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John Lennon & Paul McCartney - A Toot And A Snore In 74

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Publisher: Mistral Music
Reference :MM 9225
Date :1992
Made In :Luxembourg
Quality :Vg stereo
Booklet & packaging :
Total duration: 29:20

This is a bizarre fragment of what must have been a raucous evening at the studio. Lots of talk, John bitching about everything, Paul on Drums. They almost play a song or two. Not for any but the fanatic out there. Fun in a Get Back Sessions sort of a way.

John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Harry Nilsson, Jesse Ed Davis, Bobby Keys, Mal Evans, May Pang.

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Jam Session
May 1974
John Lennon, Paul McCartney
aka 'A Toot and a Snore'
Track 1 - A Toot And A Snore (0:25)
Paul is thrashing about on the drums. Someone is playing guitar. Lennon is giving instructions and helping with the conviviality.

JL: If you can get the riffs, just so we can sing something...do you want a snort Steve? A toot? Its going round...
Jam Session
May 1974
John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Track 2 - Bluesy Jam Session (2:29)
The tape is already running, and John is singing a slow, bluesy number in his inimitable style. He is acompanied by bass, lead guitar, organ and Paul tapping a cymbal.

JL (singing): And I fell upon my ass...nobody seemed to notice...I was wearing mother's bra...and she was wearing oh dear(?)...but noone seemed to care, over there, they didn't have the bus fare, didn't have the bus fare, didn't have the bus fare...yeah. And later on, a distant relative passed away, so distant I didn't even notice...but I had to go to the funeral, just to see if they'd left any gold in their teeth or any jewelery. So I say - never trust a bugger with your mother, she'll alway wear you out and say 'anything on paper ain't worth a dime, but I like the suit just cut this way - ah gee, its been such a fun time. When I look at Jack Lennon, and I look again, I feel him coming all over me, he he he, yeah, I just gotta say it, Brooklyn Bridge, San Francisco Boot, Elementary Canal, Boston Strangler...its so wonderful to be waiting for my Green Card with thee...I would never doubt it, but I have to shout it, 'Chicago, Chicago, its a hell of a town, solo, play it man!!!...I'd like to change the tempo a little now...don't play it here, don't play it here, don't play it here, Harry...OK OK OK now...

The band comes to a halt.

JL: Somebody's gotta be bossy, right?
Studio chat
Lyrics available
Jam Session
Studio Chat
May 1974
John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Track 3 - Studio Talk (2:37)
In this segment, John tries to get a song they all know, and complains, presumably to Paul, about how bad most other musicians are at being able to jam. The teack starts with Paul tapping out a slightly faster rhythm, and Keyes plays a few sax notes. It soon falls into a slow paced instrumental with drums, orgam and guitar, vaguely reminiscent of 'Lucille', until John gets bored and again stops them...

JL: All right, lets make some backing...I like both you and Bobby, but I don't understand why you're sitting right on top of me...somebody think of a friggin' song. I've done 'Ain't That A Shame' in twenty studios on these jam sessions...(someone says something off mike to Lennon) Yeah, its just that we had a jam and nobody knows when to change. You do a twelve bar, or somebody picks a song
PMC (off mike): 'Little Bitty Pretty' (?)
JL: Anybody can sing...no no no, anybody know...we did 'Do Ya Wanna Dance' for three fuckin' sessions.

The band starts to play a medium paced riff. They are frightfully ragged.

JL: Anybody know it? (singing) little bitty pretty one...that's all I know...see what I mean?

Paul now gets a mike, and his comments are more audible.

PMC: Hey Steve!
JL: I've forgotten all the words...(singing) left my woman by the...that's all I know. if somebody knows a song that we all know, please say so, caus I've been screaming here for hours...its gotta be something done around Fifties, or no later than '63, or we ain't gonna know it...I got it, I got it!
Jam Session
May 1974
John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Track 4 - Lucille (5:57)
JL: Who's got a mike besides me? Come on, somebody join in
PMC: Hey!
JL: OK, OK, yeah, hey hey - that's it...

