Live At The Fillmore East
June 5, 1971
Lennon’s Mix & Zappa’s Mix, Side By Side
FROM 2009: It stands as John Lennon’s most daring live performance. The night he and Yoko Ono stepped onstage with Frank Zappa’s Mothers during the final days of the Fillmore East. Lennon released the tapes on Sometime in New York City in 1972. Zappa re-edited the material 20 years later for his own Playground Psychotics. Both mixes differ and have their own strengths. Still, either version of Lennon & The Mothers’ hair-raising opening, the Cavern Club-era cover of “Well (Baby Please Don’t Go),” must be considered one of John Lennon’s finest live recordings (acting as a reminder of how good Lennon was with a great band behind him). Yoko detractors routinely dismiss this entire show because of her equal presence. Instead… it might be her shining hour, and maybe Lennon and Ono’s live high-water mark, filled with sounds most people had never heard before… including improvisational adventures via Lennon’s noise-making and Yoko’s two-ton balls. It would be decades before Sonic Youth and Yamatsuka Eye would make this show’s raw guitar feedback and genre-shattering vocals appear cool, though… this history witnessing crowd seemed to get it OK. Say what you will about the credibility of their experimentations together, John & Yoko’s antics introduced millions of teens to their very first taste of mind-altering anti-music with “Revolution #9,” and then got weirder after that. Lennon’s artistic revenge (HERE) for Zappa’s We’re Only In It For The Money (HERE).
LENNON’S MIX (Sometime In New York City 1972)
Well (Baby Please Don’t Go) (4:40)