John Lennon-Plastic Ono Band
John Lennon-Plastic Ono Band
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John Lennon-Plastic Ono Band

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John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is the debut solo record by English musician John Lennon. Backed by the Plastic Ono Band, it was released by Apple Records on 11 December 1970 in tandem with the similarly titled album by his wife, Yoko Ono. At the time of its issue, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band received mixed reviews overall, but later came to be widely regarded as Lennon’s best solo album.

Co-produced by Lennon, Ono and Phil Spector, it followed Lennon’s recording of three experimental releases with Ono and a live album from the 1969 version of the Plastic Ono Band. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band contains a largely raw production sound with songs heavily influenced by Lennon’s recent primal scream therapy. Its lyrics reflect Lennon’s personal issues and includes themes of child-parent abandonment and psychological suffering. The tracks were recorded in September and October 1970 at Abbey Road Studios in London, simultaneously with Ono’s similarly titled solo album.

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band peaked at number eight on the UK Albums Chart and number six on the US Billboard 200. In 1987, Rolling Stone ranked it fourth in its list “The 100 Best Albums of the Last Twenty Years” and in 2012, ranked it number 23 in their list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. It was voted number 244 in Colin Larkin All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000). In 2000, the album was remixed with two bonus tracks, “Power to the People” and “Do the Oz”. The album’s 2021 Ultimate Mixes reissue, in the eight-disc Ultimate Collection box set, features 159 previously unreleased mixes, demos, outtakes, and isolated track elements.

The Plastic Ono Band was a conceptual art-based rock band formed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1968 for their collaborative and solo projects.

The name, and its Fluxus idea of an open-ended plastic band, was first conceived of by Ono in 1967 as an idea for an art exhibition in Berlin. The Plastic Ono Band was first realized in 1968 as a multi-media machine maquette by John Lennon, also called The Plastic Ono Band. In 1968 Lennon and Ono began a personal and artistic relationship (they married in 1969) in which they decided to credit their future endeavors as the work of The Plastic Ono Band. Ono and Lennon collaborated on several art exhibitions, concerts, happenings and experimental noise music recording projects, before recording and releasing somewhat more standard rock-based albums that were still connected to the Plastic Ono Band concept.

The Plastic Ono Band featured a rotating line-up of musicians, including Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, Alan White, Billy Preston, Jim Keltner, Keith Moon, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, and Lennon’s former Beatles bandmates George Harrison and Ringo Starr. After Lennon and Ono moved to New York in 1971, they collaborated with Elephant’s Memory under the name “Plastic Ono Elephant’s Memory Band”. Lennon’s collaborations continued under similar names until 1974.

From 2009 (29 years after Lennon was murdered) to 2015, Ono and her son Sean Lennon led a new incarnation of the group, the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band.