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John Lennon - Rock 'N' Roll Sessions (Disc 1)

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Publisher: Voxx
Reference :VOXX 0002/01
Date :2000
Made In :
Quality :
Booklet & packaging :
Total duration: 73:47

Comments
Madinger/Easter:
A sixty minute cassette, reportedly from the collection of guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, consists of one side of "Sunnyview Rehearsals", the other side of Record Plant monitor mixes for the Rock 'N' Roll LP. Highlights of this material was first bootlegged in 1986 as The May Pang Tapes (Beetle Records LEN4080) A subsequent release, You Should A Been There (which superseded the Beetle LP), appeared later in the year and included material from the 1973 Spector sessions as well. Highlights of the rehearsals and monitor mixes were released on CD by Orange Records in 1994 as The May Pang Tapes, which simply lifted excerpts from a worn copy of the You Should A Been There LP - at the wrong speed to boot. Six years later, Voxx released the material for the first time on CD from a tape source, but still sounding inferior to the You Should A Been There 2LP set. This CD issue includes all of the available material, but running too fast, while You Should A Been There, runs considerably slow. As the Voxx set appears to have been treated with excessive noise reduction, the LP version is still preferable. Unfortunately, all of these releases presented the material in an incorrect running order, placing the monitor mixes in between the rehearsal takes.

Liner notes:
Disc One features what will now be known as The Jesse Ed Davis Tapes" First off, we get the first ever tape to CD transfer of the earliest known Rehearsals done at A&M Studios in October of 1973, with a very drunken John Then we have the first ever Tape to CD Transfer of the Famous October 1974 Rehearsals. These rehearsals have long been thought to have been recorded at The Record Plant, but were actually taped at Morris Levy's Barn in up state New York with John and the same set of musicians that played on Wail and Bridges. These Rehearsals are taken from the Original cassettes and are many generations above any previous issue!


Rock 'N' Roll (The Real Story)

The Roots of this story date back to The Beatles Abbey Road album when John wrote "Come Together" and pinched a line from Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me" This caused Moris levy, the owner of Big Seven Inc. and held the copyrights to the Berry song to sue John and Apple Records over copyright infringement. An out of court settlement was reached October 12, 1975, when Lennon agreed to record three songs off Levy's catalogue for his (next) album.

Lennon's domestic problems at this time are well documented, so we will just refresh your memory by saying it was at this time period that John Separated from Yoko Ono and left with May Pang and headed to the west coast. Shortly after arriving in tos Angeles, John contacted Phil Spector about the possibility of recording some of his favorite Rock and Roll songs. Lennon and May Pang meet Phil at his Mansion to pitch the Oldies album. Phil agreed to produce the IP, but only after John agreed to let him have Total control over the project, an agreement Lennon would soon regret. The October 1973 sessions began at the famous A&M Studios located off LA Brea Ave in los Angeles. These studios would also be used by one George Harrison during rehearsals for his 1974 US tour. The Lennon/Spector sessions went chaotic from the very start. Phil would rehearse the backup band for several hours waiting for the right feel(the basis for his sound) Lennon | and the musicians grew very impatient. John hurting from the break up with Yoko, went mad on booze destroying a good ? number of takes.(Listen to the first two tracks on disc one) John was so ripped, he became violent several times and had to be restrained by his friend and drummer Jim Keltner. The Final straw happened when Spector fired a gun so near John's ears he was in absolute horror. At this point A&M Studios got fed up with the ruckus and duly ejected both John and Phil and the sessions from their property,

At this point, the sessions moved over to Record Plant West, but not for long! Lennon expected the sessions to continue, but spector disappeared and along with him alt the session tapes. When John finally got a hold of Phil (no easy task) Spector told John the tapes were connected to Watergate and only he could decode them! The sessions were over. g: John became depressed at the collapse of the sessions and went on various drinking binges with friend Hairy Nillson. John t finally decided he needed to do something constructive during this time, and went on to produce Harry's Pussy Cats LP. Finally John sobered up and flew back to New York to commence work on Wall And Bridges. At this point, Spector coughed up the Rock 'N' Roll tapes. John Played the Tapes during breaks at the Wall And Bridges sessions and was disgusted at what he heard, feeling the recordings were sub par. John decided the best thing to do was just continue with His current recording, leaving the Rock 'N' Roll tapes to gather dust. Later in 1974 Wall And Bridges was released to critical acclaim.

