Holy Grails, Upgrades & Reconstructions Vol. 4

John Lennon
 
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Label His Master's Choice
Catalogue No.   HMC 049
Release date June 2018
Total time The DVD - 79 minutes 10 seconds
The C.D. - 64 minutes 42 seconds
Comments :                            TMOQ Gazette - Volume 37

Contains Previously Unreleased Audio & Video Material
This is the fourth 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 May 1969 to February 1970 and includes
the events centred around the "Plastic Ono Band" album and John and Yoko's Peace Honeymoon.

It contains a DVD of press conferences, public appearances, promotional videos, TV adverts, Television appearances and outtakes.
The CD features the studio session for the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band song "Love" appearing in
substantially upgraded quality and for the first time in true stereo.
(The last two tracks from this session would not fit here, and will be on the next HMC release !)
Recorded 26 September - 23rd October 1970
Produced by: John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Phil Spector.
John Lennon: Vocals, acoustic guitar
Phil Spector: Piano

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 more detailed page about the the DVD and one of the C.D.
The bulk of the booklet is taken up with an allegedly unpublished interview with John from early spring of 1975.


The D.V.D.

No. Title Track Detail Time
"Plastic Bands And More"

6 Chapters - total: 96:46
1 Give Peace A Chance Recorded 31/05/1969
Hotel Queen Elizabeth, Montreal
High quality stereo, edited together from all best version
6:36
2 W5 December 1969
CTV News, Toronto
No timecode or watermarks, excellent quality
(W5 = Who What Where When Why
6:04
3 Avro Televisier Magazine Broadcast 16/12/1969 in Holland
Filmed in Canada specifically for Holland TV
Includes Jerry Rubin
3:10
4 University of Toronto Broadcast 20th December 1969 on Canada's CBS News
Features Canadian professor Marchall McLuhan
54:56
5 Man of the Decade Recorded 2nd December 1969 at Tittenhurst, Ascot.
Broadcast 15th December.
Hosted by Desmond Morris this is part 3 of a show that featured;
John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill
22:35
6 Instant Karma 5th February 1970
Original BBC version from Top Of The Pops,
with complete intro and outro.
3:25


The C.D.

No. Title Comments Time
"Audio Clean Up Time Volume 4"
1 Love Band run through 1:22
2 It'll Be Me Jerry Lee Lewis song from 1958 1:03
3 Love Acoustic guitar - Take 1
A brief false start, then a half-hearted first verse.
Then John takes the headphones off, as he says the sound is better.
1:24
4 Love Acoustic guitar - Take 2
Breaks down during first verse.
0:34
5 Love Acoustic guitar - Take 3
Quite a nice complete run through.
John at end, "Can you just bring a pencil Mal, so I can write living instead of giving"
2:59
6 Love Acoustic guitar - Take 4
At start, "Just relax my Kentucky braces".
"Oh, what am I doing" as John stops
0:49
7 Love Acoustic guitar - Take 5 (false start) 0:12
8 Love Acoustic guitar - Take 5 2:47
9 Look At Me Incomplete - brief snatches 0:39
10 Love Acoustic guitar - Take 6
"Are we on ?"
At end, "Bit too heavy, wasn't it "
2:57
11 Love Acoustic guitar - Take 7
Before the attempt, John offers "God Is A Concept"
As John breaks down, "I was thinking of my bum ..... guitar note"
1:23
12 Love Acoustic guitar - Take 8
At end, "it's a bit stiff", "give me the other guitar"
3:08
13 Love Acoustic guitar - Take 9 (False starts) 0:24
14 Love Acoustic guitar - Take 9
At end, "Wasn't very good, I just can't get in this mood"
1:13
15 Love Acoustic guitar - Take 10 2:21
16 Love Acoustic guitar - Take 11 1:28
17 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 12
Although, this is the first track to start with a Take Call, "12", it just sounds like a practice.
John, "How's it sound ?" .... "Shitty".
4:01
18 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 13
"13"
"OK, shall we just take one ?"
"Sam and The Blue Funk Riders present Love take 1"
3:03
19 Love Unnumbered French Comedy Take ! 0:44
20 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 14
"Take 14"
1:29
21 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 15
"15"
"I need a guitar strap", "I can't relax stood here like a nightclub singer", "Try to do it slower"
3:16
22 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 16
Tuning at the start
"With all these mics on the guitar are you doing it in stereo ?"
3:34
23 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 17 (False start)
"I like that one where you played an intro"
1:18
24 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 18
"Don't worry about your left hand, I'll be your left hand"
0:31
25 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 19
"Just play it straight"
3:13
26 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 20 (Nearly a start)
"Do you want a copy of the words"
0:23
27 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 21
"Right let's take one" "21"
(a very nice take)
3:53
28 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 21 (Mistake !) 0:37
29 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 22-23
Phil, "Are we taping this ?". John, "Every golden moment"
3:15
30 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 24
False start and tuning, "Open the ears for a sec, so I can tune to the piano"
1:45
31 Baby I Don't Care Leiber & Stoller 0:22
32 Love Piano only - Take 24 (False start) 0:40
33 Love Electric guitar & Piano - Take 25
"Just carry on, it doesn't matter if you play a different tune"
A very laid back run through
2:45
34 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Setting John's echo levels 1:29
35 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 26
Another non-serious take
2:11
36 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 27
A serious attempt at a take - until the mid-section.
At end, "That last one was very good I thought"
"I don't want to listen to it, just tell us if we've got it"
4:43
37 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 28
Very brief false start
0:31
38 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 29
An excellent take but at the end, John says, "one more".
3:17
39 Love Acoustic guitar & Piano - Take 30
Not a take, just John saying "we really should have gone straight into a next one" ....
2:11

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