Sunday, September 18, 2016

Two Virgins Outtake

Yes, read right. In mid May in 1968, John Lennon returned from New York after promoting the Apple company along with Paul McCartney featuring some interviews both in print and on television. The story goes that Lennon got bored upon his return to the UK and decided to call over both Pete Shotton (his longtime Liverpool buddy) and also ended up contacting Yoko Ono to come over. The result was Mr. Shotton going to bed that evening and leaving John and Yoko up to their own devices.
John and Yoko recorded in John's attic studio overnight with the results of experimental spoken word, accompanied by the mellotron (a keyboard that emulates various sounds similar to what would eventually be known as a synthesizer) and sporadic piano notes.
The results of this masterpiece was released commercially on the Apple LP "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins" in mono and fake stereo of which the front cover consisted of John and Yoko standing fully naked on the front cover facing forward and the back cover with them once again fully naked with their backs turned. The LP was not distributed by EMI or Capitol, but by Track Records in the UK and by Tetragrammaton Records in North America.
The outtake ( lasting about one minute and a half) was broadcast on the "Lost Lennon Tapes" radio series and can be found on the CD bootleg "The Lost Lennon Tapes".

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