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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Mistletoe Sellers

Good Luck but for Whom?

Mistletoe Growing in poplarKissing under the mistletoe, mistletoe and wine, and a bird called mistle thrush. Other than these and its use as a Christmas decoration, what do we know about the mistletoe plant?
Mistletoe is parasitic plant, living on the branches of a host tree. Although it can photosynthesise through its own green leaves, it derives almost all its energy by tapping into the sap of its host tree, typically apple, hawthorn, polar or lime, among several species.
Mistletoe berriesMistletoe is fascinating, steeped in folklore and myth. Even its common name is unknown but possibly from old German, as mist means dung and tan means twig or branch. Mistletoe could therefore be translated as dung-on-a-twig, presumably referring to its habit of being spread through bird droppings.
Mistletoe has white berries that birds, especially the thrush family, love to eat. However, inside this tasty berry lays a trap, the seed is wrapped in viscin an extraordinarily sticky mucilaginous sap. It is also indigestible and passes through the bird retaining its gluey coating. Due to this enduring sticky quality mistletoe seeds often get stuck firmly on birds’ beaks or other parts causing such irritation the birds try to rub them off on tree branches, thus firmly planting them in ideal locations to germinate.
Mistletoe is very slow growingMistletoe is very slow growing, in the first year they simply develop their root connection with the host tree by digging through the bark and entering the sap vessels. In the second year a single shoot with two leaves will appear. From the third year on each shoot will produce just two new branches with a pair of leaves on each and during the fourth or fifth year, these will be joined by flowers and on female plants berries.
In history and folklore mistletoe is widely considered to represent luck, health and in many cultures, fertility. The druids used mistletoe to ward off evil spirits, which may be the origin of us hanging it over doorways. So important was it to the druids, that battles would be called off or truces agreed if mistletoe was found growing within sight of the battlefield. The Romans believed it was a medicinal cure-all and prescribed it liberally but now we know it’s poisonous and will give you a bad tummy at best! More recently in England hanging mistletoe at Christmas gave men permission to kiss the women. Today while the tradition persists, men now seek permission before the kiss and rightly so, because they were expected to marry the girl after the kiss!
Fertility is also closely associated with mistletoe and is likely to be due to its evergreen nature meaning it shows conspicuously green during the winter on its bare host. It can also suddenly and magically turn golden yellow as a result of nutrient loss when its host’s sap stops flowing, resulting in an even more striking winter display.
This is the astonishing mistletoe, celebrated for bringing health, luck and fertility. Not a bad reputation for a poisonous parasitic plant, propagating itself by sticking to birds’ bits!

from one of my favourite wild life sites Ark Wild Life

B ★ O  W  I  E 

Bit early for me but it's kinda like in the public domain now yes? Do you think there is anyone now who wouldn't recognise this like it or nay?

                 we still miss David . . . . . . 

On this day in music history: December 17, 1971 - “Hunky Dory”, the fourth album by David Bowie is released. Produced by David Bowie and Ken Scott, it is recorded at Trident Studios in London in April 1971. Work on the album begins while Bowie is without record contract, having recently cut ties to his previous label Mercury Records. To help handle the production duties, Bowie hires former Abbey Road and Trident staff recording engineer Ken Scott (The Beatles, Supertramp, Missing Persons) to assist in the production. Executives from the US division of RCA Records hear the completed album, and sign him to a three album deal in September of 1971. It is also the first album to introduce new bassist Trevor Bolder (taking the place of bassist/producer Tony Visconti), and also features Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman on several tracks. The album features several classics including “Changes” (#66 Pop), “Queen Bitch” (written in tribute to Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground), “Life On Mars?” (#3 UK Pop), and “Oh You Pretty Things”. It receives significant critical praise from the British and US rock press upon its release, and is regarded as a pivotal recording in David Bowie’s career. The albums’ cover photo is inspired by a picture of actress Marlene Dietrich that the singer sees of her in a photo book, with him striking a similar pose. Reissued a number of times since its original 1971 release, the album is most recently remastered and reissued on CD in 2014 and as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2015. It is also issued as a limited edition pressing on 180 gram gold vinyl. In 2017, David Bowie’s original recording of “Changes” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. “Hunky Dory” peaks at number three on the UK album chart, and number ninety three on the Billboard Top 200.