Lucille (5.48) The band, led by Stevie, pull it together and start playing the riffs that underpin 'Lucille'. They play three instrumental choruses, with saxaphone, organ, lead guitar, bass and drums before John comes screaming it, aided by Paul, who provides a distinct harmony vocal. This is the only significant interaction between paul and John throughout the session.
They sing two choruses and a middle eight before an instrumental break. dominated, initially by the sax, before a guitar takes over. They resume with another middle eight, followed two more choruses. This is followed by a ragged guitar solo from John (?). Paul's drums have been faded out of the mix at this point. Paul and John then sing a middle eight acapella, followed by another chorus and instrumental. Yet another middle eight and chorus follow, with some more instrument abd vocal 'drop-outs' and then another more ragged guitar led solo by John which lasts for two choruses before the band grinds to a halt(?)

JL: it is a little better, if we think it is a song, right? And somebody turn my vocal mike down...give Stevie a vocal mike...and where's all that drink they always have in this place?
Jam Session
May 1974
John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Track 5 - A.K.A. Midnight (2:36)
Someone picks out the chords to a slow ballad. The CD lists it as 'Nightmares', but it is actually the 1961 Shadows instrumental 'Midnight'. John ad-libs some lines over the tune, but is keen to do something else, trying to play the opening riff from 'Sweet Little Sixteen'.

JL: What bass note...what key? Nobody's ever told ya? C again...(singing) Hi, this is Sato, we'd like to change the...OK OK OK...
PMC: Hello?
JL: (singing) Nightmares, my love, every night, nightmares, never go...when I saw me standing there, I said, 'Gee, was that me?'...come on, let's do something! Save it, save it...

However, the band keeps playing

PMC (singing): Yeah yeah...
JL: Come on...wait a minute!
PMC: (singing) sleepwalk...
JL: Somebody give me an E or a snort...

The band tunes up.

JL: G? G?
Stand By Me(King/Leiber/Stoller)
Jam Session
May 1974
John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Track 6 - Stand By Me (2:15)
JL: Lets do a twelve-bar harmony to 'Stand By Me'

The band tries to play the riffs.

JL: OK OK OK, you get it, you get it good. OK OK...lets not get to serious, we're not getting paid...we ain't doing nothing but sitting here together...OK, lets do that, and anybody who gets bored with me, take over...two, two, two.
Stand By Me(King/Leiber/Stoller)
Jam Session
May 1974
John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Stand By Me (0:45)
Led off by a guitar playing the opening riff, joined by sax, organ, bass and drums. John starts singing and gets through half a verse before stopping...

JL: What happened to the earphones? OK, lets do it again...hey, hey hey!
PMC: (singing): darling...
JL: Right, yeah
PMC: Woah
JL: Boys, boys, in the control room? You suddenly turned the voice off and one ear off. If you're trying to get rid of me guitar, tell me...just put it up. Just turn the friggin' vocal mike up again and put it all flat, and put one mike in the middle of the room and pick up everything! Come on Steve...hello,hello? Mal? Get us a drink.
Stand By Me(King/Leiber/Stoller)
Jam Session
May 1974
John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Track 8 - Stand By Me (6:02)
PMC:(singing) yeah, oh yeah...
JL: Now the guitar's gone bad

Stand By Me (5.56) John finally starts singing, joined by McCartney, who echo's John's vocal in the second part of the verse. Someone in the control room has added echo to the vocals. Half way through verse two, John's mike is turned off, leaaving only Paul singing. Of course, because Paul can still hear John singing, he keeps on adding his harmony vocals (you can vaguely hear John's vocal leaking onto Paul's). As a result, it sounds like a 'kareoke' version of the song with the lead vocal removed. Towards the end, Harry Nilsson also joins in the 'Stand By Me' refrain.
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'Toot And A Snore' Jam
31 Mar 1974
John Lennon
Stevie Wonder takes the lead vocal on this track, accompanying himself on keyboards. He sings two verses of 'Cupid' with assistance from Paul.
Chain Gang(Cooke)
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'Toot And A Snore' Jam
31 Mar 1974
John Lennon
Listed as 'Working For The Chain Gang'. Stevie and Harry trading verses before Harry finds problems with the mikes too.