Morris Levy was angry about John's failure to include three Levy songs on Wall And Bridges, which Levy felt was a violation of their "Come Together" settlement. Levy requested a meeting with Lennon and the two meet on October 8, 1974. John apologized for what happened and in the mist of this, levy proposed the Oldies Album be completed and offered to market the album through mail and TV ads.

John expressed interest in this for several reasons, one, he felt the oldies album was no longer that marketable and disgusted with EM! wanted to issue the album using a different means of distribution and marketing. No written agreement was made, but Lennon gave Levy the impression it could be done.
John believed that he had the right to issue any material without EMFS approval if done through mail order. Lennon became friendly with Levy and began to rehearse the Wall And Bridges band at his up state New York farm. John discussed the marketing idea with his attorney who then pitched it to EMl. EMI was none to happy to hear about all this! Meanwhile John finished up the Recordings at The Record Plant East, and gave a rough copy to Levy. With no authorization and John informing him that EMI/APPLE Would be issuing the LP themselves, Levy went ahead and rush-released the tape he had and called it "ROOTS"
All of this lead to Levy suing John, stating Lennon broke the 1974 agreement to issue the record through him. Lennon was
also being sued over the failure to include three songs from Levy's publishing company on Rock 'n1 Roll. Only two songs
appeared , "Ya Ya" and "You Can't Catch Me" the third "Angel Baby" was not included on the Apple release. Levy also
demanded lost royalty payments from Lennon claiming the Apple release hurt his own release, and felt leaving out "Angel
Baby" cost him thousands in potential cover versions that might have been inspired by the Lennon cover.

Lennon in turn felt there was no agreement for Levy to issue the record, and because of Roots, he suffered a loss of record
sales due to having to rush release the LP to combat Levy's Roots LP. John also claimed to have lost money by lowering the
cost of Rock 'N' Roll to compete with Roots, And also argued the Roots cover looked tacky and both the, artwork and sound
quality hurt his reputation.

The American courts largely aped with Lennon. John was awarded
$66,000 for lost sales and 10 cents per Rock 'N' Roll
album sold worldwide making this a grand total of 5103,000. Another court later reduced the fee to $40,260. John was also
awarded $43,700 for lost revenue because of the Roots
LP(The figure was later reduced to $14,567) $35,000 for
compensatory damages over a loss of reputation and
$10,000 for punitive damages of which was later reversed in
the appeals court.

Levy was awarded $6,795.00, for John did breach the
original 1973 agreement by failing to release three Levy
owned songs on Wall And Bridges. The final outcome: John
was awarded $88,912.96, Levy $6,795.

Personally, Lennon's reputation was not damaged by the Roots LP, and it is believed by historians that his public feud with Paul McCartney, the 1970 Rolling Stone interview and his antics with Yoko Ono hurt him far more than Roots ever could.

But now it's time to take a break and listen to what is in store for you.

(transcription by Tilleul)

Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
1.
Commercial(unknown)
1:04
Song
Version validated
Version details available
Rock And Roll LP
Radio Promo
1975
John Lennon
Rock And Roll Radio Spot
Features "Bonnie Moronie", "Be-Bop-A-Lula", "You Can't Catch Me", "Ya Ya".
2.
Be My Baby(Greenwich/Barry/Spector)
6:20
Song
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Alternate Vocal
1973
John Lennon
No backing vocals.
Long version.
First tape to CD transfer.
3.
Just Because(Price)
6:00
Song
Identified
Version validated
Lyrics available
Alternate Vocal
1973
John Lennon
Long A&M rehearsal take (full drunken version).
First tape to CD transfer.
 