Monday, December 17, 2018

because . . . . . . . . 




Big O post some nice BBC Radio 2 broadcast ED SHEERAN this morning from last month's Jo Whiley show
I realise there is a backlash against his popularity but I like him

As I comment at Big O where the first response is an accusation of being soporific:
Each to their own and I like him! His entire story is interesting and, whilst prolific to the point of possibly needing an editor, (Galway Girl?) he is amongst the most popular singer songwriters of the day. As the text (sic) says ‘most talented, and loved’ and with good reason. The backlash beloved of the British to set people up only to knock them right down when deemed ‘too big for their boots’ is sad and I never really got it. I am unusually loyal. Talent? Certainly. Who else do you know who can hold a crowd the size of Glastonbury with two acoustic guitars and a loop station. He paid his dues working hard on the circuit before gaining such success. Kudos I say. 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sondra Locke

at least there is a growing push-back on this misogynist nonsense
a mansplained obituary is not OK

A striking actress and a pioneering female director, whose career was sabotaged by Hollywood’s insecure male egos. She’s more than her ex-boyfriend. Any article that leads with his name should be ashamed of itself.

 Sondra Locke b. May 28, 1944 - November 3, 2018
Sondra Locke is an American born actress and director. 
Locke appeared in small theatre productions before she was cast in her debut role in the 1968 adaptation of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter directed by Robert Ellis Miller. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her star making role.
In 1975 Locke was cast in The Outlaw Josey Wales playing Clint Eastwood’s love interest. A role I always found disturbing as her ingenue looks made her appear childlike and she is attacked and stripped with dreadful intent of rape by the 'Indians' who attack the little band of settlers trying to make it across the West to their Homestead heaven. 
The two began a personal relationship that lasted until 1989, and for the entirety of their relationship she only appeared in one movie without him. 
Despite their intertwined professional and personal relationship Locke would later reveal that Eastwood was verbally and physically abusive to her throughout their relationship and also pressured her into having two abortions and a tubal litigation [look it up!].
In 1986 Locke made her directorial debut with Ratboy, about a humanoid rat. While the film was a commercial and critical failure it nevertheless caused Eastwood to become extremely jealous of Locke and her desire to direct. Locke continued to pursue directing projects and by 1989, as she was working on her second film, Impulse, her relationship with Eastwood ended with him locking her out of their mutual home.
Locke sued Eastwood for palimony and as part of the resulting lawsuit was given a production deal with the WB. In 1996 she sued Eastwood for sabotaging her directorial career and in 1999 sued WB for conspiring with Eastwood to make sure her directorial projects were never made. Both lawsuits ended in financial settlements for Locke. 
Locke was able to direct two more films, the 1995 television movie Death in Small Doses which featured a young Evan Rachel Wood in her first role, and the 1997 film Do Me A Favor starring Rosanna Arquette. 
After her settlements she would never make another film as a director.
She died at the age of 74 due to breast and bone cancer and is survived by her husband, Gordon Anderson.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Betty White (we love Betty!) once stopped by “The Late Show” with David Letterman to dole out a Top 10 list called “Betty White’s Living a Long and Happy Life.”
The then 89-year-old  (today 96 years old) looked adorable in zebra print, and got thunderous applause from the audience. 
Maybe hearing her tips will explain why, here they are in full:

“Top 10 Tips from Betty White’s Living a Long and Happy Life”

10. Get at least eight hours of beauty sleep, nine if you’re ugly.
9. Exercise. Or don’t. What the hell do I care?
8. Never apologize — it shows weakness.
7. The best way to earn a quick buck is a slip and fall lawsuit.
6. Avoid Tweeting any photos of your private parts.
5. Schedule nightly appointment with Dr. Johnnie Walker.
4. Take some wheat grass, soy paste and carob, toss it in the garbage and cook yourself a big piece of pork.
3. Try not to die.
2. Never dwell on past mistakes.
1. Don’t waste your time watching this crap.