HN: Turn him up...turn Stevie up. Turn me up
PMC: Oh yeah, oh yeah
HN: Yeah, well the mike's gone bad

There is another verse and then a guitar solo.
Take This Hammer(Terry/McGhee)
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'Toot And A Snore' Jam
31 Mar 1974
John Lennon
Paul leads them into a short version of 'Take This Hammer'. The track is faded out, just as the three of them start singing.
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Review by: Steven,On 11 Jan 2000
This is a wonderful example of audio-vérité, but it isn't really what you would expect from a reunion of this importance. The sound is very good, but the songs are unsatisfying. I think this is a great (edited) document, for real collectors only. If you want to hear a nice reunion, check out the I'm the Greatest Session, with George and Ringo.
Review by: Eric, sink0014@tc.umn.eduOn 14 Mar 2000
It would have been nice if Paul's voice was louder on this CD! Not very exciting if it weren't a reunion between Paul and John. For collectors or just fans with a patience....
Review by: Dennis Small, dennina@t-online.deOn 31 May 2000
This is a hard one to follow if you're only a Day Tripper.It was an accidental meeting beteween the two during John's Rock-n-Roll sessions. Only wanted to add that someone in Hamburg turned up with the original reel to reel last year (reported to be about 3 hours long, no report how long Macca is there) and it was sold for 3 million USD to a "private" collector (Paul? Yoko?)

Maybe something will be released someday....

Review by: François Vander Linden, beatleg@easynet.beOn 4 Jun 2000
Avoid this one. You will be disappointed. This is not a reunion of two Beatles, it is a reunion of drunk people that just want to jam ... nothing important here, nothing enjoyable here. It's an historical document, that's true, but that does not mean people will enjoy it.
Review by: Glen Sanewski, sanski@optusnet.com.auOn 24 Jun 2000
Not worth listening to, or having in a collection.
Review by: Gary,On 27 Jul 2000
Not awhole lot to listen to on this CD as far as music.It basiclly just shows what state of mind John was in during his "lost weekend".Having said that,I do like listening to this from time to time,as it presents an aura of that whole period in John's life.It is historical and I feel is worth having in a collection,but not from a musical standpoint,but from a historical standpoint.If you are looking for a great rock n' roll jam session betwen John & Paul,then this CD will disappoint you.If you are more interested in collecting Cd's that track John's life during and after his Beatle days,then this CD has to be part of your collection because it fills in part of that "lost Weekend" period.
Review by: CtahhR, CtahhR@hotmail.comOn 15 Jul 2001
There's not much here.... It's one of those albums where you give it half an ear skip a track when it gets boring... then skip another until you've skiped the whole thing... This is something to COLLECT not to listen to.
Review by: matt, Ophelious@cs.comOn 04 Sep 2001
Interesting for what it is...if you like listening to John complain constantly about how out of tune everyone is and how noone knows how to play the songs he wants to play. There must have been a lot of booze flowing for all these top notch players to make music this weak.
Review by: ashwomOn 09 Mar 2002 at 18:05 CET
Whatever happened to the rumoured recording of "Midnight Special" from this session ? Instead we get Stevie Wonder and Harry Nilsson butchering "Cupid", John desperately trying to think of song they all know and Paul playing drums (of all things). Who was on bass that night?
You can almost smell the cocaine and brandy at this drunken shambles of a session. John seems aware of the significance of having Paul present in the studio but nobody seems able to get it together to record anything of use. Listening to this is even sadder and more frustrating than the Get Back sessions as we now know that this was the last time John and Paul were recorded together. Like a lot of bootlegs this is one you can't do without from a historical point but it's unlikely you'll play it very often.
Review by: MrkitesbenefitsOn 29 Mar 2002 at 16:37 CET
Just the fact of working together again, makes this CD a MUST for all Lennon-McCartney fans.
Review by: kane1000On 30 Oct 2002 at 18:33 CET
very important cd as we know only time john in paul in studio together after///
sound excellent but you probably wont listen to it more than a couple of times....still nice to hear both their voices in the same studio...
i just listened to my copy again after a fe wyears ....ouch...and it made me smile..i guess thats good enough reason to get acopy....i paid $20..worth at least in a trade....
Review by: mrlemonOn 07 May 2003 at 13:41 CET
I agree with the above reviews - this one is for completists only. But this is the only post-Beatles recording of John and Paul together. As the important historical document this is, it's really sad that we are only able to hear some stoned and drunk people messing around with their out-of-tune-instruments, trying to start up a jam session that never was. I think this session could be edited down to a more listenable 45, with Lucille b/w Stand By Me.
