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LA 1974 Rehearsals [HMC/TMOQ Gazette HMC 039, 2CD]

Sessions and rehearsals. Very good soundboard.

The latest release from HMC features two different recordings from the same vintage - both from John’s self described, ‘Lost Weekend’ as he was sent on a sabbatical from Yoko’s care, appointed a girlfriend to look after him and left to get a few things out of his system. During this time, it wasn’t always taking a back seat and John also chose to spend his time working with Harry Nilsson, trying to patch up the singer’s career and no one would question him working with a Beatle for support.

Of the sessions recorded and released here, the first was recorded a LA’s Record Plant studios on the 28th of March, 1974 as John partied with a group of like minded lunatics as they slowly got more and more drunk and evidently more coked up. The sessions from the evening were booted in the mid-nineties as Mistrals, ‘A Toot And A Snore, ’74’ (Evidently a mistake made in translation as, as we know, ‘snort’ is more likely to be the operative term for what was going on in the studio that night.)

The tape used here is said to be a generation higher and slightly longer - It certainly sounds clearer, it’s still rough as the volume is pushed to its highest levels there is a certain amount of distortion here and there. Nothing that can’t ruin the mood of this smokey little get-together but it would be a blissfully Beatle awed mind that might find a great deal of promise from this rag-bag of oldies and jams.

If you’ve managed to avoid this party before, you miss certain intriguing little elements - Imagine being a blind fly on the wall at an expensive party, hosted by some of rock and soul’s luminaries in 1974, nothing much is getting done on request of the loudest ego in the room bar shouting whatever comes in to his head and the songs that he remembers. Guitar in hand, he chips away while his buddies make use of the instruments that lay around the studio. You’ll hear nothing that you couldn’t glean from HMC’s previous Lennon sessions releases apart from musicianship and the fact that, despite what you might think, hanging around with this gang once they got their minds blow was not as amusing as you might hope.

Fast forward to May and we have a new to silver disk tape, originally uploaded to the internet as “Sunday Night At The Record Plant” and copied on to CDR as the same title, If you think of it in the way you might listen to the ‘Let It Be’ sessions but with one Beatle instead of four and wit many more profanities, you won’t go far wrong.

Featuring more of the same squabbling, jamming, boozing and wailing, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel are actually audible on this tape (where Macca wasn’t) and so for most that haven’t actually heard this session yet or enjoy the Get Back sessions - you may enjoy this. Incomplete and with a smattering of tape lead-in’s here and there. The first pressings of the disks. (Most specifically disk two suffer with some serious disk issues essentially ruining anything that you might hear.)

The session tape leads in with a spark-out version of both ‘Rock Island Line’ and ‘Midnight Special’ sung, not especially well, by John and Paul Simon. It’s a straight forward sing along before John turns the real lyrics in to expletives, realising that things are going nowhere, Simon asks what else fits the tune and someone calls out for the second track instead…

I can only recommend this set for the fact that it’s pressed on to silver CD and, if you’re a fan of John’s roughly thought out lost period, you might find something to love within. It’s a pressing listen though and not a set that you’ll be pulling out all too often.

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Disc 1
March 28, 1974
Track 101. ”Ya Want A Toot Steve” 0:25
Track 102. ”Never Trust A Bugger’ 3:29
Track 103. Little Bitty Pretty One 1:32
Track 104. I Know You Don’t Love No More 1:27
Track 105. Lucille 4:58
Track 106. Sleepwalk 2:45
Track 107. Stand By Me 7:29
Track 108. Stand By Me #2 5:00
Track 109. Cupid/Chain Gang/Take This Hammer 3:34