Ain't That A Shame(Domino/Bartholomew)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
Breakdown
Oct 1974
John Lennon
 
Ain't That A Shame(Domino/Bartholomew)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
Oct 1974
John Lennon
5.
(Medley)(unknown)
0:37
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
Guitar Improvisation
 
Jam(unknown)
0:37
Song
Warmup
Oct 1974
John Lennon
Guitar Improvisation
 
Stand By Me(King/Leiber/Stoller)
Song
Core collection
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
Fragment
Oct 1974
John Lennon
Unlisted.
Lasts only one second though ... makes this set core collection .... sigh ...
6.
Be-Bop-A-Lula(Vincent/Davis)
2:36
Song
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
Oct 1974
John Lennon
7.
Ya Ya(Robinson/Lewis/Dorsey)
2:24
Song
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
Oct 1974
John Lennon
8.
(Medley)(unknown)
3:47
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
 
Do You Wanna Dance?(Freeman)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
False Start
Oct 1974
John Lennon
False start
 
Do You Wanna Dance?(Freeman)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
Oct 1974
John Lennon
9.
Stand By Me(King/Leiber/Stoller)
3:48
Song
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
Oct 1974
John Lennon
10.
Slippin' And Slidin'(Penniman/Bocage/Collins/Smith)
2:20
Song
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
Oct 1974
John Lennon
11.
(Medley)(unknown)
1:34
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
 
Rip It Up(Blackwell/Marascalco)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
Oct 1974
John Lennon
 
Ready Teddy(Blackwell/Marascalco)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
Oct 1974
John Lennon
12.
(Medley)(unknown)
2:02
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
 
Bring It On Home To Me(Cooke)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
Incomplete
Oct 1974
John Lennon
 
Send Me Some Lovin'(Marascalco/Price)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Version details available
Monitor Mix
Incomplete
Oct 1974
John Lennon
The term "incomplete" for this version refers to the fact that the "Bring It On Home To Me/Send Me Some Lovin'" mix is incomplete, not "Send Me Some Lovin'" itself ....
13.
(Medley)(unknown)
3:33
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
 
Bring It On Home To Me(Cooke)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
Oct 1974
John Lennon
 
Send Me Some Lovin'(Marascalco/Price)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
Oct 1974
John Lennon
14.
Peggy Sue(Holly/Allison/Petty)
2:04
Song
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
Oct 1974
John Lennon
15.
Ain't That A Shame(Domino/Bartholomew)
2:44
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rough Mix
Oct 1974
John Lennon
16.
Stand By Me(King/Leiber/Stoller)
0:47
Song
Identified
Version validated
Monitor Mix
Incomplete
Oct 1974
John Lennon
17.
(Medley)(unknown)
3:43
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
 
Bring It On Home To Me(Cooke)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Oct 1974
John Lennon
 
Send Me Some Lovin'(Marascalco/Price)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Oct 1974
John Lennon
18.
(Medley)(unknown)
2:42
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
 
Ya Ya(Robinson/Lewis/Dorsey)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Breakdown
Oct 1974
John Lennon
 
Ya Ya(Robinson/Lewis/Dorsey)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Oct 1974
John Lennon
19.
(Medley)(unknown)
2:30
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
 
That'll Be The Day(Allison/Holly/Petty)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Breakdown
Oct 1974
John Lennon
 
That'll Be The Day(Allison/Holly/Petty)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Oct 1974
John Lennon
20.
Do You Wanna Dance?(Freeman)
3:25
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Incomplete
Oct 1974
John Lennon
21.
Stand By Me(King/Leiber/Stoller)
3:38
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Oct 1974
John Lennon
22.
Peggy Sue(Holly/Allison/Petty)
2:15
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Incomplete
Oct 1974
John Lennon
23.
Be-Bop-A-Lula(Vincent/Davis)
1:54
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Incomplete
Oct 1974
John Lennon
24.
Slippin' And Slidin'(Penniman/Bocage/Collins/Smith)
1:55
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Incomplete
Oct 1974
John Lennon
25.
(Medley)(unknown)
1:49
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
 
Jam(unknown)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Guitar Jam
Rock'n'Roll Sessions
Oct 1974
John Lennon
 
Rumble(Grant/Wray)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Jam
Oct 1974
John Lennon
26.
Whole Lotta Love(Page/Plant/Jones/Bonham)
0:13
Song
Identified
Version validated
Jam
Rock'n'Roll Sessions
Oct 1974
John Lennon
27.
Thirty Days(Berry)
1:29
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Oct 1974
John Lennon
28.
C'mon Everybody(Cochran/Capehart/Sheeley)
2:15
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Oct 1974
John Lennon
29.
(Medley)(unknown)
1:43
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
 
Ain't That A Shame(Domino/Bartholomew)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Breakdown
Oct 1974
John Lennon
 
