The album had been recorded on 19 May 1968 at Kenwood, Lennon’s former home in Weybridge.
Two Virgins featured the following tracks, although the avant-garde nature of the recordings often made them indistinct: ‘Two Virgins No. 1’; ‘Together’; ‘Two Virgins’ (numbers 2-6); ‘Two Virgins’; ‘Hushabye Hushabye’; ‘Two Virgins’ (numbers 7-10).
Although the audio content of the record was somewhat less than listener-friendly, it was the cover artwork that caused the most offence. It featured a full-frontal nude photograph of Lennon and Ono. Capitol Records refused to release it, fearing that the Bible Belt in the southern states would react negatively.
It was picked up by Tetragrammaton, a small label previously known for spoken word releases. Tetragrammaton issued Two Virgins in a brown paper sleeve, with a cutaway through which Lennon and Ono’s faces could be seen.
Quantities of the album were seized in several US jurisdictions, including 30,000 copies in New Jersey. Nonetheless, it managed to reach number 124 in the US charts.
Also on this day...
- 2013: Paul McCartney live at Kyocera Dome, Osaka, Japan
- 2012: Paul McCartney live at Scottrade Center, St Louis
- 2010: Paul McCartney live at River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 2002: Album release: Back In The US by Paul McCartney
- 1968: George Harrison produces Is This What You Want? by Jackie Lomax
- 1965: Recording, mixing: The Word, You Won’t See Me, Girl, Wait, I’m Looking Through You
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
- 1956: Paul McCartney watches Lonnie Donegan perform in Liverpool
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