Review by: MoscowkidOn 06 Dec 2003 at 11:24 CET
I heard there was more tnan 40 minutes of music from that session. Soon I'll get a CD of it and tell you more...
Review by: the5thbeatlesOn 18 Dec 2003 at 16:58 CET
Review by: Cave in xOn 23 Dec 2003 at 04:13 CET
Word of this session first popped up in May Pang's book, "Loving John" and she had mentioned Midnight Special was attempted. It's too bad that the substance abuses of the day mar what would have been a facinating look at to old friends back in the studio. If you have to have EVERYTHING the Beatles ever did, get this disc. If you are looking for a great listen, keep looking. It's too bad they didn't try jamming on some Beatle songs, after all, you can't tell me that Stevie Wonder and Harry Nilsson didn't know any Beatle numbers
Review by: mackOn 04 Feb 2004 at 16:58 CET
Pity this is only half an hour long, I wish we could hear when these guys finally got it together (if they ever did).
Review by: kurtmaxOn 20 Apr 2004 at 03:29 CET
I agree with Ashwom "Listening to this is even sadder and more frustrating than the Get Back sessions as we now know that this was the last time John and Paul were recorded together. Like a lot of bootlegs this is one you can't do without from a historical point but it's unlikely you'll play it very often."
To hear Lennon asking the great Stevie Wonder "...do you want a snort Steve? A toot? Its going round" is facinating (like watching a train wreck).
Review by: Walrus xOn 26 May 2004 at 23:02 CET
Hopefully the person who copied/stole this from Record Plant will eventually let out the full tape with Midnight Special -- yes, that does exist. (The whole "tape"'s apparently 2 or 3 multitrack reels; nothing like 3 hrs AFAIK.) People who have heard it say it was the best moment in this wretched session. Maybe that's why someone's been sitting on it for nearly 20 years. Until then, the artwork and historical value are more or less the only redeeming qualities of the disc. Anything's worth a trade, though.
Review by: HackamoreOn 11 Jan 2006 at 09:11 CET
Not as bad as I was thinking it would be . . . definitely if you're up to an hour of "Get Back" session junk you can take a half-hour of this. And it has a fly-on-the-wall interest to it. Incidentally, the track listed on the CD as "Nightmares" does not sample the Shadows' "Midnight" as identified in the comments above -- the instrumental in question is Santo and Johnny's "Sleepwalk" from 1959. Hence John's comment, "This is Santo . . . " Also, the middle song in the medley is Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang" (sensible follow-up to his earlier hit "Cupid").
Review by: springfameOn 05 Aug 2006 at 21:38 CET
Very important and valuable document. Bass out of tune - it spoils all experience of this jam session :-(
Review by: johnbatOn 23 Jun 2009 at 23:20 CET
Stars for historical importance - you won't listen to this one very often.
Review by: dumanglOn 26 Jun 2009 at 21:32 CET
I'm not a Beatles fanatic but if I was I would absolutely have to have this disc and listen to it. I think the historical factor would make this an absolute essential for any serious Beatles fan despite the lack of musical quality. This sort of reminds me of Brian & Dennis Wilson's Hamburger Sessions although Hamburger was less historically significant and better musically (which isn't saying much).
Review by: craig braelow xOn 26 Dec 2009 at 21:39 CET
i just got the 2nd half of this session on a the new sessions are great lennon sings dr roberts with more rock fell and paul sings dizzy miss lizzy better than john although john breaks in on pauls vocals than paul jumps into cant buy me love it sounds like paul was drunk buy the way heis talking .i am waiting for part 3 of this set
Review by: IsaiahOn 27 Dec 2009 at 17:03 CET
Excellent bootleg. I really don't understand the negative reviews at all. "Working For The Chain Gang" is the high point of this release, though, I honestly could do without Stevie Wonder's bastardization of "Cupid".

Review by: MedicineJar1976On 03 Apr 2010 at 01:17 CET
Working For The Chain Gang
is "Chain Gang" (Cooke)

REALLY LOVE to hear the full reel
Review by: andrecostaOn 16 Oct 2010 at 04:56 CET
Review by: 7871On 20 Nov 2011 at 15:45 CET
Review by: biggisalaminOn 24 Mar 2012 at 01:04 CET
Review by: musicnsurfOn 07 Mar 2013 at 03:32 CET
Review by: gmitroOn 22 May 2013 at 18:48 CET
If you need any more proof of John\'s desperate condition during this time period after listening to the \'Rock \'N\' Roll Sessions\' set, this is it. For historical value only.
Review by: Fatbrett2On 04 Apr 2015 at 04:15 CET
The track listed as "Nightmares", and which this page calls "Midnight", is actually "Sleepwalking" by Santo and Johnny.

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