On this day in music history: December 14, 1999 - Paul McCartney performs at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, UK. Staged in part to promote his rock & roll covers album “Run Devil Run”, the intimate live show is McCartney’s first performance at the legendary venue since The Beatles last played there in 1963, and is his first public performance since the passing of his wife Linda in 1998. He is backed by a band that includes Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, guitarist Mick Green, Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, and keyboardist Pete Wingfield. The show is first broadcast on PBS, and is later released on video as “Paul McCartney Live At The Cavern Club” on June 19, 2001.


9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980

If I may have seemed critical of late of John and the work post Beatles it is because I am BUT we loved John as much as we loved all four of them. Brothers we grew up together and if we chose to make them multimillionaires by becoming fans then there is an aspect of them becoming our creation. Despite the talents of Paul and his extraordinary output of music that thanks to his muse just seems to pour fourth and shows little sign of abating, John was a different more complex piece of work as it were. George too a unique guitarist and writer of interest if not so prolific and Ringo is a one of the worlds greatest signature drummers I have ever heard. But John was a grumpy cantankerous curmudgeonly sod frankly and there was reason. Damaged by his upbringing (see hear 'Mother') and not entirely helped by the enormous wealth thrust upon him, we still mourn his passing in such a despicable manner shot by a raving cowardly lunatic and with no possible means of defence. Did I always like what he did? No. Did we appreciate his roll in a rock 'n' roll band hell yes! Perhaps one of the truly great rhythm guitarists. We miss him and the world of art and creativity is all the poorer for his passing

On this day in music history: December 14, 1980 - A ten minute worldwide silent vigil is held for John Lennon at 2 pm EST, at the request of Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono. More than 100,000 people attend the vigil in Central Park in New York City across the street from the Lennon’s apartment at The Dakota on Central Park West. Over 30,000 people attend the vigil in Lennon’s hometown of Liverpool, UK. On October 9, 1985 (what would have been John Lennon’s 45th Birthday), a memorial is dedicated at the entrance to Central Park at Central Park West and 72nd Street, the same location where the 1980 silent vigil takes place. Named “Strawberry Fields”, the 2.5 acre site designed by Central Park’s chief landscape architect Bruce Kelly includes a circular mosaic with the word “IMAGINE” placed directly in the center. The memorial serves as a meeting place for annual tributes and remembrances of Lennon on his birthday and on the day of his passing.

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see

Friday, December 14, 2018

I mean I want to laugh but really TUMBLR censorship is getting silly now. It is a classic Thomas Hart Benton one of America's greatest painters and his work is in the Metropolitan Museum!!

Thomas Hart Benton, Studies, oil sketches, preliminaries and studio photos for Persephone,1939
Photographs by Alfred Eisenstaedt 
Never mind that these pictures are in the MET, this post was marked obscene by tumblr, it was appealed and they said it was still obscene, so say goodbye to it.


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Orchestra tuning . . . . . . .one of my favourite sounds and here somehow quite symbolic. Wish I knew which orchestra!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

NEWS from the Big O newsletter:

Last week's winner was Andy Swapp. Thanks to everyone who took part.

Last week, Bruce Springsteen's I'm On Fire was performed by Soccer Mommy aka Sophie Allison (BBC Session (for Annie Mac show), Maida Vale Studios, London, UK; August 28, 2018). A longtime Soccer Mommy setlist staple, this song was finally released on a single in October 2018. Her 2016 LP was called For Young Hearts. The American singer-songwriter's 2018 album, Clean, was named by Rolling Stone as one of the year's 50 Best Albums So Far.

You can still listen to some of the other mystery songs here:




Rolling Stone reported that President Donald Trump could go to jail when his presidency ends and his civilian life restarts (click here). Both Special Counsel Robert Mueller and prosecutors for the Southern District of New York filed memos offering sentence recommendations for Michael Cohen, President Trump's embattled former attorney, the magazine reported. Mueller wrote that Trump told Cohen to reach out to the Russian government in late 2015, and that he pursued a lucrative real estate deal that would have likely required the cooperation of the Kremlin well into the 2016 campaign. The SDNY wrote that Trump directed Cohen to commit felony campaign finance violations prior to the 2016 election. Trump didn't seem to think any of this was that big of a deal. "Totally clears the President," he tweeted shortly after the filings were made. "Thank you!"

