December 9, 2020 – 8:18 am

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Off The Walls (Summer Of 1974) [Masterfraction MCFD 005, 1CD]

Alternate mixes and sessions. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to Soundbaron for sharing the tracks on the net.

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It was 40 years ago today…

Around 5 pm on December 8, 1980, John Lennon autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for fan Mark David Chapman before leaving The Dakota Apartments with Yoko Ono for a recording session at the Record Plant. After the session, Lennon and Ono returned to their Manhattan apartment in a limousine around 10:50 pm. They exited the vehicle and walked through the archway of the building when Chapman shot Lennon twice in the back and twice in the shoulder at close range. Lennon was rushed in a police cruiser to the emergency room of Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 11 pm. Lennon was 40.

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Interesting to note that John Lennon’s 1974 album, Wall And Bridges, didn’t get a glowing review in The Rolling Stone Record Guide (1979):

Both Mind Games (1973) and Walls And Bridges (1974) were drastic retreats from the anti-pop stance of Some Time In New York City (1972), and both produced hits: Mind Games, the trendy Whatever Gets You Thru The Night and #9 Dream. The sound was lush and conventional, the singing assured, but there was no real point of view at work - no point at all, in fact, save for continuing a career for its own sake; only Going Down On Love recalled the gutty realisim of John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band which seemed very far away.

Like so many veterans of the ’60s trapped by the ’70s, Lennon (by then the subject of a brutal but accurate parody on the National Lampoon’s Radio Dinner LP) had no idea of how to relate to his audience: with what appeared to be panic, he substituted production techniques for soul, building a bridge to his listeners with his sound but erecting a wall around himself with empty music.

Today, for Lennon and Beatles fans, it’s quite impossible to think of a world without the Walls And Bridges album.

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Track 01. Bless You [Monitor Mix] 5:19
Track 02. Move Over Ms L [Monitor Mix] 2:47
Track 03. Scared [Monitor Mix] 4:48
Track 04. Surprise Surprise (Sweet Bird Of Paradox) [Monitor Mix] 3:05
Track 05. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night [Monitor Mix] 3:06
Track 06. Going Down On Love [Monitor Mix] 3:51
Track 07. Nobody Loves You (When You’re Down And Out) [Monitor Mix] 5:04
Track 08. What You Got [Monitor Mix] 3:58
Track 09. Old Dirt Road [Monitor Mix] 2:34
Track 10. Beef Jerky [Rehearsal Session] 3:22
Track 11. Surprise Surprise (Sweet Bird Of Paradox) [Rehearsal Session] 3:39
Track 12. Going Down On Love [Rehearsal Session] 4:03
Track 13. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night [Rehearsal Session] 1:47
Track 14. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night [Rough Mix] 3:33
Track 15. Steel And Glass [Monitor Mix] 4:17
Track 16. Old Dirt Road [Monitor Mix] 4:54
Track 17. #9 Dream [Rough Mix] 4:42
65 mins

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  1. 31 Responses to “JOHN LENNON - OFF THE WALLS 1974”

  2. Rumor has it that I gots a Lil Un . I can’t stop thinking about penises

    By U L E on Dec 9, 2020

  3. Walls and Bridges is a very under appreciated album IMO. The songs are great and varied and there is a real warmth about it. I had not seen that review but am surprised at how negative it is. A bit of tall poppy syndrome perhaps.

    By Macca on Dec 9, 2020

  4. The tracks are too long! I don’t have a favorite track on this album!

    By HHH on Dec 9, 2020

  5. That was not me above . Another middle school or elderly retard living in his parents basement. This is obviously someone who is trying to sound normal by leaving an occasional normal comment . A name stealer nevertheless. Maybe it’s Hebrew Mark . I don’t even like Lennon or the Beatles that much . I’m more of a stones fan .

    By HHH on Dec 9, 2020

  6. Derrick, dd , the nfl or nigger football league was on full display last night as the Baltimore Ravens crushed derricks Dallas Cowboys. Derrick, and David , I swear it was a typical gorilla fest . Black apes galore , doing typical gorilla stuff like mugging for cameras , stupid celebrations after practically every play . I swear I never saw so many dreads and tattoos in my life . I think the only white players I saw were cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton and the kicker for Dallas , The Ravens were all black apes . Where is the diversity in sports nba and nfl . It’s all gorillas, both sports .

