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John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
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5 May 2011
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Zig I heard that comment in the documentary as well but I'm not sure how much I believe it. Perhaps in some of their earlier recordings he played a flat d, but I would be pretty shocked if he continued to tune his guitar that way as they progressed because you'd be able to tell. I know he played a few songs in flat tuning, or down a semitone, two examples would be I'm Only Sleeping and Across The Universe. But you can hear the difference, listening to the Anthology version of I'm Only Sleeping, those guitars just have a different sound to them.
But I agree that John might have preferred the piano, particularly in his later years. I've been listening to a lot of his later demos and he was turning into quite a nice piano player.
The thing about John is that he was a songwriter first and a guitar player second, as opposed to Hendrix or Clapton who were guitar players first. So Johh studied songs, but I would seriously doubt he ever took the time to really break down the Johnny B Goode riff or something like that. That's a huge difference because learning what those old blues guys did helps tremendously when trying to put your own solos and riffs together. I'm reminded of the performance where John plays with Chuck Berry and Chuck sort of yells at John to solo, but you can see that Johh is just sort of in awe of Chuck.
Anyway, sorry this is a long post, but I just think there's a huge difference in certain guys playing because certain guys really put in the time and I don't think John really did in terms of playing lead. He was a fantastic rhythm player who will never get the credit he deserves because rhythm guitar is the least heralded of all positions which is a shame because it's not as easy as people think.

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I think John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is okay, I'm not a real Lennon fan, I like McCartney and Harrison much more, but after Imagine it's I think my favourite album by John (in fact my favourite on is Live in Toronto but I think that doesn't really count). I just think that some songs are a bit boring. But one thing I don't understand: Why did John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band so bad in the charts, I mean just #6 and #8, I mean Imagine, McCartney and All Things Must Pass did all much better. And it is also liked very much by critics. Can anybody tell me why it sold so badly?

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19 May 2012
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GeorgeTSimpson said
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John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is okay, I'm not a real Lennon fan, I like McCartney and Harrison much more, but after Imagine it's I think my favourite album by John (in fact my favourite on is Live in Toronto but I think that doesn't really count). I just think that some songs are a bit boring. But one thing I don't understand: Why did John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band so bad in the charts, I mean just #6 and #8, I mean Imagine, McCartney and All Things Must Pass did all much better. And it is also liked very much by critics. Can anybody tell me why it sold so badly?

McCartney did better because it was the first album to be released after the Beatles' breakup, and I think people were drawn by the allure of the "album by the man who officially quit the Beatles." All Things Must Pass probably did better on the strength of "My Sweet Lord" being the lead single, and also because people wanted to see more of George after he proved himself to be a great songwriter on Abbey Road. Also, the general public opinion at the time was that John was an avant-garde nutcase.

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19 May 2012
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19 May 2012
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Mother in the US - UK went single less.

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Hearing Mother on radio cant have been a great promotion to get people to go out and buy the album. I love the song but can see folks hearing that and thinking right, wheres the nice Macca album?"

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20 May 2012
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meanmistermustard said
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Mother on radio cant have been a great promotion to get people to go out and buy the album. I love the song but can see folks hearing that and thinking right, wheres the nice Macca album?"

This is very true- regardless of the artistic and experimental worth of the music, commercialism and catchy pop is what will sell (although Mother does have a great melody). This is illustrated perfectly by McCartney's records consistently selling well despite a lot of people dismissing it as lightweight stuff. I'd imagine Plastic Ono Band was only bought by muso's and Beatles fans.

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26 May 2012
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Great, great record, best solo Beatles album. I see none mentions "Look At Me" which is a very underrated song.

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28 May 2012
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Regarding the non-commercial nature of "Mother" as a single: What makes it even more hilarious is that Apple in the USA apparently used Yoko's "Why" (from her POB LP) for the B-side! Which, if you've never heard it, surely makes this one of the most hair-raisingly uncommercial singles ever. 

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