Apparently, Trump's detractors have now jumped on "hush money payment of $130,000 given to porn star Stormy Daniels, with whom Trump allegedly had an affair". The payment was made by Cohen through a shell company. A separate payment was made in August to acquire the rights to former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal's story about her alleged affair with Trump.

Rolling Stone thinks all these are impeachable offences. That if Trump is removed from office, he may face charges with possible jail terms if found guilty.

Now try to focus on the former US President George W Bush who invaded Iraq on the pretext that Saddam Hussein had "weapons of mass destruction". Till today, nothing has been found but hundreds of thousands have died as a result of the invasion. The US continues to be stuck fighting in the Middle East either directly or through proxies.

The National Geographic wrote in 2013 that "Half-a-million Iraqis died in the war" (click here).

And today George W Bush is portrayed as the "good son".



ANYWAY, ANYHOW, ANYWHERE (All the news this week)


Neil Young is furious with the organizers of the massive concert that he's scheduled to play in London's Hyde Park alongside Bob Dylan on July 12, 2019, reported Rolling Stone. The show was announced nearly two weeks ago and tickets are already on sale, but in a post on his Neil Young Archives website, the rocker says all that was premature. "I had no idea the announcement was coming that day," he writes. "I was still finessing the art for the poster and trying to make sure that all of the details of the show were agreeable to me. Then, suddenly, someone jumped the gun. The tickets were put on sale and the announcement was made, all without my knowledge."

Now, he's also found out that the show is sponsored by Barclays, the "fossil fuel funding entity". "That doesn't work for me," he wrote. "I believe in science. I worry about the climate crisis and am deeply concerned about its massive global ramifications and my beautiful grandchildren's future... There's no doubt about it. It's been a massive fuck up!"

And while he doesn't explicitly threaten to pull out of the show, he does suggest that the current arrangement is untenable. "At the moment, we are trying to rectify the situation and will soon update you on the status of the Hyde Park show," he wrote. "We have been talking about requiring a different sponsor as one option. We are quite confident that nothing like this will ever happen again. We're sorry for this situation - it is - and shall remain an anomaly."

We will be awfully sad when the day comes and Young hangs up his electric guitar. Unless the power is derived from the wind or the water.

  PETE SHELLEY R.I.P. 1955 - 2018

Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley has died of a suspected heart attack, aged 63. The band's official Twitter account confirmed the news December 6. Shelley died in Estonia where he had been living since 2012 with his Estonian-Canadian wife Greta. Shelley formed Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto in Bolton in 1975. They organised the Sex Pistols' seminal gig at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall in June 1976 and supported them when the Pistols returned to play the same venue a month later. Buzzcocks' self-released debut EP, Spiral Scratch, helped kickstart a DIY revolution. Devoto left the band soon afterwards, with guitarist Shelley stepping forward as frontman. He wrote the majority of the band's indelible punk-pop singles, including "What Do I Get?", "I Don't Mind", "Everybody's Happy Nowadays" and UK No. 12 hit "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)".

Peter Hook, who played his first gig with Warsaw (soon to become Joy Division) supporting Buzzcocks, called Shelley "a true gent... He helped us so much at the start of our career out of a sheer love for all things punk. Without Pete & the Buzzcocks I would probably still be working at the docks."

Pete Wylie wrote: "He should be remembered forever for the guitar solo in 'Boredom' alone. How utterly sad. And that Starway guitar was the punkrockest thing ever! Night night pretty Pete."

"Pete Shelley wrote perfect three-minute pop songs," wrote The Charlatans' Tim Burgess. "The soundtrack to being a teenager. You'll be missed Pete but you'll be remembered for a long long time for your brilliant music."

R.E.M.'s Mike Mills wrote: "Damn. Pete Shelley gone. The Buzzcocks were and are a favorite of mine, and I was fortunate to be able to hang with Pete a few times and tell him so."

Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament wrote that "playing shows with the Buzzcocks was one of the highlights of my life. I listened to Singles and Tension as much as any records I've owned. Thank you Pete for all the great words and music."

I feel like I should say I was never a fan but any loss of a musician too early is a sadness. I always thought the Buzzcocks were a one hit wonder and didn't really rate Shelley for his writing as a result and couldn't stand Howard Devoto for some reason. I can understand they didn't get on. The things people have said about Shelley though show him to have been a supporter of other bands a man of kindness and curious generosity at a difficult time in music. Rest easy now Pete!