    By HHH on Dec 9, 2020

  7. The Corpse , Joe Blow Biden is being pressured to make his cabinet diverse, as in nothing but black apes , spicks and Muslims . Diverse as in nobody white . All apes , spicks and various darkies . Kamala time is just around the corner and when it comes there won’t be any whites left as her squad pals like Towelhead Omar and AOC will have expanded roles . Joe Blows dementia will get steadily worse as Kamala continues Biden her time .

    By HHH on Dec 9, 2020

  8. I agree hhh , I don’t see anything diverse about football and basketball. Society is full of hypocrites. How can it be diverse when all the players are niggers . I don’t see the liberals crying out for more white players . I can’t stand watching those baboons .

    By Nelson on Dec 9, 2020

  9. Nelson , ever notice how ugly many of these modern black apes are ? Eyes far apart , weird shaped heads etc ? That’s because incest is going on in Ape communities. No family values anymore thanks to the hip hop generation. Banging every female in sight means banging your mamas and sistas too . It gives a new meaning to the word baby mamas

    By HHH on Dec 9, 2020

  10. The apes really need whitey in charge to keep order . In the Jim Crow days apes looked normal . They stayed in their own communities and didn’t mingle with whitey except being maids and cooks . The old segregationists had it right . They can’t think for themselves. Working in the fields with shovels and rakes was what they were meant to do . Lyndon Baines Johnson changed all of that with his self serving civil rights bills of the sixties. Johnson , himself a southern racist wanted the black vote to secure defeating Barry Goldwater in 64 . The country has never recovered .

    By HHH on Dec 9, 2020

  11. Nelson,Derrick and HHH…I havent commented or been on this site fir quite some time. Ive read the usual moronic comments. Your rightHHH, i watched parts of the game last nite and it was a travesty. It looked like a hip hop fest with all the baboons twerkin and jerkin.

    By DD on Dec 9, 2020

  12. Niggers dont respect the games the way whitey did back in the day. At least whitey took pride for the god given talent they had. Niggers take it for granted.They feel they have the right. The only sport I will watch is boxing. At least the heavyweight champ is white, TYSON FURY. It will be fun to watch him destroy Deontay Wilder

    By DD on Dec 9, 2020

  13. Thank you for this. Have you also Plastic Ono Band-, Rock´n Roll- and Mind Games -sessions. I think Mind Games sessions is called Absolute Elsewhere. Cheers. Henry

    By Henry on Dec 9, 2020

  14. Don’t be a stranger dd . Don’t let the idiots keep you down . That’s what they want.

    By HHH on Dec 10, 2020

  15. Twernt me above, nuther fake

    By U L E on Dec 10, 2020

  16. Rumor has it John had a Lil Un

    By U L E on Dec 10, 2020

  17. The Lilst of the Fab Four. All Lil Uns

    By U L E on Dec 10, 2020

  18. “Hello my friends, So happy to see you again.” This is a Music site. Thanks for the John Winston. However, what has NO value is the grotesque, insecure fragile cuckoo birds, masquerading as people, who have debilitating psychiatric issues - with Blacks, Gays, Jews, Muslims, and other minorities. They exhibit a range of unstable sociopath qualities having - but not limited to: Extensive Antisocial Problems. Simply referred to as: “Clinical Inability To Think.” Symptoms include: Bias, Predispose, Indoctrinate, and Exaggerate. They Don’t dig words like “Community”, “Justice”, “Civility”, and “Impartiality”. It IS staunchly urged that they seek immediate comprehensive Medical attention. While Unlikely, with generous amounts of remedial tutoring they May learn “manners” through a very advanced concept identified as : “Comprehension.” Scientific tests consistently show a .00001% chance of their acquiring discernible brain activity (and therefore) leading to possible intellect through “attention” span. Further, please note: Recent data reveals implausible acumen or “Grasping an” as in: “Grasping an Idea.” Finally, a Compassionate Note regarding these non-music rednecks: Exhaustive, yet methodical reports acknowledge Actual evidence their bed wetting episodes may be moderately treated w/a gentle anally provided enema.
    Remember: We, as Music Lovers, will be Here - Long, Long (ie Long) after their deteriorating brain washed condition collapses. Heaven Research: “Pointing their plastic finger at me
    They’re hoping soon my kind will drop and die
    But I’m gonna wave my freak flag high, high
    Wave on, wave on.”