March 23, 1974
Track 110. Midnight Special Medley/Rock Island Line 1:55
Track 111. Matchbox (Guitar Part) 0:23
Track 112. Wake Up Little Suzie 0:47
Track 113. Railroad Bill 0:57
Track 114. Everyday 1:18
Track 115. Maybe Tomorrow/Maybe Baby 1:51
Track 116. ”Whole Lotta Brandy!” 0:53
Track 117. Matchbox (More Guitar) 0:13
Track 118. Let The Good Times Roll 1:49
Track 119. Send Me Some Lovin’ (Take 1) 4:06
Track 120. Send Me Some Lovin’ (Take 2-3) 1:26
Track 121. Matchbox (Guitar)/Baby Let’s Play House 1:16
Track 122. Stand By Me 1:48
Track 123. Send Me Some Lovin’/'Do It Right’ (Jam) 5:19
Track 124. ‘Gimme Head’ (Jam) 3:41
59 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. ”Gimme Head” (Take 2) 0:43
Track 202. ”Gimme Head2 (Take 3 with ”Send Me Some Head”) 1:27
Track 203. ‘Gimme Head’ (Take 4) 3:03
Track 204. ”Alright Alright” (Take 1) 1:30
Track 205. ”Alright Alright” (Take 2)/Send Me Some Lovin (”Send Me My Asshole” Version) 5:31
Track 206. You Can’t Catch Me 6:30
Track 207. Well All Right 5:55
Track 208. Well All Right (Cont’d) 0:57
Track 209. Do You Want To Dance 3:21
Track 210. Do You Wanna Dance (Take 2) 0:28
Track 211. ”I Coulda Danced All Night” 4:02
Track 212. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby 6:27
Track 213. Take What You Need, Share What You Got 0:33
Track 214. Stand By Me (Take 2) 4:36
Track 215. Stand By Me (Take 3) 3:46
Track 216. ”Do It Right”, ect 6:18
Track 217. Johnny B Goode 3:01
Track 218. Whole Lotta Shakin’, ect 2:27
Track 219. ”Fxck Your Mother” Medley 5:21
Track 220. ”Somebody Gonna Give You Some Fxck” 0:27
Track 221. ”I Want You To Sit On Your Face” 1:47
68 mins

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  1. 30 Responses to “JOHN LENNON - LA 1974 REHEARSALS”

  2. I had a foursome with John Lennon.Harry Nilson and johns Mistress at the time Mae Pang back in 74,Very disapointing ,Both John and Harry had small cocks.So did Paul McCartney who i also fucked later.That was two beatles with small cocks.

    By Bebe Buell on Jun 27, 2017

  3. None of this ever released and can see why, Lost Weekend for sure. Can anyone suggest a couple of the better tracks here if they noticed something unique…I just sampled about six of them and it was just monkeying around in the studio stuff, did not want to hear more.

    By Harold Arnesen on Jun 27, 2017

  4. This place has enough negativity Harold , and trolls galore It really needs good positive comments and not more downers like yours , This music is free and it’s also John freaking Lennon for Christ sake .

    By Oliver on Jun 27, 2017

  5. If you don’t have something nice to say , then say nothing at all , good advise

    By Oliver on Jun 27, 2017

  6. Thanks Big O..

    By Paul on Jun 27, 2017

  7. Harold, I liked Well All Right, where John was a little committed. But for the most part, this was a lot of drunken stops and starts that don’t seem to go anyplace. Shame because this sounds like a pretty good band. Useful from an historical perspective since John’s “lost weekend” is probably the most mysterious part of his life. Imagine your wife ASSIGNING you a girlfriend to hang out while you are far away!

    By Tony on Jun 27, 2017

  8. Then again, considering the worthless dirtbags who’ve recently shown up on this site, maybe you SHOULDN’T imagine that.

    By Tony on Jun 27, 2017

  9. Thanks Tony for helping, instead of attacking when I asked for help! I’ll listen more closely to “Well All Right”.

    By Harold Arnesen on Jun 27, 2017

  10. John Lennon could have been shot dead in 1973 while working on Rock n Roll. Phil Spector could have been serving jail time for Lennon’s death. Spector brought his pistol and shot it into the ceiling while Lennon was there. Mal Evans pulled the bullet out that night and showed it to Lennon the next day. John was freaked out. Years later a woman died of a gunshot at Spector’s home, and he is still serving time for her death, if I recall correctly.

    By ScarRad on Jun 27, 2017

  11. May Pang was with John in 1973 at the Record Plant in California and documented what happened.

    By ScarRad on Jun 27, 2017

  12. Phil Spector was innocent, I believe he was railroaded, the man is a genius

    By Carl on Jun 28, 2017

  13. While John & Harry were puking in the toilet at The Troubador, Yoko was dishing out hair pie to Peter Lawford’s wife.
    John also dedicated track 219 to his son, Sean. Which brings to mind, why censor the word fxck?

    By Tammy on Jun 28, 2017

  14. Eyy Lennon can eat a big gabbagol, he beat he wife. not cool, paisano

    By Pizza Tony on Jun 28, 2017

  15. Hey Tammy: En 1974 Sean todavia no habia nacido….ni siquiera esta gestado….

    Hey Tammy: In 1974 Sean was still not born …. not even gestated ….

