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A Toot And A Snore In ‘74 [Mistral MM 9225, 1CD]

Burbank Studios, Los Angeles; March 28, 1974. Very good soundboard.

It was 35 years ago… Around 10:50 pm on December 8, 1980, as John Lennon and Yoko Ono returned to their New York apartment in the Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times at the entrance to the building. Lennon was taken to the emergency room of nearby Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at 11 pm.

A Toot and a Snore in ‘74 is a bootleg album of the only known recording session in which John Lennon and Paul McCartney played together after the break-up of the Beatles. First mentioned by Lennon in a 1975 interview, more details were brought to light in May Pang’s 1983 book, Loving John, and it gained wider prominence when McCartney made reference to the session in a 1997 interview. Discussing with Australian writer Sean Sennett in his Soho office, McCartney claimed the “session was hazy… for a number of reasons”. They were joined by Stevie Wonder, Harry Nilsson, Jesse Ed Davis, May Pang, Bobby Keys and producer Ed Freeman for an impromptu jam session. - wikipedia

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41 Years Ago: John Lennon and Paul McCartney Reunite For Only Post-Beatles Session

Lennon was producing his drinking buddy Harry Nilssonā€˜s forthcoming release Pussy Cats when Paul and his wife Linda McCartney unexpectedly stopped by…

The heart of the evening finds Lennon taking a trio of frustatingly incomplete passes at “Stand By Me” - a song that would eventually appear on his 1975 release Rock ‘N’ Roll, rising to No. 20 on the pop charts - but he spends most of the time complaining about the sound through his headphones. At one point, Lennon’s vocal drops out completely, leaving only harmony contributions from McCartney and Nilsson. Their sloppy take on Little Richard’s “Lucille” (a favorite of McCartney’s from the earliest days of the Beatles) features McCartney’s only other significant vocal collaboration with his former bandmate. Meanwhile, Lennon repeatedly asks for another drink, and at one point can be clearly heard saying: “You wanna snort, Steve? A Toot? It’s goin’ around.” Thus, the title of the legendary, and legendarily disjointed, bootleg that followed: A Toot and a Snore in ‘74.

“I jammed with Paul,” Lennon confirmed in a subsequent interview. “I did actually play with Paul. We did a lot of stuff in L.A., but there were 50 other people playing - all just watching me and Paul.”

Lennon, in fact, was on lead vocals and guitar, with McCartney singing harmony and playing the drums. Wonder also provided a few vocals and played electric piano. Linda took over on organ, while Lennon’s mistress May Pang played tambourine. Nilsson sings some, too. The group is rounded out by Davis on guitar, Keys on sax and by Ed Freeman (who was producing Don McLean in an adjacent studio) on bass. “They made joyous music together that night,” Pang remembered in her 1983 book Loving John.

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Track 01. A Toot And A Snore 0:26 (720k)
Track 02. Bluesy Jam Session 2:31 (4.2MB)
Track 03. Studio Talk 2:38 (4.4MB)
Track 04. Lucille 5:57 (10.0MB)
Track 05. Nightmares 2:37 (4.4MB)
Track 06. Stand By Me 2:17 (3.1MB)
Track 07. Stand By Me 3:39 (6.1MB)
Track 08. Stand By Me 6:03 (10.2MB)
Track 09. Cupid/Take This Hammer 3:10 (5.3MB)
30 mins

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  1. 5 Responses to “JOHN LENNON - A TOOT AND A SNORE IN ‘74”

  2. Thanks Big O.

    By Paul on Dec 9, 2015

  3. Of all of the tragedies in the past decades, there were two that stand out and bookend the takeover of the United States. JFK and John Lennon. Two men of peace taken at the expense of the rest of the world….

    By nobsartist on Dec 9, 2015

  4. thanks bigO i didnt know this existed.

    By barth on Dec 9, 2015

  5. I appreciate BigO providing this for us to hear. Well, it might be obvious why Paul wasn’t too interested in recording with John after this. I think John definitely mellowed out later on… but if you had one of the greatest producers shooting into the ceiling of your studio, I could see why one would take to drinking, and John it was said was a mean drunk. Not saying he was here, though.

    By ScanRad on Dec 10, 2015

  6. Thank you very much, BigO. Have been looking for this for years.

    The murder of John Lennon when I was a teen shocked and saddened me like no other before or after. For me, I really believe a little something changed after that, a bit of idealism and perhaps the innocence of youth was lost forever, and the reality that insane, celebrity-obsessed fellow human beings could commit an act that so completely lacks meaning.

    By Formosa Coweater on Dec 12, 2015

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