THE PLASTIC ONO BAND Live Peace In Toronto 1969 (1970) + The Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Version (2005)

Live Peace In Toronto, 1969
John & Yoko’s Day Trip

For whatever reason, John Lennon’s first live album (recorded just after the completion of Abbey Road and released only months later) has yet to be remixed & reissued by Yoko Ono for the new millennium. Side one is a fun, off-the-cuff collection of old rockers and recent Lennon hits, while side two is filled with feedback & screaming that – at the time – helped to cement Ono’s undesirability status in the minds of Beatles fans everywhere, being the best-selling of John & Yoko’s early endeavors together. If you ever run across an old LP, just take a gander at the different conditions of each side. You should already know this album’s story… Lennon and pals (Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman and Alan White) jumped on stage in Toronto with little more than a couple of hours rehearsal on the plane over. Not that they needed much for chestnuts like “Money” and “Dizzy Miss Lizzie” (or any for side two). JL and EC also reprised their performance of The Beatles’ “Yer Blues,” from The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus – the only times the two had played together live. At Amazon you can get the 1995 CD (HERE) and the 2005 Mobile Fidelity 35th Anniversary gold CD release (HERE).


Blue Suede Shoes (4:07)
Money (3:25)
Dizzy Miss Lizzy (3:24)
Yer Blues (4:12)
Cold Turkey (3:34)
Give Peace a Chance (3:41)
Don’t Worry, Kyoko (4:48)
John, John (Let’s Hope for Peace) (12:39)

ADDED BONUS:
Front
Live Peace In Toronto, 1969
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Version

24 Comments

  • 1
    Art Ducko
    November 2, 2009 - 15:26 | Permalink

    Still have the cool calendar that came with the original vinyl release of this. It's recently been re- released on 180-gram vinyl with a sticker shock price. There's also a dvd of the show that's recently come out, but I don't know how good it is, not having seen it. I've always loved the lp cover. Very John.

  • 2
    Capt. Willard
    November 2, 2009 - 17:38 | Permalink

    Very Yoko, actually.

  • 3
    wardo
    November 3, 2009 - 00:00 | Permalink

    Yoko "supervised" the 1995 CD, and apparently it came out on Mobile Fidelity a few years back.

    Here's my take:
    http://everybodysdummy.blogspot.com/2008/06/john-lennon-1-live-peace-in-toronto.html

  • 4
    Dan The Man
    November 3, 2009 - 00:19 | Permalink

    Mobile Fidelity just used the 2 track safety master for that release. They didn't go back to the original multi-track masters. Yoko only OK'd it. I wish she would remix Live Peace too because it needs it. I've enjoyed what she's done with the other remixes, especially Imagine.

  • 5
    J Neo Marvin
    November 3, 2009 - 04:49 | Permalink

    I'll always have a soft spot for this album, even though it captures a sloppy mess of a concert. It was the first version of "Blue Suede Shoes" I ever heard, and still my favorite. And Side 2 blew my mind, though Yoko did far better avant-noise-rock records after that. When Lennon announces, "Now Yoko's gonna do her thing…all over you!", it's an iconic moment.

  • 6
    Capt. Willard
    November 4, 2009 - 19:49 | Permalink

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  • 7
    Anonymous
    December 2, 2010 - 18:48 | Permalink

    Thank you Willard.

  • 8
    Capt. Willard
    December 2, 2010 - 19:18 | Permalink

    Thanks for the thanks.

  • 9
    greggery
    March 14, 2013 - 04:03 | Permalink

    Captain,

    Could you please re up this one? By the way, this is seriously a great place. Wish I’d found it ages ago, you do a fabulous job (no pun intended). The Studio Sessions have been magic to my ears :-) I need to get my 2009 Remasters onto my iPod… I’m short some of the Stereo albums and would like the Mono ones too… would you happen to know where they might be please?

    I want The 910 Guide when the next edition comes out too…

    greggery

    • 10
      Willard
      March 14, 2013 - 12:15 | Permalink

      New link up, thanks. You’ll have to search the web if you’re looking for Mono’s. Most links have probably died by now, and I haven’t noticed any popping up recently. But, Google is your friend.

  • 11
    BK
    March 16, 2013 - 21:40 | Permalink

    JL & EC also played together on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, although perhaps not at the same time as Eric was brought in late by George to add lead guitar – need to check the ‘Sessions’ book to be sure …

    • 12
      Willard
      September 17, 2013 - 09:17 | Permalink

      I checked and the Sessions book isn’t clear if Lennon was present for the overdubs that Clapton added to “While My Guitar…” It does say that George, Paul and Ringo were present, and playing, but doesn’t mention John – who was there the day before for the base tracks.

  • 13
    Timmy
    September 17, 2013 - 10:55 | Permalink

    The M.C. announcer who introduces this act, at the beginning of this album & concert, is none other than Kim Fowley.
    Thanx, Willy………………………….!

    • 14
      Willard
      September 17, 2013 - 11:21 | Permalink

      I don’t think I knew that.

  • 15
    Anonymous
    September 17, 2013 - 12:09 | Permalink

    Classic anecdote from Clapton in his autobiography about this show.

    Apparently after the plane they took landed in Toronto, a limo was there to pick up the Plastic Ono Couple, who quickly entered and sped away, leaving the others to figure out their own arrangements.

  • 17
    Anonymous
    September 17, 2013 - 13:24 | Permalink

    I have a Capitol reissue of this on LP and you’re right about the wear and tear of the two sides. I think I’ve played side two a grand total of maybe 5 or 6 times over the years! Not that it’s necessarily bad, it just doesn’t really have much substance to hang on to as a listener. Still, side one’s good enough to make it a worthwhile listen so it will be nice to hear this one again. Thanks.

  • 18
    Rufus T. Firefly
    September 18, 2013 - 00:40 | Permalink

    I’m curious about something… When this LP was released in ’69 (I bought a copy complete with calendar at Platterpuss Records in Long Beach, CA the day it was issued) everyone on the planet who gave a darn about J&Y (reviewers, mere mortals, etc.) referred to it as “Live Peace Toronto”—no “in.” I just checked my album and it remains “in”-less.

    Now, truth be told, it’s a terrible record but we were all pretty excited about side one’s material at the time—poorly performed and recorded as it was. (Side two was, and continues to be, in my opinion, unlistenable.) My question is, when the (minor) title change happened?

    I seldom drop by these days Capt. W., but I’m delighted you’re still hosting such a wonderful site. Bravo!

    ~RTF

    • 19
      Willard
      September 18, 2013 - 09:00 | Permalink

      That’s interesting. I haven’t had the vinyl in so long I didn’t even notice (or completely forgot) it.

  • 20
    September 18, 2013 - 01:08 | Permalink

    I love love love the sludgy version of “Money” on this one.

  • 21
    rick
    September 18, 2013 - 11:02 | Permalink

    I used to put on the b-side to drive my first wife’s dippy friends out of the house when I was sick of them

  • 22
    Ace K.
    October 6, 2013 - 17:13 | Permalink

    Re:using the second side to drive people out of the house, our Beatles-related LP to do the same (and admittedly better music) was George’s “Wonderwall Music”. Some of that is OK, but to most Western ears the Indian music stuff could peel paint.

    Ace K.

  • 23
    January 6, 2014 - 19:37 | Permalink

    thanks again for all the music.
    Enrique

  • 24
    Anonymous
    January 16, 2014 - 01:58 | Permalink

    many tanx!

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