    By harmon on Dec 10, 2020

  19. I’m still here too DD and triple h . They ain’t my fuckin cowboys no more . Can’t stand watching them coon and hi Yeller monkeys wit all the showboating monkey bullshit . Do the ravens even got any white players at all ? Didn’t see any . The only Dallas players I saw that was white was vander esh the linebacker , Andy Dalton and the kicker . The nfl has gone to the coons . Saw that raven player shout easy money after they scored that last touchdown, mugging for them cameras . The old school coach’s like Landry. Lombardi and Shula George Allen would have kicked em off the team

    By Derrick on Dec 10, 2020

  20. DD , Mad dog Mike Curtis would have punched that motherfuckin coons lights out back in the day if he acted that way , showboating and tryin to show up his team . Remember when he knocked that fan on his ass who ran on the field ?

    By Derrick on Dec 10, 2020

  21. Thanks again for the another John Lennon recordings!

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Dec 10, 2020

  22. I see that someone shook up the hornets nest and all four racists came out into the open again. With their usual phraseology and comments. Oh dear… as someone else said, they are like scratched records stuck in the same old groove. With nothing new to add or say.

    By Madame Phoot on Dec 10, 2020

  23. not that HHH. these trolls can kiss my white ass. Big O with all this Beatles and John Lemon shit.give ita break already. Lets have some Jimmy Page man, sessions work yardbirds zep, black crowes

    By DD on Dec 10, 2020

  24. Would also love to hear some live ABBA. How bout it BigO ?

    By DD on Dec 11, 2020

  25. Harmon. Good points however, there is no stopping these children. OK perhaps one time it was funny, but on an on. This ULE guy is obsessed with big uns and little uns. He probably doesn’t even have un! :-) I believe that Big O tolerates this, perhaps because he refuses to censor which I would say is admirable, if that is the case. It’s just not worth it to read through the comments here anymore, unless you’ve able to ignore the freak-a-zoid immature bigoted ass holes who seem to like to use this platform for the jollies they can’t get from a real woman or man for that matter. Especially that ULE who is in love with Mary Palmer and her five sisters. His only hope.

    By beanzalo on Dec 11, 2020

  26. Harmon and Beanzalo,it is refreshing to see i`m not the only one who finds the infantile,racist and anti semitic content,dull and irritating. I dom`t get shocked by anything and my Humour has no boundaries,but it must be funny. My Friends and i have an understanding that a joke is “A Joke”and we have deep and informative discussions,inbetween the “Filth” and it is amongst ourselves. We wouldn`t dream of going onto a Fantastic Site,which this is,and adding comments that didn`t talk about “MUSIC” I have got an anorak type Love of the Beatles,and have come away from this site with recordings that thrill me. The recent AC/DC collection made me very popular with one of my Best and Oldest Friend. We are Old. Ha ha AC/DC were a Band we both fell in Love with as Teens,and when i sent Him the Albums i had obtained,He was blown away. Not just by the recordings,many of which He was unaware even existed,but the Audio quality was top notch as well and there are some recordings of our Favourite Songs,that reminded us just how exciting they were. Highway To Hell was such a Great Album,and the mainstream began to suss out what we had known all along ….They were Special. They provided what i wanted,and were clearly ready to take on the world,only for Bon Scott to exit a world that was ready to make Him a Superstar. Harmon,i believe You were a tad generous to say the Bullshit,at one point was funny. I found it boring from the first one i read. I assumed it was a one off,but alas,i struggle to find comments about the MUSIC. I am a Music Nerd. I play,write and record and the gaps inbetween are filled with me listening to Music. No Art Form touches me,emotionally,the way Music does and i want to read comments from people like me,and learn facts i did not previously know about. YouTube is pretty decent in that respect. It is great to know about other people who are as boring as me. Ha ha Sometimes my Girl`s eyes glaze over and i have to remind myself,not everybody is interested in what scale`s i have learned,or hearing me dissect a song,and how it was a learning curve in understanding why some Songs make me want to cry,or leap about like a loon. Music Is My Blood,And My Salvation. My Sanctuary And My Serenity.My Escape For All Eternity. The Magnet That Attracted The Friends That I Need.

    By David Scargill on Dec 18, 2020

  27. Thanks for that great-grandpa

    By Derrick on Dec 18, 2020

  28. Hey Scargs, have you got a PhD ???

    By DD on Dec 18, 2020

  29. He sure sent me to sleep.

    By HHH on Dec 18, 2020

  30. you want to talk music Scargill? how refreshing

    By dropkicksarge on Dec 18, 2020

  31. Scargill- I’d love to blow you while you talk like that. I got a tiny boner just reading that!

    Actually, I’d blow you if you were mute.

    You got any friends I can blow?

    By Corey M on Dec 18, 2020

  32. Thanks. I couldn’t find this version. Mine has less tracks.

    By Matt on Feb 4, 2021

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