Published on December 11, 1970, John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band is the debut studio album by John Lennon after the breakup of The Beatles.
This is an album of 11 tracks, all originally written by former Beatle during the last days of the Fab Four and the months before recording.
Lennon wanted to get away from the sophistication of the studio work he was used to and got surrounded only by his colleagues Ringo Starr (drums) and Klaus Voorman (bass), who had been a close friend since the days when The Beatles played in Hamburg, as well as the illustrator of the famous Revolver album cover. Also is relevant the contribution of keyboard virtuoso Billy Preston, known as the fifth Beatles for his contribution in the Let It Be sessions.
The production of the Plastic Ono Band was given by itself Lennon, Yoko Ono and Phil Spector, although the contribution of the later is not very evident as you can hear in the raw of the tracks and in the absence of the famous “wall of sound” .
The title of the album is as minimalist as the recording technique: the Plastic Ono Band was originally an art project that aimed to create a virtual band, formed by Lennon, Ono and other random musicians. These musicians could come and go as alternating band availability, needs or artistic wants of the two permanent members. This project was diluted after this first album, yet the Plastic Ono Band continues to act led by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon.
The John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band album complements the twin Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band, recorded simultaneously, but without as much media attention as the first.
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