Ain't That A Shame(Domino/Bartholomew)
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Incomplete (#1)
Oct 1974
John Lennon
30.
Ain't That A Shame(Domino/Bartholomew)
0:53
Song
Identified
Version validated
Rehearsal
Incomplete (#2)
Oct 1974
John Lennon
Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   


Song Song Studio chat Studio chat
TV/Radio chat/jingle TV/Radio chat/jingle Interview Interview
Cover by another artist Cover by another artist Film Music/Orchestral Film music/orchestral
Concert intro/announcement Concert intro/announcement Advertising Advertising
Song by another artist Song by another artist Medley title Medley title
Book chapter Book chapter
Other type of track Other


Reviews

Review by: Gary, gbeegle@frontiernet.netOn 26 Aug 2000 at 12:22 CEST
This is a great 3 Cd anthology of John's "Rock & roll sessions".Lets review the highlights of each disc.First on disc #1.Track #3 "Just Because".This is the full blown drunken version,and it is great.It just shows what a state John was in during his "Lost weekend" away from Yoko.This version would never be released by Capital or apple on a commercial release,so it is wonderful to have it here.Also on disc one,is what we have refered to in the past as, "The May Pang tapes".The sound on that CD was terrible,but at that time it was the only available source for some of those songs.Now on "rock & Roll Sessions" we have Jesse Ed Davis' tape as the source tape and the quality is much better as well as more complete.These were the rehearsal sessions and I understand they took place in Morris levy's barn in Upstate N.Y.,not far from my home,which makes this a cool CD for me to have.Disc #2 has a number of alternate versions and rough mixes.Some very nice versions are on this disc.A couple of my favorites are track #11 "Be My Baby" and #12 "Peggy Sue".Also,this disc has the performance from the "old grey whistle test" broadcast.The sound is excellent on these songs also and I particularly like the rough stereo take of "Stand by Me" (track #13).The final 3 tracks are from Johns last public appearance,which was "Salute to Sir lew Grade".He performed "Imagine" this evening,and he dedicated the song to "Sir Lew and my good friend Yoko".In this version of "Imagine" he changed the words slightly to "... no immigration too".So at this point he was still being dogged by Nixon and the Immigration department who was trying to railroad him out of the country.The Sir Lew performances are from an audience tape I believe as you can hear some background noise,but these songs are still much clearer than they appear on "Miscellaneous Tracks".On to Disc #3.This is a radio appearance John made on WNEW radio here in New York with Scott Muni in 1975,to promote the release of the Rock n' Roll album.The disc features John talking about each track,which is followed by the "ROOTS" version of the song.A couple ROOTS versions also appear on disc #2,giving us the complete ROOTS album in excellent sound.Back to disc #3 however,I have a warm spot in my heart for this radio program,because I actually remember hearing this on the radio back in '75 when John appeared.The entire program was about 3 hours long,and it was great.I would be interested in knowing if there is a bootleg around of the complete WNEW appearance.That is my only complaint with this set.Although it is great to have this edited radio appearance,I'd love to have the complete radio appearance unedited,because this third disc in "R & R seesions" brings back a lot of found memories for me.Towards the end of the disc,John announces to the world for the first time,that he and Yoko have gotten back together.This is just a wonderful set.By the way,my set is on the FIRE POWER label,which I guess is the first knock-off of the VOXX set already.I have one other FIRE POWER release of John's called "John Lennon Anthology: Weybridge" and the sound quality on that too is excellent.Back to Rock & roll however,I give this fantastic 3 CD set a 10 rating because I think it is that good.There is enough stuff here to please any Lennon fan,and as I stated at the beginning of this review,just having the drunken version of "Just Because" is worth the cost of the set.It is a great anthology of the Rock n' Roll sessions,get it if you can!!!
Review by: TraceElementOn 10 Jun 2002 at 12:12 CEST