The classic Christmas song 'Baby It's Cold Outside' has been banned from an increasing number of US radio stations, after listeners complained that it was inappropriate in the age of #MeToo. Critics say that the 1944 song sees a woman being pressured to stay at a man's home, despite her own suggestions that she should leave.

It was first taken off the air by Star102 FM in Cleveland, Ohio. The ban was at odds with their listeners, who strongly disagreed with the decision in a Facebook poll. Glenn Anderson, a host at the station, says that although the song was written in a different era, the lyrics feel "manipulative and wrong". "The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place", he wrote. The line "Say what's in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)" has proved to be one of the most controversial, with critics claiming that it is a reference to date rape. However, others say it should be understood in the context of the day - which means she wanted to "get down and stay over."
Maybe you have to hear it but the lyrics seem fairly innocuous to me and essentially FUNNY!

LyricsI really can't stay (Baby it's cold outside)I gotta go away (Baby it's cold outside)This evening has been (Been hoping that you'd dropped in)So very nice (I'll hold your hands they're just like ice)My mother will start to worry (Beautiful what's your hurry?)My father will be pacing the floor (Listen to the fireplace roar)So really I'd better scurry (Beautiful please don't hurry)Well maybe just a half a drink more (I'll put some records on while I pour)The neighbors might think (Baby it's bad out there)Say what's in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)I wish I knew how (Your eyes are like starlight now)To break this spell (I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell) (Why thank you)I ought to say no, no, no sir (Mind if move in closer?)At least I'm gonna say that I tried (What's the sense of hurtin' my pride?)I really can't stay (Baby don't hold out)Baby it's cold outsideAh, you're very pushy you know?I like to think of it as opportunisticI simply must go (Baby it's cold outside)The answer is no (But baby it's cold outside)The welcome has been (How lucky that you dropped in)So nice and warm (Look out the window at that storm)My sister will be suspicious (Gosh your lips look delicious!)My brother will be there at the door (Waves upon a tropical shore)My maiden aunt's mind is vicious (Gosh your lips are delicious!)Well maybe just a cigarette more (Never such a blizzard before) (And I don't even smoke)I've got to get home (Baby you'll freeze out there)Say lend me a coat? (It's up to your knees out there!)You've really been grand, (I feel when I touch your hand)But don't you see? (How can you do this thing to me?)There's bound to be talk tomorrow (Think of my life long sorrow!)At least there will be plenty implied (If you caught pneumonia and died!)I really can't stay (Get over that old out)Baby it's coldBaby it's cold outsideOkay fine, just another drink thenThat took a lot of convincing!
Songwriter: Frank Loesser
And "Give Peace A Chance" might get mistaken for public urination.

UPDATE: Deana Martin, daughter of Dean who had the hit with this Christmas song in 1959, responded to the ban. She said, "I know my dad would be going insane right now... He would say, 'What's the matter with you? Get over it. It's just a fun song.' Because he was so sweet," Deana Martin said on FOX & Friends December 10. "He would never see anything bad in that. He was a great guy, fun guy, nice. And he wouldn't want to do anything offensive; that wasn't Dean Martin."

"There's nothing bad about that song and it just breaks my heart." Watch the video interview here.


Blake Fielder-Civil and Amy Winehouse.

"I'm a bit concerned about whether the people going to see it, they'll be aware it's not Amy, there won't be any human element to it. The way I feel. The actual hologram itself. It's no different to watching a video clip or listening to her album. If anyone wants to see Amy on stage that opportunity has been and gone."

- Ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil on the upcoming Amy Winehouse hologram tour. Blake was interviewed on Piers Morgan's Good Morning Britain where he suggested that the Winehouse family were cashing in on her fame. Blake himself had previously sold his story to the newspapers of life with Amy Winehouse.

SPREAD THE WORD - The BigO Update No. 974
(December 14, 2018)
Started in Oct 1998



Clive Powell

Curiously I found this in the bargain bins when I was but about 12 or 13 years old and along with a number of other ex-jukebox singles found his 'Rocking Pneumonia and The Boogie Boogie Flu' that I adored and drove my parent's mad with and which is probably my first experience of New Orleans R 'n' B although at the time I didn't know it of course but I have it later by the good Doctor (John that is!) and this led me to Huey 'Piano' Smith. 'Don't cha Just Know it!? well I'll be John Brown . . . . . . . 

