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Unfinished Music No 1: Two Virgins
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I would recommend getting the John and Yoko albums. The Rykodisc releases all have extra tracks at the end that are worth it (things that appeared as B-sides on Plastic Ono Band releases, demos, etc).

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I’ve always wondered where the they intended the tracks to be. (the ones on the back of the vinyl) 

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I’ve never listened to the Johnandyoko stuff. I might have to give it a whirl soon. I do remember my parents having this particular album, and having to hide it from my little eyes. Bahahaha!! two-virgins 

I don’t remember it playing, even though I know they must have.

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@The Hippie Chick said
I’ve never listened to the Johnandyoko stuff. I might have to give it a whirl soon. I do remember my parents having this particular album, and having to hide it from my little eyes. Bahahaha!! two-virgins 

I don’t remember it playing, even though I know they must have.  

You were probably out the one time they played it. Wasn’t often it got played a second time. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14a-hard-days-night-george-10

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You were probably out the one time they played it. Wasn’t often it got played a second time. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14a-hard-days-night-george-10  

LOL! 

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Cambridge 1969 is worth repeated listens. So is Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For Her Hand in the Snow). Two Virgins is not that great. 

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Cambridge 1969 is worth repeated listens. So is Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For Her Hand in the Snow). Two Virgins is not that great.   

Cambridge 1969 started giving me a headache after about 2 minutes of listening to it with headphones.  I’d honestly rather listen to Two Virgins than Cambridge.

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Cambridge 1969 is worth repeated listens. So is Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For Her Hand in the Snow). Two Virgins is not that great.   

The full 9:09 unedited ‘Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For Her Hand in the Snow)’ is well worth tracking down and hearing as the whole band are so tight; i’m not much of a fan of that kind of music but it really works.

There’s also an outtake called ‘Slow Blues’ which is reminiscent of the ‘Get Off (White Power)’ jam from the Get Back rehearsals in January 1969 which is pretty cool. Yoko’s vocals work very well with the groove the band are in.

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Cambridge 1969 started giving me a headache after about 2 minutes of listening to it with headphones.  I’d honestly rather listen to Two Virgins than Cambridge.  

To each his own.

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Resurfaced John Lennon letter details his anger with record labels over his first album with Yoko Ono

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From the article: {gotta love how Lennon concluded the letter}

Addressed to “Martin George of Rock Ink”, the auction house cites “noted Beatles expert” Perry Cox in affirming that the letter was sent to the late Beatles producer George Martin. However, author Mark Lewisohn has subsequently told The Times that he believes that Lennon was actually responding to the journalist Martin George, who wrote for “a magazine or a weekly underground newspaper called Ink“.

Referring to the 1968 album ‘Two Virgins ’, the first record he wrote and recorded with Ono, Lennon writes in the letter: “Yoko and I got ‘Two Virgins ’ out in spite of [which is underlined] being past owners of Apple. We made it in May and they fucked us about till November! Then E. M. I. (who have the real control) wrote warning letters to all their puppets around the world telling them not handle it in any way (this after Sir Joe [Lockwood, chairman of EMI] had told us face to face that he would do ‘everything he could’ to help us with it – and asking us for autographed copies!!).

“In the States it came out on Tetragrammaton which vanished leaving a few thousand spares (it was sold discretely wrapped in a brown paper bags),” Lennon continues. “Retailers here and there were too scared to handle it and it sold very few – it’s very well known but not many people could actually get it. In most other major markets, e.g. Japan, it has never been released.

After railing against the censorship of the word “fuck” and the “banning” of Ono’s ‘Open Your Box’, Lennon concluded the letter with: “Just thought you’d like to know.”

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I think it’s pretty cool that this was made right at the beginning of John and Yoko’s relationship, and I have to respect them for the cover. People love to talk about The Beatles as if they were a “safe” alternative to the really out there stuff happening in the 60s, but Mick Jagger never dared to do anything like this. 

“While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I’m a naysayer and hatchet man in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I’ll gladly take another - because I choose to live my life in the company of Ghandi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. I love you, Sheriff Truman.”

 

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I just read on the Wikipedia page for this one that Paul was asked to write a comment for the album, and this is what he came out with.

When two great Saints meet, it is a humbling experience. The long battles to prove he was a Saint.

It’s interesting that Paul referred to John and Yoko as saints (quite daring to use that word, especially only a couple years after the Bigger Than Jesus incident), but I have no idea what he means by the second sentence. Anyone have any ideas? 

“While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I’m a naysayer and hatchet man in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I’ll gladly take another - because I choose to live my life in the company of Ghandi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. I love you, Sheriff Truman.”

 

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It’s confusing. Which of the two saints is “he”, and which battles?? 

I like Unfinished #2’s liner quote better (funnier) apple02

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GEORGE: In fact, The Detroit Sound. JOHN: In fact, yes. GEORGE: In fact, yeah. Tamla-Motown artists are our favorites. The Miracles. JOHN: We like Marvin Gaye. GEORGE: The Impressions, Marvin Gaye. PAUL & GEORGE: Mary Wells. GEORGE: The Exciters. RINGO: Chuck Jackson. JOHN: To name but eighty. 

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I think it could refer to either of them. Both certainly weren’t exactly saints in the public eye, and both had had to battle to some degree to get to where they were. 

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“While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I’m a naysayer and hatchet man in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I’ll gladly take another - because I choose to live my life in the company of Ghandi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. I love you, Sheriff Truman.”

 

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