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. Checking Amazon, you can get this 1995 CD (HERE), a 2005 Mobile Fidelity 35th Anniversary gold CD release (HERE), as well as a 2012 vinyl version I knew nothing about (HERE)… on Hi Horse Records(?).