On this day in music history: December 11, 1964 - “Yeh, Yeh” by Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames is released. Written by Pat Patrick, Rodgers Grant and Jon Hendricks, it is the sixth UK and first US single release for the jazz/blue eyed soul band from London, UK. Born Clive Powell in the city of Leigh near Manchester, UK, he begins taking piano lessons at the age of seven. Powell leaves school at fifteen to pursue music full time. Landing a job playing piano in a band called The Dominoes, he goes to London where he meets songwriter Lionel Bart (“Oliver!”). Bart introduces the young musician to music impresario Larry Parnes, responsible for discovering British teen idols like Marty Wilde and Billy Fury. It is Parnes that gives Powell his stage name “Georgie Fame”, which Powell initially does not like, but accepts it when the manager tells him, “If you don’t use my name, I won’t use you in the show”. From there, Fame begins backing Billy Fury, dubbing his band The Blue Flames. After Parnes fires the band for being “too jazzy”, Fame & The Blue Flames strike out on their own, establishing a residency at The Flamingo Club in the Soho district of London. In 1963, the band are signed to EMI distributed Columbia Records. Their first three singles fail to make the charts, but finally enter the UK album charts in the Fall of 1964 with “Fame At Last!”. Heavily influenced by American jazz and rhythm & blues musicians like Mose Allison and Willie Mabon, another favorite of Fame’s is percussionist Mongo Santamaria. Famous for his recording of the Herbie Hancock penned “Watermelon Man”, it is another song first recorded by Santamaria that will propel Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames to stardom. The instrumental “Yeh, Yeh” written by Rodgers Grant and Pat Patrick, it is given lyrics by vocalese legend Jon Hendricks, who records it with his group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames record their version in late 1964, and is released by Columbia, two weeks before Christmas. The jazzy and undeniably catchy single is an immediate smash in the UK, racing up the chart and hitting #1 on January 14, 1965 for two weeks, unseating The Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” from the top of the chart. Released in the US by Imperial Records of the back of its UK success, it peaks at #21 on March 27, 1965. The song establishes Georgie Fame as a leader of the British “blue eyed soul movement”, going on to score numerous chart hits around the world. His second UK number one, and his biggest hit in the US comes three years later with “The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde (#7 Pop). Over the years, “Yeh, Yeh” is covered by numerous artists including Matt Bianco, Tuck & Patti, They Might Be Giants, and actor Hugh Laurie. Georgie Fame will revisit his first chart topper in 2015, when he records a new version of it with jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall.

Heartbreaking stuff and maybe you shouldn't go through therapy in public . . . . . . but we loved them both . . . . . . . still do Yoko

On this day in music history: December 11, 1970 - “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band”, the debut solo album by John Lennon is released. Produced by John Lennon, Yoko Ono & Phil Spector, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and Ascot Sound Studios at Tittenhurst Park in Ascot, Berkshire, UK from September 26 - October 23, 1970. Much of the material on the album is influenced by the Primal Scream therapy sessions Lennon and Ono participate in with Dr. Arthur Janov (earlier in 1970), dealing with the emotional and childhood traumas both have suffered. The sessions result in some of the most deeply personal and affecting material Lennon has ever written. The album features Lennon, bassist Klaus Voorman and former Beatle band mate Ringo Starr on drums as the core rhythm section, with co-producer Spector and Billy Preston also playing keyboards on one track each. It receives rapturous critical praise upon its release and is considered a landmark recording in Lennon’s career. The album is remastered three times on CD, with the 2000 release featuring the album remixed from the original multi-track tapes adding “Power to the People”, and “Do the Oz” as bonus tracks. A 2003 CD and vinyl LP reissue by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab uses the remixed version of the album. Another remaster is issued in 2010 using the original stereo master mix down masters. It is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2015, as part of EMI/UMe’s Back To Black reissue series. The reissue replicates the original album artwork, custom record labels and lyric sheet inner sleeve. “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” peaks at number six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.