    (translated con Google)

    By Caton3 on Jun 28, 2017

  16. Harold, i said please stop the negativity concerning Lennon. These are historic recordings and are free to boot.Be grateful to Big O for providing you this {FREE} music and stop complaining.Only positive comments are needed here,same to you Tony,I sensed some negativity from you also.If you have nothing positive to say then SAY NOTHING, Got That?

    By Oliver on Jun 28, 2017

  17. This is John bleeping Lennon you should be grateful as hell for this

    By Oliver on Jun 28, 2017

  18. Lennons dick was about half the size of the head of Sinatra’s

    By Tony C on Jun 28, 2017

  19. Look at the cover of two virgins,Johns cock is practically lost in all that pubic hair,about the size of a tootsie roll,poor guy.Imagine Sinatra or Uncle Miltie standing beside him about feeling half a man

    By Tony C on Jun 28, 2017

  20. I suck cock. I always feel like less of a man when I’m sucking cock because all most all of them are bigger than mine. Who the fuck am I to talk about Lennon’s cock? I also feel like less of a man every time I see or think about another man, even if they’re pictures in a magazine or somebody on TV. I feel like a stupid fucking pussyass jerkoff right now. Maybe because I am.

    By Tony C on Jun 28, 2017

  21. John and Paul were both very small,extremely disappointing. being Beatles i expected more,much more.Other small men were Mick Jagger,Elton John and Paul Simon very small all.The biggest rock cock remains Gene Simmons,The biggest period was Mr Sinatra.Oh my God the legend was true,he almost killed me with that monster.

    By Bebe Buell on Jun 28, 2017

  22. Thats bullshit Bebe,Gene was definitely huge but Huey Lewis was way bigger.Larger than life.Iggy Pop and David Bowie were large also.agree with you about Mick Jagger ,way too small,couldnt feel a thing.

    By Pamela Des Barres on Jun 28, 2017

  23. There goes my shadow ,the imposter using my name to put his fag spin on everything.The only gay faggot is you asshole.You must be a fag because thats all you refer to.

    By Tony C on Jun 28, 2017

  24. Can’t believe someone took up for Phil Spector.The man is a murdering psychopath who is behind bars where he belongs. He was married to Ronnie Bennett lead singer of The Ronettes in the sixties and beat her as well as locked her inside their house when they were together

    By Zeke on Jun 28, 2017

    Here’s the BigO set that Darlene Love and Ronnie Bennett did, Ronnie Spector has the 2nd set. Ronnie Spector (stage name - her birth name was Veronica Bennett) released a new album last year 2016 called English Heart, where she covers top brit bands of the 60’s, and incredibly, she nails them!! I’m A Fool For You Baby, Because, I’d Much Rather Be With The Girls, Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying, Tired of Waiting, Tell Her No, I’ll Follow the Sun, You’ve Got Your Troubles, Girl Don’t Come, How can You Mend A Broken Heart, and my fav, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.

    By ScarRad on Jun 28, 2017

  26. gratefull as hell the day you fuck off

    By Oliver moron on Jun 28, 2017

  27. There was no real evidence against Spector. Law enforcement as well as the media loves to bring down and destroy celebrities, Phil Spector , OJ Simpson , Michael Jackson, Robert Blake , Clarence Thomas , are examples of celebrities who have been unfairly brought down by overzealous cops , and prosecutors withof course the help of the media who love to see famous people destroyed. The same unfair hatchet job is currently being done to the two Bills , Cosby and Oreilly both innocent victims of corrupt law enforcement and a left wing political agenda boosted of course by the left leaning mainstream media.

    By Carl on Jun 28, 2017

  28. Michael Jackson was a weirdo but not a child molester , the prosecutor Tom Sneddon , had a hard on for him . The stress brought on by that trial probably contributed to his death not long afterwards. OJ innocent though ? Really Carl what have you been smoking?

    By Sammy on Jun 28, 2017

  29. Mike and I used to play with each other and compare wee wees , lots of harmless fun .

    By Macaulay Calkin on Jun 28, 2017

  30. my bum is sore

    By Tony C on Jun 29, 2017

  31. please repost
    thank you

    By zeko on Feb 18, 2020

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