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John and Yoko made complementary debut solo albums, released on the same day, December 11, 1970. The album covers were similar (John leaning on Yoko / Yoko leaning on John beneath a sycamore tree at their home Tittenhurst Park in Ascot. The photos were taken by their friend and assistant Dan Richter.

The albums were called John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band and Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band. The first intention was to title John’s album Primal, and Yoko’s album Scream, as the couple had just undergone Primal Scream therapy. In Japan, John’s debut post-Beatles solo album was titled ジョンの魂 (John no Tamashii), John’s Soul and Yoko’s was called Yoko’s Heart. Album credits on John’s record include Wind: Yoko Ono.

Yoko: “Whenever I noticed something he used to say just whisper to me, so there was a lot of whispering going on.

John: She played the atmosphere. She has a musical ear and she can produce rock n’ roll. She can produce me, which she did for some of the tracks…

Classic Albums:

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band TV documentary 2008

Phil Spector had been booked as the producer on the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band recording sessions, but most songs were recorded, and mixed by John in the evenings without Phil being present in the London studio.
In October 3, 1970, while sessions were underway, John placed this hilarious, simple full-page advertisement in the major trade publications of the day; Billboard, Cash Box and Record World magazines – PHIL! JOHN IS READY THIS WEEKEND.

“I have no real memory of Phil producing this record at all. I remember he came in later, but I never felt Phil was like, oh he produced this record. Really, the engineer took down what we did and John would mix it.”
– Ringo Starr

Ringo on the Plastic Ono Band sessions :

” One of the best experiences of being on a record I have ever had. Just being in the room with john, being honest, the way he was, screaming, shouting and singing. It was an incredible moment.”

“I think that my mom brought my father to that place of pure, visceral expression. My mom was avant-garde and he was pop. She also gave that connection to a pure expression. Some of the ways my mom sings is almost like a baby crying. My father was very influenced by that and you can hear it in songs like ‘Mother’ on John Lennon Plastic Ono Band. He screams at the end. That was my mother’s influence. That was their new chapter, the new chapter of John and Yoko.

Sean Ono Lennon – Nero magazine, 2016

We Are Plastic Ono Band

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