Today marks the 50th anniversary of one of my favourite albums of all time, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. I recently had the chance to discuss this record at length with Paul Romanuk, host of the Beatles podcast The Walrus Was Paul. Lennon’s first post-Beatles album has had a huge influence on me musically throughout my life. In comparison to his work in The Beatles, it’s a stripped down affair, just Lennon on vocals/guitar/piano with Klaus Voorman on bass and Ringo Starr on drums (Billy Preston plays piano on “God” and Phil Spector plays piano on “Love”). It’s a brutally honest and confessional record, I don’t think anyone else in music has dug deeper into themselves and shared it with strangers. John Lennon at least must have been the first. His vocals were never more passionate, as the music goes from one end (raw bluesy-rock ‘n’ roll such as “I Found Out” and “Well, Well, Well”) to the other (the tenderness of “Love” and “Look At Me”. The album opens with abandonment in “Mother” and closes with “God” and “My Mummy’s Dead.” “God” must have been quite the shock, especially for Beatles fans (“I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me”). I also love hearing just him play guitar, he had a unique style on guitar as well as piano that I think is overlooked. He didn’t know it but he helped me learn how to play piano!
It was 40 years ago this past December 8th that we lost John Lennon. By time I was born, he had been gone for over five and a half years but thanks to my folks, I’ve known and loved his music all of my life. Today, I like that I can celebrate one of the important gifts that he gave us, the masterpiece John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
Have a listen to the episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-walrus-was-paul/id1524679619
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