features John, besides speaking on the telephone,
being interviewed while sitting on the floor.
Among many topics of conversation, he discusses Paul's drug taking admission to ITN news in 1967,
The Beatles as "world leaders", his visit to Paris in 1961 and the trademark Beatle haircut and collarless jacket.
He also reveals how he incorporated reggae into the 1964 Beatles tune 'I Call Your Name'.
At one stage, he goes out onto the balcony and performs a mock magical trick with a handkerchief,
which appears from the bottom of his trousers.
Inside his apartment again, this time solo on the piano, John performs a unique version of Labelle's hit,
"Lady Marmalade" (Voulez Vous Coucher Avec Moi, Ce Soir).
(John appears in the interview wearing a T-shirt that has that logo stamped on to it.)
For its first television broadcast, on Saturday June 28, and for the benefit of the non-English speaking French viewers,
Lancelot strangely dubs John's answers with two separate male/female French voices.
Sections of the interview where John speaks frankly about sex and drugs are deemed too risky for transmission and
were never screened at the time.
Later in the day, the concluding part of the Old Grey Whistle Test show takes place at the Hit Factory studios in New York,
where John and his band film studio performances of 'Slippin' And Slidin' ' and 'Stand By Me'. Both seen here.
43:12


The C.D.

No. Title Comments Time
"Audio Clean Up Time Volume 2"
1 Ain't She Sweet John doing his amusing cockney accent
(Edited version of this is on Anthology)
0:28
2 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 1  
John at start: "Are we on Shelley, where are yer ?"
At this stage John is providing more of a guide vocal, and halts proceedings 2 1/2 minutes in.
2:45
3 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 2  
John at start: "Just think slower, let's just try it"
At end: "you gave me so much voice I ended up back here"
3:35
4 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 3  
This take is a little slower
At end, "Hello Hello, what happened ?"
2:40
5 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 4   - Breakdown & Yesterday parody
(Edited version of this is on Anthology)
0:53
6 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 4   - Complete pickup
At end, "ok ok, take a break and listen"
3:22
7 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 5   - Breakdown & song fragment
At start, "Just pretend you can hear bongos, congas"
Breakdown, "Something funny in the cans" .... "it's Mickey Mouse"
"Don't let them hear the echo on the piano Shelley"
1:46
8 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 5   - cuts into ending
At end, "I heard yer, I heard yer"
2:50
9 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 6   2:57
10 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 7  
At start, "Just trying to suck that peach out of my teeth"
"Don't think I've got something you ain't got, it's just in my teeth"
4:03
11 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 8  
At start, "Tell me when you're ready Shelley - ok, we're on"
Breaks down when the piano goes berserk
1:03
12 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 9  
At end, "Hold it, you're speeding up again"
2:08
13 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 10  
At start, "Ok Jessie, and again without all those people moving"
"There's too middle eights first - quiet listen, Jesse's doing something"
A complete take.
4:12
14 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 11  
The first time one hears what could be a "Take" call,
then John calls for quiet.
Another complete take, similar to the previous one.
At end John says, "Pretty good"
4:00
15 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 12  
At start John says, "The swinging arabs, take 12", then just two false starts
0:57
16 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 13  
At start John says, "Charming"
Another complete take
At end John says, "Any secrets", someone replies, "I played one wrong chord, I believe"
4:02
17 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 14  
"14" is heard at the start
After a false start John says, "Hold it, the pig is stuffing his face again"
John stops the take saying, "Stop, there's a Klaus looking at me !"
2:40
18 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 16  
"16" is heard then just two opening bars
0:16
19 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 17  
"17", then John says, "Pretty Polly Pretty Polly", then just two notes !
0:16
20 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 18  
John gives a very slow count-in.
Another indistinguished complete take
At end John says, "Sounded pretty active"
3:50
21 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 19  
Count in then a false start of just one note, followed by a start John doesn't like
0:51
22 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 20  
"20" is heard, then John stops it early with, "Ken, you're rushing".
0:31
23 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 21  
"21", John stops it, "it's nowhere near the other one"
0:56
24 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night Take 22  
Another complete take, not much different to earlier attempts.
3:44
25 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night RMK Take 1  
A pretty lacklustre run through, maybe a guide vocal
At end John says, "Stop, let's try a little better"
3:15
26 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night RMK Take 2  
Not much better than the previous run through.
At end John says, "Hold it Los conchinitas, let's go check that rubbish shall we ?"
2:53
27 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night RMK Take 3   - False start 0:49
28 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night RMK Take 3  
No serious vocals as it breaks down early again
2:13
29 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night RMK Take 4  
After some practice notes at the start John says, "That's like a fecking ukelele"
No serious vocals in this take either as they try to get a backing track down
3:20
30 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night RMK Take 5  
No serious vocals in this take either, yet at the end John says, "Pretty good" ?!
3:46
31 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night RMK Take 6  
"6" is heard, again not a serious effort at all as it breaks down
John stops, "The congas got a little loud, you turned them up halfway through the take"
2:10
32 Whatever Gets You Thru The Night RMK Take 7   - Final used backing track
IMPORTANT NOTE :
The pristine, stereo version of the "final vocal overdub onto remake take 7" did not fit on the c.d.
So it was included on the DVD, chapter 7, as the audio to that video outtake.
It will also re-appear on Holy Grails Vol.3
4:14

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