Nobody is going to say that ROCK AND ROLL was the greatest album that JOHN ever recorded. Maybe it is my age, because the 50s songs dont have the emotional resonance that they do for the hippies, who grew up hearing them. But I do recognize their importance to the BEATLES, and the developement of their early music. But you know, the ROCK AND ROLL sessions, did produce some polished examples, of why JOHN loved rock. Then, PAUL, copying John as he normally did, came up with his RUSSIAN roots rock album, and RUN DEVIL RUN. And let us not forget SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY by Ringo. No denying it, this music is part of the Beatles, alone or together. What I DO RELATE TO, and what i find to be the saving grace, of hearing these songs finially in their RAW, early form, is just how PUNK it all sounds. John drunk off his ass, singing along, and forgetting the lyrics as the band moves on, reminds me of THE SEX PISTOLS playing ROADRUNNER on their "Great Rock and Roll Swindle" album. The first two cuts, with RON SPECTOR, are fun, just because of their drunken stream of conscousness singing. NO denying it, John is having a good time, that DOES come across. He's drunk, and coked up, making lewd remarks during the song, singing way out of key, etc. It could almost be a comedy album, had he released it. In fact, without the polish, these songs recall what you read about the BEATLES drunk in Hamburg, in black leather, making lewd jokes to the audience. Except for the first two Spector songs, the first CD is the upstate NY material. Again, John comes across so punk. Yoko shouldn't have kept John at home, watching the Baby. John should have been incognito, jamming with the new punk bands in CBGBs, relating to that crowd. None of this music (except the first two RON SPECTOR songs) would have been out of place, in a punk setting. IN that sense, this album could be viewed as a revisionist document, showing what John the "PUNK" really was all about. no one would listen to this, for John the intelligent composer, or John the world famous musician. Listen for JOHN, the man who wanted to be a teenage punk rocker, relating to raw Rock and Roll, the only way he knew how. When they produced the hell out of these songs, adding all the extra instruments, smoothing down all the rough edges, the raw life, the rebellious essence, of this material was lost. Too bad. It is to our benefit, to have this document, to discover JOHN the drunk punk, the coked up teenage band leader, the HUMAN. If you dont care for punk rock, or straight ahead rock and roll, I dont think that you should approach this CD. But, if you want something a little different, go for it. PEACE
Review by: Norm415On 25 Apr 2003 at 18:43 CEST
Thanks to my habit of buying books that have to do with boots I was able to find out that the Sunnyview Rehearsals
are still not in the right order on this Voxx set and when compared to the Vigotone title Brandy Alexanders And The Wall Of Sound where (1)The rehearsals are in the right order for the first time ever and the sound is fab on each disc It seems the Voxx Co likes to pour on the noise reduction by the buckets I own both sets Don't make the same mistake Hunt up the Vigotone title!!
Review by: kurtmaxOn 20 Apr 2004 at 04:14 CEST
A great set. I take points off for sound quality (but the content is very good). Some raunch X rated lyrics pop up here and there.
Review by: PlasticSoul xOn 26 Aug 2004 at 19:36 CEST
I like this set. I have this and the Vigotone Brandy Alexanders set and I prefer the Voxx discs. If you see it buy it!
Review by: Dan RyanOn 28 Aug 2004 at 05:25 CEST
This set reminds me a lot of the "Get Back" sessions. What does an ex-Beatle do after he's done it all? John's singing and songwiting skills were still intact, but the music scene had changed. He needed a challenge, but without direction he got loaded with his friends and decided to return to his musical roots. There are a few nuggets in this mess, but most of it consists of a lot of endless jamming.
Review by: MarcegolOn 17 Dec 2004 at 12:33 CEST
TraceElement...żso Paul copied John as he normally did?..mmmm, the press against McCartney made an impact on you, perhaps?....sometimes , we have to think for ourselves, AND, take a deeper look to things.....and please, remember: John (the great John, by the way) was going nowhere, until he met Paul...
Review by: TeranOn 20 Dec 2004 at 16:38 CEST
Great album. Great set. The inclusion of the embarrassing performance for Just Because(yes John are very, very drunk!!)is part of the rock'n'roll story. Cláudio Teran...
Review by: MrkitesbenefitsOn 30 Jun 2008 at 13:53 CEST
Review by: Mr. VanderOn 13 Jul 2008 at 20:55 CEST
Excelent and very beautiful package.


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Filename: voxx0201
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Date of creation: 06 Oct 2001 23:59:59
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Online on : 31 Dec 2001
Type of media: Bootleg CD
Rock 'N' Roll Sessions
ROCK 'N' ROLL SESSIONS (DISC 1)
ROCK 'N' ROLL SESSIONS (